Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news: Halloween special routines REVEALED as Aj & Kai LAUGH off romance rumours to Rylan

STRICTLY'S Dan Walker has said he is 'glad' Ugo Monye was booted off the show on Sunday during BBC Breakfast.

However, the comments were made due to the presenter being concerned for the Rugby stars health.

He explained “In some ways, I’m glad that he doesn’t have to dance anymore because I don’t want him to get hurt.”

“He’s been brilliant and Oti’s done a great job with him."

Ugo Monye had previously spoken about his old injuries with Rylan on It Takes Two last week.

Read our Strictly 2021 live blog below for the latest news & updates…

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    Strictly Come Partying

    STRICTLY pro Graziano Di Prima went partying just hours after dance partner Judi Love warned about Covid dangers.

    The Loose Women star had to miss last week’s show after testing positive for the virus.

    And on Monday, she filmed a video from her bed at home where she has been isolating.

    But that night Graziano, 27, was seen without a mask in a busy bar in Soho, central London, and was snapped with ex-pro Robin Windsor.

    A TV insider said: “He has done nothing wrong as he is double-jabbed and had tested negative.

    “But it’s a terrible look for the show, which has strict social distancing measures in place for filming.

    “And this isn’t the first time that pros have been seen breaking social distancing, which makes it very uncomfortable for producers.”

    Read more here.

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    Giovanni denies 'wrongdoing' after Maura Higgins split

    Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice has denied that "wrongdoing" led to his recent breakup following his reported split from Maura Higgins.

    The professional dancer was reported to have split from the Love Island star Higgins earlier this month.

    Writing on Instagram, Pernice said that "great relationships with great people can come to a natural end".

    "This has been the case for me recently," he added.

    "There was absolutely no wrongdoing & this should be the end of any speculation.

    "Whilst I respect & understand interest in my personal life, wouldn't it be fantastic to instead use this space to raise awareness of subject & issues which need the attention."

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    Tom Fletcher reveals inspiration for Saturday's Halloween special

    Tom Fletcher revealed to Claudia Winkleman his music pick for next weeks Halloween themed episode.

    The McFly lead singer told the host that his kids picked a song they frequently listen to on the school run- Highway to Hell!

    An interesting choice…!

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    Stay strong

    STRICTLY Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has revealed a lump spotted by fans during the live shows has proven ‘concerning’ to doctors. 

    The 61-year-old professional dancer was encouraged to seek medical advice after viewers of the BBC favourite noticed a protrusion under her arm. 

    Now it seems that there is more to it than initially believed, with Shirley posting an update on Instagram revealing she was getting further testing. 

    She wrote: “So blood work back. A little concerning so dr is making an appointment at kings to check certain odd things happening in my body I won’t go into the details at the moment.

    “Any way to each and every one of you who started me on this road thank you so much. I’ll keep you all updated each and every one of you. 

    “Remember health is wealth so I’ll be on top of these issues for the time being. With gratitude to you all. #health #gratitude” 

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    Halloween-inspired routines (continued…)

    Social media star Tilly Ramsay and partner Nikita Kuzmin, who placed third after scoring 36 points for their foxtrot, will change up the style this Saturday with a cha cha to Spooky Movies by Gary Paxton.

    BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and partner Nadiya Bychkova will jive to Rock Lobster by The B-52's, while McFly singer Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden will perform a tango to AC/DC's Highway To Hell.

    Olympic swimming champion Adam Peaty and Katya Jones will also serve up a Viennese waltz to Moonlight Sonata by German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven.

    Stephenson and his partner Nancy Xu will dance again this week with a paso doble to The Eve Of The War by Jeff Wayne.

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    Halloween-inspired routines for this Saturday's show

    Strictly Come Dancing has revealed the spooky routines the celebrity contestants will treat viewers to on Saturday's Halloween special.

    Loose Women star Judi Love, 41, will return for the themed week after missing the live show last Saturday due to self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

    She will make her dancefloor comeback with a cha cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John with her professional partner Graziano Di Prima.

    Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite topped the leaderboard last Saturday, scoring 38 for his bakery-themed Charleston with his partner Johannes Radebe.

    The pair will be taking a more haunting approach this week as they dance the quickstep to Creedence Clearwater Revival's Bad Moon Rising.

    Ed Sheeran's latest hit Shivers will soundtrack soap actress Rose Ayling-Ellis's tango with Giovanni Pernice.

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    The celebs booted off Strictly 2021 so far

    The celebrity contestants to have left Strictly 2021 so far are:

    • 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

    Ugo Monye became the fifth celebrity to leave Strictly

    After finishing bottom of the leaderboard, former rugby player Ugo Monye became the fifth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2021.

    The sportsman and his dance partner Oti Mabuse failed to impress and got just 20 points.

    The judges were generally impressed with the standard this week with a number of 10s given out to the dancers.

    John Whaite and Johannes Radebe topped the leaderboard with 38 after a magnificent charleston.

    Who is Strictly's musical director Steve Arch?

    Musical director and arranger Dave Arch is the man in charge of the show's house 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 recent productions of the Royal Variety Performance show on ITV as well as shows like Popstar To Operastar.

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      LBC's Steve Allen apologises to Tilly Ramsay

      Tilly Ramsay has received a “full apology” from LBC’s Steve Allen for allegedly 'fat shaming' the Strictly hopeful.

      Gordon Ramsay’s daughter was branded “a chubby little thing” by the late-night DJ but he has now written to her privately, according to reports.

      The Star quotes a source who explained: “Tilly has been given a full apology by Steve. He wanted to make it clear that he is very sorry to have upset her.

      “It was sent privately because he didn’t want it to look like it was done for publicity.”

      Read more here.

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      Graziano 'is so proud' of partner Judi Love

      Judi Love's professional partner Graziano Di Prima yesterday said he is "so proud" of her, adding that "she is the strongest".

      "She is doing the most important thing, looking after her health," he wrote on Instagram.

      "Whatever will happen in the next few days, we will try our best to be on that dance floor again."

      Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One.

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      Judi Love says 'health is your wealth' amid Covid battle

      Comedian Judi Love has said she has had a "rough couple of days" as she continues her recovery from coronavirus.

      The Loose Women star tested positive for the virus last week and will remain absent from the programme until her period of self-isolation ends.

      On Monday she updated her fans on her condition, saying she does not "even know what day it is".

      Love said she thinks she is handling the illness "much better" than she otherwise might have done because of the exercise she has been doing while training for the show.

      She said she had tried "all the West Indian recipes and remedies" including rum, chicken foot soup, lamb neck soup and honey in an effort to get better.

      Speaking in a weak voice, she added: "And my voice is still like this."

      Love said that your "health is your wealth", adding: "I just want to say to you guys, 'rona is real."

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      Adam Peaty in hilarious fake tan fail

      The Olympian Gold Medal winner, 26, posted a selfie showing him poolside complete with a glowing chest contrasted to his rathermore pasty legs.

      Wearing a tiny pair of black Speedos, Adam stared down at his thighs comically in the shot – which also served to reveal his impressive figure.

      Taking to Twitter, he quipped: "I should've probably got my legs spray tanned too.

      “Completely forgot my actual job requires me to be almost naked.”

      Fans were quick to respond, as one joked: "And for that, Adam, we are eternally thankful."

      Another added: "Brilliant! This is most women on a weekend night out! Only fake tan the parts on show."

      One then commented: "Once your in water, we only see the tanned half," as another replied: "Epic fail – but I'm loving the photo."

      Adam Peaty gave fans a hilarious glimpse of his Strictly Come Dancing fake tan fail Credit: Twitter
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      Dan Walker 'glad' Ugo Monye was voted off

      Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker said he's "glad" Ugo Monye was voted off the show on Sunday night because he'll now be able to 'recover from his back injury'.

      Dan has admitted he was "relieved" Ugo left the show because he 'didn't want him to get hurt'.

      "He’s been brilliant," Dan added.

      "And Oti’s done a great job with him."

      He continued to say: "Ugo’s had all sorts of back problems during his career. He was fit to do the programme, but some of the stuff… it is a strain on your body."

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      Giovanni addresses split from Maura Higgins

      Strictly Come Dancing's Giovanni Pernice has assured fans that his recent romance with former Love Island contestant Maura Higgins came to a "natural end", and that their break-up wasn't due to any "wrong-doing".

      Last night, Giovanni took to his social media accounts to share a statement addressing the split for the first time.

      "Hey guys, I hope everyone had a great Monday," the statement read.

      "Going into another wonderful training week – thank you so much for your amazing messages & your support this weekend. I get to live my dream every single day because of you – so thank you. Thank you, Thank you."

      He then added: "I wanted to say a couple of things…

      "Firstly, great relationships with great people can come to a natural end. This has been the case for me recently. There was absolutely no wrong-doing & this should be the end of any speculation."

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      Judi Love on her 'rough couple of days'

      The Loose Women star, 41, tested positive for coronavirus last week and has lost her sense of taste, smell and 'has been coughing like she needs a TENA Lady sponsorship'.

      In a video, recorded while laying down at home, Judi has also revealed the unusual but traditional West Indian remedies she has tried in an attempt to shift the illness.

      Judi said: "I don't even know what day it is. Some kind of motivation day.

      "I just wanna say to you guys, Rona is real. I give thanks that I was doing exercise and dancing thing. I feel like I'm handling it much better than I would have if I hadn't been doing exercise and sweat."

      Sounding croaky, she continued: "The Rona will then turn around to you and say, you know what, on top of that, Bredrin, I'm going make you not able to smell or taste," she says.

      "I mean, I can't even smell myself and I know some of you lot need to smell yourself."

      Strictly's Judi Love has given fans an update from her sick bed Credit: instagram
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      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 recent productions of the Royal Variety Performance show on ITV as well as shows like Popstar To Operastar.

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      Who is still left in the competition?

      There are still 10 celebrities all dancing for that Glitterball trophy.

      The stars that are left in the competition are:

      • Adam Peaty
      • AJ Odudu 
      • Dan Walker 
      • John Whaite
      • Judi Love
      • Rhys Stephenson 
      • Rose Ayling-Ellis 
      • Sara Davies
      • Tilly Ramsay
      • Tom Fletcher 

      Who is still left in the competition?

      There are still 10 celebrities all dancing for that Glitterball trophy.

      The stars that are left in the competition are:

      • Adam Peaty
      • AJ Odudu 
      • Dan Walker 
      • John Whaite
      • Judi Love
      • Rhys Stephenson 
      • Rose Ayling-Ellis 
      • Sara Davies
      • Tilly Ramsay
      • Tom Fletcher 

      ‘Clue’ Shirley Ballas is secretly rooting for Giovanni & Rose to WIN

      Fans of the show think they spotted a clue Shirley Ballas is rooting for Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis to WIN the series.

      When the dancing maestro teased her excitement about Sunday's results show on Instagram yesterday, one fan typed beneath her post: "I'll be glued to BBC at 19.30pm! I'm rooting for Rose and Giovanni to win!"

      And Shirley gave the comment her seal of approval as she replied back with two fire emjois and two love hearts.

      Read the article in full here.

      When is Strictly next on TV?

      Strictly continues next Saturday (October 30, 2021) at 7.10pm with a Halloween edition of the show.

      The results show will air the following day on Sunday (October 24, 2021) at 7.15pm.

      If you cannot watch it, we will be blogging it live here.

      Otherwise, you can also catch any missed episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

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        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

        Recap: Who left Strictly on Sunday, October 24?

        Former rugby player Ugo Monye became the fifth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2021, after finishing bottom of the leaderboard.

        The sportsman and his dance partner Oti Mabuse failed to impress and got just 20 points.

        The judges were generally impressed with the standard this week with a number of 10s given out to the dancers.

        John Whaite and Johannes Radebe topped the leaderboard with 38 after a magnificent charleston.

        Giovanni on dating site whilst with Maura

        It turns out Giovanni was even active on celebrities’ site Raya on October 5, yet on October 2, Love Island star Maura, 30, posted pictures of her and the Italian hunk on her Instagram account.

        A source said: “Giovanni’s profile was on Raya while he was still very much with Maura. It does not state he is just looking for friendship.

        “It is clearly for dates and it will be another blow to Maura.

        "Gio said he wasn’t actively using the app but it only takes two seconds to delete.

        "No woman in their right mind would be happy if their other half had a phone full of dating apps.”

        Maura’s relationship with Giovanni was her first in the public eye since her split in May with former Love Island co-star Chris Taylor, 31.

        Giovanni & Rose's dance a nod to split from Maura

        The pair had stunned viewers when they danced a Viennese waltz to Alicia Key's 2009 ballad Fallin' about a couple's stormy relationship.

        Those watching at home were convinced it was a nod to Gio's recent split from Love Island star Maura Higgins.

        The Sun revealed the pro dumped Maura earlier this month saying he didn't want to settle down.

        Friends say she was “devastated” when Giovanni gave her the push.

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