Strictly Come Dancing unveils first-look trailer for 2021 series as pros return

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Photo credit: David Oldham - BBC
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Strictly Come Dancing is nearly upon us and the hype has well and truly begun, with the BBC series sharing its first 2021 trailer.

The clip shows the professional dancers making their way to the ballroom and to compete for the coveted glitterball trophy.

The new series of Strictly begins on BBC One on Saturday, September 18.

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

Earlier on Wednesday (September 8), Strictly shared some new pictures of the 2021 professionals line-up.

Returning to the dancefloor for this year's series are pros Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones and Oti Mabuse.

Dianne Buswell, Gorka Marquez, Amy Dowden, Johannes Radebe, Neil Jones, Graziano Di Prima, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu and Luba Mushtuk will also be back.

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Alongside this talented bunch of regulars, newcomers Nikita Kuzmin, Kai Widdrington, Cameron Lombard and Jowita Przystal will make their Strictly debuts.

On the celebrity side, we have broadcaster Dan Walker, actor and husband of Emma Thompson, Greg Wise , Gordon Ramsay's daughter, Tilly Ramsay, McFly's Tom Fletcher and comedian Judi Love.

Joining them are Katie McGlynn, John Whaite, AJ Odudu, Robert Webb, Sara Davies, Adam Peaty, Dan Walker, Nina Wadia, Rhys Stephenson, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Ugo Monye.

And there's a big change on the judging panel as Bruno Tonioli will not be there as he is unable to take part due to travel restrictions.

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

Replacing Bruno on the panel will be longtime professional Anton Du Beke, who will join regular judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.

Speaking about taking a seat on the panel, Anton said: 'My loves I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno's brogues for the next series of Strictly.

'It's a dream come true to be judging alongside the best of the best and I promise to be kinder to all the couples than any of them have ever been to me.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One. It's due to return later in 2021.

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