See all the pictures from this year's event

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 has officially arrived – and we’re SO excited!

The series kicked off in style on Tuesday night with its launch show, due to be aired on TV on Saturday 3 September, and we’ve got all the pictures from a night filled with sequins, sparkle and one incredibly saucy outfit.


This year’s contestants stepped out in their Strictly finery for the very first time at the event held at Elstree Studios and they’re certainly looking sharp!

Laura Whitmore stood out in a luminous yellow number whilst former Hollyoaks heartthrob Danny Mac will surely make everybody swoon in that v-cut top.

It was Daisy Lowe’s get-up that really caused a stir though. The racy see-through red dress left little to the imagination and showed a whole lot of side-boob – blimey.

Others opted for more conservative choices, with Louise Redknapp looking very chic in a dazzling pink gown.

There already seemed to be lots of dancing going on (obvs) before the show has even officially begun, with Lesley Joseph and Judge Rinder really getting into the spirit of things as they strutted up the red carpet together.

Meanwhile Ed Balls boogied with Laura Whitmore (a sentence we never thought we’d hear) and all in all everyone seemed to be hitting it off.

There was even time for a few selfies between contestants too.

Strictly isn’t all about the celebs of course. The judges were out in force too, as were presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly.

Strictly Come Dancing Darcey Bussell bum dance GIF

The professional dancers were on hand to jazz up proceedings as well, with several new members of the line-up joining the show this year.

Giovanni Pernice seemed to have put his heartbreak over splitting from last year’s contestant Georgia May Foote behind him and managed to be all smiles on the red carpet.

But who will he be partnered with this year? Will the outfits be as amazing as these throughout the whole series? Will Ed Balls become a shock favourite to win?!

All of the above will soon be answered when Strictly Come Dancing 2016 hits our screens – we can’t wait!