Strictly: Anton Du Beke says he ‘enjoyed’ judging
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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 has begun with a brand new line-up of famous faces taking to the dance floor. The launch show kicked off with a group dance from the professional dancers. However, when presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly appeared on screen fans were quick to question why they were socially distancing on the show.
The celebrity dance competition began its new series on Saturday night with the launch show airing on BBC One.
However, viewers quickly complained on Twitter when they spotted both the presenters and judges were social distancing on the show.
Catherine Evans wrote: “Claudia and Tess should stop with the social distance stuff, so 2020 #Strictly.”
“What’s with the ridiculous social distancing? Claudia and Tess had a publicity photo with them hugging each other! #Strictly,” Kirsty Evans remarked.
“Why are they still standing on opposite sides of the room? Have they ever heard of COVID tests? #Strictly,” Marc Johnson wrote.
Several viewers noticed the judges appeared to have clear plastic dividers between them on the judging panel.
Dan Baynham said: “Why are they still doing stupid social distancing ? Judges with screens between them, Claudia and Tess stood apart, audience apart. You can fill out a football stadium now. Come on! #Strictly.”
Lewis J815 Tweeted: “I know COVID is still around etc but do they really need the Perspex between the judges as if they aren’t all mingling together off camera? #strictly.”
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic impacted the popular BBC show last year, with some contestants having to drop out after testing positive.
The pandemic has also impacted the judging panel as Anton Du Beke will be taking a seat on the judging panel this year joining Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood, and head judge Shirley Ballas.
He’s taking the place of Bruno Tonioli, who has sat on the judging panel since Strictly began in 2004.
Unfortunately, Bruno’s unable to take part in the show this year as he is also a judge on Dancing With The Stars in the US, which films at the same time as Strictly, and Covid travel restrictions will not allow him to travel between the two countries.
15 celebrities will be competing in the series this year, including some soap stars, TV presenters, a musician, a comedian, and an Olympian.
The male stars taking part in this series are: Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker, actor Greg Wise, Great British Bake Off’s John Whaite, CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson, comedian Robert Webb, McFly’s Tom Fletcher and former England rugby player Ugo Monye.
Meanwhile, the female celebrities competing this year are: TV presenter AJ Odudu, Loose Women’s Judi Love, Coronation Street turned Hollyoaks actress Katie McGlynn, former EastEnders icon Nina Wadia, current EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, Dragons’ Den’s Sara Davies, and presenter Tilly Ramsay.
On Saturday night’s launch show, Strictly are revealing which celebrities and professional dancers are partnered together.
Even though the show has only just begun, fans are already speculating as to who may win the series.
Ahead of Saturday night’s launch show, Tom Fletcher was tipped to win the series.
Bookies Betfair have the McFly singer leading the way in the odds of lifting the Glitterball Trophy.
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “On the eve of the UK’s most glamorous show starting, Tom Fletcher is the 4/1 favourite to waltz his way to the Glitterball trophy, while Rose Ayling-Ellis (11/2) and Rhys Stephenson (6/1) are close on his heels.
“Adam Peaty is 10/1 to follow up Olympic Gold with the Strictly crown, while Robert Webb is 8/1 and AJ Odudu 10/1.”
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