Strictly Come Dancing won’t feature a studio audience for the first time in its 15 year history as part of the new Lockdown 2 rules.
The BBC series is still going ahead with Movie Week as scheduled this Saturday, but in order to restrict the number of people on site, the team have decided to remove those cheering on from the dancefloor sidelines.
In a statement from the show, the team confirmed the news and said: ‘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.
‘Ticket holders have been notified.
‘No tickets will be sent out for December shows until we are sure it will be safe and compliant to welcome audiences back, so please keep checking back for updates. We will continue to follow government guidelines.’
‘We understand how disappointing this will be, but we very much hope we will see some of you later in the series,’ they added, stating that fans can still enjoy the show and spin-off It Takes Two from the comfort of their homes.
Virtual audiences, similar to what was used in Britain’s Got Talent, may be used in future episodes to keep the vibrancy of the audience in its place.
Coming up this week is the first themed week of the season, with Movie Week promising some of the show’s wackiest routines to date.
This includes Max George and Dianne Buswell performing as Homer and Marge Simpson in an homage to The Simpsons, and Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse performing a Paso Doble inspired by western classic, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
After falling into the bottom two last week, Jamie Laing is hoping to keep his place in the competition with Karen Hauer with a performance to Zero to Hero from Hercules.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday at 7.25pm on BBC One.
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