Strictly Come Dancing 2020 final changes including number of finalists

The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 final is coming up this weekend, and we’ll finally know which couple will lift the Glitterball Trophy.

There’s no Sunday results show, so by the time the show finishes we will know the Strictly 2020 champion.

The couples who will battle it out on the dance floor are Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez, HRVY and Janette Manrara, Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse and Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer.

Each couple will perform a whopping three dances on Saturday night – two of which they have done earlier in the competition.

The third dance will be the much-loved show dance.

So how will the final show be different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic?

This year the biggest change to the final, apart from the obvious social-distancing-related ones, is that there will be four couples in the final.

Last year there were three couples, Kelvin Fletcher and Oti, Emma Barton and Anton DuBeke and Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden.

Originally, Strictly bosses had planned to have five couples in the final due to the shorter series this year.

But because Nicola Adams and Katya Jones were forced to withdraw when the professional dancer tested positive for coronavirus, they shelved that idea.

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Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it is unlikely there will be a live audience due to London, where the show is filmed, having been escalated to Tier 3, the highest alert level.

Unlike every other week, in keeping with Strictly tradition, the final result won’t be pre-recorded.

So we will find out at the same time as all the dancers.

All of the 2020 celebs will reportedly return to the ballroom for one last time too.

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Another change is that one of the previous couples will return to perform a non-competitive dance – Nicola and Katya.

The final will also feature music from Robbie Williams, and a group performance from the professional dancers.

The final will be two hours and 20 minutes long, and start much earlier than usual.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday, December 19 at 6pm on BBC One.

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