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Strictly Come Dancing ‘renews contracts for all professional dancers’ after limited-run series

Strictly Come Dancing is set to welcome back all its professional dancers from its last series, with the likes of Katya Jones, Oti Mabuse, Johannes Radebe expected to return.

Last month, the much-loved BBC series wrapped up following a limited run in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Strict measures were put in place to ensure the safety of the crew, pros and celebrity contestants and saw the show’s stars placed in bubbles away from their families for up to four months.

According to reports, bosses were left impressed by the professionals ‘commitment’ to Strictly in order for it to go ahead amid a tricky year and are now said to be renewing all of their contracts.

‘Bosses rewarded them for their commitment and hard work in ensuring the show was able to go ahead,’ a TV insider revealed.

‘They are well aware that without the willingness of the pro dancers to put their lives on hold, Strictly would not have gone ahead.’

Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey were crowned champs for 2020 (Picture: BBC)

The source told The Sun: ‘They have rewarded every one of the dancers with a contract each for the next series.’

Contract deals are set to be ‘hammered out’ over the next few weeks.

Strictly returned in 2020, albeit with a few changes following concerns that Covid-19 would prevent it from going ahead.

There was no live studio audience throughout the series and it wrapped up early after nine weeks, instead of the show’s usual 13-week run.

Finalists this year were EastEnders star Maisie Smith, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, singer HRVY and Bill Bailey, who was crowned champ.

Bill’s win was a double history-making moment for Strictly Come Dancing, as he became the oldest star to win at the age of 55 and his professional partner Oti became the first to take home the glitterball trophy two years running.

She won the show in 2019 with soap star Kelvin Fletcher.

2020 also saw Strictly’s first ever same-sex couple, as dancer Katya was paired with boxer Nicola Adams. They sadly had to bow out of the competition early, due to Katya testing positive for Covid-19.


Credit: Original article published here.

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