SHIRLEY Ballas has said that Strictly Come Dancing bosses are considering "distance dancing" to make sure that it goes ahead after lockdown.
The 59-year-old star is head judge on the BBC One dance show, and today she insisted that this year's series will not be axed.
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During an appearance on Loose Women, the former dancer shared: "I am 99% sure the show will go on in some format.
"There have been ongoing discussions, but they will find a way to do it."
Shirley continued: "I sent an example of distanced dancing, you can do that. It's a little more difficult and challenging, but interesting.
"I am absolutely positive they will bring the best show they can – I couldn't imagine the autumn and winter months without the glitz and glamour."
The comments are similar to what her co-star Craig Revel-Horwood said last month, with the 55-year-old judge insisting that they would be able to create the popular BBC dance show while adhering to government rules – and partners will dance with each other from a distance if needed.
Craig detailed how distanced dancing could work at the time, explaining: "The Charleston can all be done side by side, contemporary and street – there's a whole host of different dances that are possible, so we are lucky in that respect."
Earlier this week, The Sun revealed that Strictly bosses are putting together strict contingency plans to ensure that the show does go on.
Depending on government guidelines when filming begins, one of the rules that producers are considering is banning celebrity entourages – such as contestants' friends and family – from the studio.
A source added: "Make-up and hair for the judges will be done off-site, with touch ups being done by a smaller team during the show for them and the celebs."
It has also been revealed that Strictly will be scrapping the usual rows of chairs in favour of tables to make sure the audience will be at two metre distances at all times.
In addition, producers are toying with the idea of having the crew, judges, celebrity contestants, and professional dancers all staying in one hotel to minimise any potential risk of deadly coronavirus spreading.
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