Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood says “there is a way around” restrictions for 2020 series to air

The Strictly judge says this series, which may possibly be without a studio audience, "could be even more spectacular".

Credit: Channel 4

Craig Revel Horwood has said that BBC One are “working extremely hard” to ensure Strictly Come Dancing 2020 goes ahead this autumn despite coronavirus restrictions and that “there is a way around it”.

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Speaking to Steph McGovern on Channel 4’s The Steph Show this morning, the Strictly judge said that there must be a way around social distancing measures.

“I’ve spoken to the producers and they’re working through absolutely everything to make it happen. I know, fingers crossed, it will,” he said.

He continued: “There is some way around it, there has to be. People love the show, it’s great entertainment… We really want it back and I know BBC One are working extremely hard to make that happen for the audience.”

Revel Horwood, who was a judge on Australia’s Dancing with the Stars, also suggested filming Strictly without a studio audience as a way of bypassing social distancing restrictions.

“When I did it in Australia, we managed to do it without a studio audience. And when people needed to be isolated, one couple, for instance, stayed in a hotel for two weeks and they performed live from the hotel roof top.

“They set remote cameras up and it was absolutely amazing. There was a summer breeze wafting through their costumes and it was amazing. So there is a way around it, and it could be even more spectacular.”

Craig and his fiance Jonathan (Credit: Channel 4)
Craig and his fiancé Jonathan (Credit: Channel 4)

The judge recently became engaged to his horticulturist partner Jonathan Myring, telling the show that he was pretty surprised when he was proposed to.

“I was completely shocked, I didn’t expect it at all. I was so shocked I said no to begin with, but that was a joke.”

Strictly returned very briefly a few weeks ago for BBC One’s Big Night In, with its Keep Dancing Challenge. The challenge encouraged viewers to learn a routine, choreographed by the Strictly professionals, to Dua Lipa’s hit Physical and to send their performance into the show.

Clips from various participants, including a few celebrity dancers, was then aired during the Comic Relief and Children in Need charity special.

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