Strictly fans outraged as show bosses scrap Halloween fright night special

Strictly Come Dancing viewers are not impressed with BBC bosses after they decided to scrap the iconic Halloween special of the dancing competition.

There will be no scary make-up or frightening costumes on Saturday's episode of Strictly as the 12 contestants take to the dance floor once again.

Strictly's Halloween episode is always one of the most extravagant shows of each series.

The famous faces and their professional dance partners usually perform Halloween-themed routines, while the costume department pulls out all the stops to make sure the stars look devlishly good.

The judges usually get involved with the celebrations but Strictly's executive producer Sarah James has confirmed that the 2020 spooktacular would be binned.

The difficult decision was made to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the series to run for a shorter amount of weeks.

Sarah told Entertainment Daily: "We will have Movie Week and Musicals Week but we won’t have Halloween Week this year.

“We have done a Halloween group number but Halloween would fall on the second week this year and we thought it would be a bit soon for a themed week."

Taking to Twitter to discuss the decision, one fan moaned: "Gutted there's no Halloween week this year, but there is still a Halloween pro number."

Another complained: "No Halloween theme on @bbcstrictly tonight. Absolutely fuming I am."

A third ranted: "Can someone please explain to me why the heck Strictly wouldn’t do a Halloween special when the show falls on actual Halloween?"

While a fourth said: "Still can’t believe Strictly cancelled Halloween Week this year.

"It’s always loads better, and more relevant, than the two themed weeks they’re keeping – Movie Week and Musicals Week.

They added: "Still, I’m guessing there will still be one or two horror shows tonight."

Halloween week is not the only iconic theme to be binned for the 2020 series.

Sarah also confirmed that the Strictly contestants would not be performing in Blackpool this year.

This weekend marks the first vote off of the 2020 series and one couple will leave the competition on Sunday night.

Musician and YouTuber HRVY and his dance partner Janette Manrara topped the leader board last Saturday, while Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and her pro Anton Du Beke found themselves at the bottom.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One tonight at 7.10pm

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