STRICTLY bosses have been dealt a major headache after a Covid outbreak among the show’s crew.
Seven tested positive after star Kym Marsh went down with the virus following a cast and staff beano at the end of the Blackpool special.
Bosses have had to pull out all the stops to ensure they keep to the show’s tight production schedule.
A source said it was hoped that “normal service can resume” next week.
The source added: “Obviously it’s a real blow to have Kym knocked out this week, and then the crew members started falling sick too.
“The bosses have been praying all week no one else tests positive.
“While the celebrities and dancers are the main focus, losing members of the production crew also has the potential to cause huge problems.
“Strictly runs as a well-oiled machine, but is able to do that because of the crew, who have to be on their A-game for pretty much the whole series.”
Last week’s Blackpool special saw Kym, 46, who is paired with Graziano Di Prima, 28, draw praise from judge Shirley Ballas, who told her: “You were in warrior mode.”
Three days later, it was announced the ex-Coronation Street star would not compete this week.
Former Hear’Say singer Kym has remained silent since, but Graziano promised online: “We will be back, stronger than before.”
A Strictly spokesman said last night: “The health and wellbeing of all involved in Strictly is production’s absolute priority.
“We have out own Covid protocols in place and continue to monitor government guidelines.”