Strictly Come Dancing‘s Anton Du Beke, 53, explained how “difficult” it would be for him to be quarantined away from his young family during the coronavirus pandemic. As producers try to come up with the safest way to get the highly-anticipated glitz and glam show on-air this Autumn, quarantining the professional dancers together so they can practice their group performances together was just one of many ideas BBC bosses considered.
There have been many rumours about how executives are going to work around government advice so they can ensure their cast and crew are safe but as the start date for the 2020 series looms ever closer, plans are being made behind closed doors.
Speaking to Hello! Magazine, the 53-year-old expressed his concerns ahead of the upcoming show that could see this year’s participants spend up to a month in a hotel together away from their relatives.
“Potentially, we will end up in a hotel for a couple of weeks or a month,” he explained to the publication.
“That’s what has been spoken about and has been provisionally pencilled in.”
He revealed that the cast are all “waiting for instructions” as plans can change at any point.
“Everything else is contingencies but we’re waiting for instructions and the situation is massively fluid at the moment so we will see what happens.”
While coronavirus remains a threat to public health, the government have implemented strict social distancing rules and are advising the public to work from home where possible, only allowing us to mix with up to six people to ensure a second spread doesn’t happen.
While many are bored out of their minds, the 13-week lockdown has given Anton some much-needed time away from his previously busy schedule to spend with his wife and their two children Henrietta and George.
The dancer confessed he’s been “absolutely loving every second” of family time and it will be “difficult” to be away from them again.
The father-of-two explained: “It will be lovely to be with my Strictly family, they are terrific and I love them all.
There were even talks of a crew member being hauled up with the pairs, so as to avoid the dreaded Strictly curse from stealing the spotlight from the extravaganza once again.
The source continued: “It caused a lot of panic at the top of the chain as they hate any scandal being linked to the show, which is a household family favourite.”
For years the curse has been synonymous with the programme, which refers to the celebrities striking up a relationship with their professional dancers and vice versa, leading to a breakdown in their previous connections before the competition.
And since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the latest social bubble initiative, which allows people of single person households to join another household as part of an aim to help combat loneliness during the pandemic, the insider noted how this doesn’t completely solve the issue.
“Social bubbling still poses a bit of a headache. For example, married couple Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, would have to spend the competition apart unless restrictions are relaxed again.