Helen Skelton, Kym Marsh and more unveil glam makeovers before Strictly launch

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This year’s Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestants have received glamorous makeovers ahead of the new series starting this month.

The 20th series of the BBC show will see 15 celebrity contestants – including TV presenter Helen Skelton, EastEnders actor James Bye and former England footballer Tony Adams – taking to the dance floor.

This year, Strictly will mark the BBC’s centenary with a special themed week, alongside returning favourites such as Movie Week, Halloween Week and the much-loved Musicals Week.

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke are returning to the Strictly judging panel for 2022
Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke are returning to the Strictly judging panel for 2022 (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

The show’s return to the prestigious Blackpool Tower Ballroom after a two-year break due to the pandemic will be a highlight.

Following the death of the Queen, the launch date was postponed a week until after the monarch’s state funeral on September 19.

The TV competition was due to return to screens on September 17 but the launch show will now air on September 23 followed by the first live show on September 24.

The schedule shift was one of many made in the days following the death of the Queen, with broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 4 also adapting their plans.

The celebrity line-up this year includes Ted Lasso actress Ellie Taylor, Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor, Loose Women star Kaye Adams and Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh.

They are joined by Bros singer Matt Goss, Kiss radio host Tyler West, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford, comedian and actress Jayde Adams, Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin and BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson.

Here are the celebrity contestants in full Strictly attire.

Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Helen Skelton (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Kym Marsh (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
James Bye (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Kaye Adams (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Hamza Yassin (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Fleur East (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Tony Adams (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Molly Rainford (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Ellie Taylor (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Matt Goss (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Tyler West (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Ellie Simmonds (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Jayde Adams (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Will Mellor (Ray Burmiston/PA)
Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Richie Anderson (Ray Burmiston/PA)