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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news: Shirley Ballas shares worrying new health update after fans spot mystery armpit ‘lumps’

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STRICTLY Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has revealed a lump spotted by fans during the live shows has proven ‘concerning’ to doctors. 

The 61-year-old professional dancer was encouraged to seek medical advice after viewers of the BBC favourite noticed a protrusion under her arm. 

Now it seems that there is more to it than initially believed, with Shirley posting an update on Instagram revealing she was getting further testing. 

She 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”

Read our Strictly 2021 live blog below for the latest news & updates...

  • Shirley Ballas on ‘concerning’ hospital test results

    Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has revealed a lump spotted by fans during the live shows has proven ‘concerning’ to doctors. 

    The 61-year-old professional dancer was encouraged to seek medical advice after viewers of the BBC favourite noticed a protrusion under her arm. 

    Now it seems that there is more to it than initially believed, with Shirley posting an update on Instagram revealing she was getting further testing. 

  • Oti Mabusi and AJ Odudu tango home

    Pro dancer Oti Mabusi, 31, wore a face shield which looked just like a pair of glasses as she left telly studios after recording spin-off It Takes Two.

    She and sports pundit Ugo Monye, 38, were voted off the show, meaning Oti was denied a hat-trick after winning the past two series.

    But TV presenter AJ Odudu, 33, smiled as she left the same studio in London.

    She is now among the favourites to win the contest.

  • Awks tan you've got there Peaty!

    The Olympian Gold Medal winner, 26, posted a selfie showing him poolside complete with a glowing chest contrasted to his pasty legs.

    Wearing a tiny pair of black Speedos, Adam stared down at his thighs comically in the shot - which also served to reveal his impressive figure.

    Taking to Twitter, he quipped: "I should've probably got my legs spray tanned too.

    “Completely forgot my actual job requires me to be almost naked.”

    Fans were quick to respond, as one joked: "And for that, Adam, we are eternally thankful."

    Another added: "Brilliant! This is most women on a weekend night out! Only fake tan the parts on show."

    One then commented: "Once your in water, we only see the tanned half," as another replied: "Epic fail - but I'm loving the photo."

  • He's a huge hit

    Replacement Anton, 55, is proving a huge hit with viewers during the current series.

    A TV insider said: “The reaction to the former pro being on the panel has been totally positive — with most viewers apparently forgetting a time when he wasn’t a full-time judge.

    “There is still a huge amount of love and affection for Bruno, and fans would love to see him return.

    “But they will be wondering why it won’t be on the Christmas show, as that was the expectation.

    “This can only fuel further speculation that Bruno may not be returning next year and that Anton has seamlessly taken his place.”

    Bruno has missed the last two series of Strictly as travel restrictions meant it was impossible to fly between the United States and the UK to film both that and Dancing with the Stars.

  • Romance brewing?

    BBC One viewers have are convinced they've spotted a romantic connection between Tilly and Nikita after some sizzling performances over the past few weeks.

    Tilly has introduced dance-partner Nikita to her uni pals - after logging on for lessons during rehearsals.

    As well as regularly inviting Nikita round for tea with her family and famous dad Gordon Ramsay he’s met her mates too.

  • Spoil sport?

    Furious Strictly fans accused Dan of spoiling who went home on Sunday night.

    It came after he shared his disappointment on Instagram over rugby ace Ugo Monye getting the boot - just as the results show ended at 8pm last Sunday.

    He'd written alongside a photo of Ugo and pro dancer Oti Mabuse: "Gutted that @ugomonye is the latest to leave the ballroom.

    "He’s been the glue which has held us all together over the last few weeks.
    Take care of that back big man. See you soon.

    "I know @rocketrhys will come back stronger too #Strictly"

    One person replied: "Be helpful if you put a spoiler alert first!!! FFs!!"

    Another added: "So sad when everything needs to be on social media….let people watch in their own time…..silence is golden".

  • Giovanni breaks silence on split from Maura

    Strictly's Giovanni Pernice has assured fans that his recent romance with former Love Island contestant Maura Higgins came to a "natural end", and that their break-up wasn't due to any "wrong-doing".

    Last night, Giovanni took to his social media accounts to share a statement addressing the split for the first time.

    "Hey guys, I hope everyone had a great Monday," the statement read.

    "Going into another wonderful training week – thank you so much for your amazing messages & your support this weekend. I get to live my dream every single day because of you – so thank you. Thank you, Thank you."

    He then added: "I wanted to say a couple of things...

    "Firstly, great relationships with great people can come to a natural end. This has been the case for me recently. There was absolutely no wrong-doing & this should be the end of any speculation."

  • Fans convinced Rose will be winner

    The 26-year-old, once again wowed fans this week dancing the Viennese Waltz with pro partner Giovanni Pernice.

    Those watching at home are convinced she’ll go all the way in the competition and took to Twitter to discuss it.

    One person said: “@pernicegiovann1 you and @RoseAylingEllis are definitely my winners of this year's Strictly, all the competitors are good and the competition is great, but you two are amazing together, Rose is so b***dy lovely! Good luck on your journey.”

    A second added: ”Love Rose and Giovanni. My winners. Rose is amazing and Gio is so damn hot!” 

    While a third remarked: “Rose and giovanni are my winners.. i just love everything they do. and their partnership is so wonderful to watch the way gio is SO protective of her is so pure #strictly.”

  • Judi Love opens up about 'rough couple of days'

    The Loose Women star, 41, tested positive for coronavirus last week and has lost her sense of taste, smell.

    She also said she 'has been coughing like she needs a TENA Lady sponsorship'.

    In a 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.

    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."

    Sounding croaky, she continued: "The Rona will then turn around to you and say, you know what, on top of that, Bredrin, I'm going make you not able to smell or taste," she says.

    "I mean, I can't even smell myself and I know some of you lot need to smell yourself."

  • Who won Strictly 2020?

    Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse won Strictly Come Dancing 2020.

    They beat 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.

  • Strictly in another fix row

    Strictly fans have branded the show "unfair" after Judi Love escaped the risk of being sent home thanks to her 'free pass'.

    Loose Women favourite Judi and her dance partner Graziano Di Prima were automatically put through to this weekend's Halloween special after she contracted Covid.

    But some viewers have claimed this resulted in Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse being given their marching orders.

    Taking to Twitter during Sunday night's Results Show, one Strictly viewer wrote: "It’s unfair tonight that a good dancer will leave the competition because Judi had a free pass. She has consistently been worse than the other dancers #Strictly."

    Another wrote: "Judi would’ve been out of Strictly this week.. a bit unfair as better dancer will probably lose their place when Judi is clearly the worst dancer by a country mile!!! She really shoulda been out two weeks ago…"

    However, a third reasoned: "Ugo comes back and I bet he goes same with judi she will come back and go #strictly."

  • HUGE ‘clue’ Shirley rooting for Giovanni & Rose to win

    Fans of the show think they spotted a clue Shirley Ballas is rooting for Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis to WIN the series.

    When the dancing maestro teased her excitement about Sunday's results show on Instagram yesterday, one fan typed beneath her post: "I'll be glued to BBC at 19.30pm! I'm rooting for Rose and Giovanni to win!"

    And Shirley gave the comment her seal of approval as she replied back with two fire emjois and two love hearts.

    Read the article in full here.

  • THE affectionate kiss

    Strictly's Giovanni Pernice affectionately kissed Rose Ayling-Ellis after they survived another week on the BBC One competition.

    The sweet gesture was captured on camera over the weekend when presenter Tess Daly announced they had made it through to Halloween week next Saturday.

    Italian hunk Gio, 31, planted a kiss on Rose's cheek as the pair celebrated their success.

    Rose, 26, posted a video of the blink-and-you-miss-it moment on her Instagram story last night, and wrote over the top of it: "Thank you!"

  • Here's when Strictly is next on

    Strictly will continue next Saturday (October 30, 2021) at 7.10pm.

    Saturday will feature a Halloween edition of the show.

    The results show will air the following day on Sunday (October 24, 2021) at 7.15pm.

    If you cannot watch it, we will be blogging it live here.

    Otherwise, you can also catch any missed episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

  • A nod to split from Maura

    Giovanni & Rose's dance stunned viewers when they danced a Viennese waltz to Alicia Key's 2009 ballad Fallin' about a couple's stormy relationship.

    Those watching at home were convinced it was a nod to Gio's recent split from Love Island star Maura Higgins.

    The Sun revealed the pro dumped Maura earlier this month saying he didn't want to settle down.

    Friends say she was “devastated” when Giovanni gave her the push.

  • Explained: Who's left Strictly so far?

    Here's who has left the show so far:

  • Sneaky Giovanni

    It turns out Giovanni was even active on celebrities’ site Raya on October 5, yet on October 2, Love Island star Maura, 30, posted pictures of her and the Italian hunk on her Instagram account.

    A source said: “Giovanni’s profile was on Raya while he was still very much with Maura. It does not state he is just looking for friendship.

    “It is clearly for dates and it will be another blow to Maura.

    "Gio said he wasn’t actively using the app but it only takes two seconds to delete.

    "No woman in their right mind would be happy if their other half had a phone full of dating apps.”

    Maura’s relationship with Giovanni was her first in the public eye since her split in May with former Love Island co-star Chris Taylor, 31.

  • Recap: Who left Strictly on Saturday October 24?

    After finishing bottom of the leaderboard, former rugby player Ugo Monye became the fifth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2021.

    The sportsman and his dance partner Oti Mabuse failed to impress and got just 20 points.

    The judges were generally impressed with the standard this week with a number of 10s given out to the dancers.

    John Whaite and Johannes Radebe topped the leaderboard with 38 after a magnificent charleston.

  • Rylan grills AJ & Kai (continued...)

    Bursting into laughter, the couple didn’t confirm or deny any romance going on, with Kai instead tactically responding with discussion on the choreography. 

    “We said this right, and I said this to you, I said if people react like this, then it means we’re doing something right, because that’s the way the dance should be danced,” he explained. 

    “Leandro Maria choreographed it this way, it was a very passionate song, a real fiery piece, and very intimate, and that’s what we wanted, and that is the characterisation of the Argentine Tango. 

    Keeping an arm tight around AJ, he continued: “So if people want to think that, then great, but we’re just doing our job and she did a great job.” 

    Rylan also shrugged off the speculation, taking their side and declaring: “Just doing their job, alright? Stop it, leave them alone!

  • Motsi Mabuse reacts to Shirley Ballas' health video

    Shirley Ballas' fellow Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse responded to her video addressing health concerns.

    "Take care of yourself," she wrote.

    Olympian Adam Peaty, who is competing in the current series, added: "Sending all my love and positive energy."

  • Rylan grills AJ and Kai over romance rumours

    STRICTLY Come Dancing’s AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington have continued to play coy about potential romance rumours after being grilled by Rylan. 

    The pair appeared on Strictly spin-off It Takes Two to discuss their breathtaking Argentine Tango, which earned them 35 points last week and was credited by Shirley Ballas as “World Championship standard”. 

    However, it also set tongues wagging with their intense and sizzling chemistry during the sexed-up routine, with the dance usually angled on a romantic partnership. 

    In fact, fans were even convinced they were on the edge of kissing, only to stop themselves. 

    It seems even Rylan was lured in by the possibility of the pair doing the tango on and off the dancefloor, and seized his opportunity to ask during the chat. 

    He asked: “Can we settle a few scores here please? I’ve known AJ for many a year now, I know she can’t lie to me, what’s going on?” 

  • Shirley Ballas thanks fans for helping uncover health issue

    Shirley Ballas has thanked Strictly Come Dancing viewers for helping her discover "concerning" symptoms in her body after they pointed out she had a lump under her arm.

    The head judge previously revealed that "caring" viewers of the BBC One show had contacted her to let her know about the lump under her arm.

    On Tuesday she said that doctors had received some "concerning" results to blood tests.

    "The doctor said that she thought my levels were not right, my hormone levels weren't right," she said.

    She said her testosterone and oestrogen levels were not as they should be.

    "All in all, a little concerning for my doctor," she added in a video posted on Instagram.

    Ballas, 61, added: "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."