Strictly Come Dancing shares details of week one dances

Megan Sutton
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

From Good Housekeeping

This week marks the start of Strictly Come Dancing's live shows for 2020 and on 24 October, we'll see the contestants battling it out on the dance floor for the first time.

We caught a glimpse of their skills during the group number featured in last week's launch show, but now's the time for them to take to the stage in pairs and really strut their stuff.

Strictly has revealed the dance styles each of the couples will be dancing, as well as the music they'll be competing to.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

From cha chas to paso dobles and foxtrots to tangos, there's lots to look forward to.

Here's what you can expect from the night's performances:

  • Caroline Quentin and Johannes, American Smooth, 9 to 5 (Morning Train) by Sheena Easton

  • Clara Amfo and Aljaz, cha cha, Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa

  • Jacqui Smith and Anton, foxtrot, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life by Monty Python

  • Maisie Smith and Gorka, samba, Samba by Gloria Estefan

  • Nicola Adams and Katya, quickstep, Get Happy by Ella Fitzgerald

  • Ranvir Singh and Giovanni, paso doble, End Of Time by Beyoncé

  • Bill Bailey and Oti, cha cha, Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba

  • HRVY and Janette, jive, Faith by Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grandé

  • Jamie Laing and Karen, cha cha, Think About Things by Daði Freyr

  • Jason Bell and Luba, American Smooth, My Girl by The Temptations

  • JJ Chalmers and Amy, waltz, What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

  • Max George and Dianne, tango, Best Fake Smile by Dua Lipa

Of course, Strictly will be slightly different this year due to the pandemic. Executive producer Sarah James has spoken about a new kind of feel in Claudia's upstairs area.

While Tess keeps things smooth sailing on the dance floor, Claudia is known for running a raucous upstairs area that's bustling and filled with laughter. While we're sure there'll be plenty of jokes flying still, it's set to be much quieter this season.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"Claudia will obviously only be able to speak to one couple at a time in her area and we won't be able to have all of the cast up there like usual, but Claudia is so brilliant with the people and with the contestants so I have no doubt that she'll still be able to have lots of fun just with one couple," Sarah said.

"The other couples will be watching from the audience this year. We've got distanced tables for them and they will all be able to watch each other, so I think we'll still really get that sense of camaraderie and have them all being able to support each other. We've come up with some other creative fun ideas of things that we can do up in Claudia's area."

Find out more about other changes to the show HERE.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One this Saturday at 7.25pm

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