Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is making our weekend evenings brighter...
Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is here in all its sparkly glory, bringing some much-needed entertainment to our winter weekend evenings.
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 special in Blackpool either.
Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Everything you need to know…
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EastEnders star Maisie Smith, who plays Tiffany Butcher-Baker on the soap, is dancing with professional dancer, Gorka Marquez.
Maisie has called being on Strictly a dream come true.
“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 is paired 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.”
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 is dancing 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…”
Former NFL star Jason was paired with Luba Mushtuk, but sadly he was the second celebrity to be voted out of the competition.
Jason said: “It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I had so much fun, thank you Luba.
“You have worked so hard with me, you’re a great friend for life and I appreciate all that you have done, I really do.”
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones are making Strictly history by being the first same sex couple.
“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,” Nicola said.
“People might know me from work in the ring, but I’ll be every bit as passionate and dedicated on the dance-floor too.
Good Morning Britain star Ranvir Singh, is 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!”
Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo has been 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!”
Comedian Bill Bailey has proven to be hugely popular on the show.
Fans were very excited when he was paired with year’s winner Oti Mabuse, and the pair have become a forced to be reckoned with.
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.”
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 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: “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 (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.”
Former Home Secretary Jacqui was paired with Strictly legend Anton du Beke, but sadly the pair were the first couple to be voted out of the show.
Speaking of her exit, Jacqui said: “I’m sorry I couldn’t have continued dancing with the amazing Anton, but happy for all those amazing and lovely dancers.
“Good luck to them all, your country needs toy and Strictly!”
When is Strictly Come Dancing on?
Strictly live shows will be aired on Saturdays at 7.25 on BBC One, while the results show will be on Sunday evenings at 7.15, also on BBC One.
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 joining the judges on the results show via video from LA.
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.
Will there still be the themed weeks in Strictly Come Dancing 2020?
We have already had the legendary Movie Week, and there is also Musicals Week to look forward to in a few weeks time.
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.”