Great Britain

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Nikita’s girlfriend opens up about him and Tilly as AJ tops leaderboard

STRICTLY Come Dancing professional Nikita Kuzmin’s girlfriend has broken her silence after he was spotted enjoying a cosy night in with his celebrity partner Tilly Ramsay.

Stunning dancer Nicole Wirt, who has been dancing with Nikita since 2016, took to Instagram last night to show her support for the pair.

She described their debut dance as “mesmerising”, before adding she was “cheering for my faves” as they performed a romantic waltz.

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...

  • Strictly regret

    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.”

  • When is Strictly on?

    Strictly’s live shows kicked off on Saturday (September 25, 2021) at 7pm on BBC One.

    After the first week, episodes will continue on both Saturdays and Sundays – with the results being read out on the second show.

    If you miss any of the action, you can catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

  • 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.”

  • “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.”

  • Is John Whaite married?

    Whaite is engaged, he lives with partner Pail Atkins, who is a graphic designer, in Leeds.

    The two have a dog, Abel, who is four. 

    The pair have been together for 13 years, and Whaite has taken to his 100k instagram followers to gush about his husband to be. 

    Celebrating their 11th anniversary he wrote: “11 years and I’m still basking in the warm, soothing light of this chap.”

    Their wedding was originally scheduled to be on Halloween of 2020.

  • Who is Strictly’s John Whaite? 

    John Whaite is an English baker, who rose to fame after winning The Great British Bake Off in 2012. 

    He works as a chef, television presenter and author. 

    He was born in Lancashire and grew up on a farm. 

    He became interested in baking when he was five after his parents divorced. 

    Read more here.

  • Motsi Mabuse’s real name revealed

    Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse’s full name is Motshegetsi Mabuse.

    Her sister – professional dancer and show winner Oti, 31, – has a longer name too and is called Otlile.

    The name Motshegetsi is said to mean “supporter” in the Bantu language of the Tswana people, which is spoken in South Africa.

  • ‘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.”

  • 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?”

  • 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.”

  • Unjabbed could ruin Strictly

    Anton Du Beke says unjabbed dancers who accidentally spread Covid backstage could cause “the end” of Strictly.

    The new judge, 55, warned a coronavirus outbreak behind-the-scenes would cause the nineteenth series of the hit show to be pulled off air

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier today after The Sun revealed three professionals dancers had refused the life-saving vaccine, Anton said: “In all seriousness I don’t know (who is unjabbed) because I’m not a pro anymore so I’m not involved in the group.

    “Everyone’s keeping their distance and wearing masks and everything’s geared up like we’re in the grip of the pandemic.

    “It’s all taken seriously and everyone’s following government advice. If something spreads through the group then it’s the end of the show.

    “Everyone wants it to work because of all their hard work. I can’t wait for the first show.”

  • Dan’s close bond with Shirley

    Dan revealed their close bond at the launch of the new Strictly series this weekend as he “looked forward to seeing” Shirley again.

    “We had some great conversations on that trip. I really got to know her well. I’m looking forward to seeing her,” he explained.

    “We’ve had a few Kilimanjaro reunions. She’s great, talented and knows what she is talking about.”

  • Showing support

    STRICTLY Come Dancing professional Nikita Kuzmin’s girlfriend has broken her silence after he was spotted enjoying a cosy night in with his celebrity partner Tilly Ramsay.

    Stunning dancer Nicole Wirt, who has been dancing with Nikita since 2016, took to Instagram last night to show her support for the pair.

    She described their debut dance as “mesmerising”, before adding she was “cheering for my faves” as they performed a romantic waltz.

  • Early favourite

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans are convinced that Tom Fletcher will win the show after Shirley Ballas gave him a standing ovation.

    The McFly star, 36, performed a showstopping Cha Cha Cha to September by Earth, Wind & Fire.

    BBC One viewers were convinced they know who head judge Shirley’s favourite is.

    One wrote: “Now let’s see if Shirley has the same reaction and compliments when it’s a female contestant on her first week dancing. #Strictly”

    Another wrote: “F***ng Shirley standing already. Guess who’s gonna be favourite Tom. #Strictly”

    A third shared: “What a way to open the 2021 series! I can see why Tom is a favourite to win the show.”

  • Strictly trio would rather quit than get jab

    Insiders claimed the trio are steadfast in their decisions to not have a Covid vaccination.

    A source said: “The three dancers have made their positions crystal clear — they’d rather quit than have the jab. There is mounting pressure upon them to be vaccinated but they are refusing to budge.

    “Obviously no one could have foreseen the upset it has caused.

    “No one can make the dancers have the jab but some people have asked them to reconsider for the sake of the show. At Strictly they treat each other as a big family. They are normally a unified team and when a few of the team aren’t singing off the same hymn sheet it causes issues.”

    Read more here.

  • 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 home.”

  • “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.”

  • ‘Wake up call’

    STRICTLY star Nina Wadia has revealed that her body is “being held together by tape” after gruelling rehearsals.

    The former EastEnders star, 52, said that the training sessions with pro dancer Neil Jones gave her body a “wake-up call”.

    “I’m currently being held together with tape,” Nina told The Mirror.

    “I guess being possibly the most unprepared person in the world, this is a wake-up call to my body.

    “My back is all taped up, my hip flexors are sore, I’ve got plasters all over my feet.

    “Neil makes me wear the heels for training and when I take them off at the end of the day my feet are so swollen I can’t get them back in my sneakers. I’m a bit of a mess, to be honest.”

    The TV star added that physios are always on hand to help strengthen the muscles and provide the right exercises.

  • 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.

  • When is Strictly Come Dancing on TV and how can I watch it?

    Strictly’s live shows kick off on Saturday (September 25, 2021) at 7pm on BBC One.

    After the first week, episodes will continue on both Saturdays and Sundays – with the results being read out on the second show.

    If you miss any of the action, you can catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.”

Football news:

Bruno Fernandes: We believe in Sulscher. The team has shown that it has grown a lot
Smertin about Habib: He loves football very much. The degree of immersion is colossal - both Hasselbaink and Leboeuf remember
Manchester United's grand comeback after a disastrous start: complete domination from the 30th minute, timely substitutions of Sulscher and the magic of Bruno
Smertin about the game against Ronaldo: No matter how you practice, nothing helps. I retreated both two meters and three - it was useless
Nagelsmann has contracted coronavirus
A fan ran onto the pitch and grabbed Ronaldo by the shirt after the Manchester United - Atalanta match
Now Bayern have scored 4 goals in 12 minutes, not 7 - even without Nagelsmann. Lewandowski won the 19th Champions League match in a row