Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Fans all saying same thing as BBC forced to deny shock FIX claims made by Adam Peaty's mum

ADAM Peaty’s mum Caroline has reignited the Strictly fix row with claims that Rhys, AJ and Rose ‘are being kept on show because they all work for the BBC.’

It comes after she spoke out after her son Adam, 26, became the sixth celeb to be eliminated from the show last Sunday.

Caroline Peaty liked a Tweet where a fan suggested some of the contestants were being 'kept in' the show because they worked for the BBC.

The fan wrote: "@bbcstrictly @adam_peaty @Mrs_katjones @mrdanwalker You do realise AJ, Rhys, Rose all work for the BBC, yeah."

Meanwhile, fans were left stunned over the weekend after they learned dancer Kai Widdrington's dad is football manager Tommy Widdrington.

The 50-year-old is currently the director of Bristol Rovers.

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    Explained: Who is Shirley Ballas?

    Shirley Ballas was born Shirley Annette Rich was born in Wallasey in the Wirral on 6 September, 1960 – making her 61-years-old.

    Ballas caught the dancing fever from a young age, and began dancing at age 7. She started performing competitively the following years.

    At 15, Ballas moved to North Yorkshire to partner British Ballroom Champion Nigel Tiffany. As dance partners, they won Professional Latin at Blackpool Dance Festival in 1983.

    Ballas stopped competing in dance competitions in 1996, becoming a dance coach and judge for ballroom and Latin American competitions.

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    How much do Strictly stars make?

    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.

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    Oti Mabuse defends Bill Bailey over vaccine comments

    Strictly pro Oti Mabuse has defended Bill Bailey after he said he would not to partner with an unvaccinated dancer.

    The former Strictly pairing won the Glitterball last year but Oti had less luck with her partner this year Ugo – the pair were the fourth pairing to be axed from the competition.

    In a recent interview with The Times, Bailey said “I just don’t think it’s worth the risk. We’re still not out of this by any means”.

    This prompted a furious reaction on Twitter from anti-vaxxers, one whom asked if any pro dancer would want to dance with him.

    Oti responded saying: “I would over and over and over again.”

    The show was engulfed in scandal at the start of the series when it was revealed that THREE pro dancers hadn’t been jabbed – and bosses had no plans to force them.

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    ‘It’s a TV show’ (continued)

    Dan continued: “When I’ve watched Strictly in the past I have always liked seeing great dancers but also those who learn to love it and are working hard to improve every week. It’s a TV show and not the world championships 🕺🏼💃🏼

    “I never thought I would be able to do some of the things Nadiya has taught me. She has given me a confidence that I thought was way beyond me. I just want to learn as many dances as possible.

    “Anyway… on with the American Smooth. Whoever you vote for this weekend… I hope you enjoy the show. I will continue to do it with a massive smile on my face.”

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    ‘It’s a TV show!’

    BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker has defended his position on Strictly Come Dancing – as he furiously hits back at critics who want him booted off.

    The presenter made it through another week, while Olympian Adam Peaty and chef Tilly Ramsay were forced to battle it out in the dance-off.

    It led Adam’s mum to brand the show a “fix” – saying she “doesn’t buy the public vote”.

    After doubt was cast on Dan’s position on the show, he admitted he’s “not sure” how he’s still in the competition, but added: “But we are incredibly thankful for all the support and it’s a true privilege to be a small part of the biggest show on the telly 🙏🏻😂

    “I know articles like this are sourced from a few comments on social media but each week I get thousands of messages from people who love the show and are really enjoying watching @nadiyabychkova teaching me to dance.

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    The THREE contestants tipped to leave 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

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    Different kind of curse

    Craig Revel Horwood has revealed a new “curse” has threatened Strictly Come Dancing this year – and it’s nothing like the usual one.

    Judge Craig, 56, touched on the recent eliminations from the competition, pointing out the similarities in the circumstances.

    He said: “I do get why people are talking about Strictly‘s new ‘curse’ – celebs getting voted off having missed a week.

    “We had it happen to Ugo Monye after his back injury, Judi Love after testing positive for Covid.”

    And Craig had some simple advice for the remaining contestants. He told Best: “I say, don’t miss a week if you can avoid it! As they say in showbiz, don’t go off stage – there’s always someone else in the wings, waiting to take your place…”

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    Fans fuming after missing start of show

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

    Saturday’s installment 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 – who was the sixth contestant to be given the glittery boot – 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!”

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    Tillionaire

    She may have had to fight for her place on Strictly this week, 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.”

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    When Rachel met Pasha

    The couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas, with Rachel Riley announcing the good news via Twitter on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

    Captioning a picture of the two of them, she wrote: “Introducing the new Mr and Mrs Kovalev. We both said yes!”

    Her announcement came weeks after they announced they are expecting their first child together in May, 2019.

    Pasha met his partner Rachel – who was married at the time – when she was his celebrity contestant on Series 11 of the show in 2013.

    The couple’s love blossomed after being paired together despite her being the fifth star to get eliminated.

    Their relationship was strictly professional until 2014.

    Rachel said about her dancer fella: “He’s gorgeous, he’s amazing when you need a bit of support that’s when you know you’re with the nice person. He’s a good egg.”

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    Rose favourite for the Glitterball

    Rose Ayling-Ellis is odds on to win the series, at 4-11.

    AJ Odudu is 5-1 second favourite, with John Whaite the third favourite at 13-2 and all other contestants given odds of 18-1 or greater.

    Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Rose is the huge favourite to go on and win this series of Strictly Come Dancing, odds on to lift the Glitterball Trophy this winter.”

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    Adam Peaty ‘not OK’ after Strictly exit

    Strictly Come Dancing’s Adam Peaty has said he’s “not OK” following his emotional 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.

    Breaking his silence on his exit, Adam took to Instagram to share a lengthy post and explain his emotional display as he heals “from the trials and tribulations that elite sporting athletes go through”.

    Sharing a slew of photos from his Strictly experience, he said he was “so grateful” for his time on the show and did not realise how much it meant to him after he “got a bit emotional” during the final dance off.

    He continued: “It’s crazy to me because I thought I was ‘ok’ but I am not. We all have to wear a piece of armour to get the job done and it wasn’t until this week that I knew I could let it go.”

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    Kai so cold

    Strictly’s AJ Odudu said her partner Kai Widdrington ditched her for another pro in a late night rehearsal.

    The TV presenter, 33, couldn’t believe it when she saw who Kai was spending his time with.

    AJ was left stunned when Kai chose to hang out with his pal Giovanni Pernice – instead of rehearsing with her.

    It all started off so well for Strictly star told her fans on Instastories: “Hello. It’s Pasa Doble day one. Are you excited?”

    Then she panned to a shot of Gio on facetime with Kai and said: “He’s so excited that he’s just ditched me, for Giovanni.”

    Giovanni beamed: “I’m so excited too.”

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    Hebrew meaning of Rachel Riley’s new baby name

    Countdown star Rachel Riley and and her former Strictly partner turned husband Pasha revealed on Monday that they had welcomed their second child, a baby daughter named Noa, 15 days after Rachel’s due date.

    Originating from Hebrew, Noa can be used as either a male or female first name and means “motion”.

    Popular in Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands, Noa was also one of the Five Daughters of Zelophehad — alongside Mahlah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah — in the Biblical Book of Numbers.

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    ‘Closer than ever’

    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 pair to get eliminated from Strictly last week.

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

    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.

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    Learning Russian

    Strictly’s Katya Jones revealed her real accent as she taught Adam Peaty to speak Russian.

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

    Katya was in her element as she showed off what Adam, 26, had learned from her during their time together on Strictly.

    During an Instagram Q&A a fan asked Adam if he had learned any Russian.

    He joked: “I’ve learned loads. I just cannot connect it together.”

    He was able to string together Hello, thank you, music and Katya’s fun name – in Russian.

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    Why is he still there?

    Strictly fans have been left baffled that Dan Walker is still in the contest — despite regularly being at the wrong end of the leaderboard.

    The BBC Breakfast host, 44, and partner Nadiya Bychkova, 32, have finished in the bottom three for three weeks in a row.

    But despite some scathing remarks from judges they have never ended up in the dance-off, for which dancers are selected in a combination of a public vote and judges’ scores.

    In contrast, axed Adam Peaty and Katya Jones gradually improved and finished second from top in week four, with a total score of 32.

    The inconsistency has prompted a backlash from viewers. One tweeted: “Adam is miles better and deserved to stay.

    “It should have been Dan and Nadiya eliminated — it’s an absolute joke.”

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    Strictly is better than Tinder, says judge

    Craig Revel Horwood has claimed the so-called Strictly curse, saying that he actually sees it as a blessing!

    Over the past 19 series, a number of celebrities have split from their partners after appearing on the show – notably including Stacey Dooley breaking up with her partner of three years and getting together with pro Kevin Clifton, and Neil and Katya Jones separating after she was pictured kissing Seann Walsh.

    But Craig said: “I look forward to the curse every year because I never think of it as a curse, I always considered that a blessing.

    “It’s better meeting someone at work isn’t it? Someone you are dancing with and getting to know and fall in love.

    “Rather that than a dating app. That’s how everyone has to meet these days.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    Poppy drama (continued)

    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.”

    The on-air drama comes after the newly single telly star enjoyed a wild night out on Saturday at London nightclub Freedom, where he was seen cosying up to a male friend and holding his face in his hands while dancing.

    But the mystery man may not have lasted the night, as yesterday morning Rylan appeared to have regrets over his behaviour by posting the word “shame” on his Instagram Story.

    He added: “To anyone I met last night . . . soz.”

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    Poppy drama

    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.”

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    Auntie’s favouritism

    The BBC is accused of favouritism as its stars have won nearly half of all Strictlys.

    The 18 completed series have seen eight Beeb celebs coming out on top.

    That is 44 per cent — and includes mainstream presenters Stacey Dooley, Ore Oduba and Chris Hollins plus Holby City actor Tom Chambers.

    Two EastEnders actors — Jill Halfpenny in 2004 and Kara Tointon in 2010 — also scooped the title while no equivalent star of ITV’s Coronation Street has ever won.

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    When is Strictly back on?

    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.

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    Strictly is ‘a total farce’ says Adam Peaty’s mum

    AXED Katya Jones says her partnership with Adam Peaty was so good they could have got to the Strictly final, while his mum lashed out at the judges’ “unfair” scoring.

    The Russian pro, 32, was overheard backstage complaining bitterly about their low marks before they were booted off, ranting: “We could’ve gone all the way in this contest!”

    She and Olympic swimming legend Adam, 26, were instead left in floods of tears after losing the dance-off shown on Sunday.

    His mum Caroline called the show “a total farce” after Adam ended up bottom behind a string of BBC presenters and stars, including Dan Walker who they regularly outscored.

    She said: “Total fix and I’m not buying the public vote. I believe in fairness, it’s frustrating when you can see from the start that it isn’t, that is all.”

    Celebs still left in the contest include EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and Beeb presenters Rhys Stephenson and AJ Odudu.

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