Strictly Come Dancing star Tilly Ramsay said the production team “are working so hard to keep everyone safe” amid ongoing reports of unvaccinated professional dancers.
The social media star, who is the daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, will perform a waltz with her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin when the live performances return on Saturday night.
The broadcast will go as planned following reports in The Sun that three of the professional dancers are not vaccinated.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already floundered through the row, urging them to get the jab.
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, Ramsay was asked if she felt safe on set and if Strictly was “strict” on protocols.
She replied, “It sure is.
“First, I think it’s just amazing that they even got to put on the show.
“They work so hard to keep everyone safe.
“And I think we really feel it. “
Professional dancer Gorka Marquez told ITV’s This Morning that the reports were “just speculation.”
He added: “What I know is the show takes a big responsibility to keep everyone safe, lots of testing, lots of effort to keep everyone safe and secure during the studio. .
“They did it last year, we were all safe so this year are they doing the same thing and it will work because we did it last year.”
When asked if he would prefer a vaccinated environment, he replied, “Everyone is free to do whatever they want.
“You are going out on the streets right now and some people might be vaccinated and some might not.”
Her famous partner, soap opera star Katie McGlynn, added: “I think it depends on each individual because as I know last year you were in a relationship and everyone was in a hotel while you were a little more freedom this year because of the vaccinations, but if it was me, personally, I just wouldn’t see my family.
“Every situation is different, personally I don’t know everyone’s situation because it’s none of our business because we have to stay separate from everyone, but everyone gets along like a fire and looks good gel. “
Speaking to reporters in Washington DC on Wednesday, Mr Johnson said he would urge dancers to get the Covid jab.
He said: “I think it’s the producers’ business but I firmly believe that people should get vaccinated.
“I don’t want to intimidate people or lecture them, but hey, I don’t mind lecturing them, I’m going to lecture them: I think it’s a good thing to do for yourself , your family, your community.
“I think people should be given a jab and it’s a wonderful thing to do.”
The BBC said it was following all government guidelines to ensure the show could be performed safely.
The first live show will see Great British Bake Off star John Whaite and professional Johannes Radebe, the first all-male couple in the show’s history, perform a tango on New Order’s Blue Monday.
Ramsay and Kuzmin will dance a waltz to Camila Cabello’s Consequences, while McGlynn and Marquez will tango to Griff’s Black Hole.
Actor Greg Wise and partner Karen Hauer will be doing an American Smooth to That’s Life by Frank Sinatra, while Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden from McFly will tackle a cha cha through September through Earth, Wind and Fire.
A spokesperson for Strictly said: “We are not commenting on speculation about someone’s Covid vaccination status.
“The production of Strictly Come Dancing has followed and will continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone on the show. “
The first live show will air on BBC One at 7 p.m. on Saturday 25 September.