Kylie Minogue to perform on Strictly launch show

The 51 year-old Queen of Pop is confirmed to perform a medley of songs on the BBC1 TV show.

The upcoming 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing will be a ballroom extravaganza as the Aussie performs of her biggest hits on the Strictly stage as the dance professionals deliver a predictably dazzling dance routine.

Kylie Minogue to perform on Strictly launch show

Following her screen time, 15 celebrity contestants will take to the dance floor for the first time in a group routine.

This year’s 15 strong line-up include Comedian Chris Ramsey, ex-footballer David James, EastEnders star Emma Barton, Olympic and Paralympic champions James Cracknell and Will Bayley, BBC Radio 1’s Dev Griffin, Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing, former Coronation Street Catherine Tyldesley, YouTuber Saffron Barker, BBC Breakfast reporter Mike Bushell, Drag Race’s Michelle Visage, footballer-turned-pundit Alex Scott, Viscountess Emma Weymouth, and CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual. TV presenter Anneka Rice was the 15th and final announcement.

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will announce who the stars’ professional dance partners will be.

The launch show will also welcome in new judge (and sister to professional Oti Mabuse) Motsi Mabuse, who replaces Darcey Bussell on the panel. She’ll join regular judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas for a special group number with the pros.

Plus, the opening show will also feature musical performances from Mark Ronson and Grammy-award-winning artist YEBBA.

Expect Strictly to launch in early September, with the show’s red carpet taking place in late August. After walking the red carpet, the stars will then head to the Strictly ballroom for the very first time, ready to find out which professional dancer they’ll be paired with on their journey towards the famous Glitter Ball trophy. All eyes will be on show favourites, such as Neil Jones, who viewers are really hoping will get a celebrity partner for the first time this year.

Based on past years the likely air date for the pre-recorded launch will be Saturday 7th September.

The start date for the Strictly Come Dancing live shows has been revealed as Saturday, September 21st with the final on December 1st.

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