Strictly Come Dancing 2020 contestants get fruit themed codenames

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 celebrities have been given fruit themed codenames to keep their identities hidden.

Each year the celebs who have signed up for the show are 'banned' from using their real names when preparing for the series, such as in meetings, rehearsals and going for wardrobe fittings.


Instead, they get various codenames to use to keep their real identities a secret until the line up is revealed.

Former Strictly contestants Scott Mills explained in the past: "They're so worried about it leaking out... Obviously the papers try and guess all the time. They try and keep it under wraps so much, that they give everyone code names every year. I felt like I was in James Bond - it was so cool."

For 2020, the celebs have been given names of fruits.

On Monday the first three celebs were confirmed for the line up. The Wanted's Max George went by the name of Grapefruit, actress Caroline Quentin was Strawberry and former American footballer Jason Bell was Mandarin.

They were joined on Tuesday by Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh, aka Raspberry, and Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, who was Apple.

Further names for the 2020 cast are to be confirmed in the coming days.


2019 last superhero themed code names while 2018 saw Cheese-based alter egos. In 2017, the codenames were based on Greek and Roman Gods and for 2016, celebs had Shakespeare themed monikers.

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 will begin in October on BBC One.

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