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Inside Strictly pro dancers' isolation hotel with huge dance tent as they form a bubble to stop spread of coronavirus

THE STRICTLY pro dancers showed off their isolation hotel with its huge dance tent as they formed a bubble to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Last night Strictly fans were given a glimpse of their accommodation ahead of the show, with dancer Neil Jones saying: "All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel."

Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel, where they filmed many of the group dances for the series.

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

The dancers reunited at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the spectacular routines.

She 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."

Coronavirus measures also mean that while couples will be in close quarters with each other during rehearsals and performances, they will socially distance from other contestants.

Either the professional dancer or the celebrity will also be living on their own for the duration of the series as they form an exclusive support bubble.

This has meant Strictly's Janette Manrara is living apart from husband Aljaz Skorjanec.

Strictly will run for just nine weeks this year, with no Halloween special or Blackpool trip.

Everyone on set must wear a mask, take frequent temperature checks and sanitise.

There will be multiple deep cleans each day, and anyone on set must sign a form to state they have no Covid symptoms.

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