BBC announce date for Strictly Come Dancing 2018 launch show!

Dust off your dancing shoes, Strictly Come Dancing is waltzing back onto BBC One for its 16th series on Saturday 7 September, 2018!

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are rolling out the red carpet to welcome the star-studded celebrity class of 2018 as they begin their Strictly adventure in Strictly Come Dancing: The Launch.

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The 15 celebrity contestants will make their grand entrance into the famous Strictly ballroom and discover which professional dancer they will be paired with. Once the pairings have been announced the celebrities and professionals will take to the dancefloor for the very first time for a spectacular group performance.

‘Queen of Latin’ Shirley Ballas returns as Head Judge and joins legendary judges Dame Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood as the fabulous four cast their eyes on the class of 2018 for the very first time - although tonight they will be leaving their scoring paddles at home.

The show opens with a spectacular red carpet event as the Strictly family dance to a medley of Nile Rodgers’ greatest hits performed by Chic and the man himself. Later in the show Craig David and Stefflon Don will join Nile and Chic to perform their new single.

The transmission time is yet to be announced.