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Strictly Come Dancing unveils first look at this year's celebrities

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Strictly unveils first look at this year's celebsBBC

Fans of Strictly Come Dancing can almost hear the iconic opening song play with the show landing on their screens in a matter of days.

The popular BBC show will dance onto their television sets with a new batch of celebrities on Saturday, September 16, and viewers have been teased with the first look of this year's cohort.

The new photo showcases the class of 2023, with the 15 celebrities glammed up and ready to dance.

strictly come dancing's angela rippon, layton williams, nigel harman, ellie leach, amanda abbington, les dennis, adam thomas, eddie kadi, angela scanlon, nikita kanda, krishnan guru murthy, annabel croft, jody cundy, zara mcdermot and bobby brazier
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Dressed in a mixture of gold, white and black garments, the stars are suited, booted and sequinned up in the new pic.

Hoping to lift the Glitterball Trophy this year are Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon, Layton Williams, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Eddie Kadi, Angela Scanlon, Zara McDermott, Adam Thomas, Nikita Kanda, Ellie Leach, Jody Cundy, Bobby Brazier, Nigel Harman, Annabel Croft and Les Dennis.

Recent National Television Award Rising Star Award winner Bobby looks cool and collected sat down in a cream gold suit with an open chest, with Jody just over his shoulder in a black blazer with gold embellishment.

In the middle of the photo, Angela Scanlon is standing, striking a pose in a gold shimmy dress with her red hair styled down to her shoulders.

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Les is pointing out to the viewer in his black tuxedo, with comedian Eddie pulling focus in the reverse, a white tux, in the centre of the photo.

Layton gives the viewers a little shoulder action in a different but still elegant vest and trouser combo, while Angela Rippon ready to go in a 20s-style long-sleeved gold dress.

Ellie is sat next to Eddie smiling ear from ear while Amanda has her hand on her hip and confidently works the camera and Zara frames the photo up in the top right hand corner.

The celebrity and professional pairings are yet to be announced.

Along with the new photo, Strictly Come Dancing also announced that spin-off show It Takes Two will return later this month.

It Takes Two will return on Monday, September 25, with Fleur East stepping in to replace Rylan Clark and co-host with Janette Manrara.

Strictly Come Dancing returns for its launch special on September 16 on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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