Want to experience Strictly in person? Here's how to get tickets to the live show

Want to experience Strictly in person? Here’s how you can apply for tickets to watch all the action from the studio audience.

The dancers! The lights! The sequins! Dave Arch and his band! For any Strictly Come Dancing fan, attending a taping of the show in person would be a dream come true.

2018’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing will be the hit show’s 16th series. Celebrities such as Joe Sugg, Kate Silverton and Lee Ryan are lacing up their dancing shoes. 

[Read more: Strictly Come Dancing 2018 - The lineup]

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There will also be three new professional dancers this year. Following the departures of Brendan Cole and Chloe Hewitt, the show has added Italian champ Graziano Di Prima, South African Johannes Radebe and Russian-born Luba Mushtuk.

So, if you want a chance of seeing all the Strictly dancers and judges in person – as well as Tess, Claudia and all the celeb contestants – here’s what you need to know.

How do I get tickets for Strictly Come Dancing 2018?

Strictly Come Dancing

Much like Wimbledon tickets, you can apply for Strictly tickets via random draw.

To apply go to the Strictly Come Dancing page of the BBC Shows and Tours website. Here you will find all the information you need to enter the random draw.

Unfortunately, the draw for this year's tickets is now closed and the show is fully booked for 2018. However, you can sign up for the mailing list for further announcements and details about upcoming events - which could include the Christmas special.

The launch show was filmed in advance of it airing on TV on Friday, August 31st and it will be the first chance to see this year's contestants and pro dancers perform together.

As with nearly all TV recordings, getting a ticket doesn't 100% guarantee you entry as more tickets are offered then there are places to ensure the studio is full even if people drop out. Admission to this recording is on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you don't want to be disappointed, you are advised to arrive early.

The series will visit the home of ballroom Blackpool on November 17th this year and the final will take place on December 15th.

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If you've not been lucky enough to get tickets in the draw, the celebrities and pro will go on a national tour again in 2019.

Meanwhile, a professionals tour has been confirmed for May 2019 including reigning champion Katya Jones, semi-finalist AJ Pritchard and two-time finalist Giovanni Pernice.

All you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2018

The celebrities strutting their stuff on the dance floor this series are Ashley Roberts, Faye Tozer, Kate Silverton, Katie Piper, Lauren Steadman, Stacey Dooley, Susannah Constantine, Vick Hope, Charles Venn, Danny John-Jules, Graeme Swann, Joe Sugg, Lee Ryan, Dr Ranj Singh and Seann Walsh.

On Saturday 8 September at 7.35pm, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host an exclusive premiere and roll out the red carpet to welcome the celebrity class of 2018 as they prepare to begin their Strictly adventure.

The fifteen celebrity contestants will make their grand entrance from the red carpet into the famous Strictly ballroom to discover which professional dancer they will be paired with. Once the pairings have been announced the celebrities and professionals will take to the dancefloor for the very first time for what promises to be, an entertaining group performance, launching the new series in Strictly style.

Our four fabulous judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas return to the panel and will be casting their expert judgement every week.

Three new world-class dancers are joining the show, Italian Latin Champion Graziano Di Prima, Professional South African Latin Champion Johannes Radebe and four-time winner of the Italian Dance Championship Luba Mushtuk. They join Strictly favourites AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Oti Mabuse and Pasha Kovalev.

[Read more: Meet this year's Strictly pros]

Once the celebrities are paired up with their professional dancer, they will have two weeks to rehearse before returning to the ballroom to perform live to the nation every Saturday night. There will be no public vote in the first week and the results show with Tess and Claudia will begin from week two on Sunday nights. From then, each week the two couples with the lowest combined scores, from the judges and public vote, will face each other in the dance off, and one couple will leave the competition for good.

At the halfway stage of the competition and now a Strictly Come Dancing tradition, the show will travel to the international home of ballroom dancing where the celebrities and their partners will perform at the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Zoë Ball will also return to host Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on BBC Two. The weekday show is back with even more exclusive access and backstage gossip than ever before.

Photo credit: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

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