Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news – Fans all saying same thing as 'adorable' Giovanni & Rose leave It Takes Two arm-in-arm

STRICTLY'S Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice looked closer than ever as they left It Takes Two together.

Their appearance comes after fans were convinced their dramatic 'break-up dance’ last Saturday was a secret nod to his split from Maura Higgins.

Rose looked sensational in an autumnal floral print frock as Giovanni put his arm around her waist.

The EastEnders actress, who fans have tipped to win the show, showed off her svelte figure in a long sleeved maxi dress with a turtle neck top.

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    Explained: Who is Craig Revel-Horwood’s boyfriend Jonathan Myring?

    Jonathan is the fiance of Strictly judge Craig Revel-Horwood.

    He is 43 years old.

    Jonathan is a horticulturist by profession.

    Other than that, he keeps his life fairly private.

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    Getting on like a house on fire (Continued…)

    An insider said: “When Nikita’s girlfriend Nicole came to London she immediately visited him and Tilly. They got on like a house on fire and bonded over Nikita. Nicole also gave them some tips on their dancing.

    “It couldn’t have gone better between them. There is a huge amount of trust needed between a couple when one of you is spending hours in the arms of another woman. And Nikita and Nicole have that trust – they’ve been together for five years.

    “Nicole and Tilly have really hit it off and it seems all three will stay friends for good after the show.”

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    Strictly curse crushed

    Tilly Ramsay and her pro dance partner Nikita Kuzmin have shut down the Strictly curse rumours for good – after she enjoyed a secret meeting with his girlfriend.

    She was introduced to dancer Nicole Wirt last week when she visited London to spend time with Nikita.

    The move will end speculation that has circulated about the nature of close friendship since the start of the BBC dancing show.

    Tilly was introduced to dancer Nicole Wirt last week when she visited London to spend time with Nikita
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    A terrible look for the show?

    As Judi filmed her sick bed video, Graziano, 27, was seen without a mask in a busy bar in Soho, central London, and was snapped with ex-pro Robin Windsor.

    A TV insider said: “He has done nothing wrong as he is double-jabbed and had tested negative.

    “But it’s a terrible look for the show, which has strict social distancing measures in place for filming.

    “And this isn’t the first time that pros have been seen breaking social distancing, which makes it very uncomfortable for producers.”

    Graziano was in Freedom Bar, one of the biggest venues in London’s gay village.

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    Judi's 'rough couple of days'

    Judi also describes the time since testing positive as a "rough couple of days".

    But she has warned others to 'get their health in order' in case they are also struck down with Covid.

    "Health is wealth," she explained. "I just mean having that health so you can live at your optimum, you can continue creating memories, having life experience, spending time with loved ones as long as possible."

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    Sick in bed

    In a new video, recorded while laying down at home, Judi has also revealed the unusual but traditional West Indian remedies she has tried in an attempt to shift the illness.

    The comedienne – who is supposed to be back in the ballroom with dance partner Graziano Di Prima this Saturday – posted the clip on Instagram, branding the virus as "Damn Rona".

    Despite feeling unwell, Judi has credited her recent dance training for helping her to feel better than she perhaps could have.

    Judi said: "I don't even know what day it is. Some kind of motivation day.

    "I just wanna say to you guys, Rona is real. I give thanks that I was doing exercise and dancing thing. I feel like I'm handling it much better than I would have if I hadn't been doing exercise and sweat."

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    Judi Love could throw Strictly into chaos

    STRICTLY Come Dancing could again be thrown into Covid-related chaos as Judi Love hasn't put in a step of training two days before the next live show.

    The Loose Women star, 41, tested positive for coronavirus last week and has told how she has lost her sense of taste, smell and 'has been coughing like she needs a TENA Lady sponsorship'.

    While the ITV favourite has been on her sick bed nursing herself, her partner Graziano Di Prima has been out partying instead of rehearsing.

    This means Judi's rehearsal days have been slashed down to one – tomorrow – after a source revealed she had not been in training today.

    Neither Judi or Graziano have documented any rehearsals on their Instagram pages as they usually would, which has sparked fear behind the scenes.

    The pair are set to don their Halloween outfits and perform the routine they were set to showcase last week due to their scant practise time.

    Yet if they fail to do so – and Judi drops out – the series will be thrown into yet more chaos.

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    Rose & Giovanni looking closer than ever

    After leaving It Takes Two together, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice looked closer than ever.

    Their appearance comes after fans were convinced their dramatic ‘break-up dance’ last Saturday was a secret nod to his split from Maura Higgins.

    Rose looked sensational in an autumnal floral print frock as Giovanni put his arm around her waist.

    The EastEnders actress, who fans have tipped to win the show, showed off her svelte figure in a long sleeved maxi dress with a turtle neck top.

    Gio looked dapper in a tailored green suit as he beamed alongside Rose.

    His colourful tie even matched with Rose’s dress as the pair looked picture perfect.

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    ‘We’re not going to tolerate that’

    Tilly’s dad, Gordon Ramsay broke his silence and said he was proud of his daughter Tilly for speaking out after LBC host Steve Allen mocked her weight on Strictly.

    Speaking for the first time about the incident, which saw Tilly, 19, hit back in a scathing statement, Gordon said: “It made me feel very proud that she stood up and said, ‘I’m not taking this.’

    “She is 19-years of age for goodness sake – bursting her a**e off and attending university by Zoom and learning the most extraordinary moves with Nikita [Kuzmin].

    “I think it was a breath of fresh air that level of standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to tolerate that.’”

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    So damaged

    STRICTLY'S Adam Peaty has revealed his badly damaged shoes after gruelling rehearsals ahead of his Viennese Waltz.

    He showed fans the battered shoes on Instagram after a gruelling training session with Katya Jones for Strictly on Saturday.

    Adam grumbled about the state of his shoes after his training session.

    Pulling apart the shiny black pair for his fans to see the extent of the damamge, he said: "So this is how I know I've been dragging my feet in the Vienese waltz.

    "These are brand new, literally brand new. "

    Adam showed fans the damage on his shoes after hours of training Credit: Instagram/@adam_peaty
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    When is Strictly on TV next?

    Fans of Strictly Come Dancing don't have to wait long as the show is back on tomorrow for a Halloween special.

    We will be live blogging throughout the live show.

    Otherwise, you can watch the show live from 7pm on Saturday, September 25 on BBC One, or watch it later on iPlayer for free.

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    Tomorrow's dances

    The Halloween night is set to be spine-tingling, and we cannot wait to see what the celebs pull out of the bag.

    Here are the couples’ dances and what tracks they have chosen:

    • AJ and Kai: Viennese waltz, Dangerous Woman.
    • Judi and Graziano: Cha cha cha, Physical.
    • Rose and Giovanni: Tango, Shivers.
    • Sara and Aljaz: Couple’s choice, Queen Of The Night.
    • Tilly and NikitaI Cha cha cha, Spooky.
    • Adam and Katya: Viennese waltz, Moonlight Sonata.
    • Dan and Nadiya: Jive, Rock Lobster.
    • John and Johannes: Quickstep, Bad Moon Rising.
    • Rhys and Nancy: Paso doble, The Eve Of The War.
    • Tom and Amy: Tango, Highway To Hell.

    The odds are on

    BetVictor’s traders have predicted that Rose Ayling-Ellis is the frontrunner to go home with the glitterball trophy.

    As currently stands, the odds are:

    • Rose Ayling-Ellis 1/2 
    • John Whaite 4/1
    • AJ Odudu 7/1
    • Adam Peaty 33/1
    • Tom Fletcher 18/1
    • Rhys Stephenson 50/1
    • Sara Davies 40/1
    • Tilly Ramsay 50/1
    • Dan Walker 50/1
    • Judi Love 125/1

    'I will not be overcome by gossip'

    Adam had previously hit back at rumours by saying last week: “To everyone who wants to see what they want, your comments have real-life consequences.

    “I will not be overcome by your gossip.”

    Peaty's partner speaks out about 'the kiss'

    Adam’s partner, Eiri Munro, has now spoken out about the moment, thanking fans for their support after going quiet following the backlash. 

    She admits the speculation had taken its toll on her but she was now focusing on more positive things. 

    “I have been receiving a lot of hate on the internet – people saying really horrible stuff.

    "I am trying to lay it to rest now as I am tired,” she said. 

    “I want to say thank you to everyone. It makes me a bit emotional. To everyone that has been really nice to me. Because last week was a lot,” Eiri added.

    “Even when it’s a thousand nice comments and one mean one, it’s so easy to feel like the world is against you and it did feel like that for a while."

    “I then had a reality check and I remembered that I am not that important.

    “But you guys made me feel so much better, those that were checking up on me and those that were commenting. Thank you.”

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      Don't humiliate me

      Adam and Katya’s sexy performance left many fans aghast and others angry.

      Artist Eiri, who specialises in nude portraits, gave birth to the couple’s son George-Anderson only a year ago.

      A source close to Eiri, who met Adam on dating app Tinder in late 2019, said: “Eiri is always supportive of Adam but she doesn’t like being humiliated on a national scale.

      “She wants the world to know that they’re very much a couple and hopes that Katya doesn’t get any ideas.”

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      Where have the abs gone?

      Adam Peaty has been banned from eating sweets by Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones as he’s started ‘losing his abs’. 

      The duo appeared on Strictly: It Takes Two last night, where Janette Manrara grilled them on the secrets behind their rehearsals. 

      Seeing as it was Halloween, Janette surprised him with a jar full of fudge bearing Aljaz’s face. 

      The delighted Adam declared: “What a treat! Oh my God! Is that fudge?! Oh wow. My two favourite things.” 

      Pro dancer Katya though was there to keep him on the straight and narrow, and said told him: “However, not this week, his abs are going. His abs are not there, so no sweets.” 

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      Bagging a hat-trick of wins

      Last week, Oti was the most recent celebrity to be voted off of Strictly Come Dancing alongside her celebrity partner Ugo Monye.

      Motsi and the rest of the judging panel — Craig Revel Horwood, Anton du Beke, and Shirley Ballas — all decided Ugo, 38, and the 31-year-old were no match for TV host Rhys Stephenson, 27, and Nancy Xu, 30.

      Their elimination came a week earlier than many predicted because the favourite to go, Judi Love, 41, is isolating due to a positive Covid test.

      Oti had been focusing on becoming the first dancer to bag a hat-trick of wins — after triumphing with Bill Bailey and Kelvin Fletcher.

      A source said: “It remains to be seen if this was Oti’s final appearance. Everyone hopes not — but she said before the series she thought it might be her last hurrah.

      “She’s sought-after in TV, so if she hangs up her sequins, she won’t be short of work.”

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      The secret third sister

      Strictly Come Dancing sisters Oti and Motsi Mabuse have revealed they have a secret third sister – who is the "best dancer" of them all.

      While Oti, 31, takes to the floor with celebrity partners on the BBC dancing competition, older sister Motsi, 40, is a judge on the panel.

      Their sister Phemelo, 35, who is the middle child of the family, keeps away from the limelight as she works as a mechanical engineer in South Africa.

      Nonetheless, the third sibling shares her sister's dancing abilities, keeping a toe in the professional dance world and competing at the World Dance Championships.

      Oti revealed on the Jonathan Ross Show: "To be honest, we have another sister, middle sister, she was the better dancer.

      "She's a mechanical engineer. She designs windmills which create electricity through wind in South Africa.”

      Motsi (left) and Oti (middle) have a third sister, Phemelo (right) Credit: Instagram
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      Who is marrying Craig Revel-Horwood?

      Jonathan is the fiance of Strictly judge Craig Revel-Horwood.

      He is 43 years old and a horticulturist by profession.

      Other than that, he keeps his life fairly private.

      The Sun revealed the pair plan to get married in one of the most haunted parts of the country.

      Craig has chosen to tie the knot in a venue that dates back to the 1800s near Rutland Water.

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      Shirley's health update

      Shirley Ballas has give her fans a health update on Instagram after worried fans noticed lumps in her neck.

      Posting on Instagram, Shirley wrote: “So blood work back. A little concerning so dr is making an appointment at kings to check certain odd things happening in my body I won’t go into the details at the moment.

      “Any way to each and every one of you who started me on this road thank you so much. I’ll keep you all updated each and every one of you. 

      “Remember health is wealth so I’ll be on top of these issues for the time being. With gratitude to you all. #health #gratitude”

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      Out for dinner

      Strictly's Dan Walker and partner Nadiya Bychkova were spotted getting dinner together during a break from rehersals.

      The BBC Breakfast presenter made it through to the Halloween special lastweekend after his impressive dance with Nadiya last Saturday – when he left viewers in tears with his tribute to his wife.

      Dan, 44,  looked dapper in a navy hoodie and matched it with dark blue trousers.

      He dressed down his look with a pair of white trainers.

      Nadiya showed off her trim figure in a baggy grey jumper dress.

      She flashed some leg by ditching her tights and matched her dress with over the knee boots.

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      Tilly's response (continued)

      She continued: "This isn't the first and definitely won't be the last comment made about my appearance and I accept that and I'm learning to accept myself.

      "But please remember that words can hurt and at the end of the day I am only 19 and I'm so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I have been able to take part in and I understand that being in the public eye obviously comes with its own repercussions and I've been aware of this from a young age.

      "However, I won't tolerate people that think it's okay to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone's weight and appearance."

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      What did Tilly Ramsay say in response to 'chubby' row?

      Tilly hit back at the "chubby" comments on Instgram.

      She said she "won't tolerate people that think it's okay to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone's weight and appearance".

      "I try not to read and listen to comments and negativity however recently being called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far.

      "Steve please feel free voice your opinions however I draw the line at commenting on my appearance.

      "It's such a shame that someone is trying to make such a positive experience negative.

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      Under fire

      After calling Strictly Come Dancing contestant Tilly Ramsay as a “chubby little thing” live on air, radio host Steve Allen has attracted 840 Ofcom complaints.

      Allen, 67, has faced criticism after saying on LBC radio on October 18 that he was “bored” with the 19-year-old’s performances on the BBC show.

      He added her physical appearance was probably to do with “her dad’s cooking”.

      But the comments faced a furious backlash with Strictly judges and fellow contestants backing Tilly's furious response.

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