Strictly Come Dancing suffers hit as millions switch off before Nina Wadia’s elimination

Strictly Come Dancing: Nina Wadia is eliminated after dance-off

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Strictly Come Dancing returned to screens two weeks with a star-studded line-up and the chance to win the Glitterball Trophy. However, after viewing figures over the recent weeks have been compared to the 2020 series, the BBC dancing competition has seen a significant dip in viewers as people switch off from the show.

Whilst stuck inside during the lockdown in 2020, many Brits turned to Strictly as their source of evening entertainment.

Due to the doom and gloom of the pandemic and not being able to go outside to see friends and family, the show added some light to people’s evenings.

In 2020, week two saw viewing figures peak at an enormous 10.7 million, however, this year saw only 8.2 million people tune in.  

Despite the drop from last years figures, it seems the 2021 lineup has impressed some people a 7.9million did stay to watch.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “BBC executives are absolutely delighted that the show attracted an average of 8.2million viewers overnight on Saturday night.

“They aren’t comparing it to last year’s shorter series, which took place later on in the year and tied in an impending second national lockdown.”

Strictly Come Dancing has faced backlash over the last few weeks as three of the professional dancers have reportedly refused to receive the Covid vaccine.

It has also been reported the professionals have asked for advice and support from their union.

The Sun reported: “Both vaccinated and unvaccinated dancers have gone to the union, they want to know how to navigate their rights with BBC bosses.

“Understandably, the dancers are not well-versed in industrial relations and are starting to feel the pressure.

“While some are against having the vaccine, others are rigid about not catching Covid as they need to work.”

Last week, former EastEnders star Nina Wadia and her dance partner Neil Jones were the first to leave the competition.   

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The judges scores from weeks one and two were combined and added to the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance-off.

Nina and Neil faced Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez in the dance-off, with her Strictly journey soon coming to an end.

Moti Mabuse decided to save Katie and Gorka after describing their dance as “more convincing” but praised both couples for giving their best performance.

“I thought both of you gave absolutely all that you’ve got and gave the best performance you did tonight,” she told them.

New judge Anton Du Beke saved Nina and Neil and labelled their dance-off performance their “best performance”.

With Craig Revel Horwood saving Katie and Gorka, it was up to head judge Shirley Ballas to decide which couple would stay in the competition.

She said: “Well, this is one of the closes battles I think we’ve ever had in a dance-off, both couples upped their game.

“Both couples were absolutely delightful to watch, neither couple had mistakes, so I’ve decided to go with the couple who had more advanced technical actions in their dance, and that couple is Katie and Gorka.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 6:45pm on BBC One. 
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