Strictly Come Dancing 2021 latest news – Tom Fletcher faces missing SECOND show as BBC programme returns tonight

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."

Strictly continues tonight at 6.45pm on BBC One.

The results will then be read out the following day and if you miss any of the action, you can catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

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

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    Who are this years judges?

    Shirley Ballas has returned as head judge for the 2021 series.

    Craig Revel Horwood will also take up his role as judge – which he has been doing since the show's inception in 2004.

    Motsi Mabuse has also returned for a third series.

    They are all joined by Anton Du Beke who replaces long running judge Bruno Tonioli.

    Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have come back to their duties as co-hosts.

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    What time does Strictly start tonight?

    Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will air tonight from 6.45pm – 9pm on BBC One.

    The third instalment will see the viewers pick their favourites in a public vote.

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    Nikita Kuzman’s GF ‘losing control’

    STRICTLY star Nikita Kuzman’s girlfriend has revealed she’s ‘losing control’ amid his first season on the show with Tilly Ramsay.

    Nicole Wirt, who lives in German, shared a potentially revealing comment online after Strictly fans spotted chemistry between Nikita, 23, and Gordon Ramsay’s daughter on the BBC One competition.

    Nicole posted on Instagram: “Stop complaining so much about things you can’t change or control.”

    Nicole and Nikita have been dating for two years and competed together for Germany according to the World Dance Sport Federation.

    As one of the new professional dancers on the BBC One show Nikita has moved to the UK.

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    Inside Strictly star Tilly’s glam life

    Tilly Ramsay might be dancing alongside some top celebs on Strictly Come Dancing – but she hangs out with even bigger stars in real life.

    The social media and TV favourite, 19, is friends with the Beckhams thanks to chef dad Gordon – and even had Ed Sheeran singing at her birthday.

    She is close to Cruz Beckham, 16, with the pair appearing together on both her Instagram and her TV cooking show.

    And in 2019 there were rumours – fuelled by remarks made by Gordon – that she’d had a romance with Gino D’Acampo’s son Luciano.

    Read the article in full here.

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    Dan Walker ‘really struggling’

    Dan Walker admitted he’s “really struggling” with this week’s dance and tells fans he’s “a sweaty mess” from training with partner Nadiya Bychkova.

    The presenter, 44, sounded physically and emotionally drained from performing his first dance on Saturday night as he updated fans on his progress today.

    Dan tweeted he’d kicked off the week with a lesson from Nadiya, 32, but “nothing went in”.

    Replying to a fan, who asked “how are the legs Dan?”, he said: “Legs are a bit weary. I’ll be honest with you… I am really struggling with this week’s dance.

    “Nothing went in yesterday. It was just a sweaty mess. Back at it today with @NadiyaBychkova so hopefully something will click.”

    Read more here

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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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    Injury crisis

    STRICTLY Come Dancing celebrity Rhys Stephenson is the latest to injure himself during rehearsal.

    The actor and children’s television host showed off his nasty injury on Instagram, with a close-up photo of his chipped tooth.

    "Chipped my tooth in rehearsals today, this cha cha is a menace 😆😬
    #strictly#strictlycomedancing#thetoothhurts," he captioned the post.

    He later revealed in the comments that he "hit my tooth with the microphone."

    His Strictly co-stars rushed to comment with Tom Fletcher – who is currently isolating after testing positive for Covid – making light of the matter.

    "You cha cha chipped your tooth?! How?!? HOW?!?!," he wrote.

    His pro dance partner Nancy Xu saw the humour in the incident and commented: "😂😂😂😂😂😂"

    Rhys' employer, CBBC simply wrote, "Brutal 😱."

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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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    Heartbreaking decision

    Strictly bosses face a nightmarish dilemma over what to do if a competitor gets Covid after the quarter-final.

    Currently, anyone testing positive must leave the BBC1 contest for a week.

    But under those rules, it would mean any couple who made it through the quarters but then caught the virus would be automatically forced to miss the semi-finals.

    And that leaves Strictly producers with the choice of either allowing them straight through to the final – or forcing them to quit.

    A Strictly source said: “No matter what course of action they take, it is likely to be viewed as unfair.

    “There could a lot of pressure to have extra contestants in the final which will create its own problems.

    “There are contingency plans in place for many eventualities and the show is prepared to adapt.

    “But it’s a potential nightmare.”

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    Explained: Who are the Strictly judges this year?

    • Motsi Mabuse – On July 22, 2019, Motsi Mabuse was revealed as Darcey’s replacement on the hit show.
    • Shirley Ballas – Shirley is a ballroom dancer from Merseyside. She made her first appearance on the Strictly panel in 2017 as head judge, taking over from Len Goodman.
    • Bruno Tonioli – He is an Italian dancer and choreographer from Ferrara. He has been a judge on Strictly since the show aired its first series in 2004.
    • Craig Revel Horwood – Craig Revel Horwood, 54, was born in Victoria, Australia. He is one of the shows original judges along with Bruno.

    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.

    Explained: Who performs the songs on Strictly?

    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.

    Ugo and Sara joint 5/2 favourites for Strictly exit

    UGO AND SARA are the joint favourites to be axed first from Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, according to Ladbrokes.

    The duo find themselves chalked up at 5/2 apiece to face elimination on Sunday evening, or there’s a 5/1 chance that Tilly is given the boot instead.

    Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “We’re struggling to tear Ugo and Sara apart at the top of the Strictly elimination betting, but it’s Ugo, along with Greg, who have attracted the most bets this week.”

    Strictly’s Arlene Phillips ‘signs up for I’m A Celeb’

    Strictly Come Dancing’s Arlene Phillips has signed up for I’m A Celebrity to “become the oldest ever contestant”.

    The 78-year-old is going to be one of the famous faces taking part in the popular ITV show this year, according to The Mirror.

    “Arlene is strong and tough and her energy is boundless.

    “No doubt she’ll have the group dancing around the campfire in a bid to beat the cold and keep morale high.

    “Should be fun,” a source said.

    The oldest contestant on the programme so far has been Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley, who starred in the 17th series back in 2017, aged 77.

    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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      Week 2 dances (Continued…)

      • Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell will do the Tango to La Cumparsita by Machiko Ozawa.
      • Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu are dancing the Cha Cha to Reach Out I’ll Be There by ​​Human Nature.
      • Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin will perform the Charleston to Yes Sir! That’s My Baby by Firehouse Five Plus Two.
      • Nina Wadia and Neil Jones are dancing the Tango to Would I Lie To You? by Eurythmics.
      • Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima will Samba to Get Busy by Sean Paul.
      • Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova are dancing the Paso Doble to Giant by Calvin Harris.
      • Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden won’t be dancing in week two after contracting Covid-19 at the end of week one.

      What are the dances for Strictly week 2?

      • AJ Odudu and partner Kai Widdrington will perform the Foxtrot to Tears Dry On Their Own by Amy Winehouse.
      • Katie McGlynn, who is paired with Gorka Marquez are dancing the Jive to Good 4 U by Olivia Rodrigo.
      • Adam Peaty and Katya Jones are dancing the Quickstep to Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet.
      • John Whaite and Johannes Radebe are dancing the Cha Cha to Starstruck by Years & Years.
      • Sara Davies and Alijaz Skorjanec are dancing the Foxtrot to Dream A Little Dream Of Me by Cass Elliot.
      • Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are dancing the Salsa to Cuba by The Gibson Brothers.
      • Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse are dancing the Quickstep to Bring Me Sunshine by The Jive Aces.
      • Greg Wise and Karen Hauer will perform the Couple’s Choice routine to If You Could Read My Mind by Ultra Naté.

      When is Strictly next on TV?

      Strictly’s continues tonight (October 2, 2021) at 6.45pm on BBC One.

      The results will then be read out the following day (October 3, 2021).

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

      Greg wise’s daughter says Dad is ‘incredibly fit’

      The 21-year-old budding actress — whose mum is stage and screen star Emma Thompson — says: “I think living with two women, it has made him a Dirty Dancing fan. He wants to give something iconic a go.”

      Gaia adds that actor Greg is taking the competition so seriously he has restricted his diet and has been training non-stop with his dance partner Karen Hauer.

      But when the going gets tough, Gaia says her mum is giving him no sympathy. She says: “If he complains, my mum normally comes back with, ‘Oh you think that’s hard? How about trying pregnancy?’

      “I think everyone finds it harder than they expected.”

      The family have a holiday home in Argyll, and Gaia continues: “Dad’s always been incredibly fit because when we are in Scotland he’s constantly on the land, and working on the land basically, so he’s very fit. He’s avoiding heavy carbs, but apart from that he’s trying to enjoy the experience as much as he can.”

      Strictly star Greg Wise has disco ball installed in his hallway

      Greg Wise’s daughter Gaia thinks her dad will wow them when he is properly able to flex his muscles on the dance floor and do the iconic lift from Dirty Dancing.

      Gaia reveals that he decided to go on Strictly following the death of his sister Clare in 2016 from bone cancer, after Greg acted as her carer 24/7.

      She says: “My dad is doing Strictly for my auntie. She loved disco and she loved Strictly and she was a huge part of my life, and my dad’s life, so he’s doing it for her.

      “My mum and I like to think we were taken over by her, wherever she is now, and she sort of went, ‘Buy a glitterball. Why don’t you get electronic ones with the lights on the walls?’ Although Mum and I said, ‘I think that’s a bit far’.

      “She had a glitterball coffin which she was cremated in, and she went in to Staying Alive by The Bee Gees, and came out to Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, so she was referred to as the disco queen in our family.

      “After the glitterball coffin, Mum and I said, ‘I think she’s telling us to get a glitterball for the house’.

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        Taking a swipe

        MCFLY star Harry Judd took a cheeky swipe at bandmate Tom Fletcher for missing Strictly after catching Covid.

        Strictly winner Harry teased Tom for missing out on the second live show and joked that it's all a ploy to get out of dancing in front of the cameras.

        Harry, joined Alex Scott on Thursday’s The One Show to provide an update on how the Strictly Come Dancing star was doing.

        Co-host Alex kicked off the show by quizzing Harry about his pal Tom: “I know all the McFly fans are watching now.

        "We have to ask about your bandmate Tom, how is he? We've seen in the news from Strictly that he's going to miss this week."

        Harry replied: "Yes, he's missing Strictly but he's also missed the last three shows of our tour, Alex."

        "I know, I think he might have over-done it but no he's fine."

        Read more here.

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        Inside Strictly star Tilly’s glam life

        Tilly Ramsay might be dancing alongside some top celebs on Strictly Come Dancing – but she hangs out with even bigger stars in real life.

        The social media and TV favourite, 19, is friends with the Beckhams thanks to chef dad Gordon – and even had Ed Sheeran singing at her birthday.

        She is close to Cruz Beckham, 16, with the pair appearing together on both her Instagram and her TV cooking show.

        And in 2019 there were rumours – fuelled by remarks made by Gordon – that she’d had a romance with Gino D’Acampo’s son Luciano.

        Read the article in full here.

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        Nikita Kuzman’s GF ‘losing control’

        STRICTLY star Nikita Kuzman’s girlfriend has revealed she’s ‘losing control’ amid his first season on the show with Tilly Ramsay.

        Nicole Wirt, who lives in German, shared a potentially revealing comment online after Strictly fans spotted chemistry between Nikita, 23, and Gordon Ramsay’s daughter on the BBC One competition.

        Nicole posted on Instagram: “Stop complaining so much about things you can’t change or control.”

        Nicole and Nikita have been dating for two years and competed together for Germany according to the World Dance Sport Federation.

        As one of the new professional dancers on the BBC One show Nikita has moved to the UK.

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        No follow

        Strictly’s John Whaite’s boyfriend Paul Atkins doesn’t follow his professional partner Johannes Radebe – unlike all of the other celeb’s partners.

        It comes after the graphic designer appeared to look furious after his partner’s sexy dance with the south African dancer on Saturday night.

        Paul – who leads a very private life out of the spot light – follows 2,014 accounts on Instagram, but Johannes isn’t one of them.

        But then the likes of Giovanna Fletcher follows her husband Tom’s partner Amy Dowden and Adam Peaty’s girlfriend Eirianeed Munro is one of pro dancer Katya Jones’ followers.

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