Strictly Come Dancing 2019 live shows starts this Saturday – here's everything you need to know

THE Strictly Come Dancing live shows starts this Saturday (September 21) and will see the celebrity contestants perform in front of the judges in real-time for the first time this series.

Here is the lowdown on the live shows and more on the hit BBC programme…

When are the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 live shows?

Saturday, September 21, 2019 marks the beginning of the live shows for the 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The grand finale is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019.

Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC One every Saturday and Sunday until the middle of December, 2019.

Also, all episodes of the hit show will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer and catch up channels after airing.

Which celebrities are named in the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up?

A host of famous faces have signed up to appear on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing in hopes of lifting the Glitterball Trophy.

From Olympian gold medallist to a Countess, here is the full line-up of celebrities taking part in the dance competition:

  • Anneka Rice
  • James Cracknell
  • Dev Griffin
  • Alex Scott
  • Will Bayley
  • Michelle Visage
  • Countess Weymouth Emma Thynn
  • Karim Zeroual
  • Mike Bushell
  • Catherine Tyldesley
  • Saffron Barker
  • Emma Barton
  • Chris Ramsey
  • David James
  • Kevin Flecther

What is the Strictly Come Dancing prize for winners?

The Strictly Come Dancing champions have the honour of lifting the coveted Glitterball trophy when they win the contest.

But each star who agrees to appear on the programme is given £25,000 for signing up.

Those who remain in the competition until the end of October see the amount rise to £40,000.

Anyone who makes it to the quarter-finals has the fee jump to a £60,000.

Stars who make it to the semi-finals pocket £75,000 and the Strictly winner is paid a whopping £100,000.

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