SEVEEENN! Strictly Come Dancing wrapped in December 2019, so no doubt that planning for the next series if already in development. But who will be on series 18 of Strictly? When will it air? And most importantly, will it be fab-u-lous?! Find out all below:
When does Strictly Come Dancing start?
Strictly Come Dancing series 18 doesn't yet have a kick-off date, but usually the launch show takes place in late August, with the official competition kicking off in late September. It will probably last for 13 weeks.
Who will the contestants be?
At the moment, it's still early days so rumours are far and few between. However, ex-contestants from 2019 - Jamie Laing and Will Bayley - are both highly rumoured to be up for consideration after they made early exits from the competition due to injuries.
Who are the judges?
Nothing has be confirmed so far about the judges line-up. But if no changes are made, we'll see Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and 2019's new judge Motsi Mabuse return. We also expect that Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return as the main hosts, and that Zoe Ball and Rylan Clark-Neal will present the It Takes Two show.
Which professionals are returning?
Once again, it's still early days so no dancers have yet been confirmed to come back. We'll keep an eye out and update this article as soon as we know more.
Our predictions for Strictly Come Dancing 2019
Though no formal announcements have been made about the structure of the latest series, we're almost guaranteed to see a return of the Halloween, Movies and Musicals episodes, as well as the 'couples choice' category, which allowed each pairing to choose one style to dance out of contemporary, jazz and street.
There have been rumours of one major change to the show, which will be to include same-sex couples. ITV's Dancing on Ice has already made the leap, pairing H from Steps with professional Matt Evers. The Strictly producers have stated that they're open to the idea, but only time will tell. They did however feature a dance last year between two of the male professionals - Johannes Radebe and Graziano di Prima.
The Sunday Times believe that Strictly 2020 could introduce a drag queen to the competition, as a way of introducing sam-sex couples to the format. This was seen on Australia's Dancing With The Stars, with Courtney Act as a competitor who reached the final.
What other Strictly shows will be on?
If you can't just wait until every Saturday night to get your fix of steps and sequins, then Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two will likely return once the show kicks off, airing every weekday evening on BBC Two. This show features interviews with contestants and judges, as well as training room footage and more.
We'll also hopefully see a return of the Strictly podcast, Strictly Confidential. Hosted by former Strictly finalist Joe Sugg and Strictly producer Kim Winston, this show includes real behind-the-scenes action from the stars of the show, and reveals information on the crew behind the glitz and glamour. It's a must for any Strictly fanatic. You can listen to 2019's episodes over on BBC sounds.
Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2019?
Former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse managed to snag the glitterball trophy, fending off fierce competition in the finale from CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden and EastEnders actress Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke. Fletcher was a last-minute replacement for Jamie Laing, who injured himself in the launch show.
How to watch outside of the UK
As always, Strictly Come Dancing will be shown on BBC One, with pre-recorded shows to begin with followed by live shows as the competition heats up. You can watch on your TV as the episodes air, 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 holidaying 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.