Sir Bruce Forsyth's blessing to Strictly 'Dolly Sisters'
3 September 2014 Last updated at 11:19 BST
Tess Daly, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Claudia Winkleman welcomed contestants on the red carpet ahead of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Daly will return as the main host of the show, alongside Claudia Winkleman after Sir Bruce Forsyth stepped down in April.
For the first time Strictly Come Dancing will go head to head with the X Factor as both programmes will have broadcasts scheduled at 8pm on Sundays.
Sir Bruce, Claudia and Tess spoke to BBC News about the new series and wished X Factor good luck.