Strictly Come Dancing’s 2020 collection ‘will run for 9 weeks as a substitute of 13 and can begin in October’

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Keep dancing! Strictly Come Dancing's 2020 series will run for nine weeks instead of its usual 13 and won't start until the end of October amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to new reports (pictured 2019 champions Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse)


Strictly Come Dancing’s 2020 collection will run for 9 weeks as a substitute of its normal 13 and will not begin till the top of October amid the COVID-19 disaster, in keeping with new stories.

The hit BBC ballroom present is gearing up for a really completely different collection in the course of the pandemic and The Solar stories bosses have lower the collection period by a month and pushed again the beginning date to October 24.

As a result of lowered collection run, it was claimed bosses could have fewer celebrities within the line-up, with the present’s Halloween and Blackpool specials arising at two and 4 weeks into the schedule.

Keep dancing! Strictly Come Dancing's 2020 series will run for nine weeks instead of its usual 13 and won't start until the end of October amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to new reports (pictured 2019 champions Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse)

Keep dancing! Strictly Come Dancing's 2020 series will run for nine weeks instead of its usual 13 and won't start until the end of October amid the COVID-19 crisis, according to new reports (pictured 2019 champions Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse)

Maintain dancing! Strictly Come Dancing’s 2020 collection will run for 9 weeks as a substitute of its normal 13 and will not begin till the top of October amid the COVID-19 disaster, in keeping with new stories (pictured 2019 champions Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse)

A supply instructed the web site: ‘BBC bosses are doing the whole lot of their energy to present the general public as a lot Strictly as they probably can and safely.

‘A closely lowered schedule provides them loads longer to pre-record sure segments to minimise threat. It does imply it is going to be beginning a lot later within the 12 months, and can end very near Christmas with the ultimate presently scheduled for December 19.’

The 2019 collection was gained by cleaning soap star Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse, and began on September 21. 

Present bosses are additionally stated to be pre-recording skilled group dances which is one other alleged purpose for the present’s delay.    

Pros: The hit BBC ballroom show is gearing up for a very different series during the pandemic and The Sun reports bosses have cut the series duration by a month and pushed back the start date to October 24 (pictured the pro dancers in May 2019)

Pros: The hit BBC ballroom show is gearing up for a very different series during the pandemic and The Sun reports bosses have cut the series duration by a month and pushed back the start date to October 24 (pictured the pro dancers in May 2019)

Professionals: The hit BBC ballroom present is gearing up for a really completely different collection in the course of the pandemic and The Solar stories bosses have lower the collection period by a month and pushed again the beginning date to October 24 (pictured the professional dancers in Could 2019)

The Strictly crew are stated to be ‘assured’ the present will nonetheless be a scores winner and can appeal to a stellar calibre of celeb.  

A  BBC spokesman declined to remark when approached by MailOnline. 

Strictly bosses beforehand revealed that this 12 months’s collection can be shorter than normal and stars can be in ‘couple bubbles’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following months of hypothesis as as to if to vastly fashionable BBC ballroom present would go forward this winter, it is going to be again on screens, however with main modifications as Britain emerges from a stringent lockdown. 

A spokesman stated: ‘The Strictly Come Dancing crew are doing the whole lot they’ll to carry the nation loads of Strictly magic later this 12 months.

Planning: Due to the reduced series run, it was claimed bosses will have fewer celebrities in the line-up, with the show's Halloween and Blackpool specials coming up at two and four weeks into the schedule (above 2019 finalists Amy Dowden and Karim Zeroual)

Planning: Due to the reduced series run, it was claimed bosses will have fewer celebrities in the line-up, with the show's Halloween and Blackpool specials coming up at two and four weeks into the schedule (above 2019 finalists Amy Dowden and Karim Zeroual)

Planning: As a result of lowered collection run, it was claimed bosses could have fewer celebrities within the line-up, with the present’s Halloween and Blackpool specials arising at two and 4 weeks into the schedule (above 2019 finalists Amy Dowden and Karim Zeroual)

‘To make sure we ship the excessive requirements audiences know and love, and in mild of the continuing issues round COVID-19, this 12 months’s collection of Strictly could have a barely shorter run than normal.

‘The security of our solid and crew is of the utmost significance to us and additional updates can be made in the end.  

Strictly bosses are nonetheless making an attempt to work out find out how to make the following collection work amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. 

Whereas the worldwide disaster has brought about the way forward for many British TV reveals to hold within the steadiness, BBC executives are pulling out all of the stops to make sure the collection can return to screens later this 12 months.

Claims: A source said: 'A heavily reduced schedule gives them a lot longer to pre-record certain segments to minimise risk (pictured judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli)

Claims: A source said: 'A heavily reduced schedule gives them a lot longer to pre-record certain segments to minimise risk (pictured judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli)

Claims: A supply stated: ‘A closely lowered schedule provides them loads longer to pre-record sure segments to minimise threat (pictured judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli)

BBC Director of Content material Charlotte Moore has revealed producers are nonetheless assessing contingency plans resembling imposing a face masks rule, dancing two metres aside and even quarantining celebrities {and professional} dancers.

Charlotte instructed The Occasions: ‘We’re taking a look at how that may work. Might you quarantine individuals? Can we take a look at everybody earlier than filming? There’s numerous work being executed. It is a massive process.’   

She additionally stated followers might see the present go on-air with no dwell viewers, with the BBC additionally wanting into testing contributors’ temperatures and putting in glass divides contained in the studio ‘so that folks really feel much more protected’. 

The Strictly set-up has included a dwell viewers for the reason that present first aired again in 2004, when it was fronted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly.

Precautions: Show bosses are also said to be pre-recording professional group dances which is another alleged reason for the show's delay (above the 2019 cast)

Precautions: Show bosses are also said to be pre-recording professional group dances which is another alleged reason for the show's delay (above the 2019 cast)

Precautions: Present bosses are additionally stated to be pre-recording skilled group dances which is one other alleged purpose for the present’s delay (above the 2019 solid)

Insiders beforehand claimed preserving contributors in isolation was not believable as a result of household ties.

A BBC spokesperson stated: ‘We’ll proceed to evaluation all productions on a case by case foundation and can proceed to comply with the most recent information and recommendation from the Overseas Workplace, World Well being Organisation and Public Well being England.’

Bosses are additionally reportedly providing doubled charges to celebrities, with sources claiming TV executives are eager for the collection ‘to stay the jewel within the BBC’s crown’ and have already put ahead contract proposals in a bid to draw a ‘stellar line-up’ for this 12 months’s upcoming collection. 

The celebrities collaborating are set to be introduced on the finish of July and it’s believed they may rehearse on Zoom till lockdown guidelines are eased.   

Cut: Meanwhile, Strictly bosses have revealed that this year's series will be shorter than usual and stars will be in 'couple bubbles' amid the COVID-19 pandemic (pictured are judges, L-R,  Bruno, Motsi, Shirley and Craig)

Cut: Meanwhile, Strictly bosses have revealed that this year's series will be shorter than usual and stars will be in 'couple bubbles' amid the COVID-19 pandemic (pictured are judges, L-R,  Bruno, Motsi, Shirley and Craig)

Reduce: In the meantime, Strictly bosses have revealed that this 12 months’s collection can be shorter than normal and stars can be in ‘couple bubbles’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic (pictured are judges, L-R,  Bruno, Motsi, Shirley and Craig)



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