Strictly fever is once again sweeping the nation as the BBC announces its 2018 contestants. The 18th series of Strictly Come Dancing is airing now, so here’s everything we know so far about this year's show, including its air time, judges, professional dancers and celebrities.
When is the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special?
Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special is on at 5:30pm on Christmas Day on BBC One.
Who are the contestants?
Here's the full line-up of former celebrity dancers returning for the Christmas special, along with the professional dancers they've been paired with:
- Love Island presenter Caroline Flack - with Gorka Marquez
- Countryfile presenter Anita Rani - with Neil Jones
- Former politician Ann Widdecombe - with Anton du Beke
- Former JLS singer Aston Merrygold - with Janette Manrara
- EastEnders actor Jake Wood - with Luba Mushtuk
- Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan - with Nadiya Bychkova
Who are the judges?
Judges for the Christmas special are Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, and Shirley Ballas.
How to watch outside of the UK
As always, Strictly Come Dancing will be shown on BBC One, with pre-recorded shows to begin with followed by live shows as the competition heats up. You can watch on your TV as the episodes air, or on BBC iPlayer on most internet-connected devices, whether that’s a laptop, tablet or phone, or perhaps a media streamer or games console.
You'll also be able to watch it on BBC iPlayer if you missed the episode and want to catch up.If you’re holidaying outside of the UK, there are ways to watch BBC iPlayer abroad such as using a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN. Find out more about how to do that here.
Strictly Live Tour 2019
If you want to watch the dancers live for yourself, there's good news - Strictly is once again going on tour. Tickets are on sale now for the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019, with prices starting from £35. 2016 Strictly champion Ore Oduba is the host of the tour once again, and the dates are as follows:
18–21 Jan: Birmingham Arena
24-25 Jan: Leeds First Direct Arena
26-27 Jan: Manchester Arena
29 Jan: Liverpool Echo Arena
30-31 Jan: Sheffield Fly DSA Arena
1-3 Feb: Glasgow SSE Hydro
5-6 Feb: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
7-8 Feb: London SSE Arena Wembley
9-10 Feb: London The O2 Arena