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Strictly Come Dancing hit by ‘Covid curse’ as 2021 launch night viewing figures plummet

Strictly’s launch show appears to have been hit by the “Covid curse”.

Only seven million viewers tuned in for Saturday’s opening episode of the series.

After last year’s nearly nine million viewers, this is one of the lowest numbers for a launch evening.

The show’s controversial anti-vaxx row could have been one reason why it was pulled.

Two professional dancers – who have not been named – are said to have refused to be jabbed.

Viewers feel it sends the wrong message, at a time people need to be protected from the disease. This may have led to a boycott.



It is believed two of the Strictly professional dancers have refused the Covid vaccine
Strictly’s launch show appears to have been hit by the “Covid curse”

Even former health secretary Matt “Coco” Hancock waded into the row, blasting: “Getting the jab isn’t just about protecting yourself, but about ­protecting others. It is a social and moral obligation.

“In all my time in public life, I have never come across a group so blinkered and dangerous as the anti-vaxxers. It’s not just about you.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status.



Tess Daly
Tess Daly certainly dressed to impress as Strictly returned to our screens on Saturday night

“Strictly production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”

It comes after a professional dancer was forced into isolation just days before the launch show when they tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

A spokesperson for the BBC show said at the time: “We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s Covid vaccination status. Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show.”



The BBC presenter has been told to rest but will be able to get back in the dance studio next week
BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker was taken to hospital after injuring himself while training

The show has been hit with plenty of bumps on the road over the past few days.

After injuring his back while training for BBC Breakfast, Dan Walker of BBC Breakfast was taken to the hospital.

As he sat in the hospital’s chair, the TV presenter took a picture of himself.

The TV star claimed that he had injured his head while practicing for Strictly Come Dancing’s live show. He was given a CT scan, which was thankfully clear.

Tess Daly, Claudia Winkleman and Strictly came back to the ballroom Saturday night.

All 15 celebrities found out who their professional partner was.

Next weekend, the couples will be dancing for the first time.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday night on BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing hit by 'Covid curse' as 2021 launch night viewing figures plummet
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