For the first time, the West End star and his professional dancer partner Nikita Kuzmin found themselves in the bottom two after receiving a lukewarm response from the judges for their American Smooth.
However, while she didn’t get a vote, Shirley said she’d have opted to keep Angela in the competition, claiming: “Important for me always when it comes to Ballroom and Latin is the character of the dance, that it’s true to the dance, timing and quality.”
However, Layton shut this down when he and Nikita made an appearance on Tuesday’s edition of This Morning.
“Miss Shirley has been on board. Her 10 paddle has been out a few times. We heart Shirley,” he said.
When This Morning Craig Doyle asked Layton to clarify if that meant the and Shirley were on good terms, Layton insisted: “Oh absolutely. We’re very good.”
On Monday Layton spoke out on Instagram after being saved by the judges.
“That was close!” he wrote. “SO grateful to be through to Musicals Week! Being in the bottom two has given me a [fire] up my [bum]. Big love to all of our supporters.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday night on BBC One. This Morning airs every weekday from 10am on ITV1.