Strictly Come Dancing LIVE: Adam Thomas future in jeopardy amid mystery illness

As the competition for Week Five of Strictly Come Dancing hots up ahead of Saturday’s live show, Adam Thomas’ future remains in jeopardy as he battles a mystery illness

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ByPhoebe TonksLifestyle and Features Writer

  • Updated17:22, 20 OCT 2023
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  • Hot on the heels of last week’s exciting show, which saw Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin earn the highest score of the series so far, the remaining twelve contestants will once again be going to head to head this Saturday as they try to win over the judges in Week Five of the competition.

    However, with the standards for this year’s competition continuing to rise, it’s safe to say that all of the celebrities and their partners have been pushing themselves to the absolute limit this week in a series of ‘gruelling’ rehearsals that have left even the most athletic of stars breathless.

    And to make matters worse, there have even been a number of tumbles and sickness facing out favourite stars this week, with Layton Williams having already taken a tumble during rehearsals, while Adam Thomas – wrestled with a mystery illness.

    Despite the setbacks however, all of the stars have vowed to keep on dancing in the hopes of securing a place in next week’s highly anticipated Halloween special.

    With a smorgasbord of stunning performances to tantalise and entertain viewers at home, eagle eyed fans can expect to be treated to a variety of different dance styles and genres from this year’s batch of contestants.

    Among some of the standout performances you won’t want to miss are Zara McDermott and Graziano di Prima ’s stunning American Smooth set to LeAnn Rimes' Can't Fight The Moonlight, Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola 's mesmerising Paso Doble to Insomnia by Faithless, and of even Nigel Harman and Katya Jones ' lively Foxtrot to I Just Want to Make Love to You by Etta James.

    Saturday’s show will also see the second Couple’s Choice dance of the series, as Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk hope to replicate Eddie Kadi’s success earlier this month, with their performance set to a Backstreet Boys medley.

    Eddie famously bagged the first 10 of the series in week three of the competition, when he performed a jaw dropping Men In Black inspired dance during Movie Week.

    As ever, OK! will be here live-blogging every step of the way, to keep you up to date on the latest injuries, costume changes and judges comments ahead of Strictly Come Dancing’s live show which kicks off on Saturday 21 October at 6:35 pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

    Without further ado, let’s get dancing…

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    The news was revealed during Thursday’s edition of Talk Today, TalkTV ’s flagship morning programme, when show host Jeremy Kyle insisted he would be ‘joining’ the lineup next year.

    Jeremy made the surprise admission as he and co-host Nicola Thorp interviewed Strictly judge Shirley Ballas, with the 58 year old star telling viewers that if the price was right, he would definitely be strutting his stuff on the ballroom floor.

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    HD Brows and lash lifts: Experts reveal how the stars of Strictly 2023 are getting ballroom-ready

    Oh, how we’re loving getting into the full swing of Strictly Come Dancing season. The dancers, the talent, the glitter, the make-up – what do we do for the rest of the year when it isn’t on our screens?

    If you’ve been watching every Saturday night wondering how some of the celebrities look so glamorous and gorgeous, we have some interesting intel for you that will help you recreate their eyelash and eyebrow looks for yourself.

    Ahead of this week's live show we’ve spoken to two lash and brow experts to find out what some of the leading stars could be having done to get their eyes and their arches ready for ballroom – and ready for those ‘no-makeup’ rehearsal close-ups!

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    ‘Strictly’s Layton and Nikita care for each other – but their journey will soon be over’

    Strictly Come Dancing’s Layton and Nikita ‘care for each other’ but are unlikely to reach the final of the show, a body language expert said.

    The pairing are going ‘from strength to strength each week’ but Bad Education actor Layton Williams, 29, is displaying signs of nerves ‘from time to time’, Darren Stanton added. The body language guru said the couple had a “strong connection” and had developed “in terms of their chemistry” but he predicted they would not go further than the semi-final on the BBC show.

    Meanwhile, Darren said he believed Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington and her pro dance partner Giovanni Pernice were Strictly’s ‘strongest couple compatibility and chemistry wise’. The body language expert believes the race for the coveted Glitterball trophy was a ‘head to head’ between Amanda and Giovanni, and actor Nigel Harman and his pro partner Katya Jones.

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    Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell wear each other’s shoes on It Takes Two – and nobody noticed

    Dance partners Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell were harbouring a little secret earlier this week, during their appearance on It Takes Two, as the pair opted to secretly swap shoes.

    Taking to Instagram after they featured on the much-loved spin-off show – hosted by Janette Manrara and Fleur East – EastEnders actor Bobby revealed that the pair were wearing each other's footwear for the live appearance.

    The young soap star shared a snap to his story – originally posted by a Dianne fan account and captioned "These two swapping shoes [laughing emojis] – zooming in on their peculiar choice of footwear.

    In another Instagram story, Bobby, 20, and Dianne, 34, posed for a Boomerang video, where they were shown to be lifting up the bottoms of their trousers to proudly show off their mischievous secret.

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    Strictly’s Adam Thomas struck down with mystery illness just days before live show

    Adam Thomas has revealed he's been struck down with a mystery illness ahead of Saturday's live Strictly Come Dancing show.

    The former Emmerdale star, 35, took to Instagram on Tuesday evening to share an update with his one million followers and sadly said he's currently poorly. Alongside a snap of him lying in bed with his head in his hands, Adam penned: "Of all weeks to be poorly!"

    The following morning, Adam said he was using "lots of berocca and coffee" to help him feel better ahead of a day of dance rehearsals with his Strictly partner Luba Mushtuk.

    Adam has been open about his struggles on Strictly, having been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis not long before the new series of the BBC One show began.

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    BBC Strictly’s Nigel Harman ‘cuts training short’ as he takes advice from Alison Hammond

    Nigel Harman and Katya Jones revealed they “cut” their “training short” to be on The One Show, where they also took on some wise words passed on from ITV royalty Alison Hammond.

    As the dancers enter week five of the dance competition, where the expectations are getting higher and higher, the duo were asked about their training schedule. Professional Dancer Katya Jones joked: “Yesterday, today, we had to cut it short to be here for you guys”.

    Katya went on to say training has been going “really good” as the duo prepare to take on the Foxtrot this weekend, and hope to secure their position at the top of the leaderboard.

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    Week 5 is already here!

    It’s hard to believe we’re already into Week Five of the competition now, as our favourite stars finish their last minute rehearsals ahead of Saturday’s jaw-dropping spectacle which will see viewers at home treated to twelve more mesmerising dances.

    This week, there is also an added dose of pressure for the celebrities as in addition to securing their place in the competition to hopefully take home the Glitterball trophy, they will also be fighting to secure their place in next week’s Halloween spooktacular!

    Much like Movie Week, the Halloween show is one of the most highly anticipated episodes of the series, with both the dancers – and judges – getting into the spooky spirit by dressing up for the occasion.

    But which of our stars won’t be dancing their way into next week’s Strictly dungeon?

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    Week Five Song & Dance List

    • Adam Thomas and Luba MushtukCouple’s Choice to Backstreet Boys Medley by Backstreet Boys
    • Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice Cha Cha to Canned Heat by Jamiroquai
    • Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe Charleston to Ladies Night by Kool & The Gang
    • Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington Argentine Tango to Tanguera by Sexteto Mayor
    • Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu American Smooth to Cherish by Madonna
    • Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell Viennese Waltz to golden hour by JVKE
    • Eddie Kadi and Karen HauerSamba to Calm Down by Rema ft. Selena Gomez
    • Ellie Leach and Vito CoppolaPaso Doble to Insomnia by Faithless
    • Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley Quickstep to The Lady Is A Tramp by Frank Sinatra
    • Layton Williams and Nikita KuzminSalsa to Quimbara by Johnny Pacheco and Celia Cruz
    • Nigel Harman and Katya Jones Foxtrot to I Just Want To Make Love To You by Etta James
    • Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima American Smooth to Can’t Fight The Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes
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