Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news – Rylan Clark reveals Mel Giedroyc to join Christmas dance special on It Takes Two

Former GBBO presenter Mel Giedroyc is joining the Strictly Xmas special.

The announcement was made by Rylan Clark and the comedienne will partner up with pro Neil Jones.

The latest addition was announced on BBC spin-off It Takes Two this evening.

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

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    Mel Giedroyc to join Strictly Xmas special

    Former GBBO presenter Mel Giedroyc is joining the Strictly Xmas special.

    She will partner up with pro Neil Jones.

    The latest addition was announced on BBC spin-offIt Takes Two this evening.

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    Dan Walker hits back at Strictly ‘fix’ rumours

    DAN Walker has hit back at the Strictly Come Dancing ‘fix’ claims after he and professional partner Nadiya Bychkova survived another week.

    The BBC Breakfast host, 44, has been dogged by complaints from furious fans demanding he be booted off the show – but Dan insists he pays no attention to those comments.

    Posting a snap on Instagram of him and Nadiya, 32, dancing last week, he wrote: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the amazing messages about Saturday night.

    “We are genuinely not bothered by the criticism or anger because 1) It’s all a bit silly. 2) It’s just a TV show. 3) The guff is far outweighed by the positivity.”

    Dan added: “@nadiyabychkova and I will continue to smile and we can’t wait to perform this week’s dance.”

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    Strictly news round up: The latest

    • Strictly’s Shirley Ballas fights back tears and says ‘life is overwhelming for me’ as she awaits test results for lump
    • Strictly’s Tom Fletcher breaks down in tears amid backlash over axe ‘fix’
    • Strictly’s Rose Ayling Ellis slammed as ‘distinctly average’ by ex pro James Jordan
    • Dan Walker hits back at Strictly ‘fix’ rumours after he survives another week
    • Strictly Come Dancing reveal Repair Shop’s Jay Blades and First Dates’ Fred Sirieix will star on Christmas special
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      Explained: Who is still left in the competition?

      There are now six celebrities still left, with their eyes on that Glitterball trophy following Tom’s departure on Sunday night.

      The stars that are left in the competition are:

      • AJ Odudu 
      • Dan Walker 
      • John Whaite
      • Rhys Stephenson 
      • Rose Ayling-Ellis 
      • Tilly Ramsay

      Strictly’s Rose ‘set to be the next Stacey Dooley’

      Strictly star Rose is reportedly set to become the next Stacey Dooley after winning over the hearts of the nation.

      Bosses are now reportedly in talks to have the actress front documentaries and other entertainment programmes, following in the footsteps of Stacey Dooley, who bagged herself high-profile roles at the BBC.

      A source told The Mail On Sunday: “Rose is a star and is exactly what the BBC need. The nation has fallen in love with her.

      “Everything about her is so charming and lovely.

      “She has won a fan base of millions of people in the matter of a few weeks.”

      They added: “She resonates with the young and the old, which is exactly what the BBC needs right now – and there are a number of projects being discussed for her after the show.”

      Tom Fletcher: 'I don't regret a single minute'

      Dad-of-three Tom focused on the good times he’d had during his time on Strictly and, after it was revealed he’d be leaving the show.

      On Sunday, he told host Tess Daly: “Honestly I’ve had the best time, I’ve loved every second of it.

      “I’ve made the best friend in Amy, you’ve been amazing thank you so much for teaching me how to dance.

      “I know it was a struggle at times. It’s an amazing show, everyone that works on it, all of you guys have been amazing, I’ve loved getting to know you.

      “Thank you so much, it’s been the best experience and I don’t regret a single minute of it, so thank you everyone so much. I’m gutted to leave.”

      Strictly’s Tom in tears over ‘fix’

      TOM Fletcher broke down in tears as he opened up about his shock exit from Strictly Come Dancing.

      The McFly singer and his partner Amy Dowden were eliminated from the competition last weekend and, while appearing on spin-off show It Takes Two, he was overcome with emotion.

      As he discussed their exit, Tom, 36, said: “I’m only crying because I had the best time and I am so lucky to have done the show.”

      Tom joked he’d end up crying when he and Amy were shown their best bits and told host Rylan Clark: “Don’t be nice to me. I will cry and when I start crying, I won’t stop.”

      Inside Strictly star Giovanni Pernice’s string of failed romances

      ITALIAN stallion Giovanni Pernice is a hit with the ladies both on and off the dancefloor – but when it comes to relationships, he struggles to make them go the distance.

      It emerged the Strictly Come Dancing hunk, 31, split from Love Island star Maura Higgins, 30, in October this year – despite a source previously claiming Giovanni has "never felt like this about anyone before".

      Since joining Strictly in 2015, Giovanni has dated a string of sizzling women, with all of his public romances involving gushing posts and PDAs on social media.

      So what's going wrong for Giovanni? Here we take a look at his failed romances with some of showbusiness' most glamorous ladies.

      • Georgia May Foote
      • Jessica Wright
      • Laura Whitmore
      • Katie McGlynn
      • Luba Mushtuk
      • Ashley Roberts
      • Maura Higgins

      Read the article in full here.

      Who are Giovanni's ex-girlfriends?

      Most recently, Giovanni and Love Island star Maura Higgins broke up. It comes after the professional dancer was rumoured to have been "on dating apps" before breaking up with Maura in October.

      Giovanni has previously dated stars including Ashley Roberts, Jess Wright and Georgia May Foote.

      Giovanni met Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts in 2018, when she appeared on Strictly.

      They went on to date for a year. before calling time on their romance in January 2020.

      And ex Coronation Street actress Katie was romantically linked to the Italian stallion five years ago.

      The Italian dancer, after splitting from Katie’s Corrie co-star Georgia May Foote in 2016, was reported to have dated Katie in 2017.

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        What is Giovanni's background?

        Giovanni is a 31-year-old professional dancer who joined Strictly in 2015.

        He was born in Sicily and started dance lessons at a young age.

        The talented dancer is yet to win Strictly, and says his greatest achievement to date is winning the Italian Championships in 2012.

        Giovanni says his favourite dance is the jive, as it reflects his cheekiness.

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        Giovanni’s a changed man

        Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni, who recently split from Love Island’s Maura Higgins, is said to be a changed man after meeting Rose.

        A source told Heat: “Giovanni has really changed since meeting Rose, and for the better.

        “He’s seen the obstacles Rose has had to face in life and he’s just in awe of her.

        “She’s one of the first women who he’s met who’s not taken in by his charms, and she isn’t afraid to challenge him or take the p**s out of him, which he loves.”

        However, if he is hoping to woo her he may be in for a challenge – Rose currently has a long-term boyfriend.

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        Shirley Ballas: ‘Life is a little bumpy for me at the moment’

        Shirley spoke on Loose Women today, and told the ladies: “I have to admit, life is a little bumpy for me at the moment.

        “It led to many other things. I don’t have the results yet but fans will be the first to know when there is a health update, I can only thank them.”

        Reflecting on her medical concerns, Shirley added that the anniversary of her brother’s death is also approaching.

        She confessed: “Life seems a little overwhelming.”

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        Strictly facing exodus

        Strictly Come Dancing sources say that pro dancers Oti Mabuse and Aljaz Skorjanec will hand in their notices after this series for projects away from the ballroom.

        This is going to cause chaos for the show if they quit.

        Oti, 31, is the show’s most successful pro having won twice, with Kelvin Fletcher and Bill Bailey.

        Aljaz, 31, won with Abbey Clancy in 2013 and is the longest-serving male professional still competing.

        It is thought the pair have not yet told the BBC.

        Katya, 32, is also rumoured to have threatened to leave but it is not know if she has any serious plans.

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        Proud to be deaf (continued)

        The 27-year-old has said that being deaf has never stopped her pursuing her dreams and she hopes that she can inspire other hearing-impaired individuals to take up performing arts such as acting and dancing.

        “My ambition is to amplify deaf voices and to stop people assuming deaf people can’t achieve,” she said.

        “The challenges of dealing with people’s lack of understanding made me more determined and want to work harder.

        “It’s so important not to be ashamed of being deaf.”

        Rose has starred as Frankie Lewis in Eastenders since 2020.

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        Strictly's Rose Proud to be deaf

        Rose has previously spoken about the measures she has to take in order to communicate with others while on the Eastenders set.

        She previously told the National Deaf Children’s Society that she communicates using a mixture of oral English and British Sign Language (BSL) on the set – and often has to perform in Sign Supported English (SSE).

        She said: When I use SSE, it’s like thinking of two languages at the same time while performing, so a BSL monitor checks my BSL is clear on-screen.

        “I also have a BSL interpreter on set at all times, paid for by my Access to Work.”

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        Strictly’s Shirley Ballas: ‘life is overwhelming for me’

        Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas admitted "life is overwhelming for me" after fighting back the tears during an appearance on Loose Women yesterday.

        The 61-year-old star emotionally opened up about awaiting her test results after fans of the BBC One dance show spotted a lump under her armpit.

        Asked for an update on the lump scare on the ITV lunchtime show today, Shirley’s voice cracked before she spoke as she shared her fear that she will get “emotional”.

        Read more here.

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        Strictly’s Rhys Stephenson warning

        Strictly Come Dancing star Rhys Stephenson has reportedly been warned to keep his routines ‘clean’ to avoid upsetting his younger fans.

        A source told the Mail On Sunday: “There is a concerted effort to keep Rhys clean.

        “The routines are tame compared to other contestants because bosses are aware that a lot of young children watch Strictly, particularly on catch-up, and seeing the guy they associate with their own programmes getting sexual wouldn’t be great.

        “PG is what his dances are all about.”

        The star found himself in the bottom two last night, but was saved in a dance off against McFly star Tom Fletcher.

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        Explained: Who is still left in the competition?

        There are now six celebrities still left, with their eyes on thatGlitterball trophy following Tom’s departure on Sunday night.

        The stars that are left in the competition are:

        • AJ Odudu 
        • Dan Walker 
        • John Whaite
        • Rhys Stephenson 
        • Rose Ayling-Ellis 
        • Tilly Ramsay

        'Toughest’ dance off on Sunday

        On Sunday night, Tom and Amy came up against Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu in the dance off.

        The judges found it to be a very tight call but Rhys just pipped Tom to the post.

        Motsi Mabu described it as the “toughest” dance-off she has seen since joining the BBC One show but felt Rhys and his partner “put on another extra level”.

        Fellow judge Anton Du Beke added: “I agree with the other judges.

        “It was an outstanding dance-off. On Saturday night Rhys made a slight mistake and Tom didn’t really fulfil his potential in the dance.”

        Explained: Why Tom Fletcher was eliminated

        On Sunday night, the McFly frontman became the eight celebrity to be sent home from the dance competition after failing to impress the judges.

        Singer Tom his professional dance partner Amy Dowden were joint bottom of the leaderboard after performing their couple’s choice routine to On My Own from Les Miserables on Saturday’s live show.

        However, the judges felt he had been too restrained with his emotions during the dance.

        The duo faced CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson and his professional partner Nancy Xu in Sunday night’s dance-off.

        'Spoilers’ this weekend left fans furious

        Fans were left annoyed after learning about another ‘spoiler’ this weekend.

        Taking to Twitter, one distraught viewer wrote: “omg I’ve seen a spoiler that I really hope is wrong.”

        Another added: “If those strictly spoilers are right I AM THROWING FISTS.”

        A third tweeted: “I’ve seen the spoiler and I’m shocked who they eliminated.”

        A fourth admitted: “the strictly spoilers…. ik it’s not 100% yet but i feel sick”.

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          Axed stars left WhatsApp group

          Last week Dan Walker revealed that some of the stars who’ve been dumped from the competition have also quit the group WhatsApp chat.

          He told the Daily Star: “We started off with all 15. Most people who have left [the show] have stayed in the group.”

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          The next Stacey Dooley

          According to reports Rose is set to become the next Stacey Dooley after winning over the hearts of the nation.

          She is also a is hot favourite to win the show after a part-silent performance heralded as the greatest in its history. Her spellbinding routine with Giovanni saw the music stopped halfway through as the couple continued to dance.

          And bosses are now reportedly in talks to have the actress front documentaries and other entertainment programmes, following in the footsteps of Stacey Dooley, who bagged herself high-profile roles at the BBC.

          A source told The Mail On Sunday: “Rose is a star and is exactly what the BBC need. The nation has fallen in love with her.

          “Everything about her is so charming and lovely. She has won a fan base of millions of people in the matter of a few weeks.”

          They added: “She resonates with the young and the old, which is exactly what the BBC needs right now – and there are a number of projects being discussed for her after the show.”

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          Who's fancied for the exit next?

          It's a three horse race between Dan, Tom and Tilly to be eliminated next from Strictly, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes. 

          Dan currently edges the betting at 7/4 with the bookies, however there’s also only a 5/2 chance that it’s Tom or Tilly who finds themselves dumped out of the show by the judges.

          Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Despite topping the leaderboard with a perfect 40 Tilly finds herself in battle with Dan and Tom to face elimination on Sunday.”

          She added: “However, punters’ money suggests they want the BBC host or McFly man axed instead this weekend.”

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          Fred Sirieix 'delighted to be taking part'

          Fred will be dancing with Dianne Buswell on Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special.

          Speaking of his involvement in the show, he said: "I absolutely love Christmas, so I’m delighted to be taking part in the Strictly Christmas special and to be partnered with the magnificent Dianne.

          "I hope my dance moves bring some Christmas joy to everybody watching at home and don’t make the judges say 'Bah, Humbug!'"

          The 49-year-old, however, admitted that dancing isn't exactly his forte.

          Revealing his lack of rhythm, the lovable Frenchmen said: "I’m a bit of a dad dancer. I don’t have any shame – I will give it a good crack."

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