Kylie Minogue set to dazzle as she launches Strictly Come Dancing 2019

Strictly Come Dancing fans are in for a treat as Kylie Minogue has been confirmed as the opening performer for this year's series.

The songstress will be accompanied by the professional dancers as she performs a medley of her smash hits, before the dancers are paired with their celebrities.

The launch show will also feature performances from Mark Ronson and YEBBA and a group dance from this year’s hopefuls.

They include EastEnders star Emma Barton, Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley, and Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing.

As well as a fresh set of celebrities ready to take on the dance floor, this series will see new judge Motsi Mabuse take her seat on the judging panel, alongside Head Judge Shirley Ballas and Strictly veterans Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

While Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to host the BBC show, Zoe Ball will be joined by new face, Rylan Clark-Neal, on the sister show It Takes Two.

With the celebrities perfecting their Cha Cha Cha before the series kicks off in a matter of weeks, Jamie Laing has come under fire after he revealed he studied dance as part of his Theatre and Peformance degree.

In an unearthed podcast, Jamie said, “When it came to finally enrolling in my course, people had already picked what they wanted to do and the only thing that was left was contemporary dance.

“So for the whole first year, I had to do contemporary dance. As I was the only boy, I had to be the bulb in the flowers and all the girls were petals.”

But, while some might argue Jamie has an unfair advantage, the reality TV star confessed it actually put him off dancing.

“All of my friends were sitting in the front row and they were all laughing at me and I thought, ‘this sucks’, so my experience of dance has been skewed a bit by that,” he admitted. “It was the worst thing in the world, I’d wake up every day and think, ‘why have I done this.'”

Lets hope Strictly changes his mind…

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