Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Launch date to clash with X Factor
The rival shows will go up against one another on Sunday 7 September
The long-awaited launch date for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing has been announced, with just three celebrities still to be revealed in this year’s line-up.
The much-loved latin and ballroom contest will return to BBC One at 8pm on Sunday 7 September.
In the opening programme the 15 celebrities will be paired up with their dance partners, before going off to commence their initial training.
But the news is not likely to be well received by The X Factor camp – Strictly is set to clash with the singing competition over on ITV.
Simon Cowell’s X Factor starts a week earlier than its rival, kicking off on Saturday 30 August at 8pm and at the same time again on Sunday 31 August.
This year’s Strictly sees Claudia Winkleman replace Sir Bruce Forsyth as a co-host alongside Tess Daly. Winkleman previously presented the Sunday night results show.
The celebrity contestant already confirmed to take their turn beneath the glitterball include TV presenter Caroline Flack, Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays, tennis player Andy Murray’s mum Judy, Blue singer Simon Webbe, TOWIE star Mark Wright, pop star Pixie Lott and former rugby international Thom Evans.
The final three contestants will be revealed live on The One Show on Friday 29 August.
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