Strictly Come Dancing 2022 latest: Pairing to take place TONIGHT as Helen Skelton, Ellie Simmonds & celebs partner up | The Sun

STRICTLY Come Dancing is finally returning tonight as Helen Skelton, Ellie Simmonds and other celebrities couple up with their dance partners.

Fifteen new celebrities will take to the dance floor tonight, as the hit show returns after a year off.

Among the celebrities donning their dancing shoes are Helen Skelton, Ellie Simmonds, England defender Tony Adam, Matt Goss and soap star Will Mellor.

Last year's series saw EastEnders icon Rose Ayling-Ellis capture the nation's hearts as she stunned with her dancing skills.

Strictly will air TONIGHT at 7pm on BBC One.

Read our Strictly Come Dancing live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Henry Moore

    Who is on this year's show?

    The celebrity line-up this year includes Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, Ted Lasso actress Ellie Taylor, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor, Loose Women star Kaye Adams and Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh, TV presenter Helen Skelton and former England footballer Tony Adams.

    They are joined by Bros singer Matt Goss, Kiss radio host Tyler West, Britain's Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford, comedian and actress Jayde Adams, Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin and BBC Radio 2's Richie Anderson, EastEnders actor James Bye and singer Fleur East.

  • Henry Moore

    Who are the judges on Strictly Come Dancing 2022?

    The Strictly Come Dancing judging panel has changed many times over the years.

    It started with Craig Revel-Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman.

    This year's judges are Craig, Anton Du Beke, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.

  • Henry Moore

    Helen Skelton can't wait for Strictly to start

    Speaking ahead of her first appearance on the show, Helen said: “I have three children under seven, a very energetic dog and have lived in a house renovation for the best part of three years, so Strictly-fy me up please.

    “It takes me back to my Blue Peter days, it was an all-consuming show where every minute of the day you were doing something for it.

    "You'd get into the office having been away for three weeks and someone had been round to your house to pack your bags to go on your next trip."

  • Henry Moore

    Meet your professional dancers: Lauren Oakley

    Winning Latin and Ballroom competitions throughout her career, Oakley began dancing at just 2 years old!

    She has previously danced with Giovanni Pernice and Anton Du Beke.

  • Sarah Tetteh

    What time is Strictly on?

    Yassss. Our favourite Saturday night show (Sorry, Ant and Dec) is back.

    Strictly kicks off its launch show tonight at 7pm on BBC1.

  • Henry Moore

    Meet your professional dancers: Michelle Tsaikkas

    Born and raised in Cyprus, Tsaikkas began dancing at six.

    After moving to the UK, Michelle danced for England at international championships.

    Who will she be matched with tonight?

  • Henry Moore

    Meet your professional dancers: Carlos Gu

    Carlos will take part in Strictly for the first time tonight.

    He is a Chinese National Champion and placed third at the German Open Championship in 2017.

  • Henry Moore

    Meet your professional dancers: Vito Coppola

    An 11-time Italia Latin American Champion and one of the new professional dancers for Strictly Come Dancing 2022, Vito will set hearts racing.

    A former winner of the Italian version of Strictly,  Ballando con le Stelle, Vito began dancing aged six.

    Who do you want him to be partnered with?

  • Henry Moore

    Helen Skelton reveals why she signed up for Strictly

    Speaking ahead of tonight’s glittering launch show, Helen said: “I just wanted to do something fun.

    “It was a good chance for my family to see me smiling and it's a fun adventure.

    “Anybody who's had anything to do with Strictly will say, the make-up people are the best, the costume people are the best, the set designers are the best, the dancers are the best.

    “So why wouldn't you want to do something where everyone is literally at the top of their game and loving what they do?”

  • Henry Moore

    When is Strictly Come Dancing on?

    Strictly Come Dancing returns tonight at 7pm.

    Today's episode will see the celebs coupled up with the professionals, in preparation for tomorrow night's showing.

    This year's cast includes Helen Skelton, Ellie Simmonds, England defender Tony Adam, Matt Goss and soap star Will Mellor.

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