Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is on its way to dancing the last dance as tonight will see the semi-final take place.
After this weekend’s elimination, either AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu or Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice will be out of the running for the final.
Rhys Stephenson is currently the bookies choice to get the boot this week, with Ladbrokes having him at 8/15 favourite to go but he has proven a dark horse throughout this year’s competition.
Before tonight’s show, let’s find out more about Rhys Stephenson – how did he become famous and who is he dating?
Who is Rhys Stephenson?
Rhys Stephenson made a name for himself as a well-known children’s presenter.
A born and bred Londoner, the 27-year-old is a popular CBBC personality, having hosted across the channel for 5 years.
He’s presented on shows such as Blue Peter and Newsround, as well as hosting the links between shows with puppet Hacker T Dog.
In addition, Stephenson is an ambassador for Place2Be, a charity providing mental health services in schools.
He also has appeared on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch to discuss teaching kids about internet safety.
When he was first announced as a Strictly contestant, Rhys said that he was ‘buzzing’ to get involved.
‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation,’ he said. ‘I cannot wait to experience it all: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig’s glare. I am ready.’
And experience it all he has – well, nearly all. If he can make it through tonight’s semi-final, he will be in with a shot at going all the way and taking home the Glitterball Trophy.
Does Rhys Stephenson have a girlfriend?
Rhys does have a girlfriend named Beth, but little else is known about her.
It seems like the couple prefer to keep their relationship out of the spotlight as Beth has yet to make an appearance on Rhys’ social media channels.
Her name is only known after a cheeky shout out on Strictly.
After Rhys and Nancy performed their steamy Argentine Tango to Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight, Strictly’s host Claudia Winkleman asked the CBBC presenter: ‘What did your girlfriend Beth say when you told her you were doing the Argentine Tango?’
Rhys replied: ‘Beth said “If i’m not jealous, you’re not doing it right.” So, Beth I hope you’re both proud and jealous!’
How to find Rhys Stephenson on Instagram
Rhys is on Instagram under the username @rocketrhys.
He has over 27,000 followers and has been sharing plenty of backstage snaps throughout his time on Strictly.
He’s even more popular on TikTok with over 35,000 followers.
Posting plenty of amusing clips, his username is @ _rhysstephenson.
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 7:05pm on BBC One.