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Strictly Come Dancing bosses in crisis over hiring this year’s celebrities — as talks stall during coronavirus lockdown


STRICTLY Come Dancing bosses are in crisis over hiring this year’s celebrities — as talks stall in the coronavirus lockdown.

They have been struggling to get stars to commit to the BBC show, which may yet have to be cancelled.

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Producers are being told the celebs may need to take on other better-paid, commercial projects to recoup money they are losing by staying at home in lockdown.

And the bookers have been urged to delay getting their names on dotted lines so the BBC avoids having to pay signing-on fees.

Stars get a slice of their fee when they join and it cannot be claimed back if the show has to be cancelled because of the virus.

BBC bosses are already under pressure after two of the show’s most popular pro dancers, Kevin Clifton and AJ Pritchard, decided to leave the series.

They have approached possible signings but Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing is the only celebrity definitely on the show.


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He was invited back after an injury ruled him out of last year’s series.

An insider revealed: “The booker has been told to hang fire and make sure no one actually signs on the dotted line for now.

“With the show being so up in the air, they have been told to try and get negotiations up to the final stage but then delay the signing of the contracts.”

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