The boss of PANICKED Dancing With The Stars has banned the program’s specialists from teaching students in dance schools.
It was part of a desperate attempt by executives to keep Covid out of their hit show.
The Irish Sun has learned that they fear experts like Karen Byrne, who partnered with cyclist Nicholas Roche, could infect their students.
And the result is, DWTS The heads asked them to stop all private lessons.
It comes after Love Island star Matt MacNabb revealed he will miss this Sunday’s opening screening after tested positive for the virus.
A DWTS insider told the Irish Sun: “This is the first time this has happened.
“All the dance professionals were asked to be vaccinated before the show resumed but RTE did not accept any opportunities.
“Even if they’re vaccinated, they can still pick up something from their young students, which they might inadvertently pass on to celebrities.”
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Professionals have also been asked to limit their movements throughout the three months of the programme.
Our source said: “Dance professionals are even safer over Christmas by limiting who they see and where they go. They are all very serious. ”
And experts were asked to work exclusively with their DWTS partners during the three-month run.
The insider said: “It’s a sacrifice because teaching at dance schools is how these professionals make a living and getting to dance on DWTS every Sunday night makes them even more sought-after. more as a dance instructor.
“But any lessons now will have to wait until the race is over.”
RTE are desperate that their flagship show will not suffer the same fate as the BBC’s sober dance, even with the strictest measures in place, that fell victim to Covid last season.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood, dancer Amy Dowden as well as contestants Judi Love and Tom Fletcher all tested positive, while judge Motsi Mabuse missed performances because she was close.
An RTE spokesperson told us: “RTE and Dancing With The Stars are working to establish health and safety procedures that are under ongoing review.”
Lottie Ryan won the Glitterball trophy behind closed doors in 2020 as the final comes a week as the country has come to a standstill, with Covid fearing that the finalists will compete in a competition empty studio.
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