Strictly in chaos as dancer tests positive days before launch
The show is all set to kick off on Saturday night.
Just days ahead of its launch, Strictly Come Dancing is facing some logistical issues after one of the professional dancers tested positive for Covid-19.
The dancer, who has not been named, will have to isolate for 10 days.
A representative from Strictly Come Dancing told Metro UK: "A professional dancer has tested positive for Covid-19 however this didn’t affect the recording of the launch show which airs this Saturday."
They added: "We are following government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show."
According to The Sun, the dancer in question had already been matched with a celebrity contestant ahead of Saturday's pre-recorded introductory episode.
A source close to the show claimed that the celebrity will have to be partnered with another professional, and, once the dancer is able to return to the show, they will only be allowed to participate in the group dances.
The insider said: "This is proving to be a nightmare for producers, just as they prepare to bring back Strictly for its first full series since the pandemic.
"It means that Strictly viewers are likely to watch the pro paired with their celeb, then they could be separated by the time the first live show begins."
They continued: "That also means that the pro in question will probably end up only taking part in group dances throughout the new series, which will be particularly galling."
The lineup for this year's Strictly Come Dancing was announced recently, and it's safe to say that fans are looking forward to some much needed glitz and glam.
The celebrity participants are Adam Peaty, AJ Odudu, Dan Walker, Katie McGlynn, Rhys Stephenson, Robert Webb, Sara Davies, Tom Fletcher, Judi Love, Ugo Monye, Nina Wadia, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Tilly Ramsay, Greg Wise and John Whaite.