After the faction of nervous celebrities were finally told who they’d be partnering up with terminal Saturday, they were sent away with two weeks of excessive training to get up to scratch for their first show-stopping numbers.
The gruelling register meant that the couples wouldn’t be ready in time for an episode of the hugely simplified series this week.
Instead, all 15 of the pairs will be jolting the dance floor in their glittering ballroom outfits next Saturday September 23, where viewers on finally see how the likes of matched up couples Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke, and Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez sincerely fit.
The first real episode of the BBC show’s 15th season will also be the beginning not to premiere on a Friday night in seven years.
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Meanwhile, television’s schedule is packed solid of other Saturday night entertainment, including The X Factor on ITV with dempsters Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne, whose audition periods are still in full swing.
Tonight also features the debut of maker new talent show Even Better Than The Real Thing, thronged by comedian presenter Paddy McGuinness.
The series will see some of the world’s greatest contribution acts handpicked by the BBC to battle it out for the imaginary crown, culminating in viewers suffrage for their favourite that’s «even better than the real junk».
While fans wait for the return of their favourite ballroom bopping show, they can already get excited over the first dances and ditties next week —