The BBC has confirmed that Strictly Come Dancing will return to our screens on Saturday September 18.

On Friday, the BBC shared a video on social media of McFly star Tom Fletcher, who will be competing on the dance floor this year, holding up a paddle with the number 15 on it.

The accompanying message said: "The countdown is ON! Only 15 days to go until @TomFletcher and our #Strictly stars hit the dancefloor."

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The upcoming series will see stars including comedian Robert Webb, Loose Women panellist Judi Love and Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty work on their dancing skills.

Also competing will be former rugby player Ugo Monye, EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, TV presenter AJ Odudu, Dragons' Den investor Sara Davies, Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn, BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, TV presenter Tilly Ramsay, CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and actor Greg Wise.

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis will be the first ever deaf contestant to appear in the series.

Former Bake Off winner John Whaite will be taking to the dance floor in another first for Strictly, as one half of an all-male pairing.

Kai Widdrington, a well-known dancer on Ireland's Dancing With the Stars, will be joining the professional dancers.

Kai Widdington dancing with Irish model Grainne Gallanagh

He joins three other new professional dancers former Let's Dance Germany professional Nikita Kuzmin, reigning South African Latin champion Cameron Lombard, and The Greatest Dancer winner Jowita Przystal.

Professional dancer Anton Du Beke, 55, will be sitting this one out on the judging panel replacing Bruno Tonioli who is unable to juggle his judging with the US Dancing With The Stars as he has in previous years due to the pandemic and various restrictions that could be imposed on travel.

Strictly Come Dancing will be on BBC One on Saturday nights from September 18.