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Strictly Coming Dancing Returns Without Bruce Forsyth

Strictly Coming Dancing returns with fifteen new celebrities ready to compete for the tackiest trophy in television as they dance away Saturday nights on BBC One.

The twelfth series of the dancing show is back this Sunday 7 September at 8pm. Long time host, Tess Daly is now joined by Bruce Forsyth‘s replacement, Claudia Winkleman, who will co-present an exclusive premiere from the studios and give fans the first glimpse of this year’s fifteen budding celebrity dancers.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2014 celebrities are Alison Hammond; Caroline Flack; Frankie Bridge; Master chef, Gregg Wallace; Jake Wood, Jennifer Gibney; Judy Murray, Tennis coach and mother of tennis champion, Andy Murray; Mark Wright,]; Singer, Pixie Lott; Radio1 DJ, Scott Mills; Simon Webbe, Steve Backshall, Sunetra Sarker, Thom Evans and Tim Wonnacott.

For this exclusive premiere, the celebrities will face the flashbulbs and fans before heading to the shiniest floor in showbiz where they will discover who they will be partnered with.

This series: three brand-new professional dancers join the Strictly team: Joanne Clifton (sister of Kevin Clifton), Trent Whiddon and Tristan MacManus.

Returning this year are the ever popular, Aliona Vilani, Aljaž Skorjanec, Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Iveta Lukosiute, Janette Manrara, Karen Hauer, Kevin Clifton, Kristina Rihanoff, Natalie Lowe, Ola Jordan, and Pasha Kovalev.

The duos then have three weeks to train before returning to the Strictly ballroom to perform live to the nation in a bid to impress judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell.

Tess and Claudia return on Sunday evenings to present the results show from week two of the competition. Each couple with the lowest combined scores, from the judges and public vote, will face each other in the dance off, with one couple leaving the competition for good. But no celebrity leaves until all of them have done two live shows first.

Following last year’s successful visit to the international home of ballroom dancing, Strictly Come Dancing will once again return to the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom when the competition reaches its half way stage.

As always, Strictly fans can catch up with Zoe Ball and all the latest backstage gossip on Strictly’s weekday sister show, It Takes Two on BBC Two.

Plus of course there will be extensive extra coverage available on the official website at bbc.co.uk/strictly and across social media on Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram.

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