Why is Strictly Come Dancing on Friday this week? The reason behind the change

Wonder why Strictly Come Dancing is on Friday this week? Here's the explanation behind the change in schedule

Why is Strictly Come Dancing on Friday - Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman on Strictly Come Dancing 2022
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As the six remaining couples (opens in new tab) prepare to compete in the Quarter Finals to be in with the chance of reaching the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2022 (opens in new tab), some fans are wondering why is the show on Friday night this week?

Nerves must be getting high, with just a few more shows left until the finale, for one unlucky couple, this week's show will be their last as viewers prepare to vote another celebrity pairing off the show (opens in new tab).

But if you're hoping to tune in for your weekly fix of ballroom dancing action then you might want to put the new date in your diaries along with the date of the Strictly Christmas special (opens in new tab)....

Why is Strictly Come Dancing on Friday this week?

Strictly is on Friday this week because BBC has made changes to its normal scheduling in order to air the next game of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 (Group C winners v Group D runners-up) which is taking place at the same time. Instead of Strictly airing on Saturday and its results show on Sunday, fans will have to tune in on Friday, December 2nd at 8pm on BBC One to watch the live show and the results show will air on Saturday, December 3 at the earlier time of 5.40pm instead of Sunday, December 4th. The football match will air from 6.20pm (7pm kick-off) on Saturday and on Sunday Group B winners play Group A runners-up with coverage airing from 6.20pm (7pm kick-off).

Host Tess Daly told viewers, "We will be back at 8pm next Friday. Yes, you heard right, Friday." The change is being made for the World Cup and will also see the quarter final results moved to Saturday, December 3 at the earlier time of 5:40pm."

And the show has reminded fans on its social media channels, "We're on your screens on Friday and Saturday this week, so set your reminders for Strictly now!"

The Strictly semi-final will take place on Sunday, December 11th but it is not yet known when the results show will air. 

And the final is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th.

A Strictly spokesperson previously confirmed to the Independent, “Strictly Come Dancing will continue to bring glitter, glamour and glorious dancing to homes across the nation throughout the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

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But some fans aren't happy with the move that means Strictly couples have one less day to rehearse their routines. 

One put, "I can't believe our strictly stars, who have been working so hard for the past 3 months, get a day less of rehearsal time just 'cos of the bloomin' football. What's up with BBC2???"

Another fan added, "Don't understand why they couldn't put the football on BBC2 and leave my Saturday night viewing alone. Not all of us like football 🙈'

And a third chipped in, "Not everyone likes football. I for one can’t stand it yet it’s rammed at you even if you try and avoid it. Just stick the sport it on BBC2, or put Strictly on BBC2 Saturday."

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Selina Maycock
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Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.