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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Live Shows Start Date Confirmed, With Bumper Episode Set To Air

Huffington Post UK logo Huffington Post UK 13/09/2017 Rachel McGrath
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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ bosses have announced that this year’s live shows will begin on Saturday 23 September and they’re mixing things up by starting airing one bumper episode, instead of two smaller ones.

In recent years, the first weekend of actual dancing has seen half of the couples dance on Friday night and the other hitting the ballroom on the Saturday evening, but it’s all change for 2017.

For the first time in seven years, the series will begin with a huge 140 minute episode as all 15 couples strut their stuff for the first time.

They are keeping one key element of the first live weekend, as while the judges will give their scores as usual, nobody will be voted off.

Last weekend saw the series begin with the celebrity pairings being revealed and while all of the stars were delighted to find out who they’ll be dancing with, Susan Calman was particularly awestruck by her pro partner.

After being paired with Kevin Clifton, a tearful Susan told Tess Daly: “I’ve dreamt about being on the show for years, and I’ve always dreamt about dancing with Kevin. I’m so sorry but I feel like I’ve won the Lottery!”

Gallery: Strictly Come Dancing contestants reveal their outfits (Provider: Digital Spy)

Ruth Langsford, Simon Rimmer, Alexandra Burke, Strictly Come Dancing: Prepare to take to the dance floor – Strictly Come Dancing 2017 is just days away. And, as is tradition, the celebs have been showing off their sparkling outfits ahead of the big launch.Check out all the stars of this year's series in their finest sequins ahead of the show's return to BBC One on Saturday (September 9) at 7pm.Warning: contains serious razzle dazzle. Strictly Come Dancing contestants reveal their outfits

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