Strictly Come Dancing 2019 kicks off – see all the best reactions here

Keeeep dancing!

The sequins are in place and the dancing shoes are tied tight - Strictly Come Dancing kicked off its 17th series on Saturday night! Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are back on presenting duties, with Craig Revel Horwood, Shirely Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Moti Mabuse seated behind the judging table. The British public has been eagerly awaiting the launch of BBC's world famous dancing competition for months, so it's no wonder that social media is alight with commentary.

Tess looked beautiful in a velvet navy dress alongside the ever-stunning Claudia who opted for a sparkly red suit. As always, the 47-year-old presenter's glossy dark locks almost stole the show before it had even begun! Highlights from tonight's show included a showstopping performance from none other than Kylie Minogue and some jaw-dropping performances from the professional dancers, plus viewers were thrilled that Neil Jones finally got a partner of his very own!


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Claudia and Tess certainly know how to steal a show!

Here are our pick of some of the best social media reactions from this evening so far!

Fans were very excited to see that Anton Du Beke might have a chance of winning the show for once with his partner, Emma Barton. One Twitter user exclaimed: "Come on Anton! Time for the win!"

The feeling was pretty well shared on social media this evening!

Of course the Neil glee was felt quite strongly too - with most people delighted to see that he finally got a partner!

One of HELLO!'s Strictly columnists Ola Jordan was super excited to see Neil Jones get a partner. 

Jamie Laing was one of the first to react, and fans were devastated that he wasn't part of the show any more. Before the show started he let his followers know what he was gutted to be missing out.

Of course, no one was booted off tonight's show, it was all about getting to know the new contestants and their partners. So far it seems that Strictly fans have taken a special liking to new judge Motsi Mabuse and contestant Michelle Visage, with many of them taking to Twitter to say things such as "Motsi is stunning. A Queen. A legend. An icon" and "Michelle and Giovanni are the duo we never knew we needed."

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The Strictly professionals in rehearsals

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Stick with us throughout the series to keep up-to-date with every sequined shake and step that takes place over the next few months. From the stars' faulty footwork to the judges' catty comments, we’ve got it all covered. Let the dancing commence! 

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