Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Piers Morgan mocks Dan Walker's shock exit from show saying 'you came fifth, mate'

STRICTLY Come Dancing's Dan Walker has been axed after judges unanimously decided to save AJ Odudu.

AJ was in tears after her near perfect performance ended in a disastrous lift, which landed her in the bottom two.

Dan found himself in the dance-off and had to fight to save his place in the competition.

Rhys and Nancy, Rose and Gio topped the leaderboard and went through to the semi finals.

Piers Morgan was quick to jokingly mock Dan, however, posting "you came fifth, mate" after Dan posted a message on Twitter saying how proud he'd been to reach the latter stages of the dance competition.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    AJ Odudu seen linking arms with Kai Waddington 

    STRICTLY Come Dancing AJ Odudu has been spotted smiling and linking arms with Kai Waddington after they confirmed their romance.

    The pair have been sending fans of the BBC dancing competition into a frenzy with their routines on the dancefloor, which have had a number of near-kisses.

    AJ, 33, and her professional dance partner Kai, 26, were photographed looking glamorous as they filming for It Takes Two together on Friday night.

    The TV presenter grinned for the cameras as the ballroom star followed closely behind, offering out his arm at one point to guide her.

    AJ opted for a sparkling navy blue dress, with a saucy side split showing off her toned legs, for her appearance on the spin-off show.

    The sequin-covered number was paired with heeled silver boots, and she completed her look by letting her natural curls flow over her shoulde

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    Fans gobsmacked after Shirley praised Rose for 'blocking the noise out'

    Eagle-eyed fans were left stunned tonight when Shirley Ballas praised deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis for blocking the noise out.

    The EastEnders star, 27, bagged an impressive score of 39 after her performance with pro partner Giovanni Pernice.

    She told Rose, whose dance followed Rhys Stephenson’s: “Before Rhys went on before you there was lots of noise, clapping.

    “You came in and you blocked it out and you delivered the performance of a lifetime. you had beautiful footwork, your posture was outstanding.”

    Rose, who plays Danny Dyer’s character’s daughter in EastEnders, is the first ever deaf celeb to take part in Strictly.

    One viewer fumed: “Is Shirley taking the p**s??? Talking about how Rose blocked out the noise before the performance???”

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    Dan's fans congratulate star after Strictly exit

    Accolades for Dan Walker have coming through thick and fast after he was voted out last night.

    One tweeted: “A gentleman throughout, sir, and thank you for the music.”

    Another said: “So sorry to see you leave #Strictly. I thought you had an incredible journey during the 11 weeks. Great entertainment from both of you. Thanks for brightening up my Saturday evenings.”

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    Rose Ayling-Ellis turns down deals

    Rose Ayling-Ellis has turned down lucrative deals to endorse hearing aids.

    The EastEnders actress refuses to promote any non-NHS devices.

    Rose, 27, is understood to have been offered deals worth hundreds of thousands of pounds by high street names including Specsavers.

    But she has rejected them all so as not to “mislead” her fans.

    Rose, the first deaf celeb on Strictly, is favourite to win the BBC dance show with her partner Giovanni Pernice.

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    The man responsible for Strictly's music

    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.

    He 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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    Dan Walker says his body had 'given up'

    Four couples – TV presenter Odudu and Widdrington, EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, Bake Off winner John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, and CCBC host Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu – remain in the competition for the semi-finals

    Walker said he had "loved every second" of Strictly but "need(ed) a rest now."

    "My body's given up," he said.

    "It lasted eight weeks – a lot longer than I thought it would – but it's been great.

    "It's an entertainment programme, isn't it, and I told Nadiya the first day we started 'I want you to enjoy this as much as I will and I will love every second of it', and I have."

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    Dan Walker says it was a privilege to be on Strictly

    BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker this morning said that it had been a "privilege" to be part of the much-loved dancing competition, and thanked BBC viewers for the support they gave to him and his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova.

    "I know there's some people that get angry every week that we managed to stay in but the overwhelming love and the lovely comments have far outweighed all of that," he said.

    "I think the right people are in the semi-finals, the best four dancers in the competition. My time had come to an end, there's no way I could compete.

    "But to get to the quarter-finals of Strictly having never danced before when I started is amazing and that's all down to Nadiya who is just brilliant.

    "I feel that it's always been a privilege to be part of the biggest show on telly, other than BBC Breakfast of course."

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    Dan Walker: My time had to come to an end

    BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has said his time on Strictly Come Dancing gave him a new appreciation for the skill of professional dancers.

    Presenting the morning news show for the first time since his elimination from the competition on Sunday night, the 44-year-old admitted he had felt "closed off" from dancing for many years.

    He and professional partner Nadiya Bychkova, 32, missed out a coveted spot in this week's semi-final after losing the dance-off to AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington.

    Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said: "We get to see people at the very top of their games in sport and in all sorts of areas of life.

    "I had no appreciation of how good pro dancers were until I saw it up close and personal and started trying to learn it myself.

    "They're just so good at what they do.

    "I appreciate what dancing is all about now and for many years… (I felt) closed off from that world."

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    Semi-finals fever has kicked in

    Fans are dreaming of the sequences for next Saturday.

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    Dans fever

    Dan Walker shared an emotional goodbye to Strictly Come Dancing viewers tonight alongside Nadia Bychkova.

    The eliminated pair both paid tribute to one another with the pro telling the BBC Breakfast star: "You're the best person I ever met."

    Nadiya, who is married to Russian dance pro Sergey Konovaltsev, told the TV host: "Thank you for all your hard work. all the fun we had. Just for everything."

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    Strictly Come Dancing star John Whaite surprised fans tonight after confessing his love for partner Johannes Radebe.

    The Great British Bake Off winner, 32, praised professional dancer partner Johannes for always supporting him and giving him the confidence each week.

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    Fans are saying AJ and Kai changed their lift in the dance-off after they stumbled on Saturday night's show.

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    Farewell friend

    Tributes are pouring in for Dan and Nadiya after they were voted out last week.

    One wrote: "So sorry to see you leave #Strictly. I thought you had an incredible journey during the 11 weeks. Great entertainment from both of you. Thanks for brightening up my Saturday evenings."

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    Top trio

    Fans verdicts for the finals are coming in thick and fast.

    One wrote: "Final 3 have to be Rose, John and AJ."

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    Dan's fans

    They're coming through thick and fast now that he has been voted out.

    One Tweeted: "A gentleman throughout, sir, and thank you for the music."

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    Team AJ

    Fans are determined for the leggy TV presenter to go all the way after she beat Dan in the dance-off.

    One Tweeted: "I hope people vote for AJ because Strictly Twitter is all about her. She needs those votes people, if you really love her get to it!"

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    Final countdown

    Fans are already calling who they think will be in the finals.

    One Tweeted: "My final three: Rose & Giovanni AJ & Kai John & Johannes."

  • Sarah Tetteh

    Sour grapes

    Oh dear. After weeks of complaining that he was in the competition for too long, now fans are upset Dan has left.

    One Tweeted: "The fact that some people still have that much vitriol in them that they can't be kind towards a lovely bloke exiting a dancing show is just symbolic of the greater problem we face as a world. Sort it out."

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    Did you hear Dan's tribute to Nads?

    "If you'll have me I'll be your friend for life?"

    Did you see her blubbering back at him.

    Man o man!

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    Dan's out

    He's finally danced his last tango.

    Fans can't believe his lucky streak is finally over.

    Congrats to AJ who is through to the semis.


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    Tango Dan

    He's giving it his all, but is it enough?

    Look at that concentration in his face.

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    Do you see John and Johannes tribute to the fans that have supported them through to the semi-finals?

    So sweet! Next week will be epic.

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    Dan's in the dance-off

    Fans are rejoicing.

    How cruel…

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    Did you see Rose give Gio the cold shoulder when he said next week's Argentine Tango would see them up close and personal?

    She looked repulsed as he pulled her close.


  • Sarah Tetteh

    What a rollercoaster

    Fans are celebrating over Rhys getting through to the semi finals

    One Tweeted: "Oh Rhys & Nancy you do deserve that, unbelievably happy for them!"

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