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Strictly’s HRVY and Janette Manrara leave It Takes Two amid claims ‘final will have FIVE couples’

Strictly Come Dancing stars HRVY and Janette Manrara ensured they were wearing their face masks as they left filming for It Takes Two on Wednesday.

The pair jumped into a car to drive home after recording the spin-off show as they prepare to take to the floor for Movie Week on Saturday.

It comes amid reports that this year’s Strictly couple see five couples go head-to-head to win the coveted Glitterball trophy as bosses opt against double vote-offs during the show’s nine-week run.

Safety first: Strictly Come Dancing stars HRVY and Janette Manrara ensured they were wearing their face masks as they left filming for It Takes Two on Wednesday

HRVY and Janette chatted to host Zoe Ball about their Movie Week performance, which will see them dance the Cha Cha Cha to Don’t Go Breaking My Heart from Gnomeo and Juliet.  

The pair made their exit alongside fellow pro Katya Jones, who will dance the Jive with Nicola Adams to the hit Grease Lightnin’.  

Max George and his professional partner Dianne Buswell were also seen leaving the BBC studios after another day of filming, as they continue practising the Couples’ Choice which they will perform to The Simpsons Movie theme song.

Out and about: The pair made their exit alongside fellow pro Katya Jones

Exciting: The remaining eleven couples are set to take to the floor for Movie Week on Saturday

Out and about: The pair made their exit alongside fellow pro Katya Jones, as the remaining eleven couples prepare to take to the floor for Movie Week on Saturday

Reports: It comes amid claims that this year's Strictly final will see five couples battling it out for the Glitterball trophy for the first time in the show's history

Reports: It comes amid claims that this year’s Strictly final will see five couples battling it out for the Glitterball trophy for the first time in the show’s history

Rumours: According to reports BBC bosses decided against whittling down the lineup through double vote-offs despite shortening the show's run to just nine weeks

Rumours: According to reports BBC bosses decided against whittling down the lineup through double vote-offs despite shortening the show’s run to just nine weeks

It comes amid claims that this year’s Strictly final will see five couples battling it out for the Glitterball trophy for the first time in the show’s history.

According to reports BBC bosses decided against whittling down the lineup through double vote-offs despite shortening the show’s run to just nine weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A source told The Mirror: ‘They are sure it will capture imaginations. It will make things much more open – with the potential for big shocks.’ 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Strictly Come Dancing for comment.

Exciting: A source told The Mirror : 'They are sure it will capture imaginations. It will make things much more open – with the potential for big shocks' (Zoe Ball pictured)

Exciting: A source told The Mirror : ‘They are sure it will capture imaginations. It will make things much more open – with the potential for big shocks’ (Zoe Ball pictured)

Off she goes! It Takes Two host Zoe Ball was also seen leaving the BBC studios after recording the Strictly spin-off

Off she goes! It Takes Two host Zoe Ball was also seen leaving the BBC studios after recording the Strictly spin-off

This year’s Strictly remains wide open, with no clear frontrunner despite actress Maisie Smith and social media star HRVY remaining odds-on favourites.

It comes just a day after BBC bosses confirmed plans for a live audience at their shows in November would be axed as England is plunged into lockdown.

The new rules, which come into effect on Thursday until Wednesday 2 December, orders the nation to stay at home except for ‘specific purposes’. 

All home visits – including in gardens – are banned unless you are part of a support bubble. 

Annoying: Zoe appeared to be struggling with the perils of wearing glasses with a mask, as her lenses steamed up while she climbed into the car

Annoying: Zoe appeared to be struggling with the perils of wearing glasses with a mask, as her lenses steamed up while she climbed into the car

Sad news: Strictly has now made the decision to axe its live audience for the November shows after allowing a select few people in the studio at a social distance for earlier episodes

Sad news: Strictly has now made the decision to axe its live audience for the November shows after allowing a select few people in the studio at a social distance for earlier episodes

Strictly has now made the decision to axe its live audience for the November shows after allowing a select few people in the studio at a social distance for earlier episodes.

So far, the contestants’ friends and family, as well as select chosen NHS workers, have been able to sit in the audience while wearing visors or face masks.   

Issuing a statement to their official website on Tuesday night, the BBC said they were ‘sad’ over the development which will see this week’s movie themed episode without an audience.

Leaving: Max George and Dianna Buswell were also seen leaving filming together along with their zany costumes for their Simpsons-inspired performance this weekend

Leaving: Max George and Dianna Buswell were also seen leaving filming together along with their zany costumes for their Simpsons-inspired performance this weekend 

It read: ‘In light of the new lockdown measures which take effect in England from Thursday 5 November, we’re sad to announce that we won’t be able to have a live studio audience for Strictly Come Dancing during November. 

‘Ticket holders have been notified. No tickets will be sent out for December shows until we are sure it will be safe and compliant to welcome audiences back, so please keep checking back for updates. We will continue to follow government guidelines.’

They added: ‘We understand how disappointing this will be, but we very much hope we will see some of you later in the series – and in the meantime you can continue to watch all the action from the comfort and safety of your sofa, live on Saturday nights, with extra backstage gossip every weekday evening on Strictly – It Takes Two.’

Back on screens: Strictly was able to return last month after introducing an an array of strict measures

Rules: The new measures include regular testing and pre-recorded group routines

Back on screens: Strictly was able to return last month after introducing an an array of strict measures including regular testing and pre-recorded group routines

Transition: Dianne and Max have been practising the Couples' Choice which they will perform to The Simpsons Movie theme song

Transition: Dianne and Max have been practising the Couples’ Choice which they will perform to The Simpsons Movie theme song

It is believed that The Graham Norton Show and Have I Got News For You will also be ditching their live audiences to adhere to new coronavirus rules.  

Strictly was able to return last month after introducing an an array of strict measures including regular testing and pre-recorded group routines.   

Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse – have appeared in the studio with separate rostrums, after Bruno Tonioli was unable to appear due to travel concerns. 

Veteran judge Bruno has been ‘involved remotely’ and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles.

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

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

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


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