Anton Du Beke says unintentional dancers who accidentally spread COVID backstage could cause the “end” of Strictly.
The 55-year-old new judge warned that a behind-the-scenes coronavirus outbreak would shut down the hit show’s nineteenth series.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today after three professional dancers were denied life-saving vaccines, Anton said: “In all seriousness I don’t know (which is unpublished) because I’m no longer a pro so I’m not in the group.
“Everyone is keeping their distance and wearing masks and everything is ready as we are in the grip of the pandemic.
“It’s all taken seriously and everyone is following government advice. If anything spreads through the group it’s the end of the show.
“Everyone wants it to work because of their hard work. I can’t wait for the first show.”
However, the BBC has backed the non-castrated dancers after mounting pressure to be vaccinated to remain in the series.
It also revealed that those embroiled in the anti-wax storm have said they would rather leave than laugh.
And former Strictly star and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lined up.
Ahead of the first live show later this week, the BBC has issued a statement clarifying that they are not forcing stars to get vaccinated in order to compete.
A spokesperson said: “A lot has been written in recent days about vaccination and strictures.
“The BBC has never commented or confirmed anyone’s vaccination status on the show. This is not our place.
“Not that there has been concern with the BBC or the Strictly production team about vaccinations from dancers or celebrities, or that they have threatened to quit.
“We have strict procedures in place to protect those at the show and in wider production.
“Among the many measures taken on Strictly, dancers are regularly tested to ensure they stay in close contact with their partners.
“The cast, crew and everyone working on Strictly is focused on the first live show this weekend and delivering yet another great series.”
However, a household name in the line-up was not aware that their new teammate had been unconnected while training together.
The celeb – who is pro-vaccine – was furious over the failure of BBC owners to secure their medical security despite strict Covid bubble measures.
A friend said: “He couldn’t believe his partner wouldn’t speak.
“Strictly the biggest show on TV and flouting its anti-Covid measures during the pandemic.
“He thought he would be protected so that his teammate would know he didn’t do a single jab, it’s very worrying.
“The couple has already practiced together for tens of hours. Obviously, there is a lot of anger and a lot of questions to be asked.”
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