Strictly Come Dancing 2022: When does it start? Everything you need to know

Sequins at the ready, we’re heading back to the ballroom for a 20th season. Here’s everything you need to know before the biggest show of the year makes its return.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 9 August 2022 - 10.47am
BBC Strictly Come Dancing 2022 judges

Strictly Come Dancing returns this autumn and will be planning a big party for its 20th series.

After two years of Covid-restrictions, viewers and performers will be hoping the show comes back with a bang.

Anton, Shirley, Craig and Motsi will all be back as the judges, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly return on presenting duties and there are a few new faces in the Strictly professionals lineup.

And the rumour mill is already filled with soap stars, sporting legends and celebrity chefs, who are being tipped as the 2022 cast of celebrity contestants.

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 celebrity lineup rumours

Here is everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2022...

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2022 start?

Anton Du Beke BBC

The show usually starts towards the beginning of September, and with the celebrities already being revealed, and the recording of the launch show taking place on 7 September, we think Strictly series 20 will begin on BBC One on the evening of Saturday 10 September. 

Who are the judges and hosts for the 2022 series?

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be back as the presenters of Strictly Come Dancing for an ninth year.

Head judge Shirley Ballas is returning as the head judge and will be rejoined by Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood. Bruno Tonioli will not be returning.

"Woohooo! This is BRILLIANT news," said Du Beke.

"Everyone knows how much I absolutely love the show and I’m utterly delighted to be continuing as a regular judge.

"And I get to make the final again - now I know how Giovanni feels!"

Head judge Ballas added:  "Being a judge on Strictly is such a joy and honour for me, and I can’t wait to be back at the studio waving my paddle.

"Every year the wonderful production team surpass themselves and I know they have some brilliant plans in store for 2022. I’m so excited to get started."

Shirley Ballas Getty

Over on BBC Two spin-off show Strictly: It Takes Two, Janette Manrara and Rylan are expected to be back as presenters.

Who are the Strictly 2022 celebrity contestants?

Confirmed contestants for 2022 include:

  • Will Mellor
  • Kym Marsh
  • Richie Anderson
  • Kaye Adams
  • Jayde Adams
  • Ellie Simmonds
  • Tyler West
  • Matt Goss
  • Ellie Taylor

Rumoured contestants include:

  • Tom Daley
  • Helen Skelton
  • Claire Richards
  • Tony Adams
  • Rosie Jones
  • Isa Guhu
  • Gino D'Acampo
  • Adam Thomas
  • Jermaine Jenas

Check our all the latest Strictly 2022 rumours and confirmed contestants

Who are the Strictly 2022 professional dancers?

The new Strictly pros in 2022 BBC
In 2022 there are a couple of big changes as fan favourites and former Strictly winners Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Škorjanec depart the professional lineup. Their exit means there is room for four new pro dancers - Vito, Carlos, Lauren and Michelle.
  • Vito Coppola - New for 2022
  • Carlos Gu - New for 2022
  • Lauren Oakley - New for 2022
  • Michelle Tsiakkas - New for 2022
  • Kai Widdrington
  • Nikita Kuzmin
  • Giovanni Pernice
  • Gorka Marquez
  • Graziano Di Prima
  • Johannes Radebe
  • Neil Jones
  • Amy Dowden
  • Dianne Buswell
  • Karen Hauer
  • Katya Jones
  • Nadiya Bychkova
  • Nancy Xu
  • Jowita Przystal
  • Cameron Lombard
  • Luba Mushtuk

Strictly professional dancers 2022 - The full linup

Who was the winner of Strictly 2022?

Strictly's Rose and Giovanni - The 2021 winners BBC

Champion of the last series of Strictly Come Dancing was soap star Rose Ayling-Ellis

The soap star and pro dancer Giovanni Pernice picked up a BAFTA TV award for their silent dance to Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson's Symphony.

In the middle of their routine, the music was paused to show viewers how deaf contestant Rose experienced the routine.

Viewers' emotional attachment to Rose across the series meant there could only ever be one winner in the 2021 series

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Watch Strictly Come Dancing this autumn on BBC One and BBC iPlayer