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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

For once, Blackpool Week just about lived up to the hype, with some fun, exciting and truly outstanding performances. But, as so often in this changeable series, erratic scoring led to another shock elimination. Michelle and Giovanni, one of this … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 9: Whose technique helped them conquer Blackpool?

The giant, sprung floor at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom can offer a boost to our celebrity dancers – or it can prove exposing. Continuing this series of shock exits, frontrunner Michelle Visage fell victim to Blackpool’s vastness with a vogueing Couple’s … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

Rejoice, for our long national nightmare is over! Finally, Mike Bushell has left the Strictly dancefloor, taking his “comedy” with him. And about time – lord knows what tricks Katya was going to introduce next in sheer desperation (Katya hangs … Continue reading

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Strictly Week 8: Whose technique failed them in a dramatic dance?

Celebrities can get away with a certain amount on Strictly by adding comedy elements or a cheeky grin, but those “triers” are often exposed by the more serious dances – unless, like John Sergeant’s infamous paso doble, their playing it straight … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Sigh. A theme week. The triumph of the dressing-up box and the selling of Strictly’s soul to Disney. This Movie Week had its particularly trying moments (Pokémon, I ask you), although a few couples transcended, or even utilised, their themes … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, week three: who had the best technical chops?

My Oscar winners for Movie Week were Kelvin Fletcher, Michelle Visage and Catherine Tyldesley. Though Fletcher didn’t land the clean routine suggested by nabbing this year’s first 10s, with some lift hiccups, he excelled in both the Charleston basics (strong “swivel” foot action) and … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, week two: whose technique set the dance floor alight this week?

Anton du Beke may be the (self-styled) King of Ballroom, but it was Karim Zeroual who took the crown in this week’s Foxtrot battle royale. Good footwork on the basics – leading with the heel, then toe, toe on the slow, quick, quick … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Semi-final week saw the usual quality drop-off with two dances – although in some cases such technical lack was rebranded as “authenticity” by the ever-erratic judges. We also had the dance and music lottery either boosting or limiting celebs, depending … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

Ah, Blackpool – home of ballroom. Or, in Strictly’s case, home of prop dancers, inflated (in most cases) scores, and alarming combos like fire, feathers and copious amounts of hairspray. At its best, it provides history, spectacle and a thrilling … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Musicals Week – where ballroom comes to die. Well, not entirely, but it did feel for much of the evening as though we were watching the backdoor pilot episode of spin-off Strictly Come Auditioning For The West End (Who Are … Continue reading

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