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Strictly Come Dancing tickets: How to be in the live audience

Watch Ed Balls, Louise Redknapp and Will Young cha-cha-cha live at Elstree Film Studios

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Strictly Come Dancing fans have just two days left to register for tickets to see one of the shows live at Elstree Film and Television Studios.

The glitz and glamour kicked off on Saturday night on BBC One, with Ed Balls, Louise Redknapp and Will Young among the contestants paired off with the professionals.

Here's how to get your hands on tickets:

How do you apply for Strictly Come Dancing tickets?

As in previous years, a random draw is used to make the allocation as fair as possible. You can register for any of the shows here. Tickets, which are free of charge, will then be dispatched to successful applicants two to three weeks before each recording.

Are there any restrictions?

Due to huge demand, the BBC has restricted tickets to one pair per show per applicant. Applicants can tick as many dates as they wish, but will only receive tickets for one date, which is not transferable. Audience members must be over 14 years old, and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration closes at 4pm on Thursday 8 September. Tickets are only available to residents with a UK postcode, although residents from Ireland can make telephone applications for BBC shows.

When does filming take place?

Every Saturday from 23 September to 17 December. All shows are filmed at Elstree Film Studios in Herefordshire, except the Strictly special filmed at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on 19 November. Recording begins just after 4pm.

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