The new line-up features a famous list of celebrities tracing their family trees.
The special also saw the return of former judge Bruno Tonioli.
The judge told how emotional his dance had made her.
The judge said contestants have to try and win votes.
A spokesperson for the show insisted the judges 'adore each other'.
The 'Strictly' judge admitted she and the rest of the panel are not friends.
Du Beke has been made a judge now that Bruno Tonioli is leaving.
There's a shake-up on the judges' desk at the BBC One hit show.
'Strictly' dancer Motsi Mabuse's in-laws may live with her permanemtly after their hometown in Ukraine was attacked
The 'Strictly' judge's husband is from Kharviv in Ukraine, where his family are sheltering in bunkers.
Motsi updated fans on her family members who are trapped in Ukraine, while other celebrities commented on the crisis.
The Strictly star opened up on Twitter.
When travel restrictions on visiting South Africa were lifted, the dancer decided to surprise her family.
The star said she was 'gutted' to miss the show.
Motsi Mabuse regrets her choice of words after sparking 'crazy conspiracy theories' about the dance-off.
The former dancer says she still can't believe how her life has turned out.
Motsi's sister, Oti Mabuse, has won the last two series of 'Strictly Come Dancing' and has a historic hat-trick in her sights.
The live shows start on 25th September.
The long-standing judge will be replaced this series.
Motsi Mabuse said she was left in tears after she saw the headline in German tabloid Bild.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has shut down rumours that Carrie Symonds will appear on this year's series.
Oti is a dancer on the BBC show, while sister Motsi is a judge.
Four couples have made it through to the final on BBC One.
The TV star said having a large chest has not been an advantage.
The judge has had enough of keeping up with so many social media accounts.