Secret Strictly superfan Tom Hiddleston shares his picks for 2023 closing

Tom Hiddleston could also be a Shakespearian actor together with his personal Marvel Cinematic Universe present, however the Loki star has additionally admitted to being a Strictly Come Dancing superfan.

The British actor, who is understood for exhibiting off his personal dance strikes on set, opened up about his “love” of the BBC competitors collection throughout a latest go to to Radio 2.

Appearing on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Monday (20 November), Hiddleston defined that he was but to see this weekend’s (18 November) Blackpool extravaganza. The episode noticed Strictly transfer up north for the week, the place Angela Rippon confronted the dance-off and was eradicated from the present.

Discussing this collection, Hiddleston stated: “It’s been difficult to determine who is going to go all the way this year, with Ball agreeing: “It really is! There’s so many good ones.”

Ball then requested Hiddleston to call his favourites. Stressing that he didn’t “know anything about ballroom”, and that his dance expertise got here from his “misspent youth in the Nineties”, he first named former Coronation Street star Ellie Leach.

“I think Ellie is maybe the most improved. She’s extraordinary, pretty amazing,” Hiddleston stated, Ball agreeing: “There’s something about that partnership. Vito [Coppola], I adore.”

The Night Manager star then listed musical theatre performer Layton Williams and Nigel Harman, noting that that they had confirmed robust dance capacity from the beginning of the collection.

Leach and Coppola have gone from power to power

“It’s really interesting, because obviously Layton and Nigel came out of the blocks really fast and were very impressive. It was like, wow, these guys can dance.

“But then I think maybe the judges have been a bit tougher on them because it’s like, well, technique, ballroom. Maybe you’ve got rhythm, but this is a ballroom thing. Which I respect – I don’t know anything about it.”

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Just six {couples} stay in Strictly 2023, with Leach and Williams topping the leaderboard final week with scores of 39 every. No couple has scored an ideal 40 thus far this yr, with Craig Revel Horwood refusing to get out his 10 paddle.

Williams and associate Nikita Kuzmin have been beloved by the judges

According to the bookies, Leach is the favorite to win the present, having risen up the ranks since week one and now been within the prime two of the leaderboard for 5 consecutive weeks.

Coral has her odds of profitable at 4/11, adopted by Harman at 8/1 and Williams at 16/1. Many viewers have argued that Harman and Williams have a bonus on the present as a result of their expertise in musical theatre. Harman is an Olivier Award-winner, having originated the position of Lord Farquaad within the West End manufacturing of Shrek the Musical, whereas Williams starred in Billy Elliot as a toddler and performed the lead in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Saturday (25 November) will see all six {couples} dance once more, forward of Musicals Week the next week. The Strictly closing takes place this yr on 16 December, the place solely three {couples} will compete for the Glitterball Trophy as a substitute of the same old 4, after Amanda Abbington give up the collection.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday 25 November at 7.30pm on BBC One.