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How will "Strictly come dancing" deal with social distancing?

Danielle Desouza August 17, 2020
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Strictly Come Dancing is a British TV staple. The show best known for glittery outfits and sizzling dance moves must now contend with social distancing. How will they do it?

Just how will Strictly Come Dancing waltz into the weekend with social distancing being the ruling word on the dance floor?

A spokesperson at the BBC called the preparation “a headache” due to changes in lock-down rules appearing on a regular basis. “100 different formats” have been devised to cater for each possible scenario.

Here are a few ways in which Strictly Come Dancing social distancing could work.

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Strictly Couples Dancing

The paired dances, arguably the main event, will be recorded a month before the show officially airs. According to a Strictly staff member, “the celebs and their pros will” form a “bubble” together for rehearsals to minimise the risk of COVID spreading.

Live music

As of yet, no concrete plans for live music on the show, led by Dave Arch, have been announced. However, changes are expected. There is even a possibility that live music will have to be axed entirely if the team don’t find a suitable solution.

Live audience

Live audiences allow viewers to get even closer to their favourite couples, but even if filming with a live audience is given the ok, it will probably be reduced to less than half its original size. The Australian version of the show went so far as to scrap the studio audience completely, according to Craig Revel Horwood.

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The Judges

The question on everyone’s lips before the new season of Strictly is whether Bruno Tonioli will return as a judge. Tonioli, who judged both the British and American versions of the show and remains in lockdown in his house in West Hollywood, according to Express.

Again, the answer is as up in the air as the rest of judges’ panels. If Tonioli does return, I am sure he will be given a 10 from viewers, who have loved his excited reviews since 2004.

As for the rest of the judges, Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse are all set to return, with the judges being given a bigger table to ensure that social distancing is observed.

Revel Horwood and Mabuse are hopeful that the show will still be a success, even with the new rules in place. Ballas argued that creativity is all that’s needed. Producers of the show seem to be placing creativity at the heart of efforts with 100 possible options on the table.

Yes, Strictly will not be the same as before, but interest in the show indicates that it remains a firm favourite for dancers, judges and viewers alike.

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