PICTURES! Strictly Come Dancing 2018 celebrities and dancers photoshoot

See the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestants

Here's a first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 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 2018 contestants

Strictly's first live show will see the debut performances from the couples, which include Joe Sugg & Dianne Buswell, Kate Silverton & Aljaž Škorjanec and Lauren Steadman & AJ Pritchard

They're joined by Faye Tozer & Giovanni Pernice, Graeme Swann & Oti Mabuse, Seann Walsh & Katya Jones and Dr Ranj Singh & Janette Manrara.

Also on this year's series are Ashley Roberts & Pasha Kovalev, Charles Venn & Karen Clifton, Vick Hope & Graziano Di Prima, Stacey Dooley & Kevin Clifton and Susannah Constantine & Anton Du Beke.


Rounding off the line up are Danny John-Jules & Amy Dowden, Katie Piper & Gorka Marquez, and Lee Ryan & Nadiya Bychkova.

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 22.

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 6:15PM 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.