The Radio 1 DJ joined Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones on today’s episode of Morning Live, where she revealed how she feels about this Saturday’s performance without an audience for the first time in Strictly history.
Gethin asked: ‘First time in Strictly history, there will be no audience what was the reaction in camp to that?’
‘I won’t lie, we were all a little bit gutted, having your friends and family to cheer you on really adds to the experience but I think the main thing is that the show itself is still on!’ Clara replied.
‘That’s what we’re all extremely happy about – the show brings so much joy to so many people particularly this year, I think we’ve needed it more than ever – I know that’s the reason why I said yes, please let me just dance it out! The escapism!’
She continued: ‘I’m obviously gutted, Nick Grimshaw who I love and is one of my bestest pals, he was supposed to come this weekend with his boyfriend – and I knew they were really excited, but they’ll be watching and cheering from home like everybody else.
‘The show is still on so I think that’s what we’re all super happy about.’
Strictly announced earlier this week that the live audience would be removed from the upcoming show to abide by Lockdown 2.0 measures.
The team confirmed the news in a statement, saying: ‘In light of the new lockdown measures which take effect in England from Thursday November 5, we’re sad to announce that we won’t be able to have a live studio audience for Strictly Come Dancing during November.
‘Ticket holders have been notified.
‘No tickets will be sent out for December shows until we are sure it will be safe and compliant to welcome audiences back, so please keep checking back for updates. We will continue to follow government guidelines.’
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