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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: The full confirmed celeb line-up

After last year's EPIC series, Strictly Come Dancing 2017 has A LOT to live up to. From new pro dancers, celebs and even judgers, here's what we know about the series so far...

From Danny and Oti's sexy samba (are we the only ones who still have a hot flush every time we think about it?), to saying an emotional farewell to Len Goodman - last year's Strictly Come Dancing was quite possibly the best series yet.

And with new celebrities, new pro dancers, and even a new judge, Strictly Come Dancing 2017 is shaping up to be a corker.

Here's everything we know about it so far...

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When does the new series of Strictly Come Dancing start?

Good news Strictly fans - the BBC have FINALLY confirmed when Strictly will be back on air - and you don't have long to wait.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 will kick off on Saturday 9th September on BBC One. Put it in your diary!

The full CONFIRMED Strictly Come Dancing 2017 celebrity line-up

Aston Merrygold

Will Aston have all the moves? (Credit: Getty)

JLS singer Aston Merrygold announced he was taking part in Strictly on Scott Mills' BBC Radio 1 show.

Talking to Scott about his plans for the show, ambitious Aston explained: "The aim is to win, of course! Anyone who tells you that they’re just there for the experience is lying."

And is seems like his confidence is well places, as he's bookies favourite to take home the Glitterball trophy! Let's hope he has the moves to back-up the chat!

Alexandra Burke

We reckon Alexandra could take the title! (Credit: Getty)

Alexandra Burke - who was rumoured to be taking part in Striclty 2017 - was one of the last celebs to be confirmed, and we're delighted.

Alexandra won The X Factor back in 2008, and we could easily see her taking home the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 trophy too, although she's not so confident.

Talking about embarking on her Strictly adventure, Alexandra said: "I am very nervous as I am a singer not a dancer, but I am going to give this my absolute everything."

Debbie McGee

Will Debbie be magic on the dancefloor? (Credit: Getty)

Seven years after her husband appeared in the show, Paul Daniel's widow Debbie McGee will be taking to the Strictly dancefloor.

And Debbie is clearly thrilled to be taking part in the show. She gushed: "The excitement is overwhelming. I can't stop smiling. It's been the hardest secret I have ever had to keep!"

Jonnie Peacock

Paralympian Jonnie is the first ever disabled contestant (Credit: Getty) Gold medal winning paralympic athelete Jonnie Peacock is the first ever celebrity contestant with a disability - something he's rightly very proud of.

"The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly's main show was too good to turn down," he said.

And unsurprisingly ambitious Jonnie has his eyes on the prize, although he admitted his dancing experience is pretty limited, explaining: "I've got no previous dance history outside of the occasional 'worm' at a mate's party and I know this will be a challenge and a new experience."

Chizzy Akudolu

Actress Chizzy is all about the glitz (Credit: BBC)

Actress Chizzy Akudolu played surgeon Mo Effanga in Holby City for five years, and is clearly looking forward to getting out of her scrubs and into something a little more glamorous.

Talking about taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2017, she confessed: "When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition once but there was this amazing girl who exploded onto the stage with a gorgeous sequined costume, throwing glitter everywhere.

"I knew it was game over for me. That was then, this is now and this is my chance to have even more sequins!"

Charlotte Hawkins

Good Morning Britain's Charlotte Hawkins (Credit: Instagram/ /Charlotte Hawkins)

The latest celebrity to announce their place on Strictly 2017 is Good Morning Britain presenter, Charlotte Hawkins.

Announcing the exciting news on her Twitter, Charlotte wrote: "Breaking my own news on @GMB this morning - I am going to be taking part in @bbcstrictly this year!!!!! 💃💃"

And if she's after any advice she's in good company, as no less than three of her fellow Good Morning Britain presenters - Susanna Reid, Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold - have previously taken to the Strictly dancefloor.

Although by the sounds of it, Charlotte won't need any help. "I did dancing as a child. I did a bit of ballet. I do a bit of dancing round the kitchen with my two year old, but I don't know if that counts?" she admitted.

Brian Conley

Brian can't wait to take his dad dancing public (Credit: Twitter/ Brian Conley)

The 10th celeb to be confirmed for Strictly 2017 is comedian Brian Conley.

Announcing the news on Steve Wrights Radio 2 show, Brian said: "I'm delighted and honoured to be asked to strut my stuff on this year's Strictly,"

Brian, whose a big fan of the show, and has even attended as an audience member with his wife Anne-Marie, added: "My family all love the show and can't wait to see me do my Dad-dancing on national television. I know it's going to be a lot of hard work but I'm up for the challenge, so bring on the spray tan and sequins."

Susan Calman

Will Susan be The Boss of the dancefloor? (Credit: BBC)

If you were concerned that Strictly 2017 was going to be a serious affair, worry no longer, as comedian Susan Calman has just been announced as the lastest celeb contestant.

Revealing the news on Jeremy Vine's show BBC Radio 2, an excited Susan - who can often be heard on BBC Radio 4 and presents the BBC One game show The Boss - said: "I have been a Strictly super-fan for years... This is going to be the best ride possible."

However she did reveal that it might not be all plain sailing, telling Jeremy: "I'm the last person on the dance floor and I don't particularly enjoy dancing.

"I haven't worn heels or a dress since I was 17 and I haven't danced with a man in a decade - this is going to be quite interesting."

We're sure she'll boss it though!

Simon Rimmer

Will Simon cook up a storm on the dancefloor? (Credit: Channel 4)

Another day, another star announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2017!

And it's good news for fans of Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, as today's celeb contestant is Sunday Brunch chef Simon Rimmer.

Talking about taking to the Strictly dancefloor, Simon revealed: "I am so excited, terrified and proud to be invited... Nobody will try harder, have more fun or get more out of it than me. I can't wait."

Joe McFadden

Is there a doctor in the house? (Credit: Getty)

Holby City actor Joe McFadden is very excited to be joining this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC star is already a fan of the ballroom dance contest and had some very positive things to say about taking part before the launch.

He said: “Strictly is one of the biggest, most entertaining shows on TV and being asked to be a part of it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m thrilled and terrified about in equal measures!”

Scottish Joe has appeared in Holby City since 2014 and was also in Casualty in 2009. He is also known for his roles in Take the High Road and Heartbeat.

Reverend Richard Coles

Reverend Coles is ready and raring to go! (Credit: BBC)

We've had soap royalty and Olympic medalists before, but we're not sure we've ever had a holy man on Strictly before. But that's all about to change, as Reverend Richard Coles has just been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017!

The popstar-turned-reverend - who regularly appears in the media and co-hosts BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live - announced his place on Strictly on Chris Evans breakfast show on BBC Radio 2.

Clearly excited about the show, Reverend Richard Coles told Chris: "A major dance talent was waiting to be discovered. I just wonder what took them so long. I'm in it to win it, as they say."

Gemma Atkinson

Gemma Atkinson is excited for the challenge (Credit: BBC)

Another day, another celebrity confirmed for Strictly 2017!

The latest addition is actress and Key 103 radio presenter Gemma Atkinson - who you might recognise from her roles as Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks, Tamzin Bayle in Casualty, or Carly Hope in Emmerdale. Yes, she's a busy girl!

Revealing herself as the latest Stricly 2017 contestant on BBC Breakfast, Gemma said: "I am honoured to be asked and so thrilled to be joining Strictly Come Dancing 2017! I'm beyond excited and incredibly nervous but I am looking forward to learning a new skill in ballroom and Latin dancing and taking on this new challenge."

Ruth Langsford

We can't wait to see Ruth on the dancefloor! (Credit: Getty)

The third - and IOHO most exciting - celeb to be confirmed to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2017 is Ruth Langsford!

Ruth's made no secret of her wish to appear on the show, saying: "I absolutely love Strictly. I'm a massive fan and... If they asked me to do the show I would absolutely love to do it."

The news was confirmed on Twitter by both This Morning, and Ruth's husband Eamonn Holmes, who sent THE sweetest tweet...

Although just weeks later, he actually admitted he doesn't want Ruth to win the show at all! EAMONN!

We LOVE Ruth on This Morning and Loose Women, and can't wait to see her getting down on the Strictly dancefloor. We just wish her hubby Eamonn could be her Strictly dance partner!

Davood Ghadami

We hope Davood gets his top off! (Credit: BBC)

The second celebrity to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017 is Davood Ghadami - best known as Kush Kazemi in EastEnders.

Talking about his lastest role, a nervous Davood said: “Having the opportunity to take part in this year’s Strictly is such an honour,"

"It’s going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance."

We don't know if Davood can dance, but having seen him topless in 'Enders a number of times, we're pretty sure he'll look great in the lycra outfits!

Mollie King

Molie was the first star confirmed (Credit: Getty)

The first Strictly Come Dancing 2017 celebrity contestant to be confirmed is Mollie King from The Saturdays.

After much speculation, Mollie confirmed she'd be competing in Strictly on Nick Grimshaw on Radio 1's breakfast show. Talking about the news, she gushed: "I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing so I can't actually believe I'm lucky enough to be taking part in it this year!

"I'm literally so excited to learn Latin and ballroom dancing, and of course I can't wait to get into the sequins too!"

And we're all in for a treat too if she's half as good as her bandmate, Frankie Bridge, who danced her way into the Strictly Come Dancing final with her partner Kevin Clifton in 2014.

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Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges 2017?

Sadly Len won't be returning this season (Credit: BBC)

At the end of last series, the Strictly Come Dancing family bid a tearful farewell to head judge Len Goodman. It's no exaggeration to say that the show will never be the same without him, however we're happy to report that Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli will all be returning to cast their critical eyes over the celebrity dancers of Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

Who will be replacing Len Goodman?

Shirley Ballas will be stepping into Len's dancing shoes (Credit: BBC)

As all true Strictly fans know; no one can ever truly fill Len's dancing shoes. However, in May it was announced that Shirely Ballas - known as 'the Queen of Latin' - will be replacing Len as head judge.

Talking about her appointment, Shirely gushed: "I am so excited and over the moon to have been given this wonderful opportunity. I can't wait to get in to the ballroom and be part of the incredible and respected judging panel!"

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Who are the new Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers?

There are THREE new pro dancers (Credit: BBC)

Sadly Len Goodman isn't the only member of the Strictly Come Dancing family to quit the show this year. Pro dancers Joanne Clifton, Natalie Lowe and Oksana Platero have all announced they won't be returning in 2017.

Natalie Lowe was the first to announce she was leaving. Talking about her departure, the Australian dancer said: "It is with a very heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision. I'll be forever grateful for the amazing time, opportunities and memories that Strictly has created for me. My time on the programme has been everything that I dreamed it would be and more."

Oksana Platero was the next to hang up her Strictly shoes, which was particularly shocking, as she'd only starred in the show for one series!

The third pro dancer to bow out of Strictly 2017 was Joanne Clifton. Joanne - who quit the show to pursue a career in musicals - certainly ended her Strictly Come Dancing career on a high after winning last year's series with partner Ore Oduba.

But it's not all bad news. Not only are Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Neil Jones, Pasha Kovalev, Gorka Marquez, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and AJ Pritchard; alongside Karen Clifton, Chloe Hewitt, Katya Jones, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabus all returning, but there are three new - and totally fantastic - dancers joining the crew. They are; Dianne Buswell from Australia, Nadiya Bychkova from Ukraine and Amy Dowden from Wales. We can't wait to see them on the Strictly dancefloor!

Talking about the changes to their professional dancer lineup, Louise Rainbow, Executive Producer, Strictly Come Dancing said: “We’re delighted with our line-up of pros for this year’s series. They are all brilliant dancers and wonderful teachers and Strictly is so lucky to have them. I would like to thank Natalie, Joanne and Oksana for their hard work and the amazing contribution they have made to the show and wish them all well for the future.”

Who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2016?

Ore and Joanne triumphed in 2016 (Credit: BBC)

For those suffering from a severe case of Strictly amnesia, Ore Oduba and his dancing partner Joanne Clifton pipped Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp to the post to win Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

As if that wasn't exciting enough, Ore recently announced that his wife Portia is pregnant with their first baby! It's all go for Ore!

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Celebrities who were RUMOURED but didn't make the Strictly 2017 cut...

Samantha Womack

We'd love to see Sam back on our screens (Credit: Getty)

There are a number of stars rumoured - but not yet confirmed - to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2017, and the one we're most excited about is Samantha Womack, who played Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders.

We've really missed Sam on our screens since she and Rita Simons (who played Roxy) was killed of in December, so would love to see her all glitzed up on a Saturday night!

Ross Kemp

Will the TV hard man be showing his softer side? (Credit: Getty)

Another former EastEnder rumoured to be hitting the dancefloor is Ross Kemp.

We know Ross might not seem like the obvious Strictly contestant, but we have a feeling the rumours might be true. Recently, when he was quizzed about them on Loose Women, he replied, cryptically: "Never say never!"

Anne Robinson

Will Anne be the weakest link? (Credit: Getty)

Earlier this year, it was annouced Anne Robinson would be presenting a special The Weakest Link for Children In Need, and now Anne is also rumoured to be taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

We'd love to see the Queen of mean make a TV comeback, and can imagine she'd cut a stern figure on the dancefloor!

Olly Murs

Will cheeky chappy Olly be on the show? (Credit: Getty)

Alexandra Burke isn't the only former X Factor star who's reportedly gonna be shaking her stuff on Strictly 2017, as Olly Murs is also rumoured to be taking part.

Olly may have denied rumours, taking to Twitter to say: "Not doing a certain dancing show this year!!! Strictly not true." but we wouldn't put it past the cheeky chappy to be bluffing.

Dame Joan Collins

Joan would certainly add some glamour to proceedings (Credit: Getty)

A Dame on Strictly Come Dancing? We can't think of anything better!

At 84, Joan would be the oldest contestant ever to take to the Strictly dancefloor, but we also reckon she'd be the most fabulous.

PLEASE say this rumour's true!!!

Max Whitlock

Could Max be as good as Claudia? (Credit: Getty)

As all Strictly fans know, it's imperative to have at least one sports star in the lineup, and Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock is hotly tipped to take part this series.

Last year, fellow Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane only just missed out on the final, so we'd love to see if Max also has the moves!

Matt Goss

The 80s heartthrob would be a welcome addition (Credit: Getty)

If you're of a certain age, just the name Matt Goss will make you weak at the knees. And if that's the case, it looks like you're in for a steamy winter, as those-in-the-know are almost definite that Matt will be competing in Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

Joe Wicks

He can cook, but can Joe dance? (Credit: Getty)

If you're into your #CleanEating you'll know all about Joe Wicks aka. The Body Coach.

We know he can cook, and we know he can do his thing in the gym. But can he dance? Well, we reckon we'll be finding out very soon!

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