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General: Strictly Come Dancing - All you need to know

Everybody head to the dance floor because the 20th edition of Strictly Come Dancing is nearly upon us and here’s all you need to know as we get ready to rumba for the Glitterball Trophy.

WhatStrictly Come Dancing
WhenSaturday 17th September 2022

Elstree Studios, Borehamwood

How to watchBBC TV and iPlayer
OddsFluer East 10/3, Helen Skelton 10/3, Will Mellor 7/1, Molly Rainford 9/1

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 2022 start?

The first episode of this year's Strictly Come Dancing is due to be recorded on Wednesday 7th September and will air on BBC One on Saturday 17th September. The show will then go live from Saturday 24th September until its conclusion, which is usually just before Christmas.

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 Halloween.

First up is usually Film Week in week three, which would be Saturday 8th October this year, followed by Halloween Week on 29th October.

The ever-popular Blackpool Week, when the show moves to the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom, is pencilled in for Saturday 19th November.

Which celebrities are on Strictly Come Dancing 2022?

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

The cast is the usual mix of recognisable names with a couple of famous faces from the world of sport in former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams and Paralympic gold-medal winning swimmer Ellie Simmonds.

Matt Goss, from 1980s band Bros, ex-Coronation Street star and singer Kym Marsh, actor Will Mellor and TV presenter Helen Skelton are arguably the most well-known non-sporting celebs in the line-up.

Louis Theroux, Scarlett Moffatt, Rosie Jones, and Tom Malone Jr were rumoured to be amongst those celebrities who had agreed to take part but are not involved this time around.

Will Mellor - Actor
Kym Marsh - Actress, singer and TV presenter
Richie Anderson - TV and radio personality
Kaye Adams - TV presenter
Jayde Adams - Comedian and actress
Ellie Simmonds - Swimmer and TV presenter
Tyler West - DJ and TV presenter
Matt Goss - Singer and actor
Ellie Taylor - Comedian and actress
Molly Rainford - Singer and actress
Tony Adams - Ex-footballer
Fleur East - Radio presenter and singer
Hamza Yassin - Wildlife cameraman and presenter
James Bye - Actor
Helen Skelton - TV and radio presenter

Who is the favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2022?

Singer Fleur East and presenter Helen Skelton have been made the join favourites to be crowned Strictly champion in 2022.

East is no stranger to reality television shows having made her name on 'X Factor' and her background in the performing arts has pushed her up towards the top of the betting.

'Countryfile' host Skelton has claimed she can't dance but her previous achievements suggest otherwise. She won a tap dancing competition as a teenager and received plenty of praise from the judges when she appeared on a one-off Strictly Christmas special in 2012.

Who is judging Strictly Come Dancing 2022?

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Head Judge Shirley Ballas will all be returning to the judging panel for the 2022 edition of Strictly.

The trio will be joined by a familiar face this year with Anton Du Beke announced as the permanent replacement for Bruno Tonioli, who has left the show to concentrate on his American commitments.

Du Beke was a professional dancer on the show for the first 18 years, returning as a guest judge in 2021 before taking up residency on the panel.

Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2021?

Soap star Rose Ayling-Ellis, Strictly's first deaf contestant, and professional partner Giovanni Pernice stormed to the title last year, beating John Whaite and Johannes Radebe to the Glitterball Trophy.

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