Rylan Clark-Neal: Strictly will still be the show we love

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 September 2020
Rylan Clark-Neal

Rylan Clark-Neal

'Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two' presenter Rylan Clark-Neal has reassured fans that the main show is still the programme "we love" following Covid-19 changes

Rylan Clark-Neal has reassured 'Strictly Come Dancing' fans it will still be the show "we love".

The 31-year-old TV presenter – who has hosted 'Strictly' spin-off 'It Takes Two' since 2019 – has put fans of the BBC Latin and ballroom dance competition at ease following the changes to the series due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rylan told MailOnline: "It's business as usual for me, Zoe, Claudia [Winkleman] and Tess [Daly].

"Rest assured the BBC would not let a brand as big as 'Strictly' go on air and not work. It will be the show we all love."

BBC bosses have had to make a series of changes to the annual show to limit the spread of the virus and to keep the cast and crew safe.

The Beeb recently confirmed the programme is to take place this year with a slightly shorter run than usual.

It has since been revealed that "big decisions" are being "left to the last minute" so producers know what the latest guidelines are.

A BBC source said: "Preparing for this year's show is a huge headache. The goalposts keep moving, so the big decisions are being left to the last minute so we're as up to date as possible.

"But any concrete things we can decide on now, we are doing. Making one hit series is hard enough. As things stand, we are having to plan for hundreds.

"The slightest change to the rules could have a massive impact on how the show is filmed.

"But everyone is determined to get this thing on screen and in a way that is as close to the normal version as possible."

The news comes after it was confirmed the professional dancers will isolate in a hotel to rehearse their group dances.

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