Strictlys Shirley Ballas shares update on opening show and teases surprises

Shirley Ballas has confirmed there will be "surprises" during the of the opening show of Strictly Come Dancing 2023.

The head judge, 62, will be back on our screens next month alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke as the new group of celebrities take to the dancefloor.

Ahead of the new series, Shirley has teased what fans can expect from the new cast.

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The show has come under fire recently with some critics claiming that some of the famous faces already have dance experience.

However, Shirley has hit back at the negative comments and has admitted she's "fan girling" over the group of showbiz stars.

Speaking on Gaydio, the professional dancer said: "Well, I think that they haven't done ballroom and latin and I think they're going to be surprised when they suddenly have to dance in close proximity in a ballroom frame, lets say doing the waltz or the Viennese waltz.

"And you've got to get this technique down in a short space of time.

"We've got some fabulous movers on there who've never taken any dancing.

"So I think this is an phenomenal class.

"I never do this but I will say this to the LGBTQ community, I am fan girling I am. The whole cast this year has excelled beyond anything."

Shirley went on to confirm that the first episode of the new season will be one to watch.

"And I can tell you all first time, you must watch the opening show because there are surprises," she teased.

"Thats as far as I can tell you but the opening show is definitely going to be a watch."

The first live show will take place on Saturday, September 23.

However, there’s also the annual pre-recorded launch show, where fans discover which professional dancers the celebrities have been coupled up with for the first time.

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This will reportedly be filmed on Wednesday, September 6, with recent history suggesting it will air on Saturday, September 16, a week before live shows begin.

The line-up include actor Amanda Abbington, news anchors Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Angela Rippon, radio DJs Eddi Kadi and Nikita Kanda and West End performer Layton Williams.

Joining them will be TV personalities Angela Scanlon and Les Dennis, reality star Zara McDermott, soap performers Adam Thomas, Ellie Leach, Bobby Brazier and Nigel Harman, Paralympian Jody Cundy and tennis player Annabel Croft.

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