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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 LIVE – Rhys & Nancy SENT HOME as John & Johannes join Rose & Giovanni and AJ & Kai in final

STRICTLY Come Dancing's Rhys Stephenson has been sent packing from the Strictly semi-final.

It comes after the CBBC presenter and Nancy Xu went up against John and Johannes in the semi-final dance-off.

Craig Revel-Horwood said it was "the most amazing semi-final dance-off ever" – but all four judges voted to save the first all-male couple and send them to next Saturday's grand finale.

John and Johannes will now join Rose & Giovanni and AJ & Kai or what's set to be a magical end to a magical series of the hit BBC dancing show.

Read our Strictly live blog below for the latest news and gossip…

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    John & Johannes through

    Anton has sent the couple through.

    Meaning Rhys & Nancy will be heading off the show tonight.

    What a tight semi-final dance-off! Loved it!

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    Motsi chooses John & Johannes

    Motsi has decided to put the all-male couple through.

    But she says it's the hardest choice she's had to make.

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    Craig putting through John & Johannes

    Mr Nasty says he does not want to make a decision.

    One of the most amazing dance-offs – and he wants to put them both through.

    However,John & Johannes are going through for their clinical technique.

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    The crowd are going will for John & Johannes

    They are getting what can only be described as a mini-ovation.

    Now, its the moment of truth.

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    Here come John & Johannes

    The all-male couple are dancing their sensational jive again.

    It's a truly energetic dance – and the pair are having the time of their lives. .

    Look at the timing on the foot flicks!

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    Rhys and Nancy dancing

    Another chance to watch their sensational Samba.

    Look at those hips!

    Nancy has brought something very special out of Rhys.

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    AJ & Kai on sailing through

    AJ is close to tears about being sent through to the final.

    She says cannot or dreamed of a better partner than Kai.

    The presenter says the pro dancer sparked something inside her that she "didn't know was there".

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    Rhys and Nancy going to the dance off

    Rhys and Nancy are going to the dance off.

    They were beaten by Aj and Kai.

    The couple will face John and Johannes shortly.

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    A little montage of the judges' best bits

    A little montage of the judges' best bits to take the edge off the results show.

    Who can resist Criag Revel-Horwood holding emojis and wearing colourful glasses.

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    Anton Du Beke swept up with emotion when watching Rose

    Anton says he gets emotional when he watches Rose dance.

    It easy to get swept up in the Tango – but Rose has a wonderful serenity about her, Anton reveals.

    The judge says only a few can catch peacefulness in that dance – and he says "she is just a joy to watch them. It was as if they were meant to be together.

    "It's not the technique – it's the emotion I love".

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    Shirley says semi-final was 'off the charts'

    Shirley says the semi final was "magical".

    This whole series has been "off the charts" says the head judge.

    It will break her heart for anyone to leave the competition, she says.

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    Rose & Giovanni overwhelmed

    Their chemistry cannot be denied – Rose & Giovanni were nearly lost for words.

    But who will join them in the final?

    We will find out shortly.

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    John & Johannes competing in dance off

    The first all-male couple will be in the dance off tonight.

    John says he is excited to do his jive again.

    The Bake Off says they will "go out and give it all they have got".

    Shirley says there dance was spectacular.

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    First finalist revealed!

    Rose & Giovanni have sailed through tonight's results show.

    They will perform next Saturday for the live grand final.

    Who will be joining them?

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    AJ & Kai and Rose & Giovanni tied on 79 points.

    Rhys and Nancy are at the bottom.

    Let's see what votes have made the difference.

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    Recap of Saturday night's dances

    They were all spectacular in their own ways.

    Both Rose & Giovanni and AJ & Kai scored 40 on one of the of their two dances.

    But who will be facing the dance off?

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    AJ & Kai on how their big mistake happened

    Strictly Come Dancing couple AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington have explained what went wrong during their dance on last Saturday’s episode.

    Appearing on BBC Two’s Strictly: It Takes Two, AJ and Kai have explained why the lift didn’t go to plan.

    “Well there’s a moment when you’re supposed to prep, you’re supposed to go out and roll in and there was no out,” Kai said.

    “I realised that if I put her down she would have hit her head, so I thought I just have to wait and let her climb down and usher her to the next bit.”

    AJ then interjected: “But I finished the dance, guys!”

    The TV presenter went on to say how glad she was to get a second chance at the routine.

    “It was stressful [being in the dance-off],” she admitted. “I was nervous going into that final lift. To be able to execute it and show everyone, this is what it was meant to look like, I was really pleased.”

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    Here come the judges!

    Some dreams will be broken this evening.

    The fate of the finalists will be revealed in mere minutes.

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    Group dance time!

    The stars are dancing to a cover of Bwjork's Oh So Quiet.

    But it faded in to This Is How We Do It.

    The pros are dancing in a library setting.

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    Tense showdown ahead

    Who will be sent dancing off home this evening?

    We're about to find out.

    Stay tuned to our live blog

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    Results show in 10 mins time

    The stakes are high and the dances are fab-u-lous, darling.

    But one couple will be booted off the show this evening.

    It's one of the closest leaderboards seen in years – but who will be voted off?

    Stick with us for the latest.

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    ‘Rose wants to win Strictly’

    A source told New magazine: “Rose is very focused and wants to win, but she and Giovanni are getting closer and closer.

    “You can see from the praise they’re giving each other and the open compliments about how proud they are of each other.”

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    Strictly winners revealed through secret body language

    Body language expert Darren Stanton that there is one pair giving away their victory through their subconscious gestures.

    Darren has written on the Mirror that the frontrunners for him are John Whaite and Johannes Radebe “due to the obvious rapport they share and the true – and genuine – emotion they have when engaging with one another”.

    Darren continued to say that: “They say that the eyes are the window to the soul – eyes can be a direct reflection of emotion and if we look at the level of engagement between John and Johannes, as dancers they hold each other’s gaze and have complete synchronicity. Their connection is undeniable and their performances are seamless.

    “These two go from strength to strength each week and it’s clear the level of connection between them continues to increase and get stronger.

    “The non-verbal communication they displayed during this week’s dance, such as their intense eye contact and close interactions within each other’s proximity zones, suggests their bond has reached new heights – this was validated by both the audience and the judging panel’s response.”

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    Strictly confirms celebs & dancers for live tour

    Strictly Come Dancing – the Live Tour 2022 has confirmed its list of celebrities and professionals.

    It’ll be kicking off at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena on January 20 and running through to February 13, where it’ll close the curtain at The O2 in London.

    Manchester Evening News announced this year’s semi-finalists will be joining the live tour, including John Whaite, Johannes Radebe, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Giovanni Pernice, Rhys Stephenson, Nancy Xu, AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington/

    Eliminated co-stars Sara Davies, Aljaž Škorjanec, Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin will also join them.

    The likes of Neil Jones, Amy Dowden, Cameron Lombard, Jake Leigh, Jowita Przystal, Luba Mushtuk and Katya Jones are also representing the pros.

    Meanwhile, the touring panel consists of judges is Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. Janette Manrara is onboard as host.

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    Strictly’s Shirley Ballas to marry for a third time

    SHIRLEY Ballas is set to wed for a third time after boyfriend Danny Taylor did a quickstep to the jeweller’s for an engagement ring.

    Friends are hoping for an announcement in the new year, saying Strictly head judge Shirley, 61, will be waltzing up the aisle to marry actor Danny, 48.

    He bought the diamond sparkler earlier this year — and she has been leaving it to him to propose, pals say.

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