Strictly Come Dancing 2019 – official line-up pictures released

BBC One's glitziest show is back...

Cast of Strictly Come Dancing 2019

by Tiffany Wallis |
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We are so ready for the sparkle, glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing to take over our screens this autumn.

BBC's hit ballroom series is back for its 17th season with a whole new line-up of star-studded celebrities ready to battle it out on the dance floor and compete for the iconic Glitterball trophy.

With a controversial new judge (her sister is one of the dancers - awks), a glamorous new professional and a new co-host for the spin-off show, this series is set to be the best yet.

Olypmic rower James Cracknell, YouTube sensation Saffron Barker and Drag Race queen Michelle Visage are just a few of the famous faces who are preparing to strut their way onto the ballroom this year. See the confirmed line-up here.

Ahead of Saturday night's dazzling launch show (which is said to feature a guest performance from the queen of pop Kylie Minogue), we take a look as the celebrities get glammed up for their official Strictly Come Dancing 2019 portraits.

Check out the contestants as they put on the glitz ahead of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 launch


Strictly Come Dancing 2019 - official line-up pictures released

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Strictly Come Dancing 2019 - official pictures

To tease us about what to expect on this series of Strictly Come Dancing, the stars have got all glammed up to show off their first official stage costumes. Meet your 2019 Strictly Come Dancing contestants…

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Jamie Laing

The Made In Chelsea hunk is rumoured to have had an injury during rehearsals but we are hopeful that Jamie is still preparing to take part in the show...

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Mike Bushell

We can't wait to see BBC Breakfast's Mike Bushell take on the dance floor. Strictly wrote on Twitter, 'He's swapping early mornings for Saturday nights. Welcome to #Strictly Mike Bushell! @mikebreakfast ud83dudd7a.'Ahead of his Strictly debut, the presenter revealed he is "ready to bring on the glitter!".

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Michelle Visage

Queen of RuPaul's Drag Race Michelle Visage looks fabulous ahead of the Strictly launch show. She is no newbie to the glamorous side of the ballroom and will be well-prepared for any sassy comments from the judges...

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James Cracknell

Olympic rower James Cracknell wows in a sheer costume.He said: "I'm really looking forward to being a part of Strictly this year. Having spent so many years mucking around in a rowing boat with big men in tight lycra, it's time I learned a new skill. I need to apologise to my kids in advance for the embarrassment."

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Saffron Barker

Strictly contestant Saffron Barker is hoping to follow in the footsteps of the fellow YouTuber Joe Sugg, who competed in the show last year. It has been rumoured that Saffron will be partnered with AJ Pritchard, after the cheeky professional dancer let the news 'slip'.

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Karim Zeroual

Children's television presenter Karim Zeroual was the seventh celebrity contestant to be announced for the BBC show. He told MailOnline: "I cannot wait to be 'Strictlified'.

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Dev Griffin

Popular Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin has swapped the DJ decks for the dance floor as he piles on the glitz ahead of the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 launch show this Saturday.

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Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley - who left Corrie as Eva Price last year - announced that she'd be taking part in the series.The soap star looked princess-perfect as she perfected the ultimate dancer pose for her official Strictly portrait snap.

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Alex Scott

Former footballer Alex Scott glammed up ahead of her Strictly Come Dancing debut. She recently revealed: "The football pitch is a bit less glam than the ballroom, but I'm ready to try the sequins and dresses! Bring it on!"

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Emma Barton

Lady in red! EastEnders star Emma Barton posed with attitude in her Strictly official picture. Strictly's Twitter announced Emma's news: "'Waltzing in from Walford welcome @EmmaBarton ! @BBCEastEnders Honey Mitchell to #Strictly. ✨"

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Will Bayley

Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley will compete in the line-up! Announcing the news on social media, bosses wrote, 'London 2012 ✅Rio 2016 ✅Strictly 2019 ✅ Will Bayley MBE @willbayleytt, Gold-Medal winning Paralympian joins our line-up ud83eudd47'. [sic]

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Anneka Rice

Presenter Anneka Rice looks sensational as she joins the Strictly 2019 family! However, we hope she is feeling better as the 60-year-old star reportedly suffered a fall last month.Anneka, who is the oldest contestant on this year's series has been having physio for the last six weeks in a hope to get fit for the launch show this weekend.

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Viscountess Emma Weymouth

Viscountess Emma Weymouth is an exciting contestant this year as she is the first ever member of the British nobility to compete in the BBC dance show.

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David James

Footballer David James was a surprise addition to this year's series. The star even admitted that former contestant Mark Foster was the one who persuaded him to join. Speaking in an Instagram clip, David said: "He said it was so great and I had to do it. So here I am, with the glittery balls."

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Chris Ramsey

Comedian Chris Ramsey was the second celebrity to be announced for this year's series. Strictly tweeted, 'He can handle a heckle but how about a fleckerl? Comedian @IAmChrisRamsey is our second #Strictly celebrity of 2019! ud83cudfa4.'

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Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One this weekend on Saturday 7 September. The season will kick off with a pre-recorded launch show special, where viewers will be introduced to the 2019 cast and meet their professional partners.

The launch show is rumoured to have Kylie Minogue kicking off the series with a spectacular medley of her biggest hits and a showstopping performance from the amazing professional dancers.

The live shows are thought to begin around 2 weeks after the pre-recorded show, so make sure you shimmy over to BBC One this Saturday at 7:40pm to find out more and officially meet the contestants...

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