Kylie Minogue revealed as opening act of this year's Strictly Come Dancing

Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue has been revealed as the opening performer for this years Strictly Come Dancing live show.

Kylie Minogue

Monday was off to an excellent start today as Australian pop legend Kylie Minogue was revealed as the new season of Strictly Come Dancing’s opening performer.

Fans of the hit BBC show will be excited to learn that Kylie will start the season off with a bang, performing a medley of her greatest hits for the audience before the partners of celebrity dancers taking part are revealed.

Kylie is set to perform alongside the host of professional dancers in a specially-produced routine as the celebrity partners are revealed.

The news comes just a few weeks after Kylie dazzled crowds at Brighton and Hove Pride with her headlining performance at the festival, in which she boasted four costume changes.

Kylie at Brighton Pride
Kylie at Brighton Pride

The sell-out show at Brighton Pride hosted over 55,000 people, with concert-goers describing the gig as ‘incredible’, so it looks like viewers will be in for a treat.

Irish fans will be especially excited to see Kylie return to the screen after her Golden Tour visited Dublin and Belfast last year.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar himself is known to be a Kylie super-fan after the his fan-letter leaked last October.

The politician and pop singer apparently met for drinks during her trip to Ireland, so you can bet that Varadkar will be glued to the screen when the show airs.

Kylie Minogue and Leo Varadkar last year.
Kylie Minogue and Leo Varadkar last year.

The judges of the hugely popular show will also appear dancing alongside Kylie and the cast. Changes to the judging panel for this year include South African ballroom dancer Motsi Mabuse.

English musician and producer Mark Ronson will also perform on the launch episode along with Grammy-winning artist YEBBA.

It was announced earlier this month that Michelle Visage will join the line-up as a celebrity dancer this year.

On starring as a contestant on Strictly, Visage said: “Getting to do Strictly in my favourite place on Earth is an actual DREAM,” she said.

“I’m so excited to show that being 50 doesn’t mean life stops. Things may not work like they did when I was 20, but 50 also means ‘FABULOUS!’

“There are plenty of women like me out there who still got it and we still plan to use it, so slap on the sequins, point me to the dance floor and watch me Paso my Doble!”

The show will premiere its highly-anticipated 17th season in early September so stay tuned for a glittering night of bops with the Princess of Pop.

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