Strictly FIRST LOOK: Shirley Ballas, 63, stuns in a black gown as she joins fellow judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke for launch show's group dance number

Shirley Ballas Dazzles in Glamorous Sequence at Strictly Launch Show

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Shirley Ballas Returns to Strictly

Impressive Moves at the Launch Show

Shirley Ballas, the renowned dancer and judge, showcased her dancing skills as she prepared for the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing launch show.

The BBC dance competition is set to make its return, pairing celebrities with professional dancers for the 2023 series. As tradition dictates, the judges and professionals performed an extravagant opening dance number for the launch show.

Shirley Ballas, along with fellow judges Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and Craig Revel-Horwood, was ready to dazzle the audience with their moves.

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Judges Go Above and Beyond

The judges, including 63-year-old Shirley Ballas, went above and beyond in a packed routine, dusting off their dancing shoes for the occasion.

New images provided a sneak peek at the launch, featuring the judges alongside Strictly professionals in a dramatic routine adorned with vintage props like a red curtained archway.

Each judge took the center stage for their individual dance routine, making the performance captivating.

Shirley’s Glamorous Sequence

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Shirley Ballas stole the spotlight during her sequence, reclining on a red and gold sofa. She looked stunning in a black gown with a sheer dress featuring a corset-style bodice and a floating tiered skirt, complemented by sparkling silver heels.

Accompanied by Giovanni Pernice and Carlos Gu, Shirley was surrounded by the professionals, dressed in black-and-white ensembles, as they waved fans as part of the sequence.

Expectations for the 2023 Series

Speaking about her return to the dance floor, Shirley expressed her excitement, saying, “The audience is in for a real treat, my dance shoes are back out and it feels amazing!” She shared her enthusiasm for dancing with her fellow judges and professional dancers.

Motsi, Anton, and Craig Shine

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Motsi Mabuse, 42, donned a glamorous black mini dress with a feathered skirt for her dance routine, exuding drama and energy.

Anton Du Beke, 57, showcased his signature ballroom moves, parading across the floor with Lauren Oakley. Craig Revel-Horwood, 58, sported a French-style outfit with black trousers, a striped shirt, and a red neckerchief, busting his moves alongside professionals like Dianne Buswell, Johannes Radebe, and Karen Hauer.

Anticipation for the Opening Number

Craig revealed that this year’s opening number would challenge even the experienced judges, with him attempting new dance moves.

The judges and professionals have put together an exceptionally brilliant performance for the audience.

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Strictly’s Celebrity Line-up

The celebrity line-up for the 2023 series includes well-known figures such as Amanda Abbington, Ellie Leach from Coronation Street, actor Layton Williams, journalist Angela Rippon, and others.

Notably, openly gay actor Layton Williams has confirmed he will be partnered with a male professional, marking a significant step for the show.

The official pairings will be revealed on Saturday’s launch show.

Continued Progress Towards Inclusivity

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The inclusion of same-sex couples in Strictly began in 2020 when boxer Nicola Adams was paired with Katya Jones.

The producers are eager for a same-sex couple to win the competition, highlighting the show’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Return of Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to BBC1 on Saturday, September 17, promising another season of dazzling dance performances and entertainment.

Meet the Contestants for Strictly Come Dancing 2023

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The 2023 lineup for Strictly Come Dancing features a diverse group of celebrities ready to take on the dance floor.

From well-known actors to journalists and athletes, here are the contestants:

  • Angela Rippon, 78, Journalist
  • Amanda Abbington, 49, Actress
  • Layton Williams, 28, Actor
  • Krishnan Guru-Murthy, 53, Journalist
  • Eddie Kadi, 40, Comedian and Radio Presenter
  • Angela Scanlon, 39, TV Presenter
  • Zara McDermott, 26, Documentary Maker and Former Love Island Star
  • Adam Thomas, 34, Actor and Presenter
  • Nikita Kanda, 27, Radio and TV Presenter
  • Ellie Leach, 22, Coronation Street Star
  • Jody Cundy, 44, Paralympic Champion
  • Bobby Brazier, 20, EastEnders Star and Model
  • Nigel Harman, 49, Actor
  • Annabel Croft, 57, Broadcaster and Ex-Tennis Player
  • Les Dennis, 69, Actor and Game Show Host

The official pairings for the contestants will be unveiled during the launch show, promising excitement and memorable moments on the dance floor.

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