PICTURES! Strictly Come Dancing 2017 celebrities and dancers photoshoot

See the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestants

Here's a first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 celebrity and pro official photoshoot.

The contestants and their professional partners have glammed up for the snaps ahead of this weekend's first live shows.

This year we've fifteen celebrity contestants and the launch earlier this month saw them partnered up with the pros which include a number of newbies.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestants

Strictly's first live show will see the debut performances from the couples, which include Mollie King & AJ Pritchard, Susan Calman & Kevin Clifton, Alexandra Burke & Gorka Marquez, Charlotte Hawkins & Brendan Cole and Ruth Langsford & Anton Du Beke.

More confirmed pairings from the launch show are Simon Rimmer & Karen Clifton, Chizzy Akudolu & Pasha Kovalev, Debbie McGee, & Giovanni Pernice, Gemma Atkinson & Aljaž Škorjanec and Aston Merrygold & Janette Manrara.


Finally, rounding off the pairs are Reverend Richard Coles & Dianne Buswell, Davood Ghadami & Nadiya Bychkova, Joe McFadden & Katya Jones, Jonnie Peacock & Oti Mabuse and Brian Conley & Amy Dowden.

After just two weeks of intense training there are now just DAYS to go until the couples must dance together live for the first time this year.

This year's Strictly live shows begin at the end of the week on BBC One on Saturday, September 23.

Unlike in past years where the first live show was split over two nights on Friday and Saturday, this year there is just the one marathon episode from 6:25PM on BBC One.

As usual, there will be no elimination in week one so the celebs and their pro partners can all relax - a bit.

The judges however will still comment and score all of the first dances and those markswill carry forward and help determine which two couples will be in the bottom two dance off in Week 2.