Strictly Come Dancing stars will ‘still form Covid-19 bubbles’ for new series


Strictly Come Dancing will reportedly still enforce Covid-19 bubbles for the new series, despite lockdown restrictions easing.

Wanting to minimise all potential risks, Strictly bosses have requested the show’s dancers all stay at a London hotel in ‘bubbles’, according to The Sun.

Such bubbles were put into practice for last year’s Strictly series amid lockdown, while the show’s professionals have been busy pre-recording group dances ahead of this year’s launch. 

Taking precautions: Strictly Come Dancing will reportedly still enforce Covid-19 bubbles for the new series, despite lockdown restrictions easing (pictured: Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey)

Lockdown restrictions ended on July 19, meaning all legal restrictions on social contact were removed.

Social distancing guidelines and rules regarding face coverings were lifted, with limits on socialising also removed. 

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised everyone to proceed with caution, with Strictly bosses seemingly taking necessary steps for next series in case of a possible coronavirus outbreak. 

As well as bubbles, the professional dancers will film most of their group routines ahead of the show and only a limited number will be allowed in the studio audience. 

Changes: As well as bubbles, the professional dancers will film most of their group routines ahead of the show and only a limited number will be allowed in the studio audience

Changes: As well as bubbles, the professional dancers will film most of their group routines ahead of the show and only a limited number will be allowed in the studio audience

Fans, along with friends and family of the celebrity contestants, will be allowed back into Elstree studios to watch the live shows, but only in small numbers. 

MailOnline has reached out to a spokesperson for Strictly for comment. 

Last year, Strictly bosses brought bubbles and close contact cohorts into play in order to ensure the safety of the contestants, dancers and crew during filming. 

Each dancing couple formed an exclusive support bubble – meaning one half of the bubble was a single adult household living alone and the other could remain with their household, allowing them to have close contact with one another. 

Close contact cohorts were also introduced and work similarly to support bubbles, but included regular and routine testing for coronavirus. Each couple was put into a close contact cohort and could not form a cohort with anyone else during the competition.      

Tried and tested: Strictly bosses brought bubbles and close contact cohorts into play in order to ensure the safety of the contestants, dancers and crew during filming for its 2020 series

Tried and tested: Strictly bosses brought bubbles and close contact cohorts into play in order to ensure the safety of the contestants, dancers and crew during filming for its 2020 series

Despite the measure in place, Covid still wreaked havoc with the series, as same-sex couple Katya Jones and Nicola Adams were forced to leave the competition, after Katya tested positive for the virus. 

The series was won by Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, with EastEnders star Maisie Smith, singer HRVY and Jamie Laing all finishing as runners-up.  

Strictly is due to return for its 2021 series next month and this year, the BBC ballroom show will see the likes of Tom Fletcher, Ugo Monye, Robert Webb, AJ Odudu, Rhys Stephenson and Nina Wadia compete for the glitterball trophy. 

Also joining the line-up is Loose Women’s Judi Love, Adam Peaty, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Sara Davies, Greg Wise, Tilly Ramsay, Katie McGlynn, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker and John Whaite. 

Safety first: Bubbles and close contact cohorts were introduced into Strictly for its 2020 series amid lockdown in order to ensure safety on set (pictured above: Oti Mabuse and Graeme Swann in 2018)

Safety first: Bubbles and close contact cohorts were introduced into Strictly for its 2020 series amid lockdown in order to ensure safety on set (pictured above: Oti Mabuse and Graeme Swann in 2018)

Ready to go: This year's celebrity contestants have already been announced with Loose Women's Judi Love confirmed

Making history: EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis will be the first deaf contestant to appear on Strictly

Ready to go: This year’s celebrity contestants have already been announced with Loose Women’s Judi Love confirmed the series alongside EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis

Of this year’s contestants, John will make history as part of Strictly’s first all-male coupling while EastEnders star Rose is the first ever deaf contestant to appear on the show.   

Professionals confirmed to return next series include Giovanni Pernice, who is now dating Love Island’s Maura Higgins, Gorka Marquez, Amy Dowden and Dianne Buswell. 

Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones and Graziano Di Prima will also return, while four new dancers will join them. 

Kai Widdrington, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard and Jowita Przystal, who starred on The Greatest Dancer, where fellow pro Oti was her mentor, will be making the mark on the dance floor.   

Strictly is due to return to BBC on 11 September. 

New face: Jowita Przystal, who starred on The Greatest Dancer, where fellow pro Oti was her mentor, will be making her mark on the dance floor this series

New face: Jowita Przystal, who starred on The Greatest Dancer, where fellow pro Oti was her mentor, will be making her mark on the dance floor this series



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