Strictly Come Dancing: Kylie Minogue joins this year’s launch

Mark Ronson will also get the party started

Kylie Minogue will open this year’s Strictly Come Dancing launch show, it has been reported.

The Locomotion hit maker will take to the stage to perform a mix of her hits – although her set list is not yet known – to beautiful routines choreographed by the professionals before viewers find out who the celebrities have been paired with.

Kylie will get the launch show party started Credit: Splash)

There will also be musical performances from Academy Award Winner Mark Ronson and Grammy Award Winning American singer-songwriter YEBBA.

The launch show will also see new judge Motsi Mabuse make her debut on the judging panel alongside  Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas.

Motsi Mabuse
Motsi has joined the judging line-up (Credit: Splash)

As well as sussing out the talent on this year’s series, the judges will also take to the dance floor to perform an unmissable group number with the professionals.

The 2019 shows will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman as they welcome the celebrities and their partners to the floor each week.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Live Launch
Claudia and Tess are back for hosting duties Credit: (BBC)

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This year’s series will see Anneka Rice, Dev Griffin, James Cracknell, Alex Scott, Jamie Laing, Will Bayley, Michelle Visage, Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Karim Zeroual, Mike Bushell, Catherine Tyldesley, Saffron Barker, David James, Chris Ramsey and Emma Barton go head-to-head to win the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

Cath is among the stars lining up to compete Credit:

There will be a new dynamic on the programme this time around as Dame Darcey Bussell will no longer be on the panel and, instead, Motsi will take her seat.

Former head judge Len Goodman – who quit the programme in 2016 – recently said that Motsi may have a hard time winning over the public as she is the sister of Strictly professional Oti Mabuse and people may accuse her of being biased.

Len Goodman warns there could be trouble ahead (Credit: BBC)

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The 75-year-old dancer said: “That’s going to be the hardest thing for Motsi. Can you imagine if Oti is in the final two in the dance-off?

“Whatever decision she makes Motsi will get criticism. If she puts Oti through then people will say she’s doing her sister a favour.

“If she votes her off they will say she didn’t want to be seen to be keeping it in the family.

“I’ve been in a similar situation when I’ve had to judge pupils or former pupils in dancing competitions.

“All you can do is make the decision based on what you see and try to act with integrity.

“I’m sure Motsi will do that and if that means having to vote Oti off then that’s what she’ll have to do.”

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