Last year Covid restrictions saw the series cut short from 13 week to just nine and the cast and crew were quarantined in hotels to limit the spread of the virus. This led to the cancellation of the highly popular Halloween Week, and the annual trip to Blackpool's famous Tower Ballroom.
Executive producer Sarah James told The Mirror: “We’re so thrilled that Strictly will be returning for a full-length series this year, and know how much viewers are looking forward to getting their full Strictly fix and seeing the return of much-loved specials.”
But she added: “We are all so sad that we won’t be able to get to Blackpool this year but can’t wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future."
Strictly first featured the Blackpool Ballroom week - in front of a larger live audience - in the second series, and following its popularity has returned almost every year since series seven. It usually takes place in week nine of the competition.
Due to the shorter series in 2020 Halloween fell during the second week of the BBC celebrity dance contest. The themed week is a favourite with fans for its elaborate costumes and humorous dances.
James said at the time: "We have done a Halloween group number but Halloween would fall on the second week this year and we thought it would be a bit soon for a themed week.”
As part of the limits placed on the live shows last year there were just 12 celebrity contestants instead of the usual 15.
If a contestant of dancer tested positive for Covid-19 during the series they were forced to pull out of the competition. This led to boxer Nicola Adams and her professional partner Katya Jones withdrawing after just three weeks when Jones tested positive. The couple had made history as Strictly first same-sex pairing.
The shows were all filmed on site at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood with no studio audience present and the professional group numbers were filmed in advance.
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