Strictly star issues warning to cast over unpleasant stage of contest Put foot wrong

Strictly: Competition will start getting 'unpleasant' says JJ Chalmers

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On Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing, the remaining celebrities will take to the dance floor in a bid to stay in the competition. Last weekend, Olympian Adam Peaty and his dance partner were sent home from the BBC competition after landing in the bottom two. However, during Friday’s It Takes Two, host Rylan Clark-Neal spoke with former Strictly contestant JJ Chalmers about the competition – and he had some stark words of warning as the contest heats up.

JJ, who was partnered with Amy Dowden in 2020, went on to warn the current contestants that the next stage of the competition was going to be “unpleasant”.

Rylan pointed out that for the first time ever, all the remaining contestants would be performing different dances on Saturday night.

“How important is it to stand out from the crowd?” Rylan quizzed.

“Listen, we are at the sharp end of this competition,” JJ replied.

“There is no place to put a foot wrong. This is when it starts getting pretty unpleasant.”

Discussing being eliminated from the show, JJ continued: “You start looking around and you’re like, ‘Where is the crack forming?’

“And you suddenly go, ‘If it’s none of these guys, it must be me’.”

Rylan went on to ask JJ about the contestants taking part this year, and he asked whether he thought John Whaite and Johannes Rabede could win the show.

He also spoke about John making show history by being partnered in a same-sex couple.

The former Royal Marine said: “That’s what so good about it, that finally… they both would have been class with whoever they got partnered with.

“But the fact they’ve been put together. They’ve got amazing physical presence and you can’t help but get drawn into it.”

“They haven’t put a foot wrong” JJ added.

When asked about who he thinks will be eliminated on Sunday, JJ predicted Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.

“It’s because people need to get behind her,” he admitted.

Elsewhere in the programme, Rylan spoke with Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec, who will take to the dance floor on Saturday.

The duo received a score of 33 from the judges last weekend for their Quickstep.

However, they weren’t so lucky the week before, as they failed to impress the likes of Anton du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood.

The businesswoman went on to explain that their feedback really “knocked her confidence”.

“I really took a knock confidence-wise the week before,” she said.

“The difficult thing was Aljaz was so pleased with it. So, because he was pleased I was really pleased.

“And then the judges, not so pleased. That was really difficult.

“But, the result shows I was completely expecting that we were going to be in the bottom two,” Sara admitted.

It Takes Two airs weekdays at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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