Strictly 2021: James Jordan castigates “selfish professional dancers who refused the jab”
Three of Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers have reportedly turned down the Covid jab despite partnering with a celebrity.
Already, the reports have angered fans of the BBC show.
The BBC declined to comment on the Covid vaccination status of professional dancers, but a spokesperson promised that strict government guidelines remain in place to keep the show safe.
Strictly professional former dancer James Jordan, who performed on the show from 2006 to 2013, criticized the “truly selfish” dancers who apparently chose not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The 43-year-old ballroom dancer and choreographer has called for all dancers who turned down the jab to be “fired” from the BBC show.
He told Good Morning Britain: âI would normally protect professional dancers until the cows come home, but on this particular occasion I unfortunately cannot.
“I really don’t believe they deserve their right on the show and celebrities have every right to refuse to dance with them.”
He added, âI just think it’s a really, really selfish thing to do. And also, what to remember, in years previous to Strictly, your immune system weakens, a lot of people get sick anyway. It was long before the coronavirus …
“I say we don’t have these professional dancers [who havenât had the jab] on the show. “
The identity of professional dancers who have not been vaccinated remains secret.
A spokesperson for Strictly told The Standard: âWe are not commenting on speculation about someone’s COVID vaccination status.
“The production of Strictly Come Dancing will and will continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone on the show.”
Former Strictly star Dr Ranj Singh urged everyone to do their part in the coronavirus pandemic, but felt there could be a legitimate reason the three reported professional dancers failed had the Covid jab.
He said: âI think you know that vaccination is not compulsory, it is an offer, and I think we should all play our part and do everything we can to try to protect everyone. Not just ourselves but those around us.
âThere may be legitimate reasons these people can’t get the jab and we have to understand that, but I think we all have a role to play in being as safe as possible.
“And it’s not just about vaccination, it’s about being careful with hand hygiene, trying to distance yourself, wearing a mask in closed spaces and all those other things that we should. do well. “
Initially, three professional dancers had decided not to bring out the Covid vaccine in The Sun.
A source told the newspaper: âProducers fear a Covid outbreak on the new series, which is a crucial part of the fall schedule.
“They take every possible precaution to make the set as safe as possible, especially as the studio audience returns.”