Will there be a studio audience?
Under Covid-19 guidelines there will be some changes to the way Strictly will be able to conduct a live audience this year. James explains that plans have been put in place for no audience, a socially distanced audience and a full audience. The random draw for audience tickets has already closed. But, should it be a consideration and for those who are successful, tickets will be allocated to groups of four, allowing family bubbles and household groups to attend at the studio in Elstree.
Groups will be sat at cabaret tables and in balcony seating and are required to wear face coverings.
Strictly isn’t Strictly without an overload of hair, make-up and costumes. And the theme weeks prove popular year after year often turning the spotlight onto previously overlooked contestants.
Movie Week and Musicals Week will go ahead as planned, but hold on to your pumpkins because Hallowe’en is cancelled. The festivities land on the first elimination weekend so producers felt that it was too soon to go big with such a huge theme week. There will, however, be a special Hallowe’en group number.
Similarly there will be no annual trip to the famous Blackpool Ballroom, one of the highlights of the series. Again, there will still be a celebration of the iconic venue from Elstree studios.
All in all, the team are working flat out to bring the sparkle back to our screens. Indeed, the show must go on!