SEVEEENN! Strictly is coming back for 2021, and there’s going to be a shake up in both the judging panel and the pro dancer line-up once again.
So, what can we expect to see? When will it air? And most importantly, will it be fab-u-lous?! Find out all below:
When is Strictly coming back?
Get your dance shoes on, because Strictly is coming back on 18 September 2021.
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— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly)
September 8, 2021
If it is anything like past years, the first show will be the launch episode in which the couples are partnered up. After that, there will likely be a break for a few weeks before the competition really kicks off.
Head judge Shirley Ballas stated on a cameo that she’s heard that the crew are looking to go back to the usual 13 episode slot now that they’re “getting used to the COVID thing”.
Who are the Strictly contestants?
The BBC has confirmed all the contestants for 2021. They are:
Tom Fletcher – Musician and author
AJ Odudu – Radio DJ
Robert Webb – Comedian
John Waite – Chef and TV presenter
Rhys Stephenson – Children’s TV presenter
Sara Davies – Dragon’s Den Investor
Nina Wadia – EastEnders star
Tilly Ramsay – Chef and TV presenter
Greg Wise – Actor
Dan Walker – BBC Breakfast presenter
Katie McGlynn – Coronation Street star
Judi Love – TV presenter and columnist
Ugo Monye – Former England Rugby player
Rose Ayling-Ellis – EastEnders star
Adam Peaty – Swimmer and Olympian
John Waite will be in the first all-male partnership for the show. They will be the second same-sex partnership after Nicola Adams and Katya Jones last year.
Rose Ayling-Ellis will be the first deaf person to compete in the show, making history for Strictly.
Adam Peaty is also quite literally fresh out of winning two gold medals in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Who are the Strictly professionals?
There’s some fan favourites returning to the dance floor this year, as well as some new faces. The returning pros are:
Graziano Di Prima
Joining them will be Kai Widdrington, a World Junior Latin American Champion and a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent. Pro from Let’s Dance Germany and sixth-time champion in Italy Nikita Kuzmin is taking to the floor, as is Polish champion Cameron Lombard.
Winner of The Greatest Dancer Jowita Przystal has already performed on the Strictly dancefloor, and will also be the only new female professional joining the Strictly family.
Fans of the show may be sad to hear that long-time pros Anton Du Beke and Janette Manrara will not be competing this year. However, that’s because they’ve moved into other roles for the show. Speaking of which…
Who are the Strictly 2021 judges?
Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood will all be back on the judging panel – but sadly Bruno Tonioli will not be back this time due to uncertainty around travel and his commitments to judging on the US show, Dancing With The Stars.
Instead, long-standing pro Anton Du Beke will take over. Anton did actually guest judge for a few episodes last season when Motsi could not due to self-isolating, so has had a taste of the job.
Bruno did state that this more of a ‘filling in’ type of role, which hints that it’s not a permanent thing. We may see the Italian back on the panel in 2022 – restrictions depending of course.
Who are the Strictly presenters?
Once again, Tess Daley and Claudia Winkelman will be returning to host the main show. However, the accompanying weekday series It Takes Two will be getting a shake-up.
Long-time host Zoe Ball has stepped down as the host, and will be replaced by professional dancer, Janette Manrara. She will co-present the series with Rylan Clark-Neal.
Whilst we haven’t had any confirmation on the official Strictly podcast, we assume that Joe Sugg and Kim Winston will be back to give more insights and gossip into the competition for audio listeners.
Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2020?
Comedian and musician Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse managed to snag the glitterball trophy, fending off fierce competition in the finale from EastEnders actress Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez, Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer, and musician HRVY and Janette Manrara.
This win marks two Strictly firsts: the oldest competition winner thus far, and the first pro to win two years running – Oti also lifted the glitterball trophy with Kelvin Fletcher in 2019.
How to watch outside of the UK
As always, Strictly will be shown on BBC One. You can watch on your TV as the episode airs, or on BBC iPlayer on most internet-connected devices, whether that’s a laptop, tablet or phone, or perhaps a media streamer or games console.
You’ll also be able to watch it on BBC iPlayer if you missed the episode and want to catch up. If you’re outside of the UK, there are ways to watch BBC iPlayer abroad such as using a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN. Find out more about how to do that here.