Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Fans in shock as two popular pros plan to QUIT show sparking fears of a mass exodus crisis

STRICTLY is facing an exodus after it emerged Oti Mabuse and Aljaz Skorjanec have both told pals they plan to quit the hit show next year.

The pro dancers will hand in their notices after this series for projects away from the ballroom, sources say.

Oti, 31, is the show’s most successful pro having won twice, with Kelvin Fletcher and Bill Bailey.

Aljaz, 31, won with Abbey Clancy in 2013 and is the longest-serving male professional still competing.

It is thought the pair have not yet told the BBC.

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    ‘I’ve loved it’

    Pro Aljaz Skorjanec broke his silence last night after fans were convinced he was quitting the show.

    The 31-year-old took to Instagram to pay tribute to his partner Sara Davies as they lost their place in the competition following a dance off against Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.

    Alongside a picture of him and Dragons’ Den star Sara, he wrote:  “We have been having so much fun from day 1. It was such a joy to dance with you every single day for the last 10 weeks.

    “You transformed yourself every single weekend into a beautiful dancer. A real testament to how working hard towards something, can make dreams come true.

    “I LOVED every second of it! Thank you partner! @saradaviescc #haway.”

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    A life-changing experience

    Despite her exit, Sara is full of praise for her Strictly experience – saying she already could not believe how far she had got.

    Speaking with host Tess Daly after being voted off, Sara said: “I had no idea any of this was in me.

    “It’s been a life-changing experience and one I’ve loved every second of.”

    Sara also said of her dance partner Aljaz: “He’s one in a million. He knows it, I tell him every day.

    “This wouldn’t have been the experience it was unless it had been with you.”

    The comment moved Aljaz to tears as he wiped his eyes before having his final dance with Sara.

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    Hand jive

    Strictly Come Dancing’s Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin fuelled romance rumours as they held hands as they arrived for It Takes Two filming.

    The pair were in high spirits as they made their way into the studio for the BBC hit’s sister programme last night.

    Both stars are bundled up in winter jackets and hats, wearing protective face coverings as they lagged several bags into the building.

    Tilly turned her head away from the cameras as she clutched onto Nikita’s hand, with his mask lowered as he appeared to suck on a lollypop.

    The tender display will only escalate ongoing romance rumours that are swirling between the pair, who have survived the Strictly dance-off two weeks in a row.

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    Fix claims flamed again due to AJ’s scores

    Strictly fans have accused the show of being a fix after AJ Odudu ended up on the bottom of the leaderboard.

    The television presenter’s Paso Doble with partner Kai Widdrington left the judges feeling cold.

    But fans were furious they scored Dan higher.

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    Goodbye for good?

    Strictly fans claim professional dancer Aljaz quit on air after being voted off the show.

    His celebrity partner Sara Davies lost out in the dance-off amid rumours the show is “fixed”.

    But fans were concerned Aljaz announced his resignation on the show as he appeared to suggest he would “miss” working on it.

    It comes after his wife Janette Manrara stepped down as a professional to host the spin-off show It Takes Two.

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    All kisses, no quitting

    STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Aljaž Škorjanec passionately kissed his wife Janette Manrara after he was booted off the show.

    The 31-year-old star’s emotional reaction to his and celeb partner Sara Davies’ departure sparked speculation that he’d quit the programme and will not be returning to the series next year.

    And amid his tears, former Strictly pro Janette was on hand to comfort the Slovenian hunk, with the two cuddling up in the back of their car.

    While their driver took them back to their home, Janette affectionately leaned in to her husband, who was wearing a bold blue leopard print hoodie.

    Aljaž can be seen smiling through the smooch, both stars’ eyes closed as they enjoy the intimate moment.

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    Huge moment for the deaf community

    IT has been hailed as the television moment of the year – and a triumph for the deaf community.

    Strictly viewers were moved to tears as Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, and pro partner Giovanni Pernice danced in silence on Saturday night during their Couple’s Choice routine, which scored 39 out of 40.

    Now campaigners hope it could lead to greater equality for disabled people — as well as better under-standing of deafness.

    Former Strictly contestant and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chal-mers said EastEnders star Rose’s dance would help “get us to where we want to be” with regards to attitudes around disability”.

    Speaking yesterday, ex-Royal Marine JJ, 34, said: “We are making massive inroads to where we need to be in society and within broadcast, and that is wonderful. People like Rose will get us where we want to be.”

    He added that it’s “nice to see people talking about her disability, yes, but also being able to look beyond it”.

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    Not again

    Fans are furious about the results being leaked before the live show.

    Oh, and that Dan’s heading for the finals.

    One wrote: “Why are people surprised that there are SCD spoilers when the 2 programmes are filmed on Saturday.

    “Dan’s still in because he works for the BBC, not for his dancing! #Strictly#Danfix”

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    Rose’s emotional performance

    Fans were in bits after Rose performed her emotional couple’s choice dance – which told the story of her life as a deaf person.

    “Rose & Giovani’s dance has pretty much broken me. May go off in a corner and cry for a bit,” one wrote on Twitter.

    “I am full on sobbing at Rose and Giovanni’s couple’s choice dance,” wrote a second as a third concluded: “Between sobbing I was screaming ‘kiss her’!”

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    ‘It’s been a life-changing experience’

    Sara couldn’t believe how far she got in the comp.

    Speaking with host Tess Daly after being voted off, Sara said: “I had no idea any of this was in me.

    “It’s been a life-changing experience and one I’ve loved every second of.”

    Sara also said of her dance partner Aljaz: “He’s one in a million. He knows it, I tell him every day.

    “This wouldn’t have been the experience it was unless it had been with you.”

    The comment moved Aljaz to tears as he wiped his eyes before having his final dance with Sara.

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    The latest to leave

    Sara Davies and her pro partner Aljaz danced their last dance after becoming the seventh couple to be eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

    They got kicked off after a dance-off against Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin on Sunday’s results show.

    Sara and Aljaz performed their Argentine Tango to No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) by Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand, while Tilly and Nikita performed their Quickstep to I Won’t Dance by Damita Jo..

    All the judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, voted to save Tilly, and head Judge, Shirley Ballas said she would have done the same too.

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    Ladbrokes latest odds

    After a poor weekend for AJ Odudu on the score front, the bookies have revealed it’s now John Whaite who is Rose Ayling-Ellis’ nearest challenger for the Glitterball Trophy at odds of 13/2, with AJ now being an 8/1 shot.

    Elsewhere, Rose has pulled even further away at the head of the betting, and at 1/4, her odds of winning the series are now shorter than they’ve ever been.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Seven celebs are still standing, but it’ll take nothing short of a miracle to stop Rose from adding her name to the Glitterball Trophy in a few weeks from now, if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

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    When was Ed Balls on Strictly?

    Ed appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016.

    He became the joke act, but still managed top last until week 10.

    The Sun revealed he had lost half a stone with his intense training regime to prepare for Strictly.

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    Who is in the Strictly 2021 line-up?

    The celebrities taking part in Strictly are:

    • Robert Webb – WITHDREW
    • AJ Odudu
    • Tom Fletcher
    • Nina Wadia – ELIMINATED
    • Greg Wise – ELIMINATED
    • Tilly Ramsay
    • Judi Love – ELIMINATED
    • Adam Peaty – ELIMINATED
    • Dan Walker
    • Katie McGlynn – ELIMINATED
    • John Whaite
    • Rose Ayling-Ellis
    • Rhys Stephenson
    • Sara Davies – ELIMINATED
    • Ugo Monye – ELIMINATED

    Who are the judges for Strictly Come Dancing 2021?

    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.

    Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have also returned to their duties as co-hosts.

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      Viewers furious as ‘wooden’ BBC presenter Dan Walker escapes the dance-off

      STRICTLY Come Dancing viewers have been left fuming after “wooden” BBC presenter Dan Walker escaped the dance-off AGAIN – branding the show a “fix”.

      Sara Davies and pro partner Aljaz were emotionally eliminated after landing in the bottom two against Tilly Ramsay.

      But furious fans are unhappy that Dan and pro partner Nadiya Bychkova are yet to land in the danger zone, with Craig Revel Horwood awarding his American Smooth just four out of 10 on Saturday’s show.

      However, the other three judges have been repeatedly accused of “overmarking” their fellow BBC star, sparking “fix” speculation.

      Taking to Twitter, one viewer complained: “Something wrong somewhere, two brilliant couples, once again in dance off, DAN still in?”

      Another wrote: “Just shows you why the judges score certain people higher scores than they deserve on Saturday night. To keep them out the dance off. Eh Dan?”

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      ‘Wooden’ Dan hits back

      One fan accused Dan’s moves of being “wooden”, with one tweeting: “Even Dan Walker’s jazz hands are wooden!”

      A second agreed: “Dan the wooden man WTF?”

      Last night, Dan was forced to hit back at cruel trolls on Twitter, saying: “Please don’t shout at me. I’m having an amazing time, my kids are delighted & it’s only a TV show!

      “For those asking, I don’t know who is voting for us (probably not Craig) but we’re incredibly thankful to everyone who is. See you next week. Can’t wait.”

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      Shirley Ballas strips off after awkward beauty blunder

      Shirley Ballas stripped off after an awkward beauty blunder backstage.

      The head judge made her followers on Instagram laugh today after a bottle of talcum powder exploded over her.

      Shirley, 61, wore nothing but a towel and a pair of stilettos in a hilarious snap she posted on Instagram.

      She went to shake the powder over her body, but the the lid slipped off.

      The Queen of Latin wrote over her photo: “Made a mess with the talcum powder. Love the smell. The top came off. Lol. Oh dear.”

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      Aljaz breaks silence after sparking rumours he’s quit after ‘farewell’ speech

      STRICTLY Come Dancing pro Aljaz Skorjanec broke his silence after fans were convinced he was quitting the show.

      The 31-year-old took to Instagram to pay tribute to his partner Sara Davies as they lost their place in the competition following a dance off against Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.

      Alongside a picture of him and Dragons’ Den star Sara, he wrote:  “We have been having so much fun from day 1. It was such a joy to dance with you every single day for the last 10 weeks.

      “You transformed yourself every single weekend into a beautiful dancer. A real testament to how working hard towards something, can make dreams come true.

      “I LOVED every second of it! Thank you partner! @saradaviescc #haway.”

      Earlier in the evening, the dancer had sparked concern he was handing in his resignation as he appeared to suggest he would “miss” working on the show.

      He gushed: “I’m going to miss you so much, I’ll miss dancing with you. I’m going to miss everything about this show.”

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      Strictly’s Aljaž kisses wife Janette after he’s booted off show amid rumours he’s quit

      STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Aljaž Škorjanec passionately kissed his wife Janette Manrara after he was booted off the show.

      The 31-year-old star’s emotional reaction to his and celeb partner Sara Davies’ departure sparked speculation that he’d quit the programme and will not be returning to the series next year.

      And amid his tears, former Strictly pro Janette was on hand to comfort the Slovenian hunk, with the two cuddling up in the back of their car.

      While their driver took them back to their home, Janette affectionately leaned in to her husband, who was wearing a bold blue leopard print hoodie.

      Aljaž can be seen smiling through the smooch, both stars’ eyes closed as they enjoy the intimate moment.

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      Strictly’s Dan Walker tells troll ‘don’t shout at me’ as he survives yet another week

      STRICTLY’S Dan Walker told fans “don’t shout at me” after surviving another week in the competition.

      It comes after Sara Davies was kicked off the BBC One show last night.

      The presenter was brutally awarded just four points by Craig Revel Horwood on Saturday night for his rendition of the American Smooth.

      So viewers have been scratching their heads over the fact that Dan and dance partner Nadiya Bychkova narrowly dodged the dance off yet again.

      Dan decided to take to Twitter to stand up for himself.

      He told his 729.4k followers: “Please don’t shout at me.

      “I’m having an amazing time, my kids are delighted & it’s only a TV show! For those asking, I don’t know who is voting for us (probably not Craig) but we’re incredibly thankful to everyone who is.

      “See you next week. Can’t wait.”

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      When is Strictly next on TV?

      Strictly continues next Saturday (November 20, 2021).

      The results show will air the following day on Sunday (November 21, 2021).

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

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      Who has left Strictly so far?

      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
      • Week eight: Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec

      Who was in the dance off?

      Davies was given her marching orders after a tense dance-off against Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.

      The judges voted unanimously for Ramsay and Kuzmin to stay in after their performance.

      Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: “This is a really difficult decision because I gave both couples on Saturday night a seven.

      “So very, very equal, which made the decision even more difficult.

      “But I think for me, the couple that stood out a little bit more and had the edge: Tilly and Nikita.”

      Rose & Giovanni praise each other on social media

      Now hotly tipped to win the BBC show, both Rose and Giovanni, 31, took to social media yesterday to praise each other.

      Rose wrote: “@pernicegiovann1 I am so grateful that you created this magic for me to show the world the joy of being deaf [double heart emoji].”

      Italian Giovanni wrote: “A moment that will remain forever in my heart [heart emoji] You really are a ROLE MODEL! @rose.a.e.”

      Rose’s friend Aimee Campbell-Nottage, who is deaf and presents CBeebies sign language show Magic Hands, ran deaf awareness classes for this year’s Strictly participants, including signing. Aimee, 27, now believes Rose is a force for change.

      She said: “People assume that deaf people cannot dance and Rose is changing that. This will show deaf children they can do anything.

      “It’s brilliant Giovanni and and other dancers have learned signing. Rose will encourage more people to.”

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