PICTURES! Strictly Come Dancing 2019 celebrities and dancers photoshoot

See the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestants

Here's a first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 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 2019 contestants

Strictly's first live show will see the debut performances from the celebrities, which include former England international goalkeeper David James, who was quickly joined on the line up with comedian Chris Ramsey and EastEnders' actress Emma Barton.

More confirmed Strictly celebs are social media star Saffron Barker, Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley, BBC Sports presenter Mike Bushell and CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual.

Joining them on the Strictly line up are Viscountess Emma Weymouth, RuPaul Drag Race's Michelle Visage, Paralympic champion Will Bayley, and footballer and presenter Alex Scott.

Rounding off the line up are Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, TV legend Anneka Rice and gold medal winning Olympian James Cracknell.

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 21.

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 7PM 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 marks will carry forward and help determine which two couples will be in the bottom two dance off in Week 2.

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