Strictly Come Dancing 2021 LIVE – Anti-vaccine pro dancers 'would rather QUIT than get jab' as covid row engulfs show

THE three Strictly Come Dancing professionals in an anti-vax storm have said they would rather quit than be jabbed.

Insiders claimed the trio are steadfast in their decisions to not have a Covid vaccination.

It comes after former Strictly stars and Prime Minister Boris Johnson waded into the row — which is threatening to bring the BBC show to its knees.

A source said: “The three dancers have made their positions crystal clear — they’d rather quit than have the jab. There is mounting pressure upon them to be vaccinated but they are refusing to budge.

The Sun exclusively revealed last week that two pros had not been vaccinated. Earlier this week we also revealed a third was also unjabbed.

There is concern among the show’s other pro dancers and celebrities as well as make-up artists, camera operators, costume staff, and other departments who work closely with the performers.

Read our Strictly Come Dancing live blog for the latest updates

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    Inclusion praised by deaf society

    EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis was partnered with Giovanni Pernice and is the first deaf contestant to appear on Strictly.

    She said: “When the Strictly news came out the response from the deaf community, saying how much it means to them, that was my proudest moment.”

    Mark Bolton, the National Deaf Children’s Society’s deputy director of young people, said of her pairing: “It’s so important that deaf children and young people see fantastic deaf role models like Rose on TV, because it reminds them that they’re not alone.

    “It also inspires them to believe that there’s no reason why they can’t make it to the very top.”

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    It's all too much

    John Whaite says he has cried during training for Strictly Come Dancing.

    The Great British Bake Off star, who will make history as part of the first all-male couple in the show’s history, said he is “living his best life” during training for the show but has found some moments challenging.

    The chef will be paired with Johannes Radebe for the upcoming series, following in the footsteps of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, who were the first same-sex couple to appear on the show last year.

    He told Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch: “Sometimes the days are stressful and we have to take a few more breaks.

    “Last week when we were learning the steps, I was getting really stressed… I glaze over.

    “I reach mental saturation and he has to either feed me Haribo or send me home and I think it’s easier just to put me in cab and send me home.”

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    Pro jab

    STRICTLY Come Dancing star Amy Dowden has spoken openly about having her Covid vaccinations ahead of the current series.

    The 31-year-old, who is paired with Tom Fletcher, suffers from Crohn’s Disease so is considered clinically vulnerable and was offered her jab early on.

    The news comes after The Sun revealed that three of her fellow pros have refused to have the injection, sparking panic behind the scenes. 

    Pro dancer Amy  had her first one back in February, but was unfortunately targeted by cruel trolls who demanded to know why she had it early despite her debilitating disease.

    Speaking on Morning Live about the abuse she had received, Amy said:  “I guess if you are going to put a post like that out you are going to get some political views.

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    Have the sack

    Appearing on today’s Good Morning Britain, James Jordan was left fuming as he rowed with fellow former pro Kristina Rihanoff about the topic.

    Making his position very clear, James said: “I would normally protect the professional dancers until the cows come home but on this particular occasion I can’t unfortunately.

    “I definitely believe they don’t deserve their right on the show and the celebrities have every right to refuse to dance with them.”

    He went on to explain how people’s immune systems are often weakened doing the show, during normal years.

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    Who will win?

    STRICTLY hasn't even aired it's first show yet, but the a winner is already being tipped.

    There is one clear front-runner who the bookies' think will scoop the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

    At the moment there is one name that is the big favourite to win Strictly.

    EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis is being tipped to take home the Glitterball.

    She is partnered up with Strictly veteran Giovanni Pernice.

    Setting her sights on winning the series, Rose told the BBC: “To be the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo exciting.. and a little bit scary."

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    Winners prize

    Most importantly the winner gets the coveted Glitterball trophy.

    However, each star also gets £25,000 for signing up.

    If they manage to stay on the dance floor until the end of October, this rises to £40,000.

    Any star that makes it to the quarter-finals their fee jumps to £60,000.

    Those who make the semi-finals see their fee climb to £75,000.

    While the Strictly winner will be paid £100,000.

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