Strictly Come Dancing 2019: The launch date has finally been revealed

Now that we’re in August, we can officially start getting excited for the return of Strictly Come Dancing which will be back on our TV screens next month – and there’s a lot to look forward to.

Last year saw YOU magazine cover star Stacey Dooley crowned the 2018 winner. But who will take the title this year?

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The BBC have already confirm new judge Motsi Mabuse, who will be replacing Dame Darcey Bussell in the upcoming 17th series. But that’s not all. The entire line-up of celebrity contestants have now been announced and we officially have an air date. Strictly will be back on Saturday, 7 September – so make sure you mark your calendars.

Here’s everything you can expect from this year’s series…

The contestants

These are the celebrities confirmed  on the official line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2019…

Emma Barton

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The actress is best known for her role as Honey Mitchell in Eastenders.

Saffron Barker

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The 19-year-old Youtuber has over two million subscribers on her channel and has an estimated net-worth of £1 million.

David James

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Footballer David, who has an MBE, is best known for being the former England goalkeeper.

Catherine Tyldesley

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The 35-year-old actress is best known for her role as Eva Price on ITV soap Coronation Street.

Chris Ramsey

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The 33-year-old is a British Comedian and TV panellist.

Mike Bushell

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Viewers will recognise BBC Sports presenter Mike Bushell from his segments on BBC Breakfast on Fridays and at the weekends.

Karim Zeroual

Karim is a children’s TV presenter on CBBC.

Viscountess Emma Weymouth

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Former YOU magazine cover star Emma Weymouth is the first lady of Longleat, as well as a businesswoman, chef, model and philanthropist.

Michelle Visage

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Singer and TV personality Michelle Visage is not only a judge on hit show Ru Paul’s Drag Race but she is best known for being a member of 80s’ band Seduction.

Will Bayley

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Paralympian Will is a world table tennis champion.

Jamie Laing

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Jaime is best known for starring in reality TV series, Made In Chelsea.

Alex Scott

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Former Arsenal footballer Alex is a presenter on BBC’s Match of the Day.

Dev Griffin

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Radio DJ Dev is best known for presenting the weekend afternoon show on BBC Radio 1.

James Cracknell

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48-year-old James Cracknell OBE is a British rowing champion and Olympic gold medallist.

Anneka Rice

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Anneka is a 90s TV presenter who was last seen on screens as part of Celebrity Hunted.

The dancers

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On 5 March, the BBC officially confirmed the line-up of professional dancers who will be in this year’s Strictly. However, unlike the usual 15, the number has been increased to 17.

Show favourites Anton Du Beke (the only remaining dancer from the original show), Kevin Clifton (who won with partner Stacey last year) and Oti Mabuse are all among the returnees.

But one Strictly veteran we won’t be seeing back on the show is Pasha Kovalev, who recently announced that he has quit the show after eight years. However, executive producer Sarah James promised that this year’s roster was still ‘full of familiar faces and fan favourites’ and she wasn’t wrong.

The line-up consists of AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova and Neil Jones.

The judges

Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli will reprise their roles as the Strictly judging panel. However, they will be joined by Motsi Mabuse who will replace Dame Darcey Bussell as the fourth judge.


Recognise the surname? That’s because Motsi is the sister of Oti Mabuse, a professional dancer on the show. Just like her sister, Motsi is a successful dancer with impressive accolades including the title of South African Champion and German Latin Champion in 2009 and 2010. She has spent the past eight years working on Let’s Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing, and will be making the move over to the UK this summer to kick off her debut on the BBC show in September.

The presenters

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return as presenters on the primetime show. Meanwhile Zoe Ball will be joined by Rylan Clark-Neal, the new co-host of the show’s BBC2 spin-off, It Takes Two.