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BBC Strictly Come Dancing fans make the same countdown comment seconds into series launch

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Fans wasted no time in flocking to social media and sharing their joy at Strictly Come Dancing being back on screens. In a change, the hit BBC One show returned on Friday night (September 23) with its pre-recorded launch show.

The 20th series of the popular dance contest was due to return last Saturday night but the BBC took the decision to postpone following the death of the Queen until after her state funeral which took place on Monday.

And things got off to a beautiful start when the show opened with a stunning ballroom performance from the fabulous professional dancers to the Nina Simon track, Feeling Good.

Following a racuas applause it was time for Claudia Winkelman and Tess Daly to return to the ballroom. READ MORE: Gorka Marquez brings home special BBC Strictly Come Dancing gift for daughter and Gemma Atkinson says she's 'obsessed' Claudia welcomed back the audience to the show, saying: "It is so lovely to be back and for the first time in two years we have a full studio audience…" They then welcomed judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and head judge Shirley Ballas all back onto the panel.

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