STRICTLY's John Whaite and pro partner Johannes Radebe were pictured sharing a friendly kiss as they left It Takes Two last night.

The duo smiled and looked back at the camera as they held each other for a fun snap.

The pair have built a strong friendship since they made history as the first male same sex couple on the hit dance show, and have been firm favourites among viewers at home.

Meanwhile, It Takes Two host Rylan warned "we're not having it" as he sent love to Tilly Ramsay on today's show following Steve Allen's cruel jibes about her weight.

The 32-year-old star did not waste the opportunity to once again showcase his support for the teenager live on air.

Rylan exclaimed: "Let's move onto Tilly and Nikita, and let me just say that we love Tilly on this show!

"Not having none of that, thank you – you come for her, you come for us!"

Read our Strictly 2021 live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Ugo Monye fave to leave this weekend

    UGO MONYE is now the favourite with Ladbrokes to be waltzing out of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

    With former front runner for the axe Judi receiving a bye into next week’s show, it leaves Ugo at the top of the betting to leave on Sunday night at just 4/7.

    Dan is chalked up at 4/1 with the bookies, or there’s a 5/1 chance Tilly is axed instead.

  • Milica Cosic

    Signs Giovanni’s romance with Maura was over WEEKS ago

    STRICTLY stars spotted the signs that Giovanni Pernice’s relationship with Maura Higgins was over WEEKS ago, The Sun can reveal.

    A source told The Sun: “Strictly is one big family and everyone had been looking forward to meeting Maura.

    “But she hadn’t been attending on Saturday nights which did raise a few eyebrows among many on the show. 

    “Maura had been supporting Gio during his tour before Strictly, so everyone found it a big strange that she wasn’t there on Saturday nights cheering him on.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Joanne Clifton : 'I stopped eating after being called chubby like Tilly Ramsay'

    FORMER Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton has revealed fat-shaming left her ‘not eating and drinking 11 coffees a day’ – and praised Tilly Ramsay for standing her ground.

    TV chef Tilly, a contestant on this year’s series, has become a central talk point this week after sticking up for herself when LBC radio host Steve Allen mocked her weight and image – branding her a “chubby little thing”. 

    The 19-year-old challenged the 67-year-old shock jock for his comments, urging him to be kinder and not comment on a woman’s body. 

    Tilly’s comments have been praised by the country, with celebs, dancing pros and fans all backing her corner. 

    Former pro Joanne, who competed on the BBC series from 2014 to 2016, the subject matter was closer to home, and has now spoken out about the effect of those kinds of comments on her own wellbeing.

  • Milica Cosic

    Rachel Stevens slams ‘unfair advantage'

    Dancing on Ice’s Rachel Stevens slams ‘unfair’ claims she’s got an advantage after finishing runner-up in Strictly.

    In an exclusive interview with The Sun at her Oasis by Rachel Stevens collection launch, the star hit back at claims she's got an advantage in the competition because of her previous dance experience.

    "It's unfair," said Rachel. "They said the same thing when I did Strictly.

    "I'm not a trained dancer so going into that was totally out of my comfort zone and a different way of performing.

    "Now add the ice element to it and it's a whole new ball game."

    Rachel admits she's got a competitive streak and has her eyes on the top prize.

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: Who performs the songs on Strictly?

    Strictly Come Dancing is not just loved by audiences for the brilliant dancing, but also for the great live music.

    Musical director and arranger Dave Arch is the man in charge of the band.

    David is a British pianist, conductor, arranger and composer who has enjoyed a prolific career covering a broad spectrum of the music business including albums, films, and commercials, live and television work.

    He is also the Musical Director for recent productions of the Royal Variety Performance show on ITV as well as shows like Popstar To Operastar.

  • Milica Cosic

    Giovanni Pernice & Rose Ayling-Ellis CLEAR FAVOURITE to win Strictly Come Dancing

    Rose Ayling-Ellis is emerging as the clear favourite with Ladbrokes to win this series of Strictly Come Dancing.

    The bookies make the EastEnders star just 11/10 to win the Glitterball Trophy with partner Giovanni Pernice, while every other name is way back in the betting at 5/2 or bigger.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Giovanni and Rose have an amazing relationship on the Strictly dancefloor, and the latest odds suggest it’ll take something pretty spectacular to stop the pair from taking this year’s Glitterball Trophy.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Judi Love will MISS this weekend’s show

    STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima will MISS this weekend’s show after she tested positive for coronavirus.

    The Loose Women favourite will get a bye to next week’s Halloween episode provided she recovers in time.

    A Strictly spokesperson said: “Judi Love has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating following the latest government guidelines.

    “While Judi and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Inside Strictly star Nadiya Bychkova’s glam life

    NADIYA Bychkova is lighting up the dance floor on this year's Strictly Come Dancing and has an equally exciting life off-camera.

    The Ukranian native, who previously appeared in an international version of Strictly and Playboy magazine, lives a glamorous life with her footballer fiancé.

    When not dancing up a storm the blonde beauty lives an enviable life full of luxury holidays and quality time with her rarely seen daughter.

    Nadiya rarely posts pictures of her daughter and never reveals her face, but always manages to gush over her tiny tot.

    She is a world champion dancer who is no stranger to luxurious holiday destinations Credit: Instagram
    Strictly Come Dancing's Nadiya Bychokova has a glam life away from the cameras Credit: Instagram
  • Milica Cosic

    Bruno Tonioli announces return

    Judge Bruno Tonioli will be returning to the panel for the first time in two years as part of the upcoming arena tour. 

    The long-standing judge, known for his flamboyant gestures and passionate critiques, will be heading on the road with the Strictly cast in 2022. 

    Bruno has been missing from the main panel across both the 2020 and 2021 series due to the pandemic, making his weekly trips between Los Angeles and London impossible. 

    After video calling in throughout 2020, he was officially replaced by Anton Du Beke for this year’s competition.

    But you can’t keep Bruno down, and he’ll be back with his co-stars Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas for the upcoming tour. 

    On the announcement, he said:  "I am absolutely delighted to be back on the judging panel for the Strictly arena tour for the first time in two years!

    "I’ve missed my fellow judges, I’ve missed the glitz and glamour of the tour and I’ve missed the amazing audiences that come to see us all over the country – I hope you have missed me too?!” 

    “I cannot wait to be back alongside Shirley, Craig, the celebs and the pros,” he added. “The fans are really in for a treat – next year’s arena tour is going to be simply fantastico."

  • Milica Cosic

    Gemma Collins poses in thong swimsuit after Steve Allen scandal

    GEMMA Collins has hit back at the LBC radio host who branded her a "beach hut" and called Tilly Ramsay a "chubby little thing".

    Taking aim at DJ Steve Allen, she urged her followers to vote for Gordon Ramsay's daughter on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

    She posted a picture of herself in a bright pink thong swimsuit saying she was "a Romford girl that’s smashed it on so many levels".

    Gemma Collins shared this picture on Instagram alongside a fiery message Credit: instagram
  • Milica Cosic

    When is Strictly next on?

    Strictly's continues tomorrow (October 23, 2021) at 7.15pm on BBC One.

    The results will then be read out the following day (October 24, 2021) at 7.15pm.

    If you miss any of the action, you can catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

  • Milica Cosic

    Week five songs and dances revealed (Continued…)

    Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu: American Smooth to I've Got The World On a String by Michael Bublé.

    Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin: Foxtrot to Little Things by One Direction.

    Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova: Viennese Waltz to She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel.

    Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden: Salsa to Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles.

    Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse: Rumba to Leave The Door Open by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic

    Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima – will miss this week after Judi tested positive for Covid.

  • Milica Cosic

    Week five songs and dances revealed

    The dances for Week Five have been revealed with the star contestants all hoping to impress judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke.

    AJ Odudu and partner Kai Widdrington: Argentine Tango to Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks.

    Adam Peaty and Katya Jones: Samba to Faith by George Michael.

    John Whaite and Johannes Radebe: Charleston to Milord by Édith Plaf.

    Sara Davies and Alijaz Skorjanec: Rumba to You're Still The One by Shania Twain.

    Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice: Viennese Waltz to Fallin' by Alicia Keys.

  • Milica Cosic

    Steve Allen’s LBC co-workers want him fired

    RADIO DJ Steve Allen’s own LBC colleagues want him to be sacked for fat-shaming Strictly Come Dancing’s Tilly Ramsay.

    The shock-jock, who has worked at the station for 42 years, described Tilly, the 19-year-old daughter of celebrity chef Gordon, as a “chubby little thing”.

    His colleagues were hoping Steve, 67, would be axed for good, a staffer working at the station told The Sun.

    The source said: “Steve’s outdated and archaic comments have been allowed to continue for far too long and plenty of people want him out.

    “There’s free speech and then there is calling a teenage girl fat live on the radio. Plenty of people think it’s time he was given his marching orders because this isn’t the first time he’s made unacceptable comments on air and hasn’t been reprimanded.

    “He should issue an apology at the least — but people want him gone.

    “He’s bringing the reputation of the station down.”

  • Milica Cosic

    New dating show promises to be sexier than Strictly

    Jamie Laing has promised his new BBC Three dating show I Like The Way U Move is sexier than Strictly Come Dancing, The Sun can reveal.

    The series sees professional dancers team up with non-professionals as they compete to find the perfect partner on and off the floor.

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun about the new series, host Jamie, 32, insisted that show’s line-up is “sexier” than Strictly Come Dancing.

    He told us: “I think I’m pretty sexy and they’re sexier than me. That’s all I know!

    “Listen if I went into that house and I was single, I’m sure I wouldn’t probably try and stop whatever it was I wanted to do.

    “I think I would go for it. And that’s what’s amazing. When you throw a lot of young single people into a house together, especially in the period that we just had with this pandemic.

    “There’s been no social connection, there’s been nothing at all, and coming out of that and doing something like this, it’s an amazing experience for them.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Nikita’s girlfriend Nicole backs Tilly Ramsay

    STRICTLY pro Nikita Kuzmin’s girlfriend Nicole Wirt has thrown her support behind Tilly Ramsay amid her Steve Allen row.

    Gordon Ramsay‘s daughter, 19, slammed the LBC broadcaster after he described her as a “chubby little thing” live on air.

    Despite speculation around Nikita and Tilly’s relationship, Nicole voiced her support for the celeb after Steve’s body shaming comments.

    She took to her Instagram stories where she shared Tilly’s response to Steve and then added her own two cents.

    “It is already disgusting enough to body shame people and criticise especially women 24/7 on their appearance but that this man was feeling the right & comfort to share it publicly leaves me even more speechless and angry,” Nicole started.

    “And it’s not only about what he said but also HOW!!”

  • Milica Cosic

    John Whaite almost FORGETS boyfriend 

    STRICTLY Come Dancing’s John Whaite almost FORGOT about his boyfriend Paul Atkins as he admitted that dancing with pro partner Johannes Radebe is the “happiest time of his life”.

    The 32-year-old TV chef was forced to correct himself as he gushed about his time on the BBC dance show on It Takes Two this evening.

    Speaking to host Janette Manrara, John reflected on performing live on the dancefloor every Saturday night.

    He explained: “You get the anxiety at first, then within seconds that’s gone and before you know it you’re in front of the judges.

    “I’ve never been as happy in my life as I am in those 90 seconds…”

    Catching himself, John quickly corrected: “Apart from when I’m with my boyfriend and stuff! But on the dancefloor… I just feel if I could bottle it up and sell [the feeling] it’d be an amazing thing.”

    The slip-up comes a week after John and Johannes sent fans wild with their “flirty” appearance on Strictly’s sister show – where Johannes told his partner that he “loves” him.

  • Louis Allwood

    Finding love again

    Popstar HRVY has found love again with another soap star – just months after his split from EastEnders’ Maisie Smith.

    The singer, real name Harvey Cantwell, 22, is dating Emmerdale actress Mimi Slinger.

    Pals told The Sun they met at the National Television Awards last month and are “head-over-heels”.

    A source said: “HRVY and Mimi are completely loved up.

    “After HRVY performed at the NTAs he met Mimi and they hit it off.

    “They started talking over social media and it all went from there.

    “Things are pretty serious between them. They both know each other’s families and their friends have met.

    “HRVY and Mimi have a real connection and those around them think they could go the distance because of what a good match they are.

    “She is a model as well as an actress and wants to pursue a music career too – so they have a lot in common.

    “They’re keeping their relationship off social media for the minute but it won’t be long until they’re Instagram official.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Strictly celebs and pro dancers back Tilly Ramsay

    STRICTLY celebs and pro dancers have rallied to support Tilly Ramsay after a radio presenter branded her a “chubby little thing” live on air.

    The daughter of chef Gordon Ramsay also blasted LBC Radio’s Steve Allen, who made the cruel remark, reminding him that, “Words can hurt”.

    Tilly, 19, immediately took to Instagram where she posted a lengthy statement slamming the 67-year-old breakfast show DJ.

    In her post, she said she would “draw the line” at anyone making fun of her appearance and that she “won’t tolerate” nasty remarks.

    Yesterday, Steve said: “She can’t blooming well dance. I’m bored of her already. She’s a chubby little thing, isn’t she, have you noticed? Probably her dad’s cooking, I should imagine.”

  • Louis Allwood

    John Whaite kisses partner Johannes Radebe as they leave It Takes Two together

    STRICTLY's John Whaite and pro partner Johannes Radebe shared a friendly kiss as they left It Takes Two last night.

    The popular pairing were in a fine mood as they left the studio together following an appearance on the spin-off show.

    Johannes was very dapper in a navy suit, matching hat and a multi-coloured neck tie.

    John wore a grey suit with the jacket removed to reveal his chiselled arms in a black vest.

    The duo smiled and looked back at the camera as they held each other for a fun snap.

  • Louis Allwood

    Falling for someone at work

    STRICTLY’S Giovanni Pernice will be dancing to a romantic song about falling for someone at work with EastEnders Rose Ayling Ellis on this week’s show.

    It comes after The Sun revealed the Strictly pro dancer and Love Island star Maura Higgins, 30, had split after four months of dating.

    Giovanni, 31, and Rose will dance to Alicia Key’s emotional 2009 anthem Fallin’ on Saturday night.

    The hit track tells the story of a woman who falls for someone at work.

    Read more here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Shirley Ballas tears into Craig Revel Horwood over jibes about her body

    STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed a bitter run-in with co-star Craig Revel-Horwood.

    The 61-year-old explained that the pair clashed backstage on the BBC dance show after remarks he made about her body.

    Craig is thought to have referred to her fake boobs during a promotional tour saying they were “hanging out”.

    Speaking to OK! magazine to promote her new book Behind The Sequins she said he thought the remarks were funny – adding: “And I didn’t.”

    She said: “I had a couple of run-ins with Craig in the early series, for remarks he made about my body, which he thought were funny and I didn’t.

    “I told him ‘You don’t need to make me feel bad about myself. I do a good job of that myself.’ So we sorted that out and have been good friends ever since.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Ugo Monye fave to leave this weekend

    UGO MONYE is now the favourite with Ladbrokes to be waltzing out of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

    With former front runner for the axe Judi receiving a bye into next week's show, it leaves Ugo at the top of the betting to leave on Sunday night at just 4/7.

    Dan is chalked up at 4/1 with the bookies, or there's a 5/1 chance Tilly is axed instead.

  • Louis Allwood

    New dating show promises to be sexier than Strictly

    Jamie Laing has promised his new BBC Three dating show I Like The Way U Move is sexier than Strictly Come Dancing, The Sun can reveal.

    The series sees professional dancers team up with non-professionals as they compete to find the perfect partner on and off the floor.

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun about the new series, host Jamie, 32, insisted that show’s line-up is “sexier” than Strictly Come Dancing.

    He told us: “I think I’m pretty sexy and they’re sexier than me. That’s all I know!

    “Listen if I went into that house and I was single, I’m sure I wouldn’t probably try and stop whatever it was I wanted to do.

    “I think I would go for it. And that’s what’s amazing. When you throw a lot of young single people into a house together, especially in the period that we just had with this pandemic.

    “There’s been no social connection, there’s been nothing at all, and coming out of that and doing something like this, it’s an amazing experience for them.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Maura Higgins shows off dramatic hair transformation after shock split

    MAURA Higgins has revealed her dramatic hair transformation after shockingly splitting up with Strictly beau Giovanni Pernice.

    The Love Island star looked sizzling as she headed into pal Molly-Mae Hague’s launch event with Beauty Works in London.

    Maura, 30, unveiled her stunnin new look at the event, showing off her new statement fringe just days after splitting with ex Giovanni, 32.

    The reality TV star wore her long brunette tresses down over her shoulders as she looked up at the cameras from behind her stunning bangs.

    Maura opted for a corset-style black dress for the soiree, pairing her plunging zip-up look – which showed off her cleavage – with sexy knee-high boots.

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