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Strictly Come Dancing confirms return

Strictly Come Dancing confirms return
Strictly Come Dancing will return to television later this year. The latest series of the BBC dance competition was in doubt with many programmes unable to continue due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the broadcaster has confirmed that the glitz and glam we usually see on our screens will be back. Phew, we can hear…

Strictly Come Dancing will return to television later this year.

The latest series of the BBC dance competition was in doubt with many programmes unable to continue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the broadcaster has confirmed that the glitz and glam we usually see on our screens will be back. Phew, we can hear the theme music already.

The BBC previously confirmed that the professional dancers are poised to start rehearsing remotely at the end of July and could be isolated along with key production members to enable group numbers to still go ahead.

However, there will be one major change.

The upcoming series, which will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, will be shorter than usual this time around.

The show would usually be due to return at the end of September but its launch is expected to be slightly delayed because of coronavirus precautions.

But a specific date and any mention of line-up is still to be confirmed.

A statement said: “The Strictly Come Dancing team are doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year.

“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

“The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course.”



Tess and Claudia will be back

BBC One bosses have not added any new dancers to this year’s roster – despite AJ Pritchard’s depature.

Male dancers Aljaz Skorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Neil Jones will all return alongside female professionals Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nancy Xu, Nadiya Bychkova and Oti Mabuse will also feature.

And the show wouldn’t be the same without the judges and Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli are all also expected to return.

Last years series saw Kelvin Fletcher lifting the Glitterball trophy alongside pro partner Oti – also her first win on the show.



Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse lifted the Glitterball trophy last year

While no celebrities have been officially announced for the upcoming run yet, there are a few rumoured names who are expected to be putting on their dancing shoes.

One of those is Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing who was supposed to star in 2019 but an injury during the big launch saw him out of the competition before it even started and Kelvin put in his place.

Other names in the mix are former Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama, Sunday Brunch presenter Tim Lovejoy and Hollyoaks stars Jennifer Metcalfe and Sarah Jayne Dunn.

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