BBC to step back to Blackpool for new series of Strictly Come Dancing
The BBC has announced that Strictly Come Dancing will return to Blackpool for a show during the new series.
Beginning on Saturday, the 13th series will see the return of presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman together with judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.
The celebrity line-up is now complete, and will include Ainsley Harriott, Anita Rani, Anthony Ogogo, Carol Kirkwood, Daniel O’Donnell, Georgia May Foote, Helen George, Iwan Thomas, Jamelia, Jay McGuiness, Jeremy Vine, Katie Derham, Kellie Bright, Kirsty Gallacher and Peter Andre.
And in what has become a Strictly tradition, the show will travel to the international home of Ballroom dancing halfway through the series for a special edition live from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
The show first broadcast from the venue when the final took place there for the 2004 series.
It returned for a special edition in November 2009, and was also there in 2010, 2013 and 2014, with the grand final in the ballroom in 2011.