Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line-up: Latest news and updates on the rumoured cast – The Sun
STRICTLY Come Dancing fans can't wait for the show to return in autumn 2020 and with it of course comes a whole new batch of celebrity contestants.
Because of social distancing rules, the series will be shorter, with fewer celebs and professional dancers taking part.
Who is confirmed for the Strictly 2020 line-up?
These are all the celebrities who have been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
Caroline Quentin is one of the first three celebrities to be confirmed as a contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.
Quentin is a 60-year-old actress, born in Surrey on July 11, 1960.
She is probably best known for her role as Dorothy – Gary’s outspoken girlfriend – in Men Behaving Badly.
She also played Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek between 1997 and 2000.
She starred along Alan Davies playing an investigative journalist, who uses Jonathan's mind to solve murder mysteries.
Jason Bell has been revealed as one of the first three celebrities confirmed for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.
Born on April 1, 1978 in Long Beach, California, Jason grew up playing football, first in high school, before continuing the sport in college.
Bell is a former professional American football cornerback, who played in the National Football League (NFL) for a number of years.
During his years on the pitch he played for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants.
He had played college football at the University of California in Los Angeles, USA, where he accepted a football scholarship.
He also dated ex Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, but the pair reportedly called it quits in 2019, after more than a decade together.
Max George is an English singer, songwriter, and performer, who is known for being a former band member of the boy band The Wanted.
He was born in Manchester in 1988, and is 31 years of age. In 2013, he starred in the E! channel reality series The Wanted Life.
George started his career as a footballer, however, following an injury, he decided to get into the music business.
He made his debut with the band Avenue on the X Factor and when the band broke up in 2009, he joined the band The Wanted.
Who is rumoured for the Strictly 2020 line-up?
Here is a list of celebrities who are rumoured to appear on Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
In August 2020 it was reported how Phillip was said to be in talks to appear on Strictly Come Dancing – as one half of the show's first same-sex couple.
The 58-year-old This Morning host is reported to be at the top of BBC bosses' hit lists.
The Star says a big-money deal has been offered, quoting an insider as saying: "Top-secret talks have been happening for a few weeks and an offer has been made.
“The hope is Phillip would dance with another man. If it happens it would be a beautiful and important moment both for him and for the show.”
The Sun has revealed how Strictly bosses have reportedly targeted Maya Jama.
Stormzy's ex announced she is quitting her job at Radio 1 to take on "new and exciting commitments" – and producers hope it will pave the way for her to join the show.
A source said: “Maya ticks a lot of boxes for the show.
"She’s great fun, has a massive following, especially among young people and, of course, she can dance.
“A lot of those taking part juggle other work but for Maya combining Strictly with a weekend slot on the radio would have been impossible."
Reality TV veteran Katie is being tipped by the bookies to hit the Strictly dance floor in 2020.
The Sun also exclusively revealed how KP is in talks with show bosses to join the line-up.
Speaking to The Sun Online, a source explained: "It's really early days but she's in talks with bosses. "She always jokes she's got two left feet but she would love to do it."
After wowing on Dancing On Ice in early 2020, Maura is ready for her next challenge.
The Irish beauty became a HUGE hit when she appeared on Love Island in 2019.
The bookies are now strongly tipping her to join the Strictly 2020 line-up.
Maura also dated ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard, so she knows how the show works.
Emily's name is being thrown into the hat. The actress has seen her star soar since she appeared on I'm A Celebrity back in 2018.
The Inbetweeners star would be perfect for Strictly and would be a big hit with fans.
The Sun revealed how Jonathan Ross’ wife Jane Goldman is in advanced talks for Strictly. The screenwriter, who helped pen films including X Men: First Class, had a meeting with the show’s talent executive Stefania Aleksander in May 2020.
Jane, 49, is now a shoo-in to become the show’s first big signing of this series.
A source said: “Jane is one of the names at the top of the list for this year’s show. “She has told friends she would love to have a whirl on the dance floor.
Our Girl actress Michelle Keegan is apparently top of the Strictly bosses' list for the 18th series.
The former Corrie star has just finished filming BBC One drama Our Girl and is believed to be between projects.
A show source told The Sun Online: “Michelle ticks all the boxes.
She’s glamorous, hugely popular and loves the show too. "Producers are desperate to try and sign her up.
“They know that getting her to agree would be a massive coup and are hoping she will do it.
“In terms of timing this is a great moment for Michelle to do it."
The Loose Women star has admitted she'd "love to do Strictly" and is a huge fan of the show.
Partner Joe Swash won Dancing On Ice 2020, impressing the nation with his cheeky smile and moves on the rink.
Stacey told Good Housekeeping: "I love the show, I love the outfits, the routines, and how the contestants go from one to 1,000. "But I would be the one that didn't get it… Everybody would expect me to go on this journey, but I would be persistently the same after 10 weeks! I would just stay the same!".
Jack P. Shepherd
In March 2020 Jack P. Shepherd sparked rumours he was about to sign up to Strictly Come Dancing.
In 2019 his former co-star Catherine Tyldesley took part, while Natalie Gumede and Georgia May Foote have also done the show. Jack sent fans speculating after his girlfriend Hanni Treweek asked followers about ballroom dancing classes online.
Taking to Instagram, she wrote: "Does anyone know of any good ballroom dancing classes in Manchester that @jackpsheperd88 and I can do x."
Apparently BBC bosses are super keen to get the comedian on the show and have approached him every year.
In 2019 Alan finally hinted he might do it – telling Loose Women that he'd agreed to sign up to the 2020 series.
He joked: "I will do it, but next year, I've got a busy year.
"They cornered me and they said, 'Would you do it?'" He also spoke about Strictly to Graham Norton revealing: "They ask me to do it every year, and I say, 'No' because it's too much like hard work. "I used to be able to slut drop, but I can't any more, I'm at that age. I like Oops Up Side Your Head because you get to sit down!"
It wasn't meant to be for the Made In Chelsea star as he was forced to pull out of the 2019 series of Strictly before the first episode, when he injured himself on the red carpet launch.
Jamie was due to dance with Oti Mabuse, but was replaced by Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher – who went on to win the show.
A source told the Sun Online: "Jamie was devastated when he couldn't carry on because of his nasty foot injury. "
He went through a lot of physiotherapy to get well again [and] has been in contact with the BBC to confirm he's fighting fit and that he's more than able to take part in the next series."
Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2019?
Kelvin Fletcher secured enough votes from the public to be crowned the winner of the the 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing along with with partner Oti Mabuse.
The former Emmerdale star who used to play Andy Sugden in the ITV soap, was initially not even part of the BBC dance contest.
But after replacing Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing he took the judges and fan's breath away with his rendition of the Samba in week one. Bruno Tonioli even went as far as to describe the performance as the greatest debut dance he had ever seen on Strictly.
When is Strictly Come Dancing 2020 on?
Strictly 2020 is set to go ahead, but the start date has been pushed back to October — a month later than planned.
As a result, it is likely to consist of nine or ten shows — compared to 13 last year.
Once the show is on, episodes will be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.
Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse WIN Strictly Come Dancing 2019 final
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