Tuesday, October 19, 2021

By Laura Harding, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor

Sports star Ugo Monye will return to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom on Saturday night to perform a rumba, after a week off with back problems.

The former rugby player and professional partner Oti Mabuse were absent from the show last week as he rested and sought treatment.

He had reassured fans he would be “back to full capacity & fighting fit for next week,” and it has now been confirmed the pair will dance the notoriously challenging rumba to Leave The Door Open by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic.

Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty and partner Katya Jones will follow up their headline-making Argentine tango to Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night with a samba to Faith by George Michael.

Meanwhile, McFly’s Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden will do a salsa to Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles and chef John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will tackle a charleston to Milord by Edith Piaf.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021
John Whaite and Johannes Radebe (Guy Levy/BBC)

Soap star Rose Ayling-Ellis will dance a Viennese waltz with Giovanni Pernice to Fallin’ by Alicia Keys, while Loose Women’s Judi Love — who survived the dance-off last week – will be hoping to avoid a similar fate this week with a cha-cha to Physical by Olivia Newton-John with partner Graziano Di Prima.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 7.05pm.

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