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Strictly pros give a glimpse into their 'hotel bubble'

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The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their 'hotel bubble' on Saturday's launch show.

The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines.

Listing the show's strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in.

a group of people standing in the grass: Bubble: The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their 'hotel bubble' on Saturday's launch show © Provided by Daily Mail Bubble: The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their 'hotel bubble' on Saturday's launch show

Amy Dowden said: 'Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.'

To which Neil Jones added: 'All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.'

Amy continued: 'We usually spend the whole month learning all the group numbers and perform them throughout the series. However, this year, we have pre-recorded all of the group numbers to make it safer for us all.'

Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel 

a group of purple flowers: Isolation: The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines © Provided by Daily Mail Isolation: The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines a group of people posing for the camera: Intense: Listing the show's strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in © Provided by Daily Mail Intense: Listing the show's strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in

Karen Hauer admitted that it had been 'really lonely' isolating by themselves and was nice to be reunited together.

The pros joked that it was an intense experience as they had two weeks to learn all of the group numbers and it was just 'dance, dance, dance' with 'no escaping'.

Strictly then shared a glimpse of the group routines being pre-recorded in the studios, revealing that all crew members had to wear masks with everyone on set sanitising their hands. 

With the crew working together around the clock, 300 costumes were made during the 25-day hotel bubble stay.

a woman smiling in a park: Amy Dowden said: 'Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.' © Provided by Daily Mail Amy Dowden said: 'Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.' a group of people standing in the grass: Lovely: To which Neil Jones added: 'All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.' © Provided by Daily Mail Lovely: To which Neil Jones added: 'All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.'

While the sets and routines will have exciting stunts including explosions, trains and bikes with the pros saying 'it looks like a full on movie production'.


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The dancers also had to pre-record the final group routine and even a festive Christmas performance. 

Elsewhere, also during the show, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly outlined how the show had adapted to the current climate and introduced safety measures.

They told the audience: 'Earlier in the year out dedicated professional dancers isolated at home before moving into a hotel together and becoming a household.

a person in a green field: Strict: Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel © Provided by Daily Mail Strict: Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel Karen Hauer et al. posing for the camera: 'Lonely': Karen Hauer admitted that it had been 'really lonely' isolating by themselves and was nice to be reunited together © Provided by Daily Mail 'Lonely': Karen Hauer admitted that it had been 'really lonely' isolating by themselves and was nice to be reunited together

'Because of this they were able to perform their group dances together. We will explain more about that later in the show.' 

The glam pair then continued: 'And there are some other changes too, Tess and I are two metres apart and we have a smaller audience in household groups and socially distanced from each other.

'And thankfully Dave Arch and his wonderful orchestra and singers are here and are able to perform safely too.'  

The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 pairings were revealed on Saturday night during the highly-anticipated pre-recorded launch show for the 18th series.

a group of people standing on the floor: Dance, dance, dance: The pros joked that it was an intense experience as they had two weeks to learn all of the group numbers and it was just 'dance, dance, dance' with 'no escaping' © Provided by Daily Mail Dance, dance, dance: The pros joked that it was an intense experience as they had two weeks to learn all of the group numbers and it was just 'dance, dance, dance' with 'no escaping' a group of people performing on stage in front of a crowd: Incredible: Strictly then shared a glimpse of the group routines being pre-recorded in the studios, revealing that all crew members had to wear masks with everyone on set sanitising their hands © Provided by Daily Mail Incredible: Strictly then shared a glimpse of the group routines being pre-recorded in the studios, revealing that all crew members had to wear masks with everyone on set sanitising their hands

Celebrities including Nicola Adams, Jamie Laing and Maisie Smith discovered which professional dancer would put them through their paces in the upcoming weeks. 

The pairings were revealed as Nicola and Katya Jones, Jamie and Karen Hauer, Maisie and Gorka Marquez, Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe, Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk, and Max George and Dianne Buswell. 

Rounding off the Strictly duos were Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice, Clara Amfo and Aljaz Skorjanec, Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden, Hrvy and Janette Manrara, and Rt Hon Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7:25pm on BBC One. 

a person standing on a stage: Staying safe: Elsewhere, also during the show, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly outlined how the show had adapted to the current climate and introduced safety measures © Provided by Daily Mail Staying safe: Elsewhere, also during the show, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly outlined how the show had adapted to the current climate and introduced safety measures Read more
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