Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing set to go head to head in Autumn ratings battle

Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing are set for an Autumn ratings battle as both shows are set to air on the same weekend.  

The ITV talent search show will air its live semi-finals in September following a delay because of COVID-19 however this coincides with Strictly’s launch show. 

A source told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre TV column: ‘Both are hugely popular and this will split the audience if they are on at the same time. Both the Strictly launch show and the first proper dancing episode both air in September.

Tense: Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing are set for an Autumn ratings battle as both shows are set to air on the same weekend (Amanda Holden, pictured in May last year)

‘But that’s when Simon Cowell and the BGT producers are planning on airing the semi-finals now they have their line-up locked in.

‘They could try and air the semi-finals across a full week, but the final episode will likely clash with Strictly.’ 

They also reiterated that this clash is due to coronavirus messing with the TV schedule. 

BGT judge Amanda Holden has previously said she and her fellow judges, Simon, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon have been given an Autumn date for filming to resume.

Conflict: The ITV talent search show will air its live semi-finals in September following a delay because of COVID-19 however this coincides with Strictly's launch show (Katya and Neil Jones, pictured last year)

Conflict: The ITV talent search show will air its live semi-finals in September following a delay because of COVID-19 however this coincides with Strictly’s launch show (Katya and Neil Jones, pictured last year)

However, that will depend on what social distancing guidelines are still in place as the show will not go ahead without a live audience.

She explained: ‘All of the main judges have been given a date to hold in early autumn to see if it works live.

‘But we would never do it without an audience because we’ve always said the British public is the fifth judge.

Head to head: A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: 'Both are hugely popular and this will split the audience if they are on at the same time. Both the 'Strictly' launch show and the first proper dancing episode both air in September'

Head to head: A source told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre TV column: ‘Both are hugely popular and this will split the audience if they are on at the same time. Both the ‘Strictly’ launch show and the first proper dancing episode both air in September’ 

‘So we can’t do it without them – it would be no fun without them! We’ll see what happens, but we are planning to do it this year.’

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing bosses reportedly discussed filming the next series in a hotel so the cast and crew could self-isolate together amid the coronavirus crisis.

According to The Sun, producers are said to have considered hiring out a hotel in its entirety with a ballroom space to reduce risk among the contestants and the crew.

However, the move could have worried the partners of the celebrity contestants who would be staying in the same hotel as their dance partners after the show has had several stars starting relationships with their dancers.

They continued: ''But that's when Simon Cowell and the 'BGT' producers are planning on airing the semi-finals now they have their line-up locked in' (AJ Pritchard and Saffron Barker, pictured in January)

They continued: ”But that’s when Simon Cowell and the ‘BGT’ producers are planning on airing the semi-finals now they have their line-up locked in’ (AJ Pritchard and Saffron Barker, pictured in January)

A source told the publication: ‘Strictly is the jewel in the crown, so they’re doing everything in their power to make sure it will go ahead as seamlessly as possible. 

‘Early in the stages of the COVID-19 crisis it was seriously discussed as an option to hire an entire hotel, and to have the cast and crew all live, train and film in the same place.  

‘It was mooted as a potential plan because it meant that if one of those involved in the show did start to develop symptoms, there would be no risk to the public in any way and they could easily self-isolate.’

They'll be back: BGT judge Amanda Holden has previously said she and her fellow judges, Simon, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon have been given an Autumn date for filming to resume

They’ll be back: BGT judge Amanda Holden has previously said she and her fellow judges, Simon, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon have been given an Autumn date for filming to resume

One hotel the production considered was the London Hilton on Park Lane, which has one of the largest ballrooms in the capital.

However, now BBC bosses are hopeful that the show will be able to go ahead as originally planned at Elstree Studios.

The source added that the crew are hoping further lockdown easing will mean not too much will have to be changed to the show’s production and it is hoped the BBC will have more news in the coming weeks.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Strictly Come Dancing for comment.

Making plans: Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing bosses reportedly discussed filming the next series in a hotel so the cast and crew could self-isolate together amid the coronavirus crisis (Luba Mushtuk, Dianne Buswell and Karen Hauer pictured in January)

Making plans: Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing bosses reportedly discussed filming the next series in a hotel so the cast and crew could self-isolate together amid the coronavirus crisis (Luba Mushtuk, Dianne Buswell and Karen Hauer pictured in January)



Former Strictly Come Dancing star Camilla Sacre-Dallerup is donating her wedding dress to charity

Ex Strictly star Camilla Sacre-Dallerup is donating her wedding dress after revealing she has been forced to cancel plans to return to Ibiza wedding venue for her 10-year anniversary

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Camilla Sacre-Dallerup has revealed that she is donating her designer wedding dress.

The 42-year-old said she wished to gift her exquisite designer dress to a deserving bride-to-be after cancelling plans to return to the site of her nuptials for her 10-year anniversary.

She told Hello! Magazine: ‘It was the dress of my dreams, and I would like to donate it to someone who might have need of it, because it is an amazing dress, it is stunning. 

Giving: Former Strictly Come Dancing star Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, 42, has revealed that she is donating her designer wedding dress

‘If it can give happiness to someone else as it did to me, then I will be delighted…

‘I would love to gift it to someone. I would love it to make someone else’s day special as it did for me.’ 

The tulle Suzanne Neville gown boasts ruffles as well as hand-embroidered crystal and pearl bead embellishments.  

Heyday: The 42-year-old said she wished to gift her exquisite designer dress to a deserving bride-to-be after cancelling plans to return to the site of her nuptials for her 10-year anniversary

Heyday: The 42-year-old said she wished to gift her exquisite designer dress to a deserving bride-to-be after cancelling plans to return to the site of her nuptials for her 10-year anniversary

Camilla, who married former Hollyoaks actor Kevin Sacre in Ibiza in July 2010, added: ‘We always said we would go back for our tenth anniversary but that is not going to happen now. 

‘We loved everything about the day and I am just so glad I married my best friend. Kevin is an amazing team-mate.’

On sale: Read the full Camilla Sacre-Dallerup interview in Hello! Magazine on Monday

On sale: Read the full Camilla Sacre-Dallerup interview in Hello! Magazine on Monday

The couple live in Los Angeles after relocating from the UK six years ago, which is where Camilla is now a life coach and hypnotherapist and teaches meditation. 

She would be overseas herself right now, in New Zealand filming Dancing with the Stars, on which she is head judge, but this year’s series has been cancelled.    

Camilla split with her first fiance Brendan Cole in 2004 during the first ever season of Strictly Come Dancing.

Brendan was paired up – and won – with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky before rumours of an affair began to emerge.  

Camilla spoke about the rumours in an interview with the Daily Star in 2015.

She said: ‘To this day I have no idea whether it was her fame and celebrity that swept him away or if he really did feel a strong connection with her. 

‘I’m guessing it was probably a bit of both. It felt as if the fact that we’d just got engaged meant nothing to either of them.  

‘What was really hurtful was not just that Brendan appeared to have forgotten he was engaged, the entire nation seem to have forgotten he was engaged.’ 

Read the full Camilla Sacre-Dallerup interview in Hello! Magazine on Monday.   

Split: Camilla split with her first fiance Brendan Cole in 2004 during the first ever season of Strictly Come Dancing

Split: Camilla split with her first fiance Brendan Cole in 2004 during the first ever season of Strictly Come Dancing 



Strictly’s Katya Jones reveals her mum told her to ‘toughen up’ after Seann Walsh kiss

Strictly’s Katya Jones reveals her mum told her to ‘toughen up and stop crying’ after she was caught kissing dance partner Seann Walsh

Katya Jones has revealed her mum told her to ‘toughen up’ and ‘stop crying’ following her Seann Walsh kissing scandal.  

The Strictly pro, 30, was caught kissing her then dance partner, 34, in 2018, while she was still married to fellow pro dancer Neil Jones, 37.

Speaking on The Makers Podcast she confessed her Korean-born civil engineering graduate mother Tatiana Kim gave her the ‘kick up the a**e’ she needed.’

Tough love: Katya Jones has revealed her mum Tatiana Kim told her to ‘toughen up’ and ‘stop crying’ following her Seann Walsh kissing scandal

The Russian beauty explained: ‘It has been really hard.’

She continued: ‘During Strictly last year I had a really bad, emotional moment, I called my mum on FaceTime because I didn’t want people to understand what I was saying.

‘I felt so sorry for myself, I was in tears. 

‘I thought she was going to be nice to me and feel sorry for me, but she shouted at me: “Katya, stop crying right now and toughen up. What do you think that everyone in entertainment and the TV world is going to be nice you?”.

Scandal: The Strictly pro, 30, was caught kissing Seann, her dance partner, 34, in 2018 before splitting from fellow pro husband Neil Jones, 37, last year

Scandal: The Strictly pro, 30, was caught kissing Seann, her dance partner, 34, in 2018 before splitting from fellow pro husband Neil Jones, 37, last year

‘It was such a shock and it was a good thing it was exactly what I needed, I needed a kick up my a**e.’

She ended: ‘I stopped crying immediately and went, “You’re right mum”.’ 

Katya and Seann’s kiss caused a scandal back in 2018 due to Katya still being married to Neil, and Seann being in a long-term relationship with actress Rebecca Humphries.

Such was the scandal that fans of the show called for the pair to be axed from Strictly, with Seann revealing a year on that he was in therapy to deal with the backlash.

Seann and Rebecca split shortly afterwards, whilst Katya and Neil called an end to their marriage last year.   

Amicable exes: Katya and Seann's kiss caused a scandal back in 2018 due to Katya still being married to Neil. The couple split in September last year

Amicable exes: Katya and Seann’s kiss caused a scandal back in 2018 due to Katya still being married to Neil. The couple split in September last year

Meanwhile, Neil recently shut down rumours which claimed he’s gay.

In a new interview, the Strictly pro insisted he’s straight but joked his mother wished he was gay so they could ‘go shopping together’.

The choreographer spoke out 18 months after he was labelled as a homosexual by his love rival Seann.

During a stand-up performance in Kennington in 2018, the comedian was reported to have said: ‘You know who I am now motherf****r, I’m the guy who kissed a gay man’s wife.’

Struggle: Such was the scandal that fans of the show called for the pair to be axed from Strictly, with Seann revealing a year on that he was in therapy to deal with the backlash

Struggle: Such was the scandal that fans of the show called for the pair to be axed from Strictly, with Seann revealing a year on that he was in therapy to deal with the backlash 

The funnyman quickly urged the audience to ‘not report that’ and insisted he was only joking.

Moving on from the jibe, dance expert Neil told The Sun: ‘In ballroom there’s a lot of straight guys. But mum was always like, ‘It’s a shame you’re not gay because we could go shopping together’. 

‘And I was thinking, ‘whether I’m gay or not there’s no chance, you take forever’.’     

Hitting back: Neil recently shut down rumours which claimed he's gay, 18 months after he was labelled as a homosexual by his love rival Seann

 Hitting back: Neil recently shut down rumours which claimed he’s gay, 18 months after he was labelled as a homosexual by his love rival Seann



Strictly bosses ‘set their sights on social media stars Holly H and Zoe Sugg’

Strictly Come Dancing bosses have reportedly got their eyes on social media sensation Holly H, 23, for their new series.

Sources claim the online star is being considered to help boost the show’s younger audience, along with Zoe Sugg and Mrs Hinch, both 30. 

It comes amid claims that older celebrities may be banned from competing on Strictly this year, citing health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. 

Exciting: Strictly Come Dancing bosses have reportedly got their eyes on social media sensation Holly H, 23, for their new series (pictured February 2020)

According to The Sunday Mirror, bosses are keen to sign Holly, who first found fame on Vine in 2015 before transitioning to lip-syncing platform TikTok, where she boasts more than 16 million followers. 

Elsewhere Zoe, formerly known as Zoella, is the sister of former Strictly contestant Joe Sugg, who made it to the final on the show in 2018.

The YouTube star, who has over nine million Instagram followers and 15 million YouTube subscribers, has reportedly turned down the show in the past. 

Plans: Sources claim the online star is being considered to help boost the show's younger audience, along with YouTube favourite Zoe Sugg

Plans: Sources claim the online star is being considered to help boost the show’s younger audience, along with YouTube favourite Zoe Sugg

Sophie Hinchcliffe, who is known online for her incredible cleaning hacks as Mrs Hinch and boasts more than three million Instagram followers.

The online star revealed last year she turned down an opportunity to take part in the show last year, as she’d only welcomed her first child Ronnie weeks earlier.  

An insider said: ‘Joe and Saffron proved booking a big name from social media attracts a younger audience and provides a huge reach to promote the show.

‘Holly H, Mrs Hinch and Zoella are very much on the bookers’ radar.

‘Most of Strictly’s older viewers will not know what Tik Tok is but it is becoming such a big platform they think it will be a perfect way of attracting young fans to the show.’

Glamorous: It's also thought that Instagram favourite Sophie Hinchcliffe - or Mrs Hinch - is another favourite by bosses, after she turned down taking part last year

Glamorous: It’s also thought that Instagram favourite Sophie Hinchcliffe – or Mrs Hinch – is another favourite by bosses, after she turned down taking part last year

The publication also claims bosses hope to meet with interior designer Kelly Hoppen to discuss appearing on the show.  

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Strictly Come Dancing, Sophie Hinchcliffe, Zoe Sugg, Holly H and Kelly Hoppen for comment.

The reports come amid claims that older celebrities may be banned from competing on Strictly, due to ongoing fears around the coronavirus crisis.

Beloved: It comes amid claims that older stars may be banned from competing on Strictly, due to fears around the coronavirus crisis (2010 contestant Anne Widdecombe pictured)

Beloved: It comes amid claims that older stars may be banned from competing on Strictly, due to fears around the coronavirus crisis (2010 contestant Anne Widdecombe pictured)

While older stars such as Anne Widdecombe, John Sargeant and Jimmy Tarbuck have proven to be fan favourites in the past, sources claim that insurance firms are refusing to cover them due to heightened risk of infection.

A source told The Daily Star On Sunday: ‘The virus is far more dangerous for older people, so insurance companies have said it’s not possible to offer cover.

‘The risk of them catching the virus and suffering severe health problems would be too big. 

‘The older ones are often the veteran stars who everyone has been following for years. Viewers love to see them giving it a go.

‘Execs are devastated because they’ve had to lose some really great names.’

Earlier this month, it was reported that TV producers have scrapped Blackpool week and group dances, according to The Daily Star.

Sources claim TV executives ‘made the difficult decision’ to exclude the some of the show’s stand-out features in a bid to comply with current social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore previously revealed producers are still assessing contingency plans such as enforcing a face mask rule, dancing two metres apart and even quarantining celebrities and professional dancers. 

Strictly distanced: Bosses are considering putting forward drastic measures in a bid to save the show amid the pandemic (2019 winners Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher pictured)

Strictly distanced: Bosses are considering putting forward drastic measures in a bid to save the show amid the pandemic (2019 winners Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher pictured)

Insiders previously claimed keeping participants in isolation was not plausible due to family ties.  

They told MailOnline: ‘Strictly are looking at options. At this stage, there’s no chance they could isolate as individuals or couples. That would leave any married or parent dancers not seeing their families for up to three months.

‘At the moment, it’s not being considered. No one knows where we’ll be in the world – if the series is a much shorter run, say. The isolation is not something that’s currently on the table.’

Despite the recent claims, Charlotte insisted the option could now be on the table to enable filming goes on without breaching government guidelines. 

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We will continue to review all productions on a case by case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England.’ 

Never done before: Bosses have reportedly put a contingency plan in place (judges Bruno Tonioli, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood pictured)

Never done before: Bosses have reportedly put a contingency plan in place (judges Bruno Tonioli, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood pictured)



Myleene Klass ‘is in talks to join the Strictly lineup’

Myleene Klass is reportedly in talks to join the Strictly Come Dancing lineup. 

Sources claim the presenter, 42, is one of the bosses’ top choices for their new series this autumn, along with Nicki Chapman, 53, which could set the stage for a Popstars reunion. 

Strictly Come Dancing has already been thrown into doubt due to the COVID-19 crisis, with sources claiming a contingency plan is being put in place in the hope this year’s series can go ahead. 

Taking to the floor? Myleene Klass is reportedly in talks to join the Strictly Come Dancing lineup

A source told The Daily Star: ‘Strictly want both to be in the line-up. They are household names and haven’t really worked together since Popstars so it would be an amazing reunion.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Strictly Come Dancing, Myleene Klass and Nicki Chapman for comment. 

After rising to prominence as a member of the pop band Hear’Say, Myleene has gone onto become a successful presenter on both TV and radio.

Exciting: Sources also claimed bosses are keen to sign fellow Popstars veteran Nicki Chapman for the new series

Exciting: Sources also claimed bosses are keen to sign fellow Popstars veteran Nicki Chapman for the new series

The classical musician auditioned for Popstars in 2001 in front of judges Nicki, Nigel Lythgoe and Paul Adam.

Following her appearance on Popstars, Nicki also appeared on the judging panel for  singing show Pop Idol later that year, alongside Neil Fox, Peter Waterman and Simon Cowell.

The presenter also revealed last year she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour. 

Cute: The reports come as Myleene shared a sweet video with her daughters Ava, 12, and Hero, eight, and her baby son Apollo, nine months, enjoying a bedtime story together

Cute: The reports come as Myleene shared a sweet video with her daughters Ava, 12, and Hero, eight, and her baby son Apollo, nine months, enjoying a bedtime story together

The reports come as Myleene also took to Instagram on Friday to share a sweet video with her daughters Ava, 12, and Hero, eight, and her baby son Apollo, nine months, enjoying a bedtime story together.

The star then revealed she was set to enjoy a lockdown date night with boyfriend Simon Motson, as she shared a video of her living room beautifully decorated with candles.

BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore recently revealed Strictly producers are still assessing contingency plans such as enforcing a face mask rule, dancing two metres apart and even quarantining celebrities and professional dancers. 

Romantic: The star then revealed she was set to enjoy a lockdown date night with boyfriend Simon Motson, as she shared a video of her living room beautifully decorated with candles

Romantic: The star then revealed she was set to enjoy a lockdown date night with boyfriend Simon Motson, as she shared a video of her living room beautifully decorated with candles

Comparing the series to RuPaul’s Drag Race during a virtual production meeting, BBC’s director of content Charlotte Moore said: ‘People think if it is a shiny floor it needs an audience and I don’t think that’s necessarily true.’

Earlier this month, insiders revealed to MailOnline that due to BBC executives ‘not knowing what world we’ll be in’ when the show hits screens, they are keeping options open.

Despite reports claiming one option was to keep the celebrity and dance professionals in isolation together, sources insisted this was not plausible. 

Superstar: Myleene rose to prominence as a contestant on Popstars in 2001, eventually joining the show's group Hear'Say (pictured)

Superstar: Myleene rose to prominence as a contestant on Popstars in 2001, eventually joining the show’s group Hear’Say (pictured)

BBC insiders recently told MailOnline: ‘Bosses are looking at contingency plans but just don’t know where there’ll be at. They don’t know what world we’ll be in.

‘The international versions are running. Germany has no audience and are isolating but not in any kind of Big Brother style. Isolating individually then rehearsing.

‘Strictly are looking at options. At this stage, there’s no chance they could isolate as individuals or couples. That would leave any married or parent dancers not seeing their families for up to three months.

‘At the moment, it’s not being considered. No one knows where we’ll be in the world – if the series is a much shorter run, say. The isolation is not something that’s currently on the table.’  

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We will continue to review all productions on a case by case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England.’ 

Cancelled? Strictly Come Dancing has already been thrown into doubt due to the COVID-19 crisis, with sources claiming a contingency plan is being put in place

Cancelled? Strictly Come Dancing has already been thrown into doubt due to the COVID-19 crisis, with sources claiming a contingency plan is being put in place