Jamie Laing has revealed his plans to win Strictly Come Dancing 2020 and scoop the Glitterball trophy.
Speaking on his BBC 6 Degrees podcast with best friend Spencer Matthews on Thursday, the Made In Chelsea star, 31, said he’s going to become this year’s champion ‘without a doubt’.
Jamie also listed his skills, sharing that he has ‘rhythm’ and ‘instant talent’ with the star still impressively holding a javelin record at his school.
Big plans! Jamie Laing has revealed his plans to win Strictly Come Dancing 2020 and scoop the Glitterball trophy (pictured in 2019)
And it appears that the reality star has the backing of his BFF Spencer, 32, as he revealed that he has even placed a bet on him.
While 2018 champion, Stacey Dooley, who was a guest on the podcast, also shared her high hopes for Jamie.
Discussing his return to Strictly as a contestant, he was forced to quit the 2019 series after suffering a foot injury, Spencer said: ‘It is great news, I think you’ve got a really good chance. I put an outside bet on you as well.’
To which Jamie replied: ‘What do you mean you put an outside bet on me? You don’t need to put an outside bet on me… obviously, I’m going to win it.’
Confident: Stacey Dooley, 33, who won the 2018 series with now boyfriend Kevin Clifton, also backed Jamie for the prize (pictured after their win)
BFFs: Speaking on his BBC 6 Degrees podcast with best friend Spencer Matthews on Thursday, the Made In Chelsea star, 31, said he’s going to become this year’s champion ‘without a doubt’ with Spencer even placing a bet on him (pictured in 2019)
With Spencer explaining: ‘No, no, no I put a bet on you to win it, I basically persuaded them that you’re likely to break your foot again, that you almost certainly won’t win and I’m feeling really generous, here’s the cash.’
Sharing his confidence, Jamie said: ‘What’s going to happen with Strictly, right, is without a doubt, I am going to go on it and win it. I’m going to win it without a doubt!’
Spencer commented that it is a ‘good way to think’, with Jamie hitting back with: ‘It’s not a good way to think, I just know.
‘I’ve got rhythm, instant talent, I told you, I still hold the record for the javelin throw.’
‘Instant talent’: Jamie also listed his skills, sharing that he has ‘rhythm’ and ‘instant talent’ with the star still impressively holding a javelin record at his school
Later on in the podcast, Stacey, 33, who won the 2018 series with now boyfriend Kevin Clifton, also backed Jamie for the prize.
She said: ‘I’m a big fan of his, we met last year, I was certain he was going to win Strictly then he did his leg in and anyway, maybe this is your year!’
Stacey also offered some advice to Jamie and admitted that she wasn’t the best dancer by ‘any stretch of the imagination’ but got ‘less rubbish’ as the weeks went on.
Jamie joins the likes of Caroline Quentin, Maisie Smith and Ranvir Singh – to name a few – on the dance floor.
Winners: Stacey said of Jamie: ‘I’m a big fan of his, we met last year, I was certain he was going to win Strictly then he did his leg in and anyway, maybe this is your year!’ (pictured with Kevin in 2018)
It comes after it was revealed that Strictly Come Dancing will operate with a socially-distanced live studio audience when the series kicks off next month.
The BBC One show confirmed it will return with an eighteenth consecutive series in September, and has since outlined the safety measures put in place to ensure it continues to be aired in front of its traditional live studio audience.
Producers have revealed that family bubbles of four will be allowed to watch the show while it is filmed at Hertfordshire’s Elstree Studios, while face masks and social distancing will be compulsory for all members of the public.
Alleviating logistical concerns regarding the production of the show, a tweet posted on Monday read: ‘To make the most if limited space we’ll have in the studio this year because of our social distancing measures, for the first time ever tickets will be allocated to groups of four, allowing you to come along as a family bubble / household group.
‘We’ll be able to seat family groups of up to four people from the same household / social bubble at cabaret tables and in balcony seating. Cabaret tables and balcony seats will be allocated randomly, in advance of your arrival at the studio.’
While the show attempts to move on following the coronavirus pandemic, it’s understood that its annual Blackpool special – a favourite among fans – will not go ahead for the first time in its history.
A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline that the series will not ‘physically’ travel to the famous Tower Ballroom this November, but promised to celebrate the ‘iconic’ venue from the studio.
In a statement they said; ‘Blackpool is a milestone moment in every series of Strictly that our audience, our celebs and professional dancers look forward to.
Green light: It comes after it was revealed that Strictly Come Dancing will operate with a socially-distanced live studio audience when the series kicks off next month
‘Whilst we’ll be unable to physically go to Blackpool this series, we’ll still be celebrating this iconic venue and bringing it to life from our studio in Elstree.’
Filming for the new series is reportedly scheduled to begin in September, with the professional dancers’ group routines to be pre-recorded after they completed two weeks in isolation.
However the set was recently evacuated and given a ‘deep clean’ after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19.
A source later told MailOnline: ‘The crew member is no longer on the production and has had a negative NHS test result.
‘Procedures were followed and stringent protocols have been put in place just in case, but recording isn’t due to happen until later this week so there is minimal impact.’
6 Degrees from Jamie and Spencer continues on BBC Sounds.
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
RT HON JACQUI SMITH
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