Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news: Motsi Mabuse won't judge tonight as she's replaced this weekend

STRICTLY'S Motsi Mabuse will be replaced by Cynthia Erivo this weekend after coming into contact with someone with Covid.

The show judge, 40, is being forced to stay isolate at home despite being triple jabbed, and last week's stand-in judge Cynthia will continue on the panel.

The news comes as presenter Adrian Chiles has been revealed as the latest star to sign for Strictly's Christmas special.

But the 54-year-old is adamant that he won't get a spray tan or smile on the dancefloor.

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

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    Dan Walker fave to go

    Dan Walker has been well-backed with William Hill to be the next celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing.

    The TV presenter opened up at even-money to be the next contestant to leave, but solid support has seen him become just a 4/6 chance to be voted off.

    He heads the market with Tilly Ramsay (2/1) and Rhys Stephenson (3/1) the others looking in danger.

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    What is Humen?

    Humen is a movement to improve and maintain men’s mental health through campaigning and The HUMEN Space.

    Humen Men’s Mental Health Movement is a UK charity preventing men from suffering in silence and dying too young.

    The HUMEN Charity’s Rise Against Suicide Sunrise Walk will take place in major cities across the UK on November 28th, 2021.

    Supporters can sign up and start fundraising now at http://wearehumen.org/rise-against-suicide.

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    ‘Important for those in the public domain to speak out about suicide’

    Ugo Monye continued to say: “Suicide has an impact on everyone around that person and I think talking about feelings may help people who are feeling that way.

    “It’s hard that someone was feeling so isolated that they thought suicide was their only option.

    “I’ve never been in that place and I can’t imagine how awful it must be.”

    Ugo believes sport has come a long way when it comes to looking after mental health and he believes it is just as important as physical health.

    He said: “Back when I started 2001, I don’t think enough time and effort was spent into connecting with the person behind the talent.

    “But it’s really important for people who are in a position or in the public domain to speak out but I think we see that over the last year these superhuman people we’ve put on pedestals speaking out,

    “I think Simone Biles and Emma Radancu showed great strength in speaking out. It’s important to remind people that mental health is important and affects everyone.

    “Mental health is so much more important than anything else and we have all felt isolated since the pandemic started.”

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    Ugo Monye to use profile to help stop male suicides

    While he’s out from doing physical activity, Ugo has opted to use his boosted profile from the show to focus on an issue close to his heart – male suicide.

    The former England player knows firsthand how devastating it is to lose someone who takes their own life.

    Opening up as part of Humen’s campaign which will see him do a walk on Saturday 28th, he said: “It cut me really deep to lose someone that young with their whole life ahead of them.

    “On the face of things he had a really good life, doing what he wanted and seemed to be living his dream.

    “I remember having to talk about him after it happened and I didn’t know how to feel or react.”

    The young man, who Ugo isn’t naming at the request of the family, highlighted to the former rugby player how important it is for men to talk about their feelings.

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    Which celebs are still left in the competition?

    Only six celebrities remain, all competing for that Glitterball trophy.

    The stars that are left in the competition are:

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

    Strictly stars BEFORE they were famous 

    TWO of Strictly Come Dancing’s most popular stars look unrecognisable in a video from before they found fame on the show – and their sad split.

    Neil and Katya Jones are seen competing in the Festival of Latin American Dance in Moscow in 2013, just two months after they tied the knot.

    The couple met in Blackpool in 2008 and teamed up to take the dance world by storm, becoming four-times British National Champions and winning the World Latin Amateur Championships three times.

    A video previously surfaced from their wedding day in August 2013, showing them dancing and singing as they got ready to walk down the aisle.

    Neil, 39, and 32-year-old Katya joined Strictly in 2016. She’s had huge success on the show, winning with Joe McFadden in 2017 and becoming part of Strictly’s first same-sex couple with Nicola Adams last year.

    Best Christmas TV 2021: From Bake Off to Strictly

    TELLY this Christmas looks set to be a cracker.

    Get set for lashings of belly laughs, festive specials, top drama and award-winning stars as TV chiefs serve up a feast.

    STRICTLY COME DANCING CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (BBC One Christmas Day): Watch some of Britain’s best-loved stars take to the dance floor for one night only. Broadcasters Adrian Chiles and Moira Stuart will line up alongside pop star Anne-Marie. Mel Giedroyc, Repair Shop’s Jay Blades and First Dates’ Fred Sirieix have also signed up.

    Adrian Chiles 'won't get a spray tan'

    Adrian Rylan on It Takes Two how he's keen to avoid getting a fake tan or wearing sequins.

    He added: "I don't know whether you can see, but I look rather flushed.

    "There's been quite a bit of sun this week and I've just been out standing in it just to avoid getting a spray tan.

    "My real concern is the smiling. I can just about to do it, but to dance and smile at the same time is beyond me."

    Adrian Chiles unveiled as latest Strictly Xmas special star

    PRESENTER Adrian Chiles has been revealed as the latest star to sign for Strictly's Christmas special.

    But the 54-year-old is adamant that he won't get a spray tan or smile on the dancefloor.

    He told Rylan on It Takes Two there is "no hope whatsoever" – but he's up for the challenge.

    Adrian said: "I'm actually a good dancer when no one is watching.

    "With no one there I'd say I'm about an 8/10.

    "In any other situation on any dancefloor, I'm about 1/10. I become overwhelmed with shame and embarrassment."

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      Nadiya Bychkova poses for her steamy new calendar

      Strictly Come Dancing’s Nadiya Bychkova shows she’s a hot date while posing for her new calendar.

      The pro dancer, 32, features in shots drinking champagne in the bath and in a cream gown cuddled up in bed.

      She is hoping to grab some high scores tonight as she takes to the dance floor with BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker, 44.

      The pair are set to dance the rumba to Desperado by The Eagles.

      Ukrainian Nadiya is in a relationship with Slovenian footballer Matija Škarabot, 33, and they have a daughter together.

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      Shirley Ballas’ dance career

      After her time with Nigel Tiffany, Ballas moved on to become Sammy Stopford’s partner. The pair fell in love and got married and went on to become one of the fastest rising couples in ballroom dance.

      They danced together from when she was 18 to 23 and won all the major titles worldwide.

      The pair then parted ways and she met Corky Ballas, who she married and had son Mark with in 1986.

      Corky and Shirley competed together and won their first professional Latin title in 1984 and went on to win it a further eight years in a row.

      In 1990, they moved back to the UK and went on to win the Open British Professional Latin title in 1995 and ’96.

      Shirley was previously a judge on the American version of Dancing With The Stars.

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      Anne-Marie on joining Strictly for Xmas special 

      STRICTLY Come Dancing will see pop star Anne-Marie learn to dance for the BBC show’s Christmas special.

      The singer – who is best pals with Ed Sheeran – is joining TV stars Jay Blades and Fred Sirieix in the celebrity line-up.

      After It Takes Two host Janette Manrara made the announcement tonight, Anne-Marie appeared on the show by video call.

      She joked: “If it all goes wrong I might just whack out a song quickly. I hope that will get me a few points.

      “I’m trying so hard. I’m learning so much.”

      She added: “I’m very competitive.”

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      Ugo Monye still watches show

      RUGBY might have been Ugo Monye’s first love, but Strictly Come Dancing has captured his heart.

      The sports pundit, 38, even opted to watch the show on his phone while attending the England v Australia match at Twickenham.

      In an exclusive chat with The Sun Online for charity Humen, he said: “I was watching strictly on my phone at the same time because I’ve got a lot of friends on the show, who I really want to do well.

      “I really want to support as much as I can, albeit from afar. I’m still really supportive of it. I was blown away by the performances as I am every week.”

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      Tonight's dances revealed

      STRICTLY Come Dancing's celebrities are all hoping to scoop that famous Glitterball Trophy.

      The dances for week ten have been revealed with the star contestants all hoping to impress judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke.

      • AJ Odudu and partner Kai Widdrington: Couple’s Choice to Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe.
      • John Whaite and Johannes Radebe: Argentine Tango to The 5th by David Garrett.
      • Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice: Paso Doble to California Dreamin’ by Sia.
      • Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu: Waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston.
      • Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin:  Samba to Levitating by Dua Lipa
      • Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova: Rumba to Desperado by Eagles.

      When is Strictly on and how can I watch it?

      Strictly continues tonight, November 20, 2021 at 6.35pm on BBC One.

      The results will then be read out the following day (November 21, 2021) at 7.15pm.

      If you miss any of the action, you can catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

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        Ugo Monye to use profile to help stop male suicides

        While he’s out from doing physical activity, Ugo has opted to use his boosted profile from the show to focus on an issue close to his heart – male suicide.

        The former England player knows firsthand how devastating it is to lose someone who takes their own life.

        Opening up as part of Humen’s campaign which will see him do a walk on Saturday 28th, he said: “It cut me really deep to lose someone that young with their whole life ahead of them.

        “On the face of things he had a really good life, doing what he wanted and seemed to be living his dream.

        “I remember having to talk about him after it happened and I didn’t know how to feel or react.”

        The young man, who Ugo isn’t naming at the request of the family, highlighted to the former rugby player how important it is for men to talk about their feelings.

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        Strictly signs singer Anne-Marie for Xmas special 

        STRICTLY Come Dancing will see pop star Anne-Marie learn to dance for the BBC show's Christmas special.

        The singer – who is best pals with Ed Sheeran – is joining TV stars Jay Blades and Fred Sirieix in the celebrity line-up.

        After It Takes Two host Janette Manrara made the announcement tonight, Anne-Marie appeared on the show by video call.

        She joked: "If it all goes wrong I might just whack out a song quickly. I hope that will get me a few points.

        "I'm trying so hard. I'm learning so much."

        She added: "I'm very competitive."

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        Strictly's Motsi forced to miss show this weekend 

        The show judge, 40, announced the news on Twitter, telling fans she was gutted to miss out.

        Reassuring fans she is OK, Motsi Mabuse said she had been tested multiple times and all results have been negative.

        She wrote: "I am gutted to say I will have to miss this weekend on Strictly… yesterday I was contacted by NHS Test and Trace as being in close contact with someone on Sunday 21st Nov who has since tested positive."

        After explaining she will be eligible to stop isolating from November 30, she continued: "Our health is the most important thing and luckily I have been tested multiple times this week and am negative. I am healthy, I am with my family, that's what matters! I wish everyone good luck, sending my love , keep dancing. Until then, lots of love and stay safe."

        It is the second consecutive week that a judge has been forced to stay away from the studio, with Craig Revel Horwood isolating last week.

        The choreographer missed Saturday's Musicals Special after testing positive for the illness and award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo filled in.

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        Strictly’s Kai reveals painful injury

        STRICTLY Come Dancing professional Kai Widdrington has revealed a painful groin injury he gained in training alongside AJ Odudu.

        The choreographer blamed his celebrity dance partner for the bizarre "spider bite" mark left on his inner thigh after being "stood on multiple times".

        Kai, 26, and AJ, 33, documented their trip to Blackburn on the TV presenter's Instagram on Thursday afternoon as they discussed his injury.

        The Big Brother's Bit on the Side host admitted she was "obsessed" with their upcoming performance, but it had been taking its toll on their bodies.

        Kai interrupted to update fans that he was the one "in pain" after suffering from the injury to his groin as his legs had been "taking a battering".

        "However, I am in pain. I've been stood on multiple times, my legs have taken a battering," he explained. "I can't show you because it's not PG.

        "It's very much in the groin area. I've been stood on, heel to the groin. It looks like I've been bitter by a spider."

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        Recap: Who left Strictly last Saturday?

        Tom Fletcher become the latest star to be axed from Strictly over the weekend.

        The McFly star failed to win over the judges after the dance-off in Musicals week, as he and his pro-partner Amy Dowden got the boot.

        Despite their best efforts in performing their routine to Les Miserables' On My Own, Tom and Amy could not save themselves.

        Tom said he was sad to leave, but added that the experience will stay with him for life.

        He said he had the "best time" and had "loved every second of it".

        He added: "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."

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        Strictly’s AJ Odudu introduces Kai Widdrington to her family

        STRICTLY'S AJ Odudu introduced her dance partner Kai Widdrington to her family at the home of Blackburn Rovers yesterday after 'confirming' romance rumours.

        The Lancashire lass took Kai to her hometown football club's ground, Ewood Park, where they walked the touchline and posed in the dugout.

        AJ worked in the stadium before finding fame as a TV presenter and relished the return.

        She said: "I've bought Kai to Blackburn. You've made it, Kai. We're at Ewood Park with some of my family.

        "This is where I used to work, so it's brilliant. I'm having a great time, are you having a great time?"

        He smiled: "I'm loving it. Wanna kick a ball."

        The group then posed for a team photo with AJ and Kai on either side of her parents.

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        Tilly & Nikita falling victim to THE Strictly curse?

        Strictly viewers have picked up on Nikita and Tilly's strong connection, and even accused them of "flirting" in past TV appearances.

        They have previously denied falling victim to the infamous Strictly Curse, with Nikita's girlfriend Nicole Wirt even jetting to London from Germany to meet his celeb partner.

        An insider said at the time: "When Nikita’s girlfriend Nicole came to London she immediately visited him and Tilly. They got on like a house on fire and bonded over Nikita. Nicole also gave them some tips on their dancing.

        “It couldn’t have gone better between them.

        "There is a huge amount of trust needed between a couple when one of you is spending hours in the arms of another woman."

        However, last week, Nikitta and Tilly were spotted holding hands as they left It Takes Two filming.

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        Strictly’s Nikita blows Tilly Ramsay a kiss 

        STRICTLY'S Nikita Kuzman blew Tilly Ramsay a kiss after an "emotional" late-night training session, sparking romance rumours.

        The pro dancer aimed a smooch at the camera as Tilly, 20, filmed their antics on Instagram after 10pm.

        The Ukrainian hunk flipped a peace sign as the pair – who have been dogged by romance rumours – said their goodbyes and told Tilly's 1.2million they had been getting their steps in.

        But Strictly viewers have picked up on Nikita and Tilly's strong connection, and even accused them of "flirting" in past TV appearances.

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        Odds on favourite to lift Glitterball trophy

        Tilly Ramsay at odds of 7-4 is the second favourite for elimination this weekend, followed by Rhys Stephenson at 4-1.

        Meanwhile Rose Ayling-Ellis remains the firm favourite to win the show, odds on at 1-5.

        “Rose has one hand on the trophy already in our eyes and it will take a spectacular slip-up or shock result for any of the other remaining contestants to win this series of Strictly Come Dancing,” said Aitkenhead.

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        Katya on kissing comedian Seann Walsh in 2018

        Katya Jones was married to Neil at the time and Seann Walsh was dating Rebecca Humphries, who later revealed the kiss happened on her birthday back in 2018.

        Katya later insisted the kiss had been a mistake and that it wasn't a reflection of her marriage to Neil.

        She said: "I am so sorry about any offence or hurt I may have caused with my actions. I wasn't thinking and it was a one-off mistake after some drinks. I love my husband and we are very happy together, this is not a reflection on our relationship."

        But the split just 10 months later, and in a joint statement at the time said: "We will always love each other, just in a different way as friends.

        "This will never change what a great team we make and we are really proud of everything we have achieved together."

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