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Strictly Come Dancing: Bill Bailey crowned 2020 winner

Strictly Come Dancing: Bill Bailey crowned 2020 winner

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Strictly Come Dancing launch sees Nicola Adams and Katya Jones paired

Strictly Come Dancing launch sees Nicola Adams and Katya Jones paired

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Graham Norton questions same-sex pairings on Strictly

Graham Norton questions same-sex pairings on Strictly

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Graham Norton has questioned the need for Strictly Come Dancing to feature same-sex couples.Former Olympic boxer Nicola Adams is set to become the first celebrity to be paired with a same-sex partner when this year's series begins next month.Norton said same-sex pairings meant the judges would not be able to "compare like with like"."It does kind of muddy the waters for the judges," the chat show host and author told Best magazine. "As you have people who can be openly gay on that show, I don't ­particularly need to see a man dancing with a man," continued Norton, who is gay himself."I understand the reason the Strictly bosses might do it is coming from a good place, but it does kind of muddy the waters for the judges."He added: ...
Strictly Come Dancing: Blackpool special cancelled for 2020

Strictly Come Dancing: Blackpool special cancelled for 2020

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The annual Strictly Come Dancing special in Blackpool will not take place this year, the BBC has confirmed.A BBC spokesman said while contestants would not physically go to Blackpool's Tower Ballroom in 2020, they would still be "celebrating the iconic venue" from Elstree studio.It follows changes made to the show due to coronavirus restrictions. Beginning in October, the forthcoming BBC One series will be shorter than usual.Contestants will be staying in a hotel for two weeks ahead of pre-recording all the group dances.The full Strictly 2020 line-upStrictly's annual special at Blackpool, filmed in one of the country's most historic ballrooms, is seen by contestants and the professional dancers alike as one of the highlights of the series.The show has fil...
Strictly Come Dancing: Jacqui Smith completes 2020 line-up

Strictly Come Dancing: Jacqui Smith completes 2020 line-up

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Former home secretary Jacqui Smith has been confirmed as the 12th and final celebrity contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.Smith will join with stars including Bill Bailey, Clara Amfo, and HRVY.The 2020 series will begin in October but will be shorter than usual, and judge Bruno Tonioli will have a reduced role amid coronavirus restrictions.The contestants will be staying in a hotel for two weeks ahead of pre-recording all the the group dances.The BBC also confirmed they will be able to rehearse, perform and go home to their family each night - following government guidelines. The contestants Jacqui Smith was confirmed as the final celebrity dancer on Steve Wright's Radio 2 show on Fr...