What time does Strictly Come Dancing 2021 start?

A TV staple since it first hit the screens in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing will return to the box for a brand new series.

The hit BBC show is set for an astounding comeback after a shortened series in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2021 start?

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 starts on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

The 19th series will kick off at 7:45pm on BBC One.

The launch show will involve celebrities in the likes of Ugo Monye, Tom Fletcher, Katie McGlynn and Tilly Ramsay, among others, being paired up with their professional dancer.

The live shows are then set to begin on Saturday, September 25.

Dan Walker originally broke the news by mistake on BBC Breakfast on Thursday August 2 – but this was also confirmed by the BBC themselves a day later, August 3.

Who are the judges for Strictly Come Dancing 2021?

Shirley Ballas will return as head judge for the 2021 series.

Craig Revel Horwood will also take up his role as judge – which he has been doing since the show's inception in 2004.

Motsi Mabuse is also returning for a third series.

They are all joined by Anton Du Beke who replaces long running judge Bruno Tonioli.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will also be returning to their duties as co-hosts.

Who is in the Strictly 2021 line-up?

The celebrities taking part in Strictly started to be announced in August 2021.

The full line-up:

  • Robert Webb
  • AJ Odudu
  • Tom Fletcher
  • Nina Wadia
  • Greg Wise
  • Tilly Ramsay
  • Judi Love
  • Adam Peaty
  • Dan Walker
  • Katie McGlynn
  • John Whaite
  • Rose Ayling-Ellis
  • Rhys Stephenson
  • Sara Davies
  • Ugo Monye

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How can I watch Strictly Come Dancing 2021?

Strictly Come Dancing will begin on September 18, 2021, on BBC One at 7.45pm.

The launch show will see celebrities paired with their professional dancers.

The first live show airs at 7pm on Saturday, September 25, 2021, on BBC One.

No one will be axed after the first live show.

The shows will also be put on BBC iPlayer as each episode airs.

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