Strictly cuts contestants

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Strictly host Bruce Forsyth

Strictly host Bruce Forsyth

'Strictly Come Dancing' bosses have cut the number of celebrity contestants from 16 to 14 this year, meaning the show will run for 12 weeks, rather than the usual 14.

The number of contestants on this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing' has been cut.

Bosses of the hit BBC One show - which is presented by TV veteran Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly - have decided to opt for just 14 celebrities instead of the usual 16 after agreeing last year's series went on for too long.

The 2010 series will now run for 12 weeks, rather than the usual 14.

However, the programme's judges - Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Alesha Dixon - as well as Bruce, 82, and a number of the professional dancers have still not signed contracts in the fear their wages will be cut because of the reduced run.

'Strictly Come Dancing' producers have also come up against an obstacle by offering dancers they previously axed from the show - including Lilia Kopylova, Brian Fortuna and Darren Bennett - a role in a professional troupe.

None of the stars have signed contracts to tie themselves into the offer so far, and Brian has since blasted the BBC for axing him.

However, judge Craig has said the dancers should be happy with the role they have been offered, as the show "revolves around the celebrities".

He told OK! magazine: "Some of the dancers were offered a group role instead. The audience can't forget the show revolves around the celebrities, and the dancer has to match the celeb - it's not the other way around.

"When I'm choreographing, I'm always replacing people. A job's a job, isn't it? It's up to them whether they take it or not."

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