Put your dancing shoes on, Strictly is back!
It's glitz and glamour all the way as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman launch the new series. Get on board the Strictly express as the journey begins for 15 new stars.
TV chef Ainsley Harriott, Call the Midwife Star Helen George, sports presenter and Olympic medallist Iwan Thomas and singer and presenter Peter Andre will be among the stars competing for the chance to lift the glitterball trophy.
Strictly’s legendary judging panel – head judge Len Goodman plus Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood – will be the group of dance experts that this year’s celebrities will be trying to impress.
Will it be ballroom bliss or murder on the dance floor?
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The ever-glamorous Tess Daly returns to co-present her 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing.
After working around the world as a model and before landing her role on Strictly, Tess presented many other TV shows including Smash Hits TV, Children in Need and the Royal Variety Performance. She also presented BBC One’s celebrity singing talent show Just the Two Of Us alongside husband Vernon Kay.
In 2008, Tess won a special version of Strictly Come Dancing against Sir Terry Wogan, where she was partnered with a delighted Anton du Beke. As well as being a successful columnist Tess is also a published author with titles The Camera Never Lies and It’s Up To You, New York to her name.
The ever-popular Claudia Winkleman joins Tess Daly to co-host Strictly Come Dancing 2015. Having co-presented the Sunday night results show alongside Tess Daly since 2010, this year Claudia will be providing first-hand reactions from the couples hot off the dance floor.
The Cambridge graduate, who previously hosted It Takes Two, has many a string to her entertainment bow. She is known for presenting a number of BBC shows including Comic Relief and Film 2014. Alongside her work as a journalist, she also presents a weekly Friday evening show on BBC Radio 2 – The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman – delivering a feast of the finest offerings from film, theatre, arts, TV and music. Claudia is also presenter of the popular BBC Two programme The Great British Sewing Bee.
Bruno Tonioli has worked with some of the biggest and best names in the industry such as Elton John, Duran Duran, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney to name but a few! He splits his time between London and Los Angeles to record both Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars, two of the most successful shows either side of the Atlantic. In 2015, he also served as a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars in Australia.
Craig's work has taken him all over the world and along the way he has picked up a prestigious Olivier Award for his work on the West End musical Spend, Spend, Spend. Craig is constantly on the go choreographing and directing new stage projects - including the Strictly Live Arena Tour every year. Craig has also judged on the New Zealand version of Strictly Come Dancing.
Craig was born in a sleepy Australian town called Ballarat and when he was old enough, he moved away from his hometown to the bright lights of Melbourne where his dance career began. He appeared in productions including West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, Me and My Girl and many more.
He eventually headed to Europe where he joined the Lido Du Paris as a dancer in Panache and then as principle singer in Formidable at the Moulin Rouge, finding himself a year later in the UK tour of Cats in Edinburgh and Dublin. Craig also appeared in the original concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar. In the West End, Craig has performed in Cats, playing the part of Munkustrap, Miss Saigon and was an original cast member playing the part of Harry in Crazy For You. Craig has recently returned to his performing roots, playing Miss Hannigan in Annie.
Craig has directed numerous stage shows including most recently the hugely successful tour of Sister Act and the new Dusty Springfield musical Son of a Preacher Man.
Craig is now in his 16th series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Motsi Mabuse, judge on Let’s Dance (the German version of Strictly Come Dancing) and professional dancer, has been confirmed as the new judge replacing former ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell. Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, Motsi is a former South African Champion and German Latin Champion in 2009 and 2010.
Motsi has been a judge on Let’s Dance in Germany since 2011, after joining the show in 2007 as a professional dancer. Sister to professional dancer and cherished Strictly star Oti Mabuse, Motsi was expected to become a lawyer and join the family law firm but her passion for dance took over whilst she was studying at the University of Pretoria.
Motsi Mabuse says: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started!”
Head Judge Shirley Ballas is a British-born ballroom and Latin dancer and international coach who joined Strictly last year.
Originally from Wallasey, Shirley is a former British Open to the World Champion and European, German, United Kingdom, United States and International Latin American Champion. She retired from competitive dancing in 1996. Shirley is now an acclaimed and respected international coach to many of the top professional and amateur dancers as well as a highly renowned sought-after adjudicator for ballroom and Latin American competitions judging all around the world.
Nicknamed the ‘Queen of Latin’, Shirley is one of the top and most decorated professional dancers in the world. She is three-time British Open to the World Latin American Champion, 10-time United States Latin American Champion, and multiple-times British National Champion.