Strictly Come Dancing: Will there be a live studio audience? ‘It’s quite difficult’

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Strictly Come Dancing week three continues this Saturday (November 7) at 7.25pm on BBC One. This series looks a little different this year as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the contestants and judges socially distancing and the absence of the veteran judge, Bruno Tonioli. Will there be a live studio audience on Strictly this weekend? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Will there be a live studio audience for Strictly Come Dancing?

This weekend will see the remaining 11 Strictly couples take the ballroom dancefloor to impress judges, Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas and the audience at home.

Sadly, last week, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke were eliminated from the competition.

They found themselves in the bottom two alongside partners Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and his partner Karen Hauer.

Strictly has already looked a little different this year, with the absence of veteran judge Bruno Tonioli and several social distancing measures in place.

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Already, there was a limited studio audience as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, who could be seen in the audience social distancing and wearing face coverings.

However, there will be no live studio audience on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend and throughout November as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, November 5, a national lockdown for England came into place with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, encouraging those living in England to ‘stay at home’.

The measures mean if you live in England, you have to stay at home, except for specific purposes, avoid meeting people from other households and all non-essential businesses and venues will be closed.

A live studio audience for Strictly Come Dancing would be violating the lockdown rules.

The lockdown is scheduled to be lifted on Wednesday, December 2, so hopefully, a live studio audience will feature on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday, December 5.

Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, which will air on Saturday at 10.30pm on ITV, Strictly judges Craig Revel Horwood shared his thoughts on the absence of a live studio audience.

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He also discussed the impact social distancing measures has had on the contestants and couples, who have formed bubbles so they can rehearse and perform safely, in line with official Covid guidelines.

Craig said: “They’re treated as one family if you like, they come together in that way.

“The couples want to high five each other, they can’t, they have to remain completely separate.

“Of course, with the new lockdown there is no audience, so it’s quite difficult actually. It’s just a new way of entertainment and looking at things.”

Contestant Clara Amfo also weighed in on not being able to perform in front of a studio audience.

She told Morning Live: “I won’t lie, we were all a little bit gutted.

“Having your friends and family to cheer you on really adds to the experience, but I think the main thing is that the show itself is still on.

“That’s what we’re all extremely happy about – the show brings so much joy to so many people, particularly this year, I think we’ve needed it more than ever – I know that’s the reason why I said yes, please let me just dance it out. The escapism.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday at 7.25pm on BBC One

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