Strictly’s Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman prepare for Elstree-based ‘Blackpool’ special  

They may not be able to head on their annual jaunt to Blackpool this year amid Covid-19 travel restrictions.

But that didn’t stop hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman from getting in the mood as they prepared to celebrate the iconic Tower Ballroom from the comfort of Elstree studios in Hertfordshire.

Taking to Instagram on Saturday ahead of the live show, Tess, 51, looked stunning in a little black dress as she joined a leopard print-clad Claudia, 48, in rehearsals.

Blackpool comes to Strictly: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman got into the Blackpool mood as they prepared to celebrate the iconic Tower Ballroom from the comfort of Elstree studios in Hertfordshire

Getting into the spirit of things, the ladies donned novelty Blackpool glasses while they larked around in seaside beach huts.

Dressed to impress for the occasion, Tess wowed in a slinky black midi dress which featured sheer panels with a sparkly trim. 

While Claudia showcased her wild side in a leopard print boiler suit and matching heels.

Captioning the snap, Tess revealed they were enjoying the spirits of Blackpool, even though they couldn’t physically travel there for the first time in the show’s history.  

Fabulous duo: Taking to Instagram on Saturday ahead of the live show, Tess, 51, looked stunning in a little black dress as she joined a leopard print-clad Claudia, 48, in rehearsals (pictured last month)

Fabulous duo: Taking to Instagram on Saturday ahead of the live show, Tess, 51, looked stunning in a little black dress as she joined a leopard print-clad Claudia, 48, in rehearsals (pictured last month)

Still having fun: Captioning the snap, Tess revealed they were enjoying the spirits of Blackpool, even though they couldn't physically travel there for the first time in the show's history

Still having fun: Captioning the snap, Tess revealed they were enjoying the spirits of Blackpool, even though they couldn’t physically travel there for the first time in the show’s history

She penned: ‘Rehearsal ready. guess where we’re off to! kind of…’

In September it was revealed that the much-loved Blackpool special would be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a statement the BBC spokesperson said; ‘Blackpool is a milestone moment in every series of Strictly that our audience, our celebs and professional dancers look forward to. 

‘Whilst we’ll be unable to physically go to Blackpool this series, we’ll still be celebrating this iconic venue and bringing it to life from our studio in Elstree.’

Strictly usually travels to Blackpool for one weekend towards the middle of the series in November, with the remaining celebrity couples getting the chance to perform in the legendary Tower Ballroom.

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