The bosses of the popular BBC dancing series, Strictly Come Dancing, have advised one of its prominent celebrity contestants, Layton Williams, to adopt a more conservative wardrobe during training.
Layton Williams has garnered significant attention and support in this year’s competition, notably scoring 28 points out of 40 on the most recent episode aired on October 7.
Paired with Ukrainian ballroom professional Nikita Kuzmin, Layton has been diligently working to perfect his performances, including a memorable Viennese Waltz during Movie Week.
Breaking Barriers: A Historic Performance
During his performance on Strictly Come Dancing, Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin made history on the show.
Layton became the first male celebrity to wear a dress during his performance. They danced to Stockard Channing’s rendition of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” from the movie Grease, making a bold and unconventional statement on the BBC stage.
BBC’s Request for Modesty
Despite Layton’s impressive performances and unique style choices, the production crew behind Strictly Come Dancing has advised him to dress more modestly during training sessions.
In an interview with The Mirror, Layton disclosed that camera crews have encouraged him to cover up more during rehearsals, expressing concerns about the amount of skin on display.
Layton’s Response: Comfort and Confidence
In response to the request to wear more clothing, Layton Williams defended his choice of attire, stating that he feels comfortable in his chosen outfits.
He humorously mentioned wearing a jockstrap for added support and emphasized that everything is securely in place, alluding to his confidence in his attire choices.
No ‘Strictly Curse’ Here
Layton Williams also addressed speculation about the so-called ‘Strictly curse,’ where dance partners develop romantic relationships.
He clarified that there would be no such occurrence in his case, as Nikita Kuzmin is straight and in a relationship with Australian TikTok star Charlie Backshall.
Layton jokingly mentioned that he knows Nikita isn’t interested in him, making it easier to focus on their dancing partnership.
Public Perception and Elimination
Layton Williams, aged 29, has faced criticism due to his prior dance experience and participation in a same-sex dance duo.
This discussion about his participation in the competition has coincided with the elimination of the second celebrity contestant on October 8.
BBC Asian Network host Nikita Kanda and her partner Gorka Márquez were eliminated after a closely contested dance-off against Love Island star Zara McDermott and Graziano di Prima.
The judges decided to save Zara, noting mistakes in Nikita’s routine from the previous Saturday.
A Bittersweet Farewell
Nikita Kanda expressed her disappointment at the elimination but conveyed her gratitude for the dream-come-true experience.
Gorka Márquez offered words of encouragement, reminding her to be proud of herself as they bid farewell to the competition.
Layton Williams continues to captivate the audience and judges on Strictly Come Dancing, challenging conventions with his performances.
While the request for modesty in training may be a departure from his on-stage choices, Layton remains confident in his unique style.
The competition progresses, bringing both joy and disappointment to its celebrity contestants.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn