We've just had some very exciting news through from the Strictly Come Dancing production office, detailing exactly how next weekend's Semi-Finals will work.
As you probably already know, this year's Strictly Semi-Final consists of THREE shows - yes, that's right THREE shows! Firstly, the couples will perform LIVE on the evening of Friday 10th December in our first semi-final, from 9pm to 10pm on BBC One. During the live Friday show, the couples will perform a regular dance and be marked by the judges in the usual way. Then after all of the couples have danced, they will all take to the floor at the same time and compete in an exciting SWING-A-THON!
Here's some more info about the Swing-A-Thon, direct from the TV Production Team:
In our semi final weekend we will include a brand new dance challenge, the 'Swing-A-Thon'!
The idea behind this is to give our couples a chance to gain some extra marks, by directly competing against each other on the dance floor. All our remaining couples will take to the floor and the music will start. During the Swing dance, the judges will confer and Head Judge Len Goodman will eliminate one couple at a time.
When a couple is eliminated they will leave the floor but the remaining couples will keep dancing until only one couple is left.
The first to be eliminated will score 1, the second couple eliminated will score 2, the third couple 3, and the fourth couple eliminated score 4. The last couple still dancing will receive the maximum score of 5.
These scores will be added to that night's leader board and carried over to the next night.
If the judges cannot agree the order the couples are eliminated then Head Judge Len will have the final say.
The Swing-A-Thon is the ultimate test of style and stamina for our celebrities!
The couples will then perform AGAIN in our second LIVE show, on Saturday 11 December from 6pm-7pm on BBC One. The three sets of scores from the judges will then be combined to create a leader board and the public will be able to vote for their favourite couple in the usual way at the end of Saturday night.
The couple with the lowest combined scores will be eliminated in a results programme shown on Sunday 12th December - at the EARLIER time of 7pm to 7.30pm.
If there are still five couples left in the competition at the Semi Final stage there will be a double elimination with the bottom two couples eliminated as only a maximum of three couples will be able to go through to the Final. There will be no dance off.
So that's three nights of scintillating dancefloor action coming your way VERY soon!