The new season of Strictly Come Dancing may be pushed back to 2021 with no studio audience as show-makers come to terms with the new reality amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Strictly bosses fear that the 2020 competition may have to be postponed until early next year as social-distancing rules are proving to be a "logistical nightmare". 

According to UK news reports, the team behind the show has been holding crisis meetings on how to move forward - including if and how to proceed with this year's plans.

Previous ideas have been rumoured to include a double elimination if the BBC show is given a shorter running time, and the possibility of putting partners together in lockdown.

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But speaking to the Mail On Sunday, a source said they may now move the show completely to early 2021. 

The usual live studio audience may also be absent, with social distancing potentially lasting for 18 months.  'This is a logistical nightmare,’ a source told the paper.

"There have been many, many contingency meetings about what is going to happen.

"The hope is that the scheduling will remain the same but people have been warned that postponing until early next year is a distinct possibility."