Entertainment Strictly Come Dancing vaccine row - why rumours are circulating around Strictly dancers' Covid vaccination status
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The return of Strictly Come Dancing to Britishscreens on Saturday nights has been welcomed by Strictly fans across the UK.
But the hit dance competition show’s much-anticipated arrival has been marred by rumours swirling around the vaccination status of its professional dancers.
According to reports, there are a number of unvaccinated dancers on the show who have threatened to quit if asked to get a Covid vaccine by the BBC.
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The broadcaster has denied the claims and said it will not comment on the vaccination status of its stars.
Here’s the story around the Strictly Come Dancing vaccine row so far.
Where has the Strictly Come Dancing vaccine row come from?
The speculation around the vaccination status of some of Strictly’s professional dancers came after The Sunthat three pro dancers had not been vaccinated.
A source told the paper that: “The three dancers have made their positions crystal clear — they’d rather quit than have the jab.
"There is mounting pressure upon them to be vaccinated but they are refusing to budge.”
The names of the Strictly dancers allegedly “refusing” to get the Covid vaccine have not been revealed, but some pro dancers on the show have stepped in to dispel the rumours.
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Appearing on GMB on Tuesday, James, 43, said the three Strictly professional dancers who have reportedly refused to take the Covid vaccine don't deserve their right on the show. The former star, who appeared on the BBC series from 2006 to 2013, hit out at the trio, who are unnamed, during a debate on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, alongside ex Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff. Sources have claimed one professional dancer has already been paired with a celebrity and it is well-known among the cast that they have refused the jab, sparking resentment behind the scenes.
Gorka Márquez told ITV’s This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that "the show is taking big responsibility to keep everyone safe.”
Speaking on Thursday morning, Márquez said there was “lots of testing” and “lots of trying to keep everyone distanced and safe” behind-the-scenes on Strictly.
He was joined on the show by celebrity dance partner and soap opera star, Katie McGlynn, who echoed his words.
"I think it depends on every individuals," McGlynn said.
"If that was me, I just wouldn't see my family."
Tilly Ramsay, daughter of Scottish-born chef Gordon Ramsay and star on this year’s Strictly, told Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show Lorraine that the BBC Strictly crew were “working hard to keep everyone safe and I think we definitely do feel that."
NewAnton Du Beke told Good Morning Britain that he “didn’t know anything about it”.
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The former pro dancer replacing Bruno Tonioli on the show’s judging panel said on Good Morning Britain: "In all seriousness, I don't know anything about it, because I'm not part of the pros any more, so I'm not involved in the group.
"I do know this: if it's anything like last year, everybody is tested every week anyway, everybody is bubbling as they are and everyone's keeping distance, and everyone's wearing face masks in the studio.
Mr Du Beke added: "I know all the rules and regulations have loosened around the country, but I know on Strictly Come Dancing, because it's a live show and we don't want any nasty incidents, that they're treating it as though we are sort of still in the grip of the pandemic.
“It's all taken very seriously and everyone's doing exactly what they should, in line with the Government."
What did the BBC say about the Strictly dancer vaccine rumours?
The BBC said it was “not our place” to comment on the vaccination status of Strictly’s dancers or celebrity contestants and denied that any concerns over vaccinations had been raised with the broadcaster – or that any of the show’s professional dancers had threatened to quit.
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The duo confirmed on Sunday that they were in isolation after testing positive, and there are now concerns around whether they could have spread the virus to other stars. While it's unclear whether bosses plan to heighten their already-stringent Covid measures, the news has faced backlash from some fans who claimed Tom and Amy have been given a 'free pass' to avoid the first elimination. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Already this year's Strictly stars are subject to regular Covid tests, and are required to maintain social distancing at all times during filming.
The corporation issued the following statement on Thursday 23 September: "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.
"The cast, crew and everyone working on Strictly are focused on this weekend’s first live show and delivering another brilliant series."
Who are Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers for 2021?
Here are the 15 professional dancers on Strictly 2021 – and which celebrity they are partnered up with:
- Dianne Buswell – partnered with Robert Webb
- Gorka Marquez – partnered with Katie McGlynn
- Aljaž Škorjanec – partnered with Sara Davies
- Nancy Xu – partnered with Rhys Stephenson
- Nadiya Bychkova – partnered with
- Giovanni Pernice – partnered with Rose Ayling-Ellis
- Katya Jones – partnered with Adam Peaty
- Kai Widdrington – partnered with AJ Odudu
- Karen Hauer – partnered with Greg Wise
- Graziano Di Prima – partnered with Judi Love
- Johannes Radebe – partnered with John Whaite
- Oti Mabuse – partnered with Ugo Monye
- Neil Jones – partnered with Nina Wadia
- Amy Dowden – partnered with Tom Fletcher
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Who left Strictly Come Dancing last night? .
STRICTLY COME DANCING week three was full of twists and turns as the 14 couples performed to avoid elimination. But who were the second pair to leave the BBC competition?Unfortunately, having been a part of the dance-off last weekend, former Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn and her professional dancing partner Gorka Marquez were in the bottom two again.