The Beeb is committed to getting the show on air but the fun and sparkle will be rationed this year.
A spokesperson for the show has confirmed that this year’s series ‘will have a slightly shorter run than usual’.
“The Strictly Come Dancing team are doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year,” they noted.
“To ensure we deliver the high standards audiences know and love, and in light of the ongoing considerations around COVID-19, this year’s series of Strictly will have a slightly shorter run than usual.
“The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course.” – BBC Strictly Come Dancing
Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse lifted the glitterball trophy last year in more normal times
Strictly Come Dancing, by far the BBC’s most popular entertainment series, usually reappears on BBC One in early September when the celebs get their first taste of the ballroom and are assigned a professional dancing partner.
The show then takes a short break, returning to BBC One towards the end of September for the live shows.
The BBC haven’t confirmed how much it intends to cut the show down by, but Broadcast reports that one fewer celebrity than the typical 15 and a double-elimination episode are a part of the plan. It’s also thought that the start date has been pushed back to October with the pros going into self-isolation together at the end of August.