Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will reportedly be joined an audience in 2021 (Picture: David Oldham/BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing is reportedly set to return with a live audience in 2021.
After being forced to film in an empty studio last year, the BBC is said to be planning to bring back fans in the upcoming run.
Last year’s competition, which was won by Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, took place under social distancing restrictions and was cut to nine weeks as a result of the pandemic.
The new series will welcome back a live audience and also return to a full 13 week run, The Sun reports.
A source said: ‘The rough plans for the series are starting to come together, and that includes getting the show’s most important ingredient back in — the audience.
‘Producers hope that by the last week of September, when the first live show is pencilled in, Covid restrictions will have been lifted and they’ll be able to get as many fans into Elstree as possible.’
Bill and Oti were crowned champions in 2020 (Picture: BBC)
They added: ‘There might be some social distancing, but it will give the show a lift, having had just cast and crew present in 2020.’
It was previously reported that Strictly is set to return for a full series, including the usual trip to The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
The most recent series wasn’t without difficulty, as singer and YouTube star HRVY was struck down with Covid as was professional Katya Jones and her dancer partner, boxer Nicola Adams, meaning the programme’s first same sex couple had to leave early.
The news comes after the BBC defended Strictly after receiving complaints that Katya and Nicola dancing together depicted ‘blatant projection of homosexuality’ after they returned for a final dance.
Strictly Come Dancing is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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