Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to the ballroom for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2021. Dusting off their paddles are returning judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse, alongside the newest addition to the panel, Strictly's longest-serving professional dancer Anton Du Beke.Fifteen new celebrities are paired with professional partners before taking to the floor for the first time in a huge group number. There are two routines from the Strictly professionals, one of which introduces our four brand new dancers. Not to be missed are the return of reigning champion Bill Bailey and a spectacular music performance from Anne Marie. It's time to start dancing!
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.