STRICTLY: FIRST LOOK AT PRO CLASS OF 2022 AHEAD OF LAUNCH SHOW
Join Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman alongside Judges Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse as they welcome 15 brand new celebrities to the Strictly ballroom.
Multi award winning performer John Legend is set to perform on the launch show, as will reigning champions Rose and Giovanni who will perform one of their iconic dances from last series.
This year's Strictly stars are: actor Will Mellor; actress and presenter Kym Marsh; radio presenter Richie Anderson; Loose Women star Kaye Adams; comedian Jayde Adams; Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds OBE; radio DJ Tyler West; singer-songwriter Matt Goss...
They are joined by actress and comedian Ellie Taylor; singer and actress Molly Rainford; football legend Tony Adams MBE; singer-songwriter and presenter Fleur East; wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin; EastEnder James Bye and presenter Helen Skelton.
The four new world class dancers completing this year’s professional troupe are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.
They join the professional dancers already revealed for the upcoming series: Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.
Vito Coppola says: “I am really excited to become part of this family. I cannot wait to start this new adventure and to challenge myself. Strictly sto arrivando! (or: Strictly I am coming!)”
Carlos Gu says: “I’m thrilled to join Strictly and very excited to get started. It’s a new chapter of my life and a new challenge as well. I’m absolutely ready to take on this journey and to shine.”
Lauren Oakley says: “I’ve grown up watching Strictly, always hoping that one day I could be part of the best show on television, doing what I love the most. Now that it’s happening, it doesn’t quite seem real. I can’t wait to start this new sequined adventure and join this incredible family.”
Michelle Tsiakkas says: “Being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been my dream ever since I was a little girl. I cannot believe my dream has come true! I’m so grateful to be joining this incredible family and I can’t wait to step on that magical dance floor and give it my all!”
Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday 17th September at 6:10pm on BBC One.