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

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.

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."

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."

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.

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 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.

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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