The stars of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing are hard at work ahead of the weekend’s first live show.
And leading the way on Tuesday was pro dancer Katya Jones and Olympian Adam Peaty as they headed to rehearsals while laden with bag in the East Midlands, while engrossed in chat and sporting matching black looks.
Elsewhere in Stockton-On-Tees, Dragon’s Den star Sara Davies joined her pro Aljaž Škorjanec for a lunch date following their own rehearsals, after which Sara, who was sporting a bold yet comfortable animal print look, gave him a hug from behind while the Slovenian hunk puffed on a cigarette.
Here we are! Strictly Come Dancing’s Katya Jones, Adam Peaty, Sara Davies and Aljaž Škorjanec headed to rehearsals on Tuesday, with the former couple in the East Midlands and the latter in Stockton-On-Tees
Katya, 32, and Adam, 26, looked ready for action ahead of rehearsals with the Russian beauty clad in a warm padded jacket and tight leggings along with a huge clear bag full of clothes.
The hunky swimmer meanwhile was showing off his muscles in a black polo shirt with straight leg jeans, while he toted his belongings in a trendy Louis Vuitton holdall.
Sara looked trendy in a black and white zebra print top and grey legging with bright orange piping extending the length of her legs and coordinating with her orange laces.
Trying: On Tuesday, Strictly pro dancer Katya Jones and Olympian Adam Peaty headed to rehearsals while laden with bag in the East Midlands, while engrossed in chat and sporting matching black looks
Working hard! The duo proved there was no rest for the wicked as they got to work
Out and about: The hunky swimmer meanwhile was showing off his muscles in a black polo shirt with straight leg jeans, while he toted his belongings in a trendy Louis Vuitton holdall
The Great British Bake off winner, 32, showed off his gym-honed physique in a black T-shirt and a pair of matching shorts as he joined the suave South African dancer for an appearance on the show.
The stars’ respective outings come after it was claimed that the show has reportedly seen a third professional dancer refuse the Covid vaccination. Sources claim the star has already been paired with a celebrity and it is well-known among the cast that they have refused the jab, sparking resentment behind the scenes.
The reports come just days after it was claimed that two professional dancers had refused the Covid vaccine, sparking fears from bosses the show could be hit by another outbreak.
The pro, who has not been named, does not have to disclose whether they’ve been vaccinated to BBC bosses, because it is a private medical matter.
Headed off! The Durham-born star went for bold prints for her rehearsal ensemble, while the Slovenian dancer and choreographer was clad in a low-key look with statement trainers
Puffing away: Despite the athletic nature of his job, Aljaz opted to puff on a cigarette before training
Bold look: Sara looked trendy in a black and white zebra print top and grey legging with bright orange piping extending the length of her legs and coordinating with her orange laces
Hold me close: The duo looked to be getting on swimmingly as they cosied up
A source told The Sun: ‘Producers are dreading an outbreak of Covid on the new series, which is a crucial part of the autumn schedule. They are taking every possible precaution to make the set as safe as possible, particularly as the studio audience is returning.’
A Strictly spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s COVID vaccination status. Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.’
This year’s Strictly has once again seen stars and their professional dancers required to adhere to strict Covid safety measures, including being tested multiple times a week, and forming bubbles to perform and train safely.
Saturday’s launch show, which was recorded earlier this month, saw this year’s celebrity contestants discover their professional partners, with the 15 couples set to perform in the first live show this weekend.
Happy days! Elsewhere, John Whaite and his dance partner Johannes Radebe looked in good spirits as they arrived for an interview on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch in Leeds