Strictly Come Dancing has been forced to make a few changes during lockdown, and it’s now been reported that this year’s final will look different than ever before.
As the Daily Mirror reports, there will be five couples taking part in the final as the series is shortened due to the pandemic.
Strictly is running for nine weeks this year instead of its usual 13, coming to a close on December 19 – the weekend before Christmas.
Rather than introducing double evictions in the weeks leading up to the final, there will instead be more people than ever battling it out for the Glitterball Trophy.
The change is part of the new measures being taken by the BBC show bosses to comply with Covid-19 restrictions.
While it’s not being cancelled like Claudia Winkleman joked it could be last week, the show will be very different to previous series.
It was recently confirmed that Strictly Come Dancing won’t feature a studio audience for the first time in its 15 year history as part of the new lockdown rules.
The Strictly team confirmed the news in a statement, saying: ‘In light of the new lockdown measures which take effect in England from Thursday November 5, we’re sad to announce that we won’t be able to have a live studio audience for Strictly Come Dancing during November.’
Virtual audiences like the ones used in Britain’s Got Talent may be used in upcoming episodes to keep up the energy and atmosphere on the show.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday at 7.25pm on BBC One.
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