Strictly stars leave nothing to chance arriving for rehearsals wearing face coverings

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A barely recognisable Bill Bailey, 55, gave a salute before entering the studios in London wearing a hat, sunglasses and a blue snood. His professional partner Oti Mabuse, 30, arrived with a more traditional mask. EastEnders star Maisie Smith, 19, turned up for rehearsals ahead of Saturday’s live show. Her Spanish dance partner Gorka Marquez, 30, arrived soon with a coffee in hand, and gave photographers the thumbs up.

 

Maisie and Gorka won against Max George and Dianne Buswell, who were eliminated in the dance-off on Sunday evening.

Covid-related scares have hit the show.

Katya Jones, 31, and her dance partner Nicola Adams, 38, were axed after Katya tested positive for coronavirus.

 

But a source said the pair could return for a special performance at the end of the season. An insider said: “Strictly bosses knew as soon as Nicola had to leave that they wanted to do something special for her.

“The rules mean she can’t come back to the show next year but they’re planning to bring her back for the final.

“And Katya is a much-valued professional and is hugely popular. This hasn’t affected her place in the Strictly family.”

  • Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One on Saturdays, 7.15pm and Sundays at 7.25pm.

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