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BBC BRIT’s cherished dancing competition, Strictly Come Dancing, is back for a 17th season this autumn with a brand new judge, new professional dancer and exciting new line-up of celebrity hopefuls, all competing for that coveted glitter ball trophy.

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Strictly Come Dancing is back for it’s 17th season

Team South Africa

For the first time in Strictly Come Dancing history, there will be two South African pros on the line-up.

Oti Mabuse was born in Pretoria and began dancing in South Africa as a young child along with her sister, who is a judge on the German version of Strictly. Oti moved to Germany to push herself as she was the eight-time South African Latin American Champion and wanted new challenges. She has achieved many titles in her dancing career including World European Latin semi-finalist and World Cup Championship semi-finalist. Oti joined the show in 2015, in 2016 she reached the final with Danny Mac in 2016 and last year she made it to Blackpool with Paralympian Jonnie Peacock.

Johannes Radebe is from Sasolburg and is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and three time South African Amateur Latin Champion. He is a dancer with the Afro Arimba Dance Company and has also been a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa for two seasons, both times reaching the final.

He said: "Joining Strictly Come Dancing is one of the greatest achievements of my dancing career. It is such an honour to be chosen to be a part of an incredible cast and be part of one of the biggest shows that is celebrated worldwide. I cannot wait to get started and experience the magic with the UK!"

Oti Mabuse and Johannes Radebe
Oti Mabuse and Johannes Radebe

Next On

Episode 17, Series 17

Saturday December 7 at 15:00

Round 9

Episode 17 | Series 17

For one week only, Strictly packs its sparkly suitcases and heads to Blackpool for what promises to be a spectacular night of dance. 17/25

Episode 18, Series 17

Saturday December 7 at 16:35

Round 9 Results

Episode 18 | Series 17

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present this week's results show from the legendary Blackpool Tower. With music from Westlife. 18/25

Episode 19, Series 17

Sunday December 8 at 19:00

Round 10

Episode 19 | Series 17

The ballroom battle heats up as the six remaining couples take to the floor. Bruno Tonioli welcomes them back from Blackpool with a rendition of Can't Take My Eyes Off You. 19/25

Episode 20, Series 17

Sunday December 8 at 20:35

Round 10 Results

Episode 20 | Series 17

Tonight's results show opens with a special performance by opera star Andrea Bocelli before Tess and Claudia reveal which of the six remaining couples face the dance-off. 20/25

Episode 20, Series 17

Monday December 9 at 19:00

Round 10 Results

Episode 20 | Series 17

Tonight's results show opens with a special performance by opera star Andrea Bocelli before Tess and Claudia reveal which of the six remaining couples face the dance-off. 20/25

Episode 19, Series 17

Monday December 9 at 21:00

Round 10

Episode 19 | Series 17

The ballroom battle heats up as the six remaining couples take to the floor. Bruno Tonioli welcomes them back from Blackpool with a rendition of Can't Take My Eyes Off You. 19/25

Episode 20, Series 17

Monday December 9 at 22:35

Round 10 Results

Episode 20 | Series 17

Tonight's results show opens with a special performance by opera star Andrea Bocelli before Tess and Claudia reveal which of the six remaining couples face the dance-off. 20/25

Episode 19, Series 17

Saturday December 14 at 15:00

Round 10

Episode 19 | Series 17

The ballroom battle heats up as the six remaining couples take to the floor. Bruno Tonioli welcomes them back from Blackpool with a rendition of Can't Take My Eyes Off You. 19/25

Episode 20, Series 17

Saturday December 14 at 16:35

Round 10 Results

Episode 20 | Series 17

Tonight's results show opens with a special performance by opera star Andrea Bocelli before Tess and Claudia reveal which of the six remaining couples face the dance-off. 20/25

Episode 21, Series 17

Sunday December 15 at 19:00

Round 11

Episode 21 | Series 17

For one weekend only Borehamwood becomes Broadway... it's the Strictly musical special! Each of the pairs will perform a host of routines from hit musicals in a bid to impress the judges…

Episode 22, Series 17

Sunday December 15 at 20:20

Round 11, Results

Episode 22 | Series 17

Beverley Knight kicks off the results show with a musical performance accompanied by the fantastic Strictly pros. Plus a guest performance from Broadway superstar Idina Menzel. 22/25

Episode 22, Series 17

Monday December 16 at 19:00

Round 11, Results

Episode 22 | Series 17

Beverley Knight kicks off the results show with a musical performance accompanied by the fantastic Strictly pros. Plus a guest performance from Broadway superstar Idina Menzel. 22/25

Episode 21, Series 17

Monday December 16 at 21:00

Round 11

Episode 21 | Series 17

For one weekend only Borehamwood becomes Broadway... it's the Strictly musical special! Each of the pairs will perform a host of routines from hit musicals in a bid to impress the judges…

Episode 22, Series 17

Monday December 16 at 22:15

Round 11, Results

Episode 22 | Series 17

Beverley Knight kicks off the results show with a musical performance accompanied by the fantastic Strictly pros. Plus a guest performance from Broadway superstar Idina Menzel. 22/25

Episode 21, Series 17

Saturday December 21 at 15:00

Round 11

Episode 21 | Series 17

For one weekend only Borehamwood becomes Broadway... it's the Strictly musical special! Each of the pairs will perform a host of routines from hit musicals in a bid to impress the judges…

Episode 22, Series 17

Saturday December 21 at 16:15

Round 11, Results

Episode 22 | Series 17

Beverley Knight kicks off the results show with a musical performance accompanied by the fantastic Strictly pros. Plus a guest performance from Broadway superstar Idina Menzel. 22/25

Episode 23, Series 17

Sunday December 22 at 19:00

Round 12

Episode 23 | Series 17

Tess and Claudia invite you to join them for the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing. The Glitterball trophy is within touching distance and the stakes have never been higher. 23/25

Episode 24, Series 17

Sunday December 22 at 20:50

Round 12 Results

Episode 24 | Series 17

The semi-final results show opens with a spectacular routine from international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, with a performance from singer Niall Horan before the results are revealed…

Episode 24, Series 17

Monday December 23 at 19:00

Round 12 Results

Episode 24 | Series 17

The semi-final results show opens with a spectacular routine from international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, with a performance from singer Niall Horan before the results are revealed…

Episode 23, Series 17

Monday December 23 at 22:15

Round 12

Episode 23 | Series 17

Tess and Claudia invite you to join them for the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing. The Glitterball trophy is within touching distance and the stakes have never been higher. 23/25

Episode 24, Series 17

Tuesday December 24 at 00:00

Round 12 Results

Episode 24 | Series 17

The semi-final results show opens with a spectacular routine from international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, with a performance from singer Niall Horan before the results are revealed…

Episode 23, Series 17

Saturday December 28 at 15:00

Round 12

Episode 23 | Series 17

Tess and Claudia invite you to join them for the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing. The Glitterball trophy is within touching distance and the stakes have never been higher. 23/25

Episode 24, Series 17

Saturday December 28 at 16:40

Round 12 Results

Episode 24 | Series 17

The semi-final results show opens with a spectacular routine from international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, with a performance from singer Niall Horan before the results are revealed…

Episode 25, Series 17

Sunday December 29 at 19:00

The Final

Episode 25 | Series 17

The remaining three couples take to the floor for the very last time to perform three routines each. With a guest performance by Taylor Swift. 25/25

Episode 25, Series 17

Monday December 30 at 21:50

The Final

Episode 25 | Series 17

The remaining three couples take to the floor for the very last time to perform three routines each. With a guest performance by Taylor Swift. 25/25

Episode 25, Series 17

Saturday January 4 at 15:00

The Final

Episode 25 | Series 17

The remaining three couples take to the floor for the very last time to perform three routines each. With a guest performance by Taylor Swift. 25/25

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