'Operation Dance Like No-One's Watching': How DWTS Will Be A Little Bit Different Tonight
It's set to be a huge night on the dancefloor with Craig, Sharna and Tristan showing us their moves and Courtney Act joining the judging panel.
But there's going to be one missing ingredient from the Dancing With The Stars live show filmed in Melbourne -- there won't be a studio audience.
Just as festivals, concerts and sporting events around the country (and the world) have been cancelled, the series will be filmed without the usual crowd of cheering fans -- a precaution against the further spread of COVID-19.
Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller will still be cracking jokes, the house band will be in full swing and the celebs will indeed be dancing, but the seats and balconies where Olivia Newton-John, Richard Wilkins and legions of fans normally perch will be empty.
Celia Pacquola shared the news on social media but instead of bemoaning the unfortunate circumstances, she decided to encourage fans to get involved.
"We don’t have a live audience for @DancingOn10 tonight bc #corona so we’re launching operation #dancelikenooneswatching basically, send us videos of you watching/dancing/whatever," the actor wrote on Twitter.
"We’re going to put on a show for you help us feel like you’re with us!"
Celia explained her vision for this evening on Instagram stories today as she sat in the makeup chair getting her hair done for the show.
The comedian encouraged fans to upload videos of them dancing or watching the show with the hashtags #dancelikenooneswatching and #dwtsau as a way of getting involved tonight.
"We're going to get the world to help us out... Gogglebox style," Celia said.
"Just send us videos, engage with us, we're going to put on a show for you and we'd love to feel like you're here with us as well," she added.
As professional dancer Jorja Freeman popped into the video, both added "We need it" -- a reminder of how important the crowd's reactions and encouragement help boost any performer's confidence.
"More soon and oh my god, my hair is going to look sick!" Celia added.
Dancing With The Stars airs Sundays at 7.30 on 10 and 10 Play.
Main image: Instagram.