Strictly Come Dancing is back for a new series in 2022 and we've shared the all-important September start date.
2022's Strictly contestants aren't the only ones preparing to put their best foot forward on the Strictly dance floor, with the popular BBC One show additionally announcing a new mix of professional dancers for what will be the show's 20th anniversary this year, as well as a confirmed change to the judging panel.
Strictly Come Dancing was postponed following the Queen's death, leaving many unsure of when the new start date is, but we've got all the details on who's in and who's out, plus what date and time Strictly Come Dancing starts in 2022.
When does Strictly Come Dancing 2022 start?
Strictly Come Dancing 2022 will kick off on Friday September 23rd with its launch show, with the first live show hitting screens the following evening on Saturday.
The 2022 series was set to begin on Saturday September 17th, with a launch show ahead of the first live show the week after. However Strictly has postponed its first episode of the year following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with the Queen's funeral set to take place on Monday September 19th, two days after the original launch date.
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The 20th anniversary of the show is not the only big celebration this year - as the BBC also marks its 100th broadcasting anniversary. In a statement, Strictly said: "Strictly Come Dancing is celebrating 100 years of the BBC! The professional dancers will be throwing a party like only they know how, with a group number full of all the usual sparkle and glamour.
'There may well be a surprise or two as well, with special guests and fun tributes to some of your favourite BBC shows."
Who's on Strictly 2022 this year? Full contestants list
TV presenter Helen Skelton
EastEnders actor James Bye
Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin
Singer Fleur East
Former captain and footballer Tony Adams
BGT star Molly Rainford
Comedian Ellie Taylor
Singer Matt Goss
DJ Tyler West
Gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds OBE
Comedian Jayde Adams
Radio and TV presenter Richie Anderson
Actor Will Mellor
Morning Live host Kym Marsh.
Actor Will Mellor was the first Strictly 2022 contestant to be confirmed on August 4, 2022. With the rest of the 'class of Strictly 2022' being announced in the days following. On August 13, the full line-up had been confirmed.
Countryfile Presenter Helen Skelton was the final contestant to be revealed. In an interview with the Mirror, she revealed her nerves ahead of the launch show.
"I can’t dance and I feel sick when I hear the theme tune. I just wanted to wear nice dresses. I work on farms. I watch cows give birth and stand in wellies," she said. "I can’t decide whether it’s the best or worst thing I have ever agreed to. And I haven’t even started yet."
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Who are the Strictly pros this year? Full list
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NEW FOR 2022: Vito Coppola
NEW FOR 2022: Carlos Gu
NEW FOR 2022: Lauren Oakley
NEW FOR 2022: Michelle Tsiakkas
The Strictly Pros have been announced with four new dancers - European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas. And they will be joining the dancers already confirmed.
Strictly Come Dancing Judges 2022:
The judges confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 are Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke. Anton replaced Bruno Tonioli last year and was made a permanent addition to the judging panel for 2022.
Shirley, Craig, Motsi, Anton… We can’t wait to welcome back our fabulous #Strictly Judges for 2022! pic.twitter.com/uwbMquiuMAMay 19, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing 2022 tickets - how to apply
Sadly tickets for the Strictly Come Dancing launch and live shows are no longer available. The ticket ballot officially closed on Sunday 28 August 2022.
Demand for Strictly tickets is always high and as in previous years, tickets were allocated after being drawn from a random draw. Those successful were then contacted via email.
The good news is that the site which organises Strictly tickets stated "December dates coming soon". This means that fans will be able to apply for tickets to see the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Christmas special being filmed at a later date.
Be sure to check the official Strictly ticket website regularly for news as to when to apply.
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