Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly spark frenzy as they reunite and share Strictly news

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Strictly Come Dancing hosts Claudia Winkleman, 48, and Tess Daly, 51, thrilled fans of the BBC show this afternoon, as they reunited for a socially distanced filming session together. The stars met up for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown and shared a series of snaps on their Instagram pages to mark the special day.

Tess revealed to her 517,000 followers that she and Claudia were busy filming the Best Of Strictly shows.

In a series of snaps from the filming session, Tess showed off her glamorous sense of style in a sparkly off-the-shoulder top and white trousers.

She accessorised with a pair of nude stiletto heels to complete the look.

Claudia was pictured wearing a pretty pastel pink blouse and black cigarette trousers, which she paired with sleek black heels.

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Tess wrote alongside her snap: “Dreamy being reunited with @claudiawinkle today for some (socially distanced) filming for our ‘Best Of’ Strictly shows- on tv in September #strictlybusiness.”

She also posted a selfie Claudia had taken of the duo with the caption: “Today was a good day.”

Claudia re-posted the snap and added: “Reunited with this brilliant creature.”

Fans rushed to the comments section of Tess’ post to share their thoughts on her and Claudia’s new project.


One person wrote: “Looking forward to best of Strictly xx.”

Another added: “Can’t wait, love anything to do with strictly, watched it from the beginning.”

Tess also took the opportunity to answer some questions from fans about the upcoming series of Strictly after spotting them in the comments section of her post.

When quizzed on when the show will start announcing the line-up, she replied: “Probably early September. I’m hearing the line up is amazing!”

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Tess also pointed out the dance competition will still air live, but will be shown slightly later in the year than usual, writing: “The series will be live; just a few weeks later xx.”

Strictly bosses recently confirmed the show will go ahead for 2020, according to the Daily Star, after fans were concerned it may be impossible to film due to social distancing restrictions.

The BBC confirmed that this year’s series will be “smaller” in light of the lockdown rules.

There have been suggestions that iconic judge Bruno Tonioli, might be missing from this year’s panel due to travel issues in America.

BBC entertainment controller Kate Phillips, reportedly told the Daily Star that regular testing and temperature checks will be done.

“There is a feeling if Strictly is back then all is OK with the world,” she told the publication.

“I’ve looked at international versions. Some have already done it during lockdown and we could see it was doable without an audience.”

She explained: “The celebrities will have contact with their partner and work together closely. We will minimise contact with the others.

“If someone tests positive for Covid then it would just be them and their partner affected. Everyone else could hopefully continue,” Kate added.

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