Strictly Come Dancing fans given peak at 2022 ballroom as launch show filming begins

The countdown is on for the 2022 series of Strictly Come Dancing and fans were been given a glimpse behind-the-scenes as filming got underway on Tuesday.

Shirley Ballas and presenter Tess Daly shared a series of snaps on instagram, with the 62 year old head judge revealing a look inside her dressing room.

Shirley was dressed down in a simple, short black ensemble as she practiced some moves in front a mirror ahead of the show's much-anticipated return.

Tess then uploaded a selfie of herself and Shirley. She wrote next to it: "SO happy to be back in the ballroom and a huge happy birthday to this gorgeous one @shirleyballas."

Tess has been presenting the show since 2004, first alongside Bruce Forsyth before he was replaced with current co-presenter Claudia Winkleman.

The 53 year old presenter has seen many celebs waltz and tango across the famous Strictly dancefloor over the years, from politicians to movie stars.

Shirley has been a judge on the show since 2017 and will return once again, alongside longtime judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

Anton du Beke will also be back on the panel, after his star turn replacing Bruno Tonioli last year, and the former pro posed alongside Shirley in a sweet behind-the-scenes snap.

Shirley previously shared her joy at returning for another series, writing on Instagram: "Absolutely delighted to be asked to judge Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

"I’m appreciative of each and every one of you who has supported my journey since 2017. You make my job joyous and I feel supported. It is the Nations show and I’m delighted to be a small part of it. Hugs love and gratitude to all of you for the support."

This year's launch show will be recorded tomorrow, and see this year's crop of celebs – including Kym Marsh, Will Mellor, Radio 2's Richie Anderson and Helen Skelton – paired up with their professional partners.

Tess's husband Vernon has previously said she'll go on presenting the show until she's 80.

He told The Sun: "Tess started the show in its infancy — its first ever series when it was just a wee baby.

"Then we had our first baby and subsequently we had Amber, so we’ve grown up with it as like a family member. It sleeps for the majority of the year, but come August, when they start prepping outfits and talking about contestants, that’s when that baby comes alive."


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