Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news: Shirley Ballas shares worrying new health update after fans spot mystery armpit 'lumps'

STRICTLY Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has revealed a lump spotted by fans during the live shows has proven ‘concerning’ to doctors. 

The 61-year-old professional dancer was encouraged to seek medical advice after viewers of the BBC favourite noticed a protrusion under her arm. 

Now it seems that there is more to it than initially believed, with Shirley posting an update on Instagram revealing she was getting further testing. 

She wrote: “So blood work back. A little concerning so dr is making an appointment at kings to check certain odd things happening in my body I won’t go into the details at the moment.

“Any way to each and every one of you who started me on this road thank you so much. I’ll keep you all updated each and every one of you. 

“Remember health is wealth so I’ll be on top of these issues for the time being. With gratitude to you all. #health #gratitude”

Read our Strictly 2021 live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    'A phone full of dating apps'

    Giovanni, who dumped Maura last week, was active on celebrities’ site Raya on October 5.

    A source said: “Giovanni’s profile was on Raya while he was still very much with Maura. It does not state he is just looking for friendship.

    “It is clearly for dates and it will be another blow to Maura.

    "Gio said he wasn’t actively using the app but it only takes two seconds to delete.

    "No woman in their right mind would be happy if their other half had a phone full of dating apps.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Dan Walker's life outside of Strictly

    BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker likes to keep his private life out of the spotlight.

    The Strictly 2021 star's wife made a rare appearance on Saturday night's show, as viewers were left in tears.

    Sarah met Dan in 1999, when they both attended the University of Sheffield, where Dan graduated with a Masters degree in broadcast journalism. They have been inseparable ever since.

    They tied the knot in 2001 after dating for two years.

    Nothing is known about their precise wedding date, venue or guests and both of them seem adamant on not disclosing any details about their special day.

    Following their wedding, the lovebirds went on to build their own family.

    Sarah and Dan share three children, two girls named Susanna and Jessica, as well as a boy named Chuck.

  • Milica Cosic

    Ugo Monye's upsetting confession

    Strictly star Ugo Monye has admitted that his body couldn't do the things he wanted to do after his elimination.

    The former rugby star was eliminated on Sunday along with partner Oti Mabuse after losing the dance off with Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu.

    Speaking on Strictly: It Takes Two, he said: "I think everyone appreciates that health is the most important thing and I can't be any more grateful for Oti and the person that she is and the coach that she is but unfortunately, my body wasn't quite willing to do the things that my head was telling me.

    "But, we did give our best and did try so hard during the week and he was managing his injury.

    "All week, I was asking, 'are you okay?' but for me, what I really loved and appreciated was that he didn't complain and he wanted to be there. There was this drive, this will and passion for this beautiful show."

    Ugo added: "To do my last dance with Oti was amazing and you don't want it to be your last dance but I had a phenomenal five weeks on the biggest show on the telly."

  • Milica Cosic

    Oti & AJ tango home

    Pro dancer Oti Mabusi, 31, wore a face shield which looked just like a pair of glasses as she left telly studios after recording spin-off It Takes Two.

    She and sports pundit Ugo Monye, 38, were voted off the show, meaning Oti was denied a hat-trick after winning the past two series.

    But TV presenter AJ Odudu, 33, smiled as she left the same studio in London.

    AJ is now among the favourites to win the contest.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Saturday's group number to feature famous villains

    Stroctly Come Dancing bosses have pulled out all the stops for the Halloween special on Saturday night.

    The special will include a group number featuring all the show’s professional dancers performing as famous villains.

    Johannes Radebe is being transformed into Jafar, the evil nemesis from Aladdin.

    Jowita Przystal will become comic book bad girl Harley Quinn and Nikita Kuzmin will turn into The Joker from Batman.

    Also look out for the pro dancers taking on Star Wars character Darth Vader and Pennywise the clown from the Stephen King movie It.

    The performers will be dancing to Harry Styles track Treat People With Kindness.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Nancy Xu is NOT a fan of Halloween

    HALLOWEEN week is always a high point in the Strictly calendar – but pro dancer Nancy Xu is not a fan.

    Teasing their performance this weekend, children’s TV host Rhys Stephenson said: “It’s going to be intense stares, high-octane kicks and screams. Nancy hates it.

    "She hates being scared – she hates pranks."

    The pair performed the American smooth on Saturday and ended up in the dance-off.

    They were saved by the judges – but maybe Nancy would now have preferred otherwise.

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    Craig Revel Horwood's fright wedding

    STRICTLY judge Craig Revel Horwood usually strikes fear into competitors as he reveals his withering comments and scores on the show.

    But now Mr Nasty is about to discover something equally chilling as the contest gets ready to stage its Halloween special.

    It turns out the dance competition’s catty panellist is getting married to fiancé Jonathan Myring in one of the most haunted parts of the country.

    Craig has chosen to tie the knot in a venue that dates back to the 1800s near Rutland Water.

    But he probably doesn’t realise the area is known for its spectres and has been a witchcraft hotspot for centuries.

    A TV insider said: “This will no doubt come as a surprise to Craig, who probably didn’t pick the location for its supernatural history, more its natural beauty.

    “Thankfully, he also has a great sense of humour so won’t see it as a hurdle to getting married there, unless he’s been hiding a deeply superstitious streak.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Saturday's Halloween dances (continued…)

    Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova will be jiving to The B-52’s Rock Lobster on this Saturday’s live show.

    Newly-single Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis will be performing a Tango to Shivers by Ed Sheeran.

    Adam Peaty and Katya Jones performing a Viennese Waltz to Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

    After missing out on last weekend’s live shows thanks to a bout of Covid-19, Judi Love will make her big return to the BBC dancefloor for the Halloween Special.

    The Loose Women presenter and Graziano Di Prima will be hoping their Cha Cha to Olivia Newton-John’s Physical is enough to secure their place in the next round of live shows.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Saturday's Halloween dances revealed

    Strictly Come Dancing will get creepy this weekend when the show celebrates Halloween.

    All 10 remaining couples will be embracing the spooky theme of the evening, as the famous faces battle it out once again.

    Rumoured couple AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington will be performing a Viennese Waltz to pop star Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman.

    Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden plan to rock out to AC/DC track, Highway To Hell.

    Sara Davies and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec will be dancing away to a Whitney Houston classic, Queen of the Night.

    Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin will be doing the Cha Cha to Spooky Movies by Gary Paxton.

    Bake Off star John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will be hoping to impress the judges with a Quickstep to Bad Moon Rising, by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

    Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu will be hoping their Paso Doble to Jeff Wayne’s The Eve of the War is a hit with the voting public.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Fan outrage as Rhys and Nancy in bottom two

    Fans were outraged to see Rhys and Nancy in Saturday's bottom two.

    Despite winning the dance-off and qualifying for a spot on next week’s show, viewers believed the pair should not have been in the bottom spot.

    “So the Strictly public vote for people they look like rather who is a good dancer Rhys should not have been in the dance off. But I suppose Sara looks like the majority public.” one unhappy fan wrote.

    “…Who doesn’t like Rhys?” another added.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Ugo Monye's 'amazing' Strictly experience

    Ugo Monye has described performing on Strictly Come Dancing as "amazing" following his exit from the show.

    The former rugby player was eliminated from the BBC One celebrity dancing competition on Sunday following a public vote.

    His last performance with professional partner Oti Mabuse was a rumba to Leave The Door Open by Silk Sonic.

    Speaking on Monday, he told BBC Two spin-off show It Takes Two: "To be able to do my last dance with Oti (Mabuse) was amazing.

    "You never want it to be your last dance, do you, but I have just had a phenomenal five weeks on the biggest show on telly."

    He added: "We have had the best time."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Shirley Ballas thanks fans for helping uncover health issue

    Shirley Ballas has thanked Strictly Come Dancing viewers for helping her discover “concerning” symptoms in her body after they pointed out she had a lump under her arm.

    The head judge previously revealed that “caring” viewers of the BBC One show had contacted her to let her know about the lump under her arm.

    On Tuesday she said that doctors had received some “concerning” results to blood tests.

    “The doctor said that she thought my levels were not right, my hormone levels weren’t right,” she said.

    She said her testosterone and oestrogen levels were not as they should be.

    “All in all, a little concerning for my doctor,” she added in a video posted on Instagram.

    Ballas, 61, added: “Any way to each and every one of you who started me on this road thank you so much. I’ll keep you all updated each and every one of you. Remember health is wealth so I’ll be on top of these issues for the time being. With gratitude to you all.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Liberty Poole favourite to win Dancing On Ice

    Love Island's Liberty Poole is bookmaker Coral's favourite to win next year's Dancing on Ice, at 3-1.

    Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole is the 4-1 second favourite, followed by Kye Whyte (5-1) and Ben Foden (6-1).

    "Liberty has been out of the most successful stars of Love Island outside of the villa and we think her star will continue to rise, making her the favourite to win next year's Dancing on Ice," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor is given the longest odds of all contestants, at 50-1.

    "We're not holding out much hope for Corrie's Sally on the ice, making her the least likely winner of the show and expecting her to be one of the first eliminated on the 2022 series," added Aitkenhead.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Is there romance brewing?

    BBC One viewers have are convinced they’ve spotted a romantic connection between Tilly and Nikita after some sizzling performances over the past few weeks.

    Tilly has introduced dance-partner Nikita to her uni pals – after logging on for lessons during rehearsals.

    As well as regularly inviting Nikita round for tea with her family and famous dad Gordon Ramsay he’s met her mates too.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Dan Walker & Nadiya spotted having dinner together

    STRICTLY'S Dan Walker and partner Nadiya Bychkova went to dinner together in a break from rehearsals.

    The BBC Breakfast presenter made it through to the Halloween special this weekend after his impressive dance with Nadiya last Saturday – when he left viewers in tears with his tribute to his wife.

    Dan, 44,  looked dapper in a navy hoodie and matched it with dark blue trousers.

    He dressed down his look with a pair of white trainers, while Nadiya showed off her trim figure in a baggy grey jumper dress.

    She flashed some leg by ditching her tights and matched her dress with over the knee boots.

    The pro dancer wore a thick black winter coat over her outfit as the duo took a break from gruelling dance rehearsals to grab a bite.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Who has left Strictly 2021 so far?

    The celebrity contestants to have left Strictly 2021 so far are:

    • Week two: Nina Wadia and Neil Jones
    • Week three: Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez
    • Withdrawn: Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell
    • Week four: Greg Wise and Karen Hauer
    • Week five: Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse

    Gordon Ramsay 'proud' of daughter Tilly

    GORDON Ramsay broke his silence and said he was proud of his daughter Tilly for speaking out after LBC host Steve Allen mocked her weight on Strictly Come Dancing.

    Steve, 67, was faced with calls to quit his show on the station after branding the teenager “chubby.”

    Speaking for the first time about the incident, which saw Tilly, 19, hit back in a scathing statement, Gordon said: “It made me feel very proud that she stood up and said, ‘I’m not taking this.’

    “She is 19-years of age for goodness sake – bursting her a**e off and attending university by Zoom and learning the most extraordinary moves with Nikita [Kuzmin].

    “I think it was a breath of fresh air that level of standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to tolerate that.’”

    Strictly Come Dancing embroiled in ‘race row’

    STRICTLY Come Dancing is embroiled in a race row after Rhys Stephenson and Ugo Monye landed in the dance-off this evening.

    Furious fans have flocked to social media to share their outrage following the shock result, which saw Ugo and pro partner Oti Mabuse get sent home.

    While former rugby champ Ugo, 38, had a difficult week on the BBC dance show, kids TV presenter Rhys, 27, has been consistently near the higher end of the leader-board.

    He has wowed judges and viewers alike with his skills on the dance floor since the very first week – and last night was no exception.

    In fact, head judge Shirley Ballas was stunned that he was in the bottom two, calling him a “rising star” as she reacted: “This is why voting is so important.

    “I’m absolutely in shock that you are in the bottom two, you turned in a very, very good performance when you danced.”

    And viewers couldn’t agree more, sharing their anger over his spot in the dance-off.

    Rachel Riley's Strictly warning to celebrities

    Rachel Riley has advised celebrities not to appear on Strictly come dancing due to the negative impact it has on contestants’ mental health.

    Rachel, who met her future husband in the form of professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev, 41, spoke about the death of Love Island host Caroline Flack.

    Pasha and Caroline went on to win Strictly during her 2014 performance but Rachel admitted that her husband still struggles to speak about Caroline’s tragic death.

    Rachel admitted to The Times she has warned her friends against appearing in the dance contest saying: “I advise friends not to go on the show and I know people who have dropped out of it due to the mental pressures involved.

    No Love for Judi on Strictly

    William Hill make Judi Love an odds-on shot to be the next eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

    The Comedian has finished in the bottom two couples in two of the last three weeks, and after receiving a bye last week her time may be up as she’s just 1/2 to depart the show.

    Dan Walker has yet to score over 28 points in the ballroom and is next favourite to leave at 11/2, while Sara Davies is a 6/1 shot after her low-scoring Rumba last week.

    Rupert Adams, Spokesperson for William Hill, said: “Judi Love has been lucky to survive several bottom two finishes so far, but her time on Strictly looks to be running out and we make her a very strong favourite for the next elimination at 1/2.

    “Dan Walker’s below-par performances continue, and he is next favourite to go at 11/2, while Sara Davies is priced at 6/1.”

    Classy exit

    STRICTLY star Oti Mabusi is a real spectacle despite being sent home.

    The pro dancer, 31, wore a face shield which looked just like a pair of glasses as she left telly studios after recording spin-off It Takes Two.

    She and sports pundit Ugo Monye, 38, were voted off the show, meaning Oti was denied a hat-trick after winning the past two series.

    But TV presenter AJ Odudu, 33, smiled as she left the same studio in London.

    She is now among the favourites to win the contest.

    • Joseph Gamp

      What happened between Tilly and Steve Allen?

      On his radio show, LBC DJ Steve Allen had read out a comment from a listener telling him the teenager is taking part in Celebrity MasterChef Australia.

      He replied: "Is she? Well, she can't blimming well dance, I'm bored with her already.

      "She's a chubby little thing, isn't she? Have you noticed? Probably her dad's cooking, I should imagine."

      His comments attracted criticism from figures including former Love Island star Dr Alex George, who was appointed a youth mental health ambassador for the Government earlier this year.

      Ramsay was also inundated with support from her Strictly co-stars, with It Takes Two presenter Janette Manrara writing: "How fast we forget what hurtful comments can do for someone's mental health."

      Allen contacted Ramsay last week to issue a private apology.

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      Ofcom receives hundreds of complaints about Steve Allen's Tilly jibe

      Radio host Steve Allen has attracted 840 complaints after describing Strictly Come Dancing contestant Tilly Ramsay as a "chubby little thing" live on air.

      Allen, 67, has faced criticism after saying on LBC radio on October 18 that he was "bored" with the 19-year-old's performances on the BBC show.

      He added her physical appearance was probably to do with "her dad's cooking".

      CBBC presenter Ramsay, daughter of celebrity chef Gordon, hit back on social media, saying she "won't tolerate people that think it's OK to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone's weight and appearance".

      Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it had received 840 complaints relating to Allen's comments about Ramsay.

      A spokeswoman said: "We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."

    • Milica Cosic

      How long have Eirianedd Munro and Adam Peaty been dating?

      Adam, 26, met long-time girlfriend Eirianedd Munro while training at Loughborough University, where she was also studying at the time.

      Eiri graduated with a BA in Fine Art on July 19 2021, while Adam was already in Tokyo preparing to win Olympic gold for Britain.

      She posted a cute picture with her son on her Instagram feed on the day of her graduation with the caption: "It’s been a very long journey. Grateful for every twist and turn and bump in the road."

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      The life of Strictly's Nina Wadia

      NINA Wadia rose to fame on EastEnders, playing Zainab Masood.

      Since then she has enjoyed a stint on Strictly 2021 – but was first to get the boot.

      She has been married to TV and film music composer Raiomond Mirza since 1998, and the pair have two children.

      Nina has also starred in Still Open All Hours, the revival of Ronnie Black’s classic BBC comedy Open All Hours, which also stars David Jason.

      Nina Wadia is an actress and comedian Credit: PA

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