With Strictly Come Dancing contestant announcements in full swing, we now know that the seventh celebrity taking part this series is comedian, musician and actor Bill Bailey.
The news was revealed this morning (2 September) on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.
Bill said: “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.”
Yes... it's no joke. Award-winning comedian, presenter, multi-instrumentalist and soon-to-be ballroom dancer Bill Bailey, is booked for #Strictly 2020! 🙌— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) September 3, 2020
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Bill joins the likes of actor Caroline Quentin, Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh and boxer Nicola Adams.
In other Strictly news, we know the upcoming season is set to be shorter than we've previously been used to.
"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 said.
"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," it concluded.
The BBC's Charlotte Moore has said the show would need to "change" this year, and has discussed the possibility of eliminating studio audiences in order to cut down the number of people in proximity with cast and crew.
"The other thing I would say is [people think] if it is shiny floor, it needs an audience, and I don't think that's necessarily true," she said.
"When you look at something like Drag Race, which is a big shiny floor talent competition with all sorts of catwalks, singing, dancing, impressions – it never has an audience.
"The audience is the four judges and I don't think it suffers from that at all. I think it is a brilliant show!"
Moore added that finding a way to have Strictly on screens this autumn remains "one of our big priorities", but added: "I think inevitably things are going to change."
We also know that due to travel restrictions, Bruno Tonioli's role will change this season.
"Vivacious, flamboyant and rambunctious, Bruno Tonioli's infectious energy has delighted Strictly audiences for seventeen series. Whilst circumstances have meant that Bruno is currently in Los Angeles, he's determined to be part of the Strictly series this year," a statement released by Strictly read.
"Bruno will be keeping a close eye on the series throughout the run and will be involved remotely in the Sunday night Results show each week, from across the pond. Plus, Bruno will be making his grand return to the show full time towards the end of the series."
Bruno said of his newly-shaped role: "I absolutely adore being part of Strictly and can't wait to see what incredible dancing this year has in store! Lockdown has resulted in me being in LA for the foreseeable, but I'm excited to be involved as much as I possibly can. There was no cha-cha-chance I'd miss out!"
It's currently unclear whether Strictly will bring in a new judge to keep Bruno's seat warm in the studio. Watch this space for more news.
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