Strictly Come Dancing is set to return for a full series with a Blackpool special in 2021 (Picture: BBC/Getty)
Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to screens this year for a full series, including the usual trip to The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Show bosses have told the professional dancers to expect a 13 episode run after it was reduced to nine last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And they will head to Blackpool to dance at the famous ballroom in November, an opportunity that was axed last year, with the series finale being held in December.
A source told The Sun: ‘Strictly and the BBC set the gold standard last year in terms of putting a show on during a pandemic.
‘They worked incredibly hard and they managed to keep instances of Covid-19 right down. There were rigorous protocols in place.
‘They’re going to use what they learned to put on a full series this year. That means 13 episodes will be returning – and all of the themed weeks.
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones were forced to leave the show last year due to Covid (Picture: BBC)
‘The pinnacle will be the trip to Blackpool and that’s always been the way on Strictly.
‘As things stand, the whole show will head to the North West in November. Everyone is really excited.’
While the BBC managed to air the show last year it 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 stood by Strictly after receiving complaints that Katya and Nicola dancing together depicted ‘blatant projection of homosexuality’ after they returned for a final dance during the last show.
Performing the tango to Muse’s Feelin’ Good, the pair’s sultry routine was praised by thousands of viewers for its romantic elements.
However, some people took exception and complained to the Executive Complaints Unit at the broadcaster.
The number of complaints were not complained but the BBC stated that they were ‘not upheld’ and would not be investigated further.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.
Credit: Original article published here.