Who is favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2017?

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From Digital Spy

Yes, it's that time of year again – Strictly Come Dancing is on its way back to our screens!

After months of waiting, the BBC has finally confirmed the full celebrity line-up and which star will be dancing with which pro. By the looks of things, series 15 is set to be pretty epic.

Here's everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2017...

1. When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on?

The Strictly Come Dancing live shows officially kicked off on Saturday, September 23 on BBC One at 6.25pm. The show is next on Saturday, October 14 at 6.45pm on BBC One.

Zoe Ball's spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two launched on Monday, September 25, on BBC Two at 6.30pm. It is now on at the same time on BBC Two every weekday.

2. When is the next elimination?

The third celebrity to leave the competition will be confirmed on Sunday, October 15 at 7.15pm.

The judges will decide who stays and who goes solely based on that week's performances. The scenes will be filmed straight after the live show on Saturday, but will not be aired on TV until the following evening.

3. Which Strictly Come Dancing celebs have already been eliminated?

Simon Rimmer – eliminated week five

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By the looks of things, bookies have absolutely no faith in the Sunday Brunch host ahead of his ballroom debut. However, the presenter has insisted he will be pulling out all the stops to make sure he isn't given the boot in the first few weeks of the show.

"Nobody will try harder, have more fun or get more out of it than me. I can't wait," he said.

"I'm so excited, terrified and proud to be invited to be part of Strictly 2017. I've always been a huge fan of the show. But when I put on my sequins and hit the floor, it will genuinely be my very first time dancing ballroom and Latin."

Brian Conley – eliminated week four

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Brian was one of the last celebs to be confirmed for the show but was one of the favourites to leave first. He admitted he signed up for the show quite some time back so had been able to get in plenty of rehearsing – but that wasn't enough to save him.

"I knew I wanted to do it and they were making advances to me when I came to see Strictly on Halloween," he said. "I couldn't be in the SAS or anything – I'm just useless at keeping secrets – but I have tried and not that many people know, I hope, and that's why it's a surprise today."

Charlotte Hawkins – eliminated week three

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Charlotte has demonstrated some of her dancing skills on Good Morning Britain – but that didn't convince bookmakers she was capable of winning the show.

Reverend Richard Coles – eliminated week two

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He didn't quite shock us all and wow on the dancefloor.

Strictly insiders weren't convinced from the start and thought he may be one of the first to get the boot.

Not that he's too fussed.

Speaking on Chris Evans' Radio 2 Breakfast Show recently, he was bragging about his "remarkable" dancing skills.

Chizzy Akudolu – eliminated week one

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