It seems like a long time ago since Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse lifted the Glitterball Trophy when they won Strictly Come Dancing 2019.
Although there were initial concerns about the future of Strictly amid the pandemic, producers are gearing up for a return in October.
This year the show is set to face some dramatic changes, including increased social distancing and the potential axing of live music guests.
While bosses remain tight-lipped about what viewers can expect for the much-anticipated show, Strictly is sure to bring back some much-needed glitz and glamour after a highly unusual year.
As television producers up the ante ahead of the season, the professional dancers recently descended upon a secret hotel where they will isolate ahead of filming.
We have now had confirmation of the celebrity stars who will be taking to the ballroom later this year.
Max George, Jason Bell, Caroline Quentin and Clara Amfo have all been confirmed, amongst other names too.
Let’s take a look at which famous faces are pirouetting their way onto the dance floor as the Strictly Come Dancing 2020…
Confirmed Strictly Come Dancing stars
EastEnders actress Maisie Smith has been confirmed to be competing after much speculation.
The soap star, known as Tiffany Butcher, follows in the footsteps of a number of her co-stars who have appeared in the show over the years.
She said: “Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter! This is a dream come true.”
Jamie Laing is back after being forced to pull out of Strictly last year.
The Made In Chelsea star was left devastated after suffering a nasty knee injury, which meant that he could no longer compete.
He was replaced by Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, who ended up winning the competition with Oti Mabuse.
Hopefully Jamie will get the same luck this year!
JJ Chalmers is the latest star to be unveiled on the Strictly Come Dancing line-up.
The Scottish TV presenter is used to competition as an Invictus Games medallist and former Royal Marine Commando.
JJ was wounded in a bomb explosion in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan, that caused facial injuries, the loss of two fingers and his right elbow disintegrated.
The 33-year-old said he wants to be treated the same as everybody else and does not want any “special treatment” on the show.
Comedian Bill Bailey became the seventh celebrity to be confirmed for this year’s Strictly.
The 55-year-old funnyman wasn’t too confident in his chances to lift the glitterball trophy, joking: “I’m not really Lord of the Dance… I’m more the caretaker.”
“It will be quite a challenge but that’s what this is all about… Actually that is one of my favourite dances, the Hokey Cokey, so I’m hoping to introduce that this year as one of the dances,” added Bill.
Olympic Boxing champion Nicola Adams will make history on the show after she was confirmed to be part of the first same-sex pairing.
Sharing her excitement at being involved in the ground-breaking move, Nicola said: “It’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry.”
She added that she was a huge fan of the show and is ‘thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts.’
“People might know me from work in the ring, but I’ll be every bit as passionate and dedicated on the dance-floor too,” she added.
Radio 1’s Clara was the fifth official name to be confirmed for the line-up.
She said: “As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy.
“So to be taught by a pro and live a fantasy is something that I can’t wait to fully embrace, see you on the dancefloor!”
Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir was the fourth official name revealed.
She broke the news on GMB, saying she was “thrilled” to be taking part, and admitted she had no idea how the isolation would work on the show.
Mum-of-one Ranvir, 43, Ranvir said she was nervous to take part as her only dancing experience was at weddings, and she denied being excited for the “Strictly curse”, but admitted: “Well, I am single!”
Ranvir joked that the only training she had done so far was eating fewer crisps, and said she was looking forward to the show regularly testing her for COVID-19 for her own peace of mind.
Asked if she was isolating with the cast, she replied: “I have been working through the whole pandemic, I feel like I ought to have all the answers because my job is to have the answers.
“I haven’t been able to [isolate], I’ve got my son and I’ve got my mum in my house, but they know my situation and they’ve accepted it.
Max George was the third name confirmed on The One Show for the 2020 line-up.
Former The Wanted singer Max is following in the footsteps of his former bandmate Jay McGuiness, and Jay had some advice for him.
He said: “Buzzing to be on Strictly this year. Not really one for the dance floor, but I take a lot of comfort in the fact that Jay McGuiness set The Wanted’s bar so low….”
The One Show confirmed the second Strictly name was NFL star and broadcaster Jason Bell.
Jason revealed he was doing the show for his daughter, 6, who he shares with ex Nadine Coyle.
He was a cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants.
Caroline Quentin was the first name confirmed for the official Strictly line-up.
Star of hit shows like Men Behaving Badly, Blue Murder and other favourites, Caroline is a familiar face no doubt to viewers at home.
Now she’s taking on something very different, ditching the characters for the ballroom.
Caroline said: “I am thrilled and terrified in equal measure to be taking part.”
HRVY has signed on the dotted line to appear in the line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
The YouTube star and singer, real name Harvey Leigh Cantwell, was the second to last signing.
A source told The Sun Online: “HRVY brings a massive youth audience, which the BBC craves.
“Historically these slightly lesser known stars have done well on the show – just look at Joe Sugg and Saffron Barker.
“If he can dance, he’ll go far in the competition for sure.”
Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is another name signed for the show this year.
Jacqui stepped down from the parliament role in 2009 amid an expenses row.
Speaking on Radio Two, she said: “When they asked me to do it I was speechless with excitement, which is pretty unusual for me,” Jacqui told Steve Wright.
The former MP then divulged how she’s been using lockdown to up her exercise regime after signing up to the show.
“I’ve been doing some extra running and yoga to make sure it’s not too much of a bodyshock,” she explained.
*Strictly Come Dancing will – fingers crossed – return to BBC1 this autumn