STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli might not be back to show’s 18th season thanks to coronavirus travel restrictions.
BBC bosses are scrambling to work out how to bring the beloved celebrity dance competition back this year among ever changing lockdown restrictions.
According to a report in The Mirror, one option producers are considering is for celebrities to “bubble-up” with their professional dancing partners.
That way they could still practice all day and go home to their families in the evenings.
A show insider said: “At the moment only singles can bubble with another household but by September it’s very likely to have been extended to couples and even whole households.
“The celebs and their pros will exclusively bubble together – allowing them to dance all day and still go home to their loved ones in the evening.”
Other issues the Strictly have had to try to work out is how to record the group numbers which can feature up to 18 professional dancers at a time.
They’ve decided to pre-record those segments in August and the dancers involved will isolate together at hotel from the end of July.
That way they will be forming their own “bubble” and their performances won’t fit around a weekly theme such as, Halloween.
Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will present the show at a safe distance from each other.
“It’ll be easier for Tess in the main studio than Claudia in the so-called Clauditorium, where she’ll have to try and stay apart from all the dancers,” the source said.
As soon as training kicks off all participants will be give coronavirus tests and will have their temperatures checked daily.
The source said: ”We could start with one scenario and then change it in line with restrictions being eased.
“All these plans are subject to change. It only takes one spike, and we’re back at square one.”
A BBC spokesperson said: “The entire Strictly family are working hard to ensure everyone can enjoy some much needed sparkle later this year.”
Sadly Italian judge, Bruno, 64 might not be able to come back to the show this year.
He usually flies between the UK and US where he also judges on Dancing with the Stars.
So this year’s show may only start with three judges – Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
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The Strictly insider said: “Because of flying restrictions, Bruno may miss the start of the series but everyone is hoping he will be able to get here.”
The judges’ table will be made bigger to allow them to socially distance.
Audience members will sit at cabaret style tables and will have to be from the same household.
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