Sunday 27 November 2022 06:41 PM Strictly Come Dancing set for shake-up as show is axed next Sunday trends now

Sunday 27 November 2022 06:41 PM Strictly Come Dancing set for shake-up as show is axed next Sunday trends now
Sunday 27 November 2022 06:41 PM Strictly Come Dancing set for shake-up as show is axed next Sunday trends now

Sunday 27 November 2022 06:41 PM Strictly Come Dancing set for shake-up as show is axed next Sunday trends now

Strictly Come Dancing has been given a shake-up in the schedule next weekend to make way for the Qatar World Cup.

The musicals special of the ballroom dance contest will now air on BBC One on Friday 2 December at 8pm, while the results episode will be shown on Saturday 3 December at 5.40pm, with the remaining couples going through to the semi-final the following week.

While the main show usually airs on a Saturday, it has been moved to make way for the World Cup's televised fixtures on the channel.

All change: Strictly Come Dancing has been given a shake-up in the schedule next weekend to make way for the Qatar World Cup (L-F: Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly on the show)

All change: Strictly Come Dancing has been given a shake-up in the schedule next weekend to make way for the Qatar World Cup (L-F: Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly on the show)

A spokesperson told MailOnline: 'Strictly Come Dancing will continue to bring glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to homes across the nation throughout the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

'The quarter final of Strictly Come Dancing will now air live on Friday 2nd December and the semi-final will now air live on Sunday 11th December on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.'

Former Hear'Say singer Kym Marsh will be returning to the competition next week after she was given this week off following a positive Covid test.

New times: The musicals special will now air on BBC One on Friday 2 December at 8pm, while the results episode will be shown on Saturday 3 December at 5.40pm (Will Mellor is seen dancing with his professional partner Nancy Xu on the show)

New times: The musicals special will now air on BBC One on Friday 2 December at 8pm, while the results episode will be shown on Saturday 3 December at 5.40pm (Will Mellor is seen dancing with his professional partner Nancy Xu on the show)

Sporting event: The schedule change is due to the Qatar World Cup (L-R: Weston McKennie of United States is challenged by Declan Rice of England in their Group B match on Friday 26 November 2022)

Sporting event: The schedule change is due to the Qatar World Cup (L-R: Weston McKennie of United States is challenged by Declan Rice of England in their Group B match on Friday 26 November 2022)

The actress, 46, was forced out of the contest along with her professional dance partner Graziano Di Prima, 28.

A Strictly spokesperson told MailOnline: 'Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, Kym and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend. 

'Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.'

Bad luck! It come after Kym Marsh was given a week off performing this week after she tested positive for Covid - a fortnight after she almost quit show over a 'crippling panic attack' (stock image)

Bad luck! It come after Kym Marsh was given a week off performing this week after she tested positive for Covid - a fortnight after she almost quit show over a 'crippling panic attack' (stock image) 

The announcement comes just two weeks after Kym admitted she nearly quit the show after suffering a crippling panic attack just hours before the live show. 

The television star was said to have burst into tears before she was consoled by twinkle-toed star Graziano, 28, ahead of a live show that aired last month.

Former Coronation Street actress Kym, who is said to have contemplated quitting the contest due to her overwhelming anxiety, told The Sun: 'It just came over me, almost out of nowhere, and I couldn’t carry on.'

Lots of emotions: The television star, 46, was said to have burst into tears before she was consoled by twinkle-toed star Graziano, 28, ahead of a live show that aired last month

Lots of emotions: The television star, 46, was said to have burst into tears before she was consoled by twinkle-toed star Graziano, 28, ahead of a live show that aired last month 

It is claimed Kym struggled to continue dancing, prompting producers to comfort her as she calmed down, and hours later she took to the floor again during the live show and completed her dance. 

Former Hear'Say singer Kym added: 'I’ve always suffered from panic attacks. It’s something I don’t mind talking about because I know it can affect anyone at any time.

'Sometimes it has been ages (since an attack) and then suddenly one just hits.

'Everyone thinks that because you’re on the telly you must be amazingly confident, but the truth is that I’m not always and this is how that comes out.'

Week Eight: Kym Marsh dedicated the American Smooth to her late son Archie as she and partner Graziano Di Prima were awarded 31 points during Couples' Choice week

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Kym Marsh dedicated the

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