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Comedian Bill Bailey says he looks forward to a “new challenge” after being announced as one of the stars of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The award-winning artist said his late mother Madrin was a huge fan of Strictly, and he hopes “she will watch” when he appears on the show.

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Tess Daly (left) and Claudia Winkleman will battle for the stars as usual

Although the 55-year-old comic has no formal dance training, he is a classically trained, multi-instrumentalist musician, who he no doubt hopes will help him with his moves.

In a statement for the show, he said, “In these strange times that we live in, it just seems like we are doing something different and taking on a new challenge…

“My late mom would have loved it – I hope she will watch. ”

A regular on panel shows, including QI and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, as well as cult comedy Black Books, Bailey is expected to be the comedy contestant – though it’s possible he could surprise the world with his moves. of dance.

Bailey was confirmed for the 2020 lineup shortly before Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, EastEnders actress Maisie Smith and Invictus Games medalist JJ Chalmers.

This is the second lucky time for Laing who was forced to withdraw from Strictly 2019 after injuring his foot while pre-recording the group dance for the opening show.

The 31-year-old reality TV star and sweet entrepreneur also said her mom was a big part of her reason for getting involved again. He said, “Here we are again, I hope this time I can last long enough for my mom to see me dance.”

“The reason I do it is to make my mom proud, but all I did last year was make her even more disappointed.

Maisie Smith, who plays Tiffany Butcher-Baker in EastEnders, has also been announced.

However, her involvement came as no complete shock as she was revealed prematurely by ITV’s Lorraine during an interview with one of Smith’s co-stars, James Bye (who plays Martin Fowler).

While Smith can act and sing, it’s not yet clear if she’s also a triple threat and can dance as well (although as a young actress she’s probably a safe bet).

Smith said she couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the show, saying, “Put me in that glitter, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly Disguised Box this winter! It’s a dream come true. ”

Former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medalist JJ Chalmers will also compete.

The 33-year-old sports presenter – who is a friend of Prince Harry – also spoke about his mother in his statement for the show, saying: “My whole life is defined by challenges. Whether it’s becoming a Royal Marine Commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan participating in the Invictus Games.

“Now, as a TV presenter, I have the good fortune to attend some of the biggest sports competitions in the world. It’s a whole different ball game when it comes to the challenges I’m going to face, but I’m up for an adventure and at least my mom will know where I am! ”

Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, singer Max George, actress Caroline Quentin and former NFl player Jason Bell also signed up for the show this week.

In a Strictly First, Adams will compete on the show first same-sex couple in competition.

Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh and BBC radio presenter Clara Amfo are also among the confirmed celebrities for the show, with other stars to be announced.

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This Strictly series will be shorter than usual due to the precautions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The show usually returned in late September, the finale just before Christmas, but its The 2020 launch is expected to be slightly delayed.

Judges’ favorite Bruno Tonioli will be absent from the panel for Saturday night because he is in Los Angeles, on the panel of the American version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, and will not be able to go back and forth.

But he will still be remotely involved in the Sunday night results show each week and will return to the show full time towards the end of the series.

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