Strictly Come Dancing: Start date, contestants and all you need to know
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© Provided by Metro Molly is one of the stars included in this year’s line-up (Picture: Getty/BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing’s Molly Rainford already has her eye on the prize ahead of her ballroom, debut, as she insisted she’s not interested in looking for love on the show.
The pop singer, 21, is part of this year’s star-studded line-up alongside the likes of Will Mellor, Matt Goss, Kym Marsh and James Bye.
Over the years, there have been frequent jokes about the ‘Strictly curse’, which refers to celebrities and the professional dancers who spark up romances despite already being in other relationships.
However, Molly revealed her parents warned her not to get ‘distracted’ by any boys.
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‘I’m only 21, so I’m not looking for a relationship on Strictly. That’s not in the picture right now. I want to focus on my career,’ she said.
The CBBC star also claimed to The Sun that she’s ‘currently single and doesn’t plan on changing it.’
A few years ago, Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman revealed she doesn’t buy into the curse, telling Digital Spy: ‘I understand, it’s very intense. I don’t believe in the curse, but I think lots of people have come in single and they might have met somebody or had a little romance.’
Molly is the youngest contestant on this year’s show, after the full line-up was revealed on Friday.
Molly has said of her appearance: ‘I’m so excited to be part of Strictly Come Dancing. © Provided by Metro We’re counting down the days (Picture: PA)
‘I’ve watched it for years and can’t wait to meet the pros and the others taking part! I can’t wait to learn the moves and get dancing!’
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There are four new pros this year – Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley, Michelle Tsiakkas, and Vito Coppola – while fan-favourites Aljaz and Oti Mabuse are no longer are part of the line-up after departing the series.
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Strictly bosses revealed that the launch show will be recorded on Wednesday, September 7.
It’s likely that the show will return on Saturday, September 10 with presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly welcoming this year’s line-up.
What we know about Strictly Come Dancing 2022 so far
Who are the judges?
Head judge Shirley Ballas will be joined once again by fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
Anton Du Beke will also be returning to judge, after it was confirmed that he would be officially replacing Bruno Tonioli.
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Molly stars in CBBC's Nova Jones where she plays an intergalactic pop star who performs in spaceMolly, 21, is perhaps best known for being on Britain's Got Talent when she was just 11-years old. She stole the nation's heart after she sang Ave Maria, but was pipped to the post in 2012 by dog act Ashley and Pudsey, leaving Molly winding up in sixth place.
Who are the new professional dancers?
There are four new pros joining the line-up: Vito Coppola, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley and Michelle Tsiakkas.
Which professional dancers have left?
After the 2021 season, it was announced that fan-favourite pros Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Škorjanec would not be returning for the 2022 series.
Will there be a studio audience?
Yes – following past restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, the full studio audience is set to return this year, while the see-through dividers between the judges will also be removed.
When is the show returning?
The BBC has revealed that the launch show for the 2022 series is due to be recorded on Wednesday September 7.
Therefore, it’s likely that it will air a few days later on Saturday September 10, although the exact date of the first episode is yet to be disclosed.
Find out more about Strictly 2022 here.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in September.
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Helen Skelton, Fleur East and Kym Marsh were among the stars donning their glad rags for the first video ahead of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. It was the first chance for this year's celebrities to show off their dance moves as they shimmied for the camera in the preview clip.The contestants cut glamorous figures as they took to a dancefloor with a glitterball and boogied to the BBC ballroom show's theme tune.