Strictly announce Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith as final star for BBC show

Strictly Come Dancing has revealed former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is the final star to join the line-up for the 2020 series.

Jacqui joins a whole host of famous faces including comedian Bill Bailey, Clara Amfo Ravir Singh, and Jamie Laing among others.

The 57-year-old, who was the first female Home Secretary, resigned in 2009 following her involvement in the parliamentary expenses scandal.

This year there are fewer celebrities signed up for the programme, due to a shorter run of just nine shows as opposed to 12.

Changes have been made to the format due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier in the year, the show hung in the balance as the outbreak gripped the UK and the rest of the world.

The series will begin later than the original September start date, kicking off in October, and wrapping up days before Christmas.

Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing is also appearing on the show, a year after he had to pull out of the 2019 series due to a foot injury her suffered in rehearsals.

At the time, Jamie said: "I’m absolutely devastated that I’m unable to continue in the competition, I was so excited to hit the dance floor!

"I would like to wish the lovely couples all the very best and hope they enjoy their time on the show to the fullest."

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Jamie is having another shot at lifting the glitterball trophy, and admitted he signed up again because he "wants to make his mum proud".

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

"The reason I’m doing it, is to make my mum proud but all I did last year was make her even more disappointed. Let’s change that this year, can’t wait!"

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