Strictly Come Dancing burst with excitement as Zoe Ball's It Takes Two returns to screens

Natasha Sporn
New set: Zoe Ball showed off It Takes Two's new features: BBC2

Strictly Come Dancing fans were beside themselves with joy as It Takes Two returned to screens on Monday night.

The spin-off show, hosted by former contestant Zoe Ball, is a necessity for any Strictly fan as the popular BBC makes its return to Saturday night.

Airing nightly, with an hour-long episode each Friday, the sister show is packed full of interviews with the celebrities as well as exclusive sneak peaks at music and costumes for the following weekend.

Opening the programme, Ball showed viewers around the new studio saying: “You may have noticed that we’ve given our studio a bit of a makeover.

Host: Zoe Ball is back for another series (BBC)

“Gone are the chandeliers, so last year darling, and in their place are snazzy new lights and exciting new flooring.

“And we also have this,” Ball continued as she waltzed over to a new touchscreen called Sid – Strictly Interactive Device which will routinely give fans even more insight into their favourite show.

And, after 282 days away, fans were elated to see former contestant Ball, who made it to the final in 2005 with Ian Waite, back on BBC2.

One wrote: “Autumn nights sorted. It’s great to have you back Zoe. I hope you’re Telly Husband @ianwaite is back as well. All the best for the series. X.”

While another said: YES.....@BBCTwo right now, IT IS BACK....the fabulous @ZoeTheBall is back with #ItTakesTwo!! Just what I need in my life right now.....welcome back to Zoe & the whole #ITT team! @bbcstrictly #Strictly."

Guests: Seann Walsh and Katya Jones were on Monday's show (BBC)

“So happy to have @ZoeTheBall back on the telebox on @bbcstrictly #ItTakesTwo looking lovely xx can’t wait for the sparkly jumpers and shoes,” added somebody else.

During the debut for this year, Ball was joined by Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec to talk through their Kiss routine before turning their attention to the Tango this week.

Lee Ryan and Nadiya Bychkova were also on the sofa while former professional Erin Boag returned to Choreography Corner to analyse last weekend’s dances.

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones also popped in for a chat, with Walsh discussing "hairgate", responding to criticism from head judge Shirley Ballas .

Walsh said: "I see her point, I suppose I probably didn’t look like a bodyguard with my hair. You’d be a bit concerned if I turned up and I was your bodyguard. I know what she meant.

“We put so much effort into that dance so you almost want to hear about the dance and then you’re talking about hair.”

It Takes Two airs weeknights at 6.30pm on BBC2.