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Strictly Come Dancing 2020 celeb dance pairings officially revealed after online leak threatened to ruin show’s return

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STRICTLY Come Dancing’s pairings have been officially revealed after an online leak threatened to ruin the show’s return.

Tonight the hit BBC dance show aired a pre-recorded episode ahead of its live launch next Saturday night.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line-up

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line-upCredit: BBC

Stars have been forced to isolate from their loved ones and face being thrown out of the series immediately if they test positive for coronavirus.

Dance partners formed an exclusive support bubble in order to break the government’s social distancing rules – but it meant one half of the pair must live alone.

Here we take a look at who the celebrities have been partnered up with for the 18th series that defied the odds to return in coronavirus times.

Nicola Adams & Katya Jones

The boxer has been partnered with Katya Jones

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The boxer has been partnered with Katya JonesCredit: BBC
They've got big plans for the series ahead

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They’ve got big plans for the series ahead

Olympic boxing champ Nicola Adams is teamed up with pro Katya Jones.

The 37-year-old Olympian – the first openly LGBT person to win a boxing Gold at the 2012 Games – will make history again this year when she takes to the dancefloor with stunning Katya, 31.

Nicola vowed to “set fire to the dance floor” as Strictly’s first same-sex couple.

She added to Claudia Winkleman: “I want people to see my personality, my fun side and my bubbly side.

“I want to set fire to the dance floor and bust some moves.”

Maisie Smith & Gorka Marquez

Actress Maisie Smith returns after winning the Xmas special

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Actress Maisie Smith returns after winning the Xmas specialCredit: BBC
The 19-year-old was described as the 'most excited' star of the series

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The 19-year-old was described as the ‘most excited’ star of the series

EastEnders star Maisie, 19, says that her pairing with Gorka, 30, is a “weight off her shoulders”.

Maisie said: “I’m so happy, it’s just a weight off my shoulders and Gorka is so lovely.”

Gorka added: “It feels like Christmas arrived early this year for me! It looks like we’re going to be a good partnership, she has a lot of energy and her smile is beautiful.”

Jamie Laing & Karen Hauer

Jamie Laing is back - and this time he's with Karen Hauer

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Jamie Laing is back – and this time he’s with Karen HauerCredit: BBC
Jamie's been handed a second chance

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Jamie’s been handed a second chance

After dropping out of the contest last year because of injury, Jamie, 31, believes being back in the show is the greatest thing in the world.

He said: “This is honestly the greatest thing in the whole world. I’ve been dreaming about this for a whole year. Karen is very disciplined, which means I’ll probably have to do what I’m told, which is a good thing!”

Karen, 38, added: “You know what I love about Jamie? He’s just so happy. He’s happy and positive and I love that – I can’t wait to start training.”

Max George & Dianne Buswell

The Wanted's Max George is with Dianne Buswell

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The Wanted’s Max George is with Dianne BuswellCredit: BBC

Former Wanted singer Max George, 32, is looking forward to meeting the “stern side” of pro partner Dianne Buswell, 31.

He said: “So happy it’s Dianne, she seems so nice and full of energy and apparently she’s got a little bit of a stern side, which I think I’m gonna need.”

Dianne added: “I’m so excited, I think he’s got a lot of potential.”

Clara Amfo & Aljaz Skorjanec

BBC Radio One DJ Clara Amfo will be strutting her stuff with Alijaz

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BBC Radio One DJ Clara Amfo will be strutting her stuff with AlijazCredit: BBC

Radio 1 DJ Clara, 36, insists that pro partner Aljaz, 30, was her “number one”.

Clara said: “I am so pleased to be paired with Aljaž. His energy, I immediately connect to. Aljaž was in my top three – you were number one!”

Aljaz added: “She [Clara] seems like such a lovely, lovely cool girl, I can’t wait to get started. I’m actually really pleased that she has groove, probably more groove than I do!”

Ranvir Singh & Giovanni Pernice

GMB's Ranvir Singh is with hunky Giovanni

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GMB’s Ranvir Singh is with hunky GiovanniCredit: BBC
Giovanni is teaching newsreader Ranvir to dance

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Giovanni is teaching newsreader Ranvir to dance

The Good Morning Britain anchor, 43, had a “dream” about Italian hunk Giovanni, 30, before being paired with him.

She said: “I’ve actually had a dream about you (Gio). So dreams come true! Giovanni was hand on heart, the dancer that I really, really wanted. It was like a black and white dream, we weren’t even dancing, we were walking over bridges and having coffee like we were friends! It’s a bit creepy but I sort of went with it as a premonition and look what’s happened!”

Giovanni smiled: “She seems quite happy, and I’m so so happy.”

HRVY & Janette

HRVY is partnered with Janette after his coronavirus scare

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HRVY is partnered with Janette after his coronavirus scareCredit: BBC
HRVY said he was thrilled at the partnership

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HRVY said he was thrilled at the partnership

Pint-sized popstar HRVY, real name Harvey Cantwell, 21 can’t wait to bounce off Janette Manrara, 36.

He said: “I’m so happy that I’ve been partnered with Janette. I feel like we’ve got the same kind of excitement and we’re going to bounce off each other really well.”

Janette said: “I think that we’re going to be really hyper.”

Caroline Quentin & Johannes Radebe

Actress Caroline Quentin will learn to dance with Johannes

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Actress Caroline Quentin will learn to dance with JohannesCredit: BBC

The Men Behaving Badly star, 60, says she is in “love” with South African-born Johannes, 33.

Caroline said: “I love him. I can’t even pretend that I wanted anybody else. I’d love to be really cool about it, but I love him, he makes me happy.

“I genuinely am completely beside myself with joy. I’m going to give this everything I’ve got.”

Johannes added: “Darling I’m going to flip her up and down, side to side, she doesn’t know what’s coming! This partnership with Caroline, it’s fuego, it’s fire, it’s hot.”

Jason Bell & Luba Mushtuck

Nadine Coyle's ex Jason Bell is paired with Luba

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Nadine Coyle’s ex Jason Bell is paired with LubaCredit: BBC

Former American footballer Jason, 42, can’t stop “smiling” after getting paired with Russian beauty Luba, 30.

Jason said: “Sometimes you win the lotto and I won the lotto today, I got Luba and I just cannot stop smiling. I’m just ready to get this party started.”

Luba chimed in: “I finally met my partner and I think we’re gonna make the best team.”

Jacqui Smith & Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke's partner this year is Jacqui Smith

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Anton Du Beke’s partner this year is Jacqui SmithCredit: BBC

Former Home Secretary Jacqui, 57, is “delighted” to be partnered with longest-serving professional dancer Anton, 54.

Jacqui said: “I was really, really delighted it was Anton. I think if anyone can get me to be a dancer, Anton can do it and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Anton added: “I can’t wait to get into the studio, Jacqui’s got great enthusiasm, what more can you want?”

Bill Bailey & Oti Mabuse

Oti Mabuse is going to be cha-cha-cha-ing with comic Bill Bailey

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Oti Mabuse is going to be cha-cha-cha-ing with comic Bill Bailey Credit: BBC

Comedian Bill Bailey, 55, has fallen on his feet after getting paired with reigning champion Oti Mabuse, 30.

Bill beamed: “Well, obviously I’m absolutely over the moon to be paired with Oti. I mean Oti, she’s won it, she knows what it’s like to raise the glitterball.”

Oti added: “It’s a big deal that he’s here, it’s a big deal that I get to dance with him. I feel very honoured and I’m excited.”

JJ Chalmers & Amy Dowden

Ex army lad JJ Chalmers has Amy as his partner

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Ex army lad JJ Chalmers has Amy as his partnerCredit: BBC

Afghanistan veteran and presenter JJ Chalmers, 33, was “speechless” at being paired with Welsh beauty Amy, 30.

JJ said: “I’m seriously delighted to get Amy. I was speechless at first. I secretly had wanted Amy, she seems like the nicest person in the world and it was even better to find out that is the case.”

Amy added: “JJ’s got work ethic, he’s got commitment, I’m really excited.”

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