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When does Strictly Come Dancing 2020 start?

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STRICTLY Come Dancing will be making its way back onto our screens tonight and this years’ dancers have already been revealed.

The future of the fan-favourite ballroom show was in doubt, due to fears that social distancing rules may have prevented the series running as normal.

 Strictly Come Dancing is back for 2020

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Strictly Come Dancing is back for 2020Credit: BBC

When will Strictly Come Dancing 2020 start?

Strictly is back tonight (17 October) with a launch show starting at 7.50pm on BBC One.

The show will then run until 19 December, 2020.

This means it will run for 10 weeks compared to 13 in 2019.

The show is starting later this series as BBC bosses felt a delay was the only way to safely shoot their 2020 edition and leave enough gaps for social distancing.

 Italian judge Bruno Tonioli will miss the beginning of the series

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Italian judge Bruno Tonioli will miss the beginning of the seriesCredit: PA:Press Association

Who are the Strictly judges?

At the moment it looks like there are only three judges in 2020 – Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

Italian judge Bruno Tonioli will miss the beginning of the series as he is in the US for Dancing With The Stars but will appear towards the end of the series.

His replacement is yet to be announced.

To aid social distancing, the judges’ table will also be made bigger.

 Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are returning as hosts for the 2020 series

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Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are returning as hosts for the 2020 seriesCredit: PA

Who are the Strictly hosts?

Fear not, your usual Strictly hosts will be back to present the show.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are returning for the 2020 series.

They will present the show at a safe distance from each other.

 Clara Amfo has been confirmed for Strictly 2020
Clara Amfo has been confirmed for Strictly 2020Credit: Getty Images

Who’s in the Strictly line up?

 Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse won the show in 2019
Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse won the show in 2019Credit: BBC

How will Strictly work this year?

As soon as training kicks off all participants will be given coronavirus tests and will have their temperatures checked daily.

A source said: ”We could start with one scenario and then change it in line with restrictions being eased.

“All these plans are subject to change. It only takes one spike, and we’re back at square one.”

According to a report in The Mirror, one option producers are considering is for celebrities to “bubble-up” with their professional dancing partners.

That way they could still practice all day and go home to their families in the evenings.

Audience members will sit at cabaret style tables and will have to be from the same household.

Craig Revel Horwood insists Strictly Come Dancing will go ahead – and reveals producers have ‘contingency plans’ in place
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