‘Strictly Come Dancing’ celebrity cast reveal their glam makeovers for the first time

·TV Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment UK
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Strictly Come Dancing's 2022 cast. (BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing's 2022 cast. (BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing's new celebrity stars have debuted their ballroom looks for the very first time.

First look promo photos from the series show the contestants after having had the show's famous glam makeover - which involves sequins, glitter and heavy make-up.

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Helen Skelton, Fleur East, Kym Marsh, Ellie Simmonds and Ellie Taylor are amongst the cast for the BBC One series who have been given sequinned and fringed Latin dance dresses to wear, while Molly Rainford and Kaye Adams show off ballroom-style gowns and Jayde Adams wears a trousers and braces combo.

Helen Skelton, Fleur East, James Bye (BBC)
Helen Skelton, Fleur East, James Bye (BBC)

James Bye, Richie Anderson, Tyler West and Tony Adams have also gone for the Latin look in low-cut shirts, while Hamza Yassin and Will Mellor have gone for smart ballroom suits.

Matt Goss looks much like his usual self post-makeover, in a pink suit and trademark hat.

Matt Goss, Ellie Simmonds, Richie Anderson (BBC)
Matt Goss, Ellie Simmonds, Richie Anderson (BBC)

Strictly 2022 was originally scheduled to begin tonight, with BBC One planning to air the pre-recorded launch show where the celebrities are matched with their pro dancer partners and perform as a group for the first time.

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However, like many other programmes, it has been subject to rescheduling following the Queen's death on 8 September and in the lead up to her funeral on Monday.

Molly Rainford, Jayde Adams, Tony Adams (BBC)
Molly Rainford, Jayde Adams, Tony Adams (BBC)

The launch show will now air on Friday, 23 September at 7pm and will be followed the next day by the series' first live show on Saturday, 24 September.

Strictly pre-recorded its launch show the day before the Queen died.

Kym Marsh, Hamza Yassin, Kaye Adams (BBC)
Kym Marsh, Hamza Yassin, Kaye Adams (BBC)

Anderson is set to be matched with a male partner in the show's second ever all-male couple - following on from John Whaite and Johannes Radebe's success in 2021 - but his dance partner, and the other pairings, are yet to be announced.

Tyler West, Ellie Taylor, Will Mellor (BBC)
Tyler West, Ellie Taylor, Will Mellor (BBC)

This year's pro cast includes Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.

Viewers will also see four new dancers - Vito Coppola, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley and Michelle Tsiakkas.

Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke all return to the judging panel, alongside Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman as hosts.

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