Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Dan Walker favourite to exit for FOURTH week in a row as Rose Ayling-Ellis tipped to win

DAN Walker has been tipped to leave Strictly Come Dancing for the FOURTH week in a row after surviving another dance-off last Saturday.

Bookmaker Coral makes Dan Walker the odds-on favourite at 8-11 to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this weekend. Rhys Stephenson is 13-8 with the firm to miss out on a spot in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Rose Ayling-Ellis remains the firm favourite at 1-5 to win the show. AJ Odudu is 7-1, while John Whaite can be backed at 9-1.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    John Whaite 'forced to rest'

    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.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Does the winner keep the Glitterball?

    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.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

    While the competition has accustomed viewers to separate results shows on Sunday, the final result is expected to be revealed on the Saturday night.Edit

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Positive journey for me’

    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.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

    While the competition has accustomed viewers to separate results shows on Sunday, the final result is expected to be revealed on the Saturday night.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Rylan pressures Nikita to slam judges

    Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin were the latest duo to be booted from the show.

    They appeared on It Takes Two where host Rylan Clark probed Nikita about the judges scoring.

    “Some of the judges’ comments; there were a few things about feet, a few things about arms,” he started.

    “Do you think, Nikita, that justified the lower scoring?”

    But when Nikita hesitated to be critical, Rylan shouted: “Come on! You’re out now! You can say what you wanna say, come on.”

    Tilly giggled as Nikita decided to still respond with diplomacy.

    “I agree with this absolutely because samba is the most difficult dance,” Nikita explained.

    “Samba is a difficult dance. You have different body rhythms to do your steps with, you have different actions.

    “You have feet actions, you have arms – you have some many things you have to do.”

    “At the same you have to be sassy, you have to do all the beautiful shimmy things that Tilly did.

    “So unfortunately, yeah I agree.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Amy Dowden gets a visit from rarely seen twin

    Amy Dowden gets a visit from her rarely seen twin sister Becky after her hospital dash.

    The dancer – who has Crohn’s disease – suffered a terrifying health scare and was rushed to hospital after falling ill over the weekend.

    Since then she’s been resting up and her twin Becky paid her a visit.

    Amy, 31, uploaded a boomerang on social media of her sister plaiting her hair.

    She captioned the post: “When your twin comes to visit… Straight on the sister duties @becky_dowden.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    75% of Strictly punters backing Rhys for boot this weekend says Ladbrokes

    A huge 75% of all bets placed on this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing elimination have been in favour of Rhys Stephenson, according to Ladbrokes.

    The news will come as music to Dan Walker's ears, with the BBC Breakfast presenter currently heading the betting for the boot at 8/11 – but punters are seemingly convinced it's Rhys who'll be sent packing.

    Rhys is currently a 13/8 shot with the bookies to be eliminated on Sunday evening, having spent the last two weeks in the bottom two.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "There's every chance Dan Walker will be safe for yet another week, with punters fancying him to defy the odds once again at the expense of Rhy Stephenson, who has been the subject of a whopping 75% of all elimination bets so far."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Michelle Keegan turned down strictly

    The actress has revealed she turned down Strictly Come Dancing because she’s “too scared” to perform in front of a live audience.

    The actress, 34, admitted she’s been asked to take part in the BBC dance show but won’t be following in the footsteps of her husband Mark Wright any time soon.

    Mark managed to get to the final of the show in 2014 alongside pro Karen Hauer.

    Speaking about potentially putting on her dancing shoes, Michelle told Graham Norton: “I have a few times [been asked]. But for me, it’s the live audience… it’s a skill. It takes a lot of dedication and skill.”

    She continued:  “He [husband Mark Wright] did it like 5 years ago. It’s the music before it happens and the audience is really quiet and the lights come on.

    “My heart was in my mouth for him. I couldn’t be on the dance floor, too scared, too nervous.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    When is Strictly next on TV?

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    The Real Full Monty on Strictly

    Laila — who at 76 is the oldest person to ever appear in the Full Monty show — revealed: “I sprained my ankle the morning before we filmed it. I went over on it during the final rehearsal, so I couldn’t do the dancing.

    “I couldn’t really stand on it, so ­Ashley said I couldn’t take part. I said ‘But that’s what I’ve come to do. I’ll find some way to get on that stage’. So they came up with the idea of a wheelchair and decorated it with ­sparkly stuff. So I went on stage, I just couldn’t dance.

    “When it came to the strip I sat there in my outfit with my feathers in the wheelchair and took my top off!”

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    Arlene Philips opened up on becoming a mother aged 47

    ARLENE Phillips has opened up about becoming a mum when she was 47.

    The former Strictly Come Dancing judge, 78, has two girls — Alana, 40, and Abi, 30. Arlene said: "My daughter Abi, I remember absolutely dreading taking her to school, age four, and having to explain, 'I'm her mother not her grandmother.

    "When I went to mother and baby class my obstetrician came up and whispered — I can never forget this: 'Have no fear it will get better because you really should be a grandmother, so you're going to have to find ways to understand how to be a mother again.'

    "Why it hurt so much, was because, having a baby naturally at 47 and thinking it was the menopause for four, five months — I can't be pregnant; why am I so sick?"

    Frankie Bridge, 32, said: "It blows my mind that was ever an issue for her. The fact that she's here, she's 78, going through all of this with us, she's still dancing around and I imagine back then she was exactly the same.

    "I get where she's coming from but I don't think she's got anything to worry about."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Dan Walker still favourite to exit this weekend

    Leading bookmaker Coral makes Dan Walker the odds-on favourite at 8-11 to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this weekend. Rhys Stephenson is 13-8 with the firm to miss out on a spot in the semi-final.

    Meanwhile, Rose Ayling-Ellis remains the firm favourite at 1-5 to win the show. AJ Odudu is 7-1, while John Whaite can be backed at 9-1.

    "The bookmakers have been writing off Dan Walker every week but the TV host keeps on surviving. Once again, he is odds-on to depart this weekend, with Rhys Stephenson most likely to be in a dance-off with him, according to our odds," said Coral's John Hill.

    "Rose Ayling-Ellis is long odds-on to lift the Glitterball Trophy as we head into the quarter-final. It would rank as one of the biggest upsets in Strictly history if she did not go on to prevail," added Hill.

  • Louis Allwood

    Nikita and Tilly’s strong connection

    Strictly viewers have picked up on Nikita and Tilly’s strong connection, and even accused them of “flirting” in past TV appearances.

    They have previously denied falling victim to the infamous Strictly Curse, with Nikita’s girlfriend Nicole Wirt even jetting to London from Germany to meet his celeb partner.

    And when judges voted to save Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu on Sunday, Tilly thanked everyone who’d been involved in her Strictly journey, including her “best friend” Nikita.

    The 20-year-old 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.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Who has left Strictly so far?

    Here’s who has left the show so far:

    • Week two: Nina Wadia and Neil Jones
    • Week three: Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez
    • Withdrawn: Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell
    • Week four: Greg Wise and Karen Hauer
    • Week five: Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse
    • Week six: Judi Love and Graziano di Prima
    • Week seven: Adam Peaty and Katya Jones
    • Week eight: Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec
    • Week nine: Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden
    • Week ten: Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin
    • Louis Allwood

      Dan Walker wraps his arm around partner Nadia’s waist

      Dan Walker wrapped his arm around partner Nadia's waist as they left It Takes Two filming.

      The duo have made it to the quarter-finals of Strictly tomorrow night.

      Dan looked dapper in a black dinner suit as he escorted Nadia out of It Takes Two.

      The BBC Breakfast host, 44, showed off his trim figure in the slimline suit with a bow-tie as they left the Strictly spin-off show.

      The fans' favourite put an arm around his dance partner Nadia as they left.

      Nadiya braved the cold in a stunning bridal couture white dress.

      The frock with spaghetti straps fell just below her knee and she wore a pair of nude pumps with her outfit.

      Nadiya braved the cold weather stepping out with no coat on as she swept her hair into an updo to complete her stylish look.

    • Louis Allwood

      Craig Revel Horwood takes savage swipe at Dan Walker

      Craig Revel Horwood took a swipe at contestant Dan Walker today saying all of the final celebs left in the competition were "amazing" – but not him.

      The acid-tongued judge was back and fighting fit after recently recovering from Covid, and he delivered a few home truths to BBC newsreader Dan on ITV's Lorraine today.

      Speaking to host Lorraine Kelly, Craig, 56, said: "Amazing, amazing, amazing, and then, Dan."

      The catty remark made the presenter giggle, but Craig said he actually loved that Dan had made it this far with the Strictly final just three weeks away.

      He continued: "He represents a lot of the men in this country and if it inspires them to dance then great."

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

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      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.”

    • Louis Allwood

      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.

      While the competition has accustomed viewers to separate results shows on Sunday, the final result is expected to be revealed on the Saturday night.

    • Louis Allwood

      Star forced to rest

      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.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Rylan pressures Nikita to slam judges

      Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin were the latest duo to be booted from the show.

      They appeared on It Takes Two where host Rylan Clark probed Nikita about the judges scoring.

      “Some of the judges’ comments; there were a few things about feet, a few things about arms,” he started.

      “Do you think, Nikita, that justified the lower scoring?”

      But when Nikita hesitated to be critical, Rylan shouted: “Come on! You’re out now! You can say what you wanna say, come on.”

      Tilly giggled as Nikita decided to still respond with diplomacy.

      “I agree with this absolutely because samba is the most difficult dance,” Nikita explained.

      “Samba is a difficult dance. You have different body rhythms to do your steps with, you have different actions.

      “You have feet actions, you have arms – you have some many things you have to do.”

      “At the same you have to be sassy, you have to do all the beautiful shimmy things that Tilly did.

      “So unfortunately, yeah I agree.”

    • Louis Allwood

      What dances are contestants doing this weekend

      John Whaite will dance the samba, as Rhys Stephenson takes on the Argentine Tango.

      Dan Walker dances the salsa, while AJ Odudu do the same.

      Rose Ayling Ellis will take on an American Smooth.

    • Louis Allwood

      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.

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      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.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Strictly Come Dancing Winner Odds

      BetVictor have released their latest odds for the winner of this years competition.

      • Rose Ayling-Ellis 1/5
      • AJ Odudu 7/1
      • John Whaite 8/1
      • Dan Walker 22/1
      • Rhys Stephenson 66/1

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