Strictly Come Dancing launch date finally confirmed – and its just weeks away

Strictly Come Dancing's launch date has been announced – and it's soon.

Fans of the BBC ballroom show have just weeks to wait for the new series of salsa and sequins, with the much-loved show returning to our screens on September 23.

The first programme will see this year’s crop of celebrity contestants paired up with their Strictly pros before the competition gets under way.

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According to a report in the the Mirror, the series will run for 13 weeks and will wrap up on December 16.

This year will see Angela Rippon, Eddie Kadi, Nigel Harman, Les Dennis, Amanda Abbington, Layton Williams, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Bobby Brazier take to the dance floor.

Adam Thomas, Angela Scanlon, Annabel Croft, Jody Cundy, Zara McDermott, Nikita Kanda and Ellie Leach will also be battling out in a bid to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy.

TV stars Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be hosting the dance contest as usual.

And the new series will see the return of judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas, who recently suggested that legendary broadcaster Angela would be one to watch in the competition.

“I have followed her my whole career,” she said during an appearance on This Morning.

“She is going to be giving you all a run for your money, I am telling you!”

However, a source recently told The Sun that Love Island star Zara and Jade Goody’s son Bobby “are absolutely the favourites” for the 2023 series.

"All the dancers want to be paired with them because they both have serious potential on the dance floor,” said the insider.

“There’s a battle going on between the pros as they all try to convince bosses to get the best pairing.”

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