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Between 1949 and 1998 the BBC showed 'Come Dancing', an annual ballroom dancing competition. In 2004 the show was resurrected but with a twist. The show would now feature professional dancers partnering celebrities, many already popular on BBC shows such as 'Eastenders', 'Casualty' and news prograsmmes. Other celebrities taking part come from the sporting world (the Olympics are really just a Strictly Come Dancing qualifier) and pop stars including many who used to be in boy bands all hoping for success in this top ballroom dancing show.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020

There had been doubts over whether there would be a 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing. The current health crisis has caused some changes to be made but the series is due to go ahead. It will be a shorter than usual run 

Already announced has been the news that Bruno Tonioli won't be appearing as a judge for all of the series. He also judges the American version of the series 'Dancing with the Stars' and with current quarantine rules, he can't keep going from one side of the Atlantic to the other. The BBC have said that Tonioli will still be a regular feature of the Sunday night results show and then be back for the final weeks of the 2020 series. We do know that Shirley Ballass, Craig Revel-Horwood and Motsi Mabuse will all be back for the new series.

List of Contestants

The contestants for the new series have been announced. After a quick look at Wikipedia, we now know just who these people are. Selecting them in an identity parade would not be the easiest of tasks. it's the usual set of sports 'personalities,' BBC employees and someone from off the internet. The full list is:

  • Jamie Laing - The 'reality TV legend' was due to appear last year but had to pull out due to injury.
  • Maisie Smith  - The compulsory Eastenders entrant.
  • Nicola Adams - Former boxing champion and will be half of the first competing same-sex couple. Who cares, Dancing on Ice have already done that and it is 2020 you know.
  • Jason Bell  - BBC employee who covers the NFL. Oh and he had a child with Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle too.
  • Ranvir Singh - Works on Good Morning Britain so expect them to bore us to death about her when not slagging off politicians.
  • Clara Amfo - Radio 1 DJ according to Wikipedia.
  • Caroline Quentin - Actress so probably happy to be in work. 
  • Hrvy  - Wikipedia time again, he's a singer and former CBBC presenter. Name resembles a difficult selection on Countdown.
  • Jacqui Smith - A former Home Secretary who should know better. All those years of political service will be wiped out, from now on she's just that Jacqui off Strictly. Bet she gets paired up with Du Beke.
  • Bill Bailey - Comedian who might make us laugh, then again....
  • JJ Chalmers - Was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
  • Max George  - former member of The Wanted.

When is Strictly it on?

The starting date for the new series is yet to be confirmed. It's usually in September but that won't be the case this time around. The current rumours are that we'll have to wait until October 24 for the new series to start. Four specials are due to be shown in September looking back at previous years. The word is the final will be held on December 19 which means there would be only nine shows in the new series.

The professional dancers have been in a bubble since July as they prepare for the new series. The celebrities will also go into a bubble with their partners and be regularly tested. No audience is planned to be in attendance and the annual trip to Blackpool may not happen this year.

There is also a companion show on BBC2 Monday-Friday called 'It Takes Two' which is to be presented by former contestant Anita Rani

History of the Show

The show was initially presented by the late Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Forsyth has said on several occasions that he thought the show was going to be a comedy vehicle rather than a ballroom dancing competition. The format sees the couples learning a dance (two in the later stages) and then performing it on the Saturday show. There are four judges who then award points and these count for half of the total votes. Then it's time for the general public to have their say. On Sunday it's the results show with the two couples with the least votes taking part in a dance-off. The four judges then declare who they want to save with the head judge having the deciding vote if the scores are level.

Sir Bruce Forsyth retired from the weekly show in 2014 and the show is now presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman. Forsyth did continue to make some appearances for the Children in Need and Christmas specials. The new series began with a special tribute to the legendary entertainer who sadly passed away on August 18.

What can you bet on?

Popular markets for Strictly mostly center on who will be eliminated next and you can back who you think will be booted off the show next just like you can in other top reality TV shows.

Overall odds on the winner are also available as are markets on the Top Man and Top Woman.

You can back a celeb to make a Top 3 finish and also bet on the gender of the overall winner for 2017

Should you fancy it, you can also bet on who will finish in the bottom two each week.

Late Replacement Wins 2019 Title

Former Emmerdale hunk Kelvin Fletcher wasn't in the initial line up for the 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing but ended up winning the title with pro dancer Oti Mabuse. He was a late replacement when Jaimie Laing had to pull out of the show due to injury. He made it all the way to the final with his professional dance partner and lifted the trophy after beating Emma Barton (denying Anton Du Beke his first title) and Karim Zeroual (with pro dancer Amy Dowden). Not a bad achievement considering both the other finalists had experience of dancing in West End musicals.

Order of Elimination

First - James Cracknell

Second - Anneka Rice

Third - Dev Griffin

Fourth - David James

Fifth  - Catherine Tyldesley

Sixth  - Emma Weymouth

Seventh  - Mike Bushell

Eighth - Michelle Visage

Ninth - Saffron Barker

Tenth - Alex Scott

Eleventh - Chris Ramsay

Runners-up - Emma Barton and Karim Zeroual

Top Averages 

  1. Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse 36.4
  2. Kaim Zeroaul and Amy Dowden 35.7
  3. Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice 33.1
  4. Emma Barton and Anton due Beke 31.6
  5. Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard 30.9 


Who are the previous Strictly Come Dancing winners?

2019: Kelvin Fletcher

2018: Stacey Dooley

2017: Joe McFadden

2016: Ore Oduba

2015: Jay McGuinness

2014: Caroline Flack

2013: Abbey Clancey

2012: Louis Smith

2011: Harry Judd

2010: Kara Tointon

2009: Chris Hollins

2008: Tom Chambers

2007: Alesha Dixon

2006: Mark Ramprakash

2005: Darren Gough

2004 (Oct-Dec): Jill Halfpenny

2004 (May-July): Natasha Kaplinsky


In 2015 Aliona Vilani became the first professional dancer to win the Glitterball on two occasions. Not bad after she'd previously had early exits with Tony Jacklin and Greg Wallace. She's now left the series.

Anton Du Beke is the only dancer to have appeared in all series of the show but has never won the series not surprising considering his partners have included Anne Widdecombe, Judy Murray and Kate Garraway. He did reach the final with Katie Derham in 2015.

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Once you’ve selected the offer that best suits you the next thing to do is go to the bookmaker (by clicking on relevant banner, or link) and register your details. Once your signed-up it’s time to start betting and, consequently, releasing your funds.

Placing your bets on Strictly Come Dancing should be done by making your selection then navigating to your bet slip. In the bet slip will be the option to use your offer token if applicable. Simply select this option, click confirm and wait for the results to come in. 

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