Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Everything you need to know

Naomi Gordon
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From Good Housekeeping

We may have a while to wait before the series kicks off, but, yes, we're ready to get excited about Strictly Come Dancing all over again.

Head Judge Shirley Ballas got us fired up and ready to rumba after seemingly letting slip that she and Motsi Mabuse will be returning to the judging panel later this year in a since deleted Twitter post.

"So excited to be returning to Strictly Come Dancing," Shirley wrote in her tweet. "This truly is an honour and in an industry of dance I love. I'm so very very excited. #gratitude @bbcstrictly @MOTSI_MABUSE with my girl," she added.

A spokesperson for the show declined to comment when Good Housekeeping contacted them.

Motsi made her debut last year and won over fans with her charm, warmth and fun. It's expected Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will also be returning.

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Strictly 2020: Celebrity contestants

It's currently being rumoured that former Strictly contestant Jamie Laing will be returning to take part his year after sustaining a foot injury during rehearsals which forced him to quit in 2019.

The Made in Chelsea had been partnered with Oti Mabuse before being replaced by Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher, who went on to clinch the Glitterball.

Anton Du Beke recently revealed that he's hopeful that Jamie will return, telling "I hope he does it this year.

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"I don't know if they've asked him, but if they do, I hope he does it. He was lovely, so I hope he comes back and does it."

Other celebrity contestant predictions so far include Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley, who also had to pull out of the show after sustaining a knee injury in week 6. Will had been paired with pro dancer Janette Manrara.

Vogue Williams was reportedly in talks to take part on the show last year after befriending the show's new booker Stefania Aleksander (via Heart), and has previously appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2012, so she could be one to watch.

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BBC news anchorman Huw Edwards was considering taking part last year (via Radio Times), but reportedly had to turn it down because of the December General Election. So could Huw be ready to waltz his way across the dance-floor later this year?

We'll keep you updated.

Strictly 2020: Pro Dancers

The pro dancer line-up has been revealed as Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones, and Oti Mabuse.

Former dancer Kevin Clifton - who won the series last year with celebrity partner Stacey Dooley - confirmed that he was leaving the show after seven years.

The 37-year-old star announced the news on Twitter, revealing that he was stepping down to focus on other aspects of his career.

"The past seven years have been some of the most wonderful of my life,"Kevin posted. "I am grateful to the BBC and Strictly Come Dancing for giving me the opportunity to have been part of something truly special."

Another pro not returning is AJ Pritchard. In a social media statement announcing his departure, AJ's team said:

"After four years on Strictly Come Dancing, AJ has decided the time is right to leave the show and follow his dreams to explore opportunities in the presenting world alongside his brother Curtis.

"AJ would like to thank the team at Strictly and everyone at the BBC for giving him such a brilliant opportunity.

"AJ would also like to send his love and gratitude to all who have followed and supported his career. He is excited for you all to join him on the next chapter of his journey."

The air date

Celebrity contestants are usually announced from July, with the celebrity and pro dancer pairings being aired towards the end of August before the live shows starting in September.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.

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