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Strictly’s Anton Du Beke brands Covid-positive stars ‘unlucky’ given tight rules

Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke has lifted the lid on how things are running backstage of the hit show amid the series’ Covid crisis

John Whaite says he feels safe at Strictly despite Covid-19 fears

Strictly Come Dancing is amid a Covid crisis following Amy Dowden and Tom Fletcher testing positive for the bug.

As a result, the pairing will be absent from this Saturday’s show and are self-isolating separately.

It was a major blow to the series – which had to scale down and make serious changes when it aired in 2020 – as the BBC show has been surrounded by controversy following reports that several of the dancers haven’t had their Covid jab.

And now, judge Anton Du Beke – who previously competed on the show for 17-years – has shared on the show’s protocols following Amy and Tom’s positive tests.

He also commented that Amy and Tom “got a bit unlucky” with catching coronavirus as he addressed speculation the studio audience might be scrapped, and celebrities forced to bubble with their dance partners.

Anton Du Beke has shared on how tight’s the show’s Covid protocols are


Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4)

In one of his regular appearances on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4, Anton said: “It’s only family of the contestants that are in the studio anyway. As for bubbling, you sort of are bubbling anyway, during the week you’re just with you partner rehearsing in a studio by themselves…

“Even [in studio] you’re sort of bubbled off in your own dressing room and all the team come to you, they’ve all the gear on… There’s no communal space.”

Addressing McFly’s Tom and professional Amy – who has publicly stated she is vaccinated – having to isolate, Anton said: “They’ve just got a bit unlucky really.”



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Steph’s Packed Lunch resident chef and Strictly contestant John Whaite also chimed in during the chat.

He told that he feels “really safe” on the show and that they have hardly any contact with anyone apart from their partners.

John said: “Producers have contingency plans for any kind of Covid scenario. I genuinely do feel safe there, we’re not in contact with anybody. Hair and make-up come to us, they’re in full PPE and I just wish Tom and Amy all the best.”

A BBC spokesperson revealed the news about Tom and Amy this week in a statement which read: “Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have tested positive for Covid-19.”

“The pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines.

John Whaite – who is a chef of Steph’s Packed Lunch – is competing in Strictly and said he feels “really safe”


Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4)

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“While they will both miss Saturday’s live show, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”

Tom let fans know he was okay though after posting a positive comment on Strictly partner Amy’s Instagram post.

Amy had told her followers: “Unfortunately, Tom and I have tested positive for Covid-19.

“I’m not suffering any symptoms but am now isolating at home.

“I have no doubt that over the next 10 days my mind will be going crazy with choreography ideas ready to get back on the strictly dance floor for the live show in week 3!

“Thank you for all of the support and good luck to all of the couples this week. I will be cheering you all on!”

In the comments section, Tom wrote: “Rest up partner. We’ve got to pull something special out of the bag for week 3.”

*Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4 and All 4

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