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When is the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing launch show – and when do the live shows start?

Strictly Come Dancing fans will be treated this year to a groundbreaking lineup, with BBC casting its first ever same-sex male couple on the show and an exciting lineup made up of Britain’s most popular stars.

Viewers will see McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher, TV presenter AJ Odudu, as well as Corrie star Katie McGlynn and many others accompanied by some of the show’s original pro dancers including Katya Jones and Oti Mabuse.

The contestants are practicing their ballroom skills, while the judges, Motsi Makbuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas, sit down. Meanwhile, the disco ball is being set up, the trailer has been shown to fans.

When will be the launch of Strictly Come Dancing?



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“We are following government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show,” a spokesperson said

Series 19 will premiere at 7.45 pm on BBC on Friday, 18 September with a pre-recorded episode.

The live shows will start a week later, on Saturday, September 25,.

On September, 8, the BBC released the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 series’ trailer on YouTube, which saw some of the cast members appearing in various shots, before all heading to the main stage wearing stunning and glamorous costumes.

The celebs were filmed dancing along Strictly’s pro dancers to a reprise of Donna Summer’s iconic “I feel loved”.



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Coronavirus has put a strain on various competitors and participants

Viewers quickly shared their excitement as one commented: “Full marks to the composer of the theme tune for putting the glitziest and merriest music on television in the MINOR key!”

Another wrote: “I am very excited that Strictly Come Dancing is back soon.”

The dancing contest’s fans’ anticipation comes as no surprise, seeing that Strictly’s 18th season was shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic.



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The BBC released the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 series’ trailer on YouTube

Coronavirus has put a strain on various competitors and participants as this week, one of Strictly’s pro dancers – who remains unidentified – contracted the virus and was sent into mandatory self-isolation.

A spokesperson confirmed the alarming news and told The Independent: “A professional dancer has tested positive for Covid-19, however this didn’t affect recording of the launch show which airs this Saturday.

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“We are following government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”

Strictly Come Dancing will continue to air as scheduled.

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When is the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing launch show – and when do the live shows start?
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