Strictly Come Dancing bosses have been pushed to the limits this year trying to bring the glamorous extravaganza to life amid a global health emergency so as to bring cheer to the nation during these tough times. Working around the clock, there have been numerous reports of how the current format will look totally different so the show can adhere to strict government rules and regulations, but this could also mean viewers won’t see any live performances from bands or singers on the BBC show this year.
The program has a reputation of going all out with huge acts such as Taylor Swift, Andrea Bocelli and Lewis Capaldi, who have all performed in the infamous ballroom hall in previous series.
But it could all become a thing of the past going forward, for however long coronavirus poses a threat.
Reports surfaced that this series’ group dances have all been pre-recorded for health and safety reasons, which means fans won’t be treated to the same dazzle dazzle of a live show with a live musician this time.
But will BBC bosses be forced to axe the live music altogether?
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A telly insider said: “It’s seemingly impossible at this stage to recreate safely what has been a norm in previous years.
“Although live music from acts is still being considered, it’s unlikely to include any big international stars and could be filmed away from the studio because of safety concerns.
“In early meetings about the show when the lockdown was nationwide, the idea of having live musicians performing was totally thrown out,” they explained.
But now restrictions are beginning to ease slightly, the source revealed bosses are trying to be “inventive” about how to make it happen while putting safety first.
Express.co.uk reached out to BBC for comment.
But Strictly, if not at its usual best, will provide a much needed lift across the nation as fans gear up for the annual extravaganza.
The BBC confirmed that this series will be “smaller” in light of the lockdown rules, and there have been suggestions that iconic judge Bruno Tonioli, might be missing from this year’s panel due to travel implications in America.
While the rumour mill is rife, there’s still a lot to be confirmed including the highly-anticipated celebrity line-up.
BBC entertainment controller Kate Phillips, reportedly told the Daily Star that regular testing and temperature checks will be done.
“There is a feeling if Strictly is back then all is OK with the world,” she told the publication.
“I’ve looked at international versions. Some have already done it during lockdown and we could see it was doable without an audience.”
She explained: “The celebrities will have contact with their partner and work together closely. We will minimise contact with the others.
“If someone tests positive for Covid then it would just be them and their partner affected. Everyone else could hopefully continue,” Kate added.
Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year on BBC One.