STRICTLY bosses face a nightmarish dilemma over what to do if a competitor gets Covid after the quarter-final.
Currently, anyone testing positive must leave the BBC1 contest for a week.
But under those rules, it would mean any couple who made it through the quarters but then caught the virus would be automatically forced to miss the semi-finals.
And that leaves Strictly producers with the choice of either allowing them straight through to the final – or forcing them to quit.
A Strictly source said: “No matter what course of action they take, it is likely to be viewed as unfair.
“There could a lot of pressure to have extra contestants in the final which will create its own problems.
“There are contingency plans in place for many eventualities and the show is prepared to adapt.
“But it’s a potential nightmare.”
Just days before Strictly’s first show of the new series, an unnamed professional tested positive and had to isolate for ten days.
Then just hours after the first live show aired last saturday, McFly’s Tom Fletcher, 36, and his pro partner Amy Dowden, 31, caught Covid despite being double jabbed.
That means they are now isolating for ten days and will have to miss next week’s show – although they are determined to be fully recovered and prepared to return in week three.
Last year, when anyone catching Covid had to isolate for two weeks, it meant competitors would automatically miss two weeks of Strictly and would have to leave the competition.
That proved disastrous when Katya jones tested positive forcing her and ex boxer Nicola Adams – who fomed the show’s first same sex duo – out of Strictly prematurely.
The BBC declined to comment.
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