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Strictly Shirley

Shirley Ballas, new head judge of Strictly Come Dancing, on what makes a great routine and who she’d like to dance with on the show. Read my full Dancing Times interview here Advertisements

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Judgement time

As Shirley Ballas joins the Strictly Come Dancing panel, we delve into the world of ballroom judging. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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Strictly Speaking: the final

Never question the commitment of boyband voters. A final that zigzagged between possible winners (well, apart from Katie) ended up feeling somewhat redundant as Jay’s fans carried him over the finishing line regardless of his distinctly underwhelming performance. Aliona’s dubious … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 10

Ah, post-Blackpool Week – Strictly’s annual hangover show. Lower the lights, pass the Berocca, and for god’s sake don’t make too much noise. Not generally a vintage night, and so it proved, with several celebs stuck with styles that didn’t … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

Welcome to Blackpool, where, according to Strictly, the beaches are positively balmy in November, time has stood still since Len’s Fifties heyday, and the local scoring exchange rate is approximately 1:1.5 – 9s and 10s for all the vaguely good … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 1

It wouldn’t be Strictly without the epic trolling that is the scoring. Welcome back to judgement as alarmingly random as Caligula’s hiring policies. Some celebs benefitted from the Week 1 Magic 8-Ball, others have cause to grumble, with particular howlers … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: launch show

After seemingly decades of celebrity reveals on every BBC outlet known to man (“Now the ident hippos will announce ‘Peter Andre’ via synchronised swimming!”), Strictly has finally begun in earnest and the pairings unveiled to an eager nation. Well, ish. … Continue reading

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