Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman launch a new series of the celebrity dance contest, with judges Len, Bruno, Darcey and Craig casting a critical eye over proceedings as 15 celebrities step onto the dance floor for the first time. Some might be nervous, some possibly terrified, but all 15 are excited to find out who their professional dance partner will be...
Along with pairing the perfect partners, there are also performances from Olly Murs and Rebecca Ferguson. And, of course, all the pros and celebrities dance their very first routine together to get the new series of Strictly launched in style.
The show pairs a number of celebrities with professional ballroom dancers who each week compete against each other to impress a panel of judges and the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination. Through telephone voting, viewers vote for whom they would like to stay, the results of the poll being combined with the ranking of the panel of judges.
The show is broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday evenings, and is presented by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. The judging panel consists mainly of Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood.