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New Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas warns celebrities

Shirley Ballas

Strictly Come Dancing 2017's new judge Shirley Ballas has issued a warning to this year's celebrities.

Originally from Wallasey, Shirley is a former 'British Open to the World' Champion, European, German, United Kingdom, United States and International Latin American Champion.

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She was confirmed as Strictly's new head judge earlier this year, replacing Len Goodman who stood down after a decade on the show last series.

Shirley said at the time: “I am so excited and over the moon to have been given this wonderful opportunity. I can’t wait to get in to the ballroom and be part of the incredible and respected judging panel. Strictly is so loved by the British public, I have always been a massive fan. I just can’t wait!"

Now gearing up for her first show, Shirley has given this year's all star contestants a strong warning.

She told the BBC: "If I ask [the celebrities] to do something and they don't deliver it the following week, I'm not going to tell them that it's okay.

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"I'm not that kind of judge. I will be expecting things from them and I hope that they will be expecting things from me, to be as honest and as forthright as I can [and] help them become the best dancer they can be."

Shirley will be joined by returning Strictly judges Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

Celebs on the Strictly Come Dancing cast this year include The Saturdays' Mollie King, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, Host of ITV's This Morning and regular Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford, Reverend Richard Coles, and soap actress Gemma Atkinson.

Also on the official line up right now are TV chef and presenter Simon Rimmer, Holby City actor Joe McFadden, BBC Radio 4 comic Susan Calman, JLS singer Aston Merrygold and comic Brian Conley.

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They're joined by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu, X Factor winner turned West End star Alexandra Burke, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, and Debbie McGee, TV personality, presenter and the widow of magician Paul Daniels.

The precise Strictly Come Dancing 2017 start date has now been officially confirmed with Strictly starting on TV on Saturday, September 9 at 7PM.