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The Strictly ‘trained dancer’ controversy is absurd – without them, the show would die

It’s been a very different series of Strictly Come Dancing, thanks to Covid, but some things remain the same: Tess Daly’s startling wardrobe choices, at least one rumour of a “showmance”, and the age-old debate over whether trained dancers should … Continue reading

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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’s Movie Week: don’t bet against sharpshooter Bill Bailey being the last celebrity standing

Strictly’s messy Movie Week saw dances engulfed by themes – none more so than Jason Bell’s Death Star of a paso doble. In space, no one can hear you “Olé!”. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Socially Distanced Strictly

This year’s show looks very different with Covid regulations, but the spirit remains the same. Read the full Dancing Times 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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Time to bring back Strictly Come Dancing’s ‘live TV’ edge

Who can forget Mark Ramprakash’s salsa crisis in Series 4? It’s a classic Strictly moment: he and his partner became entangled in a microphone cable and had to stop their performance. Bruce Forsyth sprang into action – quickly ascertaining the … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 12

The semi-final offered up the two-dance challenge, which usually gives a strong indication of who’s ready for the final itself. But, in case you were in any doubt, the judges made their views very clear – i.e. no Chris under … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2019 semi-final: who danced it best? Kelvin Fletcher is the technical master across two dances

By this stage, our celebrities can handle one dance – but two? That separates the contenders from the pretenders, as Len Goodman used to say. Leading contender, and surely hot favourite for the trophy, is Kelvin Fletcher, who impressed in … Continue reading

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