Everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2020

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020 has finally kicked off in all its sparkly glory, with EastEnders star Maisie Smith the big favourite to win.

Like all our favourite reality TV shows at the moment, including I’m a Celebrity 2020 and Dancing On Ice 2021, Strictly Come Dancing 2020 looks a little different to previous years.

Due to the pandemic Strictly Come Dancing 2020 started later than usual this year, and it has also been confirmed by the BBC that there won’t be a Blackpool special either.

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Maisie Smith

Maisie Smith

Maisie is looking forward to getting into those sequins each week (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

EastEnders star Maisie, who plays Tiffany Butcher-Baker on the soap, has been paired with professional dancer, Gorka Marquez.

Maisie has called being on Strictly a dream come true.

“Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter! This is a dream come true,” she said Maisie.

“It’s one of those things that you always wanted to do but you don’t expect it to actually happen, so in my house there was a lot of shock!”

Caroline Quentin

Caroline Quentin

Caroline has always loved ballet, but will that help her on the Strictly dance floor? (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Caroline has been pair with dancer Johannes Radebe.

“I am thrilled and terrified in equal measure to be taking part,” says the Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek actress.

“I have never in 50 years of working in showbiz had a reaction like it to anything I have ever done.

“People are thrilled, absolutely thrilled. Everywhere I go people tell me they can’t wait. It’s been so delightful.”

Max George

Max George

Max will do well to be as good as Jay! (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

The Wanted star will be aiming to do as well as his bandmate Jay McGuinness, who won the series in 2015. Last year’s series was won by former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher.

Singer Max has been matched with Diane Buswell.

Max says: “Buzzing to be on Strictly this year. Not really one for the dance floor, but I take a lot of comfort in the fact that Jay McGuiness set The Wanted’s bar so low…”

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Jason Bell

Jason Bell

Jason is well known to American Football fans (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Former NFL star Jason is paired with Luba Mushtuk.

Jason says: “Strictly is the epitome of British television and this year, more than ever, I’m so proud and humbled to be participating.

“Strictly was the first show I ever watched when I moved to the UK and I’m a massive fan.

“My 6 year-old daughter never got the chance to see me run out on the field at an NFL game but she is very excited about me taking to the dance floor.

“I hope I can do her proud.”

Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams

Nicola is making Strictly history (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones will make Strictly history by being the first same sex couple.

“I’m really excited to be joining this year’s incredible line-up for Strictly Come Dancing,” says Nicola. “I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts.

“People might know me from work in the ring, but I’ll be every bit as passionate and dedicated on the dance-floor too.

“I also wanted to thank the BBC for supporting me and making me the first ever all female-pairing; and it’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry.”

Ranvir Singh

Ranvir Singh

Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh is excited about being part of Strictly 2020 (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Good Morning Britain star Ranvir Singh, will be dancing up a storm with Giovanni Pernice.

She says: “The initial feeling of being confirmed for Strictly is one of complete terror – feels like embarking on a rollercoaster, where you really want to do it but you are equally scared.

“I’m literally the least competitive person you’ll ever meet but hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!”

Clara Amfo

Clara Amfo

Clara is looking forward to getting on the dancefloor (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo will be hitting the dance floor with Aljaz Skorjanec.

Clara says:  “As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy.

“To be taught by a pro and live a fantasy is something that I can’t wait to fully embrace, see you on the dancefloor!”

Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey

Bill is ready for the dancefloor! (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Comedian Bill Bailey is likely to be hugely popular on the show.

Fans were very excited on social media to see Bill had been paired with last year’s winner Oti Mabuse.

Bill says: “In these strange times we’re living through, it feels right to do something different and take on a new challenge. So I am delighted to be a part of this year’s unique Strictly Come Dancing.

“My late mum Madrin would have loved it – I hope she’ll be watching.”

JJ Chalmers

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TV presenter and Invictus Games medallist, JJ Chalmers is dancing with Amy Dowden

JJ says: “My whole life is defined by facing challenges. Whether it’s becoming a Royal Marine Commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan to competing in The Invictus Games.

“Now as a TV presenter I’m lucky enough to witness some of the greatest sporting contests in the world.

“Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure and at least my mum will know where I am!”

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing

Jamie is giving Strictly a second attempt after getting injured last year (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Jamie Laing is back for a second attempt at Strictly after getting injured in the launch show last year, and this time he is partnered with Karen Hauer.

Jamie says: “Here we go again, hopefully this time I can last long enough so my mum can see me dance. The reason I’m doing it is to make my mum proud, but all I did last year was make her even more disappointed. Let’s change that this year, can’t wait!

“I feel like I’m pretty fit and healthy. If something happens then the Strictly curse isn’t about me sleeping with someone else, it’s definitely about my foot!”

HRVY

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HRVY (Harvey Leigh Cantwell) is a 21-year-old popstar and is dancing with Janette Manrara.

He says: “Being on Strictly is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to be taking part this year.

“I think my mum is more excited that she’ll be able to see me every Saturday night now.”

Jacqui Smith

Jacqui Smith

Jacqui Smith will be hoping to make an impact on Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Former Home Secretary Jacqui  has been paired with Anton du Beke.

She says: “I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me.

“Fifty years ago, I got a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing and it feels about time to return to dancing.

“I couldn’t be in better hands with the Strictly team and I’m going to throw myself into the challenge. Watch out!”.

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When is Strictly Come Dancing on?

Strictly live shows will be aired on Saturdays at 7.25 on BBC One.

There won’t be a results show on Sunday 25th because no one is eliminated in the first week.

The first results show will be on BBC One at 7.15 on Sunday 1st November.

The Strictly judges

While Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse have all returned to the Strictly judges panel, however Bruno Tonioli has been forced to miss some of this year’s series.

While the Strictly judge won’t be replaced on the panel, he will be absent for some of the series.

In usual years, Bruno has flown back and forth between the UK and the US every week, but current travel restrictions have made that impossible.

Bruno Strictly Come Dancing

Bruno will be forced to miss some of this year’s series thanks to flying restrictions (Picture: BBC)

In a statement Bruno revealed: “Lockdown has resulted in me being in LA for the foreseeable, but I’m excited to be involved as much as I possibly can.

“I absolutely adore being part of Strictly and can’t wait to see what incredible dancing this year has in store.”

Will there still be the themed weeks in Strictly Come Dancing 2020?

While there will still be Movie Week and also Musicals Week this year, it has been announced that sadly Halloween Week has been scrapped.

The themed week is one of the highlights of the show for viewers, but sadly, because of the slightly shorter run this year, bosses have forced to cut it from the schedule.

Executive Producer Sarah James confirmed: “We have done a Halloween group number, but Halloween Week would fall on the second week this year and we thought it would be a bit too soon for a themed week.”

Why isn’t there a Strictly Come Dancing 2020 Blackpool special?

While Strictly won’t be going to Blackpool this year due to the coronavirus, a BBC spokesman explained that they’ll still be giving a nod to Blackpool in this series.

“Blackpool is a milestone moment in every series of Strictly that our audience, our celebs and professional dancers look forward to.

“Whilst we’ll be unable to physically go to Blackpool this series, we’ll still be celebrating this iconic venue and brining it to life from our studio in Elstree.”

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