Strictly Come Dancing: Karen Hauers partner details how stars miss out due to changes

Karen Hauer was partnered with stand-up comedian and presenter Chris Ramsey during the 2019 edition of Strictly Come Dancing. The celebrity contestant made it all the way to the quarter-final of the BBC dance show and became one of the programme’s most endearing stars. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Chris has addressed how recent and current contestants have “missed out” on several experiences on the show because of the protocols put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Last year saw Karen put together with Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing and the pair made it all the way to the final.

It was one of the most challenging series the show has ever produced, with all pairings creating bubbles with one another to ensure they could safely take part in the competition.

Other changes made to the show meant celebrities could not interact with one another and they weren’t allowed to have their partners on the outside world join them backstage.

When Karen performed with Chris, it was the last pre-Covid edition of the programme which was broadcast and therefore, the changes made to the show weren’t in place.

Speaking with Express.co.uk, Chris expressed his dismay at how the contestants who have taken part after him have not been able to enjoy the full experience.

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The comedian explained: “I’m glad I did the pre-Covid series as well because I felt for the guys who [have done the Covid series].

“I’m so glad it got to go on television, I think the country really needed Strictly last year, I think it helped to boost morale.

“I was so impressed they managed to pull it together and managed to do it and obviously it was all technical with bubbling people.

“And making sure the [contestants and professionals] were kept away from each other. It must have been a nightmare to organise.”

Do feel they slightly missed out

Chris Ramsey

“I do feel they slightly missed out because when you go into the studio on a Saturday or a Friday when you go to the studio to do rehearsals, it’s like hug city,” he continued.

“It’s the most friendly and lovely show,” Chris added, recalling how he got to take his wife Rosie Ramsey behind the scenes to meet everyone.

“They didn’t get that [with the Covid changes] but I hope they still enjoyed it because it’s a really lovely show.”

With regards to who his former partner Karen is paired up with this year, it’s yet to be disclosed to the public.

There are a whole array of celebrities Karen could be partnered with, with 15 famous faces taking part this year.

Amongst the names of the line-up include McFly’s Tom Fletcher, comedian Robert Webb and BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker.

CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson and actor Greg Wise are also competing alongside Olympic swimmer, Adam Peaty.

Rugby player and sports commentator Ugo Monye is also a contestant, as well as chef John Whaite but he will be one half of the first male same-sex couple to take part.

Completing the line-up are the likes of presenter AJ Odudu, Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies and former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn.

Social media personality Tilly Ramsay and former EastEnders star Nina Wadia have also been unveiled as participants in the series.

Loose Women panellist Judi Love and EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis bring the total to 15 after signing up.

On hand to offer their critique will be head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and new panellist, Anton Du Beke.

Strictly Come Dancing begins at 7:45pm on Saturday, September 18, 2021, on BBC One.

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