With the coronavirus pandemic still a major concern, the BBC has confirmed the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing will be shorter along with other changes to the 2020 run.
The Beeb confirmed in a statement the series will be starting a month later than its usual September launch and there is speculation that there will be a reduced number of celebrities taking part although that has yet to be confirmed.
“The Strictly Come Dancing team is doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year,” a show spokesperson said in a statement. “To ensure we deliver the high standards audiences know and love, and in light of the ongoing considerations around COVID-19, this year’s series of Strictly will have a slightly shorter run than usual.”
The news comes after the broadcaster confirmed last week that the professional dancers will begin “rehearsing remotely” at the end of July. The group dances will be filmed after they isolate together to prevent the spread of infection.
Once the groups have been together for a total of 14 days, only then will they be able to go ahead and record the group dances.
“The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course,” the broadcaster added.