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Saturday 6 July 2024

Strictly Come Dancing Celebrates 20 Years of Glitz and Glamour

Strictly Come Dancing

Image: BBC Press

By Jon Donnis

Strictly Come Dancing is set to make a grand return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in autumn 2024, marking its milestone 20th series with a celebration of glitz, glamour, and unforgettable performances. Produced by BBC Studios Entertainment Productions, the award-winning show recently clinched the Best Entertainment award at the 2024 Bafta TV Awards, further cementing its place as a staple of British television.

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will once again grace the ballroom, continuing their long-standing tradition of bringing joy and excitement to millions of viewers. While the exact broadcast dates for the 2024 season are yet to be announced, fans can expect the show to light up their screens in the coming autumn. The celebrity lineup remains under wraps, but the reveal is sure to be one of the year's most anticipated moments, promising an eclectic mix of stars ready to dazzle with their newfound dance skills.

Returning to the dancefloor are Strictly's professional dancers, known for their extraordinary talent and choreography. This year's lineup includes Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington, Nancy Xu, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley, Michelle Tsiakkas, and Vito Coppola. Their expertise and flair guarantee viewers a season filled with mesmerizing routines.

The judging panel remains as iconic as ever, featuring the Queen of Latin, Shirley Ballas, the magnificent Motsi Mabuse, the fantastically fab-u-lous Craig Revel-Horwood, and the always effervescent Anton Du Beke. Their expert critiques and charismatic presence continue to be a highlight of the show. This season, viewers can expect a series of special features, including musical performances by Dave Arch and his band, unforgettable group routines, and world-class music acts. Themed weeks will add an extra layer of excitement, and the much-anticipated return to Blackpool's Tower Ballroom will be a standout moment as the show takes up residency for one week in the iconic venue.

In addition to the main series, an unmissable one-off special will air, taking audiences on a journey through 20 years of Strictly Come Dancing. This celebratory program will feature iconic performances, heart-warming interviews with past celebrities, professional dancers, and judges, showcasing why the show has remained a beloved fixture in British entertainment. As Strictly Come Dancing marks its 20th anniversary, it promises to deliver an extra special treat for its loyal viewers. Stay tuned to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for further updates and get ready to celebrate two decades of dance, drama, and dazzling entertainment.

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