Strictly fans predict Tom Fletcher to win after Shirley Ballas' standing ovation

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27 Sep 2021, 10:27

Tom Fletcher and dance partner Amy Dowden during their first dance on Strictly Come Dancing

Viewers have noticed Shirley's taken a liking to the McFly star, but we will be missing him on next week's life show following a positive Covid test.

Fans think they've already spotted a frontrunner for this season's Glitterball trophy after judge Shirley Ballas gave McFly's Tom Fletcher a standing ovation following the first live show.

Fletcher and his dance partner Amy Dowden performed a showstopping cha-cha to Earth Wind and Fire's classic track September. Shirley rose to her feet to give a round of applause following their performance, and fans have already pegged Tom as Shirley's favourite this season.

She told Tom: "It's definitely difficult to go first and you did yourself honour with some of the footwork you did today"

"If this is the standard that you are setting then I hope everyone else can follow that because that was really very good."

Viewers also criticised Shirley for her low score of Eastender's Rose Ayling Ellis after the veteran judge gave her and her partner Giovanni Pernice a 4 for their jive.

One twitter user said, "Sorry but that was not a 4?! First dance scores are always harsh but FOUR? Don't be rude #Strictly #roseandgiovanni"

Betfair and other betting websites are also pinning Tom as the favourite to win, despite finishing the round with a score of 21. Top marks went to AJ Odudu and dance partner Kai Withrington with an impressive 34 points for their jive to DJ Fresh's Gold Dust.

Sadly, we won't be seeing Tom and Amy in next week's live show following the news that the pair have tested positive for Covid. Amy has confirmed via Instagram that she isn't experiencing and symptoms and the pair are expected back for week three.

The BBC stated that "the pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines. While they will both miss Saturday's live show, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that, all being well, they will return the following week."

This comes after unverified reports that three of the dance pros remain unvaccinated. Strictly refused to comment on the allegations, saying "We do not comment on speculation of somebody's Covid vaccination status. Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show."