Strictly’s schedule has been shaken-up thanks to the World Cup

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Strictly Come Dancing’s quarter-finals is going to be particularly exciting this time around as it coincides with Musicals Week. Fans are used to putting their feet up every Saturday night to tune in to the glamorous BBC series but this won’t be the case for this week. Instead, viewers are going to have to plan their night in a day earlier with Strictly on Friday, December 2.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Strictly Come Dancing.

Why is Strictly on Friday this week?

Strictly Come Dancing has always aired its live shows on Saturday, with its results shows coming out on Sunday.

This week, however, will be a different story with Strictly’s latest instalment airing one day earlier than usual on Friday, December 2, at 8pm on BBC One.

The reason behind the change in scheduling is so the BBC can accommodate the World Cup matches in its place.

The Qatar World Cup knock-out stages begin on Saturday, December 3, so football fans will be eager to tune in from around the country.

In turn, the results show will be on Saturday at the earlier time of 5.40pm on BBC One.

But the schedule shake-up doesn’t stop there as it will be altered once again for the following week.

The Strictly Come Dancing semi-final is going to be shown on Sunday, December 11, at 7.15pm.

Fear not though as the grand final will resume its rightful place on Saturday night on December 17.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Strictly Come Dancing will continue to bring glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to homes across the nation throughout the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

“The quarter-final of Strictly Come Dancing will now air live on Friday, December 2, and the semi-final will now air live on Sunday, December 11, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.”

Last week, it was comedian Ellie Taylor and partner Johannes Radebe’s turn to leave the competition, after the judges voted to save singer Fleur East and Vito Coppola.

There is still a lot to look forward to in the upcoming show as it is Musicals Week.

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The celebrities’ songs and dances have been revealed ahead of tonight’s show:

Fleur and Vito

Quickstep to I Got Rhythm from An American In Paris

Helen and Gorka

Couple’s Choice to Mein Herr from Cabaret

Kym and Graziano

Cha Cha to Fame from Fame

Molly and Carlos

Charleston to Hot Honey Rag from Chicago

Hamza and Jowita

Samba to They Live In You from The Lion King

Will and Nancy

Foxtrot to Sun And Moon from Miss Saigon

Last week, Will Mellor and Nancy Xu were at the top of the leaderboard for their lively Charleston.

Coming in second place was cameraman Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal for their Argentine Tango.

So who will be receiving a standing ovation and whose performance will be a flop on Friday night?

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Friday, December 2, at 8pm on BBC One.

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