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Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to BBC One later this year after bosses announced this year’s full celebrity line-up. However, it’s been reported the 15 contestants have all been given a stern warning concerning the Strictly “curse” as the show welcomes back a live studio audience.
Show bosses have reportedly implemented a “one snog and you’re out” policy.
Last year, producers were not impressed when Maisie Smith and Hrvy appeared to flout social distancing rules.
The pair developed a short-lived romance after meeting on the BBC competition.
A TV source has revealed bosses are determined to make sure this Strictly runs as smoothly as possible.
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They said: “Although the pandemic has eased since last year’s series, the BBC isn’t taking any chances.
“This kissing ban is likely to be part of a package of measures introduced by producers to make the show as safe as possible.”
“They want to minimise the risk of any bombshells, particularly as a studio audience is being brought back into the studio this year,” a source told The Sun.
In 2020, the show’s first same-sex pairing was forced to prematurely exit.
Nicola Adams had to withdraw from the competition when her partner Katya Jones tested positive for coronavirus.
Strictly bosses are doing all they can to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
The BBC was contacted by Express.co.uk for comment on the reports.
Meanwhile, Strictly viewers will get to see Anton Du Beke in his new position on the judging panel.
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The Ballroom and Latin dancer stepped in for Motsi Mabuse for two weeks last year but he’ll have a permanent spot for the upcoming series.
Anton will replace Bruno Tonioli whose work commitments in the US prevent him from judging on the BBC series.
Professional Luba Mushtuk teased Anton may be stepping into Bruno’s role for good in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
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She said: “Well, I love Anton to bits and I think Anton is an especially incredible human being who can do anything.
“He is an amazing dancer, he was an amazing judge, we all were very supportive when he was a judge.”
“And I think whatever he wants he will always achieve and he will do an incredible job,” she added, hinting he could be in the role longer than one series.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.
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