Strictly Come Dancing is on this year as plans revealed for new series

Strictly Come Dancing will return to television later this year, but with a shorter series than usual, the BBC has confirmed.

Kelvin Fletcher with Oti Mabuse after the actor won the Glitterball trophy during last year's live Strictly Come Dancing Final .

The show would usually be due to return at the end of September, but its launch is expected to be slightly delayed because of coronavirus precautions.

The corporation previously confirmed the professional dancers were poised to start rehearsing remotely at the end of next month and could be isolated along with key production members to enable group numbers to still go ahead.

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A statement said: “The Strictly Come Dancing team are doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year.

“To ensure we deliver the high standards audiences know and love, and in light of the ongoing considerations around Covid-19, this year’s series of Strictly will have a slightly shorter run than usual. The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course.”

The line-up of professionals will remain unchanged in 2020, following the departure of Kevin Clifton.

The professional dancer quit the show in March, saying “the time has come to move on and focus on other areas of my life and career”.

BBC One bosses have not added any new dancers to the roster.

Male dancers Aljaz Skorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Neil Jones will all return.

Du Beke, who is the show’s longest-serving professional, will celebrate his 18th series of Strictly.

And female professionals Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nancy Xu, Nadiya Bychkova and Oti Mabuse will also feature.

Latin specialist Xu, who was not given a celebrity partner last year, will make her second appearance under the Glitterball.

Judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli are also expected to return.

Mabuse, who also appears on Let’s Dance, the German version of Strictly, has said quarantining dancers together was a technique that worked well there.

Meanwhile, Revel Horwood, who is also a judge on Australia’s version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, said they went ahead with the show without a studio audience and quarantined dancers performed live from a hotel rooftop.

The famous faces strapping on their dancing shoes for the next series have not yet been announced. Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing is tipped to take to the dancefloor after he pulled out due to injury at the start of last year’s series.

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