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Strictly Come Dancing will pay homage to Bruce Forsyth and his iconic pose during the launch show





STRICTLY Come Dancing will pay homage to the late Bruce Forsyth and his iconic pose during the launch show tonight.

The Strictly professionals with strike the TV legend’s famous pose as they take to the stage in an emotional tribute to the former host, who died last month.

 Strictly professionals will strike Bruce's iconic pose

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Strictly professionals will strike Bruce's iconic pose
 The late presenter was known for the distinct pose

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The late presenter was known for the distinct pose

A source told the Mirror: “It was only right to include it in the routine.”

And it looks set to be incredibly moving as contestant Rev Richard’s Cole tweeted after the dance was filmed: “#Strictly dancers’ tribute to Brucie. Everybody CRIED.”

Last month The Sun reported that Strictly would be remembering Bruce, who died aged 89, with a big old dance.

Strictly’s executive producer Louise Rainbow said at the time: “The thoughts of everyone here are still very much with Sir Bruce’s family.

“Of course, we will be paying tribute to Sir Bruce at our launch show and this will include a heartfelt performance from our Strictly professional dancers.

“We all want to celebrate him and all that he loved about the show. Sir Bruce was, and will always be, a huge part of Strictly Come Dancing.”

 Bruce loved to dance during his time on Strictly

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Bruce loved to dance during his time on Strictly
 His love of dancing will be remembered on tonight's show

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His love of dancing will be remembered on tonight's show

Strictly Come Dancing returns tonight for its 15th series with a new judge and three new professional dancers.

New judge Shirley Ballas, 56, makes her debut as Len Goodman's replacement after he retired his paddle following 12 years of dishing out "tens from Len".

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The returning professional dancer line-up features Strictly originals Brendan Cole and Anton Du Beke as well as other favourites like Gorka Marquez, Aljaz Skorjanec, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Oti Mabuse.

 Gemma Atkinson is just one of the stars on this year's show

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Gemma Atkinson is just one of the stars on this year's show
 Mollie King is ready to impress with her moves

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Mollie King is ready to impress with her moves

The three new professional dancers are Australian Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova from Ukraine and Amy Dowden from Wales.

Last year's winning couple, sports presenter Ore Oduba and dancer Joanne Clifton, will also take to the floor.

This year's line-up of celebrities includes Good Morning Britain newsreader Charlotte Hawkins, This Morning host Ruth Langsford and The Saturdays singer Mollie King.

 Telly queen Ruth Langsford is ready to rumba

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Telly queen Ruth Langsford is ready to rumba
 Charlotte Hawkins arrives with Rev Richard Coles

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Charlotte Hawkins arrives with Rev Richard Coles
 Alexandra Burke and Jonnie Peacock are taking part

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Alexandra Burke and Jonnie Peacock are taking part

Other musicians hoping to impress with their feet and not their voices are former JLS star Aston Merrygold and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.

Also hoping to shimmy their way to Glitterball glory are TV chef Simon Rimmer, EastEnders' Davood Ghadami, Holby City star Joe McFadden and actress Chizzy Akudolu.

 New head judge Shirley dancing with Bruno

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New head judge Shirley dancing with Bruno
 Tess and Claudia are back presenting the show

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Tess and Claudia are back presenting the show

They will go up against Communards star, turned vicar, the Rev Richard Coles, paralympian Jonnie Peacock, comedian Susan Calman and Debbie McGee.

Completing the line-up is soap star and radio presenter Gemma Atkinson and entertainer Brian Conley.

During Saturday's launch show, viewers will also discover who this year's contestants have been paired with.

 Susan Calman, Aston Merrygold and Debbie McGee are on the show

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Susan Calman, Aston Merrygold and Debbie McGee are on the show
Mollie King​ struts her stuff on the red carpet for the ​Strictly Come Dancing​ ​launch night

A two-week break will follow where the couples will rehearse their first routine before returning to impress Ballas and the returning judging trio of Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will once again present the main show while Zoe Ball will front BBC Two spin-off It Takes Two.


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