Strictly Come Dancing will have a live studio audience for this year's show, BBC confirm

Danny Thompson
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Strictly Come Dancing is set to go ahead this year with a slightly shorter run. (BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing is set to go ahead this year with a slightly shorter run. (BBC)

The BBC has confirmed the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing will feature a live studio audience.

The set up for the series has been the subject of much speculation due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the broadcaster has now revealed a limited audience will watch dancers perform.

Fans wishing to attend the live shows can apply to be in the audience now via the BBC website.

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A statement on the application page reads: "To make the most of the limited space we'll have in the studio this year because of our social distancing measures, for the first time ever tickets will be allocated to groups of four, allowing you to come along as a family bubble / household group.

"We'll be able to seat family groups of four people from the same household / social bubble at cabaret tables and in balcony seating. Cabaret tables and balcony seats will be allocated randomly, in advance of your arrival at the studio.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli during the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour 2020 at Arena Birmingham on January 16, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli during the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour 2020 at Arena Birmingham on January 16, 2020 (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

"Because space in the studio is at a premium and we expect a huge demand for tickets, anyone who is successful in the random draw will be guaranteed admission. Each family group will be given an arrival time and will be asked to confirm their attendance ahead of the recording. As the seats are guaranteed, you should not arrive before your allocated arrival time.”

Audience members will have to wear plain black face coverings when on site at Elstree Studios.

Despite the positive news, Strictly fans were told recently the show will not hold its traditional annual show filmed at Blackpool Tower.

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A BBC spokesperson said: "Blackpool is a milestone moment in every series of Strictly that our audience, our celebs and professional dancers look forward to.

"Whilst we'll be unable to physically go to Blackpool this series, we'll still be celebrating this iconic venue and bringing it to life from our studio in Elstree."

Strictly is set to return to screens this Autumn.