Strictly is left in crisis as two professional dancers refuse Covid jabs

Two professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have refused to get Covid jabs ahead of the launch of the latest series on Saturday, leaving some contestants reluctant to pair with them.

The pair are reportedly the only two pro dancers out of 18 who have not been vaccinated for the BBC hit show, which is hosted by Claudia Winkelman and Tess Daly.

BBC bosses are said to now be fearful that there could be a larger outbreak among those participating in the show.

A source told The Sun that a if a ‘proper outbreak led to ‘half the cast’ contracting Covid-19, it would be ‘curtains’ for the show.

It comes three days after it emerged that one professional dancer has tested positive for Covid-19. 

The unidentified dancer has been forced to isolate for ten days, but their celebrity partner tested negative. 

Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse told Good Morning Britain in response to the news of the positive test that ‘it is still a pandemic, we cannot ignore the fact as much as we want our lives back.’

She added: ‘We will all be there and we will all be healthy and all keep on dancing – that’s what I can say.’ 

Two professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have refused to get Covid jabs ahead of the launch of the latest series on Saturday, leaving some contestants reluctant to pair with them

Two professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have refused to get Covid jabs ahead of the launch of the latest series on Saturday, leaving some contestants reluctant to pair with them

Two professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have refused to get Covid jabs ahead of the launch of the latest series on Saturday, leaving some contestants reluctant to pair with them

Speaking of the two dancers’ refusal to get vaccinated, the source added to The Sun: ‘There were vocal protests from celebrities that they didn’t want to be paired with them.’ 

As part of the measures in place to lessen the risk posed by the virus, dancers are tested multiple times a week. 

On Saturday’s show, viewers will learn which celebrities and dancers have been paired up together. 

A BBC spokesman told The Sun last night: ‘We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status. 

The pair are reportedly the only two pro dancers out of 18 who have not been vaccinated for the BBC hit show, which is hosted by Claudia Winkelman (left) and Tess Daly

The pair are reportedly the only two pro dancers out of 18 who have not been vaccinated for the BBC hit show, which is hosted by Claudia Winkelman (left) and Tess Daly

The pair are reportedly the only two pro dancers out of 18 who have not been vaccinated for the BBC hit show, which is hosted by Claudia Winkelman (left) and Tess Daly

‘Production has, and will, ­continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.’

MailOnline has approached the BBC for comment.   

Ms Mabuse said on Friday: ‘There are still issues here and the BBC is doing the upmost to keep everybody safe.

‘We are being tested and we are trying to isolate as much as we can, but things can happen and we should be able to go through that, and everyone should be responsible and take care of themselves.

‘But we can’t plan these things so we just have to react, and hope that everybody stays healthy.’

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

TOM FLETCHER

Age: 36

Profession: McFly musician

Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’

Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

ROBERT WEBB

 Age: 48

Profession: Actor and comedian

Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’

Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title. 

RHYS STEPHENSON  

Age: 27

Profession: CBBC presenter  

Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’

Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville. 

KATIE MCGLYNN

 Age: 28

Profession: Actress

Katie says: ‘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.’

Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020. 

TILLY RAMSAY

Age: 19

Profession: CBBC presenter

Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’

Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.

NINA WADIA  

Age: 52

Profession: Actress

Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’

Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List. 

ADAM PEATY

Age: 26

Profession: Athlete 

Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’

Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.

UGO MONYE

 

Age: 38

Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit

Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.

Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.

 

AJ ODUDU

Age: 33

Profession: TV presenter

 AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’

Fun Fact: Apocalypse Wow hosts AJ has featured on a whopping 14 TV shows this year, competing in the likes oF Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club. She has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.

JOHN WHAITE

Age: 33

Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef

 John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’

Fun Fact: John is set tp be part of the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show.

SARA DAVIES 

Age: 37  

Profession:  Businesswoman

Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’

Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den.

DAN WALKER

Age: 44 

Profession: Journalist

Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’

Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.

 GREG WISE

Age: 55

Profession: Actor

Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’

Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.  

ROSE AYLING-ELLIS

Age: 30

Profession: Actress

Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’

 Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant. 

 JUDI LOVE

Age: 41

Profession: Comedienne 

Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’

Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.

 

 

 

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