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Greg James shares strange reason for rejecting Strictly Come Dancing 2020 offer

Radio DJ Greg James says he's simply not up to Strictly this year

Radio DJ and telly presenter Greg James says he has turned down Strictly Come Dancing 2020.

The star, 34, let on the surprisingly unusual reason why he turned down the coveted BBC gig.

Greg, who already hosts on BBC Radio 1, says he didn’t fancy the role because he is “too tired”.

Addressing his Radio 1 listeners he said: “They asked me to be on this year, did you know that?

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BBC Radio DJ Greg James says he turned down Strictly 2020 (Image credit: BBC Radio 1)

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“I politely declined. I’m too tired, too tired for that.”

BBC bosses have just confirmed that Strictly will return this year.

It had previously been reported that the show may be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, it will return, but under a new and adjusted format.

“I politely declined”

Greg went on to discuss the upcoming Strictly changes, including shorter episodes.

He continued: “Are they gonna shorten the length of episodes?

“It’s a bit long isn’t it?

Greg says he doesn’t fancy it this year (Image credit: BBC Radio 1)

“I think if they brought it down to an hour, you could stretch it from September to Christmas.”

In fact, Strictly is to return in October this year but will lead up to Christmas as per usual.

A quarantine will be put in place, to avoid the dance pros and celebrity contestants spreading or contracting COVID-19.

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The pros will all live together in a hotel for the duration of the series.

“It’s a bit long isn’t it?”

This way they can still perform their group numbers together. They will have to follow this with 14 days of self-isolation.

As for the celeb contestants, there will likely be less this year due to the shortened amount of episodes.

Although 15 typically compete, there will likely be a maximum of 13 contestants this time around.

The official celebrity line-up has yet to be announced.

Strictly pro dancers will live together in a hotel this year (Image credit:

Rumoured celebrity participants include Katie Price, Michelle Keegan, Maya Jama, Stacey Solomon, Jack P. Shepherd and Alan Carr.

A statement released by the BBC stated: “To ensure we deliver the high standards audiences know and love and in light of the ongoing considerations around COVID-19, this year’s series of Strictly will have a slightly shorter run than usual.

“Slightly shorter run than usual”

“The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course.”

A source told the Mirror Online: “Once all group numbers are recorded in August, the pro dancers must spend two weeks isolating before the next stage.”

The source added that celebrities are more desperate to join Strictly than ever before – as showbiz work has all but dried up during the lockdown.

The source continued: “With celebs, we’ve no trouble getting them as there is little other work around – but the need to isolate means the timings are against us.”

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