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Strictly star Layton Williams talks close bond with co-stars amid fallout reports

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Strictly star Layton Williams talks close bond with co-stars amid fallout reports

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Layton Williams has opened up about reports of behind-the-scenes drama on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing, after sources claimed that the star’s fellow contestants were feeling frustrated as his skills as a professional dancer.

Layton, who performed in Billy Elliot on the West End, has always been open about his dance experience and experienced challenges learning the ballroom and Latin techniques throughout the series. However, he put to rest all of the rumours about fall out when the camera are off, telling the Daily Mail: “They are all such huns. And that’s just not me saying it. We do all really get on. 

WATCH: Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin’s epic Argentine Tango

“Angela Scanlon is such a beautiful person, and she can sense when I’m maybe having a bit of a wobble. We have lots of voice notes back and forth between each other. I have to say, we’ve got each other’s backs. We’re there for each other.” 

He also spoke candidly about his surprise at the level of scrutiny he is receiving during his time in the competition, explaining: “I didn’t really understand what I was getting myself into. People would say, ‘Oh, it’s a lot. Buckle up.’ But I was like, whatever, how much is this going to be?’ Every week, I get a little bit of a wobble on Monday because this is so intense and it’s such a contrast to the week before.” 

Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin dancing the Argentine Tango© Guy Levy
Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin dancing the Argentine Tango

He continued: “Saturday night primetime TV gives audiences a sense of ownership over its stars. It’s an attachment and in some cases it’s obviously lovely and in some cases not so much. But you have to drown it out and think of the bigger picture.” 

Every Strictly Come Dancing winner so far

Rose and Giovanni with the Glitterball in 2021
Rose and Giovanni lifted the Glitterball in 2021
  • 2004: Natisha Kaplinsky (partner Brendan Cole)
  • 2004: Jill Halfpenny (partner Darren Bennett) 
  • 2005: Darren Gough (partner Lilia Kopylova) 
  • 2006: Mark Ramprakash (partner Karen Hardy) 
  • 2007: Alesha Dixon (partner Matthew Cutler) 
  • 2008: Tom Chambers (partner Camilla Dallerup) 
  • 2009: Chris Hollins (partner Ola Jordan) 
  • 2010: Kara Tointon (partner Artem Chigvintsev) 
  • 2011: Harry Judd (partner Aliona Vilani)
  • 2012: Louis Smith (partner Flavia Cacace)
  • 2013: Abbey Clancy (partner Aljaž Škorjanec) 
  • 2014: Caroline Flack (partner Pasha Kovalev) 
  • 2015: Jay McGuiness (partner Aliona Vilani) 
  • 2016: Ore Oduba (partner Joanne Clifton) 
  • 2017: Joe McFadden (partner Katya Jones)
  • 2018: Stacey Dooley (partner Kevin Clifton)
  • 2019: Kelvin Fletcher (partner Oti Mabuse)
  • 2020: Bill Bailey (partner Oti Mabuse) 
  • 2021: Rose Ayling-Ellis (partner Giovanni Pernice) 
  • 2022: Hamza Yassin (partner Jowita Przystał)

In early October, Layton asked for kindness from his followers after being trolled on social media, writing: “The messages of love are overwhelming but as is the low-key trolling. I’m just here to have fun like all the other contestants. I’m trying to handle this with a smile and determination to slay another day but reminder #BeKind.” 

Nikita Kuzmin and Layton Williams on Saturday night© Guy Levy
Nikita Kuzmin and Layton Williams have been wowing audiences

The star is set to perform with his pro partner Nikita Kuzmin in the Blackpool special on Strictly and opened up about how much he is looking forward to getting involved. He said: “It’s time for everyone to buckle up. We get the chance to play. Hopefully, we’re going to put on a show in Blackpool.

Nikita Kuzmin and Layton Williams dancing a quickstep© Guy Levy
Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin on Strictly

“For us northerners, Blackpool is one of those places we used to go on a weekend or to the Illuminations when you always want to be to be the first person to spot the Tower in the car. We’ve all had such lovely moments there as children. Now we’re ready to go back and bring it.” 

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