The stars of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing have swapped their everyday attires for glitzy ensembles as they underwent very glam makeovers.
As well as posing for a group photo, the celebrities wowed with their individual transformations in a special promo video ahead of the much anticipated launch show on Saturday night.
Leading the pack was EastEnders star Maisie Smith, 19, who swapped her cosy teddy bear pyjamas for a dazzling blue tasseled dress.
Transformation: The stars of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing have swapped their everyday attires for glitzy ensembles as they underwent very glam makeovers, with Maisie Smith leading the way
The actress, who plays Tiffany Butcher in the BBC soap, looked in awe as she held up her frock while wearing teddy bear top, green shorts and fluffy yellow slippers.
She then jumped as was suddenly transformed, donning her amazing dress and gold dance shoes, while her auburn tresses were styled in sleek waves.
Meanwhile, Bill Bailey, 55, appeared perplexed as he looked down at his shirt and jeans combo, before shaking his arms rapidly.
He then jumped and found himself in a rather snazzy navy and black patterned three piece suit.
Time for a change: As well as posing for a group photo (pictured), the celebrities wowed with their individual transformations ahead of the much anticipated launch show on Saturday
Before and after: Meanwhile, Bill Bailey, 55, appeared perplexed as he looked down at his shirt and jeans combo,before finding himself in a snazzy navy and black patterned suit
Not so sure: Next up was Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh, 43, who looked distinctively unimpressed with her all-black ensemble
Loving it! But her attitude then changed as she found herself in a sexy black midi dress with a silver sequinned detail
Next up was Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh, 43, who looked distinctively unimpressed with her all-black ensemble.
But her attitude then changed as she found herself in a sexy black midi dress with a silver sequinned detail.
The Wanted singer Max George, 32, also found himself transformed as he started out in a red checked shirt and blue skinny jeans.
And with a jump, he found himself in a sexy semi-sheer black shirt and smart black trousers.
Day to night: The Wanted singer Max George, 32, found himself transformed as he started out in a red shirt and blue skinny jeans, before wowing in a semi-sheer black shirt and black trousers
Keeping it casual: Clara Amfo meanwhile started off her transformation in a green bomber jacket and white jeans
Golden girl: And with a slick spin, the radio DJ, 39, turned into a golden goddess as she donned a glittering tasseled mini dress
Simple to sleek: Nicola Adams, 37, began her makeover in a simple white shirt and black trousers, before being spruced up in a snazzy gold and black blazer top and smart trousers
Unimpressed: Meanwhile, Jamie Laing looked fed up in his black and white casual look
Fabulous: But the Made In Chelsea star, 31, soon perked up as he swapped his outfit for a showstopping dusty pink and black number
Clara Amfo meanwhile started off her transformation in a green bomber jacket and white jeans.
And with a slick spin, the radio DJ, 39, turned into a golden goddess as she donned a glittering tasseled mini dress.
Keen to join in on the action, Nicola Adams, 37, began her makeover in a simple white shirt and black trousers.
The boxer was then mightily impressed as she then found herself spruced up in a snazzy gold and black blazer top and smart black trousers.
Makeover magic: Politician Jacqui Smith, 57, looked undecided as she pondered her glitzy multicolored top and skirt
The way he was: Elsewhere, Jason Bell, 42, kicked off his makeover with a crisp white shirt and black trousers
Look at him now! He soon turned up the heat in a sizzling black mesh shirt and sharp trousers
Not feeling it: YouTube star HRVY meanwhile pulled a face as he inspected his casual blue and black jacket, before then wowing in a sleek black shirt with silver embellishments
Meanwhile, Jamie Laing looked fed up in his black and white casual look.
But the Made In Chelsea star, 31, soon perked up as he swapped his outfit for a showstopping dusty pink and black number.
Politician Jacqui Smith, 57, seemed somewhat undecided as she pondered her glitzy multicolored top and skirt.
But she soon got into the swing of things as she happily shimmied about in the fabulous new ensemble.
Demure to dazzling: Comedian Caroline Quentin, 60, struck a sombre figure as she posed ahead of her transformation, before shimmying in a dazzling navy midi dress
Feeling blue? Finally, Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, 33, pulled a glum pose when he inspected his pre-makeover outfit
Purple reign! However, he was all smiles as a quick spin saw him don a very snazzy lilac suit
Elsewhere, Jason Bell, 42, kicked off his makeover with a crisp white shirt and black trousers.
And he soon turned up the heat in a sizzling black mesh shirt and sharp trousers.
YouTube star HRVY meanwhile pulled a face as he inspected his casual blue and black jacket.
The 21-year-old soon had plenty to smile about as his look was suddenly transformed and he found himself in a sleek black shirt with silver embellishments.
It’s back! The transformations come ahead of Saturday’s socially-distanced launch show, as the twelve celebrities finally discover their professional partners
Comedian Caroline Quentin, 60, struck a sombre figure as she posed ahead of her transformation.
But she soon livened up as she found herself striking a pose and doing a shimmy in a dazzling navy midi dress.
Finally, Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, 33, pulled a glum pose when he inspected his pre-makeover outfit.
However, he was all smiles as a quick spin saw him don a very snazzy lilac suit.
Two metres away! First look snaps from the launch show hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reuniting, albeit two metres apart in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines
Watchful eye: Judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse will also take their place on the panel, though this year will see them sat on separate desks to maintain social distancing
The transformation comes ahead of Saturday’s pre-recorded opener, which will see the pros dazzle with a sensational opening routine.
While judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel-Horwood are seated on separate podiums to ensure the programme adheres to COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Bruno Tonioli has been unable to appear in the studio due to travel restrictions introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, but will make guest appearances from his home in Los Angeles.
The launch will consist of the celebrities discovering their professional partners for the first time, though in a post-COVID change, they will instead by revealed via. video link.
This will allow for couples to form their own individual ‘bubbles’ for training and performances, meaning the stars will have maintain distance from each other during filming.
Gorgeous: The launch will also see the pros take to the stage with a stellar group opener, with Nadiya Bychkova and Graziano Di Prima forming their own bubble to dance alongside singers and guest performers
Back soon: Strictly Come Dancing 2020 will return on Saturday, October 17th at 7:50pm on BBC One
The professional dancers will also take to the stage to showcase their dance moves with a sensation opener, and will also accompany a stunning performance by Joel Corry and MNEK.
This year has already seen the pros pre-record all of their group performances while isolating together in a hotel, and the couples have formed separate bubbles to train and perform together.
The series will still feature a live audience, however fans will sit in small groups and will only be allowed to attend if from the same household or bubble.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 7:50pm on BBC One.
Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020
Profession: Actress, known for roles in Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek
Caroline says: ‘I hope my knees don’t let me down and I hope the foundation garments live up to expectations when I start leaping about!’
Fun fact: She met her now-husband, Sam Farmer in 1998 on the set of Men Behaving Badly when he was one of the studio runners.
Profession: Singer – from former boy band The Wanted
Max says: ‘Nan – I’m doing Strictly this year!’ as he vowed to make his superfan grandmother proud
Fun Fact: Max’s fellow The Wanted bandmate Jay McGuiness was on Strictlby Come Dancing in 2015 – and won it!
Profession: Radio 1 presenter
Clara says: ‘As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy’
Fun fact: Clara has some experience of celeb gameshows, having taken part on Celebrity Masterchef in 2018
Profession: Comedian and TV personality
Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’
Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist
Profession: EastEnders actress
Maisie says: ‘Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter!’
Fun fact: Maisie won the 2019 Children In Need special of Strictly with Kevin Clifton
Profession: YouTube star
HRVY says: ‘Being on Strictly is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to be taking part this year.’
Fun fact: HRVY follows in the footsteps of former internet star contestants Joe Sugg and Saffron Barker – the latter of whom is close friends with him
Profession: Retired American Football player – now a pundit
Jason says: ‘I am thrilled. I’m a huge fan of the show, I’ve been watching it since I came to this country, so it’s time for me to do something cool to impress my daughter, now that she can watch me perform!’
Fun Fact: Jason is the father of Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle’s daughter. The couple were together for 11 years, only splitting recently in 2019
Profession: ITV broadcaster, Political Editor for GMB
Ranvir says: ‘It feels like I’m on a rollercoaster… Hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!’
Fun fact: Ranvir is the fourth GMB star to star following Susanna Reid, Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins.
Profession: Double Olympic gold medallist boxer
Nicola says: ‘I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts’
Fun fact: Nicola will form the show’s first ever same-sex pairing as she is parterned with a female professional.
Profession: Ex Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist
JJ says: ‘Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure’
Fun fact: JJ is close friends with Prince Harry after they worked together on the Invictus Games
Profession: Made In Chelsea star
Jamie says: ‘I’m over the moon I actually get to come back and dance again. It’s going to be unbelievably amazing!’
Fun fact: Jamie was forced to pull out of the 2019 series of Strictly after a foot injury
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Jacqui says: ‘I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me…!’
Fun fact: Fifty years ago, she received a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing