Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Fans all saying the same thing after It Takes Two 'gave away' who will exit this weekend

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Fans all saying the same thing after It Takes Two 'gave away' who will exit this weekend

12/04/2021

STRICTLY Come Dancing fans have been left fuming after It Takes Two "gave away" who’ll go this week.

Viewers of the BBC dance competition are convinced that controversial contestant Dan Walker could be sent through to semi-final rather than AJ Odudu or John Whaite.

Just last week viewers branded the programme "a joke" after the BBC Breakfast presenter landed himself a spot in tomorrow's show.

They were left scratching their heads over how the 44-year-old escaped a spot in the bottom two yet again – claiming that he is being "overmarked". After Thursday evening's installment of It Takes Two, fans are convinced that it's going to happen again.

One viewer wrote on Reddit: "I watched It takes two….. Dan is doing better with tango than rumba last week…. And AJ seems to struggle with salsa…. If voting is still as strong as ever…. Aj might be in bottom 2…"

A second said: "I think by now a lot of people have their favourites, like AJ, and will vote for them even if they have a bad dance. But of course if she does happen to find herself in the dance off anyway and she's struggling with the Salsa then the judges might not be able to save her even if they wanted to. I really hope she gets through."

Read our Strictly Come Dancing live blog for the latest news and gossip…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Dan Walker consoled by dance partner Nadiya Bychkova after breaking down

    STRICTLY star Dan Walker was consoled in his dressing room by dance partner Nadiya Bychkova after breaking down on the tenth anniversary of the death of his pal Gary Speed.

    The pair were seen hugging backstage at the BBC’s Elstree studios and Dan sobbed on her shoulder. Former Wales manager Gary, who played for Leeds and Newcastle, killed himself after suffering with crippling mental health issues.

    A source said: “Dan was in bits because he had watched a re-run of his interview with Gary which took place the day before he died. The two were very close, and it was a haunting, harrowing watch. Dan tried to hold it together, but the emotion of the evening became too much after their dance and he broke down in the dressing room.

    “Nadiya consoled him. She was amazing, and basically let him cry it out on her shoulder. As a result people have been gossiping backstage about Dan and Nadiya’s closeness, but it was entirely innocent.

    “She has been his rock — not just this week, but every week, as he’s been landed with criticism simply for staying in the show. Dan is so grateful for her friendship.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Rose Ayling-Ellis turns down big money deal

    Rose Ayling-Ellis has turned down lucrative deals to endorse hearing aids.

    The EastEnders actress refuses to promote any non-NHS devices.

    Rose, 27, is understood to have been offered deals worth hundreds of thousands of pounds by high street names including Specsavers.

    But she has rejected them all so as not to “mislead” her fans.

    Rose, the first deaf celeb on Strictly, is favourite to win the BBC dance show with her partner Giovanni Pernice.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Dan Walker wraps his arm around partner Nadia’s waist

    Dan Walker wrapped his arm around partner Nadia’s waist as they left It Takes Two filming.

    The duo have made it to the quarter-finals of Strictly tomorrow night.

    Dan looked dapper in a black dinner suit as he escorted Nadia out of It Takes Two.

    The BBC Breakfast host, 44, showed off his trim figure in the slimline suit with a bow-tie as they left the Strictly spin-off show.

    The fans’ favourite put an arm around his dance partner Nadia as they left.

    Nadiya braved the cold in a stunning bridal couture white dress.

    The frock with spaghetti straps fell just below her knee and she wore a pair of nude pumps with her outfit.

    Nadiya braved the cold weather stepping out with no coat on as she swept her hair into an updo to complete her stylish look.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Amy Dowden 'a new family member' says Giovanna Fletcher

    Giovanna Fletcher said her family has "gained a new member" after Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden, who was partnered with her husband, McFly star Tom, moved into their family home after suffering a flare-up of her Crohn's disease.

    Appearing on Good Morning Britain, she said: "It is more of a hostage situation possibly. But I do think that is something that is not focused on – the friendships that can be made through Strictly. We absolutely adore her. For us it is not a Strictly curse. We have actually gained a new member."

    Speaking about Dowden's recovery, she said: "She is good. She was sat on the sofa last night. The colour is back in her cheeks. She has still got her hot water bottle and every now and then you can see she is in pain. People with Crohn's are living with pain. But it is nice to see the pink going back into her cheeks."

  • Joseph Gamp

    How John Whaite deals with online trolls

    "The Great British Bake Off winner said he sends people who troll him the contact details for the Samaritans, a charity helpline for those struggling with isolation, mental health issues or suicidal thoughts.

    "I often find that people who have the need or the urgency to say something very hurtful and personal directly to somebody, they often are suffering themselves," he said.

    "And so they get personal back and try and retaliate with a clever witticism.

    "I just say, 'here's a number for the Samaritans and I hope you find the peace that you're looking for'."

    Whaite has teamed up with American Express to create a festive Shop Small Sandwich recipe especially for small businesses.

    The campaign aims to support small businesses by encouraging the nation to shop small throughout the festive season and beyond.

  • Joseph Gamp

    John Whaite praises Tilly Ramsay for being 'a role model'

    Strictly Come Dancing star John Whaite has praised fellow contestant Tilly Ramsay for being a "role model" after she was eliminated from the dance competition over the weekend.

    The TV baker topped the leaderboard on Saturday with a dazzling Argentine tango, while Ramsay missed out on a place in the quarter-final after she faced CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson in the dance-off.

    Whaite, 32, also revealed that he deals with social media trolls by sending them the number to the Samaritans helpline, as he finds people who send hurtful messages are often suffering themselves.

    He told the PA news agency: "I think Tilly is a remarkable young woman, I said it on social media and I said it to her.

    "I think the way she's conducted herself with grace, integrity, decorum over this entire thing. She's a role model to young men and women everywhere because she had some knocks with being in the dance-off but she pulled herself back up and dusted herself off and she cracked on."

  • Louis Allwood

    Who has left Strictly so far?

    Here’s who has left the show so far:

    • Week two: Nina Wadia and Neil Jones
    • Week three: Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez
    • Withdrawn: Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell
    • Week four: Greg Wise and Karen Hauer
    • Week five: Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse
    • Week six: Judi Love and Graziano di Prima
    • Week seven: Adam Peaty and Katya Jones
    • Week eight: Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec
    • Week nine: Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden
    • Week ten: Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin

    Nikita and Tilly’s strong connection

    Strictly viewers have picked up on Nikita and Tilly’s strong connection, and even accused them of “flirting” in past TV appearances.

    They have previously denied falling victim to the infamous Strictly Curse, with Nikita’s girlfriend Nicole Wirt even jetting to London from Germany to meet his celeb partner.

    And when judges voted to save Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu on Sunday, Tilly thanked everyone who’d been involved in her Strictly journey, including her “best friend” Nikita.

    The 20-year-old said: “I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me.

    “From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, make up and camera crew. It’s just been the most extraordinary time.

    “I found out something about myself that I didn’t know I could do, I didn’t know I could dance and have fun like this.”

    Craig Revel Horwood takes savage swipe at Dan Walker

    Craig Revel Horwood took a swipe at contestant Dan Walker today saying all of the final celebs left in the competition were "amazing" – but not him.

    The acid-tongued judge was back and fighting fit after recently recovering from Covid, and he delivered a few home truths to BBC newsreader Dan on ITV's Lorraine today.

    Speaking to host Lorraine Kelly, Craig, 56, said: "Amazing, amazing, amazing, and then, Dan."

    The catty remark made the presenter giggle, but Craig said he actually loved that Dan had made it this far with the Strictly final just three weeks away.

    He continued: "He represents a lot of the men in this country and if it inspires them to dance then great."

    BBC bosses faced fresh fix allegations after its Breakfast host Dan survived another week on flagship show Strictly.

    • Louis Allwood

      Tilly on being voted off

      When the judges voted to save Rhys and Nancy, Tilly thanked everyone who’d been involved in her Strictly journey.

      She said: “I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me.

      “From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, make up and camera crew. It’s just been the most extraordinary time.

      “I found out something about myself that I didn’t know I could do, I didn’t know I could dance and have fun like this.”

      Praising Nikita, Tilly added: “I really meant it when I said I made a best friend for life. You’ve just been incredible.”

    • Louis Allwood

      How long do we have to wait for the Strictly 2021 final?

      The Strictly Come Dancing 2021 final will air on BBC One on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

      This means one contestant will be celebrating Christmas as Strictly’s fiercest dancer.

      The series will have been on the air for three months when the finale will hit the screens.

      The finale will then be available for viewers wishing to catch up with the programme on BBC iPlayer.

      While the competition has accustomed viewers to separate results shows on Sunday, the final result is expected to be revealed on the Saturday night.

    • Louis Allwood

      Star forced to rest

      Strictly Come Dancing star John Whaite was forced to rest after being left in ‘so much pain’.

      The 32-year-old and Johannes Radebe are currently in training for the BBC dance contest’s quarter-finals.

      The dancing pair made it through on Sunday night after getting a near-perfect score for their Argentine tango.

      But on Tuesday, John had to leave rehearsals early, telling his Instagram followers he was off to rest.

      He took a snap of himself in the back of a car, and said: “Going home to rest. My hip flexors are in so much pain and the physio has recommended a day of rest.

      “I’ll watch Christmas films all day and eat Haribo.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Rylan pressures Nikita to slam judges

      Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin were the latest duo to be booted from the show.

      They appeared on It Takes Two where host Rylan Clark probed Nikita about the judges scoring.

      “Some of the judges’ comments; there were a few things about feet, a few things about arms,” he started.

      “Do you think, Nikita, that justified the lower scoring?”

      But when Nikita hesitated to be critical, Rylan shouted: “Come on! You’re out now! You can say what you wanna say, come on.”

      Tilly giggled as Nikita decided to still respond with diplomacy.

      “I agree with this absolutely because samba is the most difficult dance,” Nikita explained.

      “Samba is a difficult dance. You have different body rhythms to do your steps with, you have different actions.

      “You have feet actions, you have arms – you have some many things you have to do.”

      “At the same you have to be sassy, you have to do all the beautiful shimmy things that Tilly did.

      “So unfortunately, yeah I agree.”

    • Louis Allwood

      What dances are contestants doing this weekend

      John Whaite will dance the samba, as Rhys Stephenson takes on the Argentine Tango.

      Dan Walker dances the salsa, while AJ Odudu do the same.

      Rose Ayling Ellis will take on an American Smooth.

    • Louis Allwood

      Is it the same trophy?

      As the celebrities have to hand it back each year, the same trophy is used.

      Each year the winner’s name is added to the gold plague on the front of the Glitterball.

      It is believed the same trophy has been used since Strictly started back in 2004.

    • Louis Allwood

      Does the winner keep the trophy?

      So the answer is yes, and no – as it’s not as straight forward as you think.

      After the Strictly winner gets handed the Glitterball by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, they have to hand it back after pictures are taken.

      Instead both the celebrity and their professional dance partner are handed smaller versions of the trophy.

      Chatting on Sunday Brunch, 2011 winner Harry Judd explained: “They give you the big [Glitterball] and then they take it straight off you and give you this tiny little one.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Strictly Come Dancing Winner Odds

      BetVictor have released their latest odds for the winner of this years competition.

      • Rose Ayling-Ellis 1/5
      • AJ Odudu 7/1
      • John Whaite 8/1
      • Dan Walker 22/1
      • Rhys Stephenson 66/1

      Ex-star of the show excited for this weekend

      THE QUARTER finals return this weekend on the BBC and the couples dances have been announced leaving fans divided on who they think will do the best.

      It appears to be a two horse race between Rose Ayling Ellis’ routine, or AJ Odudu’s.

      Fans have been commenting on an Instagram announcement over the new routines and dances.

      Ugo Monye couldn’t contain his excitement commenting “Lessssgooo”

      Another commented “Rose and Gio with an american smooth! i can’t wait!”

      Rose Ayling-Ellis turns down big money deal (Continued…)

      A source said: “Rose has already done so much to raise awareness of the plight deaf people face on a daily basis. She is a total inspiration.

      “High street franchises like Specsavers sell hearing aids and several firms have been in touch to see if she wanted any freebies, or wanted to get on board for campaigns.

      “Although it means turning down vast sums of money, Rose doesn’t feel right accepting. She gets her hearing aids from the NHS and doesn’t want to mislead her fans.

      “She is a passionate champion of our health service.

      “Her pals have been joking that Rose should have gone to Specsavers but she’s adamant not profiting from her condition is the right thing to do.”

      Rose Ayling-Ellis turns down big money deal

      Rose Ayling-Ellis has turned down lucrative deals to endorse hearing aids.

      The EastEnders actress refuses to promote any non-NHS devices.

      Rose, 27, is understood to have been offered deals worth hundreds of thousands of pounds by high street names including Specsavers.

      But she has rejected them all so as not to “mislead” her fans.

      Rose, the first deaf celeb on Strictly, is favourite to win the BBC dance show with her partner Giovanni Pernice.

      Michelle Keegan turned down strictly

      The actress has revealed she turned down Strictly Come Dancing because she’s “too scared” to perform in front of a live audience.

      The actress, 34, admitted she’s been asked to take part in the BBC dance show but won’t be following in the footsteps of her husband Mark Wright any time soon.

      Mark managed to get to the final of the show in 2014 alongside pro Karen Hauer.

      Speaking about potentially putting on her dancing shoes, Michelle told Graham Norton: “I have a few times [been asked]. But for me, it’s the live audience… it’s a skill. It takes a lot of dedication and skill.”

      She continued:  “He [husband Mark Wright] did it like 5 years ago. It’s the music before it happens and the audience is really quiet and the lights come on.

      “My heart was in my mouth for him. I couldn’t be on the dance floor, too scared, too nervous.”

      • Louis Allwood

        Who is Ben Jones?

        Much like the Strictly choreographer, Ben is a professional dancer and has been trotting alongside Amy for several years.

        The couple were once British National Latin Dance champions, becoming the first all-British pair to win the competition.

        Both have decided to help others follow their passion for dancing and run the Art in Motion dance school in Dudley, in the West Midlands.

        Not much else is known about Ben as he keeps a low profile, allowing his partner to bask alone in the spotlight.

        Unlike Amy, he is not active on any social media platforms, although he can sometimes be seen with his wife in posts shared on their school’s official Instagram profile.

        The couple have also walked the red carpet together on many occasions but Ben remains adamant on staying away from the limelight altogether.

      • Louis Allwood

        When is Strictly: The Real Full Monty?

        Fans of the show don’t have to wait too long to watch it on TV.

        The performance of Strictly: The Real Full Monty will be aired on December 13 and 14.

        You’ll be able to watch it at 9pm on ITV.

      • Louis Allwood

        Amy Dowden gets a visit from rarely seen twin

        Amy Dowden gets a visit from her rarely seen twin sister Becky after her hospital dash.

        The dancer – who has Crohn's disease – suffered a terrifying health scare and was rushed to hospital after falling ill over the weekend.

        Since then she's been resting up and her twin Becky paid her a visit.

        Amy, 31, uploaded a boomerang on social media of her sister plaiting her hair.

        She captioned the post: "When your twin comes to visit… Straight on the sister duties @becky_dowden."

      • Joseph Gamp

        Strictly fans furious after It Takes Two 'gives away' who'll exit this week

        STRICTLY Come Dancing fans have been left fuming after It Takes Two "gave away" who’ll go this week.

        Viewers of the BBC dance competition are convinced that controversial contestant Dan Walker could be sent through to semi-final rather than AJ Odudu or John Whaite.]

        Just last week viewers branded the programme "a joke" after the BBC Breakfast presenter landed himself a spot in tomorrow's show.

        They left scratching their heads over how the 44-year-old escaped a spot in the bottom two yet again – claiming that he is being "overmarked".

        After Thursday evening's installment of It Takes Two, fans are convinced that it's going to happen again.

        One viewer wrote on Reddit: "I watched It takes two….. Dan is doing better with tango than rumba last week…. And AJ seems to struggle with salsa…. If voting is still as strong as ever…. Aj might be in bottom 2…"

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