Strictly Come Dancing 2023 – Meet Celebs, Dancers, & Judges

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Hey there, dance enthusiasts and reality TV addicts! It’s that time of the year again when sequins, sambas, and show-stopping cha-chas take centre stage. Strictly Come Dancing 2023 is back with a bang, promising more glitz, glamour, and gravity-defying moves than ever before. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or a newbie ready to dip your toes into the sparkling waters of this dance extravaganza, we’ve got you covered.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2023 – from celebrity contestants to judges, scandals, and surprises! So grab your dancing shoes, make some popcorn, and let’s tango into the dazzling world of Strictly Come Dancing!

Meet the Star-Studded Lineup

In August 2023, the celebrity lineup for “Strictly Come Dancing 2023” was unveiled, featuring 15 remarkable individuals from various fields:

1. Adam Thomas: An accomplished actor and TV presenter with a dash of robot dance flair.
2. Amanda Abbington: A distinguished stage and screen actress ready to dazzle and perhaps embarrass her children.
3. Angela Rippon: A multi-award-winning journalist, TV presenter, and newsreader proving age is no barrier to dancing success.
4. Angela Scanlon: A charismatic TV presenter, ready to embrace the sequins and glitter.
5. Annabel Croft: A former British Number One tennis player in pursuit of the joy of dance.
6. Fleur East: A renowned singer and TV personality bringing her vibrant energy to the dance floor.
7. Helen Skelton: A versatile TV presenter and sportswoman known for her fearless spirit.
8. James Bye: A talented actor poised to showcase his dance prowess.
9. Jay Blades: A TV presenter and furniture restorer with hidden dance talents.
10. Kym Marsh: A celebrated singer and actress embarking on her dance journey.
11. Matt Goss: A captivating singer ready to make the dance floor his stage.
12. Molly Rainford: A multi-talented singer and actress bringing her star power to the competition.
13. Richie Anderson: A popular radio presenter who’s sure to entertain the audience.
14. Tony Adams: A former professional footballer transitioning to dance with finesse.
15. Will Mellor: A versatile actor and singer, known for his charisma and talent.

The Professional Dancers: Dance Masters Return

“Strictly Come Dancing 2023” welcomes back a stellar lineup of professional dancers. These 18 gifted individuals will guide and partner with the celebrities throughout their journey:

1. Amy Dowden
2. Carlos Gu
3. Dianne Buswell
4. Graziano Di Prima
5. Gorka Marquez
6. Johannes Radebe
7. Kai Widdrington
8. Karen Hauer
9. Katya Jones
10. Lauren Oakley
11. Luba Mushtuk
12. Michelle Tsiakkas
13. Nadiya Bychkova
14. Neil Jones
15. Nikita Kuzmin
16. Vito Coppola
17. Giovanni Pernice
18. Jowita Przystal

These dedicated dancers are an essential part of the show, ensuring each performance is a memorable one.

The Judging Panel: Familiar Faces Return

Maintaining consistency, the judging panel for “Strictly Come Dancing 2023” remains the same as the previous year. The panel features renowned judges:

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig is known for his sharp tongue and brutally honest critiques. He’s not afraid to call out a lacklustre performance, but when a celebrity impresses him, you can be sure it’s genuine praise!

Shirley Ballas

Shirley brings her extensive dance background to the panel. She focuses on technical precision and is often seen as the “strict” judge. She’s a stickler for correct footwork and posture.

Motsi Mabuse

Motsi is the sibling of professional dancer Oti Mabuse and has a wealth of dance knowledge. She’s known for her encouraging and uplifting comments, making her a favourite among contestants.

Mystery Guest Judge

The identity of the mystery guest judge remains a closely guarded secret. Fans can’t wait to see who will be joining the panel and what unique perspective they’ll bring to the show.

What’s New for 2023: Dance Styles, Tours, and Specials

“Strictly Come Dancing 2023” introduces several exciting additions:

Viennese Waltz: The show incorporates a new dance style, the Viennese Waltz. Known for its speed and elegance, this challenging dance will put both celebrities and professional dancers to the test.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals Tour: Fans can now witness their beloved professional dancers in action with the tour, offering a live performance experience.

Special Episodes: The 2023 season promises a range of special episodes, including a Halloween special, a Blackpool special, and a Christmas special, ensuring additional fun and excitement for viewers.

How to Watch “Strictly Come Dancing 2023”

The 2023 season of “Strictly Come Dancing” can be enjoyed live on BBC One or via BBC iPlayer. For those who miss an episode, catch-up is also available on BBC iPlayer.


“Strictly Come Dancing 2023” is poised to be a remarkable season. With a new celebrity lineup, a seasoned judging panel, and a dash of exciting new elements, there’s something to enthral every viewer. Whether you’re a fan of the dance, the enchanting costumes, or the riveting celebrity drama, “Strictly Come Dancing” promises to deliver entertainment, week after week. Don’t miss the magic of this iconic British show.

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