Strictly Come Dancing
Latest news from the world of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, including updates on contestants, professional dancers, the judges and hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.
Latest Strictly Come Dancing news
Stacey Dooley has touched upon the public's interest in her romance with Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton, with whom she won the series with back in 2018. Their relationship has gone from strength to strength over the past year. The couple started dating in early 2019 just months after they won Strictly together - at the time, Stacey had left her long-term partner, personal trainer Sam Tucknott. READ: Kevin Clifton makes surprising Stacey Dooley relationship discovery WATCH: Stacey Dooley throws Kevin Clifton an incredible birthday surprise During a new interview with The Telegraph, the 33-year-old confessed: "I underestimated how much interest there would be in my personal life, which required adjustment." Exclusive: Tess Daly details secret wedding vow renewal story for the first time MORE: Kevin Clifton is every inch the ultimate boyfriend with cute snap of Stacey Dooley Her ex Sam, whom she was dating for seven years, had spoken out publicly against the documentary maker, claiming that she had left him to be in a relationship with her dance partner, Kevin. The stars seemingly confirmed their romance in April 2019 after posting a photo of them cuddling up together. They have since moved into Stacey's new house, and have shared snippets into their home life on social media. During the first lockdown, the lovebirds have relished watching Netflix and "eating takeaways". Stacey and Kevin have been dating since 2019 "Oh my God, I love Schitt's Creek," added Stacey. "I'm obsessed with Moira [played by Catherine O'Hara]... We haven't done any exercise, not even dancing." MORE: Stacey Dooley pulls out all the stops for Kevin Clifton's 38th birthday SEE: Inside Glow Up star Stacey Dooley's stunning Scandi-style home Elsewhere, Kevin recently opened up to Huffington Post, admitting it was hard to watch Strictly in December – months after he announced his decision to quit. "Obviously it was difficult when all the theatre went away this year and I'm sat at home watching [Strictly] - but I still feel it was the right time," he said. The TV star continued: "Me and my girlfriend decided we were going to watch all the episodes of The Royle Family right from the beginning. And we just laughed so much at it. It's things like that that kept me going, to be honest." Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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At least he's not currently taking part in Strictly.
Natalie Lowe has revealed her joy of relocating to her native Australia with her husband James Knibbs and their adorable one-year-old son Jack. MORE: Meet the future generation of Strictly Come Dancing! The pros and their adorable kids In an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO!, the 11-time ballroom dance champion who moved to London to join Strictly in 2009, reveals the opportunity to relocate was "a blessing in disguise". Her wish for her parents Patricia and Graham to spend time with their grandson came true at the end of last year when her husband was asked to move to Australia to lead the commercial launch of the business he works for. That initial three-month stay has now been extended to a year. WATCH: Behind the scenes with Natalie Lowe and her family in Australia "In my heart, everything happens for a reason and when we were given this opportunity, it was a blessing in disguise," says Natalie. "The way the world is going, you just don't know what the future holds. "For Jack to be able to have this surf-and-sun lifestyle that I had growing up is incredible. And now this will give him a bit of continuity and consistency by being here for 12 months. It will be such an amazing experience for him. And for us." Another bonus is that James is still looking after the UK part of the business. "So when we're able, I'm going to be shimmying between two countries I love," she reveals. Natalie, James and Jack are delighted to be living in Australia Even though she is very familiar with the long-haul flight to her homeland, the journey in November was unlike anything she had ever experienced. After 40 hours of travelling via Germany and Japan, the three had to spend 14 days in quarantine, unable to leave their hotel room. MORE: Strictly's Natalie Lowe opens up about heartbreaking miscarriages READ: Strictly's Natalie Lowe shares rare picture of her 'little heart breaker' son Jack "It was so strange but also, I'm so impressed with how the Australian Defence Force has handled overseas guests," says Natalie. She and her fellow travellers were escorted from the plane "by people in head-to-toe PPE" then "questioned in great detail by airport officials" before being put on a coach to assigned hotel accommodation in Sydney, which was their home for the next fortnight. However, all thoughts of being in isolation disappeared when they were eventually reunited with Natalie’s parents. "My mum and dad have a spring in their step – it has given them a new lease of life," Natalie says. "They came over to the UK for two weeks when Jack was first born and literally the size of my hand. So now to see them meet him, with his little personality, it's been incredible." It took Jack, who turned one in December, a while to settle in. "He was on edge, a bit clingy and really sensitive to sound – even if someone just closed a door or sneezed," Natalie says. "But now he is happy and giggling. He looks around as if to say: 'What is this world and who are all these people?' For so long, it's just been James and me." To read the full article, pick up the latest issue of HELLO! on sale now. Subscribe to HELLO! to get the magazine delivered free to your door every week or purchase the digital edition online via our Apple or Google apps.
Alex Scott has given new meaning to how to pull off sportswear – and we totally approve! The former Strictly star stunned her fans on Friday when she unveiled a brand new look – rocking a red PVC puffer jacket and daring sheer top. MORE: Alex Scott’s daily diet: what the TV presenter eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner Alex almost looked unrecognizable as she modelled her take on sports-luxe, adding a purple and green pair of Nike tracksuit bottoms to a pair of sky-high boots. WATCH: Behind-the-scenes with Alex Scott Posting three shots by photographer Joseph Sinclair to her Instagram, Alex captioned them: "You OK Hun?" "Man's Not Hot," and "Make it Rain." Alex's fans were clearly impressed with her new look, with one commenting on an image of Alex kicking up her leg: "This is my favourite - looks like you had a lot of fun, keep doing the good work lady." READ: Alex Scott reveals trolls forced her into therapy and how it changed her life MORE: Alex Scott channels Meghan Markle in the most gorgeous way Alex looked totally different in photos taken by Joseph Sinclair Another wrote: "Sassy Scott." While her former Strictly Come Dancing partner Neil Jones joked: "Why was this never one of our outfits?" Fans may remember seeing Alex in sequins and sparkles during her stint on Strictly in 2019, but we're loving this new look on her! We love Alex's take on sports-luxe We're not surprised by Alex's athletic figure either, considering she is a former footballer and maintains a super healthy diet. She recently told The Telegraph: "It was ingrained in me from eight years old to fuel my body properly. And I missed that teenage thing of partying and drinking, because of football. MORE: What is former Strictly star Alex Scott's net worth? "Now I advise friends and my mum what to do when they want to lose weight – with exercise, it has to be fun and easily slotted into your daily routine." Alex looked amazing in her PVC jacket And if you're wondering exactly what Alex eats to fuel her body, she previously revealed that she is a big fan of smoothies in the morning. Speaking to juicemaster.com, she previously revealed: "In the morning, I struggle to eat before I train. So the easy option is to juice so I know I’m getting the nutrients in, and again after a game for recovery." Alex added: "I usually go for an avocado-based juice or blend, which fills me up and gives me the energy I need." Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Tess Daly has been the face of Strictly Come Dancing for the past 17 years, and has been a vital part of the team who managed to get the nation through those difficult Saturday nights under lockdown and various tier restrictions in December. Although the majority of the public were forced to stay in, the stars on the show and the crew backstage undeniably went the extra mile to deliver a few hours of wonderful distraction week after week in the lead up to Christmas. Now with 2021 well and truly upon us, the host of the popular dancing series has heaped praise on the team and how it managed to be a salvation for herself as it was for us. MORE: Tess Daly shares rare glimpse inside home life with Vernon Kay during lockdown WATCH: Tess Daly & Claudia Winkleman's 5 Style Lessons Speaking exclusively with HELLO! this week, the 51-year-old confessed: "It did genuinely feel like a privilege to actually get the show up on air last year. We were determined to. MORE: Tess Daly reacts as Vernon Kay surprises his former I'm A Celeb campmates READ: Tess Daly's daily diet revealed - and it's so relatable "Ever since March when the first lockdown happened, I was in talks with the producers - 'Can we make it happen?' They were saying, 'We are going to try our hardest. We are going to make this happen and do what we can.'" She added: "[Just] to make it happen with the odds stacked against us was a feat in itself. It felt so wonderful and extra celebratory." Tess and Claudia kept their two-metre distance as they filmed Strictly Despite the joy of bringing the show to our screens, Tess confessed it was extremely heartbreaking to not step in when a contestant was reduced to tears. "Sometimes it was challenging, when someone was crying next to me - human instinct is to reach out and comfort them. You really want to hold their hand," she shared. "They're going through something, and you want to reassure them. MORE: Vernon Kay and Tess Daly enjoy sweet date night after I'm A Celebrity stint SEE: Strictly's Tess Daly dazzles in a bright pink dress "That's my job on the show. Not be physically next to them was tough but we had to do what we had to do to make the show happen." Tess was also forced to keep her two-metre distance from co-host and good friend Claudia Winkleman - unfortunately, during the last series, viewers were unable to see the pair hold hands as they preached their iconic "Keep Dancing" moto. The TV star expressed her gratitude for being able to work "Standing away from Claudia was challenging too, I love that girl," the TV star explained. "I love standing side to side with her. Distancing was challenging but I'm so proud of us that we managed to do it. We did it because we had to do it. If we didn't do that then people may have got sick and the show wouldn't have been able to air had we lost more couples or crew." Sharing her gratitude for being able to work, Tess continued: "It was a wonderful series. We were grateful to be at work - so many people weren't able to work at that time. Just to be able to do that, be creative at work was a luxury. DISCOVER: Tess Daly's family home will make you green with envy "We've all been so deprived of social contact - that is such a big thing for human beings. We need that interaction. I'm a people person and I like to talk. I love exchanges with people whether that's in a supermarket or in the streets. It felt great to work and be a joy booster - people have said it really helped during the second lockdown, which was tough." The presenter has been the face of Strictly for the past 17 years Meanwhile, away from the TV screens, Tess is busy homeschooling her children as well as keeping up with her dedicated fitness regime. She has also partnered up with Activia to support its 14-day #ActiviaChallenge, where alongside focusing on their gut health, participants are being encouraged to do other small things that help make them feel good. MORE: Tess Daly shares previously unseen photo with husband Vernon Kay "Basically, for now, at this time, it's about nurturing your wellbeing," she said. "[Taking care] of your mental health, your physical health and just to look after yourself. Tess has teamed up with Activia for their new campaign "What I've found really helps me is staring the day with an online yoga class. After the kids have had their breakfast and get on their first online lesson of the day, I will take myself off for a 20-minute online yoga class because it's brilliant." Of the campaign, Tess concluded: "It's never been more important to look after our immune system. For me, wellbeing is everything and it begins in your gut. I've been a gut health enthusiast for as long as I can remember." To take part in the 14-day #ActiviaChallenge, which goes live on Monday, visit danoneactivia.co.uk Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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The actress also said she felt ‘a bit institutionalised’ after taking part in the programme.
Strictly Come Dancing star Janette Manrara has been sharing some stunning outfit snaps lately, and throwbacks or not, they're ultra gorgeous!On Monday Morning, the dancer posted a professional shot of herself looking beautiful in black and white, adding a motivational caption.MORE: Vogue Williams stuns fans in tiny leather shorts"Monday. Motivated, determined, and ready to slay the day! Monslay," she simply wrote, prompting plenty of followers to comment on the gorgeous photo. WATCH: Aljaz and Janette share exciting news with fans"Seriously Janette. Could you look any closer to perfect if you even tried?!" one fan wrote, while another added: "You look amazing in this photo!"MORE: Ruth Langsford rocks skinny trousers to reveal her exciting fashion newsJanette is clearly missing styling herself for special events, since she also shared a glamorous throwback shot of herself and husband Aljaz Skorjanec on Sunday.Janette shared the gorgeous shot on InstagramWearing a plunging metallic gown, the image dates back to Julien Macdonald's charity fashion show in aid of the Royal Osteoporosis Society - and we're not surprised Janette loves reminiscing about her look by the glitzy designer, who was her partner on Strictly back in 2013.MORE: The Masked Singer's Davina McCall confuses fans with leg-baring mini dress"Missing the days of dressing up for beautiful evenings out," she captioned the post.Reminiscing on nights out with husband AljazJanette and Aljaz revealed some exciting news recently, however, announcing that they have launched their own online dance classes.Sharing a fun video of them both on Instagram Stories, Aljaz could be heard calling Janette over to join him and telling her: "Guess what we are doing on Tuesday? Online classes! Guess what we are doing on Friday? Online classes."The couple have launched online dance classesJanette revealed further details on Monday morning, telling fans: "Here it is! Make sure to sign up and join us for some lockdown dancing fun!"We cannot wait to get moving with you, but most of all to make you all smile! Click the link in my Bio for all the sign up details! We cannot wait to dance w/ you, from our kitchen to yours!"
Former GMTV star Fiona Phillips has opened up about her regret at taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, admitting that she feels like she never should have done the popular TV show. MORE: Fiona Phillips details 'nasty' coronavirus symptoms after making her recoveryChatting to The Mirror, the TV personality said "I should never have done it. Even as a teenager I hated getting on the dance floor. It's funny but for someone who has spent a lot of time in broadcasting, I’ve always been quite shy and have low self-esteem.WATCH: Brendan Cole talks Strictly curse"I felt so self-conscious, but I thought, 'I will have a professional dancer and it’s a nice programme'. But Brendan is a rough old taskmaster and really wanted to be number one or nothing. I just wasn’t very good. I became a comedy type figure. I’m not glad I did it, but it was an experience." Fiona appeared in the third series of the show and left the series in week four, meaning that the pair finished ninth out of the twelve competing couples. MORE: Strictly’s Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec's home is as chic as you'd expectMORE: Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse's fitness, diet and body confidence secrets revealedMORE: Strictly body envy! How the professionals get their incredible bodiesBrendan was axed from the show back in 2018, and opened up about it on Lorraine, saying: "It’s quite, actually, hard to talk about. The BBC haven’t renewed my contract. We get contracted year upon year. They’ve made an editorial decision to not have me back on the show. I’m a little bit in shock. I'm quite emotional, a bit raw about it.Fiona opened up about her time on the show"It’s done via a process of a phone call and stuff. I have had 15 incredible series on the show. I’m very proud of the whole show. It’s a great team. I’m disappointed. It’s very hard to talk about. It’s a recent decision." Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Strictly Come Dancing's Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec are making sure that fans of the show keep dancing during lockdown, and in order to do so, they have started their own online dance lessons.MORE: Janette Manrara shares exclusive video of emotional reunion with Aljaz Skorjanec following Strictly lossThe professional dancers announced the exciting news on Instagram Stories on Sunday. Sharing a fun video of them both, Aljaz could be heard calling Janette over to join him and telling her: "Guess what we are doing on Tuesday? Online classes! Guess what we are doing on Friday? Online classes."A surprised Janette replies: "No way!" WATCH: Janette and Aljaz surprise fans with exciting news"So tomorrow we are going to send every single detail for you to sign up. Until then, be good, look out for yourself," the 30-year-old star says at the end of the clip, before wife Janette adds: "We will see you on Tuesday and Friday!"Fans of the pair will no doubt be keeping a close eye on their social media on Monday as they will announce all the details about their new exciting venture.READ: Strictly’s Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec's home is as chic as you'd expectRELATED: Strictly stars comfort Janette Manrara after she reveals her heart is 'broken'The couple's new project comes a week after they spoke exclusively to HELLO! about the future and their plans to start a family.The couple celebrated Christmas in London for the first time as lockdown ruined their plans to visit familyThe married couple, who had to live separately during the latest series of Strictly, revealed that their enforced separation brought them closer than ever and rekindled their romance, and it has also helped them reach an important decision about their future."We always wanted to have a baby, but 2020 has definitely made me say to myself: 'You know what, Janette, it's never going to be the perfect time but it's always going to be the right time,'" Janette told us."As a woman who's a dancer, my body is my job so it's scary to make that decision about the perfect time to start a family. I always thought there would be a perfect month and year, but what 2020 has made me realise is that perfect time is never going to come along."We're definitely ready to be parents so we will see when that moment comes – you can't plan it. We will be beside ourselves and Aljaz will be the best dad. He is such a wonderful man and I'm so lucky to have him," she added.
Speculation has long swirled around Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones' love life, but on Saturday, the Russian star took to Instagram to confirm that she is single, and even asked her followers for dating advice!MORE: Dianne Buswell shares Strictly 'transformation' that has fans laughingBlaming the pandemic for making dating near impossible at the moment, Katya wrote alongside a gorgeous selfie: "I'm sorry, but how can anyone single find somebody during these times?" WATCH: Katya Jones puts the cutest pink bow on pet dog CrumbleShe added: "It's been almost a year! Three lockdowns when we aren’t allowed to go outside, bars and restaurants aren’t open. And when we do go anywhere, we have to wear masks!"RELATED: The Strictly Come Dancing relationships that didn't stand the test of timeKatya took to InstagramRELATED: Strictly's Katya Jones drops huge hint that she and Neil have divorcedKatya even shared her ingenious mask design idea, writing: "I mean, I might have to get a mask saying: 'I have an amazing personality'. Really."She also made it clear that she was not a fan of dating apps, which are what most people looking for love during the coronavirus pandemic have had to rely on.The star confirmed she is single "Dating apps not for me. I'm an old romantic. I need human interaction," Katya explained.The 31-year-old – who was famously in a relationship with Strictly co-star Neil Jones until 2019 – then asked her followers for their advice on the matter."What do my fellow singlers do?" she queried, adding: "Go on then, hit me up with your best chat lines."Katya and Neil – who has since found love with girlfriend Luisa Eusse – went their separate ways in August 2019, shocking fans when they announced that they were splitting up following seven years of marriage. Despite parting ways, Katya told The Sun in December that she and Neil have never been closer. Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.