Strictlys John Whaite says he feels really safe on the show amid Covid cases

Strictly Come Dancing contestant John Waite has said he feels "really safe" on the show, and that "the producers have had contingency plans in place for any kind of possible Covid scenario."

His comments follow the news that celebrity contestant Tom Fletcher and his professional dance partner Amy Dowden tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the week.

Fletcher and Dowden are now self-isolating separately and will have to skip this week's live show, with Fletcher saying that he is "gutted" to have had to drop out of McFly's current tour.

Talking on C4 daytime programme Steph's Packed Lunch, Whaite said, "the producers have had contingency plans in place for any kind of possible covid scenario and I genuinely do feel safe there."

Host Steph McGovern revealed in the programme that it has been reported that "bosses at the BBC are now considering scrapping the studio audience and reintroducing bubbles."

Judge Anton Du Beke, who was a professional dancer on the show from 2004, said during the interview that "the studio day didn't have a huge audience anyway, I think it's only family of the contestants that are in the studio."

"As for the bubbling of couples, you sort of are bubbling anyway, because during the week you're just with your partner. For example, John will be with Johannes all week rehearsing."

Whaite added, "we're not in contact with anybody, as Anton says. Hair and make up come to us, full PPE."

"I just wish Tom and Amy all the best and hope them a speedy recovery, cause they're amazing. Tom is such a lovely lad. All the best to them."

Talking about this week's live show, Whaite revealed to Steph McGovern that he and partner Johannes Radebe will be dancing the Cha Cha, but he didn't let any secrets away on the song that they would be dancing to.

He also added that his mum will be watching the show, live in the audience on Saturday, October 2 2021.

When asked by McGovern if he is always thinking about his performance ahead of the live show, Whaite replied "all day, every day."

He said, "Every waking hour I'm thinking of the steps."

Talking about taking part in Strictly, Whaite said that he is "having the time of my life".

He also added that friends and teachers from the school he attended growing up are still championing him 20 years later, saying the "love and support is overwhelming."

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