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Shirley Ballas confirms Strictly Come Dancing returning with a full 13 episodes after 2020 series was cut short

Strictly Come Dancing bosses are planning a full 13 episodes when it returns later this year, according to head judge Shirley Ballas.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 cycle of Strictly was cut short to just nine episodes, meaning viewers missed out on an entire month of the BBC series as if we hadn’t been through enough.

Thankfully, the BBC is keen to ensure viewers get the full Strictly experience in 2021 as producers have learned how film safely.

Speaking to a fan on celebrity messaging app Cameo, according to The Sun, the 60-year-old revealed: ‘Just a little something: I heard they’re trying to do all 13 episodes this year.

‘Last time we had nine. We’re trying to get 13 shows on. I think they’re getting used to the Covid thing.’

Strictly Come Dancing saw huge changes for 2020, with the judges being sat socially distanced and the studio audience being axed halfway through the series when the UK was put in its second national lockdown.

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Bill Bailey was crowned Strictly champion in 2020 (Credits: BBC)

And for the first time, a contestant over the age of 50 was crowned the champion.

Bill Bailey went from being among the favourites to be booted out in week one, to proving himself to be the Michael Flatley of comedy, even receiving praise from Janet Jackson.

While no names have been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2021, viral sensation Jackie Weaver is a frim favourite to be waltzing through the winter months and has already eyed up Anton Du Beke as her partner.

Anton has already teased that if he had the authority, she’d be shot out of a cannon and swung around the dance floor imminently.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.


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