Strictly Come Dancing 2021 latest: Katie McGlynn to STAY friends with Gorka after exit as Anton Du Beke to dance again

STRICTLY Come Dancing's Katie McGlynn says she will "stay friends" with her pro-dancer partner Gorka Marquez – despite rumours of feuding.

Hollyoaks star Katie was voted off the show after her Cruella De Vil dance with Gorka on Sunday night.

Speaking to Strictly Takes Two about being the second couple voted off, she said: "We're sad because it means we won't be rehearsing together, it means our journey's ended but we're still going to stay friends."

It comes as this year's guest judge Anton Du Beke could return to the the dancefloor next year. He is filling in for Bruno Tonioli – who can't take part due to Covid – but apparently is keen to stay apart of the show.

Read our Strictly Come Dancing live blog for the latest updates…

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    Katie and Gorka at centre of feud rumours

    Katie and Gorka had been at the centre of feud rumours for the past week – with fans claiming they’d spotted “tension” between them.

    Viewers noted that Spanish star Gorka looked glum in posts made by the soap actress before last week’s live show as they prepared for their second dance.

    It came after the pair appeared to have disagreed over the amount of time that Hollyoaks star Katie spent rehearsing as she skipped dancing for filming.

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    Fans devastated after Shirley opted to save Judi

    Fans were left devastated when Shirley opted to save Judi on Sunday – meaning that Katie lasted just a fortnight on the dancefloor.

    Taking to Twitter, one fan raged: “That is a shame. Neither Judi nor Katie deserve to be in the dance off. This is meant to be a dance contest, not a popularity one, but every year it clearly is!”

    Another complained: “What a load of crap Dan should be in the dance off. Judi & Katie both deserve to stay on the show.”

    A third agreed: “Katie shouldn’t have gone, neither should’ve been in the dance off. It’s a shame.”

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    Nina Wadia slams ‘Mr Nasty’

    STRICTLY reject Nina Wadia has slammed the show for the “shocking and horrible” judges’ scoring that saw her get the boot.

    The ex-EastEnders actor directed most of her anger at the panel’s “Mr Nasty” Craig Revel Horwood, who gave her a measly three points for her tango in week two.

    Nina, 52, says she was stunned when, during the same show, he gave double the points to Loose Women star Judi Love, despite saying her dancing was “a technical disaster.”

    She said: “If you have a competition, have a level playing field. Give everybody a chance, or if not that, then at least mark accordingly.

    “You can’t give someone like me a three when I’ve tried so hard and tried something so technically difficult, then at the same time give someone else who’s had a bit of a mistake a seven just because they looked good doing it.”

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    Strictly in new fixing row after Katie leaves

    STRICTLY Come Dancing was plunged into a new fix row after Katie McGlynn was kicked off as fans insisted judges were ‘saving their favourites.’

    Hollyoaks’ Katie got sent home after a tense dance-off with  Loose Women star Judi Love.

    Fans were furious about the judge’s decision to send  the former Coronation Street star packing and took to Twitter to complain.

    One Tweeted: “What a set of clowns those judges are…..has to be a joke. #Fix #Strictly2021 #BBCStrictly #strictly”

    A second fumed: “Anton was the only judge to vote for @KatiexMcGlynn The Rest Of the Judges ought to be ashamed of themselves. #fix Katie was the better dancer who never made a mistake.#Strictly”

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    Katie says she will STAY friends with Gorka

    STRICTLY Come Dancing's Katie McGlynn says she will "stay friends" with her pro-dancer partner Gorka Marquez – despite rumours of feuding.

    Hollyoaks star Katie was voted off the show after her Cruella De Vil dance with Gorka on Sunday night.

    Speaking to Strictly Takes Two about being the second couple voted off, she said: "We're sad because it means we won't be rehearsing together, it means our journey's ended but we're still going to stay friends."

    This will come as news to fans who insist the pair secretly hate each other due to perceived tension in their dances.

     

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    Party ban

    Strictly stars have reportedly been “banned” from attending parties amid fears a Covid outbreak could ruin the show.

    The Mirror claims contestants have been told to avoid going to big events in a bid to steer clear of catching the virus.

    A show insider told the paper: “Paranoia is swirling round the BBC studios – everyone is fearful of getting Covid and ruining their chances.

    “They’ve been advised to avoid big events or partying – anything that could see them testing positive for the virus.

    “Producers have been very clear that health and safety come first, which means contestants have had to forego painting the town red as was customary in previous years.”

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    AJ Odudu ‘falling for partner Kai Widdrington’

    The bubbly TV presenter, 33, has “electric chemistry” with the cheeky pro salsa dancer, 25, and they are connecting on and off the dance floor, they believe.

    Cast and crew are even betting on the pair hooking up. It would see them become the first romance of the series.

    Yesterday, AJ posted a picture of newcomer Kai’s six pack on social media.

    A Strictly insider said: “Everyone backstage is talking about the sparks flying between AJ and Kai. It’s very passionate and intense whenever they’re together.

    “They’re both single and have really hit it off and everyone on the show is saying it’s only a matter of time.

    “They’re always laughing and flirting — romance is 100 per cent on the cards.

    “Kai is totally AJ’s type. He’s got loads of banter and he’s been blown away by her, too.”

     

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    Strictly viewers in tears

    STRICTLY Come Dancing fans were left in tears as Johannes Radebe and Kai Widdrington performed a stunning same-sex love story.

    The professional dancers danced a beautiful waltz at a Bridgerton-style ball to open last night’s show.

    At the end of the dance, Johannes broke down in tears – and fans were also feeling emotional after the show’s opener.

    “I might just be overly emotional but did anyone else just sob their heart out at the opening dance on @bbcstrictly #strictly?” one fan tweeted.

    “The dancers look so beautiful and was such a fantastic routine. And Johannes crying at the end. Gorgeous!”

    Another added: “BREAKING NEWS: Johannes has been hospitalised after breaking his back from carrying the entire Series of Strictly Come Dancing #Strictly.”

     

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    Where are they now?

    Of the seven other Strictly pros who twirled around celebrities for our entertainment every Saturday 17 years ago, some remain in the public eye while others have shied away from the spotlight.

    The reasons they departed the show vary greatly, from moving overseas to being axed after a row with producers.

    Here we take a closer look at where the original Strictly pros are now – as well as some of the more memorable dancers from past series.

    • Married to Hollyoaks star – Camilla Dallerup
    • Sacked for dancing with royal – Brendan Cole
    • ‘Sobbed’ over Strictly axing – Lilia Kopylova and Darren Bennett
    • Married to celeb partner – Flavia Cacace
    • Reality TV star – Vincent Simone
    • Owns dance studio – Matthew Cutler
    • Triple world dance champion – Hanna Karttunen

    Read the full list here.

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      Inside Strictly’s biggest spats

      EVERYONE’S heard of the Strictly Curse, but some couples have come closer to a punch-up than a hook-up.

      Celebrities and their professional dance partners don’t always get along like a house on fire, with backstage bust-ups often casting a shadow on the glitzy competition.

      This year’s couple rumoured to be feuding behind the scenes are Hollyoaks actress Katie McGlynn, 28, and Gorka Marquez.

      Strictly fans were convinced the couple didn't get along after spotting “tension” between them during their dances.

      It came after the pair appeared to have disagreed over the amount of time that Katie spent rehearsing as she skipped dancing to film Hollyoaks.

      She was spotted in Liverpool filming for the Channel 4 soap as Gorka, 31, moaned ahead of their performance that they had “no hours to train”.

      Read more some of the biggest spats here.

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      Strictly hero

      Greg Wise’s son was kidnapped, turned into a child soldier and left homeless before his celebrity adoption.

      Tindyebwa Agaba’s has previously revealed the harrowing story of his early life before he became part of the family in 2003.

      Tindy, who is the eldest child of Greg, 55, and wife Emma Thompson, suffered unimaginable horror before he was brought to the UK.

       

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      Nina Wadia slams 'Mr Nasty'

      STRICTLY reject Nina Wadia has slammed the show for the “shocking and horrible” judges’ scoring that saw her get the boot.

      The ex-EastEnders actor directed most of her anger at the panel’s “Mr Nasty” Craig Revel Horwood, who gave her a measly three points for her tango in week two.

      Nina, 52, says she was stunned when, during the same show, he gave double the points to Loose Women star Judi Love, despite saying her dancing was “a technical disaster."

      She said: “If you have a competition, have a level playing field. Give everybody a chance, or if not that, then at least mark accordingly.

      “You can’t give someone like me a three when I’ve tried so hard and tried something so technically difficult, then at the same time give someone else who’s had a bit of a mistake a seven just because they looked good doing it."

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      Fans devastated after Shirley opted to save Judi

      Fans were left devastated when Shirley opted to save Judi on Sunday – meaning that Katie lasted just a fortnight on the dancefloor.

      Taking to Twitter, one fan raged: “That is a shame. Neither Judi nor Katie deserve to be in the dance off. This is meant to be a dance contest, not a popularity one, but every year it clearly is!”

      Another complained: “What a load of crap Dan should be in the dance off. Judi & Katie both deserve to stay on the show.”

      A third agreed: “Katie shouldn’t have gone, neither should’ve been in the dance off. It’s a shame.”

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      Anton Du BACK

      STRICTLY Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke is prepared to return to the show as a professional dancer next year if BBC bosses want Bruno Tonioli back as judge, The Sun can reveal.

      The 55-year-old star stepped in for Bruno this year after Covid made it impossible for the Italian to travel between countries to combine appearing on the UK series with the US one.

      And although a decision hasn’t been made over Anton or Bruno’s long-term future, Strictly sources said it would be “tricky” for Anton to return to the dancefloor.

      However, he is willing to do whatever is asked of him – even though he will find leaving the judging table behind "weird".

      Our insider said: “Anton is loving his stint as a judge and producers are delighted with the job he’s been doing standing in for Bruno. That said Bruno is a one-off and everybody expects to see him back. Producers will then have a tough choice to make."

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      Shirley Ballas accused of ‘favouritism’

      FURIOUS Strictly viewers have accused Shirley Ballas of unfair “favouritism” towards Dan Walker.

      The BBC presenter went wrong on the dance floor – but was still awarded a seven from the head judge.

      It was the same score she had given Judi Love and Sara Davies who danced before him.

      Irritated that he was given a high-scored despite the blunders, a fan said: “Shirley definitely fancies dan why does she favour him so much.”

      Another added: “Iv lost all respect for Shirley, she is a BBC yes woman, Dan Walker was not worth a 7.”

      Someone else said: “#Strictly scores for Dan were ridiculously askew: a 3 from Craig and a 7 from Shirley?”

      “Sara got the same score as Dan – who messed up? Come on Shirley play fair,” said another.

      Read more here.

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      KO’d

      Strictly fans were left open-mouthed as excitable Rhys Stephenson “nearly knocked out” his dance partner Nancy.

      The children’s TV presenter got carried away after getting high praise from the judges.

      Running towards host Claudia Winkleman to get his scores, Rhys took a huge jump in the air.

      And in the hilarious clip, shocked Nancy looks gasps as she’s almost kneed in the face by Rhys.

      One viewer said: “Rhys literally nearly knocked Nancy out when he jumped.”

      Read the article in full here.

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      How Strictly aided Alesha’s comeback

      Back in 2006 singer Alesha Dixon was at rock bottom.

      She left the successful girlband Misteeq the year before and her brief first marriage to rapper Harvey collapsed after he was revealed to have been unfaithful.

      Speaking to Apple Music’s Dotty as part of Black History Month, she said: “When I split up with the girls, I also got married that same year, my marriage lasted a year. So, I’d split up with the girls, I entered into this marriage, then in October 2006 I had no money, my marriage had ended, I had no record deal. 

      “I sat there and I thought, ‘All these years, everything that I’ve worked for. Why have I nearly lost everything? What’s happening?’”

      But things turned around when she agreed to be a contestant the 2007 series of Strictly. She went on to win the Glitterball and soon the offers were flooding in.

      Read more here

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      Katie & Gorka's 'weird' dancing

      Strictly Come Dancing's Katie McGlynn has admitted that it is "weird" dancing with professional partner Gorka Marquez amid feud rumours.

      The pair were previously forced to hit back at speculation that they don't get along, with viewers picking up on their "tense" body language.

      Now 28-year-old Katie has confessed that she struggled with being in such close proximity to somebody else following social distancing rules amid the pandemic.

      The star explained: "With Covid, I have been social distanced from other actors, so it's just weird having to be close to somebody.

      "When we did the tango it just felt very strange having to be that close to somebody and you kind of have to move as one, in sync. So it's very strange.

      "But like I said, all this is brand new to me so I'm just absorbing it all and trying to get better."

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      Soulful Sunday

      Strictly’s Dan Walker has revealed the real reason he won’t work on Sundays.

      The BBC presenter said: “I’ve always had that day as a family day. Sometimes, it’s been difficult, and some people find it peculiar that that’s the stance I’ve chosen to take.

      “But it’s really important. I work a lot, so I have to make up for the fact that I’m not there. My faith is important to me. It’s what makes me tick. Having that time to rest, gain perspective and concentrate on the important things in life keeps me grounded.”

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      Fans 'glad' Katie and Gorka are out

      Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: "So glad Katie and Gorka are out. You can tell from a mile off they both literally cant stand each other and she doesn’t want to be there!"

      Others agreed that the pair were lacking in "chemistry", with another commenting: "Right call for me tonight, wasn’t feeling chemistry between Katie and Gorka, found myself getting bored during their dances."

      A third tweeted: "It’s like she hasn’t wanted to be there anyway, the right decision."

      Read more here

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      Craig Revel Horwood ‘wants unvaccinated dancers banned’

      STRICTLY judge Craig Revel Horwood wants to ban unvaccinated dancers from the UK tour, sources say.

      Craig, the tour director since 2012, is said to be keen to replace them with other performers.

      A source said: “Craig’s view is that there will always be a dancer to replace anyone who hasn’t been double-jabbed.

      “He would like the tour policy to be, ‘No jab, no job.’

      “But it remains to be seen if he can achieve that when it comes to bookings.

      “Past tours have seen celebs with partners they were not with on the show so, in theory, dancers could be swapped out.”

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      Pictured: A downcast Gorka leaves Strictly

      Katie’s dance partner Gorka Marquez looked downcast and upset after he exited the show last night..

      The pair were eliminated in Week 3 of the competition after dancing off against Judi Love and her partner Graziano Di Prima.

      Keeping a frown firmly fixed to his face, Gorka, 31, donned a bright blue tracksuit as he too kept his gaze to the floor and away from the cameras.

       

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      AJ Odudu ‘falling for partner Kai Widdrington’

      TV presenter AJ Odudu, 33, has “electric chemistry” with the cheeky pro salsa dancer, 25, and they are connecting on and off the dance floor, they believe.

      Cast and crew are even betting on the pair hooking up. It would see them become the first romance of the series.

      Yesterday, AJ posted a picture of newcomer Kai’s six pack on social media.

      A Strictly insider said: “Everyone backstage is talking about the sparks flying between AJ and Kai. It’s very passionate and intense whenever they’re together.

      “They’re both single and have really hit it off and everyone on the show is saying it’s only a matter of time.

      “They’re always laughing and flirting — romance is 100 per cent on the cards.

      “Kai is totally AJ’s type. He’s got loads of banter and he’s been blown away by her, too.”

       

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      Strictly fans in stitches over ‘secret microphone’

      STRICTLY Come Dancing fans can’t get enough of the show’s dance floor secrets.

      Now the show’s Instagram account has built up a cult following thanks to some unusual insights.

      Each week the show releases the ‘secret mic’ audio which reveals what was being said on the dance floor – and fans have been left in hysterics.

      During the live show’s dancing, viewers notice the professional dancers speaking to their partners, but are unable to hear it thanks to Dave Arch and his wonderful orchestra.

      Posting the audio on BBC Strictly’s official Instagram, people quickly noticed Dan Walker singing as he was dancing the quickstep with Nadiya Bychkova.

      Read more here.

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      Spidey powers

      Despite his confident persona, Rhys has confessed he needs to be pepped up before he goes out to perform on Strictly.

      The 27-year-old who has won a legion of fans dancing alongside his pro partner Nancy Xu, told OK! magazine: “I was about 80% excited and 20% nervous.

      “When the show begins and they say, ‘Rhys and Nancy, you guys are up’, that’s when I’m paralysed with fear.

      “So I told Nancy to give me a couple of quick slaps across the face and I’d be fine.”

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