Meet JJ Chalmers – Strictly Come Dancing 2020 contestant and Invictus Games medallist

JJ has been partnered with Amy Dowden for the 18th series of Strictly Come Dancing.

JJ Chalmers

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing is well underway and, as we enter Week Five, the competition is heating up for this year’s contestants.


One of the celebs who has a little bit of work to do this week is JJ Chalmers, who found himself at the bottom of the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard in Week Four.

JJ received an underwhelming 17 points for his Jive to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Bette Midler.

Fortunately for the star, there’s still lots of time left in the competition to impress the Strictly Come Dancing judges and bag the Glitterball.

The Strictly Come Dancing songs and dances for Week Five have been revealed, and the former Royal Marine will be doing the Quickstep to For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder with Amy Dowden – one of the Strictly Come Dancing professionals.

So, will JJ be able to beat the other contestants in the Strictly Come Dancing line-up and move back up the leaderboard?

JJ’s spirits should be slightly lifted after he received some very nice words of encouragement from a member of the Royal Family.

Last week, Prince Harry made a Strictly appearance to offer words of support to JJ Chalmers.

Appearing virtually, Harry said: “When I first met JJ, he was a shell of himself,” Prince Harry began. “But then, to see you shine through Invictus and be yourself again, that was the start of an amazing journey.”

He added: “I’m so proud, genuinely proud, that here you are in this position now. You are not a dancer, proving that you can actually do anything that you put your mind to which is amazing.”

With this in mind, it sounds like Week Five could be a very big week for Mr Chalmers.  Here’s everything you need to know about the presenter and his journey on the show so far.

Who is JJ Chalmers?

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JJ Chalmers Strictly Come Dancing contestant 2020
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Age: 33

Instagram: @jj.chalmers

Twitter: @JJChamersRM

Job: Television presenter and former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist

Partnered with: Amy Dowden

The television presenter joins Strictly with an incredible back story. His career as a Royal Marine Commando was cut short after he suffered life-changing injuries following an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

After years of rehabilitation, however, JJ went on to compete in the 2014 Invictus Games where he captained the Trike Cycling team and took home three medals.

As a spokesperson for this inaugural Invictus Games JJ got an insight into TV and embarked on a career in broadcasting.

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JJ Chalmers at the 2016 Invictus Games with Prince Harry
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His breakthrough role came in 2016 as a Studio Presenter role for the Rio Paralympics.

Since 2017, he’s anchored BBC One’s coverage of the Invictus Games.

Other presenting highlights for BBC Sport include The Commonwealth Games and The London Marathon.

As part of the BBC’s Ceremonial team,  JJ commentates on The Lord Mayor’s Show and was involved in the D-Day Memorial programming.

And fans will probably recognise him from his other presenting gigs, including  The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Getaways, The People Remember and Radio 5 Live’s From Helmand and Back.

JJ’s Strictly journey so far


Week One: Waltz (6 + 6 + 7) = 19

Week Two:  Paso Doble (5 + 6 + 6) = 17

Week Three: Foxtrot (8 + 8 + 8) = 24

Week Four: Jive (4+6+7) = 17

JJ’s Strictly performance has been pretty up and down.

He caught the attention of fans when he made his debut on Strictly, with a poignant story behind his Waltz.

In a bid to impress his now-wife, JJ started learning the dance from a fellow Marine whilst serving in Afghanistan. Viewers were soon touched when they heard how, shortly afterwards, he was injured in an explosion.

In Week Two however, his Paso Doble landed him in 10th place on the leaderboard with just 17 points.

Dancing with professional partner Amy Dowden, the former Royal Marine then shot up the leaderboard to third place after wowing the judges with his Foxtrot to Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid during last weekend’s Movie Week extravanganza.

The duo received an impressive 24 points from the judges sharing third place with former front-runner Maisie Smith.

However, in Week Four he slipped back down the scoreboard with 17 points.

JJ Chalmers’ Strictly signing was announced on ITV’s Lorraine.

Speaking about the news, he said: “My whole life is defined by facing challenges. Whether it’s becoming a Royal Marine Commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan to competing in The Invictus Games.”

He added: “Now as a TV Presenter I’m lucky enough to witness some of the greatest sporting contests in the world. Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure and at least my mum will know where I am!”


Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One on Saturday at 7:15pm and Sunday at 7:25pm. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide.