Strictly Come Dancing in ‘chaos’ as Nadiya Bychkova ‘tests positive for Covid’

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Strictly Come Dancing has been thrown into chaos before the full line-up has even been released as professional Nadiya Bychkova has reportedly testing positive for coronavirus.

The 31 year old is said to have already started pre-season filming for the hit BBC dance show, meaning many members of the cast and crew must now isolate for 10 days.

According to The Sun, bosses now fear more cases could break out, despite the majority of cast members being double vaccinated.

Nadiya's positive test and the consequent isolation period means the transmission date for the show's launch – which is always pre-recorded – could be delayed.

A source told the publication: "This isn't exactly the dream start. Obviously BBC bosses are panicking.

"They are taking every caution to be Covid secure, and keep everyone safe, but can't control everything. Nadiya tested positive during one of the first meet-ups, during the studio rig.

"Thankfully none of the celebs have started training yet, but it still means anyone who came into contact with her has been told they must isolate."

The insider continued: "Obviously the fear is that dancers and celebs will continue to test positive as the rehearsals and training starts for real later this month.

"Yet more measures and precautions may need to be put in place – clearly execs won't take any chances, and safety is their number one priority."

Last year, the show's first ever same-sex couple Nicola Adams and Katya Jones were forced to pull out of the show after Katya tested positive for the virus.

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The series has so far announced eight big names for the upcoming series, including McFly singer Tom Fletcher, comedian Robert Webb, presenter AJ Odudu, Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and Dragons' Den star Sara Davies.

The two most recent signings for the show are former Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn and BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker.

Katie said of her signing: "I'm really not a dancer, but I'm so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.

"Although I do get to have so much fun as an actress, a lot of my roles have involved quite serious and challenging storylines, so I'm fully ready to let my hair down and do something different, even if it is completely outside of my comfort zone.

"I can't promise that I'll be the best, but I'm going to give it 110% on the dance floor! As long as I don't fall over I'll be happy."

Meanwhile, Dan said: "I am definitely excited, a little bit worried, mostly terrified and a small part of me is considering going into hiding!

"My kids have only ever asked me to go on two shows… Saturday Mash Up and Strictly. I did Saturday Mash Up this summer so… it's time to embrace the sequins."

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