Strictly Come Dancing 2018 start date, celebrities line up, pros, judges - all we know so far

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2018 start on TV? Air date and cast rumours

Strictly Come Dancing 2018

Here's all you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2018.

From the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 cast line up of celebrities to when the show is back on TV and who's hosting, we've got you covered.

When does Strictly Come Dancing start this year?

The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 launch date has not yet been officially confirmed by BBC.

However the show is typically back in September time and that's unlikely to change again. The pre-recorded launch show often takes place the second Saturday of the month, which this year would be September 8.

Usually Strictly's live shows start the final weekend of the month, placing this year's Strictly Come Dancing air date around Saturday, September 22.

Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing

Who's on Strictly Come Dancing 2018?

While Strictly still has a while to go before launching, a number of celebs have been linked to the series.

Strictly Come Dancing bosses are reportedly "desperate" to sign X Factor star turned TV host Rylan Clark-Neal. "Rylan is charismatic and popular, and the bosses are sure he would be a huge hit on the show," a source told The Sun. “He is definitely one of their targets for 2018.”

The Chase's Mark Labbett has also been tipped to take part in Strictly Come Dancing. alongside Actress Michelle Keegan. It's said BBC bosses will "break the bank" to sign Michelle, who previously starred in ITV soap Coronation Street.

Also rumoured have been Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen Rooney, Radio and TV host Maya Jama and actress Chelsea Halfpenny. Chelsea is the niece of Jill Halfpenny, who herself competed on Strictly in the second series and won the show.

More celebs tipped for the Strictly 2018 cast are reality star Joey Essex, TV personality Anneka Rice, Sky Sports pundit and Ninja Warrior UK host Chris Kamara and Hollyoaks star turned Oscar winner Rachel Shenton.

Yet more rumoured celebrities include The 2015 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein, boxing legend Frank Bruno and even This Morning host Holly Willoughby. Despite hosting Dancing On Ice, she said: "I'm obsessed with Strictly, so I'd love to learn to dance."

Also rumoured have been TV actor and presenter Les Dennis plus former England footballer David James.

Strictly Come Dancing pros

As yet the full line up of Strictly Come Dancing 2018 pros have not been confirmed.

However we know at least one familiar name will NOT be back. Brendan Cole has been axed by the BBC after 14 years.

"They've made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show," he said in January. "I'm in shock. I got a phone call. I've had 15 incredible series. I'm disappointed. I've always known this day would come. I'm a very strong character, some don't like that.

"I've never been contracted for more than one year. I still wanted to be part of it. My passion is still very much there."

It's also rumoured that Chloe Hewitt will not be returning to the pro line up after joining in 2015.

Strictly Come Dancing judges

Shirley Ballas will return as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing this year, it's been reported.

Shirley Ballas
Shirley Ballas

New judge Shirley joined Strictly Come Dancing last series in place of Len Goodman, who stepped down after a decade in 2016.

As well as taking over his seat on the panel, Shirley became the new head judge and had the casting vote in the dance off.

It's been claimed that Shirley be back return this autumn, recently meeting with show bosses to sign a new deal. She'll sit alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, and Bruno Tonioli.

“She met Strictly bosses this week to thrash out a deal," an insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

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