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Strictly Come Dancing fans to get "full fix" this year but no Blackpool

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Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC
Photo credit: Ray Burmiston - BBC

Strictly Come Dancing fans rejoice, for the 2021 series will back in autumn and feature the return of the much-loved themed weeks.

Instead of a reduced limit of 12 contestants, a full quota of 15 will be signed up this year, and executive producers are hoping to have a live audience back in the studio.

The only key difference will be the cancellation of the annual trip to Blackpool for the second consecutive year as a result of the pandemic.

Executive producer Sarah James told the Mirror: “We're so thrilled that Strictly will be returning for a full-length series this year, and know how much viewers are looking forward to getting their full Strictly fix and seeing the return of much-loved specials."

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

She continued: "We are all so sad that we won’t be able to get to Blackpool this year but can’t wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future."

Movie week, musicals week and Halloween week were shelved in 2020 because of Covid restrictions and difficulties in procuring full PPE for makeup artists and stylists.

Meanwhile, like last year, the professional dancers will isolate together in a hotel near the Hertfordshire studio ahead of the series to pre-record all the group dances.

Strictly recently confirmed four new professional dancers to the line-up, Kai Widdrington, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard and Jowita Przystal.

They will be joining the current line-up of professionals which includes Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones and Oti Mabuse.

Those leaving the pro line up this year include long-running pro Anton Du Beke, who is joining the judging panel, and Janette Manrara who is taking over presenting duties on It Takes Two.

The series will hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in the autumn.

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