Strictly Come Dancing 2023 hasn’t actually started yet, but one star is already keen to shut down the ‘fix’ claims.
Layton Williams was one of the first contestants announced as part of a stellar line-up for this series.
The Bad Education actor, 28, joins the likes of Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon, Les Dennis, and Adam Thomas when the glitzy BBC dance show returns to our screens this autumn.
However, he’s already been accused of having an unfair advantage.
Given Layton’s performing background, some Strictly viewers believed he had ‘studied’ dance, which he was quick to deny before rumours could escalate.
Taking to Twitter, the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie actor responded to a tweet that read: ‘not a dance expert as such but I am a dancer and know for a fact he will have studied ballroom and/or latin to some degree’.
Layton wrote back: ‘Lemme clear up this *fact* real quick.
‘I had my 1st introduction to Ballroom & Latin class in rehearsals yesterday (along with the rest of the @bbcstrictly cast) and it was so much fun xxx’
A troll then tweeted him: ‘Here’s hoping you get dumped out week one.’
Putting them firmly in their place, though, Layton penned back: ‘No one gets voted out week 1 luckily’.
Layton has had a number of big roles throughout his career, having played the lead in Billy Elliot at the age of just 12.
He then went on to star in other stage productions including Hairspray and Rent.
However, the following year, John Whaite and Johannes Radebe made it all the way to the final and finished in second place in a truly spectacular year for representation.
Then, in 2022, for the first time, we had two same-sex partnerships: Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer, and Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice.
A source recently said: ‘This year, everyone is hoping for a same-sex couple who can go the distance.’
‘Layton is a phenomenal performer and the pros will probably queue up to work with him,’ they added to The Mirror.
Only time will tell…
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One and iPlayer later this year.
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