Why is there no Strictly Come Dancing tonight and when is the first elimination?

Strictly Come Dancing is back – and an elimination is looming (Picture: PA)

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock of late you might just have noticed that Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens.

Yup, the 2019 live shows kicked off on Saturday night, with all 15 of this year’s couples taking to the floor for the first time – delivering routines which left the judges dazzled and despairing in equal measures.

And while the show may have seen some early front-runners emerge, others could well be facing the prospect of being the first celeb to leave the dancefloor when the eliminations begin.

That happens on Sunday nights of course – but the show’s absent from the Sunday schedules this week.

Just where is it – and when will we be bidding farewell to our first couple?

Here’s what you need to know…

Why is there no Strictly Come Dancing tonight?

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden were among the highest scorers of the first show (Picture: PA)

The reason for this one is pretty simple – there’s no Sunday night show tonight because the eliminations don’t begin until next weekend.

While all 15 couples took to the floor for their first performance with their pro partners on Saturday night, they’re given a week’s grace period at the start of the series.

That means everybody gets to perform a minimum of two routines before the public gets to cast their vote on who they want to keep in the competition.

It also allows two weeks’ worth of judges’ scores to be combined – which means those who might have finished down the bottom of the scoreboard in week one have a second chance to try and impress both the panel and the voters in week two.

When is the first Strictly elimination?

The first elimination show is next Sunday night on BBC One at 7.15pm – with the voting lines open at the end of next Saturday night’s show at 8.50pm.

The results will be made up of viewer votes together with the combined scores of the judges over the fortnight’s worth of shows.

The couples in the bottom two will perform again in their bid to remain in the competition, with the panel then voting which of the two they want to save – and the losing couple becoming the first to depart the dancefloor.

Currently Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell is the bookies’ favourite to leave, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 6/4 on him being first out after he scored just 11 points for his tango with pro partner Luba Mushtuk on Saturday night.


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