Nina Wadia is first out and Sara Davies turns the leaderboard on its head: 5 things we learned about 'Strictly' this week

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Nina Wadia went home and Sara Davies triumphed in week two. (BBC)
Nina Wadia went home and Sara Davies triumphed in week two. (BBC)

The past week has seen Strictly Come Dancing's first elimination of the series, as well as a second live show that turned the leaderboard on its head.

We're about to enjoy the first themed week of the season as Strictly heads to the movies, with some inspired choices from the couples.

Live show number three also sees the return of Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden, who say they've been practising separately over Zoom during their COVID isolation.

Here's the week in Strictly news.

Nina Wadia 'gutted' to be first out

Nina Wadia and Neil Jones were first to leave the ballroom. (BBC)
Nina Wadia and Neil Jones were first to leave the ballroom. (BBC)

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We had high hopes for Nina Wadia, but despite a strong first week with the Samba, she became first to leave the competition in week two.

After performing a Tango that she admitted was technically very difficult, Wadia found herself in the position that no one wants to be in - the first celebrity to be voted out.

Talking about her time on the show with Neil Jones on It Takes Two, she said: “I was gutted for sure. I had so much more to give and I wanted to spend so much more time with [Jones] – more than my husband!”

Sara Davies turns the leaderboard upside down

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Sara Davies rose from the bottom of the leaderboard to the top. (BBC/Guy Levy)

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After week one, Dragons' Den star Sara Davies and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec were languishing at the bottom of the leaderboard, so it came as a huge surprise when they grabbed the top spot in week two.

Davies' Foxtrot was near-perfect in the eyes of the judges and saw her soar to the top of the group.

Another surprise top scorer was Tilly Ramsay, who equalled Davies' week two 34 points with her partner Nikita Kuzmin for their Charleston.

It looks set to be an exciting season for viewers as any one of the couples could triumph or be voted out each week.

Movie week is back

Movie week 2021 has arrived. (BBC)
Movie week 2021 has arrived. (BBC)

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Live show number three means one thing on the Strictly ballroom - movie week.

It's the first themed episode of the series and gives the wardrobe department the chance to step things up, with this year's film inspiration including Shrek, James Bond and Avatar.

Movie week has provided the show with some of its most memorable moments and hopefully this one will be no exception.

Highlights include John Whaite and Johannes Radebe dancing to Pirates of the Caribbean, and Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima in a Chicago performance.

Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden training over Zoom

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Tom Fletcher has been rehearsing alone. (BBC/Guy Levy)

It's been a tougher contest for Tom Fletcher than most so far, having missed week two after he and partner Amy Dowden tested positive for COVID.

Luckily, they'll make their return this week, but being stuck in isolation has meant they've had to get creative with their training.

Fletcher admitted they had been rehearsing separately over Zoom during their time apart.

He told It Takes Two: "It was really tough. I tried my best but it's really hard doing it on your own. Getting in the room with each other yesterday, it suddenly feels like I understand what that is meant to look like."

Craig Revel Horwood says dancing is his therapy

Craig Revel Horwood says dancing brought him through a tough childhood. (Getty)
Craig Revel Horwood says dancing brought him through a tough childhood. (Getty)

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood recently opened up to White Wine Question Time about his "awful" childhood with an alcoholic, abusive father.

He said: "That's why I went into dancing because I could get away. I could just look into the mirror and escape and not even really see me, just see lines, see how I was doing. And I just felt like I could fly away. In those moments, when I heard music, I just wanted to dance to get away from it, to escape family life."

Adding that his sisters had told him years later that he should have some therapy as they had done, he said: "My therapy, darling, is dancing, and escaping through that."

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