What time is Strictly on tonight? Is Strictly Come Dancing 2022 launch show on Friday night - when is it live

Contestants for 2022 include Ellie Taylor, Matt Goss, Will Mellor and Ellie Simmonds

Strictly Come Dancing has revealed the new start date for this season’s launch show.

The series was originally meant to air on 17 September but the launch has been postponed as a mark of respect after the Queen’s death.

The award-winning show will once again be returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for its 20th series.

Have your glad rags at the ready, as celebrity contestants will once again be showing off their moves on the dance floor.

Confirmed contestants so far include actor Will Mellor, musician Matt Goss, Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds and singer and actress Kym Marsh.

So when will Strictly Come Dancing start? Here’s everything you need to know.


There is no confirmed start date yet for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 (Pic: BBC)

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2022 start?

The start date for Strictly Come Dancing has been announced as Friday 23 September.

Fans will be able to tune into BBC One from 7pm to meet the contestants of the latest series.

The first live show will be held on Saturday 24 September.

Strictly announced the news on social media with the caption “#Strictly will air next Friday and Saturday on @BBCOne and @BBCiPlayer”.


What time is Strictly on TV?

Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC One at 7pm for the launch show episode on the 23 September. It finishes at 8.50pm.

The time for the live show has been confirmed for 6.45pm-9.10pm on Saturday 24 September.

How can I watch Strictly Come Dancing?


You will be able to watch Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One.

For anyone who misses them, episodes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer once they have aired on BBC.

What contestants have been confirmed?

The full lineup of Strictly was announced by the BBC in August.

Contestants include actor Will Mellow, musician Matt Goss and Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds.


Here are the contestants announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2022:

  • Will Mellor
  • Kym Marsh
  • Richie Anderson
  • Kaye Adams
  • Jayde Adams
  • Ellie Simmons
  • Matt Goss
  • Ellie Taylor
  • Tyler West
  • Fleur East
  • James Bye
  • Hamza Yassin
  • Helen Skelton
  • Tony Adams
  • Molly Rainford

Who are the professional dancers?

This season will see four new professional dancers join the stage.

Season 19 saw professional dancer Anton Du Beke step down to become a judge, taking over from Bruno Tonioli.

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers 2022 (Pic: BBC/Guy Levy)


The professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing 2022 are:

  • Oti Mabuse
  • Amy Dowden
  • Aljaž Škorjanec
  • Giovanni Pernice
  • Dianne Buswell
  • Gorka Marquez
  • Graziano Di Prima
  • Johannes Radebe
  • Karen Hauer
  • Katya Jones
  • Luba Mushtuk
  • Nadiya Bychkova
  • Nancy Xu
  • Neil Jones
  • Kai Widdrington
  • Cameron Lombard
  • Nikita Kuzmin
  • Jowita Przystal
  • Vito Coppola
  • Carlos Gu
  • Lauren Oakle
  • Michelle Tsiakkas.
Max George and Katya Jones during the ‘Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour - press launch’ in January 2022 (Pic: Getty Images)

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing presenters?

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have presented Strictly Come Dancing since it began in 2014.

The pair will once again be returning to host the show for its 20th season.


Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges?

The judges this year will be: Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood, head judge Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke.

Bruno Tonioli confirmed earlier this year that he would be leaving the UK series.

In season 19, the dancer, who lives in the US, was unable to come to the UK due to travel restrictions.

He appeared as a judge virtually for a few episodes, but was replaced by professional dancer Du Beke.