Concern for Strictly Come Dancing series as two pro-dancers are not vaccinated

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Strictly Come Dancing has been hit with concern as report state two pro-dancers "refused Covid jabs" and some celebrities are cautious to be paired with them.

It has been reported that the pair are the only professional dancers out of the 18 to have not had vaccinations in the lead up to the new series.

This is said to have resulted in concern for the BBC that could potentially be an outbreak of Covid cases.

A source told The Sun: “A proper ­outbreak that takes out half the cast would be curtains for the show.”

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There is also said to be concern for the show as the live audience is set to return meaning hundreds of fans will be in the studio.

One pro dancer has already been said to have tested positive and hurried into isolation leaving their celeb partner likely to be paired with a different pro.

The source continued: “Strictly already has to jump through hoops just to be able to broadcast.

“The dancers who won’t get vaccinated have been a topic of conversation among cast and crew for weeks — even before the positive test.

“There were vocal protests from celebrities that they didn’t want to be paired with them.

“It’s a headache for bosses but employers cannot force workers to get jabbed.

“Their stance has also miffed other pros, some of whom did not want to get jabbed but did so for the good of the show.

“Throw in one dancer already in isolation, and anxiety is at an all-time high.”

A Strictly spokesperson told OK!: “We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status. Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”


Following Covid protocols, pro dancers are staying at a hotel and are tested many times a week.

The start of the new show has already been plagued by injury with BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker rushed to hospital with feared "bleed on brain" hours before Strictly launch.

The breakfast host shared a snap of himself yesterday evening sitting in a chair whilst hooked up to various medical devices.

Posting on both Twitter and Instagram at 8pm on Friday, Dan revealed that he had hit his head in training and received a CT scan, which thankfully came back all clear.

Dan wrote: "Bit of head-based drama today!

"After whacking my noggin on the big glass window yesterday, I got sent to A & E today because I was feeling a bit wobbly."

Although the blonde presenter, 44, now seems to be in good spirits, he has clearly a scary few hours after it was feared he might have a bleed on the brain.

"A lovely nurse at Barnet Hospital called Karina checked my vitals and 6ft 9 Consultant Erik Witt gave me a CT scan to check for a bleed on the brain," he added.

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