Everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing launch show

Strictly Come Dancing fans will be treated this year to a groundbreaking lineup, with BBC casting its first ever same-sex male couple on the show and an exciting lineup made up of Britain’s most popular stars.

Viewers will see McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher, TV presenter AJ Odudu, as well as Corrie star Katie McGlynn and many others accompanied by some of the show’s original pro dancers including Katya Jones and Oti Mabuse.

While the contestants are polishing their ballroom shoes, and the judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas – get ready to take a seat while the disco ball is set up, fans have been treated to a sneak peek with a brand new trailer.

When is the Strictly Come Dancing launch show?

Series 19 will premiere at 7.45 pm on BBC on Friday, 18 September with a pre-recorded episode.

The live shows will kick off a week later on Saturday, September 25.

On September, 8, the BBC released the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 series’ trailer on YouTube, which saw some of the cast members appearing in various shots, before all heading to the main stage wearing stunning and glamorous costumes.

The celebs were filmed dancing along Strictly’s pro dancers to a reprise of Donna Summer’s iconic “I feel loved”.

Viewers quickly shared their excitement as one commented: “Full marks to the composer of the theme tune for putting the glitziest and merriest music on television in the MINOR key!”

Another wrote: “I am very excited that Strictly Come Dancing is back soon.”

The dancing contest’s fans’ anticipation comes as no surprise, seeing that Strictly's 18th season was shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus has put a strain on various competitors and participants as this week, one of Strictly’s pro dancers – who remains unidentified – contracted the virus and was sent into mandatory self-isolation.

A spokesperson confirmed the alarming news and told The Independent: “A professional dancer has tested positive for Covid-19, however this didn’t affect recording of the launch show which airs this Saturday.

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“We are following government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”

Nevertheless, Strictly Come Dancing is still set to air according to schedule.

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