17 November 2019 04:37
Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool week got off to a bit of an awkward start this evening (November 16) as the judges entered the ballroom. While the awesome foursome were introduced by hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman for their usual entrance, viewers were left rather confused when four suddenly became three. As Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli did their big finish, Motsi Mabuse seemed notably absent – despite appearing just moments earlier. BBC However, a few seconds later she walked into shot, sharing a laugh with her fellow judges. While she may have just gotten lost (it happens), fans watching at home were scratching their heads, with one tweeting: "What happened to Motsi during the judges introduction?" "Where's Motsi gone?" another added, while a third joked: "We're not even at the first dance, and we've lost Motsi".
Guy Levy BBC Meanwhile, ahead of tonight's show, contestant Michelle Visage hit back at reports that she was unhappy with her professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice. "The articles about my partner and I have been upsetting," she said. "If anyone knows us, you would know how close Giovanni and I are. Gio is my best friend in this competition, he is my rock and I trust him with everything. "We have the most fun and laughs together and to suggest otherwise is just sad.
At this very moment, we are focusing on Blackpool and we are SO excited with all of you. Thanks for the love and support." Strictly Come Dancing 2019 continues on Saturday (November 23) at 7.05pm on BBC One. Digital Spy now has a newsletter – sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox. Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter accounts. Oti had a massive surprise from her dance partner Kelvin (Picture: BBC) Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse has posted an emotional tribute to her dancing partner Kelvin Fletcher, as it was revealed he had flown her mother out especially for tonight's Blackpool show. What made it even more special was the fact that this was the first time Oti's mother had seen her daughter dance live on the show. And what a show to turn up for! The Greatest Dancer judge and Emmerdale star brought the house down as they performed a jive to the Elvis Presley classic Jailhouse Rock, earning a near perfect score of 39 from the judges, including sister Motsi. Taking to Instagram, the dancer shared a heartfelt message to her dancing partner and the wonderful surprise he had arranged for her. 'I don't even know where to start,' Oti wrote. 'Before we did our walk, [Kelvin] told me to over the corner. Advertisement 'He had a surprise for me, turns out he brought my mum and god-mum to Blackpool. 'My mum has never ever seen me dance live on Strictly before and I just down in tears.' It turns out, Blackpool is very special place for the Mabuse family, as Oti continued: 'The last time we were in Blackpool she was training me in the Blackpool championships. The duo brought down the house with a near-perfect dance to Jailhouse Rock (Picture: PA) She also explained that it was 'the best day of my life'. We're not crying, you are! There were high-flying emotions all around tonight. It was a historic show for Strictly veteran Anton Du Beke, who managed to score his first 10s with partner Emma Barton after 17 series of competition. Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas were more than happy to bestow this particular honour upon Anton, giving the pro and EastEnders actress a standing ovation. 'First ever 10s!' Anton celebrated. '17 series! You don't understand!' Oh Anton…we think we do! What an emotional night! Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 7.15pm on BBC One. Got a showbiz story? If you've got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk Entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page - we'd love to hear from you. MORE: EastEnders' Maisie Smith wins Children in Need's Strictly Come Dancing special as fans beg her to compete for real MORE: Lisa Armstrong ignores Ant McPartlin divorce drama as she heads to Blackpool for Strictly Come Dancing