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Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith reveals her Strictly transformation

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has shown off her Strictly Come Dancing transformation in a plunging sequin gown on Twitter as she 'teased things to come'.

The 57-year-old looked incredible as she posed in a plunging sequin dress, with heavy make-up and curled hair. 

She wrote: 'The @bbcstrictly wardrobe, hair and makeup teams are genius.' 

'The glam teams are genius': Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, 57, revealed her Strictly transformation on Twitter, wearing in plunging sequin gown as she 'teased things to come'

Glow up: Jacqui has seriously changed her style since her politician days - pictured back in 2009 outside Downing Street 

Jacqui added: 'Here’s a little tease of things to come! (Of course I look like this every weekend when recording @forthemanypod and that @IainDale [her co-star on the For The Many podcast] is a fiend for the sequins).

Fellow Strictly contestant and Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh, 43, posted a fire emoji and wrote that Jacqui looked 'sensational'.  

Jacqui said when she was announced as one of the final contestants: 'I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that's very rare for me...

Changing things up: She had ditched her customary boxy jackets (left in 2009) in favour of a sleek new look (right) when she appeared on the Andrew Marr show back in 2017 

'Fifty years ago, I got a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing and it feels about time to return to dancing. 

'I couldn't be in better hands with the Strictly team and I'm going to throw myself into the challenge. Watch out!'.   

She will join HRVY, Jason Bell, Ranvir Singh, Clara Amfo, Caroline Quentin, Jamie Laing, Bill Bailey, JJ Chalmers, Max George, Maisie Smith and Nicola Adams. 

Jacqui was one of the original 'Blair Babes' of 1997, and shocked with a glam transformation when she appeared on the Andrew Marr show in 2017.  

Fans of the show took to Twitter to declare she was unrecognisable, having a new workout regime and ditching her favoured boxy jackets in favour of a simple navy shift dress. 

Her striped blonde highlights and fringe had also been replaced with a sleek brunette.  

Her time in office was marked by a series of blunders, including saying she would not feel safe walking in Hackney at night.

She also faced strong criticism over her role in the arrest of Tory MP Damian Green in a leak inquiry.

Jacqui also faced embarrassment when it emerged that one in five foreigners cleared to work in security jobs were illegal immigrants.

She lost her Commons seat in 2010 following a row over her expenses involving second homes and porn films watched by her husband. 

New challenge: Jacqui will join HRVY, Jason Bell, Ranvir Singh, Clara Amfo, Caroline Quentin, Jamie Laing, Bill Bailey, JJ Chalmers, Max George, Maisie Smith and Nicola Adams

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020


Age: 60

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.


 Age: 31

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!  


 Age: 36

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


 Age: 55

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


 Age: 19

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 


 Age: 21

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 


Age: 42

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


 Age: 43

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.


 Age: 37

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. 


Age: 33

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


 Age: 31

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 


 Age: 57

Profession: Politician

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 

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