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Strictly Come Dancing - BBC1

Strictly's Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman
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It’s back! The 16th series of Strictly Come Dancing kicks off with tonight’s launch show, with hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman

Yes, at long last it’s time to glory in sequins and shimmy round your living room, as Strictly returns to our screens.

Fifteen brand-new celebrities, including Faye Tozer from Steps, Danny John-Jules from Death in Paradise and presenter Katie Piper will anxiously await news of who their professional partner will be, while our fab-u-lous four judges look on with interest.

Head judge Shirley Ballas

Head judge Shirley Ballas

TV Times caught up with head judge Shirley Ballas, 57, who said of the line up:

'I think it’s a really good mix! I like different types of people – those who have a bit of knowledge of moving to music, those who have none at all and I love people in their 50s! I don’t mind as long as they bring their work ethic.'

Aside from the matchmaking, we’re guaranteed stupendous professional numbers, a chance to see the celebs in action in a very special group dance and hip-shaking music from Nile Rodgers and Craig David.

We’re jumping out of our chairs with excitement, just like Bruno Tonioli!

TV Times rating: *****