Hit BBC dance competition Strictly Come Dancing is about to return to our screens in September but the programme-makers are giving fans of the show the chance to actually watch it being filmed live.
The 19th series of Strictly returns in mid-September, and after the last season was filmed under Covid rules with little or no audience, this series will see the audience back in a big way.
This time, though, there will be a much more Strictly feel to the audience – with people assigned to cabaret-style tables rather than the regular rows of theatre seats – so people who want to go have to sign up as groups of four, instead of individually.
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The show will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, and the first show to be filmed is the opener for the series, on September 11, with the regular weekly Saturday slots starting from September 25 and running all the way through to the Saturday before Christmas.
This year, BBC chiefs are offering these tables of four as a draw so, in theory, everyone has as much of a chance of bagging a table at the dance as anyone else.
Programme makers are pointing out to those applying that this year there will be a fair bit of covid T&Cs, including a requirement to register for the NHS Test and Trace system.
“To make the most of the limited space we’ll have in the studio, tickets will be allocated to groups of four, allowing you to come along as a family bubble / household group,” said a spokesperson for the programme.
“We’ll be able to seat family groups of four at cabaret tables and in balcony seating which will be allocated randomly in advance of your arrival at the studio.
“Access requirements must be given to us when you apply, as we will not be able to accommodate them once seats have been assigned. As in previous years, we are operating a random draw and anyone who is successful will be guaranteed admission.
“Registration for the random draw is now open and will remain open until 10pm on Wednesday 25 August,” she added. “You can only apply for four tickets per show. Applications for smaller numbers of tickets will not be permitted. Only apply if you intend to be the named ticket holder. If successful please note that tickets are non-transferable. They cannot be transferred to another date or a person who is not named on the ticket.
“Tickets for this show are being allocated by random draw, so when we receive your ticket request your details are added to the list of applicants. Applications are accepted until the publicised closing date/time.
“Once the random draw has closed all eligible requests are entered into the draw. If successful, we notify you by text message and send your e-ticket(s) to your email address. If unsuccessful you will be kept on the waiting list in case anyone cancels their tickets.
“Please ensure you follow any specific instructions you have been given about arrival times and face coverings. Please do not attend the show if you begin to develop any of the symptoms of coronavirus or if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Remember that every guest must bring original approved photo ID,” she explained.
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