How to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2020 from anywhere in the world

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing, no matter where you are, so you never miss a routine...

A view of how to watch Strictly Come Dancing from the 2020 set.
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Knowing how to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2020 each week is becoming ever more important as we inch towards the final.

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 has shimmied its way onto our screens every Saturday night to bring a little bit of glitz, glamour and – most importantly – escapism into our lives. 

The arrival of the new series of Strictly was welcomed by many and the ballroom dancing reality show has certainly not disappointed yet this year.

As well as impressive performances on the dance floor, there's been plenty of drama behind-the-scenes too. Covid-19 restrictions have seen one couple pull out of the competition early, while long-time Strictly pro Anton Du Beke had to replace Motsi Mabuse on the judging panel.

But despite these last minute changes and a second lockdown in England, the show has managed to continue. So here's how you can watch Strictly Come Dancing 2020 for free in the UK and catch up on all of the action if you're abroad…

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online in the UK

Strictly Come Dancing is on twice a week and can be watched for free in the UK on BBC One or BBC iPlayer if you have a TV licence.

The main show airs every week on Saturday nights at 7.15pm (GMT) on BBC One. During the main show, the couples who remain in the competition take to the dance floor to perform their latest routines to try and impress the judges.

This is then followed by the results show every Sunday evening which starts at 7.25pm (GMT) on BBC One. During the results show, the outcome of the public voted is revealed and the two couples with the lowest scores must face each other in a tense dance-off before the judging panel decides which pair must leave the competition.

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online from abroad

If you have had to go abroad and face missing out on your weekly dose of sequins and dance sequences from Strictly Come Dancing, fear not. 

You can still watch Strictly Come Dancing 2020 online from abroad – all you have to do is download a VPN. A VPN allows you to access shows usually only available when you are in the UK by changing your IP address to make your device think it is in a different location.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line up

There were twelve celebrity contestants in the Strictly Come Dancing line up originally. 

The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 contestants are:

  • Bill Bailey – comedian, musician and actor
  • Caroline Quentin – actress and TV presenter
  • Clara Amfo – Radio 1 DJ
  • HRVY – singer and YouTube star
  • Jacqui Smith - former Labour politician
  • Jamie Laing – Made in Chelsea star and entrepreneur 
  • Jason Bell – American NFL player
  • JJ Chalmers – TV presenter and Invictus Games medallist
  • Maisie Smith – actress and former EastEnders star
  • Max George – singer from The Wanted
  • Nicola Adams – Olympian and former professional boxer
  • Ranvir Singh - TV presenter and regular on Good Morning Britain

However, as the show started back in October, some of these celebrities have already been eliminated from the competition...

Who has been eliminated from Strictly 2020 so far?

Four couples have left Strictly Come Dancing 2020 so far.

 Jacqui Smith and her partner Anton Du Beke were the first couple to be eliminated from the competition.

They were followed by Jason Bell and his professional partner Luba Mushtuk, who were eliminated after movie week when their Paso Doble inspired by Star Wars failed to impress the judges.

Week four saw Max George and Dianne Buswell eliminated after ending up in the bottom two and competing the dance off against Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez

Max George and Dianne Buswell

Max George and Dianne Buswell were knocked out of the competition in Week Four.

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Sadly Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have also had to leave Strictly Come Dancing. They forfeited their place in the competition after Katya tested positive for COVID-19 and had to isolate following government guidelines.

Who is the favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2020?

At the time of writing, comedian Bill Bailey is the favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2020.

He and his partner Oti Madbuse have been wowing the judges and winning the nation's hearts with their routines, achieving widespread acclaim for their performance to Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang in week four.

Taking to social media, fans of Bill and Oti heaped praise on the couple with one viewer quipping: "Bill Bailey's attempts to save 2020 are very much welcomed."

Rachael Martin
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An internationally published digital journalist and editor, Rachael has worked as a writer and editor for both news and lifestyle websites in the UK and abroad including Metro UK, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home,, and body+soul. 


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