Strictly Come Dancing cancel Blackpool special for the first time in show’s history amid the coronavirus pandemic
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Strictly Come Dancing’s annual Blackpool special has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The special typically takes place in the Tower Ballroom and was due to take place in November.
However, a BBC spokesperson has now told MailOnline that the series won’t “physically” travel to the venue, and instead it’ll be celebrated from the Elstree studio in north London.
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The source said: “Blackpool is a milestone moment in every series of Strictly that our audience, our celebs and professional dancers look forward to.
“Whilst we'll be unable to physically go to Blackpool this series, we'll still be celebrating this iconic venue and bringing it to life from our studio in Elstree.”
The much-loved Blackpool special sees the cast travel to the venue to perform in the legendary ballroom.
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However, amid the coronavirus pandemic the stars could undergo daily checks for Covid-19, it has been reported.
A source told The Sun: “Nothing is being left to chance after this positive test. A lot of money has been spent on ensuring everyone on the show has access to testing.
“If required, those taking part could even undergo daily checks to make sure they remain virus free.
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“The key thing for producers is knowing that if a case emerges that they can react to it to make sure it doesn’t become a massive crisis.”
The full line-up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing has been confirmed with former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith becoming the last star announced for the hit BBC show.
After months of rumours about this year's line-up, BBC finally revealed the big names set to take part in the dance show.
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Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to front the popular show, joined by a whole host of stars from Eastenders, Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio 1 and beyond.
Included in the lineup is EastEnders’ Maisie Smith, The Wanted’s Max George, Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing, Good Morning Britain star Ranvir Singh and Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams.
Strictly will return to BBC in late October, after it was delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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