This is why Strictly Come Dancing’s Glitterball trophy will look a little different next year

A logistical snag means than an amended Glitterball will be handed to the winner of Strictly 2019

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The winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 will be presented with a Glitterball trophy that is ever so slightly different to the one handed to this year’s champion.

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If you look closely at the Glitterball gong, you’ll notice that there is only space on the base for 16 celebrities’ names.

With series 16 about to get into full swing, it means that after the winner of Strictly Come Dancing is crowned this year, the trophy will be full with no more space to add the names of future champions to the bottom.

So what’s going to happen? Are names going to be removed, or will a brand new Glitterball be deployed?

We asked the BBC about this incredibly important matter, and they confirmed that from next year, the trophy is going to be mounted on a bigger base in order to accommodate more names.

Which is good news for the likes of Natasha Kaplinksy and Jill Halfpenny – the show’s first two winners – who won’t have their names removed from the plinth.

Not such good news for the Strictly champions in 2019 who are going to need strong biceps to lift a trophy that’s going to be even bigger and heavier.

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 this autumn