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Tuesday 28th January 2020

Key part of Strictly Come Dancing dropped with barely anyone noticing

Will we miss it?

The first live show of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing started on Saturday night with everything the telly fave has become famous for.

There was the usual tight clothing, the stunning dance routines, the not-so-stunning dance routines and Craig Revel Horwood playing the villain role to perfection.

Now, news has emerged that a key part of the show has been dropped... although nobody seemed to notice.

Couples went straight into their dance this weekend (Credit: BBC)

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Love Island runner-up Curtis Pritchard - pro dancer and brother of Strictly's AJ - revealed it this morning on Hits Radio this morning (23.9.19).

"Before they dance," he said, "the pro and celeb wave to cameras, they run the VT, then they dance.

That hasn't been in it this year – I think everyone missed that it hasn't been in there.

"That hasn't been in it this year – I think everyone missed that it hasn't been in there."

At the weekend, couples bypassed the usual waving-to-camera routine and the show went straight into a video segment.

James had a tough night (Credit: BBC)

Elsewhere, James Cracknell has admitted he's worried gruelling Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals could spark an epileptic fit.

The Olympic rowing legend said fatigue triggers him to have fits and fears the intensive training will affect his condition, which he received after a bike accident in 2010.

Despite his fears, James added that he doesn't want to worry his professional dance partner Luba Mushtuk.

Speaking to The Sun, James said: "Some people get epilepsy from strobe lighting but not me. I don't want to worry Luba but mine is set off by fatigue.

Alex and Neil were compared to the royal couple (Credit: BBC)

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This week's opening episode also brought with it more storylines.

Football pundit Alex Scott and her professional partner, the redheaded Neil Jones, were compared to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

A Twitter user wrote: "I can't believe Meghan and Harry are on the BBC! #Strictly" and the jokey tweet quickly racked up over 800 likes.

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