Strictly Come Dancing: Tess and Claudia launch 2021 series
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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 kicked off at the weekend with viewers seeing the new celebrity contestants partnered with professional dancers. As the show was pre-recorded the couples have already been hard at work in the training room, ahead of the first live show on Saturday.
The BBC programme has several coronavirus regulations in place in order to keep the cast and crew safe, however it has recently been rocked by a vaccination drama.
It has been reported that three dancers have decided not be vaccinated against COVID-19.
One celebrity contestant who has been partnered with one of the unvaccinated pros is said to be “angry” at the discovery.
A friend of the star reportedly said: “They just couldn’t believe that their partner would not have had a jab.
“Strictly is the biggest show on TV and has been trumpeting its anti-Covid measures throughout the pandemic.
“They thought they’d be protected so to discover their partner hasn’t even had a single jab is very worrying.”
The same source also told The Sun: “The couple has already spent tens of hours practising together.
“Clearly, there is a lot of anger and a lot of questions to be asked.”
A BBC spokesperson previously said that they would not be disclosing who in the 18-strong team of professionals had been jabbed.
They confirmed in a statement: “We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s COVID vaccination status.
“Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”
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The news came shortly after the BBC confirmed that a member of the cast had tested positive for the virus.
They did not reveal the person’s identity and thankfully their partner tested negative.
Sarah James, the executive producer on Strictly, told Express.co.uk and other media: “If a celebrity does receive a positive test, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are out of the competition.
“It might mean they could miss a week and still get enough training in to return [after 10 days of self-isolating].”
Earlier this week, former Strictly pro James Jordan weighed in on the vaccination debate.
During an appearance on Good Morning Britain yesterday, he said: “I normally would protect the professional dancers until the cows come home but on this particular occasion, I can’t unfortunately.
“I definitely believe that they don’t deserve their right on the show and the celebrities have every right to refuse to dance with them.
“If the celebrities don’t want to dance with the professionals who haven’t been double vaccinated, that makes their job obsolete. There are loads of professional dancers who would love to do Strictly, get them on there.”
However, Kirstie Allsopp, 50, said: “This whole #Strictly thing feeds into the fear agenda.
“If you’re fit enough to do Strictly and you are vaccinated yourself then the risk from an unvaccinated partner really is very small.
“Covid isn’t Ebola for God’s sake.#notaDoctorbutcanreaddata,” she tweeted.
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