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.

2019’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing will be the hit show’s 17th series. Celebrities such as Anneka Rice, James Cracknell, and Catherine Tyldesley are lacing up their dancing shoes. 

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There will also be a new professional dancers this year. Following the departure of Pasha Kovalev, the show has added Chinese dance champ Nancy Xu.

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 2019?

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 series is closed and the show is now fully booked for 2019. 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 Saturday, September 7 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.

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The series will visit the home of ballroom Blackpool on Saturday, November 16 this year and the final will take place on Saturday, December 14th.

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 2020.

All you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2019

The celebrities strutting their stuff on the dance floor this series are Anneka Rice, James Cracknell, Dev Griffin, Alex Scott, Will Bayley, Michelle Visage, Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Karim Zeroual, Mike Bushell, Catherine Tyldesley, Saffron Barker, Emma Barton, Chris Ramsey, and David James.

Jamie Laing was supposed to be taking part, but suffered a foot injury in the group dance at the pre-recorded launch show, so while you'll see him at the launch, sadly he won't actually be able to take part in the series.

On Saturday, September 7 at 7.10pm, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host an exclusive premiere and roll out the red carpet to welcome the celebrity class of 2019 as they prepare to begin their Strictly adventure.

The 15 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.

Joining our three fabulous judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, and Shirley Ballas this year will be Motsi Mabuse, older sister of pro dancer Oti, who replaces Dame Darcey Bussell on the panel.

One new world-class dancer is joining the show - Chinese dance pro Nancy Xu. She joins 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, and Oti Mabuse.

[Read more: Who are the Strictly 2019 professional dancers?]

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 from September 21. 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 and this time will be joined by co-host Rylan Clark-Neal. The weekday show is back with even more exclusive access and backstage gossip than ever before.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on September 7.

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