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Strictly Come Dancing fans are ALL saying the same thing after tonight's launch show

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Strictly Come Dancing is back in all it's sparkly glory...

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is finally here, and after all that waiting for the new series to start, tonight's launch show definitely didn't disappoint.

While Strictly Come Dancing might look a little different this year as a result of social distancing and 'bubbles' being formed, the glitz and glamour that the show brings to Saturday night's is still very much there.

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Tess and Claudia were back, although this time at a two metre distance from one another... (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy) (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

And fans couldn't be happier to see the sequins and sparkle back on their screens... with everyone agreeing that a bit of Strictly magic is what we all need right now.

More: How to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2020 anywhere in the world 

Let the fun begin...

Tonight's launch show saw the 12 celebrities get paired up with their professional dance partners, while also giving us a little hint about what to expect from them over coming weeks.

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The Strictly Come Dancing pairings were officially revealed in tonight's launch show (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy) (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

As well as the usual introductions to the famous faces to help us get to know them, we also saw them take part in their first group dance.

The show ended with everyone taking to the Strictly dance floor for the first time this series, and fans loved every moment...

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What are the Strictly pairings for 2020?

The first to be paired up was actress Caroline Quentin, who will be dancing with Johannes Radebe.

Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo will be hitting the dance floor with Aljaz Skorjanec while Good Morning Britain presenter, Ranvir Singh, will dance up a storm with Giovanni Pernice.

Pop star HRVY is dancing with Janette Manrara, while former NFL player Jason Bell is paired with Luba Mushtuk.

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The stars of 2020 shows off their dance skills in the first group dance of the series and fans have agreed it is exactly what this year needed (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy) (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

Jamie Laing is back for a second attempt at Strictly after getting injured in the launch show last year, and this time he is partnered with Karen Hauer.

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones will make Strictly history by being the first same sex couple.

While politician Jacqui Smith has been paired with Anton du Beke.

EastEnders and favourite to win, Maisie Smith, will be showing off her dancing skills with Gorka Marquez, and JJ Chalmers is dancing with Amy Dowden.

Fans were very excited on social media to see Bill Bailey paired with last year's winner Oti Mabuse, while singer Max George has been matched with Diane Buswell.

Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One at 7.25pm

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.