Christmas is done, we’ve seen in the new year and now the dreaded diets and resolutions begin.
If that’s enough to make you want to close the curtains and hibernate until spring then don’t worry, we’ve got just the escape you’re looking for.
This January sees an explosion of entertainment shows that will get your feet tapping, your ears ringing and finally give you something to smile about as we kick off 2020.
Here we take a look at the shows on offer.
The Masked Singer
Launches on ITV, Saturday January 4th at 7pm
It’s the new show that’s causing a storm around the world and The Masked Singer finally lands in the UK this month. Don’t worry, this isn’t another talent show, it’s a guessing game. A dozen famous faces take to the stage to sing while dressed in a variety of wild costumes that keep their identity a closely guarded secret. The all star panel - Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Hollywood actor Ken Jeong - turn detective as they listen to a series of cryptic clues to see if they, along with everyone at home, can work out who’s behind the mask. Hosted by Joel Dommett this series is sure to be a big hit in the UK as a family friendly show that excites and frustrates in equal measures.
The Greatest Dancer
Launches on BBC One, Saturday January 4th at 7pm
The BBC brings us some toe tapping fun for a Saturday night as the dance competition returns for its second outing. This year dance captains Cheryl, Strictly’s Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison have been given some extra sass in the shape of Todrick Hall, who has choreographed music videos for superstars including Beyonce and Taylor Swift. Love Island star and ballroom dancer Curtis Pritchard has joined the ranks as the show’s receptionist who will welcome the new contenders ready to take centre stage. Expect a colourful mix of action from street to salsa as the dance captains look to find the nation’s greatest dancer.
Launches on ITV, Saturday January 4th at 8:30pm
The famous spinning chairs are back for another turn as the coaches attempt to find the best voice on the box. The show’s regular line-up of Sir Tom Jones, Will.I.Am and Olly Murs have been given a boost by a new member, popstar Megan Trainor, who replaces American Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Talking about taking her seat on the panel, Megan said: “I am so excited and honoured to join Sir Tom, Will and Olly as a coach on The Voice UK. It’s a dream come true.” Megan has big shoes to fill on the panel but an early look at the new series has shown she’s more than a match for her rival coaches as the battle to take one of their singers all the way to the final kicks off.
Dancing On Ice
Launches on ITV, Sunday January 5th at 6pm
The most dangerous show on telly is back as 12 famous faces get their skates on and take to the ice to show us what they are made of. This time around the line-up includes Michael Barrymore, who’s making his return to the spotlight after years in the showbiz wilderness. He’s up against the likes of model Caprice, Coronation Street’s Lisa George, Diversity’s Perri Keily and all round nice guy Joe Swash. This year the show is making telly history with the first ever same sex couple competing on a talent show as Steps singer Ian “H” Watkins is dancing with the show’s last remaining original professional skater Matt Evers.
Launches on ITV2, Sunday January 12th
There’s double the love in 2020 as Laura Whitmore brings us the first of two series of the smash hit dating show. She will swap dreary Britain for the sunshine of South Africa as she hosts a winter version. A new set of singletons will kick off the new year in Cape Town where they will be hell bent on not getting mugged off and finding someone who’s their type on paper. Comic Iain Sterling is back to bring his acid-tongued commentary to the villa shenanigans and while bosses are keeping tight-lipped about the new islanders, it’s safe to say they’ll all be easy on the eye and ready to flash the flesh to stand out from the crowd.