Strictly Come Dancing star Tilly Ramsay said the production team ‘worked so hard to keep everyone safe’ amid ongoing reports of unvaccinated professional dancers.
he social media star, who is the daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, will perform a waltz with her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin when live broadcasts return on Saturday night.
The show will go ahead as planned following reports in The Sun that three of the professional dancers are unvaccinated.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already waded into the row, urging them to get the shot.
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, Ramsay was asked if she felt safe on set and if Strictly was “strict” on protocols.
She replied, “It definitely is.
“First of all, I think it’s just amazing that they even got to stage the show.
“They work so hard to keep everyone safe.
“And I think we really feel that.”
Professional dancer Gorka Marquez told ITV’s This Morning the reports were “just speculation”.
He added, “What I do know is that the show has a big responsibility to keep everyone safe, a lot of testing, a lot of trying to keep everyone distanced and safe during the studio. .
“They did it last year, we were all safe, so this year they are doing the same thing and it will work because we did it last year.”
When asked if he would prefer a vaccinated environment, he replied: “Everyone is free to do what they want.
“You’re going out on the streets right now and some people might be vaccinated and some might not.”
His celebrity partner, soap opera star Katie McGlynn, added: “I think it depends on each individual because as I know last year you were in a relationship and everyone was in a hotel while you get a little more freedom this year because of the vaccinations, but if it was me, personally, I just wouldn’t see my family.
“Every situation is different, personally I don’t know everyone’s situation because it’s none of our business because we have to separate from everyone, but everyone gets along like fire and seems fine. gel.”
Speaking to reporters in Washington DC on Wednesday, Mr Johnson said he would urge dancers to get a Covid shot.
He said: “I think it’s up to the growers, but I strongly believe that people should get vaccinated.
“I don’t want to bully people or lecture them, but I don’t mind lecturing them, I will lecture them: I think it’s a good thing to do for you, your family, your community.
“I think people should get a shot and that’s a wonderful thing to do.”
The BBC said it was following all government guidelines to ensure the show could be made safely.
The first live show will see Great British Bake Off star John Whaite and professional Johannes Radebe, the first all-male couple in the show’s history, perform a tango on New Order’s Blue Monday.
Ramsay and Kuzmin will dance a waltz to Camila Cabello’s Consequences, while McGlynn and Marquez will tango to Griff’s Black Hole.
Actor Greg Wise and his partner Karen Hauer will do an American Smooth to That’s Life by Frank Sinatra, while Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden of McFly will tackle a cha cha through September by Earth, Wind and Fire.
A spokesperson for Strictly said: ‘We do not comment on speculation about someone’s Covid vaccination status.
“The production of Strictly Come Dancing has and will continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone on the show.”
The first live broadcast will air on BBC One at 7 p.m. on Saturday September 25.