Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news – Rose & Giovanni dance a 'triumph for deaf community' as AJ FUELS Kai romance rumours

ROSE & Giovanni's emotional Strictly dance last Saturday has been hailed as the TV moment of the year – as Kai & AJ fuelled romance rumours on the weekend.

Strictly viewers were moved to tears as Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, and pro partner Giovanni Pernice danced in silence on Saturday night during their Couple's Choice routine, which scored 39 out of 40.

Former Strictly contestant and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers said EastEnders star Rose's dance would help "get us to where we want to be" with regards to attitudes around disability". Speaking yesterday, ex-Royal Marine JJ, 34, said: "We are making massive inroads to where we need to be in society and within broadcast, and that is wonderful. People like Rose will get us where we want to be."

Meanwhile, AJ Odudu dropped another huge hint of romance with partner Kai Widdrington after referring to the show pro as "baby."

Following the pair's stunning paso doble routine on Saturday's BBC One show, which saw them secure their place in next week's episode, their cute off-camera conversation has come to light.

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

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    AJ Odudu fuels Kai Widdrington romance rumours further

    AJ Odudu has dropped another huge hint of romance with partner Kai Widdrington after referring to the show pro as “baby.”

    Following the pair’s stunning paso doble routine on Saturday’s BBC One show, which saw them secure their place in next week’s episode, their cute off-camera conversation has come to light.

    Broadcaster AJ, 33, suffered a wardrobe mishap mid-routine when she slipped on her billowing yellow dress in the feisty routine and appeared to address the blunder in their debrief.

    As they lay on the floor following the routine’s final steps, Strictly Come Dancing‘s newbie pro Kai told her: “Well done.”

    AJ can then be heard apologising: “Sorry baby,” before he reassures her and said: “It’s OK. Well done.”

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    Fan say AJ was robbed

    Fans were furious that AJ scored lower than Dan – insisting her performance deserved better scores.

    AJ was at the very bottom of the leaderboard below the likes of BBC Breakfast presenter Dan and Dragon’s Den star Sara.

    One wrote: “This is actually a joke that dan is getting bigged up more than AJ, what an absolute fix #Strictly.”

    A second said: “No way was that a 9!! Better than AJ? Rubbish! #fix #Strictly”

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    Aljaz breaks silence

    STRICTLY Come Dancing pro Aljaz Skorjanec broke his silence after fans were convinced he was quitting the show.

    The 31-year-old took to Instagram to pay tribute to his partner Sara Davies as they lost their place in the competition following a dance off against Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.

    Alongside a picture of him and Dragons’ Den star Sara, he wrote:  “We have been having so much fun from day 1. It was such a joy to dance with you every single day for the last 10 weeks.

    “You transformed yourself every single weekend into a beautiful dancer. A real testament to how working hard towards something, can make dreams come true.

    “I LOVED every second of it! Thank you partner! @saradaviescc #haway.”

    Earlier in the evening, the dancer had sparked concern he was handing in his resignation as he appeared to suggest he would “miss” working on the show.

    He gushed: “I’m going to miss you so much, I’ll miss dancing with you. I’m going to miss everything about this show.”

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    When does Strictly Come Dancing return?

    Strictly continues next Saturday (November 20, 2021).

    The results show will air the following day on Sunday (November 21, 2021).

    You can also catch any missed episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

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    When does Strictly Come Dancing return?

    Strictly continues next Saturday (November 20, 2021).

    The results show will air the following day on Sunday (November 21, 2021).

    You can also catch any missed episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

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    Who left Strictly on Sunday, November 14?

    Sara Davies has become the latest star to be axed from Strictly.

    The Dragons Den star is the seventh celebrity to be booted out of this year’s competition.

    She failed to win over the judges with her Argentinian tango to ‘No More Tears’ by Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand.

    After the decision on Sunday night, Davies said: “I had no idea any of this was in me.

    “It’s been a life-changing experience, one I’ve loved every second of.”

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    Craig catching Covid ‘will come as a shock’ says TV insider

    .A TV insider said: “This is the latest blow to hit Strictly as a result of Covid. Bosses will probably have to find a replacement judge.

    “Because this week is musicals week, there’s a good chance they’ll pick a figure from the West End or Broadway.

    “So far this series, two celebs and three pros have tested positive and been forced into isolation.

    “But a judge catching Covid will still come as a shock, particularly given the stringent precautions producers have taken when filming in the studio.”

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    Aljaz calls Sara the ‘angel of the north’

    Dragon’s Den star & businesswoman Sara Davies was shown the door after the judges voted to save Gordon Ramsay’s 20-year-old daughter Tilly and her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin, 23.

    Sara, 37, said: “I had no idea any of this was in me. It’s been a life changing experience and one I’ve loved every second of.”

    Partner Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, dubbed Sara, who comes from Co Durham, “the angel of the north” – referring to the giant sculpture near Gateshead in the neighbouring county of Northumberland.

    He added: “You have been an absolute joy.”

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    Who has caught Covid on Strictly?

    Craig is the latest member of the BBC programme to test positive following a string of absences from contestants in this year’s series.

    Loose Women star Judi Love, who was the fifth contestant to be eliminated, was the most recent star to have tested positive.

    Love had been due to perform a cha cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John during the October 23 show but had to pull out.

    And last month, McFly star Tom Fletcher and partner Amy Dowden returned to the dancefloor after testing positive for coronavirus.

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    Who’s been eliminated from 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

    Rose & Giovanni dance a ‘triumph for the deaf community’

    Rose & Giovanni’s emotional Strictly dance last Saturday has been hailed as the television moment of the year – and a triumph for the deaf community.

    Strictly viewers were moved to tears as Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, and pro partner Giovanni Pernice danced in silence on Saturday night during their Couple’s Choice routine, which scored 39 out of 40.

    Now campaigners hope it could lead to greater equality for disabled people as well as better understanding of deafness.

    Former Strictly contestant and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers said EastEnders star Rose’s dance would help “get us to where we want to be” with regards to attitudes around disability”. Speaking yesterday, ex-Royal Marine JJ, 34, said: “We are making massive inroads to where we need to be in society and within broadcast, and that is wonderful. People like Rose will get us where we want to be.”

    More on Rose Ayling-Ellis’ boyfriend

    Rose has been dating her partner Samuel Arnold for several years.

    The soap star has tried to keep her personal life out of the public eye, but has sometimes taken to social media to share sweet snaps of her and her beloved boyfriend. 

    The two have been pictured enjoying travelling together, and in 2019 Rose shared sweet snaps from their holiday in Peru. 

    Rose and her boyfriend travelled in the Amazon together, and Rose shared an emotional post about the experience. 

    “Nature is so beautiful and powerful”, she wrote, “we need to try our best to protect this planet”. 

    Rose is passionate about the environment, and it seems her Samuel accompanies her on these impressive travels, is too. 

    When does the Strictly live arena tour kick off?

    The Strictly Come Dancing tour features dates in Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and Sheffield.

    It will also stop off in Liverpool, Glasgow, Nottingham and London.

    It will take place in January and February next year, with the first dates kicking off at the Utilita Arena Birmingham on January 20.

    Bruno Tonoli to rejoin judging panel for live arena tour

    The arena tour, which will be directed by Revel Horwood, will feature performances from some celebrities and professional dancers from the current series of the programme.

    The audience will then be able to vote for their favourite dance each night to decide who takes home the Live Tour Glitterball Trophy after each show.

    Revel Horwood is due to miss this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing after testing positive for Covid-19 but will return to the programme the following week after his period of self-isolation ends.

    The tour will also see Tonioli resume judging duties after he had to pull out of the current series of the programme due to uncertainty around travel restrictions between the UK and the US, where he is based and is also a judge on American series Dancing With The Stars.

    He has been replaced on the judging panel in the current series by Strictly professional Anton Du Beke.

    Janette Manrara to host Strictly live arena tour

    Strictly star Janette Manrara has been announced as the host of the 2022 Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour.

    The professional dancer, 38, will preside over 33 shows across the country in January and February next year and the tour will also see her reunited with tour judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

    She and husband Aljaz Skorjanec have both competed as professional dancers on the BBC One series with celebrities since 2013, but this year she hung up her dancing shoes to replace Zoe Ball as the host of It Takes Two.

    She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the 2022 Strictly arena tour. It’s a dream come true.

    “It’s been two years since the last tour so the expectation and build-up has been huge. We’ve been desperate to return to venues around the UK and now we’re finally back.

    “The show is going to be bigger than ever – with lots of glitter, lots of sparkles, lots of excitement and lots of incredible dance routines.

    “And you never know… you might just see me taking to the dance floor myself – I can’t wait, I’ve really missed it.”

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      Tilly edges favouritism over Dan for next SCD exit

      TILLY AND NIKITA lead the betting with Ladbrokes to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

      After being unanimously saved in the dance-off against Sara, it’s now just an even money chance the student isn’t as lucky two weekends in a row and is axed by the judges.

      However, it’s only a 6/4 shot perennial low-scorer Dan leaves instead. Tom (6/1) and Rhys (8/1) follow next in the betting with AJ, John and Rose looking safe. 

      Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Dan probably ought to have left the competition weeks ago going by the scores alone, but his loyal BBC Breakfast fan base are keeping him in the show and it looks like Tilly could fall by the wayside this weekend.”

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      Who are the judges for Strictly Come Dancing 2021?

      Shirley Ballas has returned as head judge for the 2021 series.

      Craig Revel Horwood has also taken up his role as judge – which he has been doing since the show’s inception in 2004.

      Motsi Mabuse has also returned for a third series.

      They are all joined by Anton Du Beke who replaces long running judge Bruno Tonioli.

      Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have also returned to their duties as co-hosts.

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      ‘Please don’t shout’

      One fan accused Dan’s moves of being “wooden”, with one tweeting: “Even Dan Walker’s jazz hands are wooden!”

      A second agreed: “Dan the wooden man WTF?”

      Last night, Dan was forced to hit back at cruel trolls on Twitter, saying: “Please don’t shout at me. I’m having an amazing time, my kids are delighted & it’s only a TV show!

      “For those asking, I don’t know who is voting for us (probably not Craig) but we’re incredibly thankful to everyone who is. See you next week. Can’t wait.”

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      More fixing claims – this time for Tilly

      Strictly faces accusations the show is being fixed as contestants reportedly believe the BBC want Tilly Ramsay in the final so they can poach her dad Gordon.

      Some celebs are apparently convinced bosses want to get the fiery chef on side and think other pairs are being favoured to win by staff backstage.

      One source told MailOnline: “There’s a feeling that there’s some blatant favouritism going on here – that they are pushing Tilly to win, or at least get to the final, because they want to nick her dad.

      “Then you have the issue of the all-male couple, which is just the dream of certain people involved with the show for John and Johannes to pick up the glitterball. And as for AJ, she is adored.”

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      Strictly banned (continued)

      Tilly then shocked her co-stars when she revealed she’s not familiar with Michelin-star restaurants, despite her father having held three stars for his signature restaurant – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – since 2001.

      “Three hats is Michelin star, no? she asked.

      “I’m not even allowed in my dad’s Michelin-star restaurants. I don’t know what to do.”

      Shocked by her comments, Nick quipped: “You’re not allowed?”

      “No, I’m not. I’ve been once,” Tilly revealed. 

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      Strictly banned

      Strictly’s Tilly Ramsay stunned Celebrity MasterChef stars after revealing that she’s “not allowed” in her father Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-star restaurants.

      The Michelin star is considered to be the highest honour in the culinary world, with Gordon claiming 16 stars throughout his career, as well as currently holding seven.

      However, despite his overwhelming success within the dining industry, Tilly has revealed that she’s only eaten at one of her dad’s Michelin-star restaurants once.

      The 20-year-old made the shock revelation on Sunday evening’s episode of Celebrity MasterChef Australia.

      During the show, comedian Dilruk Jayasinha asked co-star Nick Riewoldt: “Me and Tilly have never been here. What type of food do they have?”

      “It’s fine dining, like, it’s a fun experience,” the former AFL star responded. 

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      Rose’s emotional performance

      Fans were in bits after Rose performed her emotional couple’s choice dance – which told the story of her life as a deaf person.

      “Rose & Giovani’s dance has pretty much broken me. May go off in a corner and cry for a bit,” one wrote on Twitter.

      “I am full on sobbing at Rose and Giovanni’s couple’s choice dance,” wrote a second as a third concluded: “Between sobbing I was screaming ‘kiss her’!”

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      Playing favourites?

      The BBC is accused of favouritism as its stars have won nearly half of all Strictlys.

      The 18 completed series have seen eight Beeb celebs coming out on top.

      That is 44 per cent — and includes mainstream presenters Stacey Dooley, Ore Oduba and Chris Hollins plus Holby City actor Tom Chambers.

      Two EastEnders actors — Jill Halfpenny in 2004 and Kara Tointon in 2010 — also scooped the title while no equivalent star of ITV’s Coronation Street has ever won.

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      AJ was robbed

      Fans were furious that AJ scored lower than Dan – insisting her performance deserved better scores.

      AJ was at the very bottom of the leaderboard below the likes of BBC Breakfast presenter Dan and Dragon’s Den star Sara.

      One wrote: “This is actually a joke that dan is getting bigged up more than AJ, what an absolute fix #Strictly.”

      A second said: “No way was that a 9!! Better than AJ? Rubbish! #fix #Strictly”

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      When is Strictly on next?

      Strictly continues on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 6.35pm.

      The results show will air the following day at 7.15pm on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

      You can also catch any missed episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

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