Strictly Come Dancing stars ‘will not’ have to isolate with pro dancers in show shake-up

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Strictly Come Dancing is just one of many programmes which has been impacted in recent months. With shows that usually broadcast with live audiences struggling in particular, talk of how the BBC dance competition might have to change and adapt its traditional format in order to go ahead has continued. However, it looks as though this year’s professional dancers may not be required to isolate with the famous faces after all, after previous reports suggested this could be the safest way to get the show back on air.

The hit BBC winter staple has seen dozens of famous faces dazzle on the dance floor in recent years. 

This year’s show is set to look slightly different due to the ongoing pandemic, which has cast doubts on elements such as having a studio audience.

Strictly has already been faced with the prospect of a shorter series than usual and originally, it seemed as though all those taking part would have to stay away from their homes in the same hotel.

But it is now believed this year’s celebrities will not have to isolate with the professional dancers. 

They will instead remain in a “bubble,” and will be tested for the virus throughout their time on the show, The Sun has reported.

It has been suggested the unconfirmed measure had been making it more difficult to sign-up contestants for this year’s series.

“The idea of holding? sexy dancers up with celebrities made it impossible to sign anybody up,” a source told the publication.

Express Online contacted a BBC spokesperson, who declined to comment. 

They will instead remain in a “bubble,” and will be tested for the virus throughout their time on the show, The Sun has reported.

It has been suggested the unconfirmed measure had been making it more difficult to sign-up contestants for this year’s series.

“The idea of holding? sexy dancers up with celebrities made it impossible to sign anybody up,” a source told the publication.

Express Online contacted a BBC spokesperson, who declined to comment. 

However, a Strictly Insider explained to Express Online the show is following Government guidelines, which state they do not have to isolate anyone.

The professional dancers will still be isolating together during August in order to rehearse and pre-record the show’s group routines. 

Rumours have already begun to swirl over who might get to fight it out for the chance to lift the coveted Glitterball Trophy this year. 

The latest big name to be linked with the show is This Morning host, Phillip Schofield.

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Phillip, 58, revealed he was gay live in an interview with his co-star and friend Holly Willoughby and it’s believed he could end up as part of the show’s first-ever same-sex pairing. 

It would come just months after Dancing on Ice – which Phil presents – had their first same-sex competing couple comprised of Ian ‘H’ Watkins of Steps fame and Matt Evers.

TV veteran Phil is now tipped by bookmakers to appear on the programme, with the odds on him doing so cut down to 4/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Don’t be surprised to see Phillip Schofield on the next series of Strictly with chiefs eyeing up their strongest line-up yet.”

It’s not the only series to have been affected by the coronavirus as earlier this year, The Voice UK and Britain’s Got Talent were forced to hold off on their live shows.

The UK went into lockdown just days before The Voice’s live semi-final was due to air on ITV but it had to cancel at the last minute.

It’s not known when either of the talent shows will make a comeback but the broadcaster originally made plans to air the remaining instalments later this year.

However, it’s not all bad news as The Masked Singer UK is reportedly set to return for a second series in the coming months on ITV.

Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year to BBC One.

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