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Last Updated: Wednesday August 12 2009 12:05 GMT

More changes for Strictly series

Strictly presenters Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

More changes at Strictly Come Dancing - the new series won't include a Sunday night results show.

Instead, viewers will see couples compete, face the public vote and take part in the dance-off in one extended programme on Saturday evenings.

The Sunday results show, which used to be pre-recorded on Saturday nights, was introduced in 2007, but lots of fans of the show didn't like it.

Now the BBC has said: "We are packing all the action into one dramatic show."

The new series is set to start in September, with two special Friday night launch shows, before switching to a regular slot on Saturday nights.

A BBC spokesman said: "We wanted to make Strictly Come Dancing an unmissable TV event this autumn.

Lots of changes

"Audiences will be watching, voting and, crucially, seeing who's in and who's out every week on Saturday nights."

Alesha Dixon
Alesha will start as a judge in autumn

Getting rid of the Sunday results show is the latest in a series of changes for the new series.

Last month, it was announced Arlene Phillips was being replaced on the judging panel by former Strictly winner and singer Alesha Dixon.

And former ballet dancer Darcy Bussell will also be appearing as a guest judge.