‘Anyone else emotional about a bit of normality? ‘Strictly viewers rejoice as the show returns… but lament the absence of judge Bruno Tonioli
Strictly Come Dancing returned to small screens on Friday evening.
And viewers emotionally celebrated the dancing competition as it ‘restored normality’ and provided an ‘abundance of goodwill’ amid challenging times during the pandemic.
But while many fans rejoiced, others expressed their disappointment that Strictly judge, Bruno Tonioli, is absent from the 2020 series.
Adoration: Strictly Come Dancing returned to small screens on Friday evening and viewers emotionally celebrated the dancing competition as it ‘restored normality’ amid the pandemic
One fan wrote on social media: ‘Loving #Strictly a good natured gust of normality. Such an abundance of goodwill. Cheesy but so human’.
Another quipped: ‘We should put the Strictly production team in charge of test, track & trace and national Covid guidelines; they have it sorted. #Strictly.’
To combat the current restrictions of filming during the pandemic, every dancing duo have formed a household bubble so they can perform for the entire series.
Each contestant has undergone stringent testing, and social distancing measures have been enforced on set for both the cast and crew.
The production team’s efforts to ensure Strictly could continue was not lost on fans, who found that the show’s return conjured great emotion.
Missing chair: While many fans rejoiced, others expressed their disappointment that Strictly judge, Bruno Tonioli, was absent for the show
A viewer penned: ‘#Strictly is back and I am EMOTIONAL.
‘Emotional that we are seeing the arts return, emotional that these dancers get to return to their jobs, emotional that the musicians all get to play together again and SO EMOTIONAL that we have a same sex couple and all that visibility.’
Another wrote: ‘Anyone else emotional about a bit of normality? Nearly cried when I saw Craig #strictly.’
Despite the universal excitement of seeing Strictly back on the television, some fans couldn’t help but mull over the absence of dancing aficionado, Bruno.
Sticking to the rules: One fan joked that Strictly should be responsibly for national Covid-19 guidelines due to their stringent testing and safety measures enforced on set
One fan posted on Twitter: ‘No Bruno Tonioli on Strictly this year I’m making a complaint to Ofcom’.
Another viewer said: ‘So glad to have Strictly back on again! A bit of sparkle is what we all need right now! Loved the opening routine.
‘It is a bit strange though with no audience….and without Bruno Woman dancing.’
A third fan wrote: ‘#Strictly without Bruno is like a rainbow without the colours’.
Due to travel restrictions, Bruno is currently stuck in Los Angeles where he judges the US show, Dancing With The Stars, however he is expected to appear on the final results show of Strictly via video link.
One fan wrote: : ‘#Strictly without Bruno is like a rainbow without the colours’ as the dancing judge is currently in the United States filming Dancing With The Stars