Strictly Come Dancing boss details pivotal change to BBC series ‘Doesnt mean theyre out’
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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will be returning to BBC One on September 18 and viewers are ready to see more sparkle. The dancing competition was heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic last year, but still, the cast and crew managed to pull something spectacular together. The show’s executive producer, Sarah James, shared some positive news regarding restrictions.
Strictly fans were worried the much-loved dancing contest would not go ahead in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The virus forced the cast and crew to make some changes and put traditions to one side, so the series could still go ahead.
The couples has no choice but to isolate themselves from one another so there was no risk of contracting the virus.
However, some people had no choice but to withdraw from the competition, including boxer Nicola Adams and her partner Katya Jones.
Fans were gutted when they found out the show’s first same-sex pair could not return after Katya tested positive for Covid.
They branded the exit “unfair” and hoped she would be given a second chance in the 2021 season.
But executive producer Sarah James revealed that this year, anyone who tested positive would only have to isolate for 10 days.
She said: “We will keep everybody distanced from each other so you won’t see them all up in Claudia’s area.
“They will be sitting in the audience like last year on their little tables which I think worked really nicely.
“Obviously keeping everybody safe and keeping the show going is our priority.
“We will have a limited audience again like last year, and the better news is that obviously last year, the isolation period for a positive test for 14 days.
“But this year it’s 10 days, so if you do, if a celebrity does receive a positive test it doesn’t necessarily mean they are out of the competition.
“It might be that they miss a week and get enough training in to return, so that is slightly better than last year.”
This is great news for fans who felt couples like Nicola and Katya should have been able to fight for the glitterball trophy.
At the time of their exit, fans took to Twitter to express their annoyance.
One said: “Why can’t you give Nicola another dancer you have done in previous series when a dancer has been sick or injured.”
Another said: “As it’s the pro can she not have another professional if she tests negative? Let’s get Nancy in!”
A third added: “Just goes to show you can catch it anywhere no matter how careful you are, hopefully this will make more people aware, reading the comments some people need to be.”
Some viewers went as far as to say the series should not have gone ahead in the first place due to the risk of spreading the virus.
But for the majority, the series was a godsend during a particularly challenging time and it provided an essential form of escapism.
The contestants taking part this year are Ugo Monye, Judi Love, Adam Peaty, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Nina Wadia and Greg Wise.
They will also be joined by Tilly Ramsay, Dan Walker, Katie McGlynn, Sara Davies, Rhys Stephenson, John Whaite, AJ Odudu, Robert Webb and Tom Fletcher.
The professional dancers have also been announced but the pairings will not be made public until the night of the first show.
The group performances and the couple announcements have been filmed prior to the release of the first episode.
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 returns to BBC One on Saturday, September 18.
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