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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 10

So, there are flat post-Blackpool shows, and there’s…whatever this was. Barely one rung up from everyone calling in sick while still nursing their hangovers on the tour bus. We’re in the closing stages of hard-fought competition, and yet by far … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 10: Who danced it best?

The post-Blackpool week can often feel like a comedown, and so it proved with a rather flat show. But this most unpredictable of series still produced another curious dance-off: former leaderboard-topper Saffron Barker versus boy wonder Karim Zeroual – despite … 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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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 5

Which was more incomprehensible on so-called Super Saturday: wherever we may or may not have landed with Brexit, or guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro’s “critiques”? For the sake of my sanity, the latter shall not be recorded here. Suffice to say … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing week 5 – who danced it best?

Following last week’s overinflated quickstep scores, David James came crashing down to earth with a dismal jive. Taking big, heavy steps meant he was always behind the beat, and he failed to disguise numerous mistakes. Read my full Telegraph article … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, week 4: which celebrities scored too highly for technically mediocre routines?

The judges can mark on either performance or improvement, however it makes a mockery of the leaderboard when they vastly overinflate the latter. So it was that we lost the talented Dev Griffin, penalised for dropping his level slightly in cha cha … Continue reading

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