Strictly Come Dancing’s 19th series will bring back a full line-up of 15 contestants after coronavirus restrictions saw celebrities limited to 12 last year.
As well as a full set of celebs, bosses hope to have audience members back in and the themed weeks are back – including movie week, musicals week and Halloween week, all of which had to be shelved last year due to difficulties with hair and make-up under full PPE and Covid restrictions.
But there is one element which won’t be making a twinkly comeback this year, the traditional mid-series jaunt to Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom.
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Executive producer Sarah James told the Mirror: “We’re so thrilled that Strictly will be returning for a full-length series this year, and know how much viewers are looking forward to getting their full Strictly fix and seeing the return of much-loved specials.”
She added: “We are all so sad that we won’t be able to get to Blackpool this year but can’t wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future.”
Also like last year, the usual three-week gap between the pre-recorded “pairings” show – when celebs find out who they will be taught by – and the first of the series will be scrapped.
In previous years the gap allowed contestants a bit longer to get to grips with their first dance, but now the main series will start the following week.
The last two series have been won by professional dancer Oti Mabuse, with partners Kelvin Fletcher and Bill Bailey.
Following the departure of Anton du Beke to the judging panel and Janette Manrara to It Takes Two, four new pro dancers – Cameron Lombard, Jowita Przystal, Kai Widdrington and Nikita Kuzmin – bring the number up to 18.
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