Strictly viewers heap praise on Layton Williams as he dances in drag for Grease number


Strictly Come Dancing viewers heaped praise on Layton Williams as he danced in drag for Movie Week on Saturday, but fumed over the judges’ ‘picky’ scoring.

The actor, 29, and his professional dance partner Nikita Kuzmin danced the Viennese Waltz to There Are Worse Things I Could Do from Grease.

And Layton dressed in drag as he sported a bright pink top, inspired by Grease’s Pink Ladies, and a black skirt for the ballroom dance.

His vibrant shirt had ‘Rizzo’ stitched across the front as he got into character as the iconic character from the smash hit 1978 movie.

Meanwhile, Nikita, 25, opted for an all-black outfit and styled his locks in a 70s quiff as he channeled John Travolta‘s Danny Zuko. 

Incredible: Strictly Come Dancing viewers heaped praise on Layton Williams as he danced in drag for Movie Week on Saturday, but fumed over the judges' 'picky' scoring

Incredible: Strictly Come Dancing viewers heaped praise on Layton Williams as he danced in drag for Movie Week on Saturday, but fumed over the judges’ ‘picky’ scoring

Movie Week: While dancing the Viennese Waltz to There Are Worse Things I Could Do from Grease, Layton dressed in drag as he sported a bright pink Pink Ladies top and a black skirt

Movie Week: While dancing the Viennese Waltz to There Are Worse Things I Could Do from Grease, Layton dressed in drag as he sported a bright pink Pink Ladies top and a black skirt

Reacting to Layton’s costume, viewers took to X – formerly known as Twitter – to heap praise on him for dancing in drag and described the moment as ‘iconic’.

One wrote: ‘Layton is drag!!! Iconic! In Love #Strictly,’ and another said: ‘Yes to drag on #Strictly. Leyton is incredible.’

A third tweeted: ‘Layton was A-MA-ZING,’ and a fourth said: ‘We love you Layton!’

Some viewers also criticised the ‘picky’ judges for not giving Layton enough points, after the dance number secured him and Nikita just 28 points out of 40.

It comes after Layton topped the leaderboard with 36 points during week two, after nabbing 29 points during the first week. 

Commenting on the scores, one said: ‘Layton was done DIRTY with those scores.’

Another wrote: ‘Giving Layton & Zara the same score… makes sense Anton,’ and a third added: ‘HOW has anton just given Layton the same score as he gave Angela, PLEASEEEE someone explain that to me.’

Last week, Layton was the glowing star of Strictly’s second live show as he made history scoring 36 points.

In character: His vibrant shirt had 'Rizzo' stitched across the front as he got into character as the iconic character from the smash hit 1978 movie

In character: His vibrant shirt had ‘Rizzo’ stitched across the front as he got into character as the iconic character from the smash hit 1978 movie

'Iconic!': Reacting to Layton's costume, viewers took to Twitter to heap praise on him for dancing in drag, while they also slammed the judges for only giving them 28 points

‘Iconic!’: Reacting to Layton’s costume, viewers took to Twitter to heap praise on him for dancing in drag, while they also slammed the judges for only giving them 28 points 

Wow! It comes after Layton topped the leaderboard with 36 points during week two, after nabbing 29 points during the first week

Wow! It comes after Layton topped the leaderboard with 36 points during week two, after nabbing 29 points during the first week 

The West End star sent fans and the judges in overdrive in a quickstep dance to Puttin’ on the Ritz by Gregory Porter alongside his pro partner Nikita Kuzmin, 25.

The pair bagged an impressive slew of nines from all the judges on just their second week – an event which happened only once before in Strictly’s history.

Layton and Nikita blew fans away as they exuded perfect synchrony and confidence during their second live performance on the dance floor.

The actor stole the show as judge Motsi Mabuse was in awe of then performance and called it the ‘dance of the night’.

Strictly 2023: Movie Week dances

Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk: Jive to Take On Me from The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice: Rumba to Out of Reach from Bridget Jones

Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe: Waltz to Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington: Quickstep to Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music

Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu: Charleston to Who’s Got The Pain? From Damn Yankees

Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell: Samba to Young Hearts Run Free from Romeo and Juliet

Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer: Couple’s Choice to Men in Black from Men in Black

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola: Viennese Waltz to Waiting On A Miracle from Encanto

Jody Cundy and Jowita Przystał: American Smooth to Married Life from Up

Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley: Charleston to Money Money from Cabaret

Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin: Viennese Waltz to There Are Worse Things I Could Do from Grease

Nigel Harman and Katya Jones: Jive to Batman Theme from Batman

Nikita Kanda and Gorka Marquez: Jive to Kids in America from Clueless

Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima: Paso Doble to The Puss Suite from Puss in Boots



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