Strictly Come Dancing live shows: Start time, dances, songs and SPOILERS!

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2016 start tonight?

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2016 live shows begin TONIGHT but what time is it on TV? Who's performing, and what are the dances and songs? We've got you covered.

Earlier this year we saw the launch show as this year's celebrity contestants were partnered up with their pro dancers.

They have now each had three weeks to train before returning to the ballroom to dance live for the first time over the course of this evening and tomorrow night.

Who's on the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line up?

The Strictly couples of 2016 were confirmed earlier this month in the launch show where Greg Rutherford partnered up with Natalie Lowe, Judge Rinder joined new pro Oksana Platero and Danny Mac teamed up with Oti Mabuse.

More pairings are Melvin Odoom coupled up with Janette Manrara, Ore Oduba dancing with Joanne Clifton, Will Young together with Karen Clifton and - the last of the male celebs - Ed Balls and another new pro, Katya Jones.

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There is also a new male pro, with AJ Pritchard partnered with Claudia Fragapane.

The rest of the female celebrity pairings are Lesley Joseph & Anton du Beke, Naga Munchetty & Pasha Kovalev, Daisy Lowe & Aljaž Škorjanec, Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton, Tamika Empson & Gorka Marquez, Anastacia & Brendan Cole and finally Laura Whitmore & Giovanni Pernice.

What time does the Strictly Come Dancing start tonight?

As has become customary, the first of this year's Strictly Come Dancing live shows is split into two with the first part on Friday, September 23 from 9PM. The second airs the next day on Saturday, September 24 at 6:30M.

The couples will be split across the Friday and Saturday shows with six couples dancing on Friday and the remaining nine on Saturday.

However the BBC has not yet confirmed who will be performing on which show but we'll update you as soon as they do.

The Strictly live shows will then continue every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until December, with all couples left in the competition each week dancing together in the same programme.

How do the live shows work?

As always for the first week of Strictly live shows, there will be no public vote and no eliminations with the results show with Tess and Claudia beginning on TV from week two on Sunday nights.

But the judges will still score all the dances and points will be carried forward to next weekend.

And from then, each week the two couples with the lowest combined scores, from the judges and public vote, will face each other in the dance off, with one couple leaving the competition for good.

What are the celebs dancing this week?

The full song and dance list for the first week has been revealed with the Cha Cha, Waltz, Jive and Tango all being tackled by the celebs - SEE IT HERE!

How do I get Strictly Come Dancing tickets?

To get tickets for Strictly Come Dancing, check out the BBC website HERE. Tickets are giving out randomly to those signed up on the mailing list. Good luck!

Tamika and Gorka

Is Strictly going to Blackpool?

Yup! Once again this year, at the halfway stage of the competition and now a Strictly Come Dancing tradition, the show will travel to the international home of Ballroom dancing where the celebrities and their partners will perform at the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

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What about It Takes Two?

With the start of the Strictly live shows you can be sure to tune in to It Takes Two nightly on BBC Two with Zoe Ball, each evening Monday-Thursday at 6:30PM and on Friday at 6PM with an hour special.

Browse pictures of this year's Strictly celebrity and pro couples in their glam photoshoots below...

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