The unnamed Strictly Come Dancing who tested positive for Covid earlier this month is set to reunite with their celebrity partner for the live show on Saturday.
The professional dancer reportedly tested negative for the virus on Wednesday and has been able to rehearse in person ahead of taking to the dancefloor at the weekend after having to train via video calls.
‘Strictly producers will be breathing a huge sigh of relief at this news,’ an insider said.
‘They were hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst, and already had another pro waiting in the wings if the test came back positive.’
The source added to The Sun: ‘There was always the option of having the celebrity skip the first live show as they wouldn’t have had much time to prepare their first dance with their partner, which would have been particularly galling.’
This Saturday night’s show is the first time the 12 celebrities and their partners will perform in front of the judges.
It comes after it was reported that three Strictly professional dancers have refused to take the Covid vaccine, sparking safety concerns.
A statement from the corporation hit back at claims that any of its cast and crew have threatened to quit over the unjabbed pros.
‘A lot has been written about vaccinations and Strictly in recent days,’ the statement began. ‘The BBC has never commented nor confirmed the vaccination status of anyone on the show. It’s not our place to.
‘It is not the case that concerns have been raised with the BBC or the Strictly production team from dancers or celebrities about vaccination, or that they have threatened to quit.
‘We have in place strict procedures to protect those on the show and the wider production. Among the many measures in place on Strictly, the dancers are tested regularly to be in close contact with their partners.
‘The cast, crew and everyone working on Strictly are focused on this weekend’s first live show and delivering another brilliant series.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson waded into the row, urging the unvaccinated pros to get the jab.
‘I don’t want to bully people or to lecture them but, well I don’t mind lecturing them, I’ll lecture them: I think it is a great thing to do for yourself, your family, your community,’ he said.
‘I think people should get a jab and it is a wonderful thing to do.’
Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.Credit: Original article published here.