Strictly Come Dancing fans think they’ve worked out who the final three could be. It comes as the BBC favourite was thrown into chaos, leading to a last-minute change of structure.
Actor Nigel Harman, who was partnered with Katya Jones, was forced to drop out of the competition on Saturday, just hours before the live show. He suffered an injury during training and was unable to take part in the programme.
Due to the circumstances, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman revealed there would be no public vote, meaning no extra couple left this week. Claudia explained on Saturday: “We only have four couples unfortunately Nigel has sustained an injury which means he’s unable to perform on tonight’s show and he’s had to withdraw from the competition.
“We are as devastated as he is but Nigel and Katya will be chatting to us later on in the show. That means there will be no public vote tonight and no elimination this weekend but the judges will still be scoring and those scores will be carried over and you’ll be able to vote as usual next week.”
The interruption didn’t stop fans from predicting the final three couples though. The remaining hopefuls include Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell, Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe, Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola and Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin.
Taking to X, fans took the opportunity to predict what will be happening next week instead. @cfs123plays penned: “No #Strictly result to predict tonight so I’ll predict early that Layton, Ellie and Annabel will be the finalists. Could easily also be Bobby though.”
“Will be very happy with an Ellie Bobby Leyton final I think #strictly,” @tvreality93 shared.
@torreyskidd wrote: “I wasn’t sure before Nigel left but now I’m 90% sure that the final will be bobby, ellie & layton #strictly.” (sic)
@DebbieBlackma14 shared: “I think that Layton and Ellie will definitely make the final. I’m hoping Annabel too as she’s come such a long way #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly.”
@emsth0ughts added: “Annabel is lovely, but I need her to go next week so that I can have my Ellie, Layton and Bobby final three #Strictly.”
@Shasha1960G commented: “I want Bobby & Diane, Ellie & Vito, and Annabel & Johannes in the final with either Bobby or Ellie winning.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.35pm on BBC One.