Ever since the UK went into lockdown, fans of Strictly Come Dancing have questioned whether we'll be getting a new series of the show this year. With film and TV production schedules thrown into disarray due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's certainly never been certain that the popular BBC show would be on air before the year ends.
Everyone from BBC executives to Strictly stars have weighed in on how the show might look while adhering to social distancing restrictions.
A key point that's been discussed widely is whether dancers would need to isolate away from their families in order to take part - something professional partner Anton du Beke recently spoke about as a "difficult" potential option.
Now, the BBC has released a statement that (happily) seems to confirm there will be a 2020 series. However, it's not all good news, as 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.
For now, it remains unclear how long the series will be. Watch this space for more news.
In the meantime, here's everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
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