Bosses have revealed that Strictly Come Dancing stars will be disqualified from this year’s show if they test positive for Covid-19 in a new one-strike rule.
In a recent industry Q&A, executive producer Sarah James explained the new Covid-friendly format the show has adapted.
Sarah also explained the show’s contingency plans amidst the global pandemic and stated that even if the current Covid-19 restrictions change from October 17th she is still ‘confident’ the series will go ahead as planned.
Strictly Come Dancing bosses have stated that if any contestants or professional dancers test positive for Covid-19 during the show they will have to be disqualified.
Sarah said: “Obviously according to government guidelines if you receive a positive test you have to isolate for two weeks and that would, unfortunately, rule them out of the show.”
There will be only three judges in the studio with separate rostrums, these judges are Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, and Motsi Mabuse.
Veteran judge Bruno Tonioli will be ‘involved remotely’ and hopes to return towards the end of the show as he is currently filming the US version of the series in Los Angeles.
Strictly Come Dancing contestants will work closely with their partners, they will get tested regularly and stay in contestant ‘bubbles’.
A BBC executive said: “Close contact cohorts (CCC) apply to people who need to work closely and break social distancing rules to do their jobs. It has to only be with one person and you are regularly tested.”
“We are asking the celebrity contestants to be part of an exclusive support bubble with their dancers, which means that one half of the party has to live alone.” – They added.
The Strictly Come Dancing stars are YouTube star HRVY, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, Clara Amfo, Jason Bell, JJ Chalmers, Ranvir Singh, Jamie Laing, Nicola Adams, Caroline Quentin, Bill Bailey, Max George, and Maisie Smith.
The series has been able to keep its studio audience this year, but it will be smaller in order to allow separate groups to be appropriately distanced from each other in accordance with the new outlined safety measures.