DETERMINED not to just run repeats, the BBC has decided to launch its next series of TV favourite Strictly Come Dancing and as usual is teasing viewers by releasing just a few contestant’s names at a time.
The first six to be named are;
Nicola Adams Olympic Gold boxer who will have a same sex partner
Clara Amfo, Radio 1 DJ
Ranvir Singh, Good Morning Britain presenter
Caroline Quentin, actress and TV presenter
Max George, singer with the band The Wanted
Jason Bell, former Dallas Cowboys NFL player
It is expected that three of last year’s judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas will return but in the first instance at least, flamboyant Bruno Tonioli who keeps fellow judges and viewers in stitches will not be on hand.
As a judge on the US version, Dancing with the Stars, he is currently residing in Los Angeles as he can’t fly back and forth across the Atlantic due to quarantine rules although it is promised that he will make remote appearances on the Sunday shows plus may be back for the final.
There will be a number of changes to the format generally and it is assumed that there will be no audience and that cast, crew and judges will have to isolate in hotels for the duration of the series.