Strictly Come Dancing: Nikita and Layton ‘break record’
Scarlette Douglas has had her say surrounding the backlash regarding Layton Williams, who is currently competing on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, Scarlette revealed that she has been watching the BBC dance competition and is supporting her close friend, Layton.
The 29-year-old star is best known for playing Stephen Carmichael in the hit BBC series Bad Education, but first shot to fame when he appeared in the West End theatre production of Billy Elliot.
Despite his impressive scores so far, Layton has also faced scrutiny from Strictly fans over his history of dance experience.
Scarlette has responded to the online backlash and believes that Layton should be allowed to compete fairly.
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“I just think if you’ve got a talent, and if you’ve been asked to do something, you should never shy away from it,” Scarlette said.
“I would love to do that show. I’ve had history and dance. I don’t think it’s fair that that should be taken away from me.
“Because as a dancer, you have different dance disciplines.
“Layton has been a professional dancer, but he hasn’t been a professional dancer in the ballroom.”
She added: “So I don’t think it’s fair to people should shut him down.”
Last month, EastEnders actress Michelle Collins claimed that it is “not fair” to have him on the show.
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During Halloween week, Layton and his professional partner Nikita Kuzmin performed a Tango to Olivia Rodrigo’s hit soundtrack, Vampire.
The judges awarded them an overall score of 36 out of a potential 40, sending them to second place in the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, Scarlette has recently teamed up with AXA in a new campaign, Future You, which looks at how our future selves will thank us for the good choices we make today, and reveals the decisions people are most thankful for.
Speaking about her role, she said: “So when the Future You campaign came about, I was like, well, that’s a no brainer. I have to get involved in it, because it’s pretty much me anyway.”
Scarlette is fronting the campaign with Channel 4 stars George Clarke and Jason Fox.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One.
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