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Saturday 22nd February 2020

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 series start date confirmed

That's Saturday nights sorted until Christmas, then!

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on the box in two weeks, it has been revealed.

The BBC confirmed the 2019 series will begin on Saturday 7 September, with celebrity contestant Michelle Visage starting a countdown on social media.

"Start your engines, Strictly is back in 15 days!” a tweet read from the show’s official account.

Excited fans gave the news top marks - and some seemed surprised the BBC One spectacular was on again so soon.

Strictly is back in 15 days!
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Start your engines, #Strictly is back in 15 days! Saturday 7th September @bbcone ✨ @michellevisage

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"Oh myyyyy did you know it started this soon?" one fan asked a pal on Instagram.

"Yay! I cant wait," another keen viewer responded on Twitter.

Another fan added: "This makes me so, so happy!"

This year’s line up of contestants was seen in rehearsals for the first time earlier this week.

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My fabulous new @bbcstrictly family ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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A photo shared by ex Corrie actress Catherine Tyldesley showed the likes of Michelle Visage, David James and Anneka Rice taking a breather from finding their feet in the dance studio.

Joining them on the dance floor this year are Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Saffron Barker, Alex Scott, Chris Ramsey, Dev Griffin, James Cracknell and Emma Barton.

Will Bayley, Jamie Laing, Mike Bushell and Karim Zeroual are also on board and bidding to win the Glitterball Trophy.

The celebs are not expected to be paired up with their pros until their first show - but it seems dancers Gorka Marquez and Graziano Di Prima will not be available after being 'demoted' from the featured cast.

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