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Brendan Cole

Strictly speaking

Week 2 It’s just the second week of Strictly, and the judges have already taken leave of their senses. It’s going to be a long series. The second performance show – the one which leads to an elimination, and in which, therefore, the scoring is a matter of LIFE AND DEATH (or at least marginal […]

Strictly speaking

Week 1  Strictly is back, and it has a bold new strategy for fending off the competition: absorb it all, like some kind of light-entertainment power-ingesting cannibal. Hence the patronising Gogglebox people-watching-people-watching-telly opening and X Factor belief that logic and coherence only impede your judging panel.

Strictly Come Dancing live tour 2015

Tickets are already on sale for the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing live tour, which runs from January 16 to February 8, visiting arenas across the UK with some of the celebrities and professional dancers from the new series. Call 0844 875 8758 to book or see www.strictlycomedancinglive.com for more information.

Strictly speaking

It’s been a turbulent summer. Warring nations. Deadly disease. Ferocious independence debates. And, of course, a luxuriously bearded baking hipster getting a bit cross with someone from the WI. But fear not, morose nation! Strictly is back, and we can all now join together in admiration of the human body’s ability to turn, leap, shimmy […]

Artem, Anya and James leave Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers James Jordan, Artem Chigvintsev and Anya Garnis are to leave the show, the BBC has announced.

Strictly speaking

The grand final The Series 11 final featured four exciting, contrasting couples and was genuinely impossible to call, making it a gripping watch through both shows. Well, apart from the recaps, the recaps of the recaps, the extended retrospective, the “J word” tales, the manufactured clips and the neverending Christmas special trailer. Really, there’s a […]

Aliona Vilani joins Brendan Cole for Licence To Thrill tour

Brendan Cole will be joined by fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional Aliona Vilani for his Licence To Thrill tour. Aliona steps into the leading lady shoes for the tour after French Dancing with the Stars champion Fauve Hautot pulled out having injured the cruciate ligaments in her knee.

Strictly speaking

Week 12 – The semis We’re back to a lengthy show, so I’ll keep this brief. Here are my five gripes about an otherwise enjoyable semi-final…

Strictly speaking

Week 11 If there’s one thing guaranteed to rile up our largely unflappable tea-drinking nation, it is a flagrant breach of fair play. We might rail at, rebel against or surreptitiously mock those in authority, but, on the whole, we are comforted by the thought of an established system with comprehensible rules and a general […]

Strictly speaking

Week 10 “We will not have another disaaaahstrous week,” they said. “We will have jazz hands, and the movie musical equivalent of Stars in Their Eyes, and Ann Summers’ take on a Disney dressing-up box!” they said. “We will have props, and pizzazz, and incongruous ghostly backing dancers, and the hills will be alive with […]

Strictly speaking

Week 9  There are great episodes of Strictly, there are terrible episodes of Strictly, and there are those so generic, so lacklustre, so totally devoid of meaning that they fail to make any discernable impression whatsoever. The Ed Milibands, if you will.

Strictly speaking

Week 7, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: 1. Claudia! 2. No theme! 3. Actual dancing! 4. Bye bye, Dave! 5. After 10 million references to Blackpool, Darcey still confused it with Brighton! (I can’t judge – I’m hazy about anything outside Zone 2.)

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