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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Next! Eamonn Holmes...

This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes has revealed that he has been asked to take part in Strictly, but turned it down.

Speaking to OK! online, he said: "I have been asked to do it, but I’m not confident with my hips. It’s not for me. I’ve got rhythm, but I don’t have coordination. I think that’s fair enough"

Rumours about Eamonn and his wife, presenter Ruth Langsford, have been doing the rounds for more than two years.

Ruth, on the other hand, is desperate to participate, but says she has not been asked. She told the Daily Express last last year: “I’m still desperate to do Strictly but they’ve never asked me. Eamonn’s been asked more than once!”

I think Ruth would be great, especially when she's so keen, although I suspect that the producers are looking for that 'couple' angle again, and won't invite her unless Eamonn signs up. I think that's a shame.

Congratulations Anton & Hannah!

Congratulations to Anton du Beke and his partner Hannah, who have recently tied the knot.

The pair were spotted at the Chelsea Flower Show wearing rings, and a spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Mail that they have married .

I'm so pleased for Anton. He is one of the nicest guys on Strictly. Congratulations, Anton!

Can't believe the Mail described it as getting married in "secret", though. Just because they didn't broadcast the news didn't mean it was a secret. Anton is quite private, and has never spoken about this personal relationships. He doesn't post every detail of his life to Instagram. I totally respect that, and wish the tabloids would too.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dame Joan Collins Denies Strictly Rumours

Dame Joan Collins has denied rumours that she has been approached to take part in Strictly.

She tweeted that the rumours were 'fake news'.
The Sun reported earlier this week that producers were keen to sign her up.

A source told the paper: “She’d bring plenty of glitz and old-school glamour to the dance floor, and she’s full of energy. She’d be a real draw with older viewers too. The bosses are going all out to get her to sign up.”

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

CONFIRMED: Shirley Ballas Is Head Judge

After months of speculation, the BBC have announced that Shirley Ballas will be the new head judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

In the press release, Shirley said: "I am so excited and over the moon to have been given this wonderful opportunity. I can't wait to get in to the ballroom and be part of the incredible and respected judging panel. Strictly is so loved by the British public, I have always been a massive fan. I just can't wait!"

Shirley will join existing judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell, making the panel gender-balanced for the first time.

If you want to see a clip of Shirley from her dancing days, here she is performing the samba with partner Corky Ballas from the 1994 UK Open.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Emilia Fox: "I'm Not Sure I'd Survive"

Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox says she would like to take part in Strictly, but is concerned nerves would get the better of her.

TellyMix reports that Emilia told OK! magazine: "I would love to do Strictly Come Dancing. It would be amazing learning a new skill. I'd just be terrified I would suffer from nerves. I'm such a sensitive creature, I'm not sure I'd survive."

Ellie Downie Would Like To Do Strictly

Gymnast Ellie Downie would like to go on Strictly.

Asked by Newsround if she would follow her Team GB colleague Claudia Fragapane onto the show, she replied "Yeah, if I got asked to".

Friday, May 05, 2017

Natalie Quits Strictly

Natalie Lowe has revealed that she will not be returning to Strictly Come Dancing this autumn.

The Sun reports that Natalie told the Press Association: “This was a very difficult decision for me not to accept the invitation to appear on this season of Strictly Come Dancing. It is with a very heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision. I’ll be forever grateful for the amazing time, opportunities and memories that Strictly has created for me. My time on the programme has been everything that I dreamed it would be and more. From the friendships I developed, the amazing dances I was able to perform in and the experiences that Strictly provided, it has been an incredible and extraordinary adventure.”

I'll be sorry to see Natalie depart. She is a patient and dedicated teacher who has the ability to tailor her routines to her partner. It's a shame, but I respect her decision.

All the new dancers are starting to make me feel old. The first batch of dancers were all around my age. Now they are getting younger and younger, and I'm not.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Shirley Ballas Tipped For Judge Role

Just when you think there can't be any more names in the frame for Len's job on Strictly, the tabloids come up with someone else.

The Sun has reported that Shirley Ballas has had a second audition for the role, after impressing producers with her screen test last week.

Shirley is well-known and respected on the ballroom circuit. She won multiple Latin titles with partner and ex-husband Corky Ballas. She has also coached dancers, including Derek Hough and Julianne Hough, and her own son Mark. She has been a guest judge on Dancing With The Stars in the US.

A source told the paper: “They are definitely interested in Shirley and she’s the only one they’ve wanted to have another look at, which has to be a good sign. She has a ballroom background, like Len, and BBC chiefs are keen to appoint another woman soon now that the audition list has got out. No decision has been made though yet as there’s still some who want a show favourite to land the role for the fans and keep continuity.”

I'd be happy as Shirley as a judge. She has the experience, and comes from the ballroom and latin world.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jason Durr For Strictly?

Has Casualty actor Jason Durr 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.