Strictly Come Dancing live audiences are expected to return to the show after the UK lockdown ends on Wednesday.
It is believed that the contestants will finally be able to perform in front of fans at Elstree Studios next week, but not in the next Musicals Week due to the deadline too tight for the show to sort out the logistics.
The BBC show has taken a number of precautions to ensure the safety of the dancers and the performance of the show during the pandemic, with bosses now “thrilled” at the change.
A certain normality! Strictly Come Dancing live audiences are expected to return to the show after the UK lockdown ends on Wednesday (Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez pictured)
A source told The Sun: “The BBC is delighted to be able to slowly introduce a returning audience to Elstree.
“All guests will be seated in bubbles of up to four people from one household and all must wear masks throughout the show and stay socially away from all other members of the crowd.
“The BBC is delighted to be able to slowly introduce an audience… it’s partly back to normal. “
MailOnline has contacted the representative of Strictly Come Dancing for comment.
Coming soon: It is believed that fans will be able to sit in the studios in groups of their home bubbles and remain socially distant during the show (judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli pictured in the series of the year last)
Strictly introduced strict new guidelines for this year’s series to take place amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The couples who dance on the series have formed their own bubbles so that they can practice and play.
However, celebrities and professionals of separate bubbles are not allowed to mingle during filming or behind the scenes, and must maintain social distancing at all times.
Strictly was plunged into chaos earlier in November after Nicola Adams and Katya Jones were forced to drop the series due to professional tests positive for the coronavirus.
Last dance: It comes after Clara Amfo became the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Sunday (pictured with her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec)
And the HRVY candidate tested positive for the virus before the shows started, but he has always been able to compete alongside pro Janette Manrara.
Last week, Strictly Clara Amfo and Aljaz Skorjanec, 30, became the fifth couple to be sent home after a dance against Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer.
The dancing duos both had to perform their routines for the judges again on Sunday’s show, with Clara dancing a Jive at River Deep – Mountain High by Tina Turner and Jamie a Tango at Tanguera by Sexteto Mayor.
Upon hearing that she would be the next star to leave the show, Clara said, “I had the best time of my life, the best of my life and I have a new friend for life. I loved. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, it’s a dream come true.
Tough: Clara and Aljaz were in the dance against Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer
Awesome: Elsewhere on the show, the judges were very impressed with the performance of HRVY and Janette Manrara, giving them all 10
A “gutted” Aljaz shared a few goodbye words with his dance partner, as he playfully combined his first name with a list of classical ballroom dances.
He said: “First of all, I’m really drained. All I really want to tell you is I’m so glad we had to do Lady Clamalade, the Claraston, which I have never done before in my life, the Clarasambafo you are a dream to be around you are a beautiful girl inside, hope the people at home could see that.
“This series has been so special and it’s all thanks to you, thank you very much. I’ll miss dancing with you.
Making History: Claudia told them, “You wrote Strictly History, there was never a perfect score in week 6. Craig’s first 10. You never got a perfect score Janette. And you did it in these outfits. I’m so proud of you’
Clara and Aljaz had failed to impress with their Jive at Tina Turner, scoring a paltry 19 of 30. Jamie and Karen were second from the bottom with 24 of 30 points.
Elsewhere on the show, HRVY, 21, and Janette, 37, made history as – for the first time in week six – the duo achieved a perfect score, with the judges praising them for their “amazing routine. From Couple’s Choice.
Craig called their Couple’s Choice lyrical routine of a sky full of Coldplay stars “GOAT… Greatest Of All Time”. He added: “Brilliant, absolutely amazing. ”
Bring it on! This Saturday’s show will be the Music Week special (hosts pictured Claudia Winkleman and Tess Day last week)