Strictly Come Dancing axe Blackpool special for first time in show's history

Strictly Come Dancing bosses have axed their Blackpool special this year for the first time in the show’s history.

The Blackpool show, which is one of the main highlights of the programme has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bosses have been forced to make some major changes for the upcoming series, including not being able to travel to Blackpool.

‘Blackpool is a milestone moment in every series of Strictly that our audience, our celebs and professional dancers look forward to,’ a BBC spokesperson told

‘Whilst we’ll be unable to physically go to Blackpool this series, we’ll still be celebrating this iconic venue and bringing it to life from our studio in Elstree.’

It comes after it was reported earlier this week that a member of Strictly had been tested positive for coronavirus just as it prepares for its 2020 series.

According to The Sun, all personnel were told to leave the set after the news, with the studio being given ‘a deep clean’ as bosses await the results of a third test being given to the person in question.

A source told the publication: ‘They were hours away from starting filming for the pre-­recorded professional group dances when they got a call to say that one of the crew members had tested positive when turning up for another job.

‘Everything juddered to a halt while worried bosses worked out what to do. This is the worst-case scenario for Strictly, as they’ve gone to extreme lengths to make the show safe up to this point.

‘Starting a show then stopping mid-production is the most expensive thing that could happen, so they’re praying it’s not more serious than just one person potentially having it.’ has reached out to the BBC for comment.

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