Strictly 2022 launch delayed following the Queen’s death
The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 launch has been delayed following the Queen‘s death.
It came after fans were worried the launch show would be delayed after the widespread scheduling changes.
The BBC ballroom dancing show was due to begin this coming Saturday (September 17) with its glittering launch show.
However, it will now air on Friday, September 23 at 7pm.
The first live show will air on Saturday, September 24.
Strictly 2022 launch
The Queen passed away on Thursday afternoon at her home in Balmoral.
Since then there has been rolling news coverage, and special documentaries broadcast.
And it had been feared that many popular shows will be delayed until after the 10 day period of national mourning ends with the Queen’s funeral.
TV critic Scott Bryan tweeted last week: “In case you are wondering, expect no new BBC programmes to be broadcast over the next few days.
“I would expect popular shows such as Strictly and Bake Off to be delayed for the foreseeable.”
When will Strictly Come Dancing 2022 begin?
Now, it’s been confirmed the Strictly launch will be delayed by a week following Her Majesty’s death.
Before the news, many fans expressed their fears over the show being delayed.
One fan replied: “Strictly doesn’t start airing live until the 24th, but next Saturday’s launch episode will definitely be cancelled.
More likely they’ll just delay the first episode by a week, then the celebs will all compete properly the week after that.
“It’s possible they could instead air the launch episode on the Friday night (23rd) before the first live show the following evening.”
A second said: “More likely they’ll just delay the first episode by a week, then the celebs will all compete properly the week after that.”
Another said: “Can’t delay Strictly that long surely? It’s got an end point set pretty firmly.”
Who is taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2022?
This year’s Strictly will see Helen Skelton dance alongside actors Will Mellor and Kym Marsh and Loose Woman Kaye Adams. Singer Matt Goss will also take to the floor.
Joining them are BBC Radio 2 host Richie Anderson, DJ Tyler West, comedian Jayde Adams and Swimmer Ellie Simmonds.
Also polishing off their dancing shoes are comedian Ellie Taylor, ex-footballer Tony Adams, CBBC star Molly Rainford and EastEnders actor James Bye.
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Completing the line-up we have singer and presenter Fleur East and presenter Yamza Hassin.
Although the pro-partners have not announced, Strictly has already been hit by a favouritism row.
Rumour has it reigning champion and Italian dancer Giovanni Pernice is set for the same-sex pairing with Richie Anderson. The news has reportedly ruffled a few feathers, with some suggesting he’s being treated more favourably than others.
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