Week 4 brought the heat with many of our celeb couples looking to continue on Movie Week’s high scores. With judges getting more meticulous in their critiques, the line-up is starting to look rather empty as another couple left the competition. Catch up ahead of Saturday’s next instalment and watch Strictly Come Dancing online live and on-demand.
Wrapping on Strictly’s Movie Week, another contestant was cut from the line-up following the dreaded dance off. And, in the space of a week, we’ve lost two more celebrities with a third added to the list as Week 4 sees another elimination.
Ugo Monye and partner Oti Mabuse didn’t dance this week due to a history of back problems. But Ugo has promised he’s working with medical professionals to get back on two (hopefully dancing) feet. We hope that means we’ll be seeing him return to the floor this Saturday.
Unfortunately, Peep Show’s Robert Webb has had to pull out of the show entirely. In a statement, he said, “I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health,” going on to explain symptoms had arisen following heart surgery he’d undergone two years ago.
Eleven celebrities still took to the dance floor, though, with plenty of Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, and waltzing to keep us occupied.
Missed Week 4? Here’s how to watch Strictly Come Dancing online and catch up on-demand from anywhere.
How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online FREE in the UK
How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online from outside your country
For anyone abroad right now who still wants to experience the glitz and glam of Strictly, you might struggle from outside of the UK. But don’t let geo-restrictions come between you and your weekly fix of ballroom dancing.
Simply downloading and installing a VPN to your device will let you watch Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC iPlayer from anywhere. A VPN effectively tricks your device into thinking it’s in another location by changing the IP address to elsewhere in the world.
Three simple steps to using a VPN to watch Strictly Come Dancing
1. Download and install a VPN – we recommend ExpressVPN
2. Connect to the relevant server location – launch the VPN app, click on ‘choose location’ and select the right location i.e. UK for iPlayer
3. Head to the chosen broadcaster’s live stream – in this case, head to the BBC iPlayer
Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 couples?
- Adam Peaty and Katya Jones
- AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington
- Dan Walk and Nadiya Bychkova
- Greg Wise and Karen Hauer
- John Whaite and Johannes Radebe
- Judie Love and Graziano Di Prima
Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez Nina Wadia and Neil Jones
- Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu
- Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell
- Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice
- Sara Davies and Alijaž Škorjanec
- Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin
- Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden
- Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse
Strictly Come Dancing contestants 2021
- Ugo Monye (former rugby player and broadcaster)
- Judie Love (comedian and TV presenter)
- Adam Peaty (Olympic swimmer)
- Rose Ayling-Ellis (actress)
- Nina Wadia (actress and comedienne)
- Greg Wise (actor)
- Tilly Ramsay (chef and social media star)
- Dan Walker (presenter)
- Katie McGlynn (actress)
- Sara Davies (business entrepreneur and TV personality)
- Rhys Stephenson (actor and children’s TV presenter)
- John Whaite (chef)
- AJ Odudu (TV presenter)
- Robert Webb (comedian)
- Tom Fletcher (musician and author)
Strictly Come Dancing professionals 2021
- Jowita Przystal
- Kai Widdrington
- Nikita Kuzmin
- Cameron Lombard
- Aljaz Skorjanec
- Giovanni Pernice
- Gorka Marquez
- Graziano Di Prima
- Johannes Radebe
- Neil Jones
- Amy Dowden
- Dianne Buswell
- Karen Hauer
- Katya Jones
- Luba Mustuk
- Nadiya Bychkova
- Oti Mabuse
- Nancu Xu
Strictly Come Dancing judges 2021
- Anton Du Beke
- Shirley Ballas
- Motsi Mabuse
- Craig Revel Horwood
Covid rules for Strictly Come Dancing 2021
Although the country is well on its way back to normality (touch wood), the Strictly producers aren’t taking any risks and have Covid-19 measures in place again in 2021.
This time around anyone working on the show will be tested weekly and professional dancers will bubble up with their celebrities like last year.
The group numbers for the series have already been filmed and there will be no group chats with Claudia and Tess, with couples sat in the audience instead, which will also be of limited numbers.
The shortened isolation period after a positive test from fourteen days to ten should help the show to run smoother. Last year a positive test meant that the first same-sex couple on the show, Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, had to leave the competition early. However, the new rules should allow anyone that does test positive to miss a single week of live shows rather than end their time in the ballroom entirely.
How to watch Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
The Strcitly Come Dancing spin off show, It Takes Two, will return this month to curb that Strictly fever between live shows. The show will be back every weeknight to give you all of the behind the scenes exclusives.
You can tune in to Strictly: It Takes Two on BBC Two at 6.30pm BST Monday to Friday. The half an hour show kicks off on Monday September 27 and will air for the duration of Strictly Come Dancing 2021. Remember, you can watch free on the iPlayer live or on demand.
After a ten year stint on the show, Zoe Ball won’t be returning in 2021. But fear not, the tea time show is in safe hands, with Ball’s co-presenter, Rylan Clark-Neal, and long established professional dancer, Janette Marara, taking over presenting duties on It Takes Two this year.
The sideshow is usually packed with training footage, interviews, opinions from the judges and much more, so for unseen behind the scenes extras, it’s worth tuning in.