Shirley Ballas confident Strictly will return this year: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’

How to complete the Animal Crossing: New Horizons May Day Tour mazeShirley is sure Strictly will be back (Picture: BBC)

Shirley Ballas has assured Strictly Come Dancing fans that BBC1’s flagship autumn show will return – if the show’s producers have their way, at least.

The ballroom dancing icon says the Strictly team will do ‘anything and everything’ to get the 18th series on the road, despite the global coronavirus pandemix and the social distancing measures implemented to prevent the spread of the virus.

But brace yourselves for change, because the studio audience may have to go, as per Saturday Night Takeaway.

Speaking to The Sun, Shirley said: ‘I spoke to some people and they will do anything and everything to make sure that show goes on.

‘We are in tough times with the coronavirus but where there is a will, there is a way.

‘I feel like they will come through.’

It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball also weighed in, saying: ‘Whatever happens with the situation I know that they are going to put that show on somehow.

How to complete the Animal Crossing: New Horizons May Day Tour mazeZoe Ball is the host of Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

‘It might not have a studio audience, it might be slightly different.’

Zoe and Shirley’s comments follow a top BBC boss hinting that shows like Strictly could follow the example of last year’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, which didn’t have a studio audience.

Speaking virtually at a Edinburgh TV Festival discussion this week, the BBC’s director of content Charlotte Moore said she was ‘looking very carefully’ at the situation.

How to complete the Animal Crossing: New Horizons May Day Tour mazeOti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher won last year’s series of Strictly (Picture: PA)

She said: ‘[People think] if it is shiny floor, it needs an audience, and I don’t think that’s necessarily true.

‘When you look at something like [RuPaul’s Drag Race], which is a big shiny floor talent competition with all sorts of catwalks, singing, dancing, impressions – it never has an audience.

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‘The audience is the four judges and I don’t think it suffers from that at all. I think it is a brilliant show!’

She added that Strictly is ‘one of our big priorities’, but warned ‘inevitably things are going to change’.

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