Strictly Come Dancing faces its worst crisis yet — a fake tan shortage

SHOCKED Strictly stars face a worldwide shortage of fake tan.

Chemical supplies used to make the bronzer are drying up, with prices up from £12 to £103 per kg.


Dancers and judges, known for their mahogany glow, may have to appear pasty-faced — with Craig Revel Horwood, 56, understood to be “terrified”.

Strictly’s make-up artists go through at least 57 litres of fake tan each series.

The show’s tanning guru Carrie Marsh said: “It’s awful. Some companies just can’t get hold of it. Strictly won’t be Strictly without the fake tan. The viewers and contestants love it. They will be mortified if they can’t get their tan.”

BBC bosses have had to import fake tan from the US.

Lack of workers, delivery problems, a halt to production during the pandemic and an increase in demand have led to a shortage of ethoxydiglycol, a solvent used in fake tan.

Ethoxydiglycol is also used in some make-up, shampoo and pharmaceutical products such as creams and lotions.

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Jon Higham, of supplier MedicineDirect, said: “This is turning into a crisis.”

Mum Diane runs Manchester’s SunJunkie, making fake tan for high street brands.

She said: “We’re now down to our final batch of ethoxydiglycol. We’ve got serious serious issues.”

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