Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Everything we know so far

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Dust off those dancing shoes, it's nearly time for Strictly Come Dancing 2019!

There have been some changes for this year's series, so here's everything we know about it so far.

When does Strictly start?

The new series will begin on Saturday 7 September.

The launch was held on Monday 26 August, with a star-studded, red carpet event.

Popstar Kylie Minogue opened the event with a medley of her greatest hits, while there was also a duet from Mark Ronson and YEBBA.

The professional dancers performed a routine, while we also saw some moves from the celebrities taking part this year.

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Celebrity contestant Will Bayley tweeted a picture of the group at rehearsal
Who are the celebrities?

The full line-up of celebrities is now officially complete! Taking part this year, will be:

  • Anneka Rice
  • James Cracknell
  • Dev Griffin
  • Alex Scott
  • Jamie Laing
  • Will Bayley
  • Michelle Visage
  • Emma Thynn, Vicountess Weymouth
  • Karim Zeroual
  • Mike Bushell
  • Catherine Tyldesley
  • Saffron Barker
  • David James
  • Emma Barton
  • Chris Ramsey

We wonder who's going to lift the glitterball trophy!

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Who are the professional dancers?
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Latin specialist Nancy Xu from China has been announced as the latest addition to the line-up of pro dancers

There's a new Strictly professional this year, Latin specialist Nancy Xu, who is 28 years old.

Find out more about Nancy and the rest of the Strictly professionals here.

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Gorka Marquez and Graziano Di Prima won't be partnered with female contestants this year

There are also some big changes for some of the current Strictly pro dancers this year.

Gorka Marquez and Graziano Di Prima won't be paired up with a celebrity hopeful, although they'll still be taking part in group dances.

Who are the judges?
Motsi-Mabuse.

There's a new judge on the scene for this series - please welcome Moti Mabuse!

If you recognise her surname, that's because she is the sister of Strictly pro and The Greatest Dancer dance captain, Oti.

Anything else?

Because one episode of Strictly is never enough, the spin-off programme It Takes Two will also be back.

Current host Zoe Ball will return with new co-host Rylan Clark Neal.

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The duo will have all the backstage gossip and extra action from the show.

Are you looking forward to the new series of Strictly Come Dancing? Let us know in the comments below.

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