Strictly Come Dancing boss reveals THIS is when the 2020 series starts?

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Strictly Come Dancing will soon be back on our screens with a new-look set for 2020...

Strictly Come Dancing is one of the most hotly anticipated TV shows of the year, and it seems the wait for the 2020 series is almost over.

In previous years Strictly Come Dancing would have started weeks ago, but the pandmeic has meant things in the TV world have changed.

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The Strictly Come dancing studio has had a makeover for 2020 - and this year there won't be a studio audience (Picture: BBC)

As well as Strictly Come Dancing being delayed while BBC bosses make sure social distancing measures are put in place, there will also be a shorter run this series and no studio audience.

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However, it won't be long now until Strictly is back on our screens.

When will the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing start?

It is believed that the first episode of Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is going to be on Saturday 17th October.

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Strictly professionals have been isolating so that they can perform group dances together (Picture: BBC)

Speaking about the fact there won't be a Halloween special this year, Executive Producer Sarah James said: "We have done a Halloween group number, but Halloween Week would fall on the second week this year and we thought it would be a bit too soon for a themed week."

So is seems we can expect a group dance with a Halloween theme on Saturday 31st, and it has been reported that Saturday 24th October could be the first of the live shows.

That leaves Saturday 17th October to potentially be the launch show, although this is yet to be confirmed by the BBC.

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Strictly Come Dancing won't have lost any of its glamour for 2020 (Picture: BBC)

But the shorter running time is only one of the changes that have been made in order to bring Strictly Come Dancing to our screens this year.

How will the Strictly studio look this year? 

The set has also had a social distancing-friendly make over, and the BBC has released new images to show fans what to expect.

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The judges desks are now a covid-friendly two metres apart (Picture: BBC)

Instead of sitting side by side at the same desk like before, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse will now sit at individual podiums.

Fourth judge, Bruno Tonioli, will be joining the show via video link up after finding himself stuck in LA thanks to travel restrictions.

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Celebrity contestants and their dance partners will now chat to Claudia from their own special table (Picture: BBC)

There will also be a change to where the celebrities and their partners congregate after they have danced.

Celebrity contestants Maisie Smith, Caroline Quentin, Max George, Jason Bell, Nicola Adams,  Ranvir Singh, Clara Amfo, Bill Bailey, JJ Chalmers, Jamie Laing, HRVY and Jacqui Smith will all chat about their dance in a different location this year.

Instead of all cramming in together to talk to presenter Claudia Winkleman, they will now be sat at their own tables on the lower level where they can chat about their performances one couple at a time.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to Saturday nights on BBC1 soon. 

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 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.