The ballroom debut may have been delayed by several weeks thanks to COVID-19.
But the 2020 Strictly Come Dancing class is ready for Rhumba as they show off their sparkling makeover in the first official portraits ahead of the new series' launch on October 17th.
Radio 1 star Clara Amfo and EastEnders actress Maisie Smith both look incredible in their tasseled mini dresses, and Olympian Nicola Adams wears a sequin blazer, but after testing positive for COVID, there is no sign of YouTube in the newly released images Star HRVY -19 last week.
This year's cast will include actress Caroline Quentin, comedian Bill Bailey, singer Max George, reality star Jamie Laing, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the BBC expert and former NFL star Jason Bell, the former Royal Marine – and Invictus Games medalist JJ Chalmers and Good Morning Britain & # 39; s completes Ranvir Singh.
In the kick-off show, each celeb is paired with their professional partner by hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, before the cast takes part in a group performance. The live shows begin a week later on October 24th.
11 of the 12 celebrities appear in the first official photos, but there is no excerpt from YouTube star HRVY (real name Harvey Leigh Cantwell).
Last week, the 21-year-old announced that he was isolating for 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus. HRVY tested positive just days after mixing with his co-stars on the BBC show and is set to remain in isolation until next Thursday.
Hit the ground: Comedian Bill Bailey already shows his movements in his official portrait, while looking elegant in a blue satin vest and matching trousers
From the headlines to the ballroom: Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is unrecognizable in her figure-hugging dress, full hair and makeup, while British host of Good Morning Ranvir Singh has swapped her suits for sequins
It is assumed that he will continue to participate in the start show depending on whether or not he receives a negative test result.
But if HRVY isn't doing well when he ends his isolation period next week, he'll be disqualified from the competition.
A spokesperson for the show insisted that all celebrities on the show be "regularly tested", claiming that testing positive had "minimal production impact".
In the meantime, it will be Made In Chelsea star Jamie’s second opening show as he was originally part of the 2019 cast before being forced to drop out after a leg injury before the first live show.
Jamie has admitted the infamous Strictly curse will go around his foot if he is injured again this year.
Back on the screens: Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek star Caroline Quentin look amazing in their sparkly blue number
"If I hurt myself again, it will look like I've bottled it!" He pointed out. “So I have to be really careful. I'm not worried, I feel pretty fit and healthy. When something happens, the Strictly Curse isn't about sleeping with someone else, it's definitely about my foot! & # 39;
Another major change in the 2020 series is the first same-sex partnership that will see boxer Nicole Adams work with a professional woman.
37-year-old Nicola has said that pairing up with another woman who allegedly is Katya Jones is a "brilliant step in the right direction, especially on the diversity side".
"And women actually dance with women in professional settings all the time. I think it just shows people that it is possible."
Nicola revealed that she was strictly approaching the idea of same-sex pairing, stating, “I asked the show about it. "They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show and I said," Yeah, I will, but I want to dance with another female dance partner. "
Action man: Former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medalist JJ Chalmers wears a purple suit for his dance floor debut
On Tuesday, Nicola and professional Katya were pictured filming together, but they confirmed they were paired together.
In August it was revealed that producers are determining the pairings of celebrities and professionals by size. Katya measures at 5ft 5ins while former professional boxer Nicola stands at 5ft 4ins.
Earlier this year, Katya told the Sunday Mirror, “I would love to dance with a woman on the show. I think it would be really interesting to be creative and I love to come up with new ideas for things. & # 39;
Following the news of Nicola appearing in a female partnership on the show, the BBC defended a same-sex couple after more than 100 people complained.
In a statement, the company said the competition was an "inclusive show" and they were "proud" to have had same-sex numbers in previous series.
Radio star: Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo is the beauty of the ballroom in her stunning golden tassel dress
Making History: A big change in the 2020 series is the first same-sex partnership, where boxer Nicole Adams works with a professional woman, while Jacqui Smith follows in the footsteps of politicians who became die-hard stars Anne Widdecombe and Ed Balls
Soap star: Maisie Smith is the youngest of this year's celebrity competitors at just 19
Ready for Rhumba: Bill and JJ both leave their comfort zones with a strict stint
Other stars were busy getting tips from previous competitors on the series. Ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that she had a chat with Strictly legend Ed Balls.
"I was lucky that Ed Balls spoke to me and gave me advice. I'm not sure I would ever be able to match his Gangnam style," the politician joked.
Meanwhile, NFL star Jason Bell has used the skills of his ex Nadine Coyle, the mother of his young daughter. The athlete admitted that the Girls Aloud star was the first person he shared about Strictly and explained her reaction: “She only looked at me for a minute. She doesn't tell you her opinion very quickly, she listens to all the facts. "
“When I told her she just said, are you sure your back can do that? I talk to her all the time about preparing for dance routines and the like and how long it takes and what you need to do. She's an expert, so I'm lucky. "
Hunks of the Ballroom: Max George hopes to mimic bandmate Jay McGuinness' success on the show, while NFL star Jason Bell will swap the soccer field for the Strictly Ballroom
Back for more! It will be Made In Chelsea star Jamie’s second opening show as he was originally part of the 2019 cast before being forced out after a leg injury before the first live show
And actress Caroline Quentin has revealed an unlikely Stictly Superfan with her friend Elizabeth Hurley. Caroline explained the best reactions she's had to her new venture: "Until you're in the eye of the storm, you don't really know how much people love something."
"I've worked with Elizabeth Hurley and she's more excited about it than anyone I've ever met. She told me so much information about the program that in the past few years and with the winners, I didn't know what happened and how to proceed. & # 39;
& # 39; She and her son Damien gave us tremendous support. I got applause at my local grocery store when buying fruit! & # 39;
Learn their movements: At the opening show on October 17th, Ranvir, Caroline and Co will work together with their professional partners a week later before the first live show
In a recent industry Q&A, executive producer Sarah James explained the new Covid-friendly format, which also includes a socially distant jury and "bubbles" from participants, with one party having to live alone.
Sarah also shed light on the show's contingency plans in the face of the pandemic, insisting she was "confident" that the contest series will continue even if current coronavirus restrictions change from Oct. 17.
This year's streak will be a scaled-down nine-week run with an entirely different look. The 12 partnerships – three fewer than usual – will be revealed via video link rather than in the studio, and the annual trip to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom is also planned.
With a limited studio crew, you may not be able to build large sets. Hence, producers use augmented reality which adds computer generated elements.
And to ensure that the participants can work closely with their partners, they are regularly tested and "gushing".
Taken alone: 11 of the 12 celebrities appear in the first official photos, but there is no excerpt from YouTube star HRVY (real name Harvey Leigh Cantwell) (picture 2019).
Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, and Motsi Mabuse – will be in the studio with separate podiums, and the dancers will sit in the audience instead of going upstairs to get their scores.
Senior judge Bruno Tonioli said he would be "involved remotely" and hopes to return to full-time work towards the end of the series while filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles.
In addition to Bruno's absence, it was confirmed last week that pros Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Graziano Di Prima and Nancy Xu are not prominent partners for this year's series.
The BBC show's executive producer confirmed that the quartet was not assigned a celebrity candidate for the main show this year, as there are only 12 pairings instead of 15 and nine live shows instead of the usual 12.
Dancing Queen: Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will again host judges Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel-Horwood
This year's series will also have a greatly reduced live audience. People applying for tickets are also instructed to wear face coverings, preferably black, throughout the recording and on-site at the studios in Elstree.
According to guidelines on the BBC Shows and Tours website, tickets are limited this year and they will also accommodate family groups of "four people from the same household / social bubble at cabaret tables and balcony seats".
The website states that the company will also support the NHS Test and Trace program and urges people not to participate in records if they develop any of the symptoms of the coronavirus or if they are in close contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus & # 39 ;.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for the October 17th launch show.
Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020
Job: Actress known for roles in Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek
Caroline says: "I hope my knees won't let me down and I hope the basics will meet expectations when I start jumping around!"
Fun fact: She met her husband, Sam Farmer, on the set of Men Behaving Badly in 1998 when he was one of the studio runners.
Job: Singer – from the former boy band The Wanted
Max says: "Nan – I'm doing this strictly this year!" when he vowed to make his superfan grandmother proud
Fun fact: Max & # 39; colleague The Wanted bandmate Jay McGuiness was at Strictlby Come Dancing in 2015 – and won it!
Job: Radio 1 presenter
Clara says: "As we know, this year has been a real challenge and I know we all enjoy escaping by dancing."
Fun fact: Clara has some experience with celebrity game shows after attending Celebrity Masterchef in 2018
Job: Comedian and TV personality
Clara says: "I am not the master of the dance, but rather a kind of caretaker of the dance."
Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist
Job: EastEnders actress
Maisie says: "Get me into those sequins, I can't wait to dive into the Strictly Fancy Dress Box this winter!"
Fun fact: Maisie won the Strictly Children In Need Special with Kevin Clifton in 2019
Job: YouTube star
HRVY says: "Being strict is going to be an amazing experience and I'm so grateful to be able to participate this year."
Fun fact: HRVY follows in the footsteps of former internet star contestants Joe Sugg and Saffron Barker, the latter of whom he is close friends
Job: Retired American Football Player – Now an Expert
Jason says: & # 39; I'm thrilled. I'm a huge fan of the show, I've seen it since I came to this country so it's time for me to do something cool to impress my daughter now that she can watch me perform! & # 39;
Fun fact: Jason is the father of Nadine Coyle's daughter. The couple dated for 11 years and only separated in 2019
Job: ITV broadcaster, political editor for GMB
Ranvir says: "It feels like I'm on a roller coaster … Hopefully after the first dance I'll feel more excited than sick!"
Fun fact: Ranvir is the fourth GMB star after Susanna Reid, Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins.
Job: Double Olympic gold medalist boxer
Nicola says: "I'm a huge fan of the show and I'm excited to be part of something that has such a special place in so many people."
Fun fact: Nicola will form the series' first same-sex pairing as she works with a professional woman.
Job: Former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medalists
JJ says: "Strictly speaking, it's a completely different ball game in terms of the challenges I face, but I'm ready for an adventure."
Fun fact: JJ is close friends with Prince Harry after working together on the Invictus Games
Job: Made In Chelsea Star
Jamie says: “I'm over the moon that I can actually come back and dance again. It will be incredibly amazing! & # 39;
Fun fact: Jamie had to retire from the 2019 Strictly series after a foot injury
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Jacqui says: "I was speechless with excitement when I was asked to join Strictly – and that's very rare for me …!"
Fun fact: Fifty years ago she received a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing
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