Time to cancel the rest of your Saturday plans until Christmas – Strictly Come Dancing is back.
After nine months off our screens, the live shows return to BBC One tonight, following last week’s launch show which saw the 15 new celebrities partnered up with the professional dancers.
And as we have 15 new couples to see dancing for the very first time, you’d better get the snacks in.
Tonight’s live show runs for two hours and 20 minutes, which is just six minutes shorter than Goodfellas, if you’re wondering.
The live show kicks off at 7pm on BBC One, and ends at 9.20pm, when the Beeb switches over to live coverage of Global Citizen Live.
While all the introductions are out of the way, all 15 couples will be marked for the first time by judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and new fixture Anton Du Beke, who has swapped the ballroom for the panel in Bruno Tonioli’s absence.
However, as scary as that is, the celebs might be feeling a little less pressure than usual as no couple will go home this weekend, with the eliminations starting next week.
There are four cha chas tonight from Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell (to Rasputin by Boney M), Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec (to The Boss by Diana Ross), Adam Peaty and Katya Jones (to Beggin’ by Maneskin) and Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden (to Earth, Wind and Fire’s September).
Both AJ Odudu, partnered with Kai Widdrington, and Rose Ayling-Ellis, partnered with Giovanni Pernice, will dance the jive to Gold Dust by DJ Fresh and Shake It Off by Taylor Swift respectively.
There’ll be two tricky sambas, with Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse dancing to Iko Iko (My Bestie) by Justin Wellington ft Small Jam and Nina Wadia and Neil Jones performing to Mi Gente by J Balvin, Willy William ft Beyonce.
Tilly Ramsay will be an actual Waltzing Matilda, dancing to Consequences by Camila Cabello with Nikita Kuzmin, with Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu dancing the Viennese Waltz to End Of The Road by Boyz II Men, aka the saddest song in the world.
Greg Wise and Karen Haeur will dance the American Smooth to Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life, and Judi Love will rival them with her and Graziano Di Prima’s routine to Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools.
Finally, Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova will attempt the tricky quickstep to Everybody Needs Somebody to Love by The Blues Brothers.
Strictly Come Dancing airs at 7pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.