The 5 biggest stories from Strictly Come Dancing this week

Kym Marsh is unavailable this week with COVID and Tyler West was voted out in Blackpool.  (BBC)

Kym Marsh is unavailable this week with COVID and Tyler West was voted out in Blackpool. (BBC)

We’re approaching the final stages of Strictly Come Dancing 2022 and the drama shows no signs of slowing down, both on and off the dance floor.

After a triumphant return to Blackpool, things were a little less sparkling with a match favorite going home and another contestant ruled out with COVID.

Read more: All winners and finalists in Strictly Come Dancing

Catch up on the latest gossip from the show, including how you got to see your favorite dancers perform live.

This week’s 5 biggest Strictly Come Dancing stories

Kym Marsh is out with COVID

Kym Marsh.  (BBC)

Kym Marsh is off this week with COVID. (BBC)

Just when you thought COVID cancellations were a thing of the past, Kym Marsh has been banned from this weekend’s show after testing positive for the virus.

This is the first time in this series that a contestant has had to miss a show due to COVID, a common issue over the past two years.

Read more: Why is Blackpool so important to Strictly?

However, Marsh and her partner Graziano Di Prima are expected to hit the dance floor again next week, with a spokesperson saying: “Kym Marsh has tested positive for COVID-19.

“As a result, Kym and Graziano will not be participating in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend. According to Strictly Come Dancing protocols, if all goes well, they will return the following week.”

Get well soon!

Tyler West’s Shock Exit

Tyler West.  (BBC)

Tyler West was voted off in a shock elimination. (BBC)

From the start of the 2022 series, radio DJ Tyler West has been one of the favorites to win – in fact, he was even the first celebrity to score an 10 this year.

So it came as a huge shock to many fans when West and his partner Dianne Buswell were voted off in Blackpool Week in a dance competition against Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu – with many saying neither couple should have been in the bottom two.

After leaving, West hit back at comments from Judge Craig Revel Horwood that fellow contestant Will Mellor “could teach Tyler a thing or two” about hip rotation.

West told spin-off show It Takes Two: “I don’t know how necessary that comment was. But I’m so thankful to be able to dance for them and record their commentary every week; they are all great in their own right. [Negative comments] you are part of it, you take it with you and you grow with it.”

Fleur East enjoys the opposite of the Strict Curse

Fleur East started dating Marcel Robin in 2010.  (Getty Images for Urban Outfitters)

Fleur East started dating Marcel Robin in 2010. (Getty Images for Urban Outfitters)

It’s an unfortunate side effect of Strictly speaking, being on the show has been a relationship disaster for many celebrities.

But that doesn’t apply to Fleur East, who reckons dressing up and hitting the dance floor every week has had the opposite effect on her 12-year relationship.

Read more: What is the strict curse and who has fallen for it?

She told The Graham Norton Show: “The show has been a blessing to my marriage, it has been amazing.

“We’ve been together for 12 years and how many times in your marriage do you dress up and look different every week, and get to do all those sexy dances in front of your husband?

“After the Argentine tango, it was like we were married again!”

Strictly Live announce cast

Ellie Simmonds

Ellie Simmonds joins the live tour. (BBC)

The 2022 winner hasn’t even lifted the glitterball trophy yet, but the Strictly live tour has already been announced.

It’s a hot ticket for many a Strictly fan, as series favorites travel to arenas across the UK to announce a different champion each night, and contestant names start pouring in for the 2023 shows.

So far, Ellie Simmonds, Will Mellor and Tyler West have been named for the tour, with more stars to be announced.

It starts on January 20 at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena and other stops include Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, London’s O2 Arena and Belfast’s SSE Arena.

Seann Walsh is still complaining about his Strictly scandal

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones were pictured kissing while filming 'Strictly' 2018. (Getty Images)

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones were pictured kissing while filming Strictly 2018. (Getty Images)

He may have made headlines for his Strictly scandal way back in 2018, but Seann Walsh is still talking about the kiss and its effects on his life during his I’m a celebrity stay.

The comedian was caught kissing married dance partner Katya Jones on his then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries’ birthday, and Humphries subsequently called out his emotionally abusive behavior throughout their relationship and recently published a book about it.

However, in a conversation around the campfire this week, Walsh claimed his low point had been the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after the scandal.

Seann Walsh stars in I'm A Celebrity.  (ITV)

Seann Walsh stars in I’m A Celebrity. (ITV)

He said: “Easily the most depressing month of my entire life, Edinburgh after Strictly. We arrive in Edinburgh, right, I think it’s a 200-seater, I’ve never sold out in Edinburgh the first night.

“It doesn’t even occur to me that it’s not sold out. Just before I’m about to continue, my agent comes in and says, “Just to be clear, there are about 30 people.”

“Hearing that when you’re about to move on is awful. At that moment I thought, ‘Oh, oh’. My career was dead, I was over.

“My agent said: ‘I can’t do anything. I’m sorry, I’ve tried. I’ve tried everything’.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC.

Watch: Who is Strictly’s Kym Marsh?

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