STRICTLY COME DANCING’S Anton Du Beke has lashed out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the uncertainty of when the BBC show will return in light of coronavirus restrictions.
Coronavirus has taken over all aspects of life in the UK including the entertainment industry. Many shows have had to adapt to social distancing restrictions, change their format or postpone filming indefinitely and Strictly Come Dancing fans are worried restrictions could result in this year’s series being delayed or potentially cancelled. Professional dancer Anton Du Beke has spoken out on the show’s return and shone a light on the role Boris Johnson plays in the producers’ decisions.
At the beginning of the lockdown, several BBC shows were forced to suspend filming.
EastEnders, Holby City, Peaky Blinders and Line of Duty all announced they would be taking a break from production.
While over on ITV, Emmerdale and Coronation Street released a statement revealing they would also be suspending filming.
However, the government introduced updated guidelines in May which allowed TV and production crews to start up again.
EastEnders and Top Gear both resumed filming in June but attention has now turned to the BBC’s biggest show, Strictly.
Shows were allowed to resume production as long as they adhered to two-metre social distancing rules.
However, Strictly requires celebrities and professionals getting up close and personal as they learn Ballroom and Latin dances.
Producers have reportedly looked into a variety of different options including scrapping a live studio audience but stalwart Anton has revealed the difficulties Strictly will face.
The King of Ballroom explained he didn’t know when the dancers would be able to begin rehearsing for the 2020 series.
“This is where it starts to get a bit tricky because when we start, then we have to start dancing together and it’s not really easy to do what we do two metres apart from each other,” he told RadioTimes.com.
“I don’t know what the contingency is for that part of the show.
“All the pre-production stuff has been easy enough, they can just do that on Zoom or FaceTime or whatever platform they want to use, but the studio stuff, that’s where it’s going to get tricky.”
“That I suppose is up to Boris [Johnson] really – he will dictate on what we’re allowed to do so we’ll have to wait and see on that bit,” he added.
The professional dancer believes Strictly fans will want to watch the show even more so this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He revealed Strictly was a “wonderfully uplifting” show and positivity will be in high demand when the show returns.
Anton has been apart of Strictly since the show began in 2004 and is the only professional to have taken part in every series.
Last year, Anton was partnered with EastEnders star Emma Barton and the pair wowed the Strictly judges.
Emma proved to be a hit with viewers as well and made it through to the final without finding herself in the bottom three.
However, the BBC soap star narrowly missed out on the top spot and was beaten by Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse.
Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to BBC One later this year.