'Strictly Come Dancing' on DStv

HARARE - Popular dance reality show Strictly Come Dancing 2018 launches on DStv this weekend, with broadcasts of shows within a fortnight of their UK premieres.

MultiChoice Zimbabwe publicity and public relations manager Liz Dziva,  said the show was a highlight for many DStv viewers, not only people involved in the dance community but also with people keen on musical and dance entertainment.

“We are excited that Strictly is back, and that it is being screened so soon after premiering in the UK, which means we shall be fairly up to date with all the action in a show that has done so much to encourage people of all ages to get involved in social or competitive dancing,” she said.

Strictly Come Dancing is now in its 16th annual series and will broadcast each Sunday evening on BBC First soon after 5.30pm, starting on September 30.

The show will again be hosted by top UK presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman, with same line-up of judges as in 2017: Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel-Horwood and newly-titled Dame Darcey Bussell.

Dziva said the 2018 series would feature a total of 18 competitive dances, with three new dance styles having been introduced this year: contemporary, jazz and street.

There will also be a couples’ choice dance during the run, which will end during the festive season.

“There are also three new professional dancers, including another South African, Johannes Radebe, who joins with Oti Mabuse, a South African dancer who joined the line-up two years ago,” she said.

The launch show which DStv viewers will see on September 30 was broadcast in the UK on September 8, while the second screening, which will focus on the first competitive routines but without an elimination, will be broadcast the following week, having been seen in the UK on September 22.

Each Sunday viewers will be treated to the competitive show, which is broadcast live in the UK on Saturday nights, and this will be immediately followed from week three by the results show, which is normally broadcast in the UK on Sunday nights.

This year’s line-up of celebrities, who learn to dance under instruction of allocated professional dance partners, includes a range of entertainers and sporting personalities.

These are singers Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer, TV stars Danny John-Jules, Charles Venn, Kate Silverton, Katie Piper, Dr Ranj Singh and Susannah Constantine, journalist Stacey Dooley, radio star Vick Hope, stand-up comedian Seann Walsh, author and Youtuber Joe Sugg, former cricketer Graeme Swann and Paralympic triathlete Laren Steadman.

Young people will be particularly keen to track the fortunes of former Blue singer and Eastenders actor Lee Ryan.

“As always we shall watch to see who dances well and who does not, and we shall all no doubt pick favourites and hope they see their way to the grand final when only the last three remain on course, the others having been eliminated week by week through popular vote in the UK,” said Dziva.

Strictly Come Dancing is broadcast to Zimbabwe exclusively on DStv.

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