When does Strictly Come Dancing 2016 start? Launch date revealed for September!

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2016 start date is nearing with the BBC confirming that the show will be back on TV in September.

The BBC has announced the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 launch date will be in around a month's time in September 2016.

The precise start date has been confirmed for Saturday, September 3 at 6:50PM.

This will be the usual pre-recorded opening show, introducing us to the celebrities and pro dancers and seeing them paired up.

The pro line up for Strictly 2016 has already been confirmed with a big shake up.

Kristina Rihanoff, Ola Jordan, Aliona Vilani, Tristan MacManus and Gleb Savchenko are all OUT.

New faces in their place are world-class Latin and Ballroom dance experts including World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and top Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez.

Also joining Strictly are a trio of British dancers including World Champion Neil Jones and British and European Youth Latin and Ballroom Champions, AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, who will be the youngest ever professional dancers to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

As for the celebs, this morning saw the very first name CONFIRMED by the BBC for the new series.

The rest of the all star contestants are being kept secret - for now - but Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman has seen the line up and says she screamed with excitement over one name in particular.

Claudia, who will again front the series alongside Tess Daly, said: "There's something for everyone: there's young, there's old, there's small, there's tall, there's cuddly, there's abrasive.

"Actually there's no abrasive ones, I miss the abrasive ones."

Tess added: "There's cute, there's gorgeous..."

Claudia continued: "There's hot, there's edible."

She teased: "There is one name that made me scream."

Rumoured celebs include ITV's Judge Rinder, singer Anastacia, Corrie's Ryan Thomas, model Daisy Lowe, Pop Idol singer Will Young, Eternal's Louise Redknapp, former I'm A Celebrity host Laura Whitmore and butler to the late Princess Diana, Paul Burrell.

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