Strictly Come Dancing contestants have been banned from dressing in clown costumes for this week’s Halloween special – and personally we think it’s a very good jester.
According to reports, BBC bosses fear the costumes are “too frightening” for the show’s family audience in view of the recent ‘killer clown’ craze spreading across Britain.
“Halloween is a big event in the Strictly calendar but producers have decided to count out clowns this year,” a source told the Daily Star. “There is too much risk of scaring young viewers – especially in light of recent events.”
They added: “Halloween will be loads of fun anyway and the celebs can’t wait to hit the dance floor.”
To clarify, contestants can consider spiders, witches, monsters and ghosts, but the honking red noses, rainbow-striped wigs and jumbo-sized bow ties will remain in Ed Balls’ wardrobe.
In Sunday night’s latest Strictly show, Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph became the fourth celebrity to be eliminated, leaving ten couples battling it out for the Glitterball trophy.
Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will present what promises to be the spookiest event in the Strictly calendar on Saturday, as the remaining celebrities – including TV’s Judge Rinder, model Daisy Lowe and politician Ed Balls – face their fears and step out onto the BBC ballroom floor once more.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 6.45pm with the results show on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One.