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Cynthia Erivo to be guest judge on Strictly

Singer and actor Cynthia Erivo will join the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel as a guest judge this weekend. Cynthia will be stepping in to the shoes of Craig Revel Horwood, who will sadly miss Musicals Week as he self-isolates after testing positive for COVID-19. Cynthia will join Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and head […]

Shall We Dance

Hosted at the Royal Lancaster in London on December 19, Shall We Dance offers guests an exclusive, luxury experience where they can meet Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice and Luba Mushtuk. The evening will commence with a VIP meet-and-greet experience on arrival, with champagne reception included, before a three-course meal is served to the guests. The […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 8

Well that was a shambles. Are the judges trying to destroy the format of the entire show? Is Adam Peaty’s mum right to cry fix? Does Dan really think he’s the sole representative of Strictly contestants without dance experience? Adam (or his mum) would have a thing or two to say about that – as […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 4

Ah, the theme week hangover. Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing was very much the bleary, old contact lenses stuck to eyelids, two Alka-Seltzers dissolved in ginger ale, nibbling at cold leftover pizza while moaning softly morning-after to Movie Week’s night of ecstatic clubbing. No one was dishing out points for mistakes. Craig all but set his […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Ah, Strictly theme weeks: synonymous with high drama, rampant scoring inflation, and a heady mix of glamour and the dredges of a three-year-old’s dressing-up box. This Movie Week was no exception: we got 10s; we got tears; and we got costumes that are so psychologically scarring that they will actually be the last thing I […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Welcome to the Thunderdome! Week 1 was all pats on the back for even finding your way into the studio; now, the real Strictly judging begins. Well, sort of. Once again, we found our panel in a mercurial mood, dishing out everything from 3s to 9s with the whimsy of a giggling child dictator. Most […]

Strictly Speaking: Launch show

Marianka Swain introduces the Class of 2021 Hurrah, we’re back! Hello, fellow Strictly watchers – I’m so glad that our Saturday nights are sparkly once more. The show really got me through the darkness of winter 2020 and it promises to be a joy again, this time with a full run, a cast of 15 […]

Here Come the Boys

Vikki Jane Vile returns to the theatre for Here Come the Boys Sometimes a show seems to have everything against it. Shortly before its run at the London Palladium, it was announced the following UK tour of Here Come the Boys was being postponed to 2022. On the evening I was in attendance, not only […]

Strictly NHS

The inaugural edition of Strictly NHS on June 4 will see 12 NHS employees swapping their scrubs and lanyards for sequins and sparkle as they compete in a Strictly Come Dancing-style competition in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The event, partnering with NHS charity Blue Skies, aims to achieve a fundraising target […]

Strictly Speaking: The final

What an extraordinary end to the series. The Strictly final aired just hours after Boris Johnson made his latest screeching u-turn, announcing that millions of people would have to cancel their festive plans and spend Christmas separated from loved ones. Could our dance show, which has been an escapist haven during a grim, dark winter, […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Well, that was a jolly Musicals Week. Although very strange to think it’s already the quarter-finals, when it feels like we’ve only just begun the series. Product of both a shorter Strictly, and time losing all meaning in 2020. I’m both relieved we’re nearly at the end of this year and sad that our sparkly […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 6

A rather mediocre performance week, with some improvement in scoring, and alas still some glaring biases. However, poor Clara Amfo really doomed herself with an error-strewn jive that was actually marked quite kindly, yet cemented her place in the dance-off. Though I still think she got a raw deal overall this series, we never really […]

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