BBC Strictly host Claudia Winkleman announces big schedule change for live show

BBC Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman announced a big change in the schedule for the live show. Claudia confirmed that this week's Strictly Come Dancing will be aired at an earlier time by BBC bosses for a very important reason.

Tess Daly shared that we're now halfway through the show, and Claudia let us know that Blackpool is just two weeks away – which means Strictly will be broadcast live from the Tower Ballroom on November 18.

After Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola topped the leaderboard for the second week in a row on Saturday night, Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk were the latest couple to leave the show. 

Claudia said that, even though the show moved to the later time of 7.05pm on Saturday, it will start one hour earlier on November 11, with the live show starting at 6.05pm.

The reason for this change in schedule is because the BBC has moved all of its Saturday night primetime shows, including Survivor and Blankety Blank, forward, so they can show the annual Festival of Remembrance at 9pm. This week's results show will be at its usual time of 7.20pm on Sunday, November 12.

This comes as Ellie and Vito have become the favourites to win the Glitterball trophy this year. Even though Ellie was in the middle of the betting when the series started, she has now overtaken both Bobby Brazier and Nigel Harman to be the one to beat, with her odds now shortening to 4/6.

Former Strictly star Tyler West chatted about Ellie and Vito's romance rumours on Friday's episode of Lorraine.

He brought up the latest Strictly gossip when the conversation turned to Ellie, 22, and Vito, 31, after Amanda Abbington seemingly confirmed the pair were an item by calling them a "beautiful couple" on Instagram.

Christine, 44, then remarked: "I mean they dance like that, don't they? She's fantastic, she's my favourite to win it, she's been brilliant! You can tell there's a proper connection on the dance floor…" to which Tyler responded: "There is something there, there definitely is!"

Christine added: "Good for them, why not? They're enjoying themselves!"

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