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Strictly Come Dancing's Rose Ayling-Ellis replaces partner Giovanni Pernice ahead of tour

Strictly Come Dancing tour.The EastEnders actress recently made history as the first deaf contestant to win the BBC show.The 27-year-old is currently paired with Giovanni, 31, for when the tour begins on Thursday.However, the Strictly winner was spotted dancing with her co-star John Whaite today.The Strictly tour host Janette Manrara joked the cast had "gone mad" after members of the group swapped their dance partners.Tilly Ramsay, who will be partnered with Nikita Kuzmin, started practising the Waltz with Johannes Radebe's partner John Whaite.Then Maisie Smith, who is paired up with Kai Widdrington, danced with The Wanted's Max George, whose pro dance partner is Katya Jones.In a candid clip, a confused Janette commented: "What is actually happening? The couples have all gone mad.They've all swapped around."It's the craziest partner swap ever."The eagerly-awaited tour starts kicks off in Birmingham on Thursday after which Strictly fans all over the country will be able to watch their favourite stars in action.The cheeky Strictly swap comes just days after Giovanni joked that Rose had "pulled out of the tour".The Italian-born dancer took to the picture-sharing site and cleared up the claims in a candid clip at the weekend.In view of his 792,000 followers, Giovanni could be seen sitting on a coach as he spoke into his camera phone.He began: "Good morning lovely people. Just a quick message to clarify all the rumours that are going around at the moment.Lorraine Kelly sends support to David Baddiel over family heartbreak[LATEST]Eamonn Holmes speaks out about replacing Simon McCoy on GB News[TV]Deborah James in cancer update after being 'rushed' into surgery[HEALTH]"Yes, it's true.
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Rose Ayling-Ellis' Strictly co-star gets 'revenge' on Giovanni Pernice on her behalf
Strictly Come Dancing 2021.It looks like Giovanni's work ethic paid off, as they sailed straight to the top, winning last year's Glitterball trophy.The win made Rose the first ever deaf contestant to become the show's champion.However, John was all too aware of the challenges her partner's fierce work ethic had caused her and wanted to reciprocate by working Giovanni equally hard when it came to gym sessions.Giovanni had chosen John to assist him with all things keep-fit as he pledged to improve his stamina during the Strictly tour rehearsals.Now, according to an Instagram post, it seems as though it's payback time.The slide featured a struggling Giovanni on the ground, appearing to half-laugh and half-grimace from all the exertion.The caption read: "@rose.a.e I did this for you babe #revenge @giovannipernice."Meanwhile, referring to John, Giovanni had bragged: "Just so you know that by the end of the tour, I'm going to look like this guy."He's training me, today is the first day – he's got some muscle hasn't he?"The Strictly Come Dancing UK arena tour kicks off tomorrow and will last close to a month with 33 dates.Meanwhile, John made his loyalty to Rose's struggle as a deaf woman only too clear when he earnestly declared that, if it hadn't been for changes in society for the better, she might not have had any kind of job at all."I was chatting to Rose on the day of the final in rehearsals and she made it quite clear that 20 years ago, a girl like her wouldn't have even had a job," he revealed during an interview on Good Morning Britain."That's how far we've come and that's how amazing she is to have broken down so many boundaries."So she, for me, is the worthy winner and I knew she was going to win it from the very
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Strictly’s Kai Widdrington 'making Nadiya Bychkova smile again' after 'split' from fiancé
Strictly Come Dancing star Kai Widdrington, 26, has been helping his fellow professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova, 32, feel better after her split from her fiancé, footballer Matija Škarabot, according to reports. Nadiya reportedly separated from the father of their five-year-old daughter Mila earlier this month.Now, an insider has claimed Nadiya and Kai have a “very strong” friendship after working together on the latest series of the hit BBC One dance show.A source told The Sun on Tuesday: “Nadiya and Kai have incredible chemistry, and a very strong friendship.“Right from week one they ­connected, and are always laughing and messing about.“Nadiya and Matija actually separated months ago and obviously Nadiya confided in Dan at the time.“Just as she was a great comfort to him when he was upset one week, so he was a rock for her.“Kai, meanwhile, has also been brilliant - and she confided in him throughout the series.“He has cheered her up and made her smile again.They’re great mates, and lots of people backstage think they’d make a really cute ­couple when the time is right.”The source also added that Nadiya will continue to co-parent with her former fiancé.They went on: “From Nadiya’s perspective, nothing much has really changed.“She is still a loving co-parent with Matija, and continues to live her life to the full.”Express.co.uk has contacted Nadiya and Kai's representatives for comment.Late last year, Nadiya addressed her relationship with her celeb dance partner, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker.The dancer explained that she had comforted Dan, as he had been upset over the death of his footballer pal Gary Speed.Speaking in an interview with the publication, Nadiya said: “It was a very difficult day for Dan.
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Dan Walker's Strictly Come Dancing partner Nadiya Bychkova 'splits' from footballer fiancé
Strictly Come Dancing professional Nadiya Bychkova has reportedly split from her fiance, Matija Škarabot.The Ukrainian-Slovenian national, 32, and her beau reportedly decided to go their separate ways after struggling with a long-distance relationship.According to a source, the blonde-haired dancer is committed to appearing on the Strictly tour this year, while her footballer fiance and father of their five-year-old daughter Mila, remains in Slovenia.A source claimed to MailOnline: "Nadiya and Matija haven't been together for some time now."Matija is dedicated to his footballing career in Slovenia and Nadiya is predominantly based in London."Performing on Strictly and the Strictly Live Tour takes up half her year, in the end the commitment to their jobs made it too difficult for the relationship to work," they added.Express.co.uk has contacted representatives of Nadiya for comment."There's still a lot of love and respect between them and Mila is and always will be their priority."The most recent series of the popular BBC dance show saw Nadiya and Dan finish in fifth place.The couple was voted out by the judges after appearing in the dance-off against TV presenter AJ Odudu and her professional partner Kai Widdrington.Dan and Nadiya became close friends during their time on the show, with the BBC star revealing that he turned to the dance pro after feeling overwhelmed one week.Dan candidly admitted that he needed a hug from someone and that Nadiya was the only person he was "allowed" to touch due to Covid restrictions.Ahead of his performance in the quarter-finals, Dan told how he had become emotional after remembering his friend, the late Gary Speed, on the 10th anniversary of his death.Addressing the embrace, Dan said:
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Tilly Ramsay shares behind-the-scenes 'tension' on Strictly Come Dancing live tour
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant Tilly Ramsay jokingly referenced the “tense” atmosphere as some of the team gathered ahead of their live tour.The star’s Instagram story showed CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson play Kai Widdrington in an intense game of table tennis as their Strictly pals cheered on. Tilly, 20, took to Instagram this afternoon, where she shared the latest clip behind the scenes of the Strictly tour with her 1.2 million followers. The social media star ended up coming sixth with her professional partner Nikita Kuzmin in Strictly last year. Now, they are taking to the dance floor once more for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. Many of the audience’s favourite cast members will return to perform, including winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice.The celebrities and their professional partners will take to the stage for the first time this Thursday in Birmingham, and will spend the next few weeks taking their show around the country.Tilly’s most recent story showed a competitive game of table tennis heating up between professional finalist Kai and celebrity semi-finalist Rhys.“This is getting tense!” Tilly said as the ball was batted back and forth, before yelling “oh Rhys” as the presenter missed the table, prompting a smile from Kai. Kai will be paired up once more with presenter AJ Odudu for the Strictly live tour, after making it to the finals with the talented dancer.The tour will give the couple a chance to prove themselves, as they were forced to pull out from performing in the finals after AJ suffered a serious leg injury.Rhys, who came in fourth place with his professional partner Nancy Xu, will also be returning. Dragon’s Den star Sara Davies and Strictly pro Aljaz Skorjanec will also be taking
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Brendan Cole defends ex-Strictly co-star James Jordan as he's blasted over harsh remarks
Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan, 43, after he faced backlash from Dancing On Ice viewers. James logged onto Twitter yesterday to comment on Brendan’s performance on the ice skating show.In view of his 302,000 followers, James tweeted: “Just watched @BrendanCole on catch-up on @dancingonice.“I hate to admit it but he’s bloody brilliant !“He was never the greatest dancer but when it comes to ice skating I think he’s going to be one of the best ever.“Well done mate - and we’ll done Vanessa for putting up with him.” (sic)However, some viewers did not take the comments well and they let James know as they responded to his tweet.Julietgrace5 said: “‘He was never the greatest dancer’ !!!“Not very sporting of you James.“I loved him on Strictly. He was very good tonight.”AmandaAbProp chimed in: “He’s a much better dancer than you ever were!”Lozza1806 added: “He did win strictly though James which is something you didn’t manage to do.”In defence of his friend, Brendan today quote-tweeted James’ post, explaining that he “was joking”.In view of his 186,000 followers, Brendan penned: “He was joking people.“He’s always told me that I was the most incredible, amazing abs gifted pro dancer strictly has ever had - after him of course.“Thanks James mate, it was epic to be out there.“Hope I can be almost as good as you again.”James promptly responded to Brendan sending him “big love”.He wrote: “Or was I.
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'My face is burning' Strictly's AJ Odudu left in agony after suffering allergic reaction
Strictly Come Dancing finalist AJ Odudu took to Instagram today and issued a plea to her followers for help after an allergic reaction on her face left her skin "burning".The TV presenter, 33, said she suffered "the worst sensation ever" after using a face mask while travelling.The Strictly star asked her followers for their advice on how to tackle the "dryness and itchiness" as she is currently in quarantine in Vietnam.In view of her 226,000 followers, the former partner of professional dancer Kai Widdrington excitedly revealed that she's working on a new project abroad.Sitting in bed wearing a bright orange pair of pyjamas, AJ addressed her health woes."Honeys, I've woken up in Vietnam," she exclaimed excitedly."I mean, I've got a room with a view and everything but it's overcast right now."I am going to be staying in this quarantine hotel for the next seven days before doing a shoot for Channel 4 so I'm very excited," she added.She gushed: "New year, new show, new allergic reaction."The star went on to say that she suffered the reaction while using a face mask while on the go.She said: "Yes, I had an allergic reaction to one of my face masks while travelling and my face is burning, it's itchy and it's dry."It's just the worst sensation ever."AJ went on to say how being in quarantine means she is unable to seek treatment for the reaction.She continued: "I can't pop to a Boots.
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'Forget Nikita!' Tilly Ramsay replaces Strictly pro with her 'new favourite partner’
Strictly contestants embarked on yet another gruelling day of rehearsals today.The BBC contestant joked that she had found a new favourite - and it was not her former dance partner Nikita Kuzmin.In a clip posted to Amy's Instagram story, Tilly appeared to have worked up a sweat as she expressed having had "the most fun" working with the professional dancer."We have the most fun…," the Strictly star gleefully said."We have the best time.""My new favourite dance partner"The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour starts on January 20 and will run for 33 dates until February 13.The nationwide tour includes this year's Strictly contestants including Bake Off star John Whaite, presenter AJ Odudu, and the BBC show winner EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, who will join Tilly on the road for the live shows.Gordon Ramsay's daughter will once again hit the stage with her dance partner Nikita, who helped the chef sail all the way through to Week 10 of the BBC competition.After finding herself in her third dance-off against Rhys Stephenson during Movie Week, Tilly and Nikita were sent packing by show judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Cynthia Erivo and Anton Du Beke.Ahead of her exit, The Matilda & The Ramsay Bunch author gave a heartfelt speech as her father Gordon broke down in tears."I'd just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this an amazing, positive journey for me," Tilly told Strictly presenter Tess Daly."From everyone here to backstage, wardrobe, makeup and camera crew.
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Gemma Atkinson in emotional farewell as Gorka Marquez reacts 'Bet you took that with you!'
Gemma Atkinson, 37, has taken to Instagram to gush over her “wonderful memories” while saying goodbye to a key part of her career.The actress, who is engaged to Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez, 31, has bid farewell to Hollyoaks once again after making a comeback for a “short but sweet” stint, in which she reprised her role as Lisa Hunter.Prior to her brief return to the soap this year, Gemma had been away from the Channel 4 series for 16 years.The mum-of-one took the opportunity to mark the momentous occasion by sharing a series of snaps from her time on set in view of her 1.7 million followers this week.Gemma was pictured sitting alongside friend and co-star Kelly Condron, who plays Zara Morgan, on the stairs of her on-screen family’s home, alongside plenty of filming equipment.The Hits Radio presenter smiled for the camera with her co-star, while a black and white photo of a tiger could be seen hanging on the wall above a table.It wasn’t long before Gorka spotted his fiancée’s emotional Instagram post, but quickly became distracted by the idea that Gemma would struggle to resist pinching the animal-inspired artwork from the set.Gemma penned alongside the pictures: “Short but sweet visit back to playing Lisa Hunter in @hollyoaksofficial What a trip down memory lane."So different, yet so familiar.
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'Strictly's finally over' Motsi Mabuse 'says goodbye' as she makes change after series
Motsi Mabuse is one of the beloved judges of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. However, the star has now updated her Instagram followers about how’s she’s letting the show go for a while as she changes up her hairstyle.Posting earlier today, Motsi opened up in a video to her 517,000 followers on the app.She was posing as someone did her hair as she admitted “Strictly’s finally over”.Motsi said: “Hey guys, so we’re finally taking the hair down.“I think Strictly is finally over.“I have to say goodbye.”She also tagged her hairstylist Alisha Dobson in the video.From her Instagram profile, it seems like the star works to create Motsi’s looks on Strictly.She’s also worked with Jessie J, Hailee Steinfeld and Rita Ora.The star also shared a look at her snow-covered surroundings in her story as well.The adorable video features her chatting with her daughter as they discuss how it’s warm outside.Motsi last returned to the Strictly dancefloor for the Christmas special in December.She also shared her congratulations after the 2021 champions, Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis were crowned.Motsi penned a goodbye message alongside a video of her walking out of the Strictly studios back on December 19.Alongside this, she wrote: “She has left the country lol …..“Thank you @bbcstrictly.