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Strictly & # 39; SIGN comedian Bill Bailey (55) and actress Caroline Quentin (60) for the upcoming series & # 39;


Strictly Come Dancing has reportedly signed comedian Bill Bailey and actress Caroline Quentin for the upcoming series in October.

The successful dance show BBC One is said to be happy about the signing of the stars Have I Got News For You (55) and the actress Men Behaving Badly (60).

It comes after the professional dancers were seen arriving at the hotel where they will reportedly isolate themselves for two weeks to learn group routines earlier this week amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Exciting! Strictly Come Dancing has reportedly signed comedian Bill Bailey and actress Caroline Quentin (pictured in 2018) for the upcoming series in October

A source told The Sun: & # 39; The BBC is delighted with the double signing. Caroline is looking forward to the challenge and wants to get really stuck.

"And it's a tough time for live performers, so it seemed like a good chance for Bill to get involved in the show."

A representative from Strictly Come Dancing told MailOnline: "We are not commenting on speculation. The line-up will be announced in due course."

According to the publication, Caroline had wanted to be part of Strictly for years but always had different work commitments.

Pleased! The successful dance show BBC One is said to be happy about the signing of the stars Have I Got News For You (55) (picture 2019) and the actress Men Behaving Badly (60)

Pleased! The successful dance show BBC One is said to be happy about the signing of the stars Have I Got News For You (55) (picture 2019) and the actress Men Behaving Badly (60)

However, while Bill revealed in 2018 that he had been asked to do the dance series several times, he was put off by the "judgmental" nature of the show.

He said on the Graham Norton Show, “I've been asked a couple of times. I like the idea of ​​dancing, but it's judgmental, which is not for me.

“I would like to learn to dance without criticism. It's pretty hard and withered. & # 39;

The newspaper reports that Bill has now changed his mind because some of his work obligations were terminated during the Covid-19 crisis.

Famous Roles: Caroline has built a successful career on television shows such as Men Behaving Badly (pictured with co-star Martin Clunes) and Jonathan Creek

Famous Roles: Caroline has built a successful career on television shows such as Men Behaving Badly (pictured with co-star Martin Clunes) and Jonathan Creek

Fame: Bill is best known for the shows Have I Got News For You, QI, and Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Fame: Bill is best known for the shows Have I Got News For You, QI, and Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Bill is best known for the shows Have I Got News For You, QI, and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

While Caroline has built a successful career from television shows such as Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek.

Earlier this week, the professional dancers were seen arriving at the hotel where they will reportedly be isolating for a fortnight to learn group routines amid a pandemic.

Fans have been waiting for Strictly Come Dancing to return as the future is uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Precautions: Earlier this week, the professional dancers were seen arriving at the hotel where they will reportedly be isolating for a fortnight to learn group routines amid a pandemic (picture of 2019 cast).

Precautions: Earlier this week, the professional dancers were seen arriving at the hotel where they will reportedly be isolating for two weeks to learn group routines amid a pandemic (picture of 2019 cast).

Earlier this week, the professional dancers were seen arriving at the hotel where they will reportedly be isolating for a fortnight to learn group routines amid a pandemic.

When the professional dancers arrived at their secret hotel, BBC content director Charlotte Moore was speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

She confirmed that Strictly is "absolutely coming back" and the celebrity cast will be confirmed later this month.

Charlotte added that this year it will be a "special series" with a shorter run and that given the current circumstances, "the dances will have a real edge".

He will be back! It comes after Judge Bruno Tonioli, 64, confirmed he won't appear on the jury on this series (pictured during TV BAFTAs last month).

He will be back! It comes after Judge Bruno Tonioli, 64, confirmed he won't appear on the jury on this series (pictured during TV BAFTAs last month).

Strictly Come Dancing told MailOnline: & # 39; As we continue to follow the latest Public Health England guidelines and industry guidelines, we are considering isolating the dancers and key production members so our popular group numbers can continue.

& # 39; We are incredibly proud of our professional dancers for their dedication to the show and their dedication to showing the nation their love for dance.

"The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us. Further updates will be made in due course."

This year's Strictly should start in October instead of the usual beginning of September and be a few weeks shorter than normal.

Detached: The judge will perform from home at the start of this series on Sunday night due to the travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19 on the results shows

Detached: The judge will perform from home at the start of this series on Sunday night due to the travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19 on the results shows

Earlier this month it was reported that show managers & # 39;Developed 100 different formats to align with current guidelines while filming is in preparation for October 24th at Elstree Studios.

The restrictions include limiting the number of people allowed on the set and excluding “chemistry circles” from auditions, where participants take turns in “sexy” dances with professionals so that the producers can decide “who together looks good ”.

A BBC source told The Sun: “Preparing for this year's show is a huge headache. The goalposts keep moving so the big decisions are made until the last minute so we are as timely as possible.

“But we do all the concrete things that we can decide on now. Making a hit series is hard enough. From today's perspective, we have to plan hundreds.

& # 39; The slightest change in the rules could have a massive impact on how the show is shot. Lots of (celebrities) are weighing their options, so Strictly still doesn't have a full lineup. & # 39;

He will be back! The bosses also confirmed that they hope Bruno can return to the Strictly studio by the end of the series in December

He will be back! The bosses also confirmed that they hope Bruno can return to the Strictly studio by the end of the series in December

The insider claimed that for the first time in the show's 16-year history, the competition would take place in a near-empty studio with no audience, with a reduced crew made up of just 25 percent of the usual team.

Another aspect of the series that is believed to have changed is the partnering process, which can be decided based on size alone, as opposed to the celebs who play salsa dances in circles with all the ballroom experts.

BBC bosses have also been reported to have abandoned plans to isolate celebrities and professional dancers.

If there is a last-minute change of plan, the couples will instead find themselves in a "bladder system" and regular testing before the live shows, reports The Sun.

However, it is still said that the dancers isolate together this month so they can pre-record group routines.

A TV source told the publication, "The idea of ​​pairing sexy dancers with celebrities made it impossible to sign anyone up."

It comes after Judge Bruno Tonioli, 64, confirmed he won't appear on the jury on this series.

The bosses confirmed that at the beginning of this series, the judge will perform from his home for the results shows on Sunday evening as he cannot travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the fans needn't fear, as the bosses vowed to have Bruno back in the studio by the end of the series, along with judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.

Executive Producer Sarah James said, “I'm overjoyed that we've found a way for Bruno to be part of this year's Strictly.

Back and forth: It has previously been reported that Bruno would not be able to travel to the UK due to his work commitments on the US series Dancing with the Stars

Back and forth: It has previously been reported that Bruno would not be able to travel to the UK due to his work commitments on the US series Dancing with the Stars

"His passion and enthusiasm are such a big part of the show. I'm thrilled that we can offer this to the audience this year as well."

Bruno added: “I absolutely love being part of Strictly and can't wait to see what incredible dancing this year has in store!

“Lockdown has made me in LA for the foreseeable future, but I look forward to being involved as much as possible. There wasn't a cha-cha chance that I would miss! & # 39;

It was previously reported that Bruno could make a comeback at Strictly later this year after being unable to show up due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The judge usually flies between London and Los Angeles to sit on the podium for both the long-running British show and its US counterpart Dancing With The Stars.

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic affecting travel restrictions, it was reported that the Italian choreographer favored the US version when he was forced to choose only one of the shows.

Sources added that bosses were hoping Bruno could perform in person for the grand finale in December.

A source told The Daily Star: "Due to the coronavirus, there was no way to fly back and forth for both shows this year due to travel restrictions. That's why he chose Dancing With The Stars.

"But Strictly's producers were still interested in him showing up when it was possible."

The source added: 'Dancing With The Stars usually ends a few weeks before Strictly's finale. So it is planned that Bruno will fly back to the UK once he has fulfilled his obligations in the US.

Plans: Earlier this month, it was reported that executives were "developing 100 different formats" to align with the guidelines while filming was being prepared for the October 24 launch in Elstree

Plans: Earlier this month, it was reported that executives were "developing 100 different formats" to align with guidelines as filming prepares for October 24th in Elstree

MailOnline reached out to Bruno's representatives at this point for a comment.

The news also came after colleague Craig Revel Horwood, who has starred alongside Bruno on the show since 2004, was confident the choreographer would make a "triumphant return" in 2021.

He said, “You could throw guest judges in for fun. When everything is back to normal, Bruno can return triumphantly! & # 39;

Various well-known stars have been mentioned as possible replacements for Bruno over the past few weeks, including Cheryl.

But Craig said he doubted the pop star would appear on the upcoming series, saying: "Beautiful girl, but I don't think it's going to happen."

It comes after Strictly Come Dancing bosses denied celebrities like Michelle Keegan and Jessie J not being on the show this year because of the "low" entry fee of £ 60,000.

A Strictly source, speaking exclusively to MailOnline on Wednesday, denied reports that multiple celebrities had turned it down, saying that only those who signed up for the show were offered a fee.

The source stated, "Everyone we offered a fee to this year were confirmed as part of the line-up, so no one refused to appear on the show after negotiations began."

Changes: BBC bosses have also been reported to have abandoned plans for celebrity and professional dancers to isolate themselves together

Changes: BBC bosses have also been reported to have abandoned plans for celebrity and professional dancers to isolate themselves together

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