Strictly host Tess Daly took to social media yesterday during the first day in the Elstree studio, where they film the BBC ballroom dancing competition. The 51-year-old television presenter posted a video on her Instagram story, in view of her 519,000 followers, which unveiled the new look studio for the first time.
In her video footage, she panned the camera around the studio, where the famous dance floor and stage could be seen as well as a new addition to the set.
To the left of the dance floor, where the judges’ desk normally sits, three individual podiums were visible.
The producers have been forced to make changes to this year’s show because of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social distancing restrictions.
Only three chairs will be needed for judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas as Bruno Tonioli will not set foot in the studio as he films the US version – Dancing With The Stars in America and is not able to fly back and forth safely.
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All of the contestants have been confirmed and the official pictures have been released.
This years’s line-up includes; EastEnders star Maisie Smith, actress Caroline Quentin, comedian Bill Bailey as well as boxer Nicola Adams who will make history as part of the show’s first same sex pairing.
Earlier this month, singer HRVY revealed via social media that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had to go into self-isolation weeks before the launch of the show.
The 21-year-old has since confirmed he is now free of the virus.