The dynamic duo wowed audiences with their showstopping Couple's Choice routine during Blackpool week, scoring an impressive 39 points from the judges.
While it was a special dance for Layton, whose mum was cheering him on in the studio audience, it was also a momentous week for Nikita as it marked the first time he made it to Blackpool during his time on the show.
Nikita joined the popular dancing programme back in 2021, and was paired with TV presenter and social media influence Tilly Ramsay. The pair came in sixth place, and while they would have made it to Blackpool Week, the show decided to skip the tradition in both 2020 and 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions.
While Strictly returned to Blackpool last year, Nikita and his dance partner Ellie Simmonds were voted out in week seven of the competition and missed out on performing in the iconic Tower Ballroom.
Taking to his Instagram Stories ahead of Blackpool Week last year, Nikita shared his heartbreak over being unable to perform in Blackpool with Tilly back in series 21.
Resharing a post from a fan account reminding the dancer of his and Tilly's perfect score for their Matilda-themed Couple's Choice routine, he reflected on the iconic dance.
"Could have been my first Blackpool," he wrote alongside a tear emoji. "Now being here I would have LOVED doing it."
Thankfully, Nikita finally made it to Blackpool on Saturday night, sharing the top spot on the leaderboard with Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola.
While the pair received high praise from the judges, with Shirley Ballas hailing the performance as "creative genius", Nikita was a little put out by the comments from Craig Revel Horwood, who said the dance "wasn't entirely in-sync".
Chatting to Claudia Winkleman in their post-dance interview, Nikita said: "I don't know what more we need to throw in. It's also a bit disappointing that Craig didn't like it but I'm so proud of you [Layton]. You work so hard. It's unbelievable."
Layton took to Instagram following Sunday's results show, which saw the duo make it through to another week of the competition. Thanking viewers for their support, the Bad Education star wrote: "Ain't no other man but @nikita__kuzmin !!! You're the best! Hope you enjoyed the vibes. Got that Blackpool Buzz. Big love and thank you as ever if you voted for us."
Five other couples also made it through to week ten, while Angela Rippon and her dance partner Kai Widdrington were sent home.
Speaking about her time on the show, the broadcaster said: "I have to tell you that the last nine weeks have probably been the most terrifying, the most fantastic, the most glorious, the most joyful that I have spent for a very long time in my profession."