Shirley Ballas '99% sure' Strictly 2020 will go ahead despite Covid-19 crisis

Shirley Ballas has given Strictly Come Dancing fans some positive news and is ‘99% sure’ the show will be going ahead – despite coronavirus throwing a massive spanner in the works. 

The much-loved BBC programme has seemingly been under threat as bosses have had to come up with ideas to keep the show going within social distancing rules. 

But with contestants and their pro partners having to work in close proximity, and a live studio audience present every week, it is somewhat of a logistical nightmare. 

But Shirley, who leads the judges table completed by Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, reckons bosses may have cracked it and is determined to keep the show going. 

‘Of course everything changes day-to-day but I have spoken to Strictly’s executive producer, and I am 99% sure that we will be on screens in one form or another,’ she told Hello Magazine. 

‘We all realise that when the colder months come, we need some glitz and glamour – it’s like going to Hollywood or Vegas and it’s something that the whole family can enjoy.’ 

She added: ‘It’s imperative that that show goes ahead so you can bet your trolley they are doing their best to get it on.’

And when the show does come back, Shirley has teased the team has plans to pay their respects to the NHS heroes getting us through the crisis. 

‘I know we are going to have some fantastic NHS stories, there is going to be a reflection on the coronavirus and what people have done for communities and I think it’s going to be a real tearjerker,’ the award-winning dance pro added. 

It’s still not certain how the team will navigate social distancing rules, with rumours stars could be placed in lockdown in the same hotel. 

A new idea also suggests stars could be wearing Masked Singer-style masks in order to keep them safe during their routines, or have the stars perform outdoors and away from the ballroom.

Read the full interview in Hello Magazine, out today.

Strictly Come Dancing is scheduled to return in the autumn and is available on BBC iPlayer.

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