Strictly bosses rush to up security measures over protest fears at famous venue

Strictly Come Dancing's programme bosses are reportedly reviewing their current security due to fears a future protest could ruin next week's show.

According to The Sun, there are concerns that pro-Palestine and Just Stop Oil activists could cause havoc during the filming of next weekend's live programming. Due to this, BBC bosses are said to be amping up their security measures to ensure the safety of all staff and crew involved.

Just like every year, next week's Strictly (November 18)will take place in Blackpool's Tower Ballroom to honour the heritage of the show. But reports claim more security will have to be put in place throughout the event.

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An insider told The Sun: "There have been high level meetings about safety for cast and crew at Blackpool. The roads routes in and out are limited so blocking the streets for hours would cause a major issue and huge security risk.

"Security is additionally tight away from London as they are them vulnerable to opportunists who want to make their mark and have their moment." The source claimed.

Strictly contestants returned to Blackpool last year for the first time since 2020's Covid pandemic.

However, a year earlier in 2019 police was forced to guard the venue during filming after previous dressing rooms had been targeted by thieves. In addition to this, in 2016 Spanish professional dancer Gorka Marquez was attacked by a gang of youths and lost two teeth on a night out after the show.

The news comes after the remaining celebs gave it their all for a chance to win a spot in next week's Blackpool lineup. Reaching the top of the leaderboard on Saturday's show (November 11), Layton Williams and his partner Nikita Kuzmin reached the top of the leaderboard with 39 points.

This was then followed by Ellie Leach and her partner Vito Coppola who was scored 35 points. But everything could change depending on the viewers votes.

Following Layton and Nikita's performance, fans headed over to X, formerly known as Twitter to sing the pair's praises. One viewer said: "Layton and Nikita a 40 all day long in my book. That was definitely one of those dances where everything was just perfect and the music choice was spot on, they are a dream partnership."

While another said: "Layton and nikitas argentine tango was the dance of the season. Absolutely breathtaking."

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