Strictly fans puzzled as live show opens with no pro dance

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Strictly Come Dancing viewers were left disappointed after Saturday night's live show skipped a dance from the professional dancers in the opening.

While the show launched straight into an epic first performance from the pros in its first instalment, which saw the group using umbrellas and the editing team playing with the colour effects, this week was empty.

Presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced the show and welcomed the dancers with grins on their faces, but there was no mention of the absence of a prerecorded pro dance.

Taking to Twitter, fans shared their confusion about the change.

"No opening showdance from the pros tonight? #Strictly," one person asked.

While another fan felt deflated as they shared: "So where's the opening show dance ? Look forward to it ..#strictly. #StrictlyComeDancing."

Others were perfectly happy with Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xiu opening the show instead.

"What an opening! #Strictly," one viewer declared.

While a fourth opined: "Great opening dance by Rhys tonight I thought. #Strictly."

In previous years, the professional dancers' opening numbers have traditionally taken place during Sunday evening shows.

A representative for Strictly told OK! that the professional opening will be "on the results show instead" this week, but didn't confirm if that will be the case going forward.

This week, Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have sadly been forced to miss the show as they tested positive for COVID-19 and had to self-isolate separately.

Both stars shared their support for the rest of the cast and crew on their Instagram and Tom said it was a "tough" day as they geared up to watch the live show from their own homes.

Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One.

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