Strictly’s format change ‘confirmed’ as star gushes over ‘odd’ schedule shakeup

Strictly Come Dancing fans are convinced the celebrities left in the competition "took the night off" following the BBC's major format change.

The schedule changes saw Strictly's live quarter final pushed back to Friday night, and the results show shifted to Saturday, instead of their regular Saturday and Sunday slots.

Announcing even more changes due to the BBC's coverage of the FIFA World Cup, presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman revealed the semi-final of the show would be aired on Sunday with the results due on Monday.

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As fans fumed over the dramatic viewing changes, former Gogglebox star Rev Kate Bottley shared a different observation.

She tweeted: "Just had a lovely thought that the remaining @bbcstrictly celebrities, @ClaudiaWinkle @TessDaly, crew and @SCDband might actually be having a Saturday night off and be sat at home on their own sofas."

The Strictly band, led by Dave Arch confirmed Kate's guess, replying: "We are rev. It’s a bit odd but nice. All family round and there’s talk of setting the tree up hope you’re well x"

"Oh yes Kate, I am on the sofa enjoying the footy. Feels odd though," One of the band's singers, Tommy Blaize echoed.

However an eagle-eyed fan spotted that some of the celebrities were enjoying a night on the town rather than sat at home on their weekend off.

One fan told Kate: "Saw a few of the dancers out and about in Soho, London last night, so not sat at home but enjoying themselves."

Coronation Street's Kym Marsh became the tenth celebrity to be evicted from the dance competition, along with her pro dance partner Graziano Di Prima.

The remaining celebrities, Fleur East, Helen Skelton, Molly Rainford, Will Mellor and Hamza Yassin will dance in the semi-final on Sunday night (11th Dec).

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