Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Anton Du Beke updates fans on future as they demand Bruno's return; plus BBC fix row latest

ANTON du Beke has given an update on his future as a Strictly judge – saying it is still uncertain.

The Strictly, who served as a dancer on the show for years before stepping up to the judges' table, told OK: “I haven’t got anything to say about that because it’s not a decision I can make. We’ll leave that until next year I suppose.”

He also added: “Len Goodman called me and said, ‘The only advice I can give you is be yourself and say what you see'."

Du Beke is standing in for Bruno Tonioli who cannot take part this year because he is in the US on their equivalent, Dancing With the Stars.

Bruno is due to return for the Strictly Arena Tour but it is unclear whether Anton will also be coming along.

Many fans will be relieved to see the Italian returning to our screens next year with one writing on social media: "Jealous America still gets you and Len and us Brits don't."

Another added: "Bruno I miss watching you on Strictly when will you come back?"

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

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Scheduling snafu (continued)

    Another added: “Of course I tuned into #strictly 15 mins late and missed Adam Peaty…”

    A third grumbled: “Why is #Strictly on at a different time every week?!”

    One more moaned: “Somehow missed the first 20 minutes of #Strictly…”

    But thankfully, even the latecomers were able to watch many of the stand-out moments – including John Whaite and Johannes’ romantic rumba, and Sara Davies’ hair transformation.

    However, they did miss Anton du Beke’s saucy innuendo, with fans left blushing after he complimented Adam’s “balls”.

    Viewers were also surprised by how early the episod ended, with the show wrapping up by 8.15pm – while the rest of the series so far has gone on until at least 9pm.

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    Scheduling snafu

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans were left fuming after they missed the start of Saturday’s show due to a schedule blunder.

    Saturday’s instalment of the BBC One dance series started almost half an hour earlier than it’d been airing the past two weeks.

    Instead of hitting our screens at 7.10pm, Saturday’s Strictly kicked off at 6.45pm.

    With Adam Peaty opening the show, and Rose Ayling-Ellis following, disappointed viewers were furious to have missed their routines when they tuned in at the usual time.

    Taking to social media, one fan wrote: “OMG what time did Strictly start?? I’ve missed half the show!”

  • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

    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
    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Red alert

      Rylan Clark was forced to defend himself after furious It Takes Two viewers spotted he wasn’t wearing a poppy.

      The presenter, 33, started show without one before it magically appeared on him about ten minutes later – and he later revealed it had fallen off while he was dancing.

      Many watching the Strictly Come Dancing spin-off at home were not impressed and took to Twitter to question him.

      One angry viewer wrote: “@bbcstrictly Can you tell me why Rylan is not wearing a Poppy surely privileged TV presenters should lead by example?”

      Another added: “@StrictlyITT why has Rylan not got a poppy on ? #LestWeForget.”

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      How old is Craig Revel Horwood?

      Craig Revel Horwood was born January 4, 1965.

      He is an Australian-British dancer, choreographer and theatre director.

      Craig is famed for his choreography and directing, but is best known for his role as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

      He is also well known for his roles in Christmas pantomimes.

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      What time is Strictly on this Saturday?

      Strictly continues next Saturday (November 13, 2021) at 6.40pm.

      The results show will air the following day on Sunday (November 14, 2021) at 7.20pm.

      You can also catch any missed episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Who is next?

      Dan, Sara and Tilly are in a tight battle at the bookies to face the next elimination from Strictly Come Dancing.

      The BBC Breakfast host edges the betting at odds of 2/1, with Sara and Tilly close behind at 9/4 apiece.

      Rhys is rated as a 6/1 chance to leave next, while it would be a surprise at 20/1 if Tom was to exit the show this weekend.

      Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “As we get to the business end of the competition it’s proving difficult to pick which celebrity will be eliminated. Dan is the worthy favourite to leave next given his poor scoring still, but with a loyal BBC fanbase voting to save him it could well be Tilly or Sara that’s axed.

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Commiseration cuddle

      ADAM Peaty and Strictly partner Katya Jones looked closer than ever after her backstage meltdown following their shock show exit.

      The Olympic swimmer and the pro dancer became the sixth people to get eliminated from Strictly last week.

      Adam, 26 leaned in close to say goodbye to Katya as they left It Takes Two filming last night.

      The pair looked closer than ever as he put an arm around his dance partner who he has spent hours on end in rehearsals with over the past few months.

      Adam, who hit headlines after fans claimed he had a ‘near kiss’ with the Russian pro dancer, 32, after their powerful week four dance, looked dapper in a grey three piece suit.

      He showed off his toned body in the fitted suit that clung to his svelte frame.

    • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

      Explained: Who is left in the show?

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

      The stars that are left in the competition are:

      • AJ Odudu 
      • Dan Walker 
      • John Whaite
      • Rhys Stephenson 
      • Rose Ayling-Ellis 
      • Sara Davies
      • Tilly Ramsay
      • Tom Fletcher 
      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Saffron’s sadness

        Saffron Barker has split from her boyfriend Tyler Dixon less than a year after he moved into her £1million mansion.

        The YouTuber and Strictly star, 21, called time on their romance this week, but insisted there was “no bad blood”.

         She told her followers: “Ty and I aren’t together anymore although there is absolutely no bad blood and we will always stay friends.”

        Fans first suspected they were on the rocks when Saffron jetted to Dubai with her girlfriends last month, but sources say they were still together then.

        They said: “Everyone thought Saffron and Ty had split in October when she went on holiday and spent time with Love Island star Biggs.

        “They didn’t actually end things until this week when they decided it just wasn’t working.

        “Saffron is still so young and is super busy with work – it’s just a shame after they grew so close during lockdown.”

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Odds shorten on AJ

        AJ Odudu is the big mover in William Hill’s Strictly Come Dancing market, shortening from 7/1 into 9/2 following her most recent dance.

        Her 39-point week seven score has seen her leap above John Waite (7/1) and sit second only to Rose Ayling-Ellis, who remains a firm favourite at 2/5. Sara Davies is the bookie’s rank outsider at 100/1.

        William Hill Spokesperson Rupert Adams said: “Though Rose remains a very strong favourite at 2/5, AJ will have a spring in her step heading into week eight and she’s attracted strong recent support in the betting.

        “She has been backed into 9/2 from 7/1 and we’re likely to see the gap between her and Rose shorten if she tops the judges’ scores again this Saturday.”

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Shirley’s fight for equal pay

        Shirley joined Strictly in 2017 and was paid £180,000 by the BBC for that series.

        This was £70,000 short of the amount given to her predecessor Len Goodman, 75, for the same role.

        But in 2018 she landed a victory when she received a pay rise to equal Len’s former £250k salary.

        Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli reportedly earns the same amount, while Craig Revel Horwood and former judge Darcey Bussell received £180,000 for each series of Strictly.

        Shirley is one of several high profile female presenters and journalists who found the BBC was paying them less than their male colleagues – with several taking them to court.

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Dancing all the way to the bank

        She may have had to fight for her place on Strictly, but Gordon Ramsay’s daughter could end up as the real winner of the show.

        Insiders believe Tilly, 20 today could make a fortune.

        A source told The Sun: “Tilly’s popularity has soared since she started on Strictly and, if she is clever, she could bank a million over the next couple of years.

        “She has had loads of offers for endorsements and brand partnerships because companies can see how much appeal she has — especially because of the graceful way she has dealt with being shamed over her body.

        “Tilly’s TikTok account has also grown since she joined Strictly, along with her profiles on Instagram and Twitter, and she has now got 9.6million followers on TikTok alone.”

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        What did the judges say about Adam & Katya?

        Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke all chose to save Ramsay and Kuzmin.

        Motis said: “It has been a tough competition. All the couples have performed really, really well.

        “One of the biggest lessons I’ve ever learned while judging is music is key, and I think the couple for me that was more sound to the music is going to be Tilly and Nikita.”

        And Anton Du Beke said: “I found it so equal I was desperate for something to happen to make me choose and there was a moment in one of the dances that made me decide and that was Tilly and Nikita.”

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Explained: How much do Strictly stars get paid

        Craig Revel Horwood and his fellow judge Bruno Tonioli reportedly earn £110,000 each series of Strictly Come Dancing.

        Former head judge Len Goodman made £120,000 for work on the judging panel, but the star made his last appearance on the show in December 2016.

        His replacement Shirley Ballas is suspected to earn the same as her predecessor, however her pay is currently unknown.

        The judges make significantly more than the professional dancers, who are said to earn around £30,000 per series.

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        I got hurt feelings

        Strictly Come Dancing’s Adam Peaty has admitted he and partner Katya Jones are “hurting” after their exit from the show.

        The Olympian, 26, became the sixth celebrity to be voted off the BBC ballroom show after he landed in the dance-off alongside Tilly Ramsay and her partner Nikita Kuzmin.

        Speaking on It Takes Two, Adam confessed that he and Katya were both “hurting”, after putting everything into their final performance on the show.

        He said: “This journey has been hard, it’s not easy. Everyone sees the Saturday night delivery which is the smiles, the laughs, the awe and consuming thing of Strictly, but for me I put absolutely everything into that.

        “I enjoyed the lows as well as the highs because that is what I remember, but it’s not all positive. It is hard, it’s really hard.”

        Speaking later on Instagram Peaty said he was “so grateful” for the experience and hadn’t really realised how much it meant to him when he was getting emotional during their final dance.

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        ‘Suffering in silence’ (continued)

        The professional dance coach revealed she is unsure when she started to feel out of sorts, adding: “It’s hard to pinpoint. I don’t know whether it’s got something to do with lockdown.

        “Then there’s all this anxiety when you go back out into the workplace, the virus is still there and I have to meet a lot of people because I run two jobs.

        “My life is like a tumble dryer and – like a lot of women – I suffer in silence.

        “You’ve constantly got this on switch; the off switch only comes at night when you’re on your own and you go into this dark place.”

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        ‘Suffering in silence’

        Shirley Ballas has revealed that she often suffers in silence “like a lot of women”, even before she was found to have an abnormally high level of testosterone.

        The Strictly Come Dancing judge, 61, was recently told by her doctor following tests that the level of testosterone in her body was “that of a man”.

        In an interview with Times 2, Ballas has admitted that before this news she had been hiding for months that she felt permanently tired, suffered insomnia and found it difficult to lose weight.

        She told the paper: “For a while I’ve felt I have to push my buttons to get going.

        “But then suddenly it’s ‘lights, camera, action’ and I put this mask on because that’s your job.”

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Why do some people not wear a poppy (continued)?

        As a result some people in the public eye choose not to wear them at all in protest.

        Famously Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow has refused to wear a poppy on screen – though he says he does in his private life – as he wants to remain a neutral journalist and will not wear any symbol on screen. He also objects to the pressure put on people to wear it – meaning it becomes a political and performative act rather than a guest of Remembrance.

        Additionally some do not wear the poppy for political reasons – as they believe it glorifies the Armed Forces and even war itself. Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was the subject of a political row over whether he would wear a red poppy to the Remembrance service – the anti-war campaigner had originally said he would wear a white, pacisfist poppy but later relented and wore a red one at the ceremony.

        Finally some people in Northern Ireland choose not to wear the poppy at all as they believe it is offensive to the memory of those killed or wounded by the British forces during the Troubles.

        But – in Rylan’s case – sometimes it just falls off.

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Why do some people not wear poppies?

        The annual Poppy Appeal is organised by the Royal British Legion is organised in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday to honour those who have fallen in previous wars and raise money for current veterans.

        You can buy a poppy from a street vendor or on their website.

        The charity insists the decision whether or not to wear a poppy is entirely optional and a matter of personal choice – but over the years it has become routine for TV presenters to wear one on screen between Halloween and Remembrance.

        Over the years, expectations have raised to the point that any public figure not wearing one can come in for abusive trolling for ‘not respecting the troops’.

        This has led to a backlash among some against ‘poppy fascism’ – people so committed to the idea of Remembrance they lose sight of the personal freedoms these brave men and women died to protect.

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Famous father

        Strictly Come Dancing fans were left stunned over the weekend after they learned dancer Kai Widdrington’s dad is football manager Tommy Widdrington.

        The 26-year-old and his celebrity partner AJ Odudu were being interviewed by show host Claudia Winkleman after their impressive Charleston when the camera panned to Kai’s father in the audience.

        After showing Tommy on-screen, viewers of the BBC ballroom stalwart instantly recognised him due to his famous sports background.

        One penned: “I love AJ and Kai so much that Charlestown was brilliant, they’re so hot, plus his dad works for my football team so we have to stan them for that !!! #Strictly”.

        “Tommy Widdrington Kai’s dad. Director at Bristol Rovers Football club @Official_BRFC,” another simply wrote.

        While another cheekily commented: “Kai’s dad is a DILF. Pass it on #Strictly”.

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Why do people wear poppies?

        The story of why we wear poppies dates back to the First World War.

        In 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae lost his friend in the battle of Ypres.

        As he was grieving the loss of comrade Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, he spotted scores of poppies growing in the battle-torn fields.

        This poignant sight inspired him to write In Flanders Fields, one of the most famous war poems of all time.

        Following the First World War, the poppy was then adopted as a symbol of remembrance.

        In 1921, the first ever Poppy Appeal distributed nine million poppies, raising £106,000.

        Contrary to popular belief, the poppy isn’t a symbol of death or support for war or a political or religious statement.

        The British Legion describes the poppy as a “symbol of remembrance and hope”.

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Why did Rylan not wear a poppy on It Takes Two?

        On November 8, 2021 Rylan came under fire during an appearance on It Take Two for not wearing a poppy.

        Many watching the Strictly Come Dancing spin-off at home were not impressed and took to Twitter to question him.

        One angry viewer wrote: “@bbcstrictly Can you tell me why Rylan is not wearing a Poppy surely privileged TV presenters should lead by example?”

        Another added: “@StrictlyITT why has Rylan not got a poppy on ? #LestWeForget.”

        While someone else Tweeted: “#ItTakesTwo Anyone know why Rylan isn’t wearing a poppy? Thinking faceThinking face.”

        Following the show, Rylan decided to clear things up and told his followers: “FYI my poppy fell off just as we went on air tonight (I was dancing obvs) was put back on in the vt package x.”

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        When is Strictly on this weekend?

        Strictly continues next Saturday (November 13, 2021) at 6.40pm.

        The results show will air the following day on Sunday (November 14, 2021) at 7.20pm.

        You can also catch any missed episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

      • caroline.mortimer@thesun.co.uk

        Explained: Who are the judges this year?

        Shirley Ballas has returned as head judge for the 2021 series.

        Craig Revel Horwood has also taken up his role as judge – which he has been doing since the show’s inception in 2004.

        Motsi Mabuse has also returned for a third series.

        They are all joined by Anton Du Beke who replaces long running judge Bruno Tonioli.

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