Strictly Come Dancing 2012: One week to go!

Strictly Come Dancing 2012

It's almost here, tonight begins the one week countdown to the return of Strictly Come Dancing!

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 kicks off on BBC One on September 15, and here’s all the latest gossip from the new series!

There’s been plenty of rumours about which celebrities will join the line up, and this week has seen the first stars confirmed.

Beeb bosses have revealed that Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer, Daybreak presenter Richard Arnold and Westlife singer Nicky Byrne are all on the line up.

And today Kimberley Walsh became the latest star to be confirmed as one of this year's Strictly celebrities!

Other stars rumoured to be on the line up this year include Denise Van Outen, Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, Olympian Victoria Pendleton and telly presenter Fern Britton.

Meanwhile the new series is also set to see some changes to help keep viewers hooked.

New judge Darcey Bussell will join the panel for the first time, replacing Alesha Dixon on the show after her defection to ITV1 and Britain’s Got Talent.

Darcey has promised to be “critical” of the celebrities and we reckon she won’t hold back with the comments!

She teased: “I will be cracking the whip. I don’t know if I will outbitch Craig but I’m sitting next to him so I imagine his style will end up rubbing off on me.”

The results show is also set to see a revamp, with the dance off being bought back. It will see the judges decide which of the bottom two placed celebrities will stay in the competition after the viewers have had their say.

But while the dance off is back, the show WON’T be going to Blackpool this year.

The iconic semi-final performance has been axed as a cost cutting measure for this series, with sources claiming that moving the show from its London base for the one weekend was a “logistical nightmare”

> Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Confirmed celebrity line up!

Make sure to stick with us as we bring you the latest Strictly Come Dancing news and gossip throughout the new series!

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