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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 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 7

Right, hands up if you know how to perform an exorcism? For clearly the evil spirit is still in possession of this series of Strictly, keeping Ginger Neil on the bench, taking poor Will Bayley out of the competition altogether, even … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 7: Whose Latin technique got them in trouble?

It was a hard week for the female celebrities tackling Latin dances, with all but Michelle Visage’s paso doble landing at the bottom of the leaderboard. Emma Weymouth, the latest eliminated contestant, was felled by samba – notorious for its tricky … 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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