All major changes to Strictly Come Dancing 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

Strictly Come Dancing finally returns tonight, on Saturday, October 17.

A brand new line-up of celebrities are set to take part, including Jamie Laing, HRVY, Jacqui Smith and Maisie Smith.

They will be joined by professional dancers, including Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell and Oti Mabuse.

It may come as no surprise that in order for the show to return, it has had to make some major changes in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The future of the BBC ballroom competition looked uncertain for a while, but in June Strictly bosses finally confirmed it would be going ahead.

Here are all the changes to Strictly Come Dancing 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 changes

In the beginning, Strictly bosses were preparing for the dancers to perform in an empty studio.

However, they eventually made a decision to allow a “reduced audience” to watch the show.

The public can get tickets and go in groups of four to Elstree Studios.

Groups will be given time slots to arrive and have to wear a black face covering throughout.

Strictly 2020 will also be shorter than previous series.

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The show usually runs from September to December, but as it starts on October 17 this year it will be a few weeks shorter.

In addition, the Strictly line up will be fewer this year.

There has also been a major cutback in the number of production staff backstage.

The professional dancers have already filmed their group routine together.

The 14 dancers had to self isolate together in a hotel for two weeks so they could pre-film a batch of group dances.

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According to the Sun, the pros had to self-isolate at home before meeting their celebrity partners to form support bubbles.

There could also be a number of other changes, including crapping Blackpool week.

Another major change is the fact that judge Bruno Tonioli won’t be joining the panel.

Due to the pandemic, he won’t be able to fly back and forth from the US where he is filming Dancing With The Stars.

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Instead, he will be jining virtually for the Sunday night results shows.

Lastly, there are a number of technical changes, such as enhanced ventilation, perspex screens, individual microphones and other cleaning protocols.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday, October 17 at 7.45pm on BBC.

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