Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Latest – Tom Daley rumoured to join contestants Rhys Stephenson, John Whaite and Robert Webb

FIVE names have been confirmed for Strictly 2021 so far – but fans are eager to find out who the next celebrity contestants will be.

Tom Daley is 2-1 with bookmaker Coral to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing following his success at the Olympics.

Meanwhile children's TV broadcaster Rhys Stephenson on Friday became the fifth contestant announced for the show this year.

Other contestants were announced this week and they include Bake Off winner John Whaite, McFly legend Tom Fletcher, Peep Show actor Robert Webb and presenter AJ Odudu.

The Sun understands the BBC will continue to reveal the line-up for the 2021 series in the coming days and weeks – with further names expected imminently.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    THE FIRST THREE STRICTLY COME DANCING CONTESTANTS ARE EXCLUSIVELY REVEALED ON THE ONE SHOW

    The first three Strictly Come Dancing contestants are exclusively revealed on The One Show

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRICTLY’S KATYA JONES SPOTTED IN HER SLIPPERS GRABBING COFFEE AS STAR-STUDDED SERIES IS ANNOUNCED

    The ballroom star was seen running errands in London as the BBC show starts to announce their celebrity line-up.

    The Russian beauty looked a far cry from how she looks on the Strictly dancefloor, dressed in a red puffer jacket with matching trousers.

    Katya wore her long hair loose and went make-up free for the outing.

    As well as grabbing a cuppa, she also was seen carrying a bag of groceries.

    Read the article here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    RHYS STEPHENSON 'READY FOR CRAIG'S GLARE' AS HE JOINS STRICTLY

    KIDS' TV presenter Rhys Stephenson will be on this year's Strictly.

    The CBBC host, 28, said he was "buzzing" at being asked to appear on the dance show.

    Rhys, who has also presented Blue Peter. revealed it had long been his ambition, and joked he was prepared for judge Craig Revel Horwood's cutting critiques.

    He said: "I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation."

    The former Saturday Mash—Up! host, who started acting when he was ten, added: "I cannot wait to experience it all: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig's glare! I am ready!"

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    ROBERT WEBB SUBJECT OF 72% OF ALL STRICTLY BETS SO FAR, BOOKIES SAY

    A huge 72% of Strictly bets so far have been in favour of Robert Webb, Ladbrokes can reveal.

    After the first batch of celebs were announced last week, the bookies have reported almost three in four bets have been struck on the Peep Show star, whose odds have been slashed from 20/1 to just 16/1 as a result.

    Elsewhere, Tom Fletcher continues to head the betting at 5/1 and is the second-most popular pick with punters, while AJ Odudu and Rhys Stephenson are 8/1 apiece.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Robert Webb could well be this year's Strictly dark horse if the latest betting figures are anything to go by, with punters confident the 16/1 shot can cause an upset."

  • Joseph Gamp

    JANETTE MANRARA TO REPLACE ZOE BALL ON IT TAKES TWO

    Janette Manrara is stepping down as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing, to replace Zoe Ball as host of its spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two,

    The US dancer and choreographer will co-present the show, which goes behind the scenes of the celebrity dance competition, with Rylan Clark-Neal.

    Manrara told BBC One's The One Show the "hardest part of accepting this amazing honour" was "I will not be dancing".

    "I don't want to well up because I have been welling up a lot today," she said.

    "It's the realisation that I will not be on that legendary Strictly dancefloor any more. But I feel that this is most beautiful and natural progression."

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    PROFESSIONAL DANCERS

    Gorka Marquez – Gorka joined Strictly back in 2016. A year later, the pro dancer made it to the final with partner Alexandra Burke.

    Graziano Di Prima – Graziano joined the Strictly crew in 2018. He made his debut with DJ Vick Hope, but left the competition in the fifth week.

    Janette Manrara – Janette first joined Strictly in 2013. She has been paired with the likes of Jake Wood, Peter Andre and Aston Merrygold over the years.

    Johannes Radebe – Johannes got his first celebrity pairing in 2019 with Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley.

    Karen Hauer – Karen is Strictly’s longest-serving female pro dancer, first hitting the dance floor in 2012.

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRICTLY AXES BLACKPOOL WEEK FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

    A full-length series will return this Autumn after it was pushed back to October last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Mirror reports movie week, musicals week and Halloween week will all make a comeback – as well as a Christmas special.

    There will also be a full line-up of 15 celebrities, with bosses hopeful that a live audience will be there at Elstree Studios to cheer them on.

    Executive producer Sarah James told the paper: “We’re so thrilled that Strictly will be returning for a full-length series this year, and know how much viewers are looking forward to getting their full Strictly fix and seeing the return of much-loved specials.”

    She added: “We are all so sad that we won’t be able to get to Blackpool this year but can’t wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRICTLY AXES BLACKPOOL WEEK FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

    A full-length series will return this Autumn after it was pushed back to October last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Mirror reports movie week, musicals week and Halloween week will all make a comeback – as well as a Christmas special.

    There will also be a full line-up of 15 celebrities, with bosses hopeful that a live audience will be there at Elstree Studios to cheer them on.

    Executive producer Sarah James told the paper: “We’re so thrilled that Strictly will be returning for a full-length series this year, and know how much viewers are looking forward to getting their full Strictly fix and seeing the return of much-loved specials.”

    She added: “We are all so sad that we won’t be able to get to Blackpool this year but can’t wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRICTLY’S JANETTE MANRARA ON WHY HUSBAND ALJAZ ŠKORJANEC HAS ‘TO MOVE OUT’

    Janette Manrara is the Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two’s new host and she’s opened up on having to separate from her husband ahead of the new season.

    She’s taking over as presenter alongside Rylan Clark-Neal after Zoe Ball left the spin off.

    Janette’s husband Aljaz has to temporarily move out while she films the show. In an interview with OK!, she told them: “Because COVID is still an issue, in order for the show to continue moving forward with the professional numbers, the professionals and the production team have to isolate to rehearse and film all the pro dances, which means Aljaž will have to move out of our home”.

    While the couple won’t be able to live together, she’s confirmed that being separated from her hubby won’t be “as long as last year”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TOM DALEY BEING BACKED TO BE ON STRICTLY IN 2021

    Tom Daley is 2-1 with bookmaker Coral to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2021 following his success at the Olympics.

    Daly is 8-1 with the firm to lift the Glitterball Trophy this year.

    “It has been a fantastic Olympics for Tom Daley who has come away from Tokyo with two medals, the most notable being his gold. He is now being backed to appear on Strictly this year where he is already one of the early favourites for the Glitterball Trophy,” said Coral’s John Hill.

  • Joseph Gamp

    STRICTLY’S KATYA JONES SPOTTED IN HER SLIPPERS GRABBING COFFEE AS STAR-STUDDED SERIES IS ANNOUNCED

    The ballroom star was seen running errands in London as the BBC show starts to announce their celebrity line-up.

    The Russian beauty looked a far cry from how she looks on the Strictly dancefloor, dressed in a red puffer jacket with matching trousers.

    Katya wore her long hair loose and went make-up free for the outing.

    As well as grabbing a cuppa, she also was seen carrying a bag of groceries.

    Read the article here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    GREATEST DANCER WINNER JOINS PROFESSIONAL DANCER LINE-UP

    A winning performer on BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer is to join Strictly Come Dancing’s professional line-up.

    Poland’s Jowita Przystal, who won 2020’s series of The Greatest Dancer with partner Michael Danilczuk, is one of four new additions to the team.

    Ukraine’s Nikita Kuzmin, South Africa’s Cameron Lombard and Kai Widdrington from the UK have also been recruited.

    The announcement comes after Anton Du Beke and Janette Manrara left the pro dancer line-up to take on other roles.

    Du Beke is to replace Bruno Tonioli on the judging panel for the next series of Strictly, having briefly filled in for Motsi Mabuse in 2020.

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    EXPLAINED: WHEN DOES STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021 START?

    The BBC has not yet confirmed when Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will start.

    The 2020 series started in mid-October, a month later than usual due to the Covid pandemic – but it remains to be seen whether the new series will go back to the regular September start.

    The 2020 series ran for nine weeks instead of the usual 13.

  • Milica Cosic

    INSIDE NEW STRICTLY CONTESTANT AJ ODUDU’S CLASSY HOME

    The 33-year-old TV presenter was confirmed alongside McFly’s Tom Fletcher, and Peep Show’s Robert Webb – with Bake Off’s John Whaite added to the line-up this morning.

    And while all of the stars no doubt have a gruelling couple of months ahead, AJ at least has an incredibly stylish abode to relax in during her down time.

    The star lives in a chic three-bedroom Victorian maisonette, which she proudly shows off on social media – and we can definitely understand why.

    The pad has been kept simple with bright and airy white walls, but bright colours add a quirky touch.

    AJ has added an attention-grabbing orange carpet to her hallway and staircase, and has a stand-out deep blue sofa in her living room – complete with bold cushions.

  • Milica Cosic

    EXPLAINED: WHY HAS THE BLACKPOOL WEEK BEEN CANCELLED AGAIN?

    Bosses have axed Blackpool week for a second year running. A full-length series will return this Autumn after it was pushed back to October last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Executive producer Sarah James told the paper: “We’re so thrilled that Strictly will be returning for a full-length series this year, and know how much viewers are looking forward to getting their full Strictly fix and seeing the return of much-loved specials.”

    She added: “We are all so sad that we won’t be able to get to Blackpool this year but can’t wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future.”

  • Milica Cosic

    STRICTLY COME DANCING TARGET ALAN CARR SAYS HE’S WORRIED HE WILL END UP THE NEXT ‘ANN WIDDECOMBE’

    Bosses have apparently signed up a bloke to put in the show’s first all-male partnership — with Olympic diver Tom Daley and Alan among those rumoured to have been asked.

    But Alan fears that he would end up as the “joke act” like Ann Widdecombe.

    He raised his concerns after pal David Walliams suggested they could be the same-sex pairing on the series, which starts next month.

    Alan said: “I need to lose weight — one of us has to be a dancer. I went to Buenos Aires and said, ‘When I go home, I am going to learn how to tango’.

    “I wanted to be sexy but know I will be the Ann Widdecombe — the one dragged around the floor dressed as a matador.”

    David joked on Alan’s Life’s A Beach podcast: “I am a dancer.”

    But Alan deadpanned: “Oh please, The Birdie Song doesn’t count.”

  • Milica Cosic

    STRICTLY AXES BLACKPOOL WEEK FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

    A full-length series will return this Autumn after it was pushed back to October last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Mirror reports movie week, musicals week and Halloween week will all make a comeback – as well as a Christmas special.

    There will also be a full line-up of 15 celebrities, with bosses hopeful that a live audience will be there at Elstree Studios to cheer them on.

    Executive producer Sarah James told the paper: “We’re so thrilled that Strictly will be returning for a full-length series this year, and know how much viewers are looking forward to getting their full Strictly fix and seeing the return of much-loved specials.”

    She added: “We are all so sad that we won’t be able to get to Blackpool this year but can’t wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future.”

  • Milica Cosic

    PROFESSIONAL DANCERS (CONTINUED…)

    Gorka Marquez – Gorka joined Strictly back in 2016. A year later, the pro dancer made it to the final with partner Alexandra Burke.

    Graziano Di Prima – Graziano joined the Strictly crew in 2018. He made his debut with DJ Vick Hope, but left the competition in the fifth week.

    Janette Manrara – Janette first joined Strictly in 2013. She has been paired with the likes of Jake Wood, Peter Andre and Aston Merrygold over the years.

    Johannes Radebe – Johannes got his first celebrity pairing in 2019 with Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley.

    Karen Hauer – Karen is Strictly’s longest-serving female pro dancer, first hitting the dance floor in 2012.

  • Milica Cosic

    EXPLAINED: WHO ARE THE STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021 PROFESSIONAL DANCERS?

    Aljaž Škorjanec – Aljaž joined the Strictly crew in series 11 and stormed to victory with Abbey Clancey.

    Amy Dowden – Amy made her Strictly debut in 2017 with celeb partner Brian Conley, but the pair were eliminated in week four.

    Anton Du Beke – Fan fave Anton, star of the original 2004 line-up is returning for his seventeenth series.

    Dianne Buswell – Dianne made her debut on Strictly in 2017, when she was partnered with Reverend Richard Coles. The two were sent home in week three.

    Giovanni Pernice – Despite only joining the show five years ago, Giovanni has managed to get to the final three times!

  • Milica Cosic

    HOW CAN YOU WATCH STRICTLY?

    Strictly Come Dancing 202 will, as usual, be showing on BBC1.

    It is expected to assume its usual 6pm slot.

    It’s likely that the show will also be put on BBC iPlayer as each episode airs.

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    STRICTLY HUNK GIOVANNI PERNICE SPARKS RUMOURS HE’S DANCING WITH JOHN WHAITE

    Pro dancer Giovanni, who is dating Love Island's Maura Higgins, began following John on the social media site within hours of his announcement.

    Perhaps tellingly, Gio is yet to have started following the three other confirmed contestants Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb or AJ Odudu.

    The first all-male partnership comes a year after the BBC show's first female pairing in Katya Jones and Nicola Adams.

    John's casting was announced on BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show.

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    WHO IS STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021 CONTESTANT TOM FLETCHER?

    Tom Fletcher was born on July 17, 1985, and grew up in Harrow, North West London.

    The 35-year-old attended the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, in Marble Arch.

    Tom’s younger sister, singer Carrie Hope Fletcher, starred as Eponine in Les Miserables – and is now producing vlogs for YouTube.

    Tom’s first big break came when he was 10 – and starred in Oliver! at the London Palladium.

    In the past, the dad-of-three has struggled with eating disorders – and has been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.

  • Milica Cosic

    STRICTLY'S KATYA JONES SPOTTED IN HER SLIPPERS GRABBING COFFEE AS STAR-STUDDED SERIES IS ANNOUNCED

    The ballroom star was seen running errands in London as the BBC show starts to announce their celebrity line-up.

    The Russian beauty looked a far cry from how she looks on the Strictly dancefloor, dressed in a red puffer jacket with matching trousers.

    Katya wore her long hair loose and went make-up free for the outing.

    As well as grabbing a cuppa, she also was seen carrying a bag of groceries.

    Read the article here.

    Katya was dressed casually in her red puffer and matching trousers
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    WATCH AS STRICTLY'S JOHN WHAITE OPENS UP ABOUT BEING LEFT SUICIDAL AND QUITTING FAME TO LIVE ON A FARM AFTER BAKE OFF

    Strictly’s John Whaite was left suicidal and quit fame to live on a farm after Bake Off

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    EXPLAINED: WHO IS STRICTLY PRO KATYA JONES?

    The fiery dancer was paired up in the show's first ever same-sex couple in 2020, until coronavirus forced her off the show after just three weeks.

    Since announcing her split from husband Neil Jones, Katya has kept her romantic life under wraps.

    This comes after it was revealed that the Russian dancer was pictured kissing dance partner Seann Walsh. Katya and her husband Neil Jones split ten months after that. She and Seann were married since 2013.

    In 2020, she was partnered with Nicola Adams and together they made Strictly Come Dancing history by becoming the first celebrity to perform in a same-sex pairing.

    Eyes peeled for who she's paired with this year.

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