Strictly Come Dancing live – John Whaite teases dramatic transformation ahead of spooktacular Halloween show

HALLOWEEN is upon us once again, meaning only one thing: more spooktacular Strictly routines. 

The ballroom show is famed for its Halloween Week, and BBC has confirmed excited fans should expect a spooky shake-up this year. 

Show bosses said: “There are sure to be tricks, treats, and some terrific moves. Get yourself ready for one spooky Saturday”. 

And the network took to Twitter with this earlier in the week: “Mwahahaha! We’ve got some frightfully good routines in store for our Halloween special”. 

One star promising a dramatic transformation is telly chef John Whaite, who teased fans with his new look ahead of tonight's show.

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

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    Rose odds-on favourite to won Strictly 2021

    Rose Ayling-Ellis is the odds on favourite, at 4-7 with bookmaker Coral, to win Strictly Come Dancing 2021 as the show heads into its Halloween special this weekend.

    John Whaite is the 4-1 second favourite, with the third favourite in the market AJ Odudu back at 7-1.

    “Halloween is always a special night on Strictly every year and Rose is coming in hot after scoring her first ten of the series last weekend. We make her the odds on favourite to lift the Glitterball Trophy this winter as the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2021,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coral make Judi Love odds on, at 1-4, to be eliminated this weekend.

    “Judi is back on the dancefloor this weekend but we think it is highly likely that it is the last we see of her on Strictly. We make her odds on to be eliminated this weekend,” added Aitkenhead.

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    Not a fan?

    Halloween week on Strictly is always a spooktacular part of the show – but it turns out pro dancer Nancy Xu is not a fan.

    Teasing their performance this weekend, children’s TV host Rhys Stephenson said: “It’s going to be intense stares, high-octane kicks and screams. Nancy hates it.

    “She hates being scared – she hates pranks.”

    The pair were saved by the judges last week after ending up in the bottom two – but maybe Nancy wishes they weren’t.

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    Clock is ticking

    Professional dancer Gary Edwards has exclusively said to the Express.co.uk that Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec could have a nightmare week.

    Gary said: “I would probably say they are going to be in jeopardy soon.

    “I think her range is running out. I think Sara and Aljaz are probably going to be in trouble soon.”

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    Judi Love could throw Strictly into chaos

    STRICTLY Come Dancing could again be thrown into Covid-related chaos as Judi Love hasn’t put in a step of training two days before the next live show.

    The Loose Women star, 41, tested positive for coronavirus last week and has told how she has lost her sense of taste, smell and ‘has been coughing like she needs a TENA Lady sponsorship’.

    While the ITV favourite has been on her sick bed nursing herself, her partner Graziano Di Prima has been out partying instead of rehearsing.

    This means Judi’s rehearsal days have been slashed down to one – tomorrow – after a source revealed she had not been in training today.

    Neither Judi or Graziano have documented any rehearsals on their Instagram pages as they usually would, which has sparked fear behind the scenes.

    The pair are set to don their Halloween outfits and perform the routine they were set to showcase last week due to their scant practise time.

    Yet if they fail to do so – and Judi drops out – the series will be thrown into yet more chaos.

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    Judi’s ‘rough couple of days’

    Judi also describes the time since testing positive as a “rough couple of days”.

    But she has warned others to ‘get their health in order’ in case they are also struck down with Covid.

    “Health is wealth,” she explained. “I just mean having that health so you can live at your optimum, you can continue creating memories, having life experience, spending time with loved ones as long as possible.”

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    Spooky song lineup

    The BBC have released the list of dances the contestants will perform – and the songs they’ll be strutting their stuff to.

    We have:  

    • AJ and Kai – Viennese Waltz to Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
    • Judi and Graziano – Cha Cha Cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John
    • Rose and Giovanni – Tango to Shivers by Ed Sheeran
    • Sara and Tilly and Nikita – Cha Cha Cha to Spooky Movies by Gary Paxton
    • Adam and Katya – Viennese Waltz to Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven
    • Dan and Nadiya – Jive to Rock Lobster by the B-52’s
    • John and Johannes – Quickstep to Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    • Rhys and Nancy – Paso Doble to The Eve of the War by Jeff Wayne
    • Tom and Amy – Tango to Highway to Hell by AC/DC

    Odds on who’s up for Strictly elimination this week

    Judi Love is firmly odds on, at 1-4 with bookmaker Coral, to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

    Dan Walker is the second favourite to be next voted off but at significantly longer odds of 3-1.

    Rose Ayling-Ellis is odds on to win the Glitterball Trophy, at 4-7 with Coral.

    John Whaite comes next in the market for the winner of the series, at 4-1, followed by AJ Odudu (7-1).

    Not a fan?

    Halloween week on Strictly is always a spooktacular part of the show – but it turns out pro dancer Nancy Xu is not a fan.

    Teasing their performance this weekend, children’s TV host Rhys Stephenson said: “It’s going to be intense stares, high-octane kicks and screams. Nancy hates it.

    “She hates being scared – she hates pranks.”

    The pair were saved by the judges last week after ending up in the bottom two – but maybe Nancy wishes they weren’t.

    A terrible look for the show?

    As Judi filmed her sick bed video, Graziano, 27, was seen without a mask in a busy bar in Soho, central London, and was snapped with ex-pro Robin Windsor.

    A TV insider said: “He has done nothing wrong as he is double-jabbed and had tested negative.

    “But it’s a terrible look for the show, which has strict social distancing measures in place for filming.

    “And this isn’t the first time that pros have been seen breaking social distancing, which makes it very uncomfortable for producers.”

    Graziano was in Freedom Bar, one of the biggest venues in London’s gay village.

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      When will Craig Revel Horwood and Jonathan Myring get married?

      On April 27, 2020, the Craig and Jonathan revealed they had got engaged a month earlier during a holiday in Tasmania.

      Speaking to OK!, Craig, said: “There’s such comfort in knowing you have somebody that loves you and wants to spend the rest of their life with you.

      “I feel like I have someone who has my back and I’ve got theirs.”

      Jonathan surprised Craig during a trip to a national park.

      He stripped off in a salt bath and dropped to one knee to ask the question as the pair were enjoying champagne.

      The couple are planning to marry in one of the most haunted parts of the country.

      Craig has chosen to tie the knot in a venue that dates back to the 1800s near Rutland Water.

      They haven’t publicly revealed a date for the wedding yet.

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      Explained: Who is Craig Revel-Horwood’s boyfriend Jonathan Myring?

      Jonathan is the fiance of Strictly judge Craig Revel-Horwood.

      He is 43 years old.

      Jonathan is a horticulturist by profession.

      Other than that, he keeps his life fairly private.

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      Strictly curse crushed

      Tilly Ramsay and her pro dance partner Nikita Kuzmin have shut down the Strictly curse rumours for good – after she enjoyed a secret meeting with his girlfriend.

      She was introduced to dancer Nicole Wirt last week when she visited London to spend time with Nikita.

      The move will end speculation that has circulated about the nature of close friendship since the start of the BBC dancing show.

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      The ghosts and ghouls

      Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood set to wed in one of most haunted parts of Britain.

      Craig has chosen to tie the knot in a venue that dates back to the 1800s near Rutland Water.

      But he probably doesn’t realise the area is known for its spectres and has been a witchcraft hotspot for centuries.

      A TV insider said: “This will no doubt come as a surprise to Craig, who probably didn’t pick the location for its supernatural history, more its natural beauty.

      “Thankfully, he also has a great sense of humour so won’t see it as a hurdle to getting married there, unless he’s been hiding a deeply superstitious streak.”

      The church where Craig is having his big day is surrounded by an area once known as Witches Heath, believed to be a meeting place for sorceresses.

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      Spooky song lineup

      The BBC have released the list of dances the contestants will perform – and the songs they’ll be strutting their stuff to.

      We have:  

      • AJ and Kai – Viennese Waltz to Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
      • Judi and Graziano – Cha Cha Cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John
      • Rose and Giovanni – Tango to Shivers by Ed Sheeran
      • Sara and Tilly and Nikita – Cha Cha Cha to Spooky Movies by Gary Paxton
      • Adam and Katya – Viennese Waltz to Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven
      • Dan and Nadiya – Jive to Rock Lobster by the B-52’s
      • John and Johannes – Quickstep to Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
      • Rhys and Nancy – Paso Doble to The Eve of the War by Jeff Wayne
      • Tom and Amy – Tango to Highway to Hell by AC/DC

      Spooking Strictly shakeup for Halloween show

      HALLOWEEN is upon us once again, meaning only one thing: more spooktacular Strictly routines. 

      The ballroom show is famed for its Halloween Week, and BBC has confirmed excited fans should expect a spooky shake-up this year. 

      Bosses said: “There are sure to be tricks, treats, and some terrific moves. Get yourself ready for one spooky Saturday”. 

      And the network took to Twitter with this earlier in the week: “Mwahahaha! We’ve got some frightfully good routines in store for our Halloween special”. 

      On tonight’s episode, a string of celebs and their pro partners will once again vogue on down to the revamped dancefloor, where they’ll thrill viewers with their eeriest moves. 

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        Strictly news you may have missed from the week

        • Strictly’s Adam Peaty shows his damaged shoes after gruelling rehearsal
        • Strictly stars Oti and Motsi Mabuse have a secret third sister 
        • Katya Jones bans Adam Peaty from eating sweets as he’s ‘lost his abs’
        • The Strictly curse crushed as Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin’s girlfriend have secret meeting
        • Judi Love could throw Strictly into chaos
        • Judge Craig Revel Horwood set to wed in one of most haunted parts of Britain

        Grilled over a connection

        Janette Manrara grilled Strictly’s Katya on Thursday’s It Takes Two over her connection with husband Aljaz, asking ‘Why him?’

        Delving into the details of their training for the upcoming routine, Janette was keen to probe Katya and Adam on the bizarre way her husband Aljaz Skorjanec has been helping their rehearsals.

        “I’ve got to ask because he’s my husband,” Janette said.“You talk about Aljaz a lot.”

        Katya let out a giggle as Janette continued her grilling: “I heard it in the mics, you talked about him upstairs in Claudia (Winkleman’s) room.”

        “Why Aljaz? What is it about Aljaz?” Janette quizzed, prompting Adam to quickly jump to explain.

        Adam explained: “We used Aljaz’s face on everything we do now because -“

        The Strictly star was then cut off by Katya laughing as a snap of Aljaz appeared on-screen, prompting Adam to mimic his happy expression and say: “Look at him!”

        Adam went on: “It’s not just the face, it’s the energy, it’s just – look at it!”

        Not a fan?

        Halloween week on Strictly is always a spooktacular part of the show – but it turns out pro dancer Nancy Xu is not a fan.

        Teasing their performance this weekend, children’s TV host Rhys Stephenson said: “It’s going to be intense stares, high-octane kicks and screams. Nancy hates it.

        “She hates being scared – she hates pranks.”

        The pair were saved by the judges last week after ending up in the bottom two – but maybe Nancy wishes they weren’t.

        Clock is ticking

        Professional dancer Gary Edwards has exclusively said to the Express.co.uk that Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec could have a nightmare week.

        Gary said: “I would probably say they are going to be in jeopardy soon.

        “I think her range is running out. I think Sara and Aljaz are probably going to be in trouble soon.”

        Pucker up

        STRICTLY star Janette Manrara snogged husband Aljaz Skorjanec as they left It Takes Two last night.

        The duo puckered up as they left the Strictly Come Dancing spin-off show, which Janette has been hosting since she hung up her dancing shoes as a pro earlier this year.

        Janette, 37, looked chic in a cream winter jacket and a matching beret as she cosied up to her husband.

        She added a pop of colour with her brightly coloured flower power shirt and showed off her stunning curves in tight red leather leggings. The dancer held hands with Aliaz as they made their way out of the studio after her day of hosting duties.

        Aliaz, 31, who is currently bottom of the leaderboard with Dragon Dens’ parter Sara Davies, beamed as he strolled alongside her wearing tight black jeans and a black bomber jacket.

        Judi Love could throw Strictly into chaos

        STRICTLY Come Dancing could again be thrown into Covid-related chaos as Judi Love hasn’t put in a step of training two days before the next live show.

        The Loose Women star, 41, tested positive for coronavirus last week and has told how she has lost her sense of taste, smell and ‘has been coughing like she needs a TENA Lady sponsorship’.

        While the ITV favourite has been on her sick bed nursing herself, her partner Graziano Di Prima has been out partying instead of rehearsing.

        This means Judi’s rehearsal days have been slashed down to one – tomorrow – after a source revealed she had not been in training today.

        Neither Judi or Graziano have documented any rehearsals on their Instagram pages as they usually would, which has sparked fear behind the scenes.

        The pair are set to don their Halloween outfits and perform the routine they were set to showcase last week due to their scant practise time.

        Yet if they fail to do so – and Judi drops out – the series will be thrown into yet more chaos.

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