Strictly could be changed entirely after Tom and Amy get Covid
This year's season of Strictly Come Dancing may have to change drastically - and it's only just begun.
Over the weekend, Strictly Come Dancing fans were worried to hear that one of the couples - McFly singer Tom Fletcher and his pro-dancer partner Amy Dowden - tested positive for Covid-19.
On yesterday's episode of It Takes Two, Rylan Clark-Neal confirmed that Tom and Amy will return to the live shows on 9 October if they produce a negative test.
The pair will not dance in this week's live show, but according to an insider source, their positive test may alter the running of this year's series.
In order to prevent further Covid-19 cases among cast and crew, the Strictly bosses are said to be considering a number of measures, including the reintroduction of quarantine bubbles, and removing the live audience from the studio.
A source told The Sun: "These would be radical steps to take to increase safety on the set, but given the difficulties producers have had over the past two weeks, there’s nothing they aren’t willing to consider.
"But if they did have to go down this route, it would be a logistical nightmare and might leave some of the stars with a dilemma as many of them are juggling their dance training with their day jobs."
Last week, the BBC responded to reports that some of the dancers on this year's show have not been vaccinated.
In a statement, the broadcaster said: "A lot has been written about vaccinations and Strictly in recent days. The BBC has never commented nor confirmed the vaccination status of anyone on the show. It's not our place to.
"It is not the case that concerns have been raised with the BBC or the Strictly production team from dancers or celebrities about vaccination, or that they have threatened to quit.
"We have in place strict procedures to protect those on the show and the wider production. Among the many measures in place on Strictly, the dancers are tested regularly to be in close contact with their partners."