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Strictly Come Dancing mutiny as stars refuse to isolate before show’s launch

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STRICTLY bosses have ditched plans to isolate celebs throughout the series after a storm of protest from stars.

The contestants kicked off at the idea of not seeing their loved ones for up to five days a week.

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Producers have quietly shelved the move and instead agreed to contestants coming and going.

But they have been told they must stick to their contractual hours and socially distance while cameras are not rolling.

Pro dancers like Oti Mabuse will still face tougher measures than the celebs when the show launches on October 17. 

This year’s contestants, including former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, comic Bill Bailey and Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, will now be allowed home late on Saturday after filming.

A Strictly source said: “The BBC has pulled out all the stops to ensure the show must go on. But there have been difficulties. Mutinous celebs have hidden behind their agents in rows with bosses.

“Some stars made it clear that isolation away from their families was a no-no. There was a lot of grumbling.

“The BBC had no choice but to back down. It will appear that the contestants live in quarantine, but that will only be half the story.”

Under strict BBC rules, pro dancers Janette Manrara, 36, and her hubby Aljaz Skorjanec, 30, will have to isolate separately. Meanwhile, pros, including Katya Jones, and celebs will not interact backstage at any time.

One crew member has already tested Covid-positive.

Strictly will run for just nine weeks this year, with no Halloween special or Blackpool trip.

Everyone on set must wear a mask, take frequent temperature checks and sanitise.

There will be multiple deep cleans each day, and anyone on set must sign a form to state they have no Covid symptoms.

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