Strictly Come Dancing has finally revealed the celebrity and professional pairings for the 2020 series.
In the launch show, which aired on Saturday, the annual Strictly pairing ritual took place and we got to see a stunning performance by MNEK.
The previous winner Kelvin Fletcher also took to the dancefloor with Oti Mabuse where they performed a socially-distanced dance.
The judges were also back looking as glam as ever, with Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood sitting apart in their own personal purple booths.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman were also on hosting duties, with Claudia rocking a particularly festive and fantastic gold oversized tuxedo.
The celebrities starring this year include the likes of radio DJ Clara Amfo, actress Caroline Quentin, The Wanted’s Max George, MIC’s Jamie Laing and EastEnders star Maisie Smith.
Tess and Claudia revealed the pairings throughout the night and the first three to be revealed were Clara Amfo and Aljaž Skorjanec, Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice, along with Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe.
HRVY is partnered with Janette Manrara, while Jason Bell is paired with Luba Mushtuk and Jamie Laing with Karen Hauer.
Next up was boxer Nicola Adams, who has made show history by being paired with Katya Jones, Jacqui Smith is paired with Anton Du Beke and EastEnders star Maisie Smith with Gorka Marquez.
JJ Chalmers is partnered with Amy Dowden, Bill Bailey with Oti Mabuse and finally, Max George is paired with Dianne Buswell.
Speaking about making show history and being partnered with Katya, Nicola explained: ‘I want people to see my personality and my fun side.
‘I want to set fire to the dance floor and bust some moves.’
‘It’s never been done before on Strictly, so we are free to do what we want,’ Katya added.
Who are the Strictly 2020 pairings?
Clara Amfo is paired with Aljaž Škorjanec
Ranvir Singh is paired with Giovanni Pernice
HRVY is paired with Janette Manrara
Caroline Quentine is paired with Johannes Radebe
Jamie Laing is paired with Karen Hauer
Jason Bell is paired with Luba Mushtuk
Nicola Adams is paired with Katya Jones
Jacqui Smith is paired with Anton Du Beke
Maisie Smith is paired with Gorka Marquez
JJ Chalmers is paired with Amy Dowden
Bill Bailey is paired with Oti Mabuse
Max George is paired with Dianne Buswell
There were fears that the series wouldn’t go ahead this year after the show missed its usual September start date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But, the Glitterball trophy is still up for grabs – even if it is running for only nine weeks this year instead of the typical 13.
The change of dates mean that Strictly staples Halloween week and Blackpool week have been ditched.
The live shows will kick off on Saturday, October 24 and continue until December 19 – the weekend before Christmas.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 7.25pm on BBC One.
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