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Strictly plunged into crisis as two pro-dancers refuse Covid jabs — leaving celebs reluctant to dance with them

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Strictly plunged into crisis as two pro-dancers refuse Covid jabs — leaving celebs reluctant to dance with them
Strictly plunged into crisis as two pro-dancers refuse Covid jabs — leaving celebs reluctant to dance with them

 

 

STRICTLY has been rocked ahead of tonight’s new series after two pro dancers refused to get Covid jabs — leaving some celebrities reluctant to be paired with them.

The pair are the only professionals out of 18 to not be vaccinated for the latest run of the BBC hit, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly.

The latest run of Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, starts on Saturday night
The latest run of Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, starts on Saturday nightCredit: BBC
Strictly has been rocked ahead of tonight’s new series after two pro dancers refused to get Covid jabs
Strictly has been rocked ahead of tonight’s new series after two pro dancers refused to get Covid jabsCredit: PA

It has left Beeb chiefs fearing a spate of show-wrecking Covid cases. A source said: “A proper ­outbreak that takes out half the cast would be curtains for the show.”

Concerns have also been raised about the return of a live studio audience.

Hundreds of fans will have front-row seats for Strictly’s star-studded 19th series.

BBC chiefs are already dealing with a Covid crisis after a pro tested positive earlier this week. They have been rushed into isolation with their celeb pairing likely to get a new partner.

The source added: “Strictly already has to jump through hoops just to be able to broadcast.

“The dancers who won’t get vaccinated have been a topic of conversation among cast and crew for weeks — even before the positive test.

“There were vocal protests from celebrities that they didn’t want to be paired with them.

“It’s a headache for bosses but employers cannot force workers to get jabbed.

“Their stance has also miffed other pros, some of whom did not want to get jabbed but did so for the good of the show.

“Throw in one dancer already in isolation, and anxiety is at an all-time high.”

As part of Covid protocols, pro dancers stay at a hotel and record most of their group numbers in advance. They are tested multiple times a week.

Viewers will learn which celebrities and dancers have been paired up from 7.45pm tonight. Stars Dan Walker and Ugo Monye were spotted at the London studios yesterday.

Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly arrived moments before new pro dancer Nikita Kuzmin, sparking rumours they are a pair.

Actor Greg Wise and dancer Karen Hauer headed into the venue two minutes apart.

A BBC spokesman said last night: “We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status. Production has, and will, ­continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”

Stars Dan Walker, above, and Ugo Monye were spotted at the London studios yesterday
Stars Dan Walker, above, and Ugo Monye were spotted at the London studios yesterdayCredit: RP/CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA
Janette Manrara at the BBC studios
Janette Manrara at the BBC studiosCredit: BackGrid

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