The Strictly Come Dancing professionals could be out of a job next year when the BBC plans to shake up next year’s line-up.
Bosses have been so impressed with newcomers Brian Fortuna, Hayley Holt and Kristina Rihanoff, John Sergeant’s patient partner, that they now want to replicate their success with more new faces.
But the long-established dancers, who have been with the show since it began in 2004, fear they will lose their jobs and it is reportedly affecting the atmosphere behind the scenes.
A source told The Sun: “Everyone’s scared they’re for the high jump. It’s making things really unpleasant backstage. There’s a feeling the established stars were resting on their laurels.”
“Brian and Hayley have brought a new sparkle – and no one could have guessed how popular Kristina would be. No one’s announced changes officially but dancers are only contracted per series. It’s a lot of pressure to be under.”
The source added: “Professional dancers don’t make a huge amount of money and losing Strictly would mean a real lifestyle change for someone like Brendan Cole, who has been on the show since it started.”