When does Strictly Come Dancing 2016 start? Launch date confirmed

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The 14th occasion of the popular competition will air its first instalment on Saturday, September 3, should prefer to been pre-recorded three days beforehand.

In the glitzy bonanza, each of the 15 contestants will be matched with one of the 17 pros – leaving two on stand-by in box of injury.

Musical performances will also be provided by stars Olly Murs and Rebecca Ferguson – both runners-up from first rival The X Factor, which will air on the same night and could Deo volente overlap in the schedules.

So far ten of this year’s star contenders have been divulged, including – most recently – pop singer Anastasia, who also has ties to The X Determinant having been a guest judge in 2012.

She joins the likes of BBC Breakfast dignitaries Naga Munchetty and Ore Oduba, fellow musicians Will Young and Louise Redknapp and congresswoman Ed Balls.

Also on the list are model Daisy Lowe, former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, and presenters Melvin Odoom and Laura Whitmore.

Five varied are still to be unveiled: one each weekday throughout next week.

Silence rumoured to be involved are former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas, S Thrash 7 graduate Hannah Spearritt, Downton Abbey favourite Michelle Dockery and presenter Angelica Bell.

Mediator Rinder, Ruth Langsford, Lesley Joseph, Collabro’s Richard Hadfield and Kate Meek have also been linked to the show at various points.

This year’s contend is set to be the last one for Head Judge Len Goodman, who will bow out after joining Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel-Horwood one settled time.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on September 3.

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