Strictly Come Dancing 2019 – when does it start, who are the contestants and which judges aren’t returning?

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 – when does it start, who are the contestants and which judges aren’t returning?

THE Strictly Come Dancing line-up has been revealed in FULL and fans can’t wait for the upcoming series to start.

Here’s what we know so far about the return of Britain’s favourite dancing competition.

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2019 start?

Strictly Come Dancing is returning for its 17th series on BBC One in 2019.

It kicks off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.

The series premiere will follow shortly after, but a date is yet to be confirmed.

The main show will air live on Saturday evenings with the results the following day on Sundays.

In 2018 the show started on October 6 – with this in mind the show could start on Saturday October 5.

Claudia Winkleman, left, and Tess Daly, right, present Strictly
Claudia Winkleman, left, and Tess Daly, right, present Strictly

Who are the Strictly judges?

Shirley Ballas

Shirley Ballas
Shirley Ballas is the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing 2019
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Returning to the judging panel is head judge Shirley Ballas, who joined the show back in 2017, replacing Len Goodman.

Shirley Ballas, 58, is a ballroom dancer from Merseyside.

She specialises in Latin dance and her success at championships earnt her the nickname “The Queen of Latin.”

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli
Bruno Tonioli is one of the original Strictly judges
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Bruno Tonioli, 63, is an Italian dancer and choreographer from Ferrara.

He has been a judge on Strictly since the show aired its first series in 2004.

Bruno has also been on the panel of the US version Dancing With The Stars.

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood is known for being hyper critical

Craig Revel Horwood, 54, was born in Victoria, Australia.

Like Bruno, he is one of the show’s original judges.

Craig is known for his cutting criticism and negative comments.

Moti Mabuse

Motsi Mabuse is Dame Darcey’s replacement
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In July 2019 it was revealed Motsi Mabuse would be joining the show as a judge.

Motsi is a 38 year old South African dancer, who previously appeared on the German TV show Let’s Dance – the German version of Strictly Come Dancing.

She is the older sister of Strictly pro Oti which means she will have to score her younger sister, 28 — a move which is likely to raise eyebrows among other dancers and viewers.

She replaces Darcey Bussell, who quit the show back in April 2019.

The show is likely to kick off in October 2019
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Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 presenters?

The 2019 series will see the return of popular presenting duo Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

And the evening show It Takes Two will also be back.

In April 2019 it as announced that Rylan Clark-Neal would be co-hosting with Zoe Ball.

Zoe took over the Radio 2 Breakfast Show in January 2019, so has a big commitment there.

What does the winner of Strictly Come Dancing get?

Most importantly the winner gets the coveted Glitterball trophy. 

However, each star also gets £25,000 for signing up.

If they manage to stay on the dance floor until the end of October, this rises to £40,000.

Any star that makes it to the quarter-finals their fee jumps to £60,000.

Those who make the semi-finals see their fee climb to £75,000.

While the Strictly winner will be paid £100,000.

Who won Strictly in 2018?

TV journalist Stacey Dooley and her partner Kevin Clifton were crowned the winners following a dramatic final on December 15, 2018.

Each pairing danced three times on the night, with Stacey and Kevin blowing away the opposition.

The duo were overcome with emotion immediately after their win, with Kevin reduced to tears, as was his ex wife Karen.

Both Stacey and Kevin paid tribute to each other and have since gone on to become a couple.

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