Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Fans furious at 'pointless' part of show, Gorka breaks silence on Katie & Nina is voted off

STRICTLY pro Gorka Marquez has broken his silence on 'tension' with dance partner Katie McGlynn.

Gorka and Hollyoaks' star Katie only just survived a dance-off on Sunday's results show, prompting the pro to post "Well… that was intense" on Instagram.

But fans are convinced Katie and Gorka aren't getting along after spotting "tension" and a "weird vibe" between them both on the show and on their respective social media accounts.

Meanwhile, EastEnders' Nina Wadia was the first star to be axed from Strictly Come Dancing after losing out in the dance-off to Katie McGlynn.

The Albert Square favourite went head to head in the dance-off with fellow soap star Katie on Sunday night's results show.

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

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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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    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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    A potential miss

    Tom Fletcher could potentially miss a second Strictly show if he is still unwell when his isolation period is over.

    The McFly star, 36, and pro partner Amy Dowden,31, have been forced to sit out of this week after both catching Covid despite being double jabbed.

    But insiders are now worried they might not be able to get back on the dance floor straight away and even if they do, they will have just three days to train.

    A source said: “Amy and Tom need to be isolated until Tuesday at least and then they will have to undergo another test and make sure they are fit and well enough to train.

    “Just being passed Covid-free doesn’t mean they will be out of the woods.”

    The couple will  have less than 72 hours to train if they are declared fit enough.

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    'Inseparable' duo leave studio in embrace

    STRICTLY Come Dancing star Tilly Ramsay flashed a huge smile as she left the It Takes Two studio alongside her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin this evening.

    The pro, 23, wrapped his arms around the 23-year-old before they jumped into a cab .

    The pair are still on a high after their show-stopping performance over the weekend which saw them land 34 points for their Charleston.

    But viewers aren’t just talking about their dance moves, they can’t get over their connection – sparking speculation about the Strictly curse striking once again.

    Nikita’s girlfriend Nicole Wirt showed her support to the pair after their latest dance.

    The dancer took social media over the weekend to urge people to vote for the pair and keep them on the show.

    She also described the duo – who we yesterday revealed have become “inseparable” – as “cuties”.

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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.

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    Strictly’s Katie McGlynn hits back 

    STRICTLY Come Dancing star Katie McGlynn has hit back after fans claimed they spotted signs she wasn’t getting along with her dance partner Gorka Marquez.

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

    Today, the Hollyoaks actress made it clear that everything was just fine as she commented on his latest picture, writing:  “We’ve got this!!! Thanks for being the best partner and bring on MOVIE WEEK!!”

    Gorka had been left gutted after the pair found themselves in the bottom two.

    He shared a picture of himself dancing with Katie and commented:  “Well… that was intense.

    “Not the best feeling to be in the dance off but I couldn’t be prouder of you @katiemcglynn and how you gave your everything on that dance floor. Sorry to see @mr_njonesofficial and @nina.wadia leave, they had so much to give to the show.”

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    Ugo Monye has shed over a stone since training

    Ugo Monye has revealed he’s shed over A STONE in just three weeks of training with Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Oti Mabuse.

    The former player, 38, who has been rehearsing for up to eight hours a day with two-time winner Oti, 31, even compared his pre-training stomach to a beer keg.

    He said: “We’ve been training for three weeks and I’ve lost 15 pounds.

    “Lockdown three I went hard for it, I ate and drank whatever I wanted so I had 15 pounds to lose, trust me.

    “The show couldn’t have come at a better time. I wear my smart watch to clock how many steps just because I don’t think people appreciate that dancing is a true athletic sport.”

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    Fuelling rumours

    Strictly pro Nikita Kuzmin’s girlfriend Nicole Wirt has fuelled Tilly Ramsay curse rumours with a cryptic post about ‘support’.

    Just two weeks into the competition, speculation around Nikita and Tilly’s relationship has begun to swirl.

    Professional dancer Nicole has now shared a picture of a lonely figure with no support beside a mass of bodies eager to offer congratulations.

    Underneath the meme, Nicole wrote: “Don’t get fooled… It be like that” followed by a shh emoji.

    The Frankfurt-based dancer was initially full of praise for Nikita and Tilly’s waltz in the first live show.

    However, those messages disappeared and she has not posted any backing the duo since The Sun’s images the following day of 19-year-old Tilly — daughter of TV chef Gordon — letting Ukrainian Nikita, 23, into her flat at night.

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    Judi Love twerks to the samba with Graziano Di Prima

    Strictly viewers were obsessed with Judi Love’s twerking to Sean Paul during an energetic samba tonight.

    Fans absolutely loved Judi’s performance with pro dancer Graziano Di Prima to the Jamaican rapper’s hit Get Busy.

    Judi, 41, and Italian dancer Graziano got the most cheers from the audience – with many up dancing and chanting her name.

    “Craig, I know you enjoyed it because I saw your face,” presenter Tess Daly remarked after the pair headed over to get the judges’ feedback.

    Craig Revel Horwood replied: “It was a technical disaster darling. But, I’m telling you, I loved you.

    “I really did and you know what your bottom should have its own show darling really.”

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    For Peaty’s Sake!

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans couldn’t take their eyes off Olympian Adam Peaty’s tight trousers as he danced the quickstep tonight.

    The Olympic Gold Medalist, 26, dressed to impress on the BBC One competition tonight in grey trousers and a checked shirt.

    But the look left something to be desired in the eyes of people watching at home as they spotted something wrong with his trousers.

    One said: “Could anyone actually watch Adam’s dance? All I could see was that grotesque wedgie!”

    One more fan remarked on Twitter: “Adam deserves a medal for dancing with his trousers up his backside! Must have been so uncomfortable”

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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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    Shirley’s Strictly woes

    SHIRLEY Ballas nearly quit Strictly after one series as head judge because she found it tough to cope with the overnight fame.

    Shirley, 61, who replaced Len Goodman in 2017, said she asked her mum whether she should return.

    She eventually decided to carry on — and has never looked back since.

    Shirley, known as The Queen of Latin during her dance career, said: “The mainstream fame which is handed to you by shows like Strictly has been quite hard to deal with.

    “You have to be resilient when people start writing or saying unkind things about you.

    “When the producers asked me back for a second go, I asked my mother if she thought it was a good idea. It is invasive on your private life but, eventually, we decided it would be OK to do it again.”

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    Stric-Tilly curse

    TILLY Ramsay’s chemistry with dance partner Nikita Kuzmin has sparked talk the Strictly Curse is about to strike again.

    The pair sizzled during their waltz on the first live show, with Nikita’s girlfriend, Nicole Wirt, gushing in her support.

    But those messages disappeared and she has not posted any backing the duo since The Sun’s images the following day of 19-year-old Tilly — daughter of TV chef Gordon — letting Ukrainian Nikita, 23, into her flat at night.

    Nicole had also posted a cryptic message online, saying: “Overthinking never lead me anywhere good…”

    A TV insider said: “Tilly’s dad did warn her, ‘Don’t date any of those dancers’.

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    Strictly pros broke social distancing rules

    Strictly pro dancers including Johannes Radebe, Neil Jones and Kai Widdrington were getting cosy with each other at a drinking session at the TV studios in West London.

    Celebs including AJ Odudu and John Whaite were at the gathering, which came after filming spin-off show It Takes two with Rylan Clark.

    The group were also pictured smoking, drinking and meeting passing fans outside.

    A source said: “The rules are more relaxed this year but it hasn’t taken long for things to spiral out of control.

    “This time around producers had just asked people to be sensible and do their best to reduce the risk of contracting Covid. But clearly this lot weren’t too bothered and just wanted a good time.

    “They were happily laughing, joking, cuddling up and meeting other people. It looked like a great night out but if more people start testing positive it’s going to be a nightmare for the show.”

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    Gord blimey!

    GORDON Ramsay shook Strictly pro dancer Nikita’s hand after he broke down in tears watching daughter Tilly’s dance routine.

    The fiery chef was overcome with emotion watching the social media star dance the Charleston and receiving her leaderboard-topping scores.

    Gordon, 51, was left in tears by the dance routine – and headed backstage after the live BBC One show to congratulate Tilly, 19, and Nikita, 23.

    A source told Sun Online how the chef told the pair they had “f***ing blown him away” as he went on to shake Nikita’s hand.

    We told yesterday how Tilly has introduced dance-partner Nikita to her uni-pals – after logging on for lessons during rehearsals.

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    Angry dancers call in union over unvaccinated pros deepens

    SEVERAL pro dancers have called in their union in the Strictly vacinnes row — as ex-head judge Len Goodman blasted the “madness” of pressing ahead without mandatory jabs.

    The dancers have asked for advice and support in a tense-stand off with show bosses that could even lead to industrial action.

    The Saturday night BBC1 hit has been in crisis since at least three pro dancers said they did not want to be inoculated.

    One later went along for their jab. But make-up artists and hairdressers from the backstage “Glam Squad” — who come into close contact with stars and their dance partners — have said they are unvaccinated too.

    Len, head judge for 14 years, told The Sun on Sunday: “I don’t understand why everyone on Strictly wasn’t required to be fully vaccinated before the show started.”

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    Emotional Disco dance

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans were left in tears tonight when Greg Wise dedicated his disco routine to his late sister Clare.

    His emotional tribute moved many viewers at home as the 55-year-old revealed he was his sister’s carer in the final months of her life.

    The actor – best known for starring in Sense and Sensibility alongside his wife Emma Thompson – danced to If You Could Read My Mind by Ultra Naté, Amber and Jocelyn Enrique.

    In a video that played before he took to the dancefloor with pro partner Karen Hauer, Greg revealed: “My sister was first diagnosed with breast cancer and she had the brutal treatment of chemotherapy.

    “But I don’t think she was ever out of the woods, because it was found out early on she had bone cancer and she died a year later.

    “It is one of the hardest things when you are with someone you love and you are witnessing their pain and fear and you are working out what you can do to mitigate that.”

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    AJ Odudu is a secret Corrie star

    STRICTLY Come Dancing’s AJ Odudu was secretly a Coronation Street star, she has revealed.

    The 33-year-old TV presenter, famous for presenting the likes of Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, was an extra in the ITV soap.

    She spoke about her Cobbles past when Strictly: It Takes Two host Janette Manrara asked her: “You were an extra on Coronation Street a while back, right?”

    AJ replied: “Yes back in the day.”

    And she was delighted when they show revealed a tweet by Corrie star Antony Cotton, who plays the soap’s Sean Tully.

     

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    Both determined

    The insider continued: “It means they aren’t likely to get back into full rehearsals until Wednesday which means they face a race against time to learn their routine.

    “Amy is sharing ideas, steps and moves via video for Tom. They are both determined that as soon as they are able to start training again that they will be able to hit the ground running. Tom has been watching them all taking it in and chatting to Amy all the time.

    “The lack of time is another reason why Amy has been giving Tom plenty of homework to do from his sickbed.”

    Tom and Amy currently have  a ‘free pass’ through this week, but bosses are worried about what will happen if a couple get Covid after the quarter final. 

     

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    A potential miss

    Tom Fletcher could potentially miss a second Strictly show if he is still unwell when his isolation period is over.

    The McFly star, 36, and pro partner Amy Dowden,31, have been forced to sit out of this week after both catching Covid despite being double jabbed.

    But insiders are now worried they might not be able to get back on the dance floor straight away and even if they do, they will have just three days to train.

    A source said: “Amy and Tom need to be isolated until Tuesday at least and then they will have to undergo another test and make sure they are fit and well enough to train.

    “Just being passed Covid-free doesn’t mean they will be out of the woods.”

    The couple will  have less than 72 hours to train if they are declared fit enough.

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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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    Dance rivals

    STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has taken a swipe at his rival Brendan Cole.

    The dancers feuded as co-stars on the BBC show before Brendan was sacked in 2018.

    Now Craig has admitted his attempt at mending their rift didn’t exactly go to plan.

    “We did lock horns” Craig admitted on Kate Thornton’s podcast White Wine Question Time.

    “I invited him around two years ago to my house. I hadn’t spoken to him for years. I thought ‘wouldn’t it be nice to see Brendan, just to see if he’s working…’ “

    Kate laughed, telling him: “What a b***h’.”

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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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    Ugo Monye has shed over a stone since training

    Ugo Monye has revealed he’s shed over A STONE in just three weeks of training with Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Oti Mabuse.

    The former player, 38, who has been rehearsing for up to eight hours a day with two-time winner Oti, 31, even compared his pre-training stomach to a beer keg.

    He said: “We’ve been training for three weeks and I’ve lost 15 pounds.

    “Lockdown three I went hard for it, I ate and drank whatever I wanted so I had 15 pounds to lose, trust me.

    “The show couldn’t have come at a better time. I wear my smart watch to clock how many steps just because I don’t think people appreciate that dancing is a true athletic sport.”

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    Emotional Disco dance

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans were left in tears tonight when Greg Wise dedicated his disco routine to his late sister Clare.

    His emotional tribute moved many viewers at home as the 55-year-old revealed he was his sister’s carer in the final months of her life.

    The actor – best known for starring in Sense and Sensibility alongside his wife Emma Thompson – danced to If You Could Read My Mind by Ultra Naté, Amber and Jocelyn Enrique.

    In a video that played before he took to the dancefloor with pro partner Karen Hauer, Greg revealed: “My sister was first diagnosed with breast cancer and she had the brutal treatment of chemotherapy.

    “But I don’t think she was ever out of the woods, because it was found out early on she had bone cancer and she died a year later.

    “It is one of the hardest things when you are with someone you love and you are witnessing their pain and fear and you are working out what you can do to mitigate that.”

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