Strictly Come Dancing 2011 final to be filmed in 3D, with live shows at Wembley Arena!

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC is planning big changes to this year's Strictly Come Dancing in a bid to cash in on the changes on rival show The X Factor. According to The Sun today, this year's final will be screened in 3D final from Blackpool Tower Ballroom, and they'll also be live shows form the massive Wembley Arena.

The move has been made to take a swipe at Simon Cowell, who will also use the venue for The X Factor final a month later.

More than 6,500 fans will be able to watch Strictly Come Dancing live from Wembley for four of this year's live shows, with proceeds from ticket sales will go to Children In Need.

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The series final will then move to Blackpool Tower Ballroom - the epicentre of ballroom dancing - where the BBC HD channel will be switched to 3D. The experience will hope to bring the celebrity dancers "into" the living rooms of viewers, similar to the Wimbledon tennis earlier this year.

Host Sir Bruce Forsyth said: "I'm a bit doubtful of being in 3D - I hope my chin doesn't knock people off their sofas at home.

"I am delighted that we'll be going to Wembley for this year's Strictly. When I first got the call I thought it was to play football!"

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said the changes to the show would "see the drama, excitement and tension go up another level", adding: "I'm sure this year's celebrities and their partners will put on the show of their lives."

Strictly Come Dancing starts in September, with stars including Nancy Dell'Olio lined up for the series. A source said: "Nancy will bring amazing flair to the programme and a fiery temperament too. Feathers will fly."

Other celebs rumoured for the BBC One dancing series include footie star Robbie Savage, TV host Chris Tarrant and boxer Ricky Hatton.

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