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How to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2020 online anywhere in the world

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Here's how to watch this year's Strictly Come Dancing online...

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is finally here with 12 brand new celebrities now taking on the challenge of a lifetime. Here is how you can watch Strictly Come Dancing online wherever you are in the world.

This weekend sees the first time that a celebrity will leave the competition. The second live show is on Saturday 31st October at 7.10pm on BBC1, with the results show on Sunday 1st November at 7.15pm.

If there is one thing that 2020 needs it is a bit of Strictly glitz and glamour on a Saturday night.

This year EastEnders star Maisie Smith is favourite to win the glitter ball trophy... but with the dancing competition only just beginning, anything can happen.

Maisie Smith

Maisie Smith is favourite to win this year's Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: BBC)

Joining Maisie on the dance floor is actress Caroline Quentin (opens in new tab), singer Max George, former NFL star Jason Bell, former boxer Nicola Adams, Good Morning Britain star Ranvir Singh, DJ Clara Amfo, comedian Bill Bailey, Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing, popstar HRVY, and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

This year's Strictly run will be shorter as a result of social distancing rules and regulations, and that's not the only change.

Not only will we not get Halloween Week this year, the celebs and their partners also won't be heading to Blackpool to dance at the iconic venue.

However, the good news is there will be Musicals Week and a Movie Week, which are highlights of the series.

Presenters Claudia Winkleman (opens in new tab) and Tess Daly (opens in new tab) are returning for the new series, as are judges Craig revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse.

Bruno Tonioli will be joining via video link up due to current travel restrictions.

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online in the UK for free 

Strictly is being shown on BBC1 on Saturdays and Sundays. You will be able to catch up on missed episodes on BBC iPlayer.

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How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online from abroad 

There is a handy way to watch your favourite TV shows from wherever you are in the world, and it is called VPN.

This lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favourite TV shows even if you're away from home.

But which VPN will suit your needs best?

Our favourite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your new favourite TV show on.

From laptops to a Smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick and games consoles to a mobile phone, you can change the address to make your device think it is in a different location.

ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is one of the best out there. Not only because it is straightforward and easy to use, but it also has great security and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

This is the number one rated VPN in the world right now and as well as trying it out for free for a month, you can sign up for an annual plan and get 3 months absolutely free.

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Saturday night's are full of glamour again (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing in the US  

There are no plans to show the new series of Strictly Come Dancing in America.

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing in Ireland 

Sadly, there are currently no plans to show Strictly Come Dancing in Ireland at the moment.

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing in Australia 

While you can't wait Strictly Come Dancing 2020 in Australia, we will update you if that changes.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.