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First look at Strictly Come Dancing cast and judges on new socially distanced set

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THE BBC have given fans their first look at the Strictly Come Dancing cast and judges on the new socially distanced set.

The dancing competition was forced to make a series of changes in order to go on air during the pandemic.

The BBC have released a first look at the pictures

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The BBC have released a first look at the pictures

Now viewers can get a sneak at how the social distancing works for BBC One’s flagship show.

One of the images shows hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkelman standing on the stage – but the normally close pair are now two metres apart.

Behind them on the iconic stage are the band, who are also separated.

There are only three judges until the semi-finals as Bruno Tonioli is not allowed to fly from America while he’s filming Dancing With The Stars.

Claudia and Tess have to stand separated

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Claudia and Tess have to stand separated
The judges have to be distanced from each other

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The judges have to be distanced from each other

Instead, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse take the reigns.

Much like the hosts, the three are sat on three individual purple podiums split two metres apart.

The only people able to break social distancing guidelines are the contestants and pro dancers. They’ll be in a bubble together to help stop spread of the virus.

This means they won’t be able to visit their friends or family until the end of the show.

The dancers are the only ones not socially distancing

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The dancers are the only ones not socially distancing
Even the band have to stay separated

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Even the band have to stay separated
MNEK during his performance

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MNEK during his performance

The live performance on the first night is Joel Corry and MNEK, with professionals Nadiya Bychkova and Graziano Di Prima dancing together for it.

Other professionals joining them are Neil Jones with Nancy Xu.

Strictly Come Dancing fans were left devastated on Friday when the official pairings were leaked online.

The Sun Online didn’t spoil Saturday’s surprise by revealing where the leak is or who is paired with who – but fans who stumbled across the pairings were left devastated.

Shirley Ballas posing for the first night

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Shirley Ballas posing for the first night
Craig Revel Horwood ready for the first night of dancing

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Craig Revel Horwood ready for the first night of dancing
Motsi Mabuse stunning in her gold dress

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Motsi Mabuse stunning in her gold dress
The Glitterball Trophy that all the stars are looking for

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The Glitterball Trophy that all the stars are looking for

One loyal Strictly viewer complained: “It was nice not knowing the pairings – that’s spoilt Saturday night.”

While another penned: “Can’t believe these leaked with just two days to go.”

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