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Strictly Come Dancing: Stars start the first live show


Strictly Come Dancing started its first live show on Saturday.

And Nicola Adams and Katya Jones left fans in tears as they made history as the first same-sex couple on the show, when HRVY and Janette Manrara topped the rankings.

The 37-year-old boxer and 31-year-old dancer were hailed as "Outright Dynamite" and "Fantastic Partnership" after performing Ella Fitzgerald's Quickstep to Get Happy, and the performance earned them a score of 21, with the they came in third place together.

"I cry when I see this!" Strictlys Nicola Adams and Katya Jones left fans in tears after making history with the show's FIRST same-sex performance on Saturday night

Shirley was full of praise when she said, “Oh my gosh, but first of all I can say that Katya is a genius. It is very difficult to keep up with that, let alone change it. This is a partnership that I'm really going to enjoy seeing. & # 39;

While Motsi continued, “I have to say, I was very curious to see how it would happen, how it would work.

"Nicola, I can see that you have a strong core. You have to work on it to make sure it's more stable. Besides that, my gosh, you rocked it!"

As Craig continued, "Well, they've shown their absolute dynamite, I absolutely loved this routine. Little bits and pieces but what a fantastic partnership."

One thing to see: HRVY topped the rankings with his formidable jive after recovering from COVID-19

One thing to see: HRVY topped the rankings with his formidable jive after recovering from COVID-19

Making History: Nicola and Katya ran Ella Fitzgerald's Quickstep to Get Happy, and the performance earned them a score of 21, which put them in third place together

Making History: Nicola and Katya ran Ella Fitzgerald's Quickstep to Get Happy, and the performance earned them a score of 21, which put them in third place together

Gushing: While Craig went on, "Well, they've shown their absolute dynamite, I absolutely loved this routine. Little bits and pieces but what a fantastic partnership."

Well done! Shirley was full of praise when she said, “Oh my gosh, but first of all I can say that Katya is a genius. It is very difficult to keep up with that, let alone change it. This is a partnership that I'm really going to enjoy seeing & # 39;

Well done! Shirley was full of praise when she said, “Oh my gosh, but first of all I can say that Katya is a genius. It is very difficult to keep up with that, let alone change it. This is a partnership that I'm really going to enjoy seeing & # 39;

Fans raved about the historic performance when they said on Twitter they were in tears, while many said they would pick the pair as their winners.

A particularly emotional viewer said: & # 39; Katya looks great !! You and Nicola did a great job. I cry when I saw this, knew I would do it. I love this pairing, I love that so much. & # 39;

One person wrote: & # 39; Don't I almost cry at Nicola and Katy a # StrictlyComeDancing she is so cute !!! That footwork was amazing. & # 39;

While another added, "So Emosh on Nicola Adams and her historic and excellent Quickstep."

Another raved: "Well, Nicola and Katya, that was sensational … great choreography and proves that anything is possible."

"In Tears": Fans raved about the historic feat when they said they were "in tears" on Twitter while many said they would select the pair as their winners

HRVY and his partner Janette Manrara closed the show and delighted with their jive that they were ahead of the game after impressing the judges.

Craig first asked HRVY if his name had no vowels before saying of the dance, "The jive was absolutely spectacular."

Shirley continued, "I still think HRVY is the one to watch. We have to remind ourselves tonight that the talent is amazing. You are no exception. You are at the top of your game. This is tough competition. "

Motsi was also full of praise when she said, I mean, for me this was the best first dance I've ever seen and I have to praise you, that was great.

& # 39; My thoughts now are where do we go from here HRVY? Well done, a great ending to a great show, I absolutely loved that. & # 39;

Pleased: Shirley said HRVY was "the one to watch" when she said he was "at the top of your game, this is fierce competition".

Pleased: Shirley said HRVY was "the one to watch" when she said he was "at the top of your game, this is fierce competition".

Star Power: Motsi was also full of praise when she said, I mean, for me this was the best first dance I've ever seen and I have to praise you, it was great.

Star Power: Motsi was also full of praise when she said, I mean, for me this was the best first dance I've ever seen and I have to praise you, it was great.

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez were so impressive that Motsi and Shirley were on their feet by the time they finished, and the judges gave them a score of 24.

Shirley raved that Maisie was an "absolute blast" when she added, "You pushed yourself, you challenged in the end, did absolutely fabulous well."

Motsi said the performance was & # 39; absolute woman power & # 39; as she continued: & # 39; You lifted us up, we danced with you.

"From the beginning it was a blast, which I love about all the shaking things that felt authentic. You didn't make it look pretty. You brought it back to mother earth, shake it up."

Craig added that she had things to work on but thought all things considered it was & # 39; a-ma-zing & # 39 ;.

Impressive! Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez were so impressive that Motsi and Shirley were on their feet in the end, and the judges gave them a score of 24

Strong start: Shirley raved about Maisie being an "absolute blast" while Motsi said the show was "absolute girl power" and Craig said they were "a-ma-zing".

Strong start: Shirley raved about Maisie being an "absolute blast" while Motsi said the performance was "absolute girl power" and Craig said they were "a-ma-zing".

Jamie Laing was first on the show and stepped out with partner Karen Hauer to dance the cha cha to ponder things from Daði Freyr.

The 31-year-old Made In Chelsea star marks the first start to return to the show after suffering a foot injury before appearing on the 2019 series.

Jamie's enthusiasm wed the judges, but his technique was something they all criticized, which led him to a reasonable score of 14.

Strictly Come Dancing: Results from the first week

HRVY and Janette Manrara – Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande – 25th

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez – Samba to Samba by Gloria Estefan – 24

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones – Quick Step to Be Happy by Ella Fitzgerald – 21st

Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice -Paso Doble by the end of Beyoncé's time – 21st

Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe – American Smooth to 9 to 5 (Morning Train) by Sheena Easton – 21st

JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden – Waltz to What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong – 19th

Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec – Cha Cha shouldn't start now by Dua Lipa – 18th

Max George and Dianne Buswell-Tango to the best false smile from James Bay – 17th

Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk – American Smooth to My Girl by The Temptations – 16

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse – Cha Cha to Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba – fifteen

Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer – Cha Cha for thinking about things by Daði Freyr – 14th

Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke -Foxtrot to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python – 13

Shirley Ballas began the judges' remarks when she told Jamie, "What a way to open the show with all the glitz and glamor … you did a very nice performance and you show the potential for a shaky lower half . "

However, she added, "A little more sense of line and technique, but well done."

Motsi Mabuse agreed as she continued: “Well, Jamie, I have to say, I've never seen in my life anyone want to dance as much as you …

"The male parts that you had to do freestyle in, you had a lot of fun, high energy, really working on that technique. I know it's boring, but it will really work."

First off: Jamie Laing made his Strictly Ballroom debut on Saturday dancing with partner Karen Hauer to do the Cha Cha to Think About Things by Daði Freyr

Pleased: The judges praised Jamie's excitement when Motsi said, "Well, Jamie, I have to say, I've never seen anyone dance as much as you in my life."

Pleased: The judges praised Jamie's excitement when Motsi said, "Well, Jamie, I have to say, I've never seen anyone dance as much as you in my life."

Craig Revel-Horwood was much tougher when he knocked out: “I'm afraid all of them are very flat feet, I'm afraid very stiff hips, very tight and restrictive, might have something to do with those very tight pants, right? leave a lot to the imagination. & # 39;

He added, "Keep your mouth shut from counting the numbers but I have to say I love the energy and your commitment to the dance is amazing."

Caroline Quentin then got off Sheena Easton's 9 to 5 (Moving Train) with her partner Johannes Radebe for her American Smooth Dance.

Not bad: Jamie's enthusiasm wed the judges, but his technique was criticized by everyone, leading him to a decent score of 14

Not bad: Jamie's enthusiasm wed the judges, but his technique was criticized by everyone, leading him to a decent score of 14

Caroline Quentin then got off Sheena Easton's 9 to 5 (Moving Train) with her partner Johannes Radebe for her American Smooth Dance

She wowed the judges with her performance when she received an impressive 21 for her first dance after her performance left her in tears.

Motsi began "I have not seen a dancer, I have seen a queen dancing", although she advised Caroline to "pay attention to details".

She then enthused, "Oh my goodness, I want to thank you, it was really nice."

Craig, usually quite strict, was delighted with the performance when he said it was "elegant and graceful, I loved it".

Sweet: While Shirley continued, "I think you will bring so much joy to millions of people, I've waited a lifetime for you to feel what a dancer feels."

Craig, usually quite strict, was delighted with the performance when he said, “You just have to be careful not to turn your feet down too much, you have to stand in line a lot more, but the musicality was sensational .. . elegant and graceful, I loved it. & # 39;

As Shirley continued, “I think you will bring so much joy to millions of people, I've waited a lifetime for where you feel what a dancer feels.

"You're elegant, you're charming … the bottom half takes a bit of work, but you should be so proud today that you're exquisite."

Max George then went up with Dianne Buswell to dance the tango to James Bay's Best Fake Smile, earning him 17 points each.

Achievement: Max George then went up with Dianne Buswell to dance the tango to James Bay's Best Fake Smile, earning him 17 points each

Review: Craig said, "I would have liked to see more of a V-shape, (your) free arm placement bothered me, I didn't know where to put that hand you need to make a choice."

Craig said, "I would have liked to see more of a V-shape. (Your) free arm placement bothered me. I didn't know where to put that hand you need to make a choice."

Despite what he said, Craig claimed he was "very observable" and said he "made me want more".

Shirley went on to say that they played a "fierce" tango, but claimed that she would have preferred if they did a more traditional dance.

Motsi said he had & # 39; potential & # 39; as she said, & # 39; I felt a bit like you were thinking during the dance that your energy was staying inside you. You have to have a projection far away, get up, let it go on your face because you have it all. & # 39;

Well done: Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec went to Dua Lipas Don & # 39; t Start Now with the Cha Cha, which earned them a score of 18

Kudos: Shirley loved the performance when she claimed Clara had "a rhythm" and said it was "amazing".

Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec went to Dua Lipas Don & # 39; t Start Now with the cha cha, which earned them a score of 18.

Shirley was delighted with the performance when she claimed Clara had "a rhythm" and said it was "amazing".

She continued, "I loved the poly rhythms at the end, very smart, difficult, all in all a very good start to the show."

Motsi continued, "When I see you dance, the word that comes into my head is determination. Every single step you take is great."

Craig didn't agree so much when he said it was "stompy" before adding, "I thought you could do straight-legged in cha cha, disco elements that I loved, technically it could be better but now it is time for you to improve. & # 39;

Try their best: Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke rose next when they danced a foxtrot to keep an eye on the bright side of Monty Python's life, who unfortunately landed them at the bottom of the rankings with 13 points

Oh dear: Craig was way tougher when he claimed their performance had "no musicality" which meant that it was "lumpy"

Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke next rose as they danced a foxtrot to keep an eye on the bright side of Monty Python's life, who unfortunately landed them at the bottom of the ranking with 13 points.

Motsi started the criticism when she said, “I have to say that after you were a former politician and you came into the ballroom and looked like a dancing girl, you did really well. What we need now is that you feel comfortable expressing yourself, keeping everything constant but well done. & # 39;

Craig was much tougher when claiming their performance had "no musicality" which meant it was "lumpy," but he encouraged her by adding, "I look positive about Theresa May and her dance considered, you were ten times better. & # 39;

Shirley added that she was "pleasantly surprised" by the couple when she said, "Like everyone else, this is the first show you start but I was absolutely surprised and I loved it, well done."

Move: JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden had Motsi torn apart after performing the waltz to a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong, which he always wanted to dance after missing the opportunity to do so at his brother's wedding

Impressive: The couple earned a respectable 19 for their performance when Craig initially said their dance was "simple, effective, really beautiful".

JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden tore Motsi apart after performing Louis Armstrong's Waltz to A Wonderful World, which he had always wanted to dance after missing the opportunity at his brother's wedding.

The couple earned a respectable 19 for their performance when Craig said at the beginning that their dance was "simple, effective, really beautiful".

Shirley continued, “I love the music, I love what it represents. I'm sure your brother was very proud of you … the way you hold your frame is great. That was just beautiful, just beautiful. & # 39;

Motsi was torn when she started talking and said, "I loved it, I'm just getting a little emotional, it's okay … this is my dad's favorite song, you recorded what ballroom dancing was for me. I loved it, it was magical, keep it up because that was what dancing is to me. & # 39;

Not bad: Jason Bell got out with Luba Mushtuk to play the American Smooth to the song My Girl, which earned them seventh place with 16 points

Not bad: Jason Bell got out with Luba Mushtuk to play the American Smooth for the song My Girl, which earned them seventh place with 16 points

Contagious enthusiasm: Motsi was thrilled with the ex-NFL player's excitement when she said he "spread joy" with his performance but suggested working on "becoming aware of what is happening around him"

Infectious enthusiasm: Motsi was delighted with the ex-NFL player's excitement when she said he "spread joy" with his performance but suggested working on "becoming aware of what is happening around him"

Jason Bell got out with Luba Mushtuk to play the American Smooth for the song My Girl, which earned them seventh place with 16 points.

Motsi was delighted with the ex-NFL player's excitement when she said he had "spread joy in his performance" but suggested that they work on being "aware of what is happening around him".

While Craig claimed he did not enjoy the duo's infusion of various dances, he said, "I encourage everyone to take risks, but I don't think that risk paid off."

Shirley said Jason gave "100 percent" with his performance and encouraged him by saying he had "potential, you have the best partner, you can do it".

Sensational performance: Good Morning The British Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice together with Nicole, Katya, Caroline and Johannes took third place with their Paso Doble to End Of Time by Beyoncé and scored 21 points

Sensational performance: Good Morning The Britons Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice together with Nicole, Katya, Caroline and Johannes took third place with their Paso Doble to End Of Time by Beyoncé and scored 21 points

Do Your Thing: Craig was thrilled with Ranvir's performance when he said, "Darling, you used this dress like a diva drag queen like your life depended on it, a great first dance!"

Doing Her Thing: Craig was excited about Ranvir's performance when he said, "Darling, you used this dress like a diva drag queen like your life depended on it, a great first dance!"

Good morning The Britons Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice took third place with Nicole, Katya, Caroline and Johannes with their Paso Doble to End Of Time by Beyoncé and scored 21 points.

Craig was delighted with Ranvir's performance when he said, "Darling, you used this dress like a diva drag queen like your life depended on it, a great first dance!"

Shirley called her a 'superstar' and added, "You've lived every moment you were that Spaniard with your hands. The basic contemporary style you did Gio was brilliant. You show that you can be a superstar . "

While Motsi said, "I have to say for myself that you are the one who has improved the most since the opening show … you laid a great foundation, I loved it, I loved it."

Room for improvement: Oti Mabuse won the 2019 series with Kelvin Fletcher, but her performance with Bill Bailey didn't impress the judges that much when they came in eighth with 15 points

Room for improvement: Oti Mabuse won the 2019 series with Kelvin Fletcher, but her performance with Bill Bailey didn't impress the judges so much when they came in eighth with 15 points

Amusing: Regarding Bill's use of instruments during the performance, Craig joked, “Well, I think Mr. Bailey, you've created a whole new genre of dance, it looked like after ten double espressos you were dancing on hot coals. I loved that about it. & # 39;

Amusing: Regarding Bill's use of instruments during the performance, Craig joked, “Well, I think Mr. Bailey, you've created a whole new genre of dance, it looked like after ten double espressos you were dancing on hot coals. I loved that about it. & # 39;

Oti Mabuse may have won the 2019 series with Kelvin Fletcher, but her performance with Bill Bailey didn't impress the judges as much as they finished eighth with 15 points.

It was Bill's technique that needed improvement, but the panel was thrilled with her excitement when Motsi said, "You did a great job, talked about engagement, we need to talk about tech … but keep that sense of humor, keep it well done. & # 39;

Regarding Bill's use of instruments during the performance, Craig joked, “Well, I think Mr. Bailey, you've created a whole new genre of dance. It looked like after ten double espressos you were dancing on hot coals. I liked that very much, you threw yourself into it famous, did well. & # 39;

Shirley added, "I think that was inspiring to everyone who watched … let me tell you that you put the biggest smile on my face, that was engagement, it was joyful."

Impressive! The pros started the show with an impressive dance to a mixture of Latin American music, with the dancers turning up the heat with their sizzling number

Impressive! The pros started the show with an impressive dance to a mixture of Latin American music, with the dancers turning up the heat with their sizzling number

Special Guests: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced they had NHS staff on the front line in the audience as the couple thanked the group for their work during the COVID-19 crisis

Special Guests: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced they had NHS staff on the front line in the audience as the couple thanked the group for their work during the COVID-19 crisis

The pros started the show with an impressive dance to a mixture of Latin American music, with the dancers turning up the heat with their sizzling number.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced they had NHS staff on the front lines in the audience as the couple thanked the group for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Claudia said to the NHS staff, "Thank you for all you have done for us and for all that you continue to do."

Nicola shared an open look at her rehearsals over the past week as she tried to learn the steps and worked hard with Katya.

She seemed delighted, having finally managed to take the right steps, as she knelt on the floor and smiled brightly.

Another behind the scenes video showed the two going through their dance routine over and over while Katya also helped her relax while massaging her back.

Nicola wrote in the headline: All the hard work getting the steps right is done. Now it's time for @KatyaJones and me to take the quick step tonight. "

Behind the Scenes: Nicola gave an open look at her rehearsals over the past week as she tried to learn the steps and worked hard with Katya

Behind the Scenes: Nicola gave an open look at her rehearsals over the past week as she tried to learn the steps and worked hard with Katya

Unwind: The couple chatted through their routine

Preparations: In another behind the scenes video, the couple kept going through the dance routine with Katya

Preparations: In another behind the scenes video, the couple kept going through the dance routine with Katya

Supportive: Katya also helped her relax as she massaged her back

Supportive: Katya also helped her relax as she massaged her back

Days before her first dance with Katya, Nicola laughed at all the worries of the so-called Strictly Curse.

The Olympian has been with her friend Ella Baig (22) for over two years and told Grazia magazine that the curse doesn't actually exist.

& # 39; It's not a big deal. It's not even a curse. You are either happy with your partner or you are not! & # 39; she insisted.

The severe curse has been speculated for years after celebs and pro-dancers on the series fell in love and ruined their relationships – and even marriages – in the real world.

"You are either happy with your partner or not!" Nicola recently laughed at the concerns of the so-called Strictly Curse (pictured with long-term love Ella Baig, 22).

The couple is usually torn apart by timing issues or a partner's attraction for another person on the show, which in the past has resulted in divorces, breakups, canceled engagements, and more.

Katya is no stranger to this idea, as she was caught kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh in 2018 when she was married to her 38-year-old pro Neil Jones. The couple split 10 months after the scandal.

In einem früheren Gespräch mit The Sun bemerkte Nicola, dass Katya "rauchend heiß" sei, wiederholte jedoch ihre Gefühle, dass sie und Ella "so stark sind, dass wir niemals Opfer des strengen Fluches werden".

Ella fügte hinzu: "Ich mache mir keine Sorgen um den Fluch. Nicki und ich sind beste Freunde, daher sehe ich niemanden wirklich als Konkurrenz und sie auch nicht.

Liebe Grüße: Nach der Auftaktshow sagte Nicolas Freundin Ella, sie glaube nicht, dass sie vom "Strictly Curse" getroffen werden.

Liebe Grüße: Nach der Auftaktshow sagte Nicolas Freundin Ella, sie glaube nicht, dass sie vom "Strictly Curse" getroffen werden.

"Das Gras ist auf der anderen Seite nie grüner und ich und Nicki haben viel Geschichte zusammen, also glaube ich nicht, dass irgendjemand sie mir stehlen wird.

"Wir hatten ein Gespräch über den Fluch und wir waren uns einig, dass ich ihren Tanzpartner treffen würde, damit es dort keine harten Gefühle oder Eifersucht gibt."

Bevor Katya zum ersten Mal mit Nicola auf die Tanzfläche ging, sagte sie, dass es sie nicht beunruhigt, in einem gleichgeschlechtlichen Paar zu sein, da dies in der Tanzwelt eine „ganz normale Sache“ ist.

Im Gespräch mit der Radio Times lobte Katya ihren Partner und fügte hinzu, dass sie der Meinung sei, dass das Duo "ein Kraftpaket zusammen" sein werde, da beide "starkgesinnte Frauen" seien.

Katya erklärte: „In der Ballsaalwelt gibt es gleichgeschlechtliche Partnerschaften und gleichgeschlechtliche Wettbewerbe, also ist das eine ganz normale Sache, weißt du?

Energetisch: Bevor Katya zum ersten Mal mit Nicola auf die Tanzfläche ging, sagte sie, dass es sie nicht beunruhigt, in einem gleichgeschlechtlichen Paar zu sein, da es in der Tanzwelt eine „ganz normale Sache“ ist

Energetisch: Bevor Katya zum ersten Mal mit Nicola auf die Tanzfläche ging, sagte sie, dass es sie nicht beunruhigt, in einem gleichgeschlechtlichen Paar zu sein, da es in der Tanzwelt eine „ganz normale Sache“ ist

„Ich habe immer als Lead und Follower unterrichtet, daher fühlt sich das nicht nach etwas Besonderem an. Ich bin nur sehr aufgeregt, jemanden zu finden, dessen Arbeitsmoral nicht von dieser Welt ist – sie ist es so gewohnt, hart zu trainieren.

„Für mich ist das alles, wonach ich bei einem Partner suche. Wir sind zwei starkgesinnte Frauen und werden zusammen ein Kraftpaket sein. Und Tanzen ist Tanzen. & # 39;

Vor der ersten Live-Show am Samstag trainierten die Athleten Nicola und Katya 10 bis 12 Stunden am Tag, um ihren Quickstep sicherzustellen.

Die Start-Episode der letzten Woche bestand darin, dass die Prominenten ihre professionellen Partner zum ersten Mal entdeckten, obwohl sie bei einem Post-COVID-Wechsel stattdessen per Videolink enthüllt wurden.

Nachdem alle Paarungen bekannt gegeben worden waren, mussten die Prominenten und ihre professionellen Partner zu Boden gehen, um mit dem Kandidaten Jamie aufzutreten, der sich während der Gruppenroutine bei der Auftaktshow 2019 verletzt hatte.

Fans were left delighted over Nicola and Katya's pairing as they hailed the dancing duo as 'trailblazers' after their partnership was announced and they performed in a group routine.

Katya was left overjoyed as she started screaming and jumping, she said: 'This is a dream, honestly,' with Nicola adding: 'I am super excited to be paired with Katya, absolutely buzzing.'

Elsewhere during the episode, the pros dazzled with a sensational opening routine with judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood seated on separate podiums to ensure the programme adhered to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Fourth judge Bruno Tonioli was unable to travel back to the UK from his home in LA for the filming due to the Covid-19 crisis and his work commitments on Dancing With The Stars.

Already the BBC favourite has seen its highest ratings in three years, after finally making it to screens after months of uncertainly sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Saturday, viewing figures averaged at 8.6 million and it is the show's highest ratings since 2017.

This year's couples have formed their own separate 'bubbles' to allow them to train and perform, and are being regularly tested to avoid a virus outbreak during filming.

The show will continue to have a live audience, though members of the public will be seated in their separate households or 'bubbles' and will wear a mask throughout filming.

Strictly class of 2020: (L-R) Max George, Nicola Adams, Jacqui Smith, Caroline Quentin, HRVY, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing, Jason Bell, JJ Chalmers, Maisie Smith, Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh

Strictly class of 2020: (L-R) Max George, Nicola Adams, Jacqui Smith, Caroline Quentin, HRVY, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing, Jason Bell, JJ Chalmers, Maisie Smith, Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh

How is Strictly 2020 going ahead during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Strictly Come Dancing has introduced an array of strict measures to ensure the new series can go ahead during the COVID-19 crisis.

Celebrity contestants and their professional partners are tested regularly, with cast and crew told to isolate should they contract the virus.

Bosses have already confirmed any celebrity that tests positive once the series begins will be dropped from the show, with reports saying there are celebrities on stand-by.

The professional dancers have already pre-recorded their group performances after isolating together in a hotel.

It's also been claimed that celebrities and pros will be axed from the show if they are caught kissing during filming.

Strictly 2020 has also seen the series run shortened to just nine weeks, with 12 celebrities taking part instead of the usual 15.

The show's annual trip to Blackpool has been cancelled, along with this year's Halloween and Christmas specials.

Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse – will be in the studio with separate rostrums, after Bruno Tonioli was unable to appear due to travel concerns.

Veteran judge Bruno has said he will be 'involved remotely' and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles.

With limited studio crew, big sets may not be built – so producers will use augmented reality, which adds computer-generated elements.

To ensure the contestants can work closely with their partners, they will 'bubble up' to train, along with being tested regularly.

Strictly will still feature a live audience, however fans will sit in groups on separate tables, and will only attend if from the same household or bubble.

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