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The Week of the Waltz

In a bid to get Britain waltzing, former Strictly Come Dancing stars Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone will be joining forces with superstar violinist André Rieu (all pictured) to launch the Week of the Waltz.

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.

Russell Grant to star in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Strictly Come Dancing celebrity Russell Grant is to star as the sinister Mrs Meers in the UK fringe premiere of the six-time Tony Award-winning tap dancing musical Thoroughly Modern Millie this October.

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.

Dance ‘Til Dawn hits the West End

Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace (pictured) bring their new show Dance ‘Til Dawn to the West End for a limited ten-week run this autumn. Straight from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Dance ‘Til Dawn will open at London’s Aldwych Theatre on October 23. Tickets go on sale later this month, see […]

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…

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Week 8  BREAKING NEWS: while our stars were distracted by feathery fans, camp cowboys and dizzying hyperbole, their Blackpool dressing rooms were beset by seaside bandits. Possibly pirates. Rumours that their haul included all of the judges’ low scoring paddles remain unconfirmed. Yet how else to explain Saturday’s WTF marking? Of course, the judging process […]

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