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Good Morning Britain star Ranvir Singh confessed she hasn’t started training despite Strictly Come Dancing returning in just a matter of weeks.
The presenter, 43, was being grilled by fellow GMB hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan about her upcoming appearance on the show when she made the shock confession.
“It’s happening a bit later. We can’t – we’ve not met our partner yet,” she explained. “I am eating fewer Pringles if that counts towards training, but that’s as far as it’s got.”
Having appeared on the show herself back in 2014, Susanna struggled to comprehend how different this series will be due to covid-19.
“Because in a normal season, you would now be up to your eyeballs in training, in sequins, in glitter,” Susanna revealed.
When asked which of the Strictly professionals she would like to be partnered with, Ranvir admitted,”Anyone who’s got a sense of humour.
“The thing is, it’s to do with the height. So I’ve got to figure out who the short one is.”
With the country still following strict guidelines in a bid to combat the global pandemic, it’s no surprise this series of Strictly will be different to normal.
While we know the BBC show will start later than normal – in October, not September – and run for a shorter time, The Sun has since revealed even more extreme measures that are being put in place to protect the show.
For the first time in 16 years the show will be filmed with no audience and minimal backstage staff to keep risk of infection at a low. But insiders are concerned that this will have an impact on the atmosphere.
“The current plan is no audience, which will inevitably affect the show,” a source told The Sun. “They are the energy in the room, and dancing in an empty room is like dancing in a training room. It’s a different intensity and pressure.
“But Elstree is a very cosy set-up, where it will be impossible to safely socially distance audience members. So for now, with the current rules, it’s a ‘no’ to anyone watching.”
And, in a bid to keep numbers to a minimum, celebrity entourages are being banned. Which means judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Bruno Tonioli (if he returns from America) will have a scaled-back team.
“There will be no entourages for the judges, no agents hanging around, no friends or family members, no hair and make-up people waiting on them hand and foot.”