Strictly Come Dancing
Actor Rose Ayling-Ellis made history when she joined our 2021 lineup as Strictly's first ever deaf contestant, and now she's danced all the way to the top, lifting the Glitterball trophy with her Pro partner Giovanni Pernice!
The fabulous couple gave their all in the Final, performing their favourite dance from the series: a touching Couple's Choice routine to Symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson, as well as their Judge's Pick: a cute Quickstep to Love Is An Open Door from Frozen the Musical. Rose and Giovanni then completed their trio of routines with a stunning Showdance to The Rose by Bette Midler.
Not only did their performances go down a treat with the Judges, but also with the audience at home, who ultimately voted them the winners of Strictly 2021! This achievement is extra special for Giovanni, as it marks his fourth time in the Final and first ever win.
The pair jumped for joy as their names were called out, with an emotional Giovanni saying to Rose: "I have to…
The last 12 weeks have all come down to this. Tonight, one couple will be crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2021! This series has been spectacular in so many ways and there are still many marvellous moments to come.
John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni will perform three fantastic dances tonight, including their own favourite from across the series, a Judges' Pick and a brand new Showdance. If there's a time to bring your absolute best to the Ballroom floor, it's now!
While the Judges will be scoring each couple, only your votes count and will ultimately decide who goes home with the Glitterball trophy in their hands. So make sure you're logged into your BBC account ahead of time and be ready to vote on the Strictly homepage as soon as Claudia announces it's time to do so. All the additional voting information you need can be found right here.
So who will it be... John and Johannes or Rose and Giovanni? The decision lies in your hands! Tell us who you're backing in the…
AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington are having to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing and will not compete in tomorrow’s Grand Final.
After consulting medical professionals regarding her recent injury, the decision has been made that sadly AJ cannot dance in Saturday’s Final.
AJ Odudu said: “I'm deeply upset that I am unable to perform in the Final due to a torn ligament in my right ankle. Learning to dance over the last 13 weeks has been an incredible honour and to do it alongside someone as special, patient and devoted as Kai is something I'll treasure forever. Thank you to the Strictly family for the experience, the medical team for trying to get me back on my feet and mostly, to everyone at home for watching and supporting. You've made this experience one to remember. Strictly Come Dancing has been a lifelong dream and I'm glad it came true. Good luck to my partners in dance, John & Johannes and Rose and Giovanni. I will be cheering you on (on one leg!)."
Kai Widdrington said: “I’ve been…
They've brought fun, joy and energy to the Ballroom every week, but sadly Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu have bowed out of the competition in the Semi-Final, narrowly missing out on next week's Grand Final.
The pair made it through 12 amazing weeks, performing two brilliant routines last night: a Samba and a Tango. However, they finished bottom of the leaderboard and once their score was combined…
Last night's Semi-Final was nothing short of epic, seeing our couples perform double the dances and take home some of their highest scores yet!
AJ and Kai received a perfect 40 for their classy Quickstep and 39 for their stunning Rumba, only matched by Rose and Giovanni, who were scored 39 for their beautiful Waltz and 40 for their hot Argentine Tango. Both couples sat top of the leaderboard, with John and Johannes just behind with 39s for both their emotional Couple's Choice routine and joyful Jive.
Meanwhile Rhys and Nancy bagged 36 for their sharp Tango and 38 for their fantastic Samba.
You already know what time it is... the Strictly 2021 Semi-Final kicks off tonight! How excited are we?
Our four remaining couples are about to face their toughest night in the Ballroom yet, as they perform not one, but two whole new routines. John and Johannes are tackling a Jive and Couple's Choice, Rhys and Nancy are performing a Tango and Samba, AJ and Kai are treating us to a Quickstep and a…
It's Semi-Final time, which means... the return of double dances! Our four remaining couples will have to perform not one, but two routines this weekend, so they've really got bring their all.
Here's what our dancing duos will be bringing to the Ballroom on Saturday night...
AJ and Kai: Rumba to Show Me Heaven by Maria McKee and Quickstep to Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman
Rose and Giovanni:…
Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova have had such an amazing journey in the Strictly Ballroom, but the time came for them to say goodbye in last night's Quarter Final.
The couple performed a dramatic Tango for us on Saturday, scoring 31 and landing in fourth place on the leaderboard. Once their score was combined with the public vote, the Dance Off called for Dan and Nadiya, along with AJ Odudu…
With only two weeks to go before one couple lift the coveted Strictly Glitterball trophy, last night's Quarter Final couldn't be more hotly contested. But who will make it through to next week's Semi-Final?
Rhys and Nancy shared 39 points and equal place at the top of the leaderboard with Rose and Giovanni, after Shirley exclaimed their Argentine Tango had left her "speechless". Rose and…
Five couples, five routines, one chance to get another step closer to that Glitterball!
Tonight our Strictly stars face the Quarter Final and they're bringing some brilliant routines with them to the Ballroom. A Tango, Argentine Tango, two Salsas and an American Smooth await us, with all the lifts, tricks and epic moments you can imagine.
Of course, no one wants to go home now with the Semi Final…