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Strictly Come Dancing judges 'going up against each other' in first look at launch show

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There's not much long to wait until Strictly Come Dancing officially launches its 2023 run and the BBC has offered fans a sneak peak at the launch show as the judges are set to go up "against each other".

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas are all returning to the show to cast an eye over the new famous faces taking to the ballroom, while hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to the helm and steer the Strictly ship until Christmas for another year.

There are also 15 celebrities ready and waiting to show us what they've got in the ballroom in a big to be crowned the Strictly 2023 champion and walk away with the coveted Glitterball trophy. Try MEN Premium for FREE by clicking here for no ads, fun puzzles and brilliant new features. Fans will find out which professional dancers this year's contestants have been paired with during Saturday's show (Saturday 16) which will also feature a special performance from the judges, as well as the current reigning Strictly champions Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystał.

The 2023 series opener of the BBC One dance contest will see show the contestants what they are looking for. Anton is seen looking serious with a black hat, patterned top and dark trousers while Craig opts for more of a French mime look including a black and white striped top, red scarf and suspenders. "Well, it’s very exciting," Craig, 58, said. "So I’m doing an assisted backward walk-over darling, which I’ve never done before, it’s when you drop into two boys’ arms, flip over and land hopefully on your feet, so that’ll be good fun. "It’s really stylised, I really love the music and it’s a compilation and it’s all four judges going up against each other." Images also

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