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    Posted: 14 Aug 2010 at 09:13
14 August 2010 Last updated at 00:07

Strictly Come Dancing stars to be revealed on air

Bruce%20Forsyth Bruce Forsyth is thought to be stepping down from the results show

Contestants on this year's Strictly Come Dancing will be revealed in a launch show filmed in front of an audience at BBC Television Centre.

They will also be introduced to their dance partners in the one-hour show, to be aired on 11 September - three weeks before the start of the contest.

It is thought stars will be paid on a per-show basis this year, rather than being given a flat fee for the series.

And it is understood Bruce Forsyth will no longer present the results show.

The 82-year-old - who missed an episode of Strictly last year after catching influenza - has already revealed that will be taking a pay cut for the 2010 series.

Ola%20Jordan%20and%20Chris%20Hollins Ola Jordan and Chris Hollins won last year's series

In the newly-announced launch show, dancers and contestants will be filmed arriving on a red carpet and performing a group dance together.

The programme will be shot on 8 September for broadcast three days later.

First meetings between dancers and celebrities in previous series were filmed in dance studios or workplaces and shown in video inserts during the opening episode.

The BBC's Mark Linsey called the "red carpet event" the ideal way to launch "a series that features more excitement and glamour than ever before".

BBC sports presenter Chris Hollins won last year's contest, beating Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle.

The show was criticised for failing to attract A-list names but nevertheless attracted an average audience of 9.16 million per show - second only to the previous year's average of 9.54 million.

That series was won by actor Tom Chambers and also featured contestants including John Sergeant and Christine Bleakley.

It has been rumoured that former MP Ann Widdecombe and actress Felicity Kendall will be among this year's contestants.

 
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Quite a good idea i think, can't wait to see Antons face when he gets Ann Widdecombe! LOL
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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2010 at 09:10
Hubby and I are looking forward to the start too. We have had a horrible few months and SCD will be like meeting up with an old friend again. I'm not sure if Ann Widdecomb will be on following the retinal detachment... if it wasn't all newspaper talk.
If Ann isn't on, I would like to see Anton get Clarissa from Two Fat Ladies, she'd soon wipe that daft smile off his face!
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  Quote SliverOfDiamond Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Aug 2010 at 21:44

Nope, I won't be watching that, sounds like drivel to me.

In fact without Matt I won't be watching at all - I intend to keep up with things by reading the forums, then looking at the individual vids of those that look like being worth watching.

I suspect I'm not going to be bothering much.

Yeah, I'm bitter, I can't believe they did that to him....

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