Strictly Come Dancing faces major format shake-up in show first

Strictly: James Bye emotional over mention of his sons

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Strictly Come Dancing has aired on BBC One on a Saturday for 18 years but this is set to change as the broadcaster prepares for a winter World Cup. The live show airs on a Saturday before a pre-recorded results show airs the following day. However, the BBC has been forced to amend this schedule. 

The 2022 World Cup will be taking place in winter for the first time in the competition’s history.

In order to avoid potential clashes with World Cup matches, the BBC have decided to move Strictly’s Saturday night show for two separate weekends. 

For the quarter-final and semi-final, Strictly’s live show will air on a Friday and Sunday respectively.

A Strictly spokesperson said: “Strictly Come Dancing will continue to bring glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to homes across the nation throughout the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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“The quarter-final of Strictly Come Dancing will now air live on Friday 2nd December and the semi-final will now air live on Sunday 11th December on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.”

It’s yet to be confirmed when the respective results shows will air.

It’s presumed the Strictly final will take place on Saturday, December, 17 but this is subject to change. 

Football fans will be pleased with the schedule change as it avoids potential clashes with England if they progress in the competition.

If England win Group B, their first knockout match in the last-16 of the tournament will be on Sunday, December, 4.

England could then go on to play in a quarter-final on Saturday, December 10.

But, should England finish second in their group, their first knockout match would take place on Saturday, December 3.

This would lead them on a path to play a quarter-final on Friday, December 9.

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In other Strictly news, EastEnders star James Bye became the fifth celebrity to be eliminated on Sunday. 

James and Amy Dowden were forced to perform their Charleston again while Fleur East and Vito Coppola danced their Salsa for a second time. 

After both couples had performed, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke saved Fleur.

Head judge Shirley Ballas revealed she would have also sent James home.

Opening up on his time on the show, James said: “I’ve said this from the very beginning, all I can do is go out there and do my very best. I am dancing against Fleur East, I went and did my best but she is phenomenal. 

“I’ve had the best time on this show and I have a friend for life [in Amy], all I can do is thank the family, and I have a new family now.

“It’s a competition but you don’t feel like that backstage, you honestly feel like everyone has each other’s backs and everyone is just willing everyone to do their best! “

Amy added: “You came on here to show your boys they can throw themselves into any challenge in life, and you are the best role model they could ever have as their daddy! I am so proud of you!”

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One on Saturday at 7pm.

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