When does Strictly Come Dancing start tonight?

Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens this autumn, with a new group of stars learning how to ballroom dance.

From Helen Skelton to Fleur East, a whole roster of celebrities are strutting their stuff to impress the judges and the viewers at home.

Here’s everything you need to know...

This Saturday’s (1 October) live show kicked off at 6.30pm on BBC One. The episode saw all 15 couples dance for the second time, with their scores being combined with last weeks’ on the leaderboard.

Sunday’s (2 October) results show tonight begins at 7.15pm and will see the audience votes combined with the judges’ scors to determine the bottom two couples.

Those in the bottom two will have a dance off, the loser of which will be sent home as the first star to be eliminated from Strictly 2022.

How long will the series run for?

Fifteen celebrities are taking part, meaning that the live shows will likely air for 13 weeks, as they do most years.

The final will most likely take place on 17 December, the last Saturday before Christmas.

When did Strictly begin?

The launch of Strictly 2022 ws pushed back after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, meaning the pre-recorded show in which celebrities are matched with their professional dancing partners aired on Friday 23 September.

Who is competing?

Helen Skelton was the final ‘Strictly’ contestant to be announced this year (BBC)
Helen Skelton was the final ‘Strictly’ contestant to be announced this year (BBC)

The 2022 roster includes actors, musicians, comedians and a Paralympian. Meet them all here.

Who’s on the judging panel?

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton du Beke and head judge Shirley Ballas will be scoring the dancers once again.

Du Beke, who had appeared as a pro dancer on Strictly since its first series, originally stepped in to replace Bruno Tonioli after quarantine rules prevented him from travelling between the US – where he judges Dancing with the Stars – and the UK every week.

Du Beke is now serving as a permanent judge and replacement for Tonioli.

Strictly Come Dancing returns Friday 23 September on BBC One.