Yes, it's that time of year again – Strictly Come Dancing is on its way back to our screens!
The BBC are teasing fans by keeping extremely tight-lipped over what they've got in store for us this year. But finally, they've slowly started to drip information to the media – and it looks like we are in for an epic series.
Here's everything we know so far about Strictly Come Dancing 2017...
1. WHEN DOES STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017 START?
Strictly will be returning this autumn but BBC bosses are yet to confirm the exact date.
Usually, the series starts in early September so we're expecting that will be the case again this year.
We can confirm that rehearsals have already started and so an announcement will be made any day now...
2. WHO ARE THE STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017 JUDGES?
Head judge Len Goodman retired at the end of last year after 14 series – and we're going to miss the heck out of him.
The good news though is that the Beeb have hired his very good friend Shirley Ballas, also known as the 'Queen of Latin', to replace him. Apparently, she's so good, Len's delighted the job has gone to her.
Shirley will be joining Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood on the judging panel.
3. WHICH CELEBS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED FOR STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017?
Mollie King was named the first celebrity to be taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing on Monday, August 7.
The announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw on his BBC Radio 1 breakfast show.
Commenting on the news, The Saturdays singer gushed: "I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing so I can't actually believe I'm lucky enough to be taking part in it this year. I'm literally so excited to learn Latin and ballroom dancing, and of course, I can't wait to get into the sequins too! It's going to be a lot of hard work, but I'm ready for the challenge."
The following day, EastEnders' Davood Ghadami, who plays the Square's resident ladies' man Kush Kazemi, became the second star confirmed.
Opening up about his decision to compete for the trophy, he said: "Having the opportunity to take part in this year's Strictly is such an honour.
"It's going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance. See you under the Glitterball!"
Next up to be confirmed as part of this year's line-up was Loose Women and This Morning star Ruth Langsford.
"I have dreamt about doing Strictly for so long, I can't quite believe my dream has come true," she said of the announcement.
"Without doubt it will be the scariest yet most exciting thing I've ever done. It will be a welcome change worrying about my next hot move instead of my next hot flush!"
The fourth celebrity announcement was Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson.
"Learning to dance is so out of my comfort zone – so I just want to challenge myself," the actress and radio presenter told BBC Breakfast.
"I'm beyond excited and incredibly nervous, but looking forward to learning a new skill."
Next up to be announced was radio DJ, panel show frequenter and former '80s pop star Reverend Richard Coles, who was confirmed on Chris Evans' Radio 2 Breakfast Show where he's already bragging about his "remarkable" dancing skills.
The sixth confirmed celebrity contestant came a day later when Holby City's Joe McFadden was announced on Twitter.
"Strictly is one of the biggest, most entertaining shows on TV and being asked to be part of it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I'm thrilled and terrified about in equal measures," Joe said of his announcement.
Lucky number SEVEN! followed, with Sunday Brunch host Tim Lovejoy confirming that his co-host Simon Rimmer was the latest celebrity heading to the dance floor.
"I'm so excited, terrified and proud to be invited to be part of Strictly 2017," Simon said in a statement. "I've always been a HUUUUGE fan of the show. When I put on my sequins and hit the floor, it will genuinely be my very first time dancing ballroom and latin.
"Nobody will try harder, have more fun or get more out of it than me. I can't wait."
JLS's Aston Merrygold was then next to be confirmed to don the sequins on Strictly Come Dancing 2017.
Speaking to Radio 1's Scott Mills, who appeared on the BBC One ballroom reality show himself back in 2014, Aston said: "The aim is to win... you get to stay for the whole series and you get a trophy at the end."
"I just want the shortest dancer and I'm no the tallest bloke."
Susan Calman was the ninth celebrity confirmed for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.
In a statement, Susan – best known for her work on Radio 4, as well as hosting CBBC show Top Class – said: "Being on Strictly is a dream come true. Finally I can reveal all the moves I've been practising in my kitchen to the nation.
"I am an enthusiastic home dancer and now on Saturday nights I'll be dancing in other people's homes in a (hopefully) entertaining way.
"I am terrified but excited to start my Strictly journey."
4. WHICH OTHER CELEBS ARE RUMOURED TO BE TAKING PART?
Who? EastEnders star
What's the rumour? EastEnders fans were not happy when Samantha's character Ronnie Mitchell was killed off. The BBC are apparently desperate to make it up to viewers by signing the actress up for Strictly. While we can't confirm anything for sure, this would undoubtedly be a ratings hit.
Who? EastEnders star
What's the rumour? Not only do the Beeb allegedly want Samantha to take part in Strictly, we hear they're also trying to recruit her on-screen sister Rita, aka Roxy Mitchell. She was killed off the soap on New Year's Day earlier this year and fans have missed her character in Albert Square. Hopefully, she'll be back on the channel in the not too distant future if producers get their way.
Who? Pop star and former X Factor contestant
What's the rumour? His former X Factor co-host Caroline Flack did it, so why not Olly? We know that he's already got some pretty slick moves (you just have to watch his X Factor audition to know that), so he could actually be a very impressive Strictly contestant, right?
Olly himself has said he's always been a fan and would quite like to do the show just to wind up Simon Cowell (ouch) and after performing on the 2016 launch show he joked: "They were trying to get me to sign a contract for next year." We wouldn't rule it out, frankly.
Who? Former EastEnders actress
What's the rumour? Beeb producers are allegedly mega keen on recruiting Martine and have reportedly offered her a six figure sum to sign up. She's currently in the process of working on her music comeback and a stint on Strictly would obviously work wonders for album sales.
Who? EastEnders star
What's the rumour? Alright, so this one might be a wee bit tenuous but stick with us. Basically, Children In Need fans started calling for Danny-Boy – aka Lee Carter – to take part in Strictly after seeing his astonishing moves in the EastEnders cast's performance for charity. That doesn't seem like a massively solid foundation for a rumour, but with his exit from EastEnders imminent, producers might be listening to what viewers want – and hey, Danny-Boy could get some tips from his (former) on-screen mum Kellie Bright, couldn't he?
Who? Olympic athlete
What's the rumour? Jessica's a bit of a Team GB legend, what with her gold medal and all. And given that Greg Rutherford and Claudia Fragapane were both hits on the latest series of Strictly, we wouldn't be surprised if bosses wanted to add to their haul of sporty folk. Jessica has already announced her retirement from athletics, so she'll be looking for something to fill her time – and long hours of training in a dance studio could fit the bill very nicely indeed.
What's the rumour? Ol' Nigel seems to have a bit of time on his hands now he's no longer UKIP leader (or at least, wasn't at the time of writing). He was linked to the 2016 series of I'm A Celebrity, but quickly ruled that out… though after seeing Ed Balls's success, could he fancy giving waltzing a whirl?
In fact, while Nigel pretty quickly smacked down that Jungle speculation, when asked about Strictly he said things like he "wouldn't rule anything out" and that classic: "Never say never." Strap yourselves in, folks…
Who? TV chef extraordinaire
What's the rumour? Look, we'll level with you – this rumour all started because Mary Berry went to a Strictly live show and was spotted in the audience. Hardly a signature on a dotted line… but wouldn't we all love it? If anything, the nation has clung Mary even closer to their hearts after her decision to stay with the BBC instead of following The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4.
The BBC is obviously going to fling show after show at her, quite rightly, and we kind of like the idea of Mary being on absolutely everything: Songs of Praise, University Challenge, Countryfile, Crimewatch, Pointless, Watchdog, Antiques Roadshow, Happy Valley… why not Strictly, eh? Why not? (Or the Beeb could really piss off Channel 4 and sign up Paul Hollywood…)
What's the rumour? Well, this one has come from the horse's mouth. Jermain appeared on ITV's Lorraine at the beginning of April and admitted he'd love the chance to take part in Strictly. He said: "I did an interview not too long ago and they asked me the question and I was like, yeah why not! I've always enjoyed dancing, I come from a West Indian background so you never know. So if they want me, give me a call." Will the Beeb pick up the phone?
Who? Former Gogglebox star
What's the rumour? Scarlett sent fans into meltdown by posting a throwback snap of her in ballroom gear on Instagram. She captioned the pic: "Throw back Thursday to my dancing day #Latin #dance #tbt #throwback #throwbackthursday." Is Scarlett hinting she'll soon be slipping back into one of these sparkly numbers? Or is this much ado about nothing? Only time will tell...
Who? Former X Factor winner
What's the rumour? The singer has been made no secret of wanting to be cast on the BBC series. Most recently, he appeared on ITV's Lorraine and admitted that he would love to be part of this year's series and thinks he wouldn't do a bad job given his experience in West End musicals.
Who? Celebrity body coach
What's the rumour? The This Morning regular mentioned that he is planning to clear his schedule in case he's invited to be appear on Strictly. Now, sources have come forward to allegedly confirm Joe has been in talks with the BBC and producers are eager to get him signed up as soon as possible.
Who? Actual astronaut
What's the rumour? This rumour has been floating around the ether for some time (much like Tim Peake, ho ho ho). Tim was linked to Strictly before the 2016 series even kicked off, though we always knew he wouldn't be involved in that one because he had to actually get used to gravity again (no joke).
His intensive physiotherapy and readjustment will presumably be over in time for the 2017 episodes, and given that Buzz Aldrin took on Dancing with the Stars in the US, it's not out of the realms of possibility, especially as Tim's apparently a Strictly fan. Given it's been announced he's lining up another space mission the likelihood of this has probably gone down – but get working on the moonwalk jokes now. Just in case.
Who? Former Hollyoaks star
What's the rumour? Carley's not just a Hollyoaks star – she also happens to be the fiancée of Strictly 2016 finalist Danny Mac! According to reports, she wants to follow in his footsteps and give the dancing thing a go... and who could blame her after she's watched all the fun from the audience each week? Presumably Danny would be able to give her some tips, and wouldn't it be nice to have him back supporting her each week?
What's the rumour? We wouldn't put too much stock in this one just yet. Joel was always going to get linked to new reality shows after his successful stint on I'm a Celebrity, which saw him finishing in the runner-up spot.
He's certainly won over the public, and now rumours have suggested Strictly bosses are after him for – and we quote – the "hunk factor". We're not quite sure how that nudie tape and the recent open letter from his penis would go down with Strictly's viewers, mind.
Who? One of Bros' duo of heartbreaker twins
What's the rumour? The latest tabloid reports claim that the boy bander has actually signed up for this series of Strictly, although the BBC describes it as just "speculation" at this point. If Goss does sign on the dotted line with the Beeb, his casting could be controversial, since he has some previous experience in the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.
The '80s popstar impressed the Strictly judges back in 2013 when he was paired with professional Aliona Vilani for the annual Christmas special – which was ultimately won by Rufus Hound.
What's the rumour? Jessica isn't the only athlete already being tipped for a Strictly stint. According to reports, Strictly recently invited medal-winning swimmer Ellie to the studios for the semi-finals, and she's apparently a big fan of the show.
We can imagine Ellie being a brilliant addition to the line-up, and producers have apparently been saying that she's their "number one choice". But would she say yes to an offer?
Who? Casualty actor
What's the rumour? Jason, who plays nurse David Hide, recently wowed Casualty fans by performing a salsa dance after Charlie and Duffy returned to Holby following their honeymoon. Afterwards, fans were encouraging him on Twitter to sign up for Strictly – and he tellingly retweeted those messages.
Now, he's given us more reason to think that hey may be a contender for the 2017 Glitterball trophy. When asked by The Sun about the possibility of him competing, he said; "It's a massive Saturday night show, just like Casualty, so I'm sure it would be huge fun to do. You'll have to watch this space…"
Who?Good Morning Britain presenter
What's the rumour? Strictly loves its breakfast TV presenters, and this year, it's reported that bosses have their eye on Charlotte. She's hinted before that she would be interested in taking part in the show. We guess we'll watch this space.
MARK 'THE BEAST' LABBETT
Who? The Chase chaser
What's the rumour? The Beast absolutely smashed it on Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (much to everyone's surprise) and now, he's admitted he'd love to do Strictly. Is anyone else thinking the Chaser could be the new Ed Balls?
Who? X Factor winner
What's the rumour? The talented singer has been absolutely smashing it in the West End with lead roles in shows like The Boyd Guard and Sister Act. She also stood in as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance UK. Rumour has it Alex's success has caught the attention of Strictly bosses and she's been signed up for this year's series.
Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in 2017.
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