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Strictly Come Dancing just won the Best Entertainment Programme at the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards. Strictly judge, Shirley Ballas spoke to the press, including Express.co.uk, after accepting the award about the upcoming series and how it will work amid coronavirus and social distancing rules.
How will Strictly Come Dancing work this year?
Strictly Come Dancing fans will be pleased to hear the legendary dancing competition plans to go ahead this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the upcoming series will feature some major changes to comply with social distancing rules and sadly, the show will run for a reduced number of episodes.
There is also expected to be no live studio audience for the upcoming series, according to The Sun.
Other rumoured changes include no live music acts and all of the professional dances being recorded a month before the show airs.
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Speaking to press, including Express.co.uk after winning the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Programme, Shirley Ballas teased fans will “not be disappointed” and warned fans not to miss it.
She said: “Let me tell you. You cannot miss it. They have got so many things lined up.
“Some of them are bit ‘wow’ do you know what I mean? It’s one of those shows.
“I know that Sarah James and Joe Wallace have done absolutely everything in their power to bring light and just happiness to people for the autumn and winter months coming.
“You will not be disappointed. That I can tell you.”
She added: “Inside that social distancing you have to be creative and we have Jason Gilkison, one of the best minds in the business with creativity and he will take those roles and stick to them.
“Those boys and girls are professionals, who are the best in the world, by the way, they will bring to the forefront, the most magnificent talents, that they can create and I think you will be surprised.
“You could be quite shocked I’m telling you! I am! You are!”
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There has also been concern fellow Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli will not take part this year.
The fears come as Tonioli has been isolating in his home in West Hollywood.
He also serves as a judge on Dancing With the Stars in the US, usually flying between the US and UK to do Strictly each week.
However, this may not be possible due to the travel restrictions as a result of coronavirus.
Ballas has remained positive about Bruno’s return and has said he will do anything to make it work.
She said: “All I can tell you is that I’ve known Bruno 11 years… if there is a way to fly backwards and forwards he will find the way.
“If he has to walk on water he will but if it’s not safe, then that is a different situation.
“I know Bruno and Bruno will fly his little arms [to make it work]. I love him so much and I know that he will give his all to get there.”
Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return in September 2020
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