BBC Strictly Come Dancing firms up 2024 details following professional's return to line-up

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BBC Strictly Come Dancing enthusiasts were thrilled when it was announced that Aljaz Skorjanec would be returning to the ballroom for the 2024 series. After a two-year break, Aljaz will rejoin the professional line-up for the upcoming season, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the popular BBC show.

Aljaz took a hiatus from the competition in 2022 and has since become a father to daughter Lyra, whom he shares with his wife and fellow professional dancer Janette Manrara. Speaking about his return, he said: "I could not be more ecstatic to be back with the Strictly family! This year is such a special one for this legendary show, I can't wait to be a part of it and make my return to the dance floor."

"I had an absolute ball during my nine-year stint on Strictly, during my time away I became a parent, which has been an exciting challenge in itself and now I'm ready to experience the Strictly magic again. It feels so right to be coming back, I missed the fun, glitter, and the judges of course and I hope to make my daughter Lyra proud."

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The news has left many fans eagerly anticipating Strictly's return, with questions swirling about when the 2024 series will begin, who the celebrity contestants will be, and who will join Aljaz in the professional line-up, reports the Mirror.

Aljaz Skorjanec. is returning to the BBC show after a two year hiatus
Aljaz Skorjanec. is returning to the BBC show after a two year hiatus -Credit:BBC

Is there a Strictly Come Dancing 2024 start date?

While the BBC has yet to confirm a specific start date, it has been announced that the series is set to return in autumn 2024 as anticipated. The 2023 series began with the launch show on September 16, followed by the live shows on September 23.

In 2022, the launch show was aired on September 23, slightly later than the original date of September 17, which was postponed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. It's therefore likely that the 2024 series will air around a similar time.

The judges during the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final
The judges during the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final -Credit:BBC

BBC Strictly Come Dancing rumoured line-up

As for the rumoured contestants for Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC has stated that the celebrity participants for 2024 will be "revealed in due course," However, names such as Helen Worth, Roman Kemp, and Hannah Waddingham are already circulating as potential contestants.

Strictly Come Dancing professional line-up

The professional line-up for this year includes Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington, Nancy Xu, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley, Michelle Tsiakkas and Vito Coppola. They will be joined by Aljaz Skorjanec, whose return has recently been announced.

Strictly judges and presenters

The judging panel for Strictly Come Dancing 2024 will once again feature Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel-Horwood and Anton Du Beke. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will also be returning as presenters.

BBC chiefs have announced that the series will feature "unforgettable group routines, world-class music acts performing in the Strictly Ballroom, theme weeks and of course the much-anticipated trip to the North West of England as the show takes up residency for one week only in the iconic and much loved Tower Ballroom in Blackpool."