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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: fans predict romance between Tilly and partner Nikita as AJ tops leaderboard

FOLLOWING last night's Strictly COme Dancing, fans reckon a romance might be brewing after Tilly Ramsay's and Nikita Kuzmin's waltz.

Tilly and Nikita impressed judges with their 'beautiful' Waltz, where Tilly was even compared to Frozen's Elsa in her flowing frock.

Fans took to compliment the chemistry the duo had during that dance, with one saying: "Mega sparks between Tilly and Nikita #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing."

Someone else questioned: "Do I sense a romance brewing here??? #SCD #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing."

In other news, AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington are topping the leaderboard this week with 38 points.

For Week One, no one goes home. However, the combined judges’ scores and audience votes will be carried over to Week Two for the first elimination.

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

  • Frozen in fear

    STRICTLY fans spotted the hilarious moment new judge Anton Du Beke “froze in fear” after interrupting the show with loud bang.

    Anton – who is filling in for regular judge Bruno Tonioli this series – was attempting to shuffle his chair behind the desk as Tess Daly introduced the next act.

    But he was shocked when the chair loudly hit the floor and made Tess jump.

    Turning round and pulling a face, she laughed – but Anton stayed completely still.

    One viewer said: “Did Anton just bang his chair really loudly then freeze in fear?”

  • Big slip

    OLYMPIC gold medallist Adam Peaty left viewers – and the judges – hot under the collar as he performed his first Strictly Come Dancing routine.

    The sports star took to the floor for the first time on Saturday night, dancing a cha cha to track Beggin’.

    However, things almost went a little awry with Katya slipping as she performed a ‘pot-stirrer’ with his leg in the air while she twirled under him.

    The judges weren’t shy in their praise of the dad-of-one, with Craig Revel-Horwood saying he was ‘glued to every inch of movement’ from him.

    “Fantastic, really masculine, strong… go for gold,” he told them.

    “I fell in love with some of those movements. You have such a refreshing energy and charisma. Oh my word, I can’t wait for the next sixteen weeks!” praised Motsi.

  • ‘Not down with the kids’

    Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood has had another pop at show host Tess Daly saying she’s not “down with kids” and that she needs LESSONS from him on pop culture.

    It comes after previously branding the stunning 52-year-old presenter “dull.”

    The outburst from the acid-tongued choreographer, 56, risked upsetting the award-winning show’s backstage atmosphere after he was previously forced to apologise over his remarks.

    In a new talk he said: “I am up with the kids’ culture. I know phrases like GOAT – greatest of all time.

    “I taught the nation that. I am down with the kids and I could teach Tess a thing or two about it.”

    The jibe comes three years after he launched an astonishing attack on his BBC co-stars, blasting host Tess’s “dull questions.”

  • “The narrative they push is so dangerous”

    Strictly’s anti-vax dancers told not having jab is ‘killing people’ after man loses parents and brother to Covid.

    Francis Goncalves lost his brother, Shaul, 40, dad Basil, 70 and mum Charmagne, 65, within a week after they caught the virus at a family dinner.

    Francis, 43, slammed the Strictly dancers’ decision.

    He blasted: “It’s so damaging when you have people who can influence millions of people who are taking this stance.

    “They’re making decisions without looking at the facts.

    “It’s such a selfish attitude and it’s very irresponsible.

    “These people think the world revolves around them.

    “The narrative they push is so dangerous and it’s killing people.”

  • Fear of being ‘cancelled’

    CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD ADMITS HE HAS TO WATCH WHAT HE SAYS FOR FEAR OF BEING ‘CANCELLED’

    The acid-tongued judge is infamous for his scathing putdowns. But last year viewers noticed he had cut back on insults.

    Craig, 56, said that since Strictly started 17 years ago, the world had become a duller place because everyone is scared of offending snowflakes.

    He said: “There is not as much freedom of speech as we used to have, with the fear of offending certain groups.

    “We live in a very homogenised world now — I think speeches in ten years won’t be allowed any opinion as you will be offending someone.

    “I think you have just always got to be aware really. I never go on to speak ill of anyone.”

    Craig returned as a judge on Saturday’s launch show alongside head judge Shirley Ballas, 61, Motsi Mabuse, 40, and Anton Du Beke, 55.

    He admits he started to tone down his “Mr Nasty” persona last year, with no Strictly studio audience egging him on.

  • Does the Strictly winner get to keep the Glitterball Trophy?

    So the answer is yes, and no – as it’s not as straight forward as you think.

    After the Strictly winner gets handed the Glitterball by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, they have to hand it back after pictures are taken.

    Instead both the celebrity and their professional dance partner are handed smaller versions of the trophy.

    Chatting on Sunday Brunch, 2011 winner Harry Judd explained: “They give you the big [Glitterball] and then they take it straight off you and give you this tiny little one.”

  • WISE CHOICE

    Fans were swooning over Greg Wise on the show.

    They were equally as impressed his wife, superstar actress Emma Thompson, cheered him on alongside their lookalike daughter.

    Gaia Romilly Wise, 21, joined her mum in the studio as Greg made his live debut on the BBC show in honour of his late sister.

    Gaia Romilly Wise with her mum Emma Thompson Greg Wise and his dance partner Karen Hauer
  • FAN-TASTIC

    Strictly has scored top marks from families around the country after a stellar first week.

    One Tweeted: “What a stella #Strictly first week, the best first week ever? What an incredible set of celebrities who have obviously thrown themselves into this year, hook, line and sinker. What an outstanding 150 mins of television! @bbcstrictly rocks!”

  • ‘Those who refuse Covid jab should be sacked from main line up’

    Curtis, 25, said celebrities paired with un-vaxxed dancers should be allowed to dance with one of the many reserve pros who are double-jabbed and waiting in the wings.

    He said: “There’s always reserve professionals on there isn’t there.

    “So if they’re thinking of pulling the show I don’t think that should happen. Maybe remove the pros that aren’t getting the Jab. But not get rid of them or fire them. There’s always reserves on the show.

    “So bring the ones in that have had the jab this year. Put the other ones on the reserve list.

    “They’re still part of the programme, and the show can go on and move forward.”

    Sun Jabs Army supporter AJ added during an interview on Good Morning Britain today: “Listen, actions speak louder than words. We’re both double jabbed, to get live theatre and shows going, it’s the live feeling, the jab is helping.

    “We believe it helps and it’s safety first.”

  • Ramp it up

    ACTRESS Katie McGlynn has promised to bring the sexy as she prepares to make her Strictly Come Dancing debut.

    The former Corrie star is paired with pro dancer Gorka Marquez for the latest installment of the BBC ballroom stalwart and they are set to make their dancing debut this weekend.

    Katie, 28, told The Sun’s TV magazine she felt she could ‘be herself’ with Gorka within hours of meeting him, which will come in handy when they have to pull off some sexy dance moves.

    “That’s the best way to be with that kind of stuff. I know it’s not exactly the same, but because I’m an actress, I have to kiss people a lot… well not a lot,” she started, as Gorka declared, “you don’t kiss in dancing.”

    Katie quickly replied, laughing: “No I know. But I’m used to being in awkward situations and I’m not awkward, I’m really chilled with stuff like that.

    “So we’ll just ramp it up and then when we get off probably laugh.”

    Gorka added the steamy dances should be a breeze for the Hollyoaks star because it’s all acting.

  • TOO HOT TO TROT

    Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker “collapsed” after his exhausting fast-paced quickstep.

    The newsreader took a lie-down on the famous BBC Breakfast red sofa after his first live dance.

    Dan Walker went for a lie down after his dance
  • It’s all too much

    John Whaite says he has cried during training for Strictly Come Dancing.

    The Great British Bake Off star, who will make history as part of the first all-male couple in the show’s history, said he is “living his best life” during training for the show but has found some moments challenging.

    The chef will be paired with Johannes Radebe for the upcoming series, following in the footsteps of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, who were the first same-sex couple to appear on the show last year.

    He told Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch: “Sometimes the days are stressful and we have to take a few more breaks.

    “Last week when we were learning the steps, I was getting really stressed… I glaze over.

    “I reach mental saturation and he has to either feed me Haribo or send me home and I think it’s easier just to put me in cab and send me ho

  • CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD ADMITS HE HAS TO WATCH WHAT HE SAYS FOR FEAR OF BEING ‘CANCELLED’

    The acid-tongued judge is infamous for his scathing putdowns. But last year viewers noticed he had cut back on insults.

    Craig, 56, said that since Strictly started 17 years ago, the world had become a duller place because everyone is scared of offending snowflakes.

    He said: “There is not as much freedom of speech as we used to have, with the fear of offending certain groups.

    “We live in a very homogenised world now — I think speeches in ten years won’t be allowed any opinion as you will be offending someone.

    “I think you have just always got to be aware really. I never go on to speak ill of anyone.”

    Craig returned as a judge on Saturday’s launch show alongside head judge Shirley Ballas, 61, Motsi Mabuse, 40, and Anton Du Beke, 55.

    He admits he started to tone down his “Mr Nasty” persona last year, with no Strictly studio audience egging him on.

  • “The narrative they push is so dangerous”

    Strictly’s anti-vax dancers told not having jab is ‘killing people’ after man loses parents and brother to Covid.

    Francis Goncalves lost his brother, Shaul, 40, dad Basil, 70 and mum Charmagne, 65, within a week after they caught the virus at a family dinner.

    Francis, 43, slammed the Strictly dancers’ decision.

    He blasted: “It’s so damaging when you have people who can influence millions of people who are taking this stance.

    “They’re making decisions without looking at the facts.

    “It’s such a selfish attitude and it’s very irresponsible.

    “These people think the world revolves around them.

    “The narrative they push is so dangerous and it’s killing people.”

  • Have the sack

    Appearing on today’s Good Morning Britain, James Jordan was left fuming as he rowed with fellow former pro Kristina Rihanoff about the topic.

    Making his position very clear, James said: “I would normally protect the professional dancers until the cows come home but on this particular occasion I can’t unfortunately.

    “I definitely believe they don’t deserve their right on the show and the celebrities have every right to refuse to dance with them.”

    He went on to explain how people’s immune systems are often weakened doing the show, during normal years.

  • WIGGLY COME DANCING

    Fans needed cooling down after watching gold medallist Adam Peaty perform.

    The Olympic gold medalist left viewers – and the judges – hot under the collar as he performed his first Strictly Come Dancing routine.

    The sports star took to the floor for the first time on Saturday night, dancing a cha cha to track Beggin’.

    Promising to give it his all, it seems Adam did just that and ended up leaving those watching a little flustered with his open and see-through shirt showing off his physique.

    Showing off his ‘latin hips’, Adam was soon wiggling his bum as he impressed with his dance floor.

    Katya and Adam wowed the audience with their cha cha Adam's chest proved distracting to some viewers (and the judges!)
  • Inclusion praised by deaf society

    EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis was partnered with Giovanni Pernice and is the first deaf contestant to appear on Strictly.

    She said: “When the Strictly news came out the response from the deaf community, saying how much it means to them, that was my proudest moment.”

    Mark Bolton, the National Deaf Children’s Society’s deputy director of young people, said of her pairing: “It’s so important that deaf children and young people see fantastic deaf role models like Rose on TV, because it reminds them that they’re not alone.

    “It also inspires them to believe that there’s no reason why they can’t make it to the very top.”

  • Winners prize

    Most importantly the winner gets the coveted Glitterball trophy.

    However, each star also gets £25,000 for signing up.

    If they manage to stay on the dance floor until the end of October, this rises to £40,000.

    Any star that makes it to the quarter-finals their fee jumps to £60,000.

    Those who make the semi-finals see their fee climb to £75,000.

    While the Strictly winner will be paid £100,000.

  • Strictly curse regrets

    Strictly star Ben Cohen’s ex wife Abby says she regrets calling Kristina Rihanoff ‘a f**king russian dancer’.

    The mother-of-two’s life came crashing down when former rugby player Ben left her for his dancing partner Kristina Rihanoff.

    Abby, 42, and Ben were still very much a married couple when he was paired up with Russian dancer Kristina on the BBC show back in 2013.

    But the former rugby pro left her for the professional ballroom star – with their divorce finalised in 2016.

    At the time, Abby lashed out at Strictly favourite Kristina, 43, calling her a “f**king Russian dancer” as she battled her heartbreak.

    But now the mother-of-two, who shares daughter Harriette with Ben, has revealed she regrets losing her temper at the time of the break-up.

    Abby told New magazine: “At the time of the break-up, when hugely stressed, I once angrily referred to Ben’s partner as a ‘f***ing Russian dancer’ to a journalist hassling me. I regret that now.”

    She went on: “I’m happier in my own skin and I’m not that broken girl who used to be married to a famous rugby player.”

  • ‘Those who refuse Covid jab should be sacked from main line up’

    Curtis, 25, said celebrities paired with un-vaxxed dancers should be allowed to dance with one of the many reserve pros who are double-jabbed and waiting in the wings.

    He said: “There’s always reserve professionals on there isn’t there.

    “So if they’re thinking of pulling the show I don’t think that should happen. Maybe remove the pros that aren’t getting the Jab. But not get rid of them or fire them. There’s always reserves on the show.

    “So bring the ones in that have had the jab this year. Put the other ones on the reserve list.

    “They’re still part of the programme, and the show can go on and move forward.”

    Sun Jabs Army supporter AJ added during an interview on Good Morning Britain today: “Listen, actions speak louder than words. We’re both double jabbed, to get live theatre and shows going, it’s the live feeling, the jab is helping.

    “We believe it helps and it’s safety first.”

    Read more here.

  • Who performs the songs on Strictly Come Dancing?

    Strictly Come Dancing is not just loved by audiences for the brilliant dancing, but also for the great live music.

    Musical director and arranger Dave Arch is the man in charge of the band.

    David is a British pianist, conductor, arranger and composer who has enjoyed a prolific career covering a broad spectrum of the music business including albums, films, and commercials, live and television work.

    He is also the Musical Director for productions of the Royal Variety Performance show on ITV as well as shows like Popstar To Operastar.

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