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Week 6 What a difference a week makes. In contrast to the Halloween horrors, “Strictly” Week 6 had no pesky theme, no absurd 10s and no salacious moments for the Daily Mail to get worked up about – unless you count the bizarro pro dances (more on those later) and Bruno’s increasingly overt desire for […]

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Week 5 I fear “Strictly” may be having an identity crisis. In past years, fans have been able to refer to it as a distinct and (let’s face it) far superior creation to other weekend fare. It’s not purely comedic (“Let’s Dance For Comic Relief”) or slapstick variety (“Britain’s Got Talent”); it doesn’t revolve around […]

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Week 4 After befuddling Broadway, it was back to ballroom basics for Week 4 of “Strictly”  – except the training VTs, which get more David Lynch each week.

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Week 3 It’s only Week 3 on “Strictly” and it’s already Random New Theme Week. Now, I’m all for Random New Themes, particularly when they involve loony VTs, psychotic costuming choices and potentially disastrous props, but I’m afraid I have to begin with a mini rant entitled “Why the confused and confusing Broadway Week didn’t […]

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Week 2 It’s Week 2 on “Strictly” and that can only mean one thing. It’s knockout time! (Get it, Audley?) After last week’s gentle opening, the celebs have to face the harsh reality of the ballroom world as one of them is cruelly cast out into the non-sequinned wilderness. Or something equally melodramatic. (Actually, “reality” […]

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Week 1 “We’re going from the red carpet to the red-hot ballroom floor!!!” Enough of the understatement, Tess. Actually, how often do breakfast TV sports editors, ex-footballers and impressionists get to hang out on the red carpet? Never mind, they’re on “Strictly” now! Instant fame awaits! (I’m ignoring the weird intro bit that started with […]

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Dum-da-dum-dum-dum-da-da… Oh yes! It’s time! After a long, cold, sequin-less eight months, “Strictly Come Dancing” is finally back on our screens, and other than Brucie becoming “Sir”, it was business as usual in Saturday’s launch show. Bruno made salacious suggestions, “dahling” Craig prepared his putdowns, Len opened up his box of Carry On metaphors and […]

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Week 12  It’s official: “Strictly” addiction is a dangerous virus, like mad cow disease or swine flu. Do you need a ballroom flu friend? In other news, Bruce has been set loose on the glitterball with a hammer and chisel. Hope the BBC has good insurance.

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Week 11 It’s the “Strictly” semi-final showdown! Our stars are dreaming of the glitterball trophy, but they get a rude awakening…the nightmare of two eliminations! Really, this is a surprise? Wasn’t anyone listening last week? I’m sure Tess mentioned the double elimination at least six times. (Amusingly, Kara sleeps with a Russian guidebook in place […]

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Strictly Speaking Week 10 Saturday “Strictly” Strikes Back with a wonderfully hammy Star Wars opening to movie night, complete with Brucie enacting the MGM lion struck down by tonsillitis. ‘Our pros’ kicked off proceedings with their film fest: Grease (Kristina, naturally, in Olivia Newton-John’s leathers and Robin rocking out as Danny), Top Gun (poser Aviators […]

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Week 9  Saturday Back to television centre, and this week’s “Strictly” felt like a bit of a comedown after super-exciting home-of-ballroom-dancing Blackpool. There was a general malaise and tiredness. There were more injuries. There was a painfully drawn-out Brucie joke about Ann and Anton getting it on. I rather wanted to rush into the studio with […]

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Week 8 Just in case we were IN ANY WAY unclear, after the million-and-one references during last week’s show and the many dedicated segments on “It Takes Two”, this week “Strictly” is coming to you live from Vegas! Or, rather, Blackpool. SO easy to get those two confused. “Everyone wants to ILLUMINATE the dance floor […]

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