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Strictly speaking, Nicola Adams and Katya Jones make history with the FIRST same-sex performance on the show


Strictly Come Dancing started its first live show on Saturday.

And Nicola Adams and Katya Jones left fans in tears as they made history as the first same-sex couple on the show, when HRVY and Janette Manrara topped the rankings.

The 37-year-old boxer and 31-year-old dancer were hailed as "Outright Dynamite" and "Fantastic Partnership" after performing Ella Fitzgerald's Quickstep to Get Happy, and the performance earned them a score of 21, with the they came in third place together.

"I cry when I see this!" Strictlys Nicola Adams and Katya Jones left fans in tears after making history with the show's FIRST same-sex performance on Saturday night

Shirley Ballas was full of praise when she said, “Oh my gosh, first of all I can say that Katya is a genius. It is very difficult to keep up with that, let alone change it. This is a partnership that I'll really enjoy watching. & # 39;

While Motsi Mabuse continued: “I have to say, I was very curious about how it would happen, how it would work.

"Nicola, I can see that you have a strong core. You have to work on it to make sure it's more stable. Besides that, my gosh, you rocked it!"

As Craig Revel-Horwood continued, "Well, they've shown their absolute dynamite, I absolutely loved this routine … little bits (to make it better), but what a fantastic partnership."

One thing to see: HRVY topped the rankings with his formidable jive after recovering from COVID-19

One thing to see: HRVY topped the rankings with his formidable jive after recovering from COVID-19

Making History: Nicola and Katya ran Ella Fitzgerald's Quickstep to Get Happy, and the performance earned them a score of 21, which put them in third place together

Making History: Nicola and Katya ran Ella Fitzgerald's Quickstep to Get Happy, and the performance earned them a score of 21, which put them in third place together

Well done! Shirley Ballas was full of praise when she said, “Oh my goodness, but first of all I can say that Katya is a genius. It is very difficult to keep up with that, let alone change it. This is a partnership that I'm really going to enjoy seeing & # 39;

Gushing: While Craig Revel-Horwood went on, "Well, they've shown their absolute dynamite, I absolutely loved this routine. Little bits and pieces but what a fantastic partnership."

Well done! Shirley Ballas was full of praise when she said, “Oh my gosh, first of all I can say that Katya is a genius. It is very difficult to keep up with that, let alone change it. This is a partnership that I will really enjoy watching & # 39;

Fans raved about the historic performance when they said on Twitter they were in tears, while many said they would pick the pair as their winners.

A particularly emotional viewer said: & # 39; Katya looks great !! You and Nicola did a great job. I cry when I saw this, knew I would do it. I love this pairing, I love that so much. & # 39;

One person wrote: & # 39; Don't I almost cry at Nicola and Katy a # StrictlyComeDancing she is so cute !!! That footwork was amazing. & # 39;

While another added, "So Emosh on Nicola Adams and her historic and excellent Quickstep."

Another raved: "Well, Nicola and Katya, that was sensational … great choreography and proves that anything is possible."

"In Tears": Fans raved about the historic feat when they said they were "in tears" on Twitter while many said they would pick the pair as their winners

Strictly Come Dancing: Results from the first week

HRVY and Janette Manrara – Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande – 25th

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez – Samba to Samba by Gloria Estefan – 24

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones – Quick Step to Be Happy by Ella Fitzgerald – 21st

Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice -Paso Doble by the end of Beyoncé's time – 21st

Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe – American Smooth to 9 to 5 (Morning Train) by Sheena Easton – 21st

JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden – Waltz to What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong – 19th

Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec – Cha Cha shouldn't start now by Dua Lipa – 18th

Max George and Dianne Buswell-Tango to the best false smile from James Bay – 17th

Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk – American Smooth to My Girl by The Temptations – 16

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse – Cha Cha to Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba – fifteen

Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer – Cha Cha for thinking about things by Daði Freyr – 14th

Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke -Foxtrot to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python – 13

HRVY and his partner Janette closed the show and delighted with their jive that they were ahead of the game after impressing the judges.

Craig first asked HRVY if his name had no vowels before saying of the dance, "The jive was absolutely spectacular."

Shirley continued, "I still think HRVY is the one to watch. We have to remind ourselves tonight that the talent is amazing. You are no exception. You are at the top of your game. This is tough competition. "

Motsi was also full of praise when she said, I mean, for me this was the best first dance I've ever seen and I have to praise you, that was great.

& # 39; My thoughts now are where do we go from here HRVY? Well done, a great ending to a great show, I absolutely loved that. & # 39;

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez were so impressive that Motsi and Shirley were on their feet by the time they finished, and the judges gave them a score of 24.

Shirley raved that Maisie was an "absolute blast" when she added, "You pushed yourself, you challenged in the end, did absolutely fabulous well."

Motsi said the performance was & # 39; absolute woman power & # 39; as she continued: & # 39; You lifted us up, we danced with you.

"It was a blast from the start, which is what I love about all the trembling things that feel authentic. You didn't make it look pretty. You brought it back to Mother Earth, shake it up."

Craig added that she had things to work on but thought all things considered it was & # 39; a-ma-zing & # 39 ;.

Jamie Laing was first on the show and stepped out with partner Karen Hauer to dance the cha cha to ponder things from Daði Freyr.

The 31-year-old Made In Chelsea star finally made a triumphant return to the show after suffering a foot injury before appearing on the 2019 series.

Jamie's enthusiasm wed the judges, but his technique was something they all criticized, which led him to a reasonable score of 14.

Pleased: Shirley said HRVY was "the one to watch" when she said he was "at the top of your game, this is fierce competition".

Pleased: Shirley said HRVY was "the one to watch" when she said he was "at the top of your game, this is fierce competition".

Star Power: Motsi was also full of praise when she said, I mean, for me this was the best first dance I've ever seen and I have to praise you, it was great.

Star Power: Motsi was also full of praise when she said, I mean, for me this was the best first dance I've ever seen and I have to praise you, it was great.

Impressive! Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez were so impressive that Motsi and Shirley were on their feet in the end, and the judges gave them a score of 24

Shirley began the judges' remarks when she told Jamie, "What a way to open the show with all the glitz and glamor … you did a very nice performance and you show the potential for a shaky lower half. "

However, she added, "A little more sense of line and technique, but well done."

Motsi agreed as she continued, “Well, Jamie, I have to say, I've never seen anyone in my life want to dance as much as you …

"The male parts that you had to do freestyle in, you had a lot of fun, high energy, really working on that technique. I know it's boring, but it will really work."

Strong start: Shirley raved about Maisie being an "absolute blast" while Motsi said the performance was "absolute girl power" and Craig said they were "a-ma-zing".

Strong start: Shirley raved about Maisie being an "absolute blast" while Motsi said the performance was "absolute girl power" and Craig said they were "a-ma-zing".

First off: Jamie Laing made his Strictly Ballroom debut on Saturday dancing with partner Karen Hauer to do the Cha Cha to Think About Things by Daði Freyr

Delighted: The judges praised Jamie's enthusiasm when Motsi said, "Well, Jamie, I have to say, I've never seen anyone dance as much as you in my life."

Delighted: The judges praised Jamie's enthusiasm when Motsi said, "Well, Jamie, I have to say, I've never seen anyone dance as much as you in my life."

Craig was much tougher when he found out: "I'm afraid all of them are very flat-footed, I'm afraid very stiff hips, very tight and restrictive, may have to do with those very tight pants, the idea doesn't have much to do with."

He added, "Keep your mouth shut from counting the numbers but I have to say I love the energy and your commitment to the dance is amazing."

Caroline Quentin then got off Sheena Easton's 9 to 5 (Moving Train) with her partner Johannes Radebe for her American Smooth Dance.

Not bad: Jamie's enthusiasm wed the judges, but his technique was something they all had some criticism about, which led him to a decent score of 14

Not bad: Jamie's enthusiasm wed the judges, but his technique was something they all had some criticism about, which led him to a decent score of 14

Elegant: Caroline Quentin then stepped out with her partner Johannes Radebe for her American Smooth Dance at 9 to 5 (Moving Train) from Sheena Easton

Elegant: Caroline Quentin then stepped out from Sheena Easton with her partner Johannes Radebe for her American Smooth Dance at 9 to 5 (Moving Train)

She wowed the judges with her performance when she received an impressive 21 for her first dance after her performance left her in tears.

Motsi began "I have not seen a dancer, I have seen a queen dancing", although she advised Caroline to "pay attention to details".

She then gushed, "Oh my goodness, I want to thank you, it was really nice."

Happy: Craig, usually quite strict, was delighted with the performance when he said it was "elegant and graceful, I loved it".

Praise As Shirley went on, "I think you will bring so much joy to millions of people, I've waited a lifetime for where you feel what a dancer feels."

Happy: Craig, usually quite strict, was delighted with the performance when he said it was "elegant and graceful, I loved it".

Craig, usually quite strict, was delighted with the performance when he said, “You just have to be careful not to turn your feet down too much, you have to stand in line a lot more, but the musicality was sensational .. . elegant and graceful, I loved it. & # 39;

As Shirley continued, “I think you will bring so much joy to millions of people, I've waited a lifetime for where you feel what a dancer feels.

"You're elegant, you're charming … the bottom half takes a bit of work, but you should be so proud today that you're exquisite."

Max George then went up with Dianne Buswell to dance the tango to James Bay's Best Fake Smile, earning him 17 points each.

Achievement: Max George then went up with Dianne Buswell to dance the tango to James Bay's Best Fake Smile, earning him 17 points each

Review: Craig said, "I would have liked to see more of a V-shape, (your) free arm placement bothered me, I didn't know where to put that hand you need to make a choice."

Achievement: Max George then went up with Dianne Buswell to dance the tango to James Bay's Best Fake Smile, earning him 17 points each

Craig said, "I would have liked to see more of a V-shape. (Your) free arm placement bothered me. I didn't know where to put that hand that you need to make a choice."

Despite what he said, Craig claimed he was "very observable" and said he "made me want more".

Shirley went on to say that they played a "fierce" tango, but she claimed she would have preferred if they did a more traditional dance.

Motsi said he had & # 39; potential & # 39; as she said, & # 39; I felt a bit like you were thinking during the dance that your energy was staying inside you. You have to have a projection far away, get up, let it go on your face because you have it all. & # 39;

Well done: Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec went to Dua Lipas Don & # 39; t Start Now with the Cha Cha, which earned them a score of 18

Kudos: Shirley loved the performance when she claimed Clara had "a rhythm" and said it was "amazing".

Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec went to Dua Lipas Don & # 39; t Start Now with the cha cha, which earned them a strong 18 score.

Shirley was delighted with the performance when she claimed Clara had "a rhythm" and said it was "amazing".

She added, "I loved the poly rhythms in the end, very smart, difficult overall, very good start to the show."

Motsi continued, "When I see you dance, the word that comes into my head is determination. Every single step you take is great."

Craig didn't agree that much when he said it was "stomping" before adding, "I thought you could do something straight-legged in Cha Cha, disco elements that I loved, technically it could be better but now it's time for you. " improve. & # 39;

Try their best: Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke rose next when they danced a foxtrot to keep an eye on the bright side of Monty Python's life, who unfortunately landed them at the bottom of the ranking with 13 points

Oh dear: Craig was way tougher when he claimed their performance had "no musicality" which meant that it was "lumpy"

Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke next rose as they danced a foxtrot to keep an eye on the bright side of Monty Python's life, who unfortunately landed them at the bottom of the ranking with 13 points.

Motsi started the criticism when she said, “I have to say that after you were a former politician and you came into the ballroom and looked like a dancing girl, you did really well. What we need now is that you feel comfortable expressing yourself, keeping everything constant but well done. & # 39;

Craig was much tougher when claiming their performance had "no musicality" which meant it was "lumpy," but he encouraged her by adding, "I look positive about Theresa May and her dance considered, you were ten times better. & # 39;

Shirley added that she was "pleasantly surprised" by the couple when she said, "Like everyone else, this is the first show you go on, but I was absolutely surprised and I loved it, well done."

Move: JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden had Motsi torn apart after performing Louis Armstrong's waltz to a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong, which he always wanted to dance after missing the opportunity at his brother's wedding

Impressive: The couple received a respectable 19 for their performance when Craig initially said their dance was "simple, effective, really beautiful".

JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden had Motsi ripped apart after performing Louis Armstrong's Waltz to a Wonderful World, which he always wanted to dance after missing the opportunity to do so at his brother's wedding.

The couple earned a respectable 19 for their performance when Craig initially said their dance was "simple, effective, really beautiful".

Shirley continued, “I love the music, I love what it represents. I'm sure your brother was very proud of you … the way you hold your frame is great. That was just beautiful, just beautiful. & # 39;

Motsi looked with tears in her eyes when she started talking and said, "I loved it, I'm just getting a little emotional, it's okay … this is my dad's favorite song, you recorded what for me Is ballroom dancing. I loved it, it was magical, keep it up because that was what dancing is to me. & # 39;

Not bad: Jason Bell got out with Luba Mushtuk to play the American Smooth to the song My Girl, which earned them seventh place with 16 points

Not bad: Jason Bell got out with Luba Mushtuk to play the American Smooth for the song My Girl, which earned them seventh place with 16 points

Infectious enthusiasm: Motsi was delighted with the ex-NFL player's excitement when she said he "spread joy" with his performance but suggested working on "becoming aware of what is happening around him"

Contagious enthusiasm: Motsi was thrilled with the ex-NFL player's excitement when she said he "spread joy" with his performance but suggested working on "becoming aware of what is happening around him"

Jason Bell got out with Luba Mushtuk to play the American Smooth for the song My Girl, which earned them seventh place with 16 points.

Motsi was delighted with the ex-NFL player's excitement when she said he had "spread joy in his performance" but suggested that they work on being "aware of what is happening around him".

While Craig claimed he did not enjoy the duo's infusion of various dances, he said, "I encourage everyone to take risks, but I don't think that risk paid off."

Shirley said Jason gave "100 percent" with his performance and encouraged him by saying he had "potential, you have the best partner, you can do it".

Sensational performance: Good Morning The British Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice together with Nicole, Katya, Caroline and Johannes took third place with their Paso Doble to End Of Time by Beyoncé and scored 21 points

Do Your Thing: Craig was thrilled with Ranvir's performance when he said, "Darling, you used this dress like a diva drag queen like your life depended on it, a great first dance!"

Sensational performance: Good Morning The British Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice together with Nicole, Katya, Caroline and Johannes took third place with their Paso Doble to End Of Time by Beyoncé and scored 21 points

Good morning The Britons Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice took third place with Nicole, Katya, Caroline and Johannes with their Paso Doble to End Of Time by Beyoncé and scored 21 points.

Craig was delighted with Ranvir's performance when he said, "Darling, you used this dress like a diva drag queen like your life depended on it, a great first dance!"

Shirley called her a 'superstar' and added, "You've lived every moment you were that Spaniard with your hands. The basic contemporary style you made Gio was brilliant. You show that you can be a superstar . "

While Motsi said, "I have to say for myself that you are the one who has improved the most since the opening show … you laid a great foundation, I loved it, I loved it."

Room for improvement: Oti Mabuse won the 2019 series with Kelvin Fletcher, but her performance with Bill Bailey did not impress the jury that much when she came in eighth with 15 points

Room for improvement: Oti Mabuse won the 2019 series with Kelvin Fletcher, but her performance with Bill Bailey didn't impress the jury that much when she came in eighth with 15 points

Amusing: Regarding Bill's use of instruments during the performance, Craig joked, “Well, I think Mr. Bailey, you've created a whole new genre of dance, it looked like after ten double espressos you were dancing on hot coals. I loved that about it. & # 39;

Amusing: Regarding Bill's use of instruments during the performance, Craig joked, “Well, I think Mr. Bailey, you've created a whole new genre of dance, it looked like after ten double espressos you were dancing on hot coals. I loved that about it. & # 39;

Oti Mabuse may have won the 2019 series with Kelvin Fletcher, but her performance with Bill Bailey didn't impress the judges as much as they finished eighth with 15 points.

It was Bill's technique that needed improvement, but the panel was thrilled with her excitement when Motsi said, "You did a great job talking about engagement, we need to talk about tech … but keep that sense of humor, keep it well done. & # 39;

Regarding Bill's use of instruments during the performance, Craig joked, “Well, I think Mr. Bailey, you've created a whole new genre of dance. It looked like after ten double espressos you were dancing on hot coals. That's what I loved about it, you threw yourself into it famous, did well. & # 39;

Shirley added, "I think that was inspiring to everyone who watched … let me tell you that you put the biggest smile on my face, it was engagement, it was joyful."

Great show: The professionals started the show with an impressive dance to a mixture of Latin American music, with the dancers turning up the heat with their sizzling number

Great show: The professionals started the show with an impressive dance to a mixture of Latin American music, with the dancers turning up the heat with their sizzling number

Special Guests: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced they had NHS staff on the front line in the audience as the couple thanked the group for their work during the COVID-19 crisis

Special Guests: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced they had NHS staff on the front line in the audience as the couple thanked the group for their work during the COVID-19 crisis

The absent judge Bruno Tonioli was also briefly at the end of the show when he tuned in from Los Angeles and voiced his thoughts on the performances of the evening.

The judge said, “Hi everyone, what a show, Strictly 2020 is back and I'm telling you back with a bang. I found some very exciting things, sweet Caroline, really, she took the express train to the heart of the nation.

"JJ what a surprise, so charming, and I'm telling you that samba, the first week a performance like this comes out, is amazing, Maisie. Well done, can't wait to see you all, Ciao . "

The pros started the show with an impressive dance to a mixture of Latin American music, with the dancers turning up the heat with their sizzling number.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman announced they had NHS staff on the front lines in the audience as the couple thanked the group for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Claudia said to the NHS staff, "Thank you for all you have done for us and for all that you continue to do."

He's back again! The absent judge Bruno Tonioli was also briefly at the end of the show when he tuned in from Los Angeles and voiced his thoughts on the performances of the evening

He's back again! The absent judge Bruno Tonioli was also briefly at the end of the show when he tuned in from Los Angeles and voiced his thoughts on the performances of the evening

Nicola shared an open look at her rehearsals over the past week as she tried to learn the steps and worked hard with Katya.

She seemed delighted, having finally managed to take the right steps, as she knelt on the floor and smiled brightly.

Another behind-the-scenes video showed the two going through their dance routine over and over while Katya also helped her relax while massaging her back.

Nicola schrieb in der Überschrift: Die ganze harte Arbeit, die Schritte richtig zu machen, ist beendet. Jetzt ist es Zeit für @KatyaJones und mich, heute Abend den schnellen Schritt auszuführen. "

Hinter den Kulissen: Nicola gab einen offenen Blick auf ihre Proben in der vergangenen Woche, als sie versuchte, die Schritte zu lernen und hart mit Katya arbeitete

Hinter den Kulissen: Nicola gab einen offenen Blick auf ihre Proben in der vergangenen Woche, als sie versuchte, die Schritte zu lernen und hart mit Katya arbeitete

Abwickeln: Das Paar plauderte durch ihre Routine

Vorbereitungen: In einem weiteren Video hinter den Kulissen ging das Paar immer wieder mit Katya durch die Tanzroutine

Vorbereitungen: In einem weiteren Video hinter den Kulissen ging das Paar immer wieder mit Katya durch die Tanzroutine

Unterstützend: Katya half ihr auch, sich zu entspannen, als sie ihren Rücken massierte

Unterstützend: Katya half ihr auch, sich zu entspannen, als sie ihren Rücken massierte

Tage vor ihrem ersten Tanz mit Katya lachte Nicola über alle Sorgen des sogenannten Strictly Curse.

Die Olympierin ist seit über zwei Jahren mit ihrer Freundin Ella Baig (22) zusammen und sagte der Zeitschrift Grazia, dass der Fluch eigentlich nicht existiert.

'Es ist keine große Sache. Es ist nicht einmal ein Fluch. Du bist entweder glücklich mit deinem Partner oder nicht! ' sie bestand darauf.

Über den strengen Fluch wird seit Jahren spekuliert, nachdem sich Promis und Pro-Tänzer der Serie ineinander verliebt haben und ihre Beziehungen – und sogar Ehen – in der realen Welt ruiniert haben.

"Du bist entweder glücklich mit deinem Partner oder nicht!" Nicola hat kürzlich über die Sorgen des sogenannten Strictly Curse gelacht (abgebildet mit der langfristigen Liebe Ella Baig, 22).

Das Paar wird normalerweise durch zeitliche Probleme oder die Anziehungskraft eines Partners auf eine andere Person in der Show auseinandergerissen, was in der Vergangenheit zu Scheidungen, Trennungen, abgesagten Verlobungen und vielem mehr geführt hat.

Katya ist diese Idee nicht fremd, da sie 2018 beim Küssen ihres Tanzpartners Seann Walsh erwischt wurde, als sie mit ihrem 38-jährigen Profi Neil Jones verheiratet war. Das Paar trennte sich 10 Monate nach dem Skandal.

In einem früheren Gespräch mit The Sun bemerkte Nicola, dass Katya "rauchend heiß" sei, wiederholte jedoch ihre Gefühle, dass sie und Ella "so stark sind, dass wir niemals Opfer des strengen Fluches werden".

Ella fügte hinzu: "Ich mache mir keine Sorgen um den Fluch. Nicki und ich sind beste Freunde, daher sehe ich niemanden wirklich als Konkurrenz und sie auch nicht.

Liebe Grüße: Nach der Auftaktshow sagte Nicolas Freundin Ella, sie glaube nicht, dass sie vom "Strictly Curse" getroffen werden.

Liebe Grüße: Nach der Auftaktshow sagte Nicolas Freundin Ella, sie glaube nicht, dass sie vom "Strictly Curse" getroffen werden.

"Das Gras ist auf der anderen Seite nie grüner und ich und Nicki haben viel Geschichte zusammen, also glaube ich nicht, dass irgendjemand sie mir stehlen wird.

'We did have a conversation about the curse and we agreed I would meet her dance partner so there are no hard feelings or jealousy there.'

Before taking to the dancefloor with Nicola for the first time, Katya said being in a same-sex couple doesn't faze her as it's a 'really normal thing' in the dance world.

Speaking with the Radio Times, Katya praised her partner and added that she thinks the duo will be 'a powerhouse together' as they're both 'strong-minded women'.

Katya explained: 'In the ballroom world, there are same-sex partnerships and same-sex competitions, so it's a really normal thing, you know?

Energetic: Before taking to the dancefloor with Nicola for the first time, Katya said being in a same-sex couple doesn't faze her as it's a 'really normal thing' in the dance world

Energetic: Before taking to the dancefloor with Nicola for the first time, Katya said being in a same-sex couple doesn't faze her as it's a 'really normal thing' in the dance world

'I've always taught as a lead and a follower, so this doesn't feel like anything extra. I'm just really excited to get someone whose work ethic is out of this world — she's so used to training hard.

'For me, that's all I look for in a partner. We're two strong-minded women and we're going to be a powerhouse together. And, you know, dancing is dancing.'

Last week's launch episode consisted of the celebrities discovering their professional partners for the first time, though in a post-COVID change, they were instead revealed via video link.

After all the pairings were announced, the celebrities and their professional partners had to take to the floor to perform with contestant Jamie teased after he injured himself during the group routine on the 2019 launch show.

Fans were left delighted over Nicola and Katya's pairing as they hailed the dancing duo as 'trailblazers' after their partnership was announced and they performed in a group routine.

Katya was left overjoyed as she started screaming and jumping, she said: 'This is a dream, honestly,' with Nicola adding: 'I am super excited to be paired with Katya, absolutely buzzing.'

Elsewhere during the episode, the pros dazzled with a sensational opening routine with judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood seated on separate podiums to ensure the programme adhered to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Fourth judge Bruno Tonioli was unable to travel back to the UK from his home in LA for the filming due to the Covid-19 crisis and his work commitments on Dancing With The Stars.

Already the BBC favourite has seen its highest ratings in three years, after finally making it to screens after months of uncertainly sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Saturday, viewing figures averaged at 8.6 million and it is the show's highest ratings since 2017.

This year's couples have formed their own separate 'bubbles' to allow them to train and perform, and are being regularly tested to avoid a virus outbreak during filming.

The show will continue to have a live audience, though members of the public will be seated in their separate households or 'bubbles' and will wear a mask throughout filming.

Strictly class of 2020: (L-R) Max George, Nicola Adams, Jacqui Smith, Caroline Quentin, HRVY, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing, Jason Bell, JJ Chalmers, Maisie Smith, Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh

Strictly class of 2020: (L-R) Max George, Nicola Adams, Jacqui Smith, Caroline Quentin, HRVY, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing, Jason Bell, JJ Chalmers, Maisie Smith, Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh

How is Strictly 2020 going ahead during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Strictly Come Dancing has introduced an array of strict measures to ensure the new series can go ahead during the COVID-19 crisis.

Celebrity contestants and their professional partners are tested regularly, with cast and crew told to isolate should they contract the virus.

Bosses have already confirmed any celebrity that tests positive once the series begins will be dropped from the show, with reports saying there are celebrities on stand-by.

The professional dancers have already pre-recorded their group performances after isolating together in a hotel.

It's also been claimed that celebrities and pros will be axed from the show if they are caught kissing during filming.

Strictly 2020 has also seen the series run shortened to just nine weeks, with 12 celebrities taking part instead of the usual 15.

The show's annual trip to Blackpool has been cancelled, along with this year's Halloween and Christmas specials.

Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse – will be in the studio with separate rostrums, after Bruno Tonioli was unable to appear due to travel concerns.

Veteran judge Bruno has said he will be 'involved remotely' and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles.

With limited studio crew, big sets may not be built – so producers will use augmented reality, which adds computer-generated elements.

To ensure the contestants can work closely with their partners, they will 'bubble up' to train, along with being tested regularly.

Strictly will still feature a live audience, however fans will sit in groups on separate tables, and will only attend if from the same household or bubble.

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