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Strictly Come Dancing pro who caught Covid CAN dance on show after negative test

THE Strictly pro who was forced into isolation after catching Covid will be allowed back to compete in Saturday night’s first live show.

After testing negative on Wednesday, bosses gave the green light for the dancer, who has not been named, to return to the BBC1 dance contest.

That means they can rejoin their celebrity partner for face-to-face rehearsals, but they will only have two to three days to rehearse for their performance.

A TV insider said: “Strictly producers will be breathing a huge sigh of relief at this news, as losing a celebrity and having to replace them at the last minute would be a nightmare scenario.

“They were hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst, and already had another pro waiting in the wings if the test came back positive.

“There was always the option of having the celebrity skip the first live show as they wouldn’t have had much time to prepare their first dance with their partner, which would have been particularly galling.”

It’s understood the famous face and the pro in question had been trying to learn sections of their routine via zoom calls this week.

The series officially began with last week’s pre-recorded launch show and it was the day after this was filmed, on September 12, that they tested positive. The celebrity tested negative, however.

That show, which featured footage of the celeb and pro being introduced to one another, as it aired on September 18 at which time the celeb was in the middle of their isolation period.

Crucially, this Saturday night’s show is the first time they’ll dance as a pair and have their performance scored by the judges.

Government guidelines say that if a person has been double vaccinated and test negative after eight days they no longer need to isolate.

But the pro in question only ended their isolation after ten days and it’s not clear if they were tested eight days into their isolation.

The blow came after pro Nadiya Bychkova tested positive for Covid last month and also had to go into isolation.

Last year Katya Jones, who formed one half of Strictly’s first same sex partnership, also caught Covid.

Both she and dance partner, ex-boxer Nicola Adams, automatically had to leave the competition.

But this year bosses said a positive test, even in the midst of the competition, wouldn’t necessarily mean automatically leaving the contest so long as their ten day isolation period didn’t see them miss more than one show.

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