Strictly Come Dancing 2022 – Everything you need to know

Strictly Come Dancing

Autumn is about to get a lot more fab-u-lous as the 20th series of the multi-award-winning Strictly Come Dancing launches on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, once again bringing glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to homes across the nation.

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman welcome our celebrity contestants to the ballroom, where the judges will be watching their every move.

Here’s everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2022

When is Strictly Come Dancing’s launch show?

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston

Strictly Come Dancing’s launch show airs on Friday 23 September from 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, as the Strictly Class of 2022 meet their professional partners for the very first time. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are on hand to kick off what promises to be a fab-u-lous autumn in the ballroom.

When is the first live show of Strictly 2022?

The celebrities and their dance partners take to the ballroom floor for the first live show on Saturday 24 September from 6.45pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. There’s no public vote but the judges still have their paddles. Their scores will be carried over to the next week when viewers will have their chance to vote for their favourite couple.

Meet the Strictly 2022 celebrity contestants

Strictly Come Dancing - BBC Ray Burmiston
From left to right – James Bye, Kym Marsh, Hamza Yassin, Tyler West, Tony Adams, Kaye Adams, Jayde Adams, Helen Skelton, Fleur East, Richie Anderson, Molly Rainford, Matt Goss, Ellie Simmonds, Will Mellor and Ellie Taylor

Waltzing onto our screens this year are Ellie Simmonds, Ellie Taylor, Fleur East, Hamza Yassin, Helen Skelton, James Bye, Jayde Adams, Kaye Adams, Kym Marsh, Matt Goss, Molly Rainford, Richie Anderson, Tony Adams, Tyler West and Will Mellor.

Who are the Strictly 2022 couples?

The Strictly 2022 couples will be revealed during the launch show on Friday 23 September.

Meet the Strictly 2022 Judges

Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood. Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Head Judge Shirley Ballas are back in the ballroom for series 20 and they’re very excited.

Watch out for a new Strictly theme week

This year’s series will include viewer favourites, Movie Week, Halloween Week and Musicals Week. Plus, there’ll be a very special new BBC 100 themed week.

Celebrating 100 years of the BBC, the fun-filled new themed episode will see each of the couples take to the Strictly ballroom floor, either dancing to a theme tune from an iconic BBC programme or in tribute to one of the BBC’s most loved services. There will also be two dazzling professional routines, one dedicated to the BBC’s natural history programming and another that will see our professional dancers “crashing” some of the BBC’s flagship shows.

Strictly’s returning to Blackpool!

Yes, that’s right, Strictly Come Dancing will be returning to the famous Tower Ballroom for Blackpool Week in 2022.

Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two is back

Rylan and Janette Manrara
Rylan and Janette Manrara. Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston

It Takes Two will be back on Monday 26 September on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer with hosts Janette Manrara and Rylan at the helm once again.

  • They’ve been sharing their favourite Strictly memories and dream dance routines here.

Here’s how to listen to the official Strictly podcast

Joe Sugg and Kim Winston return to BBC Sounds to celebrate Strictly Come Dancing’s 20th series and Strictly Come Dancing: The Official Podcast promises to provide even more access-all-areas content than ever before.

Strictly Come Dancing – Saturday 25 September from 6:45pm to 9:10pm on BBC One.

Episode one of Strictly Come Dancing: The Official Podcast will be released on Sunday 25 September. Each episode will be released on Sunday evenings following the Strictly results show.

Images: BBC/Ray Burmiston