THE NATION’S favourite dance show, Strictly Come Dancing, has shimmied its way triumphantly onto our screens for the 15th fabulous series.
But who’s left in the line-up attempting to jive, waltz and tango to the glitterball trophy? Here’s the lowdown on the celebrities, the judges and the professionals…
When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on TV?
Episode five of the 2017 Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday, October 7 at 6.35pm on BBC One, with movie week.
Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.
There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.
Who is hosting Strictly this year?
The pair took over from the late Bruce Forsyth in 2014, as the presenter became increasingly dogged with health issues – he passed away on August 18.
Who’s on the judging panel and who has replaced Len Goodman?
The Sun revealed that Shirley Ballas replaced Len as head judge back in May.
Dubbed The Queen of Latin, Shirley stunned producers during screen tests and landed the job ahead of show favourites.
The 56-year-old was the only candidate to receive a second screen test during the search.
Are there any new professional dancers?
The Sun’s Bizarre column revealed that three stunning new pro dancers would be joining the Strictly line-up for the new series.
Which celebrities are still in the Strictly line-up?
- Gemma Atkinson is known for appearing on Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, but now she is swapping soaps for Strictly.
- Ruth Langsford is the latest ITV presenter to sign up and will be foxtrotting her way on to this year’s show.
- Davood Ghadamiis this year’s EastEnders actor going on to the show, and producers have him lined up to be this year’s heartthrob.
- Mollie King from The Saturdays is the second band member to compete on the show after Frankie Bridge finished runner-up in 2014.
- Brian Conley is a panto favourite and TV funnyman now part of the dancing show – following his removal from I’m A Celeb in 2012 after he failed to take his anti-depressants.
- Rev Richard Coles is a priest and former 80s pop star who had three Top 10 hits with the Communards, now taking to the Strictly floor.
- Joe McFadden plays Raffaello di Lucca on Holby City – the TV doctor will be hoping to execute his moves with surgical precision when he gets stuck in to Strictly.
- Aston Merrygold’sinvolvement in the show was revealed exclusively by The Sun – this is despite the JLS star having years of dancing experience.
- Simon Rimmer, one half of the Sunday Brunch presenting duo with Tim Lovejoy, was announced as one of the celebs live on the popular Channel 4 show.
- Susan Calman is a Scottish comedian and Radio 4 favourite who’s also appeared on QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week.
- Charlotte Hawkinsis one of the presenters of Good Morning Britain who reads news headlines alongside former Strictly contestants Susanna Reid and Kate Garraway.
- Debbie McGee is a TV personality and best known for being the magician’s assistant of her late husband Paul Daniels.
- Jonnie Peacock is a Paralympic gold medallist, who was appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics and becomes the first disabled celebrity to grace the show.
- Alexandra Burke, who won The X Factor in 2008, knows what it’s like to win big on a reality TV series, but this time she’ll be competing with her feet rather than her voice.
Who has been voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2017 so far?
- Chizzy Akudolu is an actress, comedian and TV star, best-known for her role as Mo Effanga in hospital-set soap Holby City.