Strictly Come Dancing has been hit with a disaster as a professional dancer has tested positive for Covid just days ahead of the launch.
The 2021 series is set to kick off on Saturday with a pre-recorded show, which will see this year’s line-up of 16 celebrities be matched with their partners.
The unidentified pro, who is now in isolation for 10 days, has already been matched with the contestant, with reports claiming they tested negative.
‘This is proving to be a nightmare for producers, just as they prepare to bring back Strictly for its first full series since the pandemic,’ an insider claimed.
‘It means that Strictly viewers are likely to watch the pro paired with their celeb, then they could be separated by the time the first live show begins.’
The source added to The Sun: ‘That also means that the pro in question will probably end up only taking part in group dances throughout the new series, which will be particularly galling.’
A Strictly spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘A professional dancer has tested positive for Covid-19 however this didn’t affect the recording of the launch show which airs this Saturday.
‘We are following government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.’
The unfortunate positive result may not mean the pro will have to quit the series though.
Earlier this week, Strictly executive producer Sarah James revealed that celebrities who test positive for Covid on this year’s series could return after their isolation period.
According to government guidelines, if you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.
‘If a celebrity does receive a positive test, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are out of the competition,’ Sarah told Metro.co.uk and other press.
‘It might mean they could miss a week and still get enough training in to return.’
Strictly Come Dancing launches on Saturday at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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