Strictly Come Dancing 2021 latest news – MAJOR change for next live show as BBC backs down on fans' Movie Week demands

STRICTLY contestant Dan Walker says he has a personal reason why he never works on Sundays.

The BBC Breakfast presenter revealed he and his pro partner Nadiya Bychkova never rehearse on the day of rest due to his devout Christianity.

Speaking to Loose Women earlier this week, he said:  “The way that I look at it is I work hard six days a week and my sister’s a nurse in intensive care and she works on Sunday but it’s a choice I made a long time ago to try and set that day aside to spend that day with my family and church and doing things slightly differently."

He added that he knows that it "does not work for everyone" but it is important for his kids to know he will always be around at least one day a week.

"No one at Strictly ever does anything on a Sunday anyway, so it’s not like I’m missing out on anything, but for me, it helps me tick and keeps me going”, he added.

But this may become a problem later on if he has to take part in a Sunday-night dance-off…

Read our Strictly Come Dancing live blog for the latest updates…

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    Karen Hauer ate DOG FOOD as a child

    The Venezuelan beauty says she was so obsessed with her family Dobermann hounds when she was a young girl, she used to share in their protein-packed meals.

    Karen, 39, said: “My love for dogs started when I was little, my mum had four Dobermanns that she absolutely adored.

    “I would literally curl up with them as they were eating and I would give one bit to them and I’d eat one as well, even though I shouldn’t have.”

    Speaking on the Dogs Best Friend podcast, she revealed how she was still such a dog-lover that she tries to Facetime her pooches when she spends lengthy periods of time in the studio and away from home.

    But she also admitted: “They ignore me.”

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    Inside Strictly’s biggest spats

    EVERYONE’S heard of the Strictly Curse, but some couples have come closer to a punch-up than a hook-up.

    Celebrities and their professional dance partners don’t always get along like a house on fire, with backstage bust-ups often casting a shadow on the glitzy competition.

    This year’s couple rumoured to be feuding behind the scenes are Hollyoaks actress Katie McGlynn, 28, and Gorka Marquez.

    Strictly fans are convinced the couple aren’t getting along after spotting “tension” between them following their jive on Saturday night.

    It came after the pair appeared to have disagreed over the amount of time that Katie spent rehearsing as she skipped dancing to film Hollyoaks.

    She was spotted in Liverpool filming for the Channel 4 soap as Gorka, 31, moaned ahead of their performance that they had “no hours to train”.

    Read more some of the biggest spats here

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    Gone curl

    STRICTLY winner Stacey Dooley has transformed her look with a brand new hairdo.

    The documentary maker, 34, has ditched her familiar sleek style in favour of tight curls.

    It seems the style is here to stay too, as Stacey posted the new look on Instagram writing: “(Straight hair is obvs now dead to me).”

    Her boyfriend Kevin Clifton is a big fan of the style change, telling her: “So cool🔥🔥🔥 i love it❤️❤️❤️. I really fancy you😍.”

    Stacey cheekily replied with some aubergine emojis.

    Her followers raved about the look, with some saying she was channelling 80s classic Flashdance.

     

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    Strictly fans in stitches over ‘secret microphone’

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans can’t get enough of the show’s dance floor secrets.

    Now the show’s Instagram account has built up a cult following thanks to some unusual insights.

    Each week the show releases the ‘secret mic’ audio which reveals what was being said on the dance floor – and fans have been left in hysterics.

    During the live show’s dancing, viewers notice the professional dancers speaking to their partners, but are unable to hear it thanks to Dave Arch and his wonderful orchestra.

    Posting the audio on BBC Strictly’s official Instagram, people quickly noticed Dan Walker singing as he was dancing the quickstep with Nadiya Bychkova.

    Read more here.

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    Wising up

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans believe they’ve spotted a “secret feud” between Karen Hauer and her celebrity partner Greg Wise.

    Viewers were surprised to see the pair sitting “miles apart” on the show’s sister programme It Takes Two.

    Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “#Strictly @karen_hauer and Greg on #ItTakesTwo very negative body language. She doesn’t like him….”

    Another asked: “Can Greg and Karen sit any further apart?? No other coupes sit miles apart. This is a very strange relationship.”

    A third compared them to their competition, tweeting: “The difference in body language between Greg/Karen and Rhys/Nancy is STARK”.

    However, Karen spoke fondly of her celebrity partner on the show, saying that she “trusted” him completely with their daring lifts at the weekend, and it felt “so calm and beautiful” to dance with him.

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    Judi Love kisses pro as she leaves rehearsals

    STRICTLY’S Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima kissed as they left It Takes Two with Dan Walker and Nadia.

    The Loose Woman had appeared on sister show It Takes Two after dance rehearsals, and put on a sweet display with her pro partner Graz.

    She gave her pro partner a kiss as they posed for the waiting paps.

    Speaking on Loose Women, she shared: “We’ve both connected, we’re both very spicy – he’s Italian, my background is Jamaican…

    “It’s just been great. I’ve lost about 5lbs already. It’s been amazing. I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

    The pair were awarded 24 points for their American Smooth to Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools during the first Strictly live show.

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    Strictly odds at Betvictor

    Betvictor has updated their odds on which celebs are most likely to win.

    Rose Ayling-Ellis is no longer the frontrunner, however former underdog, AJ Odudu now has better odds at winning due to her phenomenal performance over the weekend.

    The Top Five Favourites

    • AJ Odudu 5/2
    • John Whaite 3/1
    • Rose Ayling-Ellis 10/4
    • Adam Peaty 7/1
    • Rhys Stephenson 12/1

    Macho Dan

    DAN Walker is getting ready to strut his stuff on Strictly tomorrow night – but there is one thing he won’t do.

    The BBC Breakfast host, 44, has revealed a hilarious “muscle suit” that he says’s he is refusing to wear on this evening’s live show.

    In the photo the broadcaster can be seen dressed up in a suit that resembles a ken doll.

    They are often worn underneath costumes to give the illusion of a more muscular figure.

    But Dan was having none of it, and took to Instagram to share the hilarious picture of him wearing it.

    Writing next to the snap he said: “I’ve been asked if I want to wear a muscle suit for tonight’s dance… I declined.”

    Oops

    STRICTLY’S Katya Jones has revealed a horrific injury just days before the second show.

    The pro dancer, 32, has managed to rip OFF her toenail while practicing for Saturday night’s instalment of the BBC One competition.

    Katya loves to keep fans up to date with what her and partner Adam Peaty, 27, get up to during training.

    But today things didn’t go according to plan as she’s managed to lose a toenail.

    Taking to her Instagram Stories, she shared a snap of her toe bandaged up in bloody dressing and a huge plaster.

    Katya told her 187k followers: “Oops…. Lost a nail.”

     

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      Why Rhys wants Nancy to SLAP him

      STRICTLY’S Rhys Stephenson has revealed paralysing stage fright so bad he begged his partner to SLAP him in the face.

      The CBBC star has opened up about pre-show nerves before his epic performances.

      Despite his confident persona, Rhys has confessed he needs to be pepped up before he goes out to perform on Strictly.

      The 27-year-old who has won a legion of fans dancing alongside his pro partner Nancy Xu, told OK! magazine: “I was about 80% excited and 20% nervous.

      “When the show begins and they say, ‘Rhys and Nancy, you guys are up’, that’s when I’m paralysed with fear.

      “So I told Nancy to give me a couple of quick slaps across the face and I’d be fine.”

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      Film favourites (continued…)

      TV presenter Judi Love said she would want Whoopi Goldberg to play her in a movie, and that vice versa she would like to play Goldberg’s classic character in Sister Act, Deloris Van Cartier.

      She said: “When I saw the film as a child, I just felt it was me! I could see myself putting on a nun hat and people wondering if I was really a nun! The way she pulled the other nuns and the kids out of their comfort zone, that’s what I do.”

      The Loose Women star added that Sister Act was her favourite movie, saying: “It’s timeless, you can watch it with children and adults, it’s just a great family film that’s feelgood and brings everyone together.”

      Love will perform a Charleston to When You’re Good To Mama by Queen Latifah and Taye Diggs from Chicago with her dance partner Graziano Di Prima.

      Actor Greg Wise will take to the stage on Saturday as 007 as he dances the paso doble to the James Bond theme tune with partner Karen Hauer. Discussing which movie character he would like to play most, he said: “It has to be James Bond, because you’re in a nice tux and it’s James Bond!”

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      Strictly celebs reveal film favourites ahead of Saturday

      TV presenter AJ Odudu has said she would choose fellow Strictly Come Dancing contestant Judi Love to play her in a biopic.

      The pair will both take to the dancefloor on Saturday night to perform film-themed routines for Movie Week.

      Odudu, 33, who topped the leaderboard with 65 points after the first two live shows scores were combined, will perform an American smooth to Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing from The Bodyguard with her dance partner Kai Widdrington.

      Asked who she would want to play her in a movie about her life, Odudu said: “Judi Love, it’s got to be Judi! She’s loud, she’s got great energy, she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

      “I just think that’s what life is all about. Life is too short not to just smile!”

      For her dream movie role, she said she would like to play Shrek or Olaf from Frozen, adding: “My nieces love them!”

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      Are Katie and Gorka feuding?

      STRICTLY Come Dancing has seen its fair ups and downs through out the years.

      Fans of the 2021 series are now convinced that actress Katie McGlynn and her pro partner Gorka Marquez are embroiled in a secret feud.

      The pair wowed fans with their jive on Saturday night (October 2, 2021), but some spotted they may not have found their groove off the dance floor just yet.

      Viewers took to social media to point out a possible “feud” between the two dancing partners.

      Fans noted that Spanish star Gorka looked glum in posts made by the soap actress before the live show as they prepared for their second dance.

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      Rylan praises ‘big sister’ for support

      EMOTIONAL Rylan Clark said he “wouldn’t be here” if it wasn’t for the support of Steps’ Claire Richards following his split from husband Dan Neal.

      The Strictly Takes Two TV star, 32, separated from Dan in May, and despite attempts to fix their relationship, it was recently revealed the pair are set to divorce.

      Last night, Rylan made a rare public appearance at the Attitude Awards to present Steps with the Icon gong.

      He told the audience inside Camden’s Roundhouse: “On a personal level, one of the members of this band is like my big sister.

      “For the past four months, probably for the toughest time in my life, she’s been there for me, and without her, I probably wouldn’t be giving this award out tonight.”

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      Tom Fletcher reveals Harry Potter fact ahead of movie week

      McFly star Tom Fletcher has named Harry Potter star Tom Felton as the person he would want to play him in a biopic.

      The singer, 36, said people confuse him and the actor, who played Draco Malfoy in the film adaptations of JK Rowling’s books, and added: “We don’t correct them any more.”

      Fletcher was speaking ahead of taking to the dance floor for Strictly Come Dancing’s movie week-themed routines this weekend.

      The musician and his partner Amy Dowden were absent from the BBC One show last Saturday due to having to isolate for 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

      This week they will perform a jive to Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode ?from Back To The Future, which he said was his favourite film.

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      Tom Fletcher celebrates leaving self-isolation

      The McFly star took to his Instagram stories to celebrate being free from over a week of self-isolation after he and his pro partner Amy Dowden tested positive for Covid.

      The pair will have just 72-hours to prepare for the routine after catching the virus – despite both being vaccinated.

      The 36-year-old posted about his joy about being able to return to mundane life with a celebratory picture of him on the school run.

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      Judi Love kisses pro as she leaves rehersals

      STRICTLY’S Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima kissed as they left It Takes Two with Dan Walker and Nadia.

      The Loose Woman had appeared on sister show It Takes Two after dance rehearsals, and put on a sweet display with her pro partner Graz.

      She gave her pro partner a kiss as they posed for the waiting paps.

      Speaking on Loose Women, she shared: “We’ve both connected, we’re both very spicy – he’s Italian, my background is Jamaican…

      “It’s just been great. I’ve lost about 5lbs already. It’s been amazing. I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

      The pair were awarded 24 points for their American Smooth to Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools during the first Strictly live show.

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      Recap: Who won Strictly last year?

      Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse won Strictly Come Dancing 2020 beating HRVY, Maisie Smith and Jamie Laing in the grand final.

      The 55-year-old comedian made history as he became the oldest contestant to take home the Glitterball trophy.

      And Oti became the first-ever professional dancer to win the show two years in a row.

      Host Tess Daly announced the result as the nine-week series came to an end early because of coronavirus.

      Bill, HRVY and Maisie all finished top of the leaderboard with a total of 88 points from three dances.

      They were followed by Jamie in last place, with 84 after failing to land a ten from Craig Revel Horwood.

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      Rylan praises ‘big sister’ for support

      EMOTIONAL Rylan Clark said he “wouldn’t be here” if it wasn’t for the support of Steps’ Claire Richards following his split from husband Dan Neal.

      The Strictly Takes Two TV star, 32, separated from Dan in May, and despite attempts to fix their relationship, it was recently revealed the pair are set to divorce.

      Last night, Rylan made a rare public appearance at the Attitude Awards to present Steps with the Icon gong.

      He told the audience inside Camden’s Roundhouse: “On a personal level, one of the members of this band is like my big sister.

      “For the past four months, probably for the toughest time in my life, she’s been there for me, and without her, I probably wouldn’t be giving this award out tonight.”

      Read more here

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      Perspex problems

      STRICTLY’S Craig Revel Horwood has revealed the major problem he faces with his fellow judges because of the show’s Covid screens.

      The famously acerbic judge is struggling to make out a word his co-stars are saying on the panel due to the Perspex screens that separate them.

      He told the Mirror: “Oh my god, the Perspex is even worse now because it is even thicker and we are on separate desks. So I am straining to hear anything anyone says. We are so far separated.”

      However, he joked that it does have one upside: it means new judge Anton Du Beke is inaudible.

      He said: “I can’t hear a word he is saying, not a word. I love that.”

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      Betvictor’s odds

      Betvictor has updated their odds on which celebs are most likely to win.

      Rose Ayling-Ellis is no longer the frontrunner, however former underdog, AJ Odudu now has better odds at winning due to her phenomenal performance over the weekend.

      The Top Five Favourites

      • AJ Odudu 5/2
      • John Whaite 3/1
      • Rose Ayling-Ellis 10/4
      • Adam Peaty 7/1
      • Rhys Stephenson 12/1
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        Oops

        STRICTLY’S Katya Jones has revealed a horrific injury just days before the second show.

        The pro dancer, 32, has managed to rip OFF her toenail while practicing for Saturday night’s instalment of the BBC One competition.

        Katya loves to keep fans up to date with what her and partner Adam Peaty, 27, get up to during training.

        But today things didn’t go according to plan as she’s managed to lose a toenail.

        Taking to her Instagram Stories, she shared a snap of her toe bandaged up in bloody dressing and a huge plaster.

        Katya told her 187k followers: “Oops…. Lost a nail.”

         

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        Macho Dan

        DAN Walker is getting ready to strut his stuff on Strictly tonight – but there is one thing he won’t do.

        The BBC Breakfast host, 44, has revealed a hilarious “muscle suit” that he says’s he is refusing to wear on this evening’s live show.

        In the photo the broadcaster can be seen dressed up in a suit that resembles a ken doll.

        They are often worn underneath costumes to give the illusion of a more muscular figure.

        But Dan was having none of it, and took to Instagram to share the hilarious picture of him wearing it.

        Writing next to the snap he said: “I’ve been asked if I want to wear a muscle suit for tonight’s dance… I declined.”

         

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        Strictly fans in stitches over ‘secret microphone’

        STRICTLY Come Dancing fans can’t get enough of the show’s dance floor secrets.

        Now the show’s Instagram account has built up a cult following thanks to some unusual insights.

        Each week the show releases the ‘secret mic’ audio which reveals what was being said on the dance floor – and fans have been left in hysterics.

        During the live show’s dancing, viewers notice the professional dancers speaking to their partners, but are unable to hear it thanks to Dave Arch and his wonderful orchestra.

        Posting the audio on BBC Strictly’s official Instagram, people quickly noticed Dan Walker singing as he was dancing the quickstep with Nadiya Bychkova.

        Read more here.

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        Strictly’s ratings slump

        STRICTLY’S ratings slid for a third week as Brits free from Covid restrictions made the most of going out.

        The Saturday night show got a peak audience of 8.8million — down almost two million on the equivalent show last year.

        A TV insider said: “This goes to show how many of us were cooped up indoors as Covid restrictions meant there was little or no socialising to be done.

        “Now that the public are free to go out at the weekend, there’s a been a dip in the ratings.

        “It’s nothing the Beeb seems worried about.”

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