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Strictly Come Dancing: Dates, contestants, history, odds & much more

The battle for the Glitterball Trophy is about to recommence as the 21st season of BBC One's hit show Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens for 2023.

WhatStrictly Come Dancing
WhenFrom Saturday 16th September 2023
WhereElstree Studios, Borehamwood
How to watchBBC TV and iPlayer
OddsBobby Brazier 9/4, Nigel Harman 7/2, Angela Scanlon 6/1, Ellie Leach 13/2, Annabel Croft 8/1

What is Strictly Come Dancing?

Strictly Come Dancing is a multi-award-winning dance show that pairs celebrities and professional dancers together.

Each week the couples perform a different dance with the pairing that receives the lowest scores from a combination of the judges and viewers votes leaving the show.

The last three couples then go through to the final before one is awarded the top prize, the Glitterball Trophy.

When it started in 2004, only eight celebrities took part but Strictly has steadily grown in popularity, becoming one of BBC's most-watched shows and attracting famous faces from the worlds of music, film, television and sport over the years.

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2023 start?

The launch show of this year's Strictly Come Dancing is set to take place on Saturday 23rd September at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood.

The show will run for 13 weeks and is expected to conclude on Saturday 16th December, when the winner will be announced.

Where is Strictly Come Dancing Filmed?

Elstree Studios, Borehamwood has been the home of Strictly Come Dancing since 2013. Previously the show had been filmed at BBC Television Centre before that was closed down.

When are this year's themed shows?

Each year Strictly puts on a number of very popular themed shows, based on films, musicals and even Halloween.

If previous seasons are anything to go by, Movie Week is usually week three, while Halloween week is likely to fall on Saturday 28th October.

Which celebrities are on Strictly Come Dancing 2023?

The line-up for this year's show was confirmed in early August with 15 celebrities set to trot out their tangos and slap on some sequins.

Actress Amanda Abbington, TV presenter Angela Rippon and performer Layton Williams were the first three celebrities to be confirmed before the full lineup was confirmed a week later.

Among the others set to take to the dancefloor are Emmerdale star Adam Thomas, Eastenders talent Bobby Brazier, TV personality Zara McDermott and comedian Les Dennis.

Completing the lineup is former professional tennis player Annabel Croft, presenters Angela Scanlon and Nikita Kanda, radio presenter Eddie Kadi, Coronation Street actress Ellie Leach, Paralympian Jody Cundy, journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy and actor Nigel Harman.

  • Adam Thomas - Actor
  • Amanda Abbington - Actress
  • Angela Rippon - TV presenter
  • Angela Scanlon - TV presenter
  • Annabel Croft - Tennis player
  • Bobby Brazier - Actor
  • Eddie Kadi - Comedian
  • Ellie Leach - Actress
  • Jody Cundy - Paralympic cyclist & swimmer
  • Krishnan Guru-Murthy - Presenter & journalist
  • Layton Williams - Actor
  • Les Dennis - Comedian
  • Nigel Harman - Actor
  • Nikita Kanda - Presenter
  • Zara McDermott - Presenter

Who is favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2023?

Eastenders actor Bobby Brazier is favourite to take home the trophy at 9/4 and he is closely followed in the betting by 7/2 shot Nigel Harman.

Layton Williams's performing background should serve him well and he is 10/1 to win this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, while Angela Scanlon is 6/1 and Adam Annabel Croft is 8/1.

This year's outsiders are 80/1 shot Krishnan Guru-Murthy, 100/1 chance Nikita Kanda and Les Dennis who is currently available at 150/1.

Who is judging Strictly Come Dancing 2022?

Ahead of the new season, the BBC announced that Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Moti Mabuse will be returning to form the judging panel.

Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2022?

Last year the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing was won by charismatic cameraman Hamza Yassin along with partner Jowita Przystal.

Fleur East, Helen Skelton and Molly Rainford finished as co-runners-up.

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