Strictly Come Blogging

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Proudly blogging about Strictly Come Dancing ALL YEAR ROUND since 2006. Always spoiler-free.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jason Durr For Strictly?

Has Casualty actor been approached to be on Strictly?

He told The Sun: “It’s a massive Saturday-night show, just like Casualty, so I’m sure it would be huge fun to do. You’ll have to watch this space…”

I think the tabloids must just ask everyone they speak to if they would do it, and write about whatever response they get.

Sir Patrick Stewart Would Have Done Strictly... But Not Now

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart that he would have considered doing Strictly a few years ago, but not now as he doesn't feel it's the same show.

Speaking on Have I Got News For You, which he guest-hosted on Friday, he said: "It's a lovely show, it's delightful."

Ian Hislop asked if he had done it. He replied: "I wanted to at the very beginning, and then the tone of it changed somewhat and then I felt that, 'nah', I could pass on it".

You can watch his comments via this YouTube link.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BAFTA Nominations

Strictly has been nominated for three Television BAFTA awards.

The programme has been nominated in the Entertainment Programme category, up against Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain's Got Talent and Michael McIntyre's Big Show.

Claudia Winkleman is nominated for Entertainment Performance. She is up against Adam Hills for The Last Leg, Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show and Michael McIntyre for Michael McIntyre's Big Show.

Finally, Ed & Katya's Gangnam Style routine has been nominated for Virgin TV's Must See Moment. They are nominated alongside Game of Thrones' 'Battle of the Bastards', James Cordon's 'Carpool Karaoke' with Michelle Obama from The Late Late Show, 'Urgent Exit Required' from Line of Duty, the Snake vs Iguana chase from Planet Earth II and Danny Dyer's appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?.

Good luck, Strictly! Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 14th May.

Tommy Cannon For Strictly?

The Sun reports that producers are interested in signing comedian Tommy Cannon to take part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

A source told the paper: “Tommy would be brilliant on the show and it’s quite exciting that he would be the eldest ever to appear. There have been no formal discussions yet, but it’s clear that he would be up for it. Everyone remembers him from his glory days – especially the older Strictly audience. If he did get signed up, it would obviously be on condition of passing a medical like every other celeb to see if they could take the hours of training.”

Tommy might look to his comedy partner Bobby Ball for advice. Bobby appeared on the Strictly Christmas special in 2012, performing the American Smooth with Katya Virshilas.

Holly Willoughby Rules Out Strictly... And Has A Pop At Ed Balls

This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby has ruled out Strictly Come Dancing, although would like to learn to dance.

She told the Daily Star Sunday: “I couldn’t do Strictly… oh God no. I’d love to learn to dance but I wouldn’t want to do it on telly. Everyone would be watching me do it and that would be horrendous because I’m not very good at dancing. I’d probably be as bad as Ed Balls. I’d be more Ed Balls than Abbey Clancy, put it that way.”

As bad as Ed Balls? Excuse me, Holly, but Ed Balls was actually a decent dancer. Describing him as "bad" is really unfair, especially coming from someone who doesn't have the bottle to do it herself.

Don't worry, love. We'll muddle through the next series without you.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Congratulations, Anton!

Congratulations to Anton du Beke and his partner Hannah, who have welcomed their twins into the world.

Anton posted the happy news on Twitter early yesterday evening:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Next! Roy Hodgson...

Former England manager Roy Hodgson turned down the opportunity to take part in last year's Strictly.

The Evening Standard reports that Roy told The Big Issue: "We are moving in a different world now, where celebrity is the key. I'd have been another Ed Balls! I’ve never regarded myself as a celebrity, I have regarded myself as a professional football manager, a job which I have done for many years and think I do well. I’m quite proud of my achievements. But I don’t think that lifts me into the celebrity world."

Well, you know, at the end of the day, it's a funny old show. To be on Strictly you have to give 110%, take it one week at a time, every dance is a must-win, you hope not to take an early bath and finally raise the cup at the end. It's a must win business.

Charlotte Hawkins Would Like To Do Strictly

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins would like to do Strictly.

The Sun reports that Charlotte told the Metro“I’d love to do Strictly but I’m not very good at dancing, so it might be terrifying."

Don't worry Charlotte. Not being very good at dancing has never been a barrier to being on the show.

Strictly Spectacular Cancelled

I've been slacking a bit with the updates recently, so I hadn't got around to posting anything about the Strictly Spectacular, but I guess it doesn't matter anymore since it's been cancelled.

A statement on the event website simply says: "It is with regret to inform you that Strictly Come Dancing: The Spectacular has been cancelled. Demand for this event has not been as strong as we had hoped so we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel it. All customers will receive a full refund for the cost of their tickets. See Tickets will begin processing refunds for all online and phone orders immediately. We are sorry for any disappointment caused as a result of this decision."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Latest Rumour: Frank Lampard

Former footballer Frank Lampard is reportedly on the wish-list for this year's Strictly.

A source told The Sun: “It’s the time of the year when the wish list is being drawn up and Frank Lampard is one of the names that ticks all the boxes. They would love to have him on board so we will see how things progress in the coming weeks. He has impressed people with his hilarious appearances on Play To The Whistle and comes across as a natural for a big TV series like Strictly.”

Frank's wife Christine Lampard (née Bleakley) finished fifth out of 16 celebrities on Strictly series six, eliminated in the quarter final. She was partnered by Matthew Cutler.

Anton To Screen Test For Judge Spot

Anton du Beke is reportedly taking a screen test for judging on Strictly, as bosses look for a replacement for Len Goodman.

A source told The Sun: “Everyone loves Anton and he has been one of the favourites for the job because of his seniority and for being on the show since it started. He would be like a younger Len and the transition would definitely be a smooth one. They’ve obviously not ruled out other people but it’s a good sign for Anton.”

I think Anton would be a good fit. He's proved himself judging other shows in the past, he knows the technique and would fill the gap left by Len. I just hope he can be critical enough on-screen. He does tend to be the 'nice guy'.

It's interesting that the producers are taking so long over this decision. Alesha was brought in seemingly on a whim, and it seems that the producers do not want to rock the boat so much anymore. It's one thing to keep the show fresh, but there needs to be an element of what made it popular retained.

Lisa Scott-Lee Would Like Strictly Spot

Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee would like the chance to do Strictly.

TheList reports that Lisa said recently: "I would love to do Strictly Come Dancing. For me, that is the ultimate show. My grandparents were ballroom dancers so I would love to do that show."

Given that Steps are currently launching a comeback, I think it's unlikely that Lisa would have the time. And as someone who sings and dances for a living, I can hear the shouts of 'ringer' already.

Monday, February 27, 2017

James & Ola To Sing And Dance

James & Ola Jordan will return to the BBC to raise money by taking part in Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief.

They will be performing Megan Traynor's All About That Base. The couple stated in a BBC press release: “It’s an honour to be part of BBC's Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief. It's brilliant to think that our ropey singing voices can actually be used to help raise funds for such a good cause!”

Other celebrities with Strictly connections will be performing. Russel Grant will take on Chain Reaction by Diana Ross, Dominic Littlewood will be part of a One Show supergroup, Alison Hammond will perform Missy Eliot's Get Ur Freak On and Melvin Odoom will join Rickie Haywood Williams for a Will Smith medley.
The show will have different judges each week, with Claudia Winkleman, Julian Clarey and Tameka Empson among those giving their opinions.

Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief begins this Saturday on BBC One. The show will consist of three heats and a grand final.

Gemma Atkinson Would Like To Do Strictly

Former Casualty and Emmerdale actress Gemma Atkinson has revealed that she would like to do Strictly, although has never been asked.

She told The Sun: “I’d love to do Strictly. I’ve never been asked before but it would be really great to learn how to dance. I’m not sure how I’d handle in the high heels though. I’m used to wearing my Converse so that might be difficult.”

Could Jason Gilkison Replace Len?

Rumours continue to circulate about a replacement for Len, but a new name has suddenly become part of the conversation - Jason Gilkison.

Jason is Strictly's director of choreography, a role in which he oversees all dance content on the show.

A source told the Mail on Sunday"Jason is viewed as a perfect replacement for Len. He is being described as a really, really good call by some of the most influential and professional dancers on the show. He is their choice."

There is no questioning Jason's credentials, but I am not sure he can be completely impartial. Jason was the one who recruited many, but not all, of the dancers to the show, having worked with many on Burn The Floor. Would Brendan and Anton be at a disadvantage by not being his old colleagues? But I would expect those who had worked with him before to be very respectful of his opinions. Choreographers are more like teachers than friends. But all teachers have favourites...

Presumably he would have to give up his choreography responsibilities if he became a judge.

Interesting. I just wish a decision would be announced soon.