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BBC confirms Strictly Come Dancing won’t go to Blackpool in the upcoming series

Quite a lot of change is coming to this 12 months’s Strictly Come Dancing, with the BBC’s crowning shiny-floor present set to air a extra restricted run with a smaller forged (together with Invoice Bailey, Caroline Quentin and Ranvir Singh) who will isolate collectively to assist accommodate the restrictions of filming throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

And now the BBC has revealed that one other sacrifice has had to be made to preserve the manufacturing as protected and socially distant as doable, with the manufacturing crew scrapping the ordinary Blackpool week (the place the movie star contestants and their dancing companions carry out in the iconic Tower Ballroom) in favour of a Blackpool-themed week that can happen in their ordinary studio.

“Blackpool is a milestone second in each series of Strictly that our viewers, our celebs {and professional} dancers look ahead to,” a BBC spokesperson advised RadioTimes.com.

“While we’ll be unable to bodily go to Blackpool this series, we’ll nonetheless be celebrating this iconic venue and bringing it to life from our studio in Elstree.”

Contemplating how a lot effort and time has gone into making Elstree studios protected to movie in regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, the determination isn’t a completely shocking one. Transporting all the celebrities, dancers and manufacturing crew to Blackpool isn’t the best process at the better of occasions, and evidently the BBC has determined that supplanting their whole manufacturing to a unique a part of the nation introduces an excessive amount of danger at the current time.

Blackpool chandelier

And this isn’t the first time Strictly has scrapped their annual journey to Blackpool. Whereas the venue made key appearances in the first two series of the dancing competitors in 2004, from series three till series seven it didn’t function in the present, making a return for the 2009 series.

Since then, whereas the eighth or ninth week of the competitors often sees the stars decamp to the Tower Ballroom (liberating up the BBC to movie Youngsters in Want in the identical studio) there has nonetheless been some variation, with the series heading to Wembley Stadium in the 2011 series and reserving Blackpool for the grand finale.

Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton Strictly Blackpool Week

Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton throughout Strictly’s Blackpool Week (BBC, SD)

In the following 12 months Strictly skipped Blackpool altogether, with only one Wembley week in its place earlier than returning once more in 2013, so it’s removed from the first time a jaunt to Blackpool hasn’t been on the Strictly playing cards.

Nonetheless, fingers crossed the BBC can transport slightly of the Blackpool glitz and glamour to Elstree when Strictly movies this 12 months. With issues altering a lot, slightly slice of normality can be greater than welcome.

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