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Strictly viewing figures take a dive as Brits make most of post-lockdown freedom

Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens bringing sequins and quick steps to the dance floor but after last year’s lockdown less viewers are watching the show as they head out on the town

Strictly Come Dancing is back for a 19th series

Strictly Come Dancing has seen a dip in viewing figures compared to the 2020 series – where lockdown measures still remained.

Last year telly loving Brits tuned into Strictly in their millions while stuck inside away from family and friends – and possibly to bring some much needed sparkle to the doom of the pandemic.

In 2020 viewing figures for week 2 peaked at a mighty 10.7 million with 8.2million tuning in to watch the second episode in 2021.

However, it’s not all bad news as the latest figure still beats the 7.9million that stayed in to watch in 2019.



Nikita and Tilly soared to the top of the leaderboard on Saturday night
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A spokeswoman for the Beeb 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.”

Meanwhile on the dance floor the show’s pro dancers and their partners are experiencing the pressure of the fast-paced schedule to stay in the competition.





This week saw the first couples’ choice of the series – a disco dance routine from Greg and Karen dedicated to his late sister Clare.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe looked to be lined up for top of the leaderboard after their cha cha but were pipped to first place by Tilly and Nikita’s Charleston and Sara and Aljaz’s foxtrot.

Saturday’s totals were combined with the scores from last week and then one couple will be eliminated on Sunday following a public vote.



Oti Mabuse and Ugo Monye take to the dance floor






The 2020 show attracted a much larger audience – Janette Manrara and HRVY
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Television presenter AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington scored an impressive 31 for their foxtrot.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: “I thought you were absolutely amazing, you really were.

“Like a young Diana Ross out there, darling.

“Classy, elegant, stylish, all of those wonderful things.”

Actress Nina Wadia and her partner Neil Jones were the first to leave the 2021 competition.

They were in the dance-off alongside Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez, with the panel calling it the “closest battle” they’ve ever had in the dance-off.


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