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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 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 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 Come Dancing – with its first same-sex dance tomorrow, is the show keeping in step with the modern dance world?

Bereft fans of popular new professional Johannes Radebe, who departed Strictly Come Dancing with partner Catherine Tyldesley after a controversial dance-off last week, will at least get to see him make history on tomorrow night’s results show. Read my full Telegraph article … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 6: Who danced it best?

With a couple of spook-tacular exceptions, Strictly’s Halloween show missed the mark this year. Scarily bad music choices hampered the dancers, while the judges’ frightening scores – once again, over-rewarding improvement in the weaker dancers – skewed the leaderboard. Read … 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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Strictly Come Dancing, week three: who had the best technical chops?

My Oscar winners for Movie Week were Kelvin Fletcher, Michelle Visage and Catherine Tyldesley. Though Fletcher didn’t land the clean routine suggested by nabbing this year’s first 10s, with some lift hiccups, he excelled in both the Charleston basics (strong “swivel” foot action) and … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, week two: whose technique set the dance floor alight this week?

Anton du Beke may be the (self-styled) King of Ballroom, but it was Karim Zeroual who took the crown in this week’s Foxtrot battle royale. Good footwork on the basics – leading with the heel, then toe, toe on the slow, quick, quick … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, episode one: The technicalities of the dances

Strictly Series 17 opened with a show surprisingly light on first dance nerves – if anything, some celebrities were too exuberant – and plenty of exciting potential. Read the first in my new series for the Telegraph here!

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