Strictly Come Dancing stars banned from kissing with ‘one snog and you’re out’ rule

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As we prepare for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing to start, bosses have put a kissing ban on their contestants to minimise any risk of covid breakouts.

The producers of the BBC show have warned them they will have a rule: "One snog and you're out."

It's believed the bosses don't want any of the celebrities or professionals kissing after it was claimed Maisie Smith and HRVY broke social distancing rules last year.

The same series saw Katya Jones and Nicola Adams – the first same-sex coupling on the show – leave the competition when the boxing champion tested positive for coronavirus.

The ban is in place as the BBC don't want to take "any chances" this year and make sure the show will be as safe as possible.

"Although the pandemic has eased since last year’s series, the BBC aren’t taking any chances," a source said.

“This kissing ban is likely to be part of a package of measures introduced by producers to make the show as safe as possible.

“They want to minimise the risk of any bombshells, particularly as a studio audience is being brought back into the studio this year.”

It comes after the programme had a scare when professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova tested positive for Covid-19 last month.

After Nadiya contracted the virus, all members of the new line-up and the show's crew had to isolate for ten days.

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Elsewhere, Dan Walker, who will be starring on this year's series, accidentally let slip the start date of the show as he was presenting BBC Breakfast.

Dan, 44, seemed to reveal that the programme will start to air on September 18, just over two weeks away.

Louise, 52, said to Dan: "I will be watching you and even vote for you. When does it start?"

"Well, I was just going to put your date in the diary," he replied.

"It actually starts, well, I meet, the meet and greet the partner in a couple of days time.

"Then the first show is on the 18th and the live shows start on the 25th!"

Louise went on to joke: "I leave on the 15th, you on the 18th!" before Dan added: "Like it's all been planned out, which it hasn't!"

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