Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Launch Show – Live | Come dance strictly

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What else should we do while we wait? I have a plate of snacks, a cup of tea (I don’t drink booze for boring medical reasons, I’m resuming wine in October), but no dog as she’s gone with my other half for the weekend. end. What are you snacking on?

I could plug in my books, I suppose, but that would be rude. And you can also visit my website on your own. Not NOW, of course. Strictly is activated in a minute.


A new season of Strictly calls for a new season of Strictly Come Bingo! If you’re new here, this is a fun weekly drinking game, where I list five Strictly tropes, cliches, and pet peeves, then urge you to take a sip whenever you see one. It doesn’t have to be alcohol – you can always choose water and boost your hydration levels. I also know someone who keeps a bowl of Haribo Tangfastics on the arm of the couch and eats one whenever there’s a bingo score – some weeks are more intensely sweet than others.

I thought about getting you in slowly, especially since we have to do everything again tomorrow. But it’s our very first Friday night Strictly so I’m feeling a bit giddy – so take a sip of whatever takes your fancy for any occurrence of the following:

  • Someone claims they can’t dance at all

  • Someone demonstrating their dancing skills by doing the robot/running man

  • The word “excited”

  • Any early mention of parents, nannas or children

  • “OMG he/she was definitely the person I was hoping to partner with” *big fat lie*

Just a quick point of order for anyone who comes forward complaining about strictly melting the nation’s tiny brains or grumbling that The Guardian is sullying the internet with this kind of meaningless trash. This is my thirteenth year doing this live blog; we’ve been here so long that we’ve claimed squatters’ rights and are building a glittery yurt. So honestly, hold your breath. Or, hang out in one of the friendliest corners of the internet for a few hours. You never know, you might like it.


Good evening everyone and welcome to the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing! I’m thrilled to be back on my couch of live blogging, and I hope you’ll join me for another fall of viewing together. This year has once again been a tough one for many, but this blog – and the comment box in particular – brings its own unique brand of sparkly low-cost energy.

Tonight’s pre-recorded launch show is an opportunity to pair our fifteen new celebrities with their pro-dancer partners – this should have aired last Saturday but it was deemed inappropriate to adorn the nation with fake tans and feathers while the queen was still lying in state. So the launch is tonight and the first live show is tomorrow. That’s *checks the notes* just under four hours of liveblogging in total, but it’ll be fine because I’m counting on lots of support from all of you down below. If you’re a beginner, feel free to step out from behind your curtains and join us. If you are a veteran, welcome back. I missed you.

We’re kicking off the new Strictly season at 7 p.m., so please gather some snacks, drinks, family members, and a bucket of glitter, and I’ll see you then!

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