Strictly considering "isolating" pros before series for public health reasons

Justin Harp
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The BBC has confirmed that Strictly Come Dancing bosses are considering "isolating" its professional dancers before they go into rehearsals.

There has been speculation about whether the BBC would make significant changes to the format of its dancing competition to account for the COVID-19 pandemic, or even if it would go forward at all.

According to the Radio Times, the BBC is now considering having all of the pro dancers isolate together in a quarantined space in order to rehearse and then pre-record all of their group numbers for the series.

"The BBC and the entire Strictly family are working hard to ensure everyone can enjoy some much-needed Strictly sparkle later this year. Our professional dancers are set to start rehearsing remotely at the end of July," a BBC representative confirmed.

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"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."

A number of the dance professionals – including Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, Katya Jones and Karen Hauer – have backed Strictly Come Dancing to continue this year with the necessary safety protocols in place.

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Even former Strictly head judge Len Goodman has backed the show airing during the pandemic, admitting he will be "devastated" if the BBC postpones the new series.

Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return for an all-new series later this year on BBC One.

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