Strictly Come Dancing 2019 start date, line up of celebrities, judges and pro dancers

All about Strictly 2019: Live shows air date, contestants and new judges

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Here's all you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2019 ahead of the live shows.

From the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 cast line up of celebrities to when the live shows start on TV and who are this year's judges, we've got you covered.

Who's on Strictly Come Dancing 2019?

The line up of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestants were confirmed by the BBC earlier this year.

They include England international goalkeeper David James, who was quickly joined on the line up with comedian Chris Ramsey and EastEnders' actress Emma Barton.

More confirmed Strictly celebs are social media star Saffron Barker, Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley, BBC Sports presenter Mike Bushell and CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual.

Joining them on the Strictly line up are Viscountess Emma Weymouth, RuPaul Drag Race's Michelle Visage, Paralympic champion Will Bayley, and footballer and presenter Alex Scott.

Completing the line up are Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, TV legend Anneka Rice and gold medal winning Olympian James Cracknell.

When do the Strictly Come Dancing live shows start on TV?

The Strictly Come Dancing 2019 started on September 7 with its pre-recorded launch show as the celebs and pros were paired up before taking to the dancefloor for the first time in a group dance.

The start date for the first Strictly Come Dancing live show has been revealed as Saturday, September 21 airing at 7PM.

Strictly's live shows will then continue weekly on Saturday nights with the final on December 14, as Strictly audience tickets are made available.

Strictly Come Dancing pros

The full line up of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 pros were announced earlier this year.

2019 sees the departure of Pasha Kovalev who announced his departure previously in 2019 "to find a new challenge", while new pro Nancy Xu joins the line up.

Pasha said: "I've had 8 fantastic years, full of wonderful memories, thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind the scenes teams who all work to make Strictly the amazing production that it is.

Making up the male pros for 2019 are AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Kevin Clifton and Neil Jones.

Alongside new pro Nancy, the female dancers are Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova and Oti Mabuse.

Strictly Come Dancing judges

This year will see a new addition to the Strictly Come Dancing judging line up.

Earlier this year, ballet dancer Darcey Bussell made the surprise announcement that she was leaving Strictly Come Dancing after seven years.

She'll be replaced by Motsi Mabuse, the South African-born former German Latin Champion and South African Champion.

Motsi, who is sister to Strictly pro Oti, said: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started!”

Motsi will join Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and head judge Shirley Ballas on the new Strictly Come Dancing panel.

Meanwhile, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be back to host.

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