Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Shirley Ballas 'CRUSHED' by personal news that's left her heartbroken; plus AJ returns

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Shirley Ballas 'CRUSHED' by personal news that's left her heartbroken; plus AJ returns

STRICTLY Come Dancing head judge, Shirley Ballas has been left 'crushed' after finding out she might not see her son this Christmas.

She updated fans back stage of her panto show via Instagram, informing them that she would struggle to travel and see her son due to Covid restrictions.

She told her fans: "A mother's emotional day. Lots going on.

"Missing my boy more than ever @markballas.

"I kept the thought of seeing him in March so close to my heart and now it may not happen."

The news comes days after the Strictly final which saw Rose become the newly crowned champion.

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

  • Louis Allwood

    Emmerdale and Strictly star Kelvin Fletcher announces wife is pregnant

    The star is going to be a dad for the third time after announcing his wife is pregnant again.

    The former Emmerdale star, who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, says his family-of-four will be growing in the New Year.

    The 37-year-old told PA news agency: "There’s no question that for the Fletcher family the best thing to come out of 2021 is the news that we are expecting again.

    "We are feeling extremely grateful and can’t wait to meet the new addition to our family."

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    'It's hard to overstate just what an impact Rose has made'

    Rose’s win was praised by The National Deaf Children’s Society.

    Susan Daniels OBE, the society’s Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to Rose and Giovanni on winning the Glitterball Trophy and for giving us such inspirational entertainment during your time on Strictly.

    “It’s hard to overstate just what an impact Rose has made, not only on deaf children and young people, but also on the public’s understanding of deafness.

    “Throughout her Strictly journey, she’s been a shining example to deaf and hearing people alike. This could be a new dawn for deaf children and young people everywhere because it’s clear for all to see that with the right support and the will to succeed, they can aim for the stars.”

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    Family message puzzles fans

    Fans have been left puzzled as the EastEnders actress’ boyfriend Samuel Arnold was notably absent from the friends and family video message given to the soap star on Strictly: It Takes Two ahead of tonight’s final.

    Rose received a sweet video message from her nearest and dearest, which included her mother Donna, her grandparents Paul and Val and her brother Jacob. Her friends Nadeem and William also appeared in the sweet message.

    Mum Donna began, as she said: “As a little girl, she was always really happy, always laughing, never frightened of anything. The most brave person I know actually. The thing that made me cry was her happiness. It just showed how proud she was of her deaf identity.”

    Fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the close bond between , with one writing: “Giovanni is madly in love and you’ll not convince me otherwise.”

    Another added: “Just watching Rose and Giovanni together makes me cry.”

    A third wrote: “Rose has brought something out in Giovanni that’s made me see him in a different light. It gives me the warm fuzzies to see how they adore and support each other.”

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    Tilly Ramsay is on A-list celeb dating app

    Tilly Ramsay has joined A-list dating app Raya, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

    Tilly, 20, and her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin previously sparked romance rumours as they competed in the BBC1 dancing competition.

    But the pair have always insisted they are simply "best friends" – and Nikita, 23, proved he and girlfriend Nicole Wirt are still going strong as the pair reunited this week.

    And Gordon Ramsay's daughter is apparently keen to further shut down any rumours of a romantic relationship by joining the celebrity app.

    We're told Tilly isn't looking for anything serious but wants to go on a few dates and see what happens.

    A source said: "She joined ages ago and wasn't using the app as she was concentrating on Strictly."

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    Explained: John Whaite

    John Whaite is an English baker, who rose to fame after winning The Great British Bake Off in 2012. 

    He works as a chef, television presenter and author. 

    Fans had been speculating whether the Strictly curse could strike again as he had struck up such a close bond with his dance partner.

    But John insisted his real-life partner of more than a decade — graphic designer Paul Atkins — had nothing to worry about.

    He was born in Lancashire and grew up on a farm. 

    He got into Oxford but decided to study law at Manchester to be closer to home, he got a first-class degree after sitting his exams while filming Bake Off. 

    Whaite has written four cookery books, John Whaite Bakes, John Whaite Bakes At Home, Perfect Plates In 5 Ingredients, and Comfort: Food To Soothe The Soul. 

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    Mel Giedroyc's Christmas show fears

    Mel Giedroyc has said she hopes “I don’t get electrified” when she wears Christmas lights in her hair for the Strictly Come Dancing festive special.

    The TV presenter will perform with professional dancer Neil Jones for the Christmas Day instalment of the BBC flagship show.

    She said: “It is all my Christmases come at once. Christmas – favourite time of year, Strictly – favourite show, put them together, I can’t believe I am here to be honest. It is very life affirming, without wanting to sound too cheesy, to be able to do this, and to know we will hopefully be entertaining people and giving people some Christmas cheer.”

    She added: “It took me about one second to decide, not even that.

    “My agent asked if I wanted to take part in the Strictly Come Dancing Chris… and at that moment I jumped up and said yes, absolutely. Discussing her transformation for the show, she said: “I can’t get enough of it, I have just heard they are going to put lights in my hair, as far as I am concerned, too much is not enough.Let’s hope I don’t get electrified.”

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    Miss any final drama, here is how to watch it all again

    If you missed the show last night, you can watch all the episodes of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on BBC iPlayer and each episode lasts for one hour.

    The final however which ran for nearly two hours, featured a special guest appearance by Ed Sheeran.

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    Strictly wardrobe malfunction

    The head judge looked sensational in a stunning blue full-length dress, which boasted a plunging neckline and padded shoulders.

    But, Shirley managed to slip on her dress and she almost fell in the middle of the Strictly ballroom during her entrance in the final episode of the series.

    Taking to Twitter, one fan said: “I am LOVING Motsi’s fabulous outfit! And Shirl Ballas nearly tripped up over her ballgown lol x #strictly.”

    Another wrote: “Why didn’t Shirley follow through with that trip on the stairs. #Strictly.”

    A third penned: “The stumble didn’t go unnoticed by viewers #Strictly2021 #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing.”

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    Giovanni Pernice strips down to just his pants

    Katya Jones captured fellow pro dancer in nothing but his pants after he took home the Glitterball trophy.

    Katya paid tribute to Giovanni and his Eastenders partner Rose Ayling-Ellis after she made history on Saturday becoming the first deaf contestant to win the BBC ballroom series.

    The professional dancer also gushed about the 2021 lineup of celebs and dancers, describing them as "new and old friends".

    But in one backstage video she managed to get Giovanni in all his glory as the pair celebrated.

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    Giovanni’s thanks 'beautiful' Rose

    The EastEnders star, 27, was the heavy favourite ahead of the series finale, and she didn’t put a foot wrong on her way to claiming the Glitterball with Giovanni.

    On winning for the first time, Giovanni said: “Thank you to this beautiful young lady who made all of my dreams come true.”

    Rose said: “You are so amazing, you pushed me to believe in myself. I just want you to know you’ve always got a place in my heart.”

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    'The sky is the limit'

    A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The sky is the limit for Rose, regardless of the result.

    “BBC bosses have been blown away by how she has conducted herself.

    “She is incredibly inspirational to everyone — not just the deaf community — and has won people over with her charm and courage.

    “This could be the start of some very big things for Rose.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Strictly round up

    • Strictly 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis set to become one of BBC’s biggest stars
    • Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis looks unrecognisable in unearthed music video
    • Giovanni grips onto the glitterball trophy as stars head home after the finale 
    • Strictly bosses may give Anton du Beke a pay rise – if he agrees to return

    Star ‘snubbed’ in final

    Strictly Come Dancing’s Tilly Ramsay featured briefly in a video montage of highlights at the end of the final last night. However, viewers claim she deserved more air time.

    People noticed that footage of the highlights of this year’s series hardly starred the daughter of Gordon Ramsay.

    And, in turn, fans took to Twitter to share their disappointment at this.

    One said: “I understand Tilly Ramsay has COVID but she should have been included in the highlights and could have recorded her VT from home, it’s almost likes she’s been airbrushed out!

    Another person wrote: “It doesn’t make any sense that Tilly doesn’t figure prominently in the montage.”

    A third added: “#Strictly I know #Tilly has tested positive for covid but they haven’t even mentioned her , which is a shame …”

    Dan Walker shares terrifying video of accident

    Dan Walker has shared a terrifying video of an accident that saw him rushed to hospital for a brain scan.

    The BBC breakfast star took to social media with the clip from September – which saw him run head first into a glass door in a hotel lobby.

    Dan, 44, was rushed to hospital and given a brain scan after he smashed his head on the closed glass door ahead of the show's launch in autumn.

    He shared a video of the moment who got the injury – which almost saw him pull out the series before it had already gone – to his Instagram following.

    The footage shows Dan running towards the hotel door after realising he had left his wallet in the back of a taxi that had dropped him off there.

    Not noticing the glass door was closed, the TV star could be seen rebounding off the glass and falling to the floor as hotel staff rushed to his aid.

    Rose's Boyfriend attended final

    Rose's rarely seen boyfriend, Samuel Arnold, made his studio debut as he burst with pride supporting his soap star love over the weekend.

    Sam jumped for joy as Rose was crowned the winner of the 2021 series alongside Giovanni becoming the first deaf person to win.

    The EastEnders star has tried to keep her personal life out of the public eye, and could be the reason why Sam did not appear in the Blackpool studio before the final.

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      Inside winners celebration

      The 'EastEnders' actress, Rose, and her professional partner Giovanni Pernice beat John Whaite and Johannes Radebe to lift the glitterball trophy and Rose admits she couldn't quite believe it.

      In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, she said: "I was so shocked. It was really weird – it felt like I was out of my body for a moment.

      "We celebrated. There was a bit of prosecco, and dancing."

      Rose, 27, paid tribute to Giovanni, 31, for all his support during the series, and praised him for his patience teaching her how to dance and adapting his methods to accomodate her hearing impairment.

      The actress – who has been deaf since birth – said: "Giovanni has been incredible.

      "He really supports every single step – and I mean every single step: even when I’m doing stuff on my own he, off-camera, is giving me timing.

      “There are a lot of ups and downs and some dances are harder than others. But Giovanni is such a good teacher, and he’s really adapted to the way I learn, rather than making me learn it in his way.”

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      Strictly fans spot brilliant detail in Rose's celebratory snap 

      Rose Ayling-Ellis has made sure she stayed true to her word as fans spotted a brilliant detail in a celebratory snap.

      One photo showed AJ and Rose on Saturday night after Rose won the Glitterball trophy.

      AJ looked stunning in a silver dress with her boot protecting her ankle and foot also full of sparkle, while Rose wore sequined mini dress with feathers down the sleeves.

      But it's what the new Strictly winner teamed with the dress that had fans talking.

      One fan said: "Love these pictures especially the boots that rose is wearing from her samba."

      Another commented: "She’s got her white boots, like she said she would. You are so gracious AJ. Great to see the two of you together. All three finalist couples were inspiring".

      While a third added: "She said she loved those boots. You are both amazing have loved every second of this series."

    • Milica Cosic

      Rose ‘feeling sad’ after Strictly win

      Speaking to the Guardian after lifting the glitterball trophy, the EastEnders actress revealed how some of the cast and crew got together for a little celebration.

      “We celebrated last night,” she shared. “There was a bit of prosecco, and dancing.”

      She also spoke about how taking part in Strictly has “been life-changing,” but confessed to feeling “sad” now her journey has come to an end. 

      “I try not to think about it ending too much because it makes me feel really sad,” she added.

      Rose also thanked her dance partner: “Giovanni has been incredible. He really supports every single step.”

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      Strictly's Anton Du Beke on avoiding gender stereotyping

      Strictly's Anton Du Beke has offered rare insight into his family life as he's explained how he tries to avoid gender stereotyping when raising his twins.

      Anton says as parents he and Hannah have given “no encouragement in either direction” to their children around gender.

      Instead they are giving them free reign to choose their own clothes and toys.

      Speaking to Hello magazine, he said: “We’ve told them, ‘You can do what you like, wear what you like,’ but George likes Spiderman and Hot Wheels, and Henrietta likes butterflies and unicorns,” he said.

      “He crashes around more than she does. But there was no encouragement in either direction.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse breaks silence on 'disappointment'

      Rose Ayling-Ellis was announced the winner of the hit BBC dancing show over the weekend, after beating John Whaite.

      Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has broken her silence after fans of the show claimed she had "barely concealed dislike for the result".

      During the final, Motsi told Rose: "This is a person who's shown us we are capable of doing anything we set our mind to and that was your space too."

      But as the result was announced, viewers spotted Motsi appeared to look disappointed with the result.

      Lainey wrote on Twitter: "Jaysus…..Motsi's face when Rose and Giovanni were announced winners …..she was not impressed at all. #Strictly2021"

      Bobby said: "Oh I went back and saw Motsi’s face. Shame she couldn’t be truly happy for them for all the obvious reasons."

      Motsi took to Twitter to react to claims of being unhappy with the result.

      She wrote: "Even after such an emotional and fantastic final people still will find a way for hate! Imagine sitting in the living room and interpreting this?

      "It’s a shame! Thank you for all the love and support I received, they override this comment by the thousands."

    • Milica Cosic

      Strictly Come Dancing's John Whaite breaks silence

      John Whaite has spoken out on coming runner-up to Rose Ayling-Ellis on Strictly Come Dancing.

      Sharing a selfie with Rose on Instagram, he said: "I’m so proud to have been even up there with this girl.

      "I’m sure you’ll agree she’s a remarkable human being, a barrier breaker, and a very worthy winner."

      He added: "Congratulations @rose.a.e and @pernicegiovann1."

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      Future’s looking rosy for Rose

      A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The sky is the limit for Rose, regardless of the result.

      “BBC bosses have been blown away by how she has conducted herself.

      “She is incredibly inspirational to everyone — not just the deaf community — and has won people over with her charm and courage.

      “This could be the start of some very big things for Rose.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Rose praised by The National Deaf Children's Society

      Rose's win was praised by The National Deaf Children's Society.

      Susan Daniels OBE, the society's Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to Rose and Giovanni on winning the Glitterball Trophy and for giving us such inspirational entertainment during your time on Strictly.

      “It’s hard to overstate just what an impact Rose has made, not only on deaf children and young people, but also on the public’s understanding of deafness.

      “Throughout her Strictly journey, she’s been a shining example to deaf and hearing people alike. This could be a new dawn for deaf children and young people everywhere because it’s clear for all to see that with the right support and the will to succeed, they can aim for the stars."

    • Milica Cosic

      Piers Morgan slams Strictly stars

      PIERS Morgan has slammed Strictly for being too 'perfect'.

      Piers tweeted, "Tuned into #Strictly for the first time in years and everyone’s crying because everyone’s so perfect. Sorry, but *vomit emoji."

      His tweet was received with a few mixed opinions.

      One person said: "That's something you'll never experience."

      Another responded, "Piers, we want you back on the TV grilling governments."

      Another fan agreed, "Well said piers".

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      Recap: John and Johannes' rumba

      John and Johannes began with a passionate rumba that moved the audience to tears.

      Shirley Ballas sobbed a little too and told John she hoped to dance a rumba with him one day.

      It earned them an equally great 39, but many thought it deserved full marks.

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