Strictly in crisis as two professional dancers refuse Covid jabs

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Two professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have refused to get Covid jabs ahead of the launch of the latest series on Saturday, leaving some contestants reluctant to pair with them.

The pair are reportedly the only two pro dancers out of 18 who have not been vaccinated for the BBC hit show, which is hosted by Claudia Winkelman and Tess Daly.

BBC bosses are said to now be fearful that there could be a larger outbreak among those participating in the show.

A source told The Sun that a if a ‘proper outbreak led to ‘half the cast’ contracting Covid-19, it would be ‘curtains’ for the show.

It comes three days after it emerged that one professional dancer has tested positive for Covid-19

The unidentified dancer has been forced to isolate for ten days, but their celebrity partner tested negative. 

Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse told Good Morning Britain in response to the news of the positive test that ‘it is still a pandemic, we cannot ignore the fact as much as we want our lives back.’

She added: ‘We will all be there and we will all be healthy and all keep on dancing – that’s what I can say.’ 

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Speaking of the two dancers’ refusal to get vaccinated, the source added to The Sun: ‘There were vocal protests from celebrities that they didn’t want to be paired with them.’ 

As part of the measures in place to lessen the risk posed by the virus, dancers are tested multiple times a week. 

On Saturday’s show, viewers will learn which celebrities and dancers have been paired up together. 

A BBC spokesman told The Sun last night: ‘We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status. 

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‘Production has, and will, ­continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.’

MailOnline has approached the BBC for comment.   

Ms Mabuse said on Friday: ‘There are still issues here and the BBC is doing the upmost to keep everybody safe.

‘We are being tested and we are trying to isolate as much as we can, but things can happen and we should be able to go through that, and everyone should be responsible and take care of themselves.

‘But we can’t plan these things so we just have to react, and hope that everybody stays healthy.’

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