The glitz, the glam and the glorious - albeit sometimes questionable - dancing is officially back as Strictly Come Dancing finally returned to our TV screens.
The new series of the BBC One dance contest began on Saturday night (September 16) with the launch show. Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman were back to help steer the Strictly ship for another year while judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, and Anton Du Beke have returned to cast their expert eyes over the celebrities and their professional dancers as they compete for the Glitterball trophy.
As well as revealing who our celebrities are paired with during the pre-recorded launch, before the official first week of the competition starts next Saturday, September 23, the show opened with a dramatic performance from the fabulous professional dancers, who also performed alongside the judges in an eye-catching routine, like never seen before on the show. READ MORE: Read more Strictly Come Dancing stories here READ MORE: Gorka Marquez admits 'heartbreaking' reason he almost quit Strictly Come Dancing The launch show also included a beautiful tribute to the late Len Goodman, in which Tess, Claudia, the judges and professional dancers remembered the Ballroom icon who died earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Jessie Ware also performed a rendition of ‘Free Yourself’ with a spectacular dance routine from Nadiya Bychkova, Johannes Radebe, Michelle Tsiakkas and Neil Jones, and for the last time, the 2022 Strictly winners Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystał danced their week 4 Salsa from last years’ series reminding the audience exactly why they won the competition.Read more on manchestereveningnews.co.uk