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In Pictures A first look at the Strictly Come Dancing launch show

The series will see 12 new celebrities hoping to impress the judges and raise the Glitterball trophy.

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

Strictly Come Dancing has released pictures from the first episode of the series as it returns to screens.

During Saturday night’s launch show, the celebrities and their professional partners will be paired up.

Here is a quick look at what to expect from the first episode:


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Judge Shirley Ballas joins Mabuse and Revel Horwood on the judging panel again (Photographer: Guy Levy).

Judge Shirley Ballas joins Mabuse and Revel Horwood on the judging panel again (Photographer: Guy Levy).

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The programme will see this year’s celebrity contestants get paired with their professional partners, before they all take to the dance floor to perform a group routine.

Among this year’s contestants are former home secretary Jacqui Smith, comedian Bill Bailey and actress Caroline Quentin.

They are joined by DJ Clara Amfo, BBC pundit and former NFL star Jason Bell, former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, soap star Maisie Smith and Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh.

Former boxer Nicola Adams, reality star Jamie Laing, The Wanted’s Max George and YouTube star HRVY, real name Harvey Leigh Cantwell, will also compete.

Strictly Come Dancing will air at 7.50pm on Saturday on BBC One.

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