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Strictly Speaking: Week 6

A rather mediocre performance week, with some improvement in scoring, and alas still some glaring biases. However, poor Clara Amfo really doomed herself with an error-strewn jive that was actually marked quite kindly, yet cemented her place in the dance-off. … Continue reading

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Maisie Smith’s footwork was this week’s real Strictly triumph

This week saw Clara Amfo try to shake her tail feather in a redemptive Tina Turner jive. But she hit the (Nutbush City) limits of her recovery skills when an early mistake tripped her up – and a deluge of errors … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

You know what I didn’t need during a week where I’ve barely slept, my body now programmed to wake up at 3am, lunge for my phone and frantically check the Philadelphia count? The absolute, unadulterated nightmare fuel that was Strictly … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 1

This first proper competitive show gave us a chance to assess the ‘new normal’ on Strictly – and, for the most part, it worked absolutely fine. Yes, the performances felt a little muted without a raucous studio audience, but that … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing: From a firecracker samba to a belly-dancing Santa

Just like last year, Strictly Come Dancing began with a firecracker of a samba. In 2019, super sub Kelvin Fletcher got viewers hot and bothered; last night, Maisie Smith proved she’s no slouch in the shimmy department. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Strictly Speaking: The Final

We came to the end! The week’s second nationwide ballot (and, let’s face it, by far the more important) yielded – in my humble opinion – exactly the right result, with the consistently brilliant Kelvin and Oti lifting the glitterball … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, Grand Final: Brilliant Fletcher and Mabuse show power in simplicity

Kelvin Fletcher and partner Oti Mabuse were the incredibly worthy winners of Strictly 2019. The super sub, drafted at the last minute to replace an injured Jamie Laing, turned out to the secret weapon of this series – the modest, … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Ah, Musicals Week – AKA Dressing-up Box Explosion 2: Wig Warz!. Pretty unsubtle work here from the Strictly producers and judges, with a clear division between sensible theme/dance matches and bizarre combos, and between sky-high quarter-final scores and mediocre ones. … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Musicals Week: Karim Zeroual’s technique stops the show – and finally locates Craig’s 10 paddle

Dancing a jive to Hairspray’s “You Can’t Stop the Beat” might be unoriginal (it’s the fourth on Strictly so far), but it proved a perfect match for Karim Zeroual’s boundless energy – and gave us the first perfect score this … Continue reading

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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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