Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Fans in shock as Dan Walker says he's 'GLAD' Ugo Monye was voted off & left show last night

STRICTLY'S Dan Walker has said he is 'glad' Ugo Monye was booted off the show last night on today's BBC Breakfast programme.

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…

  • Louis Allwood

    Rose's odds of winning slashed again

    Rose's odds of winning strictly have been slashed again by Ladbrokes. 

    It's now just a 4/7 shot that Rose and Giovanni are crowned this year's champions following their first 10 of the series over the weekend.

    John is currently rated as a 4/1 chance to lift the glitterball trophy, or there's 7/1 on offer that AJ emerges as the winner.

    Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes said: "Clearly Rose and Giovanni are the couple to beat this year, and it's starting to look like they've already got one hand on the trophy."

  • Louis Allwood

    Tom reveals his kids picked next weeks tunes!

    Tom Fletcher has told Claudia Winkleman about 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…!

  • Louis Allwood

    Fans unhappy with Ugo’s Strictly exit

    Viewers of tonight’s instalment of Strictly were upset to see Ugo and Oti leave the show.

    One fan wrote “Very sad to see Ugo and Oti leave. Ugo brought Joy to the dancefloor every single week. Oti is one of the best professionals #Strictly has ever had.”

    “I felt sorry for Ugo this week as the Rumba wasn’t for him and I feel like his injury held him back which is a shame”

    Another added “I’m mainly gutted for Oti, she’s the best pro dancer! Gonna miss her routines on Sat evenings!”

  • Louis Allwood

    Strictly Come Dancing in ‘race row’

    STRICTLY Come Dancing is embroiled in a race row after Rhys Stephenson and Ugo Monye landed in the dance-off this evening.

    Furious fans have flocked to social media to share their outrage following the shock result, which saw Ugo and pro partner Oti Mabuse get sent home.

    While former rugby champ Ugo, 38, had a difficult week on the BBC dance show, kids TV presenter Rhys, 27, has been consistently near the higher end of the leader-board.

    He has wowed judges and viewers alike with his skills on the dance floor since the very first week – and last night was no exception.

    In fact, head judge Shirley Ballas was stunned that he was in the bottom two, calling him a "rising star" as she reacted: "This is why voting is so important.

    "I'm absolutely in shock that you are in the bottom two, you turned in a very, very good performance when you danced."

    And viewers couldn't agree more, sharing their anger over his spot in the dance-off.

    Taking to social media, one fan wrote: "Not saying @bbcstrictly voters are a bit racist but…"

  • Louis Allwood

    Fans all have the same question after professional dancers’ opening number

    CONFUSED Strictly Come Dancing fans all have the same questions about the professional dancers after their show-stopping opening number this evening.

    The episode kicked off with the pros giving an energetic routine to The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction before the song switched to The Beatles' Twist And Shout.

    The cameras largely centred on Oti Mabuse and Amy Dowden, who were wearing white dresses with red and blue detailing respectively in the first number.

    However, as the music changed the two women were briefly concealed by rails of clothes, and when they were back in shot their outfits had turned to white with purple and orange pops of colour.

    Viewers reacted to the TV magic on social media, with one exclaiming: "I’m so shook at Oti and Amy’s dress colour changes! HOW?!"

  • Louis Allwood

    Covid hell

    Strictly’s Judi Love is feeling “lethargic and achy” after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The Loose Women star, 41, and partner Graziano Di Prima missed last night’s show and are now focusing on returning next weekend.

  • Louis Allwood

    Dan’s tribute to wife

    The Strictly star left fans all bleary-eyed over his sentimental shout-out to his wife on last night’s show.

    “Sarah thankfully is here tonight, you saw her come to training this week. I’m going to gush over her for the moment,” he said.

    “She is one of those people, the more you know her, the more you love her and I’ve known her and loved her for over half my life.”

    He added: “She’s absolutely amazing, she’s a special person and I love her to bits and I hope she enjoyed that.”

  • Louis Allwood

    AJ and Kai fuel rumours after she says dancer ‘unleashed her sexy side’

    AJ and Kai have only fuelled the chat after the TV presenter credited the dancer with helping her unleash her sexy side.

    She said: “Right, So Kai has not only been teaching me how to dance but he’s been teaching me how to act. There’s a lot of passion, there’s a lot of chemistry, there’s a lot of romance, it’s thrilling!

    “And in practice I could not look at Kai without bursting out into laughter. But now hopefully come Saturday night, I’m going to look at him eye to eye, look in love and it’s going to be amazing. But it is awkward!”

    For many, getting up close and personal with someone you’ve only just met could be tricky, AJ said her mind is too focused on perfecting the routines to think about it.

    “For me personally, I’m not thinking about it,” she said. “I’m literally thinking, ‘okay, heel, step onto the ball, roll onto the back of your…’ I’m thinking about the steps, Kai might as well not be there. Joking, I’m only joking.

    “But I’m just concentrating so much that I’m not really focused on being in his personal space. And then when it comes to the performance, then I’m like, oh yeah Kai, brilliant, let’s do this. Do you know what I mean?”

  • Louis Allwood

    A VERY rude quip from John Whaite’s pal

    STRICTLY fans were left in hysterics after John Whaite’s friend declared to the studio ‘I’m wet!’ following his latest performance.

    The former GBBO winner danced an incredible Charleston routine with pro partner Johannes Radebe on Saturday night.

    After impressing the judges, the men went up to chat to Claudia Winkleman about their performance, and the presenter asked John about his local pub.

    The 32-year-old said his favourite watering hole had recently got a TV installed so his pals could watch him on the show, before Claudia revealed they had the punters ready via video link to speak to him.

    Right at the front was Shirley, who had been a dinner lady at John’s school and had made him remove his fake tan with a scourer when he was a pupil.

    Claudia asked Shirley what she thought of John’s routine and she exclaimed: “Oh my God, it was so amazing!”

    She then awarded it 11s, which were written on two paper plates, before crying: “Jeez, Woah, I’m wet…”

    As the studio fell silent for a second and John, Johannes and Claudia looked stunned, Shirley added: “…with the sweat!”

  • Louis Allwood

    Strictly fans fear Oti Mabuse will quit show for good

    UGO Monye got the boot tonight as fans feared they had seen the last of Oti Mabuse on the Strictly dance floor.

    BBC bosses had convinced the stunning South African to sign on for one last series after having her head-turned by other lucrative offers.

    But Oti and former England rugby union forward were sent packing by Oti’s big sister Motsi.

    Motsi and the rest of the judging panel — Craig Revel Horwood, Anton du Beke, and Shirley Ballas — all decided Ugo, 38, and the 31-year-old were no match for TV host Rhys Stephenson, 27, and Nancy Xu, 30.

    Their elimination came a week earlier than many predicted because the favourite to go, Judi Love, 41, is isolating due to a positive Covid test, meaning she did not dance on Saturday night.

  • Louis Allwood

    Viewers split over Craig David’s guest appearance on the show

    Fans were divided by Craig David’s appearance on the show as he sang alongside MNEK.

    One fan wrote: “Enjoying this Craig David and MNEK performance”

    Another added “I’ve missed seeing Craig David perform!!”.

    A third fan seemed to disagree, writing: “Craig David reminds me of Bo Selecta I’m sorry”

    Another chimed in “Gosh Craig David has sold out hasn’t he?”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Steve Allen breaks silence over ‘chubby’ row

    STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Tilly Ramsay has received a “full apology” from LBC’s Steve Allen.

    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.

  • Louis Allwood

    Giovanni Pernice was secretly on dating app behind Maura Higgins’ back

    STRICTLY dance star ­Giovanni Pernice was using a dating app before his split with Maura Higgins, The Sun can reveal.

    The pro, who dumped Maura last week, was active on celebrities’ site Raya on October 5.

    Pictures on his profile include one he’d uploaded on Instagram in May of him in a leather jacket.

    Yet on October 2, Love Island star Maura, 30, posted pictures of her and Italian Giovanni, 31, on her Instagram account.

    Friends say she was “devastated” when Giovanni — paired with EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, on Strictly — gave her the push.

    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."

  • Louis Allwood

    Who left Strictly last night?

    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.

  • Louis Allwood

    Fans sense “brewing chemistry” between Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin as they qualify for a spot on next weeks show!

    Fans of Strictly have noticed some chemistry between Matilda Ramsay and her professional dance partner.

    The pair embraced as it was revealed they were returning next week- and fans definitely spotted some tension brewing as he opened up about Tilly’s mum making him special lunches!

  • Louis Allwood

    Rachel Riley warns celebs not to go on Strictly

    Rachel Riley has advised celebrities not to appear on Strictly come dancing due to the negative impact it has on contestants’ mental health.

    Rachel, who met her future husband in the form of professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev, 41, spoke about the death of Love Island host Caroline Flack.

    Pasha and Caroline went on to win Strictly during her 2014 performance but Rachel admitted that her husband still struggles to speak about Caroline’s tragic death.

    Rachel admitted to The Times she has warned her friends against appearing in the dance contest saying: “I advise friends not to go on the show and I know people who have dropped out of it due to the mental pressures involved.

  • Sabrina Aulak

    Is this Oti’s final appearance on Strictly?

    Fans have been speculating that this may be professional dancer, Oti Mabuse’s last appearance on Strictly come Dancing after being eliminated alongside her partner, Ugo Monye.

    A source said: “It remains to be seen if this was Oti’s final appearance. Everyone hopes not — but she said before the series she thought it might be her last hurrah.

    “She’s sought-after in TV, so if she hangs up her sequins, she won’t be short of work.”

  • Sabrina Aulak

    No Shocker as AJ returns to next week’s show after Argentine Tango impresses all!

    AJ and her professional partner Kai Widdrington have qualified to stay on the show for another week!

    The pair qualified alongside Tom and Amy after AJ showed off her impressive moves during the Argentine tango.

  • Sabrina Aulak

    Rachel Riley warns celebs not to go on Strictly

    Rachel Riley has advised celebrities not to appear on Strictly come dancing due to the negative impact it has on contestants’ mental health.

    Rachel, who met her future husband in the form of professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev, 41, spoke about the death of Love Island host Caroline Flack.

    Pasha and Caroline went on to win Strictly during her 2014 performance but Rachel admitted that her husband still struggles to speak about Caroline’s tragic death.

    Rachel admitted to The Times she has warned her friends against appearing in the dance contest saying: “I advise friends not to go on the show and I know people who have dropped out of it due to the mental pressures involved.

  • Sabrina Aulak

    Claudia Winkleman’s trousers distract Strictly fans

    Claudia Winkleman left Strictly viewers distracted with her interesting choice of clothing on tonight’s results show.

    The presenter donned a black shirt paired with garish leopard print trousers, leading fans to compare her to Rod Stewart.

    “Those leopard print trousers of Claudia’s remind me of when Kenny Everett impersonated Rod Stuart years ago. He wore leopard print trousers and his bottom grew and grew in size until he eventually floated up to the ceiling…” One fan quipped.

  • Sabrina Aulak

    Fans shocked by Adam & Katya’s steamy performance

    Adam and Katya’s sexy performance left many fans aghast and others angry.

    Artist Eiri, who specialises in nude portraits, gave birth to the couple’s son George-Anderson only a year ago.

    A source close to Eiri, who met Adam on dating app Tinder in late 2019, said: “Eiri is always supportive of Adam but she doesn’t like being humiliated on a national scale.

    “She wants the world to know that they’re very much a couple and hopes that Katya doesn’t get any ideas.”

  • Sabrina Aulak

    Tom reveals his kids picked next weeks tunes!

    Tom Fletcher has told Claudia Winkleman about 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…!

  • Sabrina Aulak

    Fans unhappy with Ugo’s Strictly exit

    Viewers of tonight’s instalment of Strictly were upset to see Ugo and Oti leave the show.

    One fan wrote “Very sad to see Ugo and Oti leave. Ugo brought Joy to the dancefloor every single week. Oti is one of the best professionals #Strictly has ever had.”

    “I felt sorry for Ugo this week as the Rumba wasn’t for him and I feel like his injury held him back which is a shame”

    Another added “I’m mainly gutted for Oti, she’s the best pro dancer! Gonna miss her routines on Sat evenings!”

  • Sabrina Aulak

    Rose Ayling Ellis compares her dance partner to a “Lizard”

    EastEnders actress Rose Ayling Ellis compared her professional partner, Giovanni Pernice to a “lizard”.

    The star, who qualified for next week’s show with her first 10 compared her partner to the reptile due to his harsh method of tutelage, quipping that he tenses up like a lizard, showing his wings when he feels threatened.

    Awkward!

  • Sabrina Aulak

    AJ Odudu ‘nearly kisses’ partner Kai

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans couldn’t believe their eyes when AJ Odudd almost kissed Kai Widdrington.

    The pair have set tongues wagging with their sizzling chemistry on the dancefloor and Kai was even heard saying “I love you” after their sensational movie week dance.

    But they took it up a notch during their very sexy Argentine tango as it seemed AJ almost kissed Kai live on air. At the end of their sultry routine to Stevie Nicks’ classic Edge of Seventeen, the sexy pair leaned in very close and sent fans into a frenzy.

    “Kai and AJ competing against Adam and Katya near kiss moment Eyes,” wrote one fan on Twitter.

    Another commented: “Really thought AJ & Kai were about to start shagging there on the dancefloor. That was definitely nearly a kiss, right? (And he’s covered in her make-up!).” And a third added: “I thought AJ and Kai were gonna kiss at the end!”

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