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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news – Fans divided as quarter final theme revealed but can’t wait for Rose & Giovanni dance

BBC bosses faced fresh fix allegations after its Breakfast host Dan Walker survived another week on Strictly.

Dan, the bookies' favourite for the chop, swerved the dance-off on Saturday despite flak from judge Craig Revel Horwood. Instead, Tilly Ramsay, 20, and Rhys Stephenson, 28, went head to head ? with Tilly bowing out.

Craig told Dan, 44, on Saturday his rumba was "jolty". He added: "Yeah, you wiggled your hips but anyone can do that. You were marching it and stomping on every two and stopping still rather than doing the dance."

But Dan and partner Nadiya Bychkova got enough marks from Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas, Cynthia Erivo and viewers' votes to be safe.

One viewer asked: "How is Dan Walker still in this competition?" And another wrote: "Is Dan Walker the biggest ever fix on Strictly? He shouldn't be there anymore."

Read our Strictly Come Dancing live blog for the latest news and gossip...

  • Tilly on being voted off

    When the judges voted to save Rhys and Nancy, Tilly thanked everyone who’d been involved in her Strictly journey.

    She said: “I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me.

    “From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, make up and camera crew. It’s just been the most extraordinary time.

    “I found out something about myself that I didn’t know I could do, I didn’t know I could dance and have fun like this.”

    Praising Nikita, Tilly added: “I really meant it when I said I made a best friend for life. You’ve just been incredible.”

  • Does the winner keep the 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.”

  • Is it the same trophy?

    As the celebrities have to hand it back each year, the same trophy is used.

    Each year the winner’s name is added to the gold plague on the front of the Glitterball.

    It is believed the same trophy has been used since Strictly started back in 2004.

  • Strictly’s John Whaite forced to rest as he’s in ‘so much pain’

    Strictly Come Dancing star John Whaite was forced to rest after being left in ‘so much pain’.

    The 32-year-old and Johannes Radebe are currently in training for the BBC dance contest’s quarter-finals.

    The dancing pair made it through on Sunday night after getting a near-perfect score for their Argentine tango.

    But on Tuesday, John had to leave rehearsals early, telling his Instagram followers he was off to rest.

    He took a snap of himself in the back of a car, and said: “Going home to rest. My hip flexors are in so much pain and the physio has recommended a day of rest.

    “I’ll watch Christmas films all day and eat Haribo.”

  • Motsi Mabuse may miss a SECOND week

    STRICTLY fans fear Motsi Mabuse will miss a second week of the show following the government’s updated travel rules.

    The show judge shared a video from Berlin hotel on Instagram today after completing her isolation period following contact with someone who had Covid.

    Motsi was replaced by Cynthia Erivo on the Strictly panel on Saturday while she quarantined until today’s date.

    However, on Sunday, following the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant in South Africa, Boris Johnson moved quickly to introduce a new rule whereby any one flying into the UK needs to take a PCR test within two days of arrival and must isolate until they receive a negative result.

  • John Whaite topped the leaderboard

    Topping the scores this weekend were John Whaite and his partner Johannes Radebe who scored a near perfect 39 points for their Argentine tango.

    Craig was full of praise for the “fantastic” routine – although still scored a 9 – while Shirley described the performance as “fabulous”.

    AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington ranked in second spot with 36 points and bouncing back from the dance off last weekend, Rhys Stephenson scored 35 points for his waltz with pro partner Nancy Xu.

  • Tilly’s dad overwhelmed with pride for her

    GORDON Ramsay heaped praise on daughter Tilly Ramsay following her exit from Strictly Come Dancing.

    Tilly, 19, just missed out on the quarter finals of the BBC competition after she and professional partner Nikita Kuzmin were sent home on Sunday night.

    But proud dad Gordon, 55, had only good things to say about the pair, writing on Instagram: “Words can’t describe how proud I am of these 2, hard working polite humble and incredibly down to earth.

    Most of all well done and what a celebration of youth and how happy it makes me feel. The future is bright and you 2 will continue to shine lots of love dad.”

  • Inside I’m a Celeb’s Louise Minchin’s friendship with Strictly's Dan Walker

    THEY'RE taking part in rival reality shows right now - but there's no denying the friendship between Louise Minchin and Dan Walker.

    Louise, 53, and Dan, 44, hosted BBC Breakfast together for six years before she quit in September after two decades on the programme - something Dan compared to a break-up.

    As Dan took to the Strictly dancefloor for the first time weeks later, he showed just how close the pair are when he dedicated his performance to Louise.

    After his debut dance, host Claudia Winkleman said: "You wanted to dedicate that dance to someone very special..."

    Dan replied: "Yes, I've got a new breakfast sofa partner but that was actually for Louise Minchin.

    "Any Breakfast viewer will know that Louise left the sofa last week, hopefully she's watching - Louise that was for you, we miss you, we love you and we wish you all the best away from the sofa."

    But Louise had her own surprise for Dan, appearing on a VT to say: "Hi Dan, I cannot believe that you dedicated your first dance on Strictly to me - thank you so much.

    "I really miss you on the BBC Breakfast sofa but I'm so excited because I will watch you every Saturday night on Strictly, I think you're going to be amazing, good luck, go for it and have fun."

  • How long do we have to wait for the Strictly 2021 final?

    The Strictly Come Dancing 2021 final will air on BBC One on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

    This means one contestant will be celebrating Christmas as Strictly’s fiercest dancer.

    The series will have been on the air for three months when the finale will hit the screens.

    The finale will then be available for viewers wishing to catch up with the programme on BBC iPlayer.

  • I'm A Celeb's Louise Minchin & Strictly's Dan Walker supportive of each other

    It’s clear they support each other in their respective careers, with Louise encouraging her social media followers to vote for Dan in Strictly Come Dancing.

    But, as is protocol for I’m a Celeb, Louise couldn’t tell Dan she was moving into the castle this year. She said: “I didn’t tell Dan Walker I was doing I’m A Celebrity before coming to Wales but I don’t think he will be surprised.

    “He knows me well and I think he will be both excited and nervous for me. I have been voting for him on Strictly so fingers crossed he will vote for me a lot.”

    Dan reacted to the news on social media, promising his “phone bill is going to be enormous”.

    Louise even has hilarious nicknames for the two of them: Little and Large – but Dan is Little!

  • Tilly on her ‘positive journey’

    When the judges voted to save Rhys and Nancy, Tilly thanked everyone who’d been involved in her Strictly journey.

    She said: “I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me.

    “From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, make up and camera crew. It’s just been the most extraordinary time.

    “I found out something about myself that I didn’t know I could do, I didn’t know I could dance and have fun like this.”

    Praising Nikita, Tilly added: “I really meant it when I said I made a best friend for life. You’ve just been incredible.”

  • When is Strictly next on?

    Strictly continues on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 6.55pm.

    The results show will air the following day at 7.20pm on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

    The final is on December 18, 2021.

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

  • Explained: What to expect from Strictly next week

    The road to the Glitterball Trophy begins in earnest as the remaining couples take to the ballroom floor live for the quarter-final.

    The show opens with a dazzling group number from our Strictly professionals before the couples make their bid to secure another week in the competition with some first class performances.

    JLS also reported to be doing a guest performance.

  • Fans love Bruno Tonioli’s new tan

    Fans immediately commented on his darker skin, with one saying: “Loving the tan Bruno!”

    While another said: “Someone is enjoying the sunshine!”

    Another person commented: “Miss that tan! Stay cool Bruno!”

  • Recap: Who is still in the competition?

    There are still five celebrities all dancing for that Glitterball trophy.

    The stars that are left in the competition are:

  • Bruno looks unrecognisable

    Ex-Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli appeared unrecognisable with his dark tan and glasses as he danced with a pal in a new video.

    He appears to be enjoying life out in the US, and it looks like he has been especially enjoying the LA sunshine.

    The Dancing With The Stars judge can be seen in a TikTok video dancing with his glamourous friend.

    The pair look like they are having the time of their lives as they danced along to Summer Nights from Grease.

  • Craig's top three

    Choreographer Craig tips the baker and his partner Johannes Radebe for the final, alongside soap star Rose Ayling-Ellis and partner Giovanni Pernice, and presenter AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington.

    ‘If I was choosing, that’s who it would be,’ he told Hello! magazine.

    He admits, though, that there’s ‘never been dancing like it’ on Strictly.

    ‘And the closer they get to the end, the more competitive they’re all becoming because they can see themselves holding that glitter ball, and with that always comes offers for new shows. So there’s a lot at stake really and they’re all hungry for it,’ he added.

  • Reason Amy Dowden moved in with Tom (Continued...)

    Speaking to hosts Susanna Reid and Rob Rinder, Giovanna Fletcher explained that as Amy is a Strictly pro she is still appearing on Saturday live shows - and is in a strict Covid bubble as a result.

    This means that she isn't able to travel to stay with family members, which is why Tom and his wife have taken her in as they were her original bubble for the series.

    Gi shared: "Everyone in Strictly is in bubbles, she can't travel to the Midlands or Wales - we just want her with us."

    Rob replied: "So it's the opposite of the Strictly Curse - you've moved in with each other!"

    The I'm A Celeb champ giggled: "Exactly - it's more of a hostage situation, possibly. But that's something that's not focused on - the friendships that can be made through Strictly, we absolutely adore her.

    "For us, it's not a Strictly Curse - we've actually gained a new member."

  • Surprising reason Amy Dowden moved in with Tom

    GIOVANNA Fletcher has revealed the surprising reason why husband Tom's Strictly Come Dancing partner Amy Dowden was forced to move in with them after her hospital dash.

    The 31-year-old professional dancer told followers that she was being cared for by the couple at their family home following a severe flare up of her Crohn's disease.

    Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Giovanna shed some more light on the situation - and revealed that Amy and Tom were on a walk near their home with fellow Strictly 2021 contestant Sara Davies when she fell ill.

  • Anton du Beke hits back at claims Strictly 'fixed'

    During an interview with Express.co.uk about his new book, We’ll Meet Again, Anton insisted that it would be “a pointless exercise to fix” the dance competition, as contestants merely gain a trophy after being crowned the winners.

    He also explained the BBC are only interested in “making a great television show”, rather than preoccupying themselves with “who wins or who doesn’t win”.

    peaking out on the claims, Anton said: “I’ve heard this, but I’ve heard for 18 years that it’s fixed, the decisions are made, and it’s really not. 

    “Because the BBC, I mean, that would mean that the BBC are compliant with fixing the result. 

    “And they’re not for two reasons; one, because they don’t mind who wins, it doesn't matter to them, it doesn’t cost them anything, what they're focused on is having a great show. 

    “And who wins or loses is only great in some people's eyes, and not everybody's gonna agree."