Strictly Come Dancing 2020 LIVE: Joel Corry and MNEK to give DAZZLING opener performance on pre-recorded launch show – The Sun

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.

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.

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.

Also on tonight's show, this year's celebs will find out which Strictly Come Dancing professionals they're paired with, and we'll get to see them in action together on October 24th when the live show airs.

The celebrities and professional dancers won't be meeting on the dancefloor, but instead we will see pre-recorded segments away from the studio.

We can also expect a dazzling opening performance from Joel Corry and MNEK, and the return of reigning champion Kelvin Fletcher.

Follow our live blog for all the latest news and updates… 

  • Victoria Taylor


    Sob, weep, shudder.

    A source told The Sun earlier this week: “The BBC are fully prepared to axe this series of Strictly if a full lockdown happens.

    “They couldn’t even delay the show until early next year because of a number of issues, including them being unable to use their usual studios. While everyone is hopeful it won’t happen, preparations have been made if it does.

    “Everyone working on the show has done their utmost to keep it on air and if a local lockdown happens in London, where the studios are, Strictly bosses will ask for special dispensation to see if they can continue.”

    Seriously, Covid. You've taken our sanity, our loved ones and our lives.

    PLEASE don't take Strictly.

  • Victoria Taylor


    Shirley has shown off her dress ahead of tonight. And doesn't she look a million dollars/sequins?

    Doubt that's from Primark.

  • Victoria Taylor


    It’s nearly tiiiiime for the razzle dazzle to begin.

    It seems like forever since we were treated to a sequinned extravaganza ballroom blitz. And oh my gaaawd, how much do we need it right now?

    This year has been as bleak as the inside of Craig’s sweaty sock and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better anytime soon.

    So what better than a fistful of fancy footwork and fun on the dancefloor.

    Who’s going to be partnered with who tonight? How on earth are they all going to ‘social distance’?

    Have any of the celeb’s bubbles been penetrated?! Ewh, sounds rude. But things have happened before behind closed doors, so anything can happen this year – and anyone can get together.

    Shirley and Anton? It’s in the bag.

    Tonight there’s a special dance number from last year’s winner Kelvin Fletcher who’s doing a socially distanced routine. Good job, so there’s enough room for his hip swivel.

    Will his groin grooves send Shirley to pieces again and give her one of her hot flushes? Probably.

    Will Craig be a fabulously moody old maid? Definitely.

    Will Motsi be on her feet? Obviously.

    Will Bruno fall off his chair in excitement? The man’s 104 for goodness sake. You’d have thought he’d have learnt how to use a chair.

    Craig has predicted the show’s infamous curse will strike more than ever because of this series’ lockdown rules.

    He even compared the show to reality show Big Brother RIP – where a number of contestants had SEX.

    He said: “People will be on edge, but that will spark up relationships. It remains to be seen, will the dancing be better or suffer?

    “It’s like being stuck in the Big Brother house, people might do things completely out of character. Fun and gossip find a way.

    “Something will always be happening backstage, always.

    “There’ll be the usual banter, things go wrong… Everyone involved will be more nervous given the bubbles. It gives it a whole new edge.”

    Bring. It. On.

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