Strictly Come Dancing 2023 LIVE — Vito and Ellie Leach fuel romance rumours as Angela's dance choice criticised | The Sun

STRICTLY Come Dancing returns this weekend as the remaining celebs take to the dance floor to battle it out ahead of Blackpool.

Fans of the BBC One show have taken to social media to complain that Angela Rippon's dance's have been "strategically picked".

Commenting on Strictly's official Instagram post revealing the week 8 dances, one fan said: "Is that another ballroom I see for Angela Rippon….? About time she does a Latin, surely? Feel her dances are being strategically picked."

A second added: "Another dance for Angela where she can just walk around the room and get a high score."

It comes as Vito Coppola has fuelled rumours he's in a romance with Ellie Leach after referring to her as "my baby" in an Instagram post this week.

Read our live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • By Henry Moore

    You've heard of the Strictly curse, but this could be even worse

    Everyone has heard of the Strictly curse, where stars of the show fall for their partners despite being in committed relationships.

    From Seann Walsh snogging pro partner Katya Jones in a short-lived fling to rugby star Ben Cohen leaving his wife of 11 years for dancer Kristina Rihanoff, the curse has caused chaos in the showbiz world.

    But some stars face an even worse fate…the Strictly unrequited crush.

    The phenomenon often sees them publicly declaring their puppy-eyed adoration for dance partners – only to leave the show solo.

    And this has already hit one of this year's biggest stars…


    The infamous Strictly curse is nothing compared to this brutal trend

  • By Henry Moore

    Amy Dowden in tears as she rings bell after final chemo session

    Strictly pro Amy, 33, shared an emotional video to Instagram yesterday which saw her surrounded by the nurses and doctors who have treated her.

    The star was pictured ringing a bell after her last chemo session.

    The beloved Strictly pro was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer earlier this year and has since undergone extensive treatment.

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    Strictly's Amy Dowden breaks down in tears as she rings the bell after chemo

  • By Henry Moore

    What shows has Adam Thomas starred in?

    After Adam left the original series of Waterloo Road, he joined the cast of Emmerdale in 2009 playing Adam Barton.

    In 2016 the actor swapped the Dales for the jungle and appeared on the 16th series of I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here, where he placed third.

    After proving popular on the show, Adam landed the gig of hosting the 2019 series of I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp,

    He also appeared alongside his famous brothers also appeared in an ITV six-part series, Mancs in Mumbai.

  • By Henry Moore

    This week's Strictly dances revealed

    Here are this week's Strictly dances and songs:

    • Krishnan Guru-Murthy – Samba to Bamboleo by Gipsy Kings
    • Ellie Leach – Rumba to True Colours by Cyndi Lauper
    • Angela Scanlon – Waltz to With You I'm Born Again by Billy Preston and Syreeta
    • Layton Williams – Argentine Tango to Tattoo by Loreen
    • Bobby Brazier – American Smooth to Ghost Of You by 5 Seconds of Summer
    • Nigel Harman – Couple's Choice to Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
    • Angela Rippon – Paso Doble to Hung Up by Madonna
    • Annabel Croft – Samba to Whenever, Wherever by Shakira

    When Rose Ayling-Ellis won Strictly

    Rose Ayling-Ellis captured the nation’s heart alongside partner Giovanni Pernice in 2021.

    The pair won the show and scooped the Glitterball trophy.

    Rose’s win was praised by The National Deaf Children’s Society.

    Susan Daniels OBE, the society’s Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to Rose and Giovanni on winning the Glitterball Trophy and for giving us such inspirational entertainment during your time on Strictly.

    “It’s hard to overstate just what an impact Rose has made, not only on deaf children and young people, but also on the public’s understanding of deafness.

    “Throughout her Strictly journey, she’s been a shining example to deaf and hearing people alike. This could be a new dawn for deaf children and young people everywhere because it’s clear for all to see that with the right support and the will to succeed, they can aim for the stars.

    “Strictly may have come to an end, but we sincerely hope that this surge of interest in deafness and the desire to engage with deaf people continues long into the future.”

    How to watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad

    You’ll first need to download a VPN, such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN onto the device you’ll be streaming iPlayer from.

    Then, load the VPN and select a UK server, which will (legally) reroute your IP address to the UK.

    You’ll then be able to head to iPlayer and stream Strictly Come Dancing with no trouble.

    When did Bill Bailey win Strictly?

    Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse were crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020.

    After performances from HRVY, Maisie Smith and Jamie Laing, entertainer Bill became the eldest contestant to ever take home the Giltterball trophy.

    Announcing the result as the spectacular nine-week series came to an end, host Tess Daly said: “The moment we’ve all been waiting for… the Strictly champions of 2020 are Bill and Oti.”

    Champion Bill said: “It feels surreal, extraordinary and wonderful.

    “I never thought we would get this far. I never thought we’d get to the final.

    “I’ve had the most extraordinary teacher and the most extraordinary dancer.

    “Someone who has believed in me right from the beginning. She found something."

    Anton Du Beke's real name revealed

    Anton Du Beke is a household name, but it isn't the name he was born with.

    The Strictly Come Dancing judge put a spin on his birth name but has never explained why he now goes by Anton.

    Anton's real name is Anthony Paul Beke, with his friends and family calling him Toby when he was growing up.

    He was born in Sevenoaks, Kent to a Hungarian father Antal Xavier Beke, and a Spanish mother, Ascensión 'Conchita' Lema.

    Why AJ Odudu pulled out before the 2021 Strictly final

    AJ Odudu quickly became a fan favourite when she competed in the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

    Many thought she might life the glitterball trophy – but her time was cut short.

    The TV presenter had to pull out of the competition alongside her professional partner Kai Widdrington due to an ankle injury.

    This came as a disappointment to viewers as many hailed her as their favourite.

    • By Louis Allwood

      Tess Daly's real name revealed

      Tess Daly is best known for her presenting skills and being one of the hosts of Strictly Come Dancing.

      We may know her as Tess, but this isn't actually her name – She was actually born Helen Elizabeth Daly in 1969 in Stockport, Cheshire.

      It was her agent who suggested the name change, saying her name was "too familiar".

      Tess explained that her agent was "obsessed with Natassja Kinski" who featured in the film Tess, so that was the name that was chosen.

      Tess said the only person who tends to still call her Helen and even then she said she finds herself not answering to the name.

    • By Louis Allwood

      When does Strictly Come Dancing return?

      Strictly Come Dancing is back once again this Saturday.

      Ahead of the much anticipated Blackpool episode, Strictly will air at 6:05pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

      You can also use the BBC’s streaming service to catch up on the series so far.

    • By Louis Allwood

      When Alesha Dixon won Strictly

      Singer Alesha Dixon and professional dancer Matthew Cutler stormed to victory in 2007’s Strictly Come Dancing with a series of show-stopping routines including a Cha Cha to Crazy in Love.

      Following her incredible win, she later returned to the series as a short-lived judge, before joining the team at Britain’s Got Talent.

      They beat Matt DiAngelo and his partner Flavia Cacace in the final – though they ended up a couple so I guess everyone was a winner here.

    • By Louis Allwood

      Zara McDermott reveals secret about guests at live show

      Guests in the Strictly Come Dancing audience smuggle booze into the studio in water bottles, a contestant has revealed.

      Zara McDermott explained the trick after being kicked off the BBC show.


      Strictly’s Zara McDermott reveals show guests get drunk by sneaking in booze

    • By Louis Allwood

      Ladbrokes' Strictly Come Dancing elimination odds

      Ladbrokes have released their latest odds on Strictly Come Dancing's next elimination this weekend.

      Krishnan Guru-Murthy – Evens

      Annabel Croft – 15/8

      Angela Rippon – 5/1

      Angela Scanlon – 13/2

      Layton Williams – 10/1

      Bobby Brazier – 50/1

      Nigel Harman – 50/1

      Ellie Leach – 100/1

    • By Louis Allwood

      Strictly Come Dancing departures so far

      Every Sunday Strictly waves goodbye to one more celebrity.

      Here’s who’s left the competition so far:

      • Week seven: Adam Thomas
      • Week six: Zara McDermott
      • Week five: Eddie Kadi
      • Week four: Jody Cundy
      • Week three: Nikita Kanda 
      • Week two: Les Dennis
      • Week one: No one
      • By Louis Allwood

        What did Adam Thomas say after his Strictly exit?

        In his exit interview, Adam Thomas told Tess: “Seven incredible weeks, what a journey it’s been. I honestly thought I was leaving in week two, so I’m proud of myself to get this far. I’ve had an amazing time from start to finish.

        “I came here to learn how to dance but I’ve learned so much more. The confidence and self-belief I now have in myself is out of this world.

        “I have to thank all these guys up here. What a bunch to be on this journey with. I know my kids are at home now, probably crying. Daddy’s okay!

        “I just wanted to teach them it’s not just about winning or losing, it’s about taking part and doing your best. And I just want to say thank you to Luba and I’m sorry, I wanted to get us to Blackpool.”

      • By Louis Allwood

        Ex-Strictly judge Dame Arlene Phillips supports Save the Children charity campaign

        Ex-Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Arlene Phillips is among a host of celebrities to don second-hand festive wear in support of Save the Children’s annual fundraising campaign Christmas Jumper Day.

        She joins Holly Willoughby, former Love Island host Laura Whitmore, radio presenter Lauren Laverne, Bridgerton star India Amarteifio, Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri and comedian London Hughes, who have all chosen to sport sustainable knitwear this year.

        Christmas Jumper Day will be taking place on December 7 and anyone can take part by wearing a festive sweater and donating £2 (or £1 for children) to Save the Children.

      • By Louis Allwood

        How to watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad

        You’ll first need to download a VPN, such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN onto the device you’ll be streaming iPlayer from.

        Then, load the VPN and select a UK server, which will (legally) reroute your IP address to the UK.

        You’ll then be able to head to iPlayer and stream Strictly Come Dancing with no trouble.

      • By Louis Allwood

        Strictly viewers brand show 'fixed' after Adam Thomas' exit

        Strictly Come Dancing viewers have branded the show "fixed" following Adam Thomas' dramatic exit on Sunday.

        Fans are convinced Angela was saved by the judges due to their desire to see her at the Blackpool show.

        The 79-year-old previously presented Strictly's predecessor, Come Dancing, which was filmed in the city.

        One disappointed fan wrote: "Bless Adam, he has such a good attitude. I would prefer he stayed over Angela. I think she'll go next, although the producers are desperate to get her to Blackpool."

        Another hit out: "Pfft, clearly the Producers want Angela R to go to Blackpool. I’d have saved Adam and Luba."

        A third called the dance off an "absolute sham", adding: "I'm gonna stick up for the Strictly judges. It is the producers who tell them who to save. The show executives want Angela in Blackpool."

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