Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line up and start date: What we know so far

Strictly Come Dancing is returning to screens next month, with this year’s star-studded lineup in the midst of being unveiled by BBC bosses.

The show will kickstart is 20th series hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, with actors Kym Marsh and Will Mellor being the first stars confirmed to be taking part. 

 Alongside this, the Strictly spin-off It Takes Two will also be back on screens, hosted by Rylan Clark and former professional dancer Janette Manrara.

So, as this year’s stars don their dancing shoes to hit the ballroom and show off their skills, here’s everything you need to know about the much-anticipated new series.

Coming soon! Strictly Come Dancing is returning to screens next month- here’s everything you need to know about the new series (2021 winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are pictured)

When will Strictly Come Dancing start?

Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to screens next month, though an exact date is yet to be confirmed by BBC bosses.

The glitzy launch show, which sees the celebrities discover their professional partners, will be pre-recorded at Elstree on Wednesday September 7, and will be broadcast later that month.

Strictly will then return with its first live show a week after the launch, with all of the couples taking to the dancefloor twice in two weeks, before the first pair are voted off.

The show will then air live every Saturday throughout the autumn, with the final typically airing on the last Saturday before Christmas. 

Wow! Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to screens next month, though an exact date is yet to be confirmed by BBC bosses, with the launch set to be pre-recorded on September 7

Wow! Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to screens next month, though an exact date is yet to be confirmed by BBC bosses, with the launch set to be pre-recorded on September 7

Who is in the Strictly 2022 lineup?

So far only two stars have been confirmed for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing lineup, with Coronation Street star Kym Marsh and Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor unveiled during BBC Breakfast on Thursday.

Kym revealed she’s been keen to join the show ‘for a number of years’ while Will said he’s signed up to bring some joy to his mother following his dad’s death from cancer in 2020.

An array of stars are also rumoured to be appearing on the new series, including chef Gino D’Acampo, Emmerdale star Adam Thomas, presenter Steph McGovern, Olympic champion Tom Daley and retired footballer Tony Adams.

It was also reported that rugby player Mike Tindall, who is married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara, and the Queen’s granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, were top of bosses’ wish list to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.

Fans are also hoping the series could feature another same-sex pairing, after The Great British Bake Off star John Whaite and Johannes Radebe reached the final last year.

Coming soon! So far two stars have been confirmed for this year's lineup, with the first being Coronation Street star Kym Marsh

At last! Actor Will Mellor has also been confirmed for the new series

Big names! So far two stars have been confirmed for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing lineup, with Coronation Street star Kym Marsh and Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor unveiled during BBC Breakfast on Thursday 

New faces: This year's Strictly has seen huge changes in the professional lineup, with four new dancers signing up to take part after Aljaž Škorjanec and Oti Mabuse announced they would be leaving the show earlier this year

New faces: This year’s Strictly has seen huge changes in the professional lineup, with four new dancers signing up to take part after Aljaž Škorjanec and Oti Mabuse announced they would be leaving the show earlier this year

Who are the Strictly professional dancers?

This year’s Strictly has seen huge changes in the professional lineup, with four new dancers signing up to take part after Aljaž Škorjanec and Oti Mabuse announced they would be leaving the show earlier this year.

Four new pro dancers have joined the line-up, which means that 20 professionals in total are ready to bring their skills to the BBC show’s dancefloor later this year.

The four new world class dancers completing this year’s professional troupe are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.

They join the professional dancers already revealed for the upcoming series: Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu. 

Not every pro dancer will be paired with a celebrity with four traditionally performing only in the professional group routines.

Who will host the new series of Strictly Come Dancing? 

Grand return! The new series of Strictly Come Dancing will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman , who had presented the show together since 2014

Grand return! The new series of Strictly Come Dancing will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman , who had presented the show together since 2014

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, who had presented the show together since 2014.

They will present a live show on Saturday, followed by a pre-recorded results show which will air on Sunday evenings. 

Rylan Clark and Janette Manrara will return to host the Strictly spin-off It Takes Two, which airs weekdays on BBC Two, featuring interviews with the couples and judges, along with behind the scenes clips and fun segments.

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges?

Anticipated: Craig Revel Horwood , Shirley Ballas , Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke will return to the judging panel for the 20th series, after Bruno Tonioli confirmed in July he had permenantly left the show

Anticipated: Craig Revel Horwood , Shirley Ballas , Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke will return to the judging panel for the 20th series, after Bruno Tonioli confirmed in July he had permenantly left the show

Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke will return to the judging panel for the 20th series, after Bruno Tonioli confirmed in July he had permenantly left the show.

Bruno was unable to appear on the past two series due to his filming commitments in the US and Covid restrictions, with former professional Anton joining the panel in his place last year.  

Bruno told MailOnline that he had found juggling the British show and its American variant Dancing With The Stars shows too taxing, saying: ‘Well I always will miss it, it’s my family, but I mean we’ll always be friends and you never know what’s going to happen.’

What are the plans for the 20th series? 

Surprise! It's also been reported that Prince Charles , 73, and Duchess of Cornw ll , 74, are planning to host a live episode of Strictly at Buckingham Palace following secret discussions with BBC executives

Surprise! It’s also been reported that Prince Charles , 73, and Duchess of Cornw ll , 74, are planning to host a live episode of Strictly at Buckingham Palace following secret discussions with BBC executives 

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing will kick off with a special group performance to celebrate 100 years of the BBC, featuring ‘special guests and fun tributes to some of your favourite BBC shows.’

It’s also been reported that Prince Charles, 73, and Duchess of Cornwall, 74, are planning to host a live episode of Strictly at Buckingham Palace following secret discussions with BBC executives.

Camilla is said to be a ‘massive fan’ of the show and even ‘votes every week’ for her favourite dancing duo.

The royal broadcast is being lined up for either the quarter or semi-finals later this , with only a handful of aides believed to be involved in the top secret project. 

At last! Strictly Come Dancing will also return to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom this year, after being unable to film at the historic venue due to Covid restrictions

At last! Strictly Come Dancing will also return to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom this year, after being unable to film at the historic venue due to Covid restrictions

The new series is expected to feature the Movie Week and Musicals Week segments, along with its annual Halloween special.

Strictly Come Dancing will also return to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom this year, after being unable to film at the historic venue due to Covid restrictions.

The new series will also see the return of a full audience for the live shows, after social distancing rules limited the number of spectators able to attend filming.

Sensational: EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis made history when she became the show's first ever disabled contestant to be crowned series champion with professional Giovanni Pernice in 2021

Sensational: EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis made history when she became the show’s first ever disabled contestant to be crowned series champion with professional Giovanni Pernice in 2021

Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2021?  

EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis made history when she became the show’s first ever disabled contestant to be crowned series champion with professional Giovanni Pernice in 2021. 

The actress, who is deaf, earned nationwide praise when she delivered a moving silent dance for her Couples Choice, offering viewers a glimpse into her world.

Previous winners of Strictly Come Dancing include Bill Bailey, Joe McFadden, Ore Oduba, Jay McGuinness, Caroline Flack and Abbey Clancy. 

How does the Strictly Come Dancing voting work?

Each week Strictly Come Dancing viewers vote for their favourite couple either by phone or online, and these votes are combined with the scores given by the judging panel for their performances.

The two couples with the fewest votes then go head-to-head in the dance-off, delivering a reprisal of their performance from the live show.

The judges then decide which couple they would like to save, and in the event of a tie head judge Shirley Ballas is given the casting vote.

Strictly Come Dancing returns next month on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Back soon: Strictly Come Dancing returns next month on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Back soon: Strictly Come Dancing returns next month on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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