STRICTLY stars are glowing at the news their spray tans are guaranteed for the rest of the series despite chronic shortages.
The Sun told how chemical supplies used to make the bronzer are drying up, with prices rocketing from £12 per kg to a whopping £103.
Dancers and judges, known for their mahogany tint, were worried about appearing pasty-faced – with Craig Revel Horwood, 56, said to be “terrified”.
Lack of workers, delivery problems, a halt to production during the pandemic and an increase in demand led to a shortage of ethoxydiglycol, a solvent used in fake tan.
But Strictly's tanning guru Carrie Marsh, 45, told The Sun: "There is a shortage of that ingredient. It has shot up in price because it is hard to get hold of. It is a massive step and affecting a lot of smaller companies.
"But our tan is mass produced in America and we have plenty of stock and it is not affecting us. I'm delighted to say Strictly is safe."
London-based Carrie, 45, has seen an array of buff stars all-but-naked in her mobile tanning booth over the last seven years.
She has been on blushing terms with some of the UK's biggest celebs as she leans in to spray 57 litres of product over their bodies each BBC series.
The tanner, who sources her product through her role at US-owned beauty giants Norvell, told how her only dilemma is who to back for the glitterball trophy this year.
She said: "I'm always asked who will win and sometimes it's easy to say, but not this year.
"Sara Davies is so lovely and down to earth when she comes in. She adores her tan being done, but she wasn't a fan before.
"And Tilly Ramsay is so sweet, humble and polite – I just want to be her mum. She's had tans before but really enjoys coming in.
"Rose Ayling-Ellis is great. I love them all but I think she has a very good chance of winning this year; her dancing skills are amazing and she has had quite a few 10s."
Carrie and one of two assistants reach the studio every Friday afternoon to tan the competitors. They then let the tan 'develop' overnight.
The schedule has met with disaster.
Carrie said: "The worst experience came with Debbie McGee in Blackpool. We explain to the clients about not touching themselves post-tan, but she managed to fall asleep with her hand on her face.
"The next day the press got a photo of Debbie waving at them showing off her tanned hand. It went everywhere. The production manager had to ask me how we get it off."
Often stars are nervous about getting tanned – but soon crave a healthy glow.
Carrie said: "The first week they are nervous saying 'I dont want to look too dark', then it changes and soon they want the works.
we have plenty of stock and it is not affecting us. I'm delighted to say Strictly is safe
"It is not compulsory, but I try to gently encourage them into the tanning room. The bright lights of the studio can make them look drained.
"They are often very reluctant at the start then really get into it. Jamie Laing was one of those. But suddenly he loved his tan every week. He was very jolly and chatty and so excited.
"They've all been up for it this year. They were even mortified at missing a tan on Halloween week because it wasn't necessary as they were wearing prosthetics and lots of make-up."
Carrie added: "We do a consultation at the start of the series, asking how they tan in the sun, so we can make them look as natural as possible. We take into consideration their hair and eye colours."
Carrie told how Strictly presenters Claudia and Tess have their own dedicated tanner who comes in every week to spray them.
She added: "I have no idea why. That's up to them."I tan the judges in Blackpool each series but they are not there on a Friday so I don't tend to see much of them."
Carrie said spray-tanning is a confidence-boosting treatment and she fell in love with the look on clients’ faces once they see their glow.
She said: "I can't think of anyone I haven't enjoyed having in the tanning room for Strictly, and love my job.
"It's a nice feeling watching the show go out to the nation every Saturday and Sunday and knowing I'm a tiny part of it."
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