Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse addresses talk of stars isolating for next series

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From Good Housekeeping

Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has addressed talk about how this year's series could go ahead amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Measures – including isolating the professionals – are being considered by the BBC, in order for the show to happen later this year.

Appearing on yesterday's (June 18) Loose Women, Motsi was asked whether the stars will be living together, the judge replying suggestively: "Well well well!"

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She then went on to explain: "I have to say we just had a series in Germany, we finished about four weeks ago, and everybody was disciplined. We did have the dancers quarantined in the same hotel and everybody was very careful to really be really restricted from the studio to the hotel.

"I guess if we want to take care of everyone's health we kind of have to stay together and there should be precautions so we are able to deliver the show," Motsi added.

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"I felt personally at the time – it was the high times of corona in Germany – people just looked forward to seeing some sort of happiness, some sort of entertainment...

"We took it very seriously to entertain the people. It was tough, it was emotional because you felt like you had to be more than yourself, but people love the show and it brings so much happiness."

A spokesperson for the BBC previously confirmed where things stand: "As we continue to follow the latest guidance from Public Health England and industry guidelines, we are considering isolating the dancers and key production members to enable our much-loved group numbers to continue.

"We're incredibly proud of our professional dancers for their dedication to the show and their commitment to showcasing their love of dance to the nation. The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course."

Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return for an all-new series later this year on BBC One. Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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