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Jamie Laing and Maisie Smith confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2020

Jamie Laing and Maisie Smith confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2020”

"I couldn't be more excited", he said.

"My late mum Madrin would have loved it - I hope she'll be watching".

The "EastEnders" actress and the "Made in Chelsea" star - who was all set to take part in last year's series, but had to pull out at the last-minute after tearing a ligament in his foot - have been confirmed as the ninth and 10th contestants this year.

He said: 'Here we go again, hopefully this time I can last long enough so my mum can see me dance.

"I've got dancing experience".

Maisie Smith, that performs Tiffany Butcher-Baker at EastEnders, was also declared.

The former Royal Marine is best known for being a public speaker and an Invictus Games medallist.

The 2020 series of Strictly had been hanging in the balance amid the coronavirus pandemic but in June it was announced that it would be back, but with a shorter series, starting in October instead of September.

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He said: 'My whole life is defined by facing challenges - whether it's becoming a Royal Marine commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan, to competing in the Invictus Games. "Let us change this season, cannot wait!"

"It's going to be quite a challenge but then that's what this is about, taking on a new skill".

"Now as a TV presenter I'm fortunate sufficient to witness a number of the best sporting contests on the planet".

A number of contestants have already been unveiled, including Olympian Nicola Adams OBE, comedian Bill Bailey, and National Football League player Jason Bell.

Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh along with BBC radio presenter Clara Amfo will also be one of the actors supported for the series, with more celebrities to be declared.

Adams shall be dancing in Strictly's first-ever same-sex couple, one thing she described as "actually vital".

Judging favourite Bruno Tonioli will soon be missing from the board for Saturday night since he's now in Los Angeles, to the board for the United States edition of the series, Dancing With The Stars, also won't have the ability to go back and forth.

However he will appear virtually in the Sunday night Results show each week, from LA.



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