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Strictly’s Shirley Ballas shows off her stunning gown ahead of tonight’s launch show

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STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas teased tonight’s “epic” launch show as she shared a snap of her stunning gown.

The head judge is buzzing with excitement as the show returns tonight against all the odds during the coronavirus pandemic.

Shirley Ballas shared a picture of her stunning gown from Strictly Come Dancing's new socially distanced set

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Shirley Ballas shared a picture of her stunning gown from Strictly Come Dancing’s new socially distanced setCredit: Instagram

Taking to Instagram she shared: “Very excited for tonight’s @bbcstrictly it’s going to be epic.

“7.50 pm on @bbcone it will be the show of all shows.

“The cast is amazing the professionals are on form and ready to entertain you in the most spectacular way.

“Sit back and enjoy. Please let me know your thoughts. Bright lights camera Action we are ready to go. ENJOY.”

The judges have to be distanced from each other

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The judges have to be distanced from each other

Fans of the show rushed to share their excitement including some famous faces.

Ruth Langsford commented: “Can’t wait! You look amazing!”

Gaby Roslin added: “Wow. You look incredible.”

Meanwhile a keen fan of the show wrote: “Can’t wait Shirley, at last some proper entertainment on the TellyBox! You look amazing btw.”

The BBC have released a first look at the pictures

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The BBC have released a first look at the pictures

Earlier today the BBC gave fans their first look at the Strictly Come Dancing cast and judges on the new socially distanced set.

The dancing competition was forced to make a series of changes in order to go on air during the pandemic.

Now viewers can get a sneak at how the social distancing works for BBC One’s flagship show.

One of the images shows hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman standing on the stage – but the normally close pair are now two metres apart.

Claudia and Tess have to stand separated

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Claudia and Tess have to stand separated

Behind them on the iconic stage are the band, who are also separated.

There are only three judges until the semi-finals as Bruno Tonioli is not allowed to fly from America while he’s filming Dancing With The Stars.

Instead, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse take the reigns.

Much like the hosts, the three are sat on three individual purple podiums split two metres apart.

The only people able to break social distancing guidelines are the contestants and pro dancers. They’ll be in a bubble together to help stop spread of the virus.

This means they won’t be able to visit their friends or family until the end of the show.

The dancers are the only ones not socially distancing

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The dancers are the only ones not socially distancing
Even the band have to stay separated

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Even the band have to stay separated
MNEK during his performance

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MNEK during his performance

The live performance on the first night is Joel Corry and MNEK, with professionals Nadiya Bychkova and Graziano Di Prima dancing together for it.

Other professionals joining them are Neil Jones with Nancy Xu.

Strictly Come Dancing fans were left devastated on Friday when the official pairings were leaked online.

The Sun Online didn’t spoil Saturday’s surprise by revealing where the leak is or who is paired with who – but fans who stumbled across the pairings were left devastated.

Shirley Ballas posing for the first night

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Shirley Ballas posing for the first night
Craig Revel Horwood ready for the first night of dancing

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Craig Revel Horwood ready for the first night of dancing
Motsi Mabuse stunning in her gold dress

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Motsi Mabuse stunning in her gold dress
The Glitterball Trophy that all the stars are looking for

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The Glitterball Trophy that all the stars are looking for

One loyal Strictly viewer complained: “It was nice not knowing the pairings – that’s spoilt Saturday night.”

While another penned: “Can’t believe these leaked with just two days to go.”

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