Strictly Come Dancing will be back with a bang this winter, with the popular ballroom show believed to return for a run of 13 shows.
The famous dance competition’s annual trip to Blackpool is also on the agenda, after being scrapped last year in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
BBC bosses are currently in talks with Strictly staff and professional dancers, including Katya Jones, 31, ahead of the nineteenth season.
Back: Strictly Come Dancing returns this winter for a run of 13 shows and BBC bosses are currently in talks with staff and professional dancers including Katya Jones, 31 (pictured)
A source confirmed The sun: ‘They will be showing a full series this year. That means 13 episodes and all theme weeks.
The highlight will be the trip to Blackpool and it has always been so in Strictly.
As things stand now, the entire show will head northwest in November. Everyone is very excited. ‘
The BBC declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.
Strictly Eighteenth Season faced major setbacks and was forced to continue with strict social distance protocols.
Exciting: the famous dance competition’s annual trip to Blackpool is also on the agenda, after being dropped last year in light of the coronavirus pandemic
This meant that the annual Blackpool tour was canceled and the contest lasted only nine episodes.
However, the BBC managed to keep the show on the air despite a handful of COVID-19 outbreaks, which included Katya and her famous partner, world champion boxer Nicola Adams, 38, who tested positive for the virus and left the show early. .
Popstar HRVY, 22, also tested positive before the show aired, but was able to recover in time to participate.
Last month, the BBC confirmed the 16 dancers who will be hitting the dance floor this fall, with fan favorites such as Anton Du Beke, Johannes Radebe and Dianne Buswell all returning.
It comes after it was reported that BBC bosses were ‘concerned’ that Oti, 30, would be leaving the show after getting a new jury assignment on ITV’s The Masked Dancer.
But it’s now clear that Oti will be back in the ballroom when the new series kicks off in the fall after she was crowned champion of the 2020 show with Bill Bailey with Bill Bailey following her 2019 win with Kelvin Fletcher.
While Anton, 54, will continue his reign as Strictly Come Dancing’s longest-serving professional dancer by marking his 19th season on the show.
The female pros are Oti, Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova and Nancy Xu.
Here come the girls! The female pros are Amy Dowden, Oti, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones and Nancy Xu (LR pictured in 2020)
While Aljaž Škorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Neil Jones are the male pros.
Sarah James, Executive Producer of BBC Studios said of the news: ‘We are so pleased to welcome back our incredible line-up of professional dancers for 2021.
Their passion and dedication for Strictly shone more than ever last year as they all sacrificed so much to deliver an unforgettable series in unprecedented and challenging times.
With so much talent returning to the ballroom, the 2021 series promises more stunning choreographies, memorable performances and world-class dancing.
Pros: Anton Du Beke, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Neil Jones, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Johannes Radebe are the male pros (LR shown in 2020)
Despite 16 pros being announced for the new series, the 2020 show saw only 12 celebrities taking the dance floor instead of the usual 15.
There are normally a number of backup dancers who perform in the group dances and intervene if another professional is unwell or injured.
In the 2020 series, Nancy, Nadiya, Graziano and Neil performed as backup dancers, the last three stars had famous partners on the shows before, while Nancy, who joined in 2019, is yet to have a pair.
Delight: Strictly speaking she is ‘delighted’ Oti has decided to join the 2021 series after she was ‘worried’ she was leaving (pictured after the December win with Bill)
While reigning two-time champion Oti was paired with Bill, Janette with HRVY, Amy with JJ Chalmers, Dianne with Max George, Karen with Jamie Laing, Katya with Nicola Adams and Luba with Jason Bell.
Aljaž was paired with Clara Amfo in the 2020 series, Anton with Jacqui Smith, Giovanni with Ranvir Singh, Gorka with Maisie Smith and Johannes with Caroline Quentin.
No celebrities have yet been announced for the 2021 series, although it was recently reported that Stacey Solomon had been approached to participate in the upcoming show.
Strict: Has put in place a series of strict measures to ensure that the 2020 series can continue during the coronavirus crisis (the pros in the photo in 2020)