Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – John Whaite, Sara Davies & more get set for Week 2 as BBC faces tough decisions over Covid

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.

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

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    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.”

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    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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    John Whaite: I'm finally comfortable in my own skin due to Strictly partner

    John Whaite has said that it is due to his Strictly Come Dancing partner Johannes Radebe that he is "finally comfortable" in his own skin.

    The Great British Bake Off star, 32, and Radebe made Strictly history last week after they performed as the dance competition's first all-male couple.

    The chef confirmed that he had received only "support, love and kindness" after their landmark performance of a powerful tango in all-black suits to a rendition of New Order's Blue Monday, which placed them joint second on the leaderboard.

    The pair will be taking on the cha cha this Saturday, accompanied by Years & Years' Starstruck, and Whaite told the PA news agency: "My biggest challenge is to allow myself to be flamboyant because I've constantly got that voice in my head saying, 'Don't be too gay, don't be too flamboyant, don't be too sassy'.

    "And that really is what's holding me back because it's that voice that won't let me just give everything I've got on the dancefloor, and when I'm on my own, that voice is even louder as well.

    "So it's been a real challenge this week to try and quieten that voice."

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    What's going on with Tom Fletcher?

    Tom announced his Covid result just hours after being forced to pull out of McFly's concert due to illness, with the band saying in a statement: "Unfortunately Tom is unwell and won't be onstage with us tonight in Glasgow. Tom sends huge and heartfelt apologies to all the fans he won’t see tonight.

    "The show will still be going ahead, we’re looking forward to seeing you all and need you guys to sing extra loud for us tonight!"

    They later added: "Further to our last message we can now confirm that Tom has tested positive for Covid-19. He is now self isolating and following the latest government guidelines. Please join us in wishing him a speedy recovery."

    Amy wrote on her Instagram page: "Unfortunately @tomfletcher and I have tested positive for Covid-19. I’m not suffering any symptoms but am now isolating at home.

    "I have no doubt that over the next 10 days my mind will be going crazy with choreography ideas ready to get back on the strictly dance floor for the live show in week 3! Thank you for all of the support and good luck to all of the couples this week. I will be cheering you all on!"

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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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    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.
    • 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.

    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.

    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.”

    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."

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      Fuelling rumours

      Strictly pro Nikita Kuzmin’s girlfriend Nicole Wirt has fuelled Tilly Ramsay curse rumours with a cryptic post about ‘support’.

      Just two weeks into the competition, speculation around Nikita and Tilly’s relationship has begun to swirl.

      Professional dancer Nicole has now shared a picture of a lonely figure with no support beside a mass of bodies eager to offer congratulations.

      Underneath the meme, Nicole wrote: “Don’t get fooled… It be like that” followed by a shh emoji.

      The Frankfurt-based dancer was initially full of praise for Nikita and Tilly’s waltz in the first live show.

      However, those messages disappeared and she has not posted any backing the duo since The Sun’s images the following day of 19-year-old Tilly — daughter of TV chef Gordon — letting Ukrainian Nikita, 23, into her flat at night.

      Nicole had also posted a cryptic message online, saying: “Overthinking never lead me anywhere good…”

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      Tom Fletcher is 'gutted' to be missing out

      Tom and pro partner Amy Dowden had contracted the virus and need to isolate before being allowed to return for week three of the competition.

      Musician Tom Abisgold is filling in for Tom for the band's live shows, and Tom urged fans to get behind him.

      Speaking in a video on Instagram, he said: "Thank you so much for your messages, I'm fine. It means I'm isolating and I can't finish the McFly tour, which I'm so sorry, I'm so gutted about. It hurts so much letting you guys down. You have no idea.

      "But the shows must go on. You guys have waited long enough for a night of fun McFly entertainment that I know Danny, Dougie and Harry are more than capable of giving you… without me there.

      "Obviously it won't be quite as good without me, but it will be a McFly show. If you have tickets for the last two nights, go and have an amazing time, sing your hearts out.

      "We have a good friend of ours who is also called Tom, he's standing in for me, he's been a McFly fan since he was like five years old so it's amazing he's getting to stand in and be part of McFly for a couple of nights, so thank you, Tom."

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      Adam Peaty in hot water with Katya

      STRICTLY star Adam Peaty has revealed off-screen rows with his demanding dance partner Katya Jones.

      The Olympian, 26, admitted he gets “shouted at” during their “intense” rehearsals.

      Talking about the dynamics in the training room, Adam added: “It’s very intense.

      “You can’t let yourself fall out of the mental zone because she has a go at me and shouts at me. It’s very full on. You’ve got to turn up every single day no matter what you’ve got going on in your personal life, or business or whatever it is.”

      Katya said: “You’re impressed with my ‘turn up’ energy, aren’t you?”

      But Adam just replied: “It’s scary, very scary.”

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      McFly bandmate Harry Judd blasts Tom for missing Strictly

      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.

      It comes after Tom will be forced to miss the second dance of the series on Saturday after he and partner Amy Dowden both tested positive for Covid.

      Tom also had to pull out of his McFly tour as he juggled Strictly commitments.

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      When is Strictly next on TV?

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

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

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

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      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.
      • 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.
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        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.

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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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        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.

        Tom Fletcher could miss SECOND Strictly show if still unwell

        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."

        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.

        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.

        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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          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.

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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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          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.

          Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Odudu was once an extra on Coronation Street Credit: Instagram
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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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