Strictly Come Dancing 2021 LATEST – Dan Walker, Adam Peaty & Tilly Ramsay join line up as full contestant list REVEALED

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 LATEST – Dan Walker, Adam Peaty & Tilly Ramsay join line up as full contestant list REVEALED

THE full lineup for Strictly 2021 has been revealed with BBC News broadcaster Dan Walker and Olympian Adam Peaty among the lineup.

Yesterday, Olympian Adam Peaty, Loose Women star Judi Love and Ugo Monye were announced as the last of the 15 stars set to compete for the glitterball trophy.

Viewers of the dancing competition had been eagerly awaiting the remaining contestants after names were drip fed in recent days – including celebrities Dan Walker, Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb and Sara Davies.

It follows EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis being announced last night – the first ever deaf contestant to take part in the show.

The historic announcement was made on EastEnders' social media after Wednesday's episode, which sees her play Frankie Lewis, who is also the show’s first deaf character.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    UGO MONYE 14/1 TO WIN STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021

    UGO MONYE finds himself in the centre of the betting with Ladbrokes to win Strictly Come Dancing this year.

    As the 15th and final contestant announced taking part, the bookies have installed Monye as a 14/1 shot to lift the glitterball trophy this year.

    Tom Fletcher remains the 4/1 favourite, but he's got Adam Peaty breathing down his neck for that gold medal as a 5/1 shot.

    Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes said: "Ugo says he's got more than dad dancing in his locker, but the bookies aren't quite as convinced just yet."

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRICTLY WAS ROCKED BY COVID CRISIS LAST YEAR

    This is not the first time Strictly has faced a Covid crisis.

    Despite all pros and celebs being made to isolate for a fortnight prior to filming, and being made to test twice weekly, boxer Nicola Adams and her partner Katya Jones were forced to leave in 2020 after the Russian pro dancer tested positive.

    Singer HRVY also caught the virus days before the launch show aired last October. Judge Motsi Mabuse was forced to self-isolate for two weeks after making an emergency trip back to Germany.

    Last night, a BBC spokesman declined to comment.

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRICTLY’S KATIE MCGLYNN SNUBS EX GIOVANNI PERNICE AS SHE FOLLOWS ALL THE PRO DANCERS APART FROM HIM

    SOAP star Katie McGlynn followed every pro dancer except ex-boyfriend Giovanni, after announcing she will be joining Strictly Come Dancing.

    The Hollyoaks and Coronation Street star was linked to the hunk back in 2017 – shortly after he split from her co-star Georgia May Foote. Katie took to Instagram on Tuesday to share her excitement for the show.

    The 28-year-old captioned the glitzy unveiling video: “Pass me those sequins @bbcstrictly. I AM SO EXCITED AND NERVOUS!! But as long as I don’t fall over mid-routine I’ll be quite happy!

    “And what a line up we have already… cannot wait to meet everyone and start this crazy journey with my new Strictly fam. Let me know which dance you want to see me try my hand at the most… #strictly.”⁣

    However, eagle-eyed fans spotted Katie followed all the pro dancers on Instagram except for her ex-boyfriend Giovanni.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT HAS ROSE AYLING-ELLIS SAID ABOUT HER STRICTLY APPEARANCE?

    Speaking about becoming Strictly’s first deaf contestant she said: “Finally! about time – but I can’t believe it’s me that’s doing it.

    “I’m so, so excited and I think it will be great to break the stereotype that people think that deaf people can’t enjoy music and learn to dance – so I’d better be able to dance.

    “Now it’s out there’s no going back, that’s it, I’m doing it. I’m going to be in it to be there all the way through, otherwise what is the point? the glitterball – that is what I want.

    “Every time I watch it, the people on it seem to be having the best times of their lives, so why would I not want to do that?

    “The cast of eastEnders are family, they’re really excited, they’re so proud of me and they’ve already been so supportive of me and I think they’re going to be really happy for me.”

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRICTLY COME DANCING PROFESSIONALS AT WAR OVER WHO GETS SAME-SEX PAIRING

    MALE Strictly pros are enraged by the prospect of Bake Off star John Whaite being paired with newcomer Kai Widdrington – because at 6ft 2ins he’s the show’s tallest dancer.

    There’s been a scramble to be in the BBC1 contest’s all-male duo as they know their performances are likely to be the most closely watched of the upcoming series.

    There’s been an expectation that tall John, 32, would be paired with some of the pros including Aljaz Skorjanek, 31, Johannes Radebe, 34, and Graziano di Prima, 27, who are all around 6ft tall.

    A TV insider said: “Producers are keen to pair up John with the right dancer and that means ensuring he has someone of a similar height – and Kai fits the bills perfectly.

    “Kai also has experience of being in a same sex pairing as last year he was coupled with Big Brother star Brian Dowling on Ireland’s version of Strictly. But there’ll be disappointment felt, in particular, by Johannes and Graziano as two years ago they blazed a trail by performing the show’s first all-male dance routine on the show.”

    Read the article in full here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    JUDI LOVE 20/1 TO WIN STRICTLY

    Judi Love is among the outsiders to win Strictly Come Dancing with Ladbrokes.

    The Loose Woman and stand-up comedian heads into the 2021 competition as a 20/1 shot with the bookies.

    Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Tom Fletcher’s position as the clear favourite is looking pretty safe, and unfortunately for Judi Love it seems unlikely she’ll be challenging his position at the top of the betting.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    EASTENDERS’ ROSE AYLING-ELLIS TO MAKE HISTORY AS STRICTLY COME DANCING’S FIRST EVER DEAF CONTESTANT

    The historic announcement was made last night on EastEnders’ social media just after the latest episode of the BBC1 soap, which sees her play Frankie Lewis, who is also the show’s first deaf character.

    The Twitter post read: “We’re unbelievably excited to announce that our very own @RoseAylingEllis will be joining the cast of @bbcstrictly 2021! Take a look at our exclusive interview with @EmmaBarton and Rose. Good luck from all of us at #EastEnders, Rose!”

    It comes after Strictly became the first TV show to feature an all-female pairing, ex-boxer Nicola Adams and pro Katya Jones, in 2020.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ADAM PEATY’S STRICTLY STATEMENT (CONTINUED…)

    Speaking to BBC Radio 1, the British sportsman admitted that he’s “bad at dancing” but “is a quick learner” so could surprise fans as he swaps the swimming pool for the salsa.

    Adam added in a statement: “I think this will come as a surprise to a lot of people, but I’m so excited to finally share the news that I’ll be joining Strictly this year.

    “I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.

    “I’m hoping my competitive nature is going to compensate for my dancing abilities!”

    Adam revealed earlier this month that he would be taking a break from swimming to focus on his mental health following in the steps of fellow sport stars Simone Biles and Ben Stokes.

  • Joseph Gamp

    OLYMPIAN ADAM PEATY ANNOUNCED AFTER HIS GOLD MEDAL WIN IN TOKYO

    Olympian Adam Peaty has been announced as the latest contestant for this year’s instalment of Strictly Come Dancing.

    The swimmer, who won two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics just two weeks ago, confirmed he would be taking to the ballroom on today’s BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat.

    The news comes days after The Sun reported that Strictly bosses were keen to sign an Olympic hero.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TILLY RAMSAY SECOND-FAVOURITE TO WIN STRICTLY COME DANCING

    Tilly Ramsay has been tipped as second-favourite with Ladbrokes to win the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

    Gordon Ramsay's daughter was announced as the ninth celeb taking part in the next series of the BBC show, and the bookies reckon she's got a great chance of winning the Glitterball Trophy, putting her just behind Tom Fletcher at 6/1.

    Elsewhere, 20/1 says Greg Wise takes home this year's Strictly crown, meaning Sara Davies is the only other name currently considered less likely to win.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Tilly Ramsay could well be the one to watch on this year's Strictly, with the early money suggesting she'll go deep into the competition."

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHAT IS THE STRICTLY CURSE?

    The “curse” is a phenomenon that hits celebrities and their dance partners during their time on Strictly Come Dancing.

    Due to the harsh schedules, sexy dance moves and close quarters with their partners, their off-screen romances sometimes suffer as a result.

    Stars who are said to have fallen victim to the curse over the years include Katya and her husband Neil Jones,  Jamie and Louise Redknapp, Karen and Kevin Clifton.

  • Milica Cosic

    EASTENDERS STAR JOINS LINE-UP OF STRICTLY COME DANCING

    EastEnders star Nina Wadia was the 11th star to be announced yesterday, joining the line-up of Strictly Come Dancing. The actress is best known for playing Zainab Masood in the BBC soap.

    She has also starred in Goodness Gracious Me and Open All Hours spin-off Still Open All Hours.

    She was unveiled on ITV’s Lorraine and said: “I’ve always danced like nobody’s watching, so if we blindfold the judges I could actually win Strictly 2021.”

    She added: “I think I should do this before I’m too old any more. I think this is last year I’m ever wearing heels. I think I think there’s a lot happened in the last couple of years and I just want to grab life by the balls.”

  • Milica Cosic

    STRICTLY’S KATIE MCGLYNN SNUBS EX GIOVANNI PERNICE AS SHE FOLLOWS ALL THE PRO DANCERS APART FROM HIM

    SOAP star Katie McGlynn followed every pro dancer except ex-boyfriend Giovanni, after announcing she will be joining Strictly Come Dancing.

    The Hollyoaks and Coronation Street star was linked to the hunk back in 2017 – shortly after he split from her co-star Georgia May Foote. Katie took to Instagram on Tuesday to share her excitement for the show.

    The 28-year-old captioned the glitzy unveiling video: “Pass me those sequins @bbcstrictly. I AM SO EXCITED AND NERVOUS!! But as long as I don’t fall over mid-routine I’ll be quite happy!

    “And what a line up we have already… cannot wait to meet everyone and start this crazy journey with my new Strictly fam. Let me know which dance you want to see me try my hand at the most… #strictly.”⁣

    However, eagle-eyed fans spotted Katie followed all the pro dancers on Instagram except for her ex-boyfriend Giovanni.

  • Milica Cosic

    ROSE AYLING-ELLIS 10/1 TO WIN STRICTLY COME DANCING

    EastEnders’ Rose Ayling-Ellise coule be one to watch. on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

    Ladbrokes have installed the EastEnders star at just 10/1 in the betting, a price she shares with Robert Webb, while Tom Fletcher continues to lead the way at 4/1, ahead of Dan Walker and Tilly Ramsay (both 6/1).

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’re strapping ourselves in for a scintillating series of Strictly, with no less than seven names currently in with a genuine chance of winning the Glitterball Trophy.”

  • Milica Cosic

    ADAM PEATY SECOND-FAVOURITE TO WIN STRICTLY

    Adam Peaty is tipped as second-favourite with Ladbrokes to win Strictly Come Dancing.

    The Olympian was announced as a surprise name to take part in the next series of the hit BBC show, and the bookies make him just a 5/1 shot for the Glitterball Trophy.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "The latest odds suggest Adam Peaty could well cause a splash on Strictly later this year."

  • Milica Cosic

    WHAT HAS ROSE AYLING-ELLIS SAID ABOUT HER STRICTLY APPEARANCE?

    Speaking about becoming Strictly’s first deaf contestant she said: "Finally! about time – but I can’t believe it's me that's doing it.

    “I’m so, so excited and I think it will be great to break the stereotype that people think that deaf people can’t enjoy music and learn to dance – so I’d better be able to dance.

    “Now it’s out there’s no going back, that’s it, I’m doing it. I’m going to be in it to be there all the way through, otherwise what is the point? the glitterball – that is what I want.

    “Every time I watch it, the people on it seem to be having the best times of their lives, so why would I not want to do that?

    “The cast of eastEnders are family, they’re really excited, they’re so proud of me and they’ve already been so supportive of me and I think they’re going to be really happy for me.”

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    EASTENDERS’ ROSE AYLING-ELLIS TO MAKE HISTORY AS STRICTLY COME DANCING’S FIRST EVER DEAF CONTESTANT

    The historic announcement was made last night on EastEnders' social media just after the latest episode of the BBC1 soap, which sees her play Frankie Lewis, who is also the show’s first deaf character.

    The Twitter post read: "We’re unbelievably excited to announce that our very own @RoseAylingEllis will be joining the cast of @bbcstrictly 2021! Take a look at our exclusive interview with @EmmaBarton and Rose. Good luck from all of us at #EastEnders, Rose!"

    It comes after Strictly became the first TV show to feature an all-female pairing, ex-boxer Nicola Adams and pro Katya Jones, in 2020.

  • Milica Cosic

    ADAM PEATY'S STRICTLY STATEMENT (CONTINUED…)

    Speaking to BBC Radio 1, the British sportsman admitted that he's "bad at dancing" but "is a quick learner" so could surprise fans as he swaps the swimming pool for the salsa.

    Adam added in a statement: "I think this will come as a surprise to a lot of people, but I’m so excited to finally share the news that I’ll be joining Strictly this year.

    "I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.

    "I’m hoping my competitive nature is going to compensate for my dancing abilities!"

    Adam revealed earlier this month that he would be taking a break from swimming to focus on his mental health following in the steps of fellow sport stars Simone Biles and Ben Stokes.

    Olympian Adam Peaty is set to appear on this year's Strictly Come Dancing
  • Milica Cosic

    OLYMPIAN ADAM PEATY ANNOUNCED AFTER HIS GOLD MEDAL WIN IN TOKYO

    Olympian Adam Peaty has been announced as the latest contestant for this year's instalment of Strictly Come Dancing.

    The swimmer, who won two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics just two weeks ago, confirmed he would be taking to the ballroom on today's BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat.

    The news comes days after The Sun reported that Strictly bosses were keen to sign an Olympic hero.

  • Milica Cosic

    FAN REACTIONS TO THE 2021 LINE-UP

    Now that the line-up is complete, here's what fans are saying so far.

    One fan can hardly contain his excitement saying: "Don’t know about anyone else? but I can’t wait for @bbcstrictly this year!!!"

    Another's dreaming up the pairing, writing: "If @adam_peaty ends up dancing with @OtiMabuse in this years #StrictlyComeDancing I swear that’ll be life made! I’ll give up watching! nothing else will top that! @bbcstrictly"

    There's a lot of buzz about Adam Peaty this year. One fan has said: "I will definitely be watching Strictly Come Dancing this season 😛😍"

  • Milica Cosic

    GORDON RAMSAY BANS DAUGHTER TILLY FROM DATING STRICTLY DANCER AFTER SHE SIGNS UP FOR THE SHOW

    It was revealed earlier this week on This Morning that the 19-year-old will be one of the famous faces taking part in the BBC dance competition.

    During her stint on ITV breakfast show they played out a good luck message from them both – and the chef, 54, made it clear he doesn't want her getting close to her partner.

    Gordon told his daughter in the video: "Hey Tils it's your dad – TikTok coach, dance extraordinaire… wishing you all the very best."

    Gordon couldn't help but add: "And don't date those dancers!"

    Luckily Tilly saw the funny side of it and said: "Of course he had to slip in something embarrassing!"

    It is not known who Tilly will be dancing with this series.

  • Milica Cosic

    BETVICTOR GENERATED ODDS SHOW STRICTLY WIN FOR MCFLY’S TOM FLETCHER

    Betvictor has generated odds on which celeb will win 2021’s Strictly Come Dancing.

    It has predicted to be a win for McFly band member Tom Fletcher.

    • Tom Fletcher 5/1
    • Robert Webb 6/1
    • Rhys Stephenson 7/1
    • Tilly Ramsay 8/1
    • Greg Wise 12/1
    • Dan Walker 10/1
    • Katie McGlynn 12/1
    • AJ Odudu 20/1
    • John Whaite 20/1
    • Sara Davies 20/1

    STRICTLY COME DANCING PROFESSIONALS AT WAR OVER WHO GETS SAME-SEX PAIRING

    MALE Strictly pros are enraged by the prospect of Bake Off star John Whaite being paired with newcomer Kai Widdrington – because at 6ft 2ins he’s the show’s tallest dancer.

    There’s been a scramble to be in the BBC1 contest’s all-male duo as they know their performances are likely to be the most closely watched of the upcoming series.

    There’s been an expectation that tall John, 32, would be paired with some of the pros including Aljaz Skorjanek, 31, Johannes Radebe, 34, and Graziano di Prima, 27, who are all around 6ft tall.

    A TV insider said: “Producers are keen to pair up John with the right dancer and that means ensuring he has someone of a similar height – and Kai fits the bills perfectly.

    “Kai also has experience of being in a same sex pairing as last year he was coupled with Big Brother star Brian Dowling on Ireland’s version of Strictly. But there’ll be disappointment felt, in particular, by Johannes and Graziano as two years ago they blazed a trail by performing the show’s first all-male dance routine on the show.”

    Read the article in full here.

    WHEN DOES STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021 START?

    Fans can't wait for the new Strictly Come Dancing to get underway in 2021.

    However, the BBC have not yet confirmed when the series will start.

    The dancing show usually starts around the middle of September.

    But the 2020 series started in mid-October, a month later than usual due to the Covid pandemic – so the 2021 series could follow suit.

    EXPLAINED: WHO IS ROSE AYLING-ELLIS’ BOYFRIEND?

    The pair have been together for seven years. 

    Ellis tries to keep her personal life out of the public eye. 

    But she sometimes take to social media to share pictures of them together. The two enjoy travelling, and in 2019 Rose shared sweet snaps from their holiday in Peru. 

    “Nature is so beautiful and powerful”, she wrote, “we need to try our best to protect this planet”. 

    Read more here.

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