When do the Strictly live shows start and when will the first couple be eliminated?

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Are you looking forward to the Strictly live shows? (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire)

Get ready for the glitter and the sequins; Strictly Come Dancing 2023 is now officially underway – but when are the live shows set to begin?  

The whole cast was announced some time ago, including Waterloo Road star Adam Thomas, Irish presenter Angela Scanlon, Former tennis professional Annabel Croft, journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and more – However, the line-up has now been paired with their professional dancers.

The opening show (pre-recorded) aired on Saturday night and featured a touching tribute to the late strictly legend, Len Goodman.

The show has a great mix of drama, humour, and excitement that keeps viewers engaged and entertained throughout the season.

However, now the couples have been announced, and the opening show has taken place, when will we start to see some jeopardy in the performances?

When do the live shows begin, and when will the first couple be eliminated?

Here is what you need to know.

When do the Strictly live shows start?

This year, there will be no gap between the opening and live performances, as the first live show is scheduled for next weekend – Saturday, September 23, 2023.

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When will the first Strictly couple be eliminated?

The couples will receive their first scores at the first live show scheduled for September 23. 

However, there will be no elimination on the first live show.

That will instead come the week after – Sunday, October 1, 2023 – which will see the couples have their scores combined from weeks one and two before facing a public vote.

Bobby Brazier initially became the bookies’ favourite to win the competition, but we still have many weeks ahead before the line-up comes down to the final few.

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Bobby himself told he thought the reason he was the early favourite was ‘just because I’m young.’

He went on to say: ‘They have no reason to think that. It’s just because I’m young and apparently quite fun.’

Who will ultimately lift the glitterball trophy?

We’ll have to wait and see.

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