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‘Inappropriate’, ‘grotesque’: why the outrage over Caroline Quentin’s Strictly arm-lick is justified

Strictly is no stranger to peculiar moves. There was John Sergeant dragging his partner across the floor like a wet towel in his paso doble. Russell Grant being fired out of a cannon. And who can forget Ed Balls’ infamous … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Well. This was not one of Strictly’s better outings. Our Staycation Blackpool Week sadly took all the worst elements of that usual jaunt – judging hysteria, inconsistent scores – without actually giving us the pleasure of performances at the Tower Ballroom. … Continue reading

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Lucky escape for Clara Amfo after viewers’ votes correct injustice on Strictly’s Blackpool special

Normally, we can chalk up the judges’ erratic Blackpool Week scoring to over excitement at being at the Tower Ballroom. What, then, to make of their bizarre decision-making while still in the studio? Can you get staycation sunstroke? Read my … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

This was quite the Bizarro World Strictly, with a sadly absent Nicola and Katya, Motsi joining Bruno in Zoom purgatory, and Anton du Beke finally wearing the producers down and getting his shot at judging – the equivalent of a … Continue reading

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Clara Amfo was the clear standout during a dramatic week for Strictly Come Dancing

There was drama both on and off the Strictly floor this week, with the sad departure of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, due to a positive Covid test, and Anton du Beke stepping in for quarantining judge Motsi Mabuse. Read my … Continue reading

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Nicola Adams’ ruthless Covid axing is the beginning of the end for Strictly 2020

After landing in the dreaded dance-off last week, Nicola Adams confronted the terrible possibility of leaving Strictly Come Dancing. Now, the worst has happened, but for a completely different reason: her professional partner, Katya Jones, has tested positive for Covid-19, taking them … 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’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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Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Is Strictly the last remaining thread holding this nation together? Arguably yes, given that the BBC had to cut away from Boris Johnson’s press conference on Saturday lest riots break out in the streets. Perhaps also because there are only so many … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: week 2 recap – Jacqui Smith trotted round the ballroom like a drunk pony

As England is plunged back into lockdown, Jacqui Smith is locked out of the ballroom – and rightly so. Read my full Telegraph article here

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