When does Strictly Come Dancing 2014 start? All you need to know about the first live show

See when Strictly's live shows kick off

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When does Strictly Come Dancing 2014 start? The first live show kicks off every soon, and here's all you need to know!

Strictly waltzed its way back onto our screens earlier this month and it seems like we've been waiting forever for the live shows.

But the countdown is now on, with just one week to go.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2014 live shows start this Friday on BBC One, airing from 9PM on September 26.

The usual two-part opener will continue on Saturday, with the bumper line up of fifteen celebs being split over the two nights.

Alison Hammond, Caroline Flack, Frankie Bridge, Greg Wallace, Jake Wood, Jennifer Gibney, Judy Murray
Mark Wright, Pixie Lott, Scott Mills, Simon Webbe, Steve Backshall, Sunetra Sarker, Tim Wonnacott and Thom Evans will all be performing live for the first time after just three weeks of training.

Although they will be watched over by ever-critical Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell, the celebrity hoofers can breathe easy, for while the experts will be giving their opinions, there will be no public vote or elimination this week - although the judges' scores will be carried over to next week.

As for the dances, expect plenty of the usual mix of Waltz and Cha Cha Chas, plus a few Tangos and maybe even a Jive.

Who are you backing to win? Add your comments below!

Browse pictures of the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 stars and their pro partners below...

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