All the stars for Strictly Come Dancing 2020 have now been named…
Strictly Come Dancing 2020 has revealed the full line-up for this year’s show, 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 will look a little different to previous years.
Due to the pandemic Strictly Come Dancing 2020 will start 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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EastEnders star Maisie, who plays Tiffany Butcher-Baker on the soap, describes it as 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,” says Maisie. And Maisie is already the favourite to win the whole thing!
“I am thrilled and terrified in equal measure to be taking part,” says the Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek actress.
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.
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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Former NFL star 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.”
Former boxer Nicola Adams is to make Strictly Come Dancing history by being the first star to be part of a same-sex dance pairing.
“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.”
Good Morning Britain star Ranvir says of joining the show: “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. Hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!”
DJ Clara was rumoured to be taking part and the rumours proved true! Clara says: “As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy, so 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 is likely to be hugely popular on the show. 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.”
Meanwhile, judge Craig Revel Horwood has predicted that Bill will be a “terrible dancer”. Can Bill prove Craig wrong?
JJ Chalmers 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!”
Made in Chelsea star Jamie was originally on last year’s show but had to pull out due to injury. Now he’s back and determined to go the distance! 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!!”
HRVY (Harvey Leigh Cantwell) is a 21-year-old popstar. 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 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!”.
Will Strictly Come Dancing still go ahead?
After months of speculation from fans, the BBC confirmed that Strictly Come Dancing will go ahead later this year. And it’s now planned for October.
“The Strictly Come Dancing team are doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year,” a spokesperson for the show revealed back in June.
However, they revealed that this year’s series is likely to be shorter, adding, “To ensure we deliver the high standards audiences know and love, and in light of the ongoing considerations around COVID-19, this year’s series of Strictly will have a slightly shorter run than usual.
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“The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course.”
Producers had previously touched on the major changes they will have to make due to the coronavirus pandemic in order to still air this year.
“We’re looking at how that would work,” BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore told The Times. “Could you quarantine people? Can we test everyone before filming? There’s a lot of work being done. It’s a big task”.
Charlotte also revealed that creators are considering scrapping the usual energy-filled studio audience.
“When you look at something like RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is a big shiny floor talent competition with all sorts of catwalks, singing, dancing, impressions – it never has an audience,” she added.
“The audience is the four judges and I don’t think it suffers from that at all. I think it is a brilliant show!”
Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Professional dancers
It’s expected that this year’s series of the show will see similar dancers as the past few seasons, with professional dancers Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, and Oti Mabuse expected to take part.
It comes after popular professional dancers Kevin Clifton and AJ Pritchard revealed that they would not be returning to the show.
It has also been confirmed by Strictly Executive Producer, Sarah James that Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Nancy Xu and Neil Jones won’t be partnered up with celebrities this year.
Will the same Strictly judges be returning?
While it has been confirmed that Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse will all be returning to the Strictly judges panel, the BBC has revealed Bruno Tonioli will be 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 as he is also appearing on US version, Dancing With The Stars.
In usual years, Bruno has flown back and forth between the UK and the US every week, but current rules following coronavirus mean anyone flying to or from either country will have to self isolate for two weeks, making his usual schedule impossible.
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.”
It is thought that Bruno will take part in the UK series remotely, but exact details are yet to be announced.
When will Strictly Come Dancing 2020 start?
Strictly’s launch show will air on 17th October, with the first live show in the studio the following week on the 24th.
Fans of the show will know this year’s start date is much later than usual. This is due to the new social distancing restrictions that have been introduced.
“A heavily reduced schedule gives them a lot longer to pre-record certain segments to minimise risk,” a source explained to The Sun.
“It does mean it will be starting much later in the year,” the source added, “and will finish very close to Christmas with the final currently scheduled for 19 December.”
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.”