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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cha Cha For Arg?

Could TOWIE star James 'Arg' Argent be headed for Strictly?

He told the Daily Star that it could be on the cards: “I want to do Strictly this year and I’m definitely in their thoughts. I can dance. I have got rhythm. I would shock people with my moves. I have always dreamed of being in the West End and so this show suits me down to the ground.”

Kitten Heels

Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton has revealed that she would like to have a go at Strictly after her baby arrives.

Natasha told Yahoo! News that she's wanted to do the show for a long time: “I’m holding out for Strictly Come Dancing. I’ve been waiting six years! I could do it this year. I think they should put me on the show this year to show that they have nothing against post pregnancy women! They’ll be all inclusive!”

Natasha is currently expecting her fourth child, her first with 5ive's Ritchie Neville.

Strictly Pay Freeze

The BBC is looking to save money, and it's likely that the stars of its biggest show will have to take a pay freeze, or even a pay cut.

According to the Daily Mirror, Strictly's new host will only get half of the £500,000 that Sir Bruce was earning. The judges, whose pay varies from £100,000 to £150,000, are likely to have their pay frozen should they return.

However, the report claims that the BBC Trust's pay review will not be finalised before the salaries will be set for 2014.

For Strictly, Press 1

Nev Wiltshire, boss of Save Britain Money and star of BBC Three's The Call Centre, fancies a go at Strictly.

Nev told Wales Online that he hasn't been offered any other reality shows yet, but Strictly would be the one for him: "Strictly would probably be the one I'd look at more than the others. I don't fancy being stuck in the jungle for a month; I couldn't take that long off work. Because if I'm not on top of the job then it's on top of me, there's 550 people relying on me to perform."

Friday, April 04, 2014

Sir Bruce Leaves Strictly

Sir Bruce Forsyth is stepping down from presenting the main series of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC have announced this afternoon. He will still be involved in pre-recorded specials.

In a statement, Sir Bruce said: “After 10 wonderful years and 11 series, I believe it is now the right time to step down from the rigours of presenting the Strictly live shows. I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come. I am also delighted that by presenting the Christmas and Children in Need shows I will continue to have a strong association with Strictly. In addition, I am looking forward to the specials planned with the BBC as well as some live theatre shows, so before anyone asks.... I am not retiring quite yet!”

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Kevin & Karen Join Flash Mob Tour

Strictly stars Karen & Hauer are hitting the road with Flash Mob, a dance show of diverse styles which begins with a run at London's Peacock Theatre in May, before heading off on a UK tour.

Alongside Karen & Kevin are street crew Flawless (Britain's Got Talent), Tommy Franzen (So You Think You Can Dance UK) and Alleviate (Got To Dance).

Still not sure? Watch this promo from the 2012 run...

For more about Flash Mob, visit the official Flash Mob website or go to Peacock Theatre website for information and booking for the London dates.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Strictly Mum Dancing

You approach a celebrity. He says no. You ask his girlfriend. She also says no. Who's next? His mum.

That is reportedly the approach Strictly bosses are taking with tennis player Andy Murray, who are thinking of asking Andy's mum Judy to participate. reports that a source told The Sun On Sunday: “Judy would be great. It’s wonderful that she’s such a fan. Kim has declined in the past. We would love a Murray in some form.”

Former tennis player Andrew Castle, who competed himself in series 6 of Strictly Come Dancing, told the paper: "She’s a huge Strictly nut and would love to do the show. I reckon she’d surprise people. I’m sure she’s got the moves. Andy would be supportive but might be embarrassed and have to watch through his fingers."

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Helen Flanagan For Strictly?

BBC bosses are reportedly keen on signing former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan for Strictly in 2014.

The Daily Mirror reports that a source told The Sun On Sunday"Strictly needs some glamour for the next series and Helen has it by the bucketful. She was a huge success on I'm A Celebrity... and there is no doubt that she will pull in lots of viewers if the BBC do manage to get her signed up. There are talks going on at the moment and fees are being discussed."

Joey Essex Would Like To Break-Dance On Strictly

The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex would consider doing Strictly, but would rather do something like break-dancing.

Female First reports that her told The Sun: "I love to dance but I want to do more cool dancing. Maybe I should go on it and mix it up and do a bit of break-dancing. I've never watched it that much, but I've seen it. I think I could easily pull off one of their outfits. They're the ones with the diamonds, aren't they? I'd look sick in that."

Strictly To Receive BAFTA Award

Strictly Come Dancing is to be awarded a special BAFTA award at the Academy's craft awards ceremony next month.

The award recognises Strictly's outstanding creative and technical achievements.

Strictly's series director Nikki Parsons told BBC News: "We have extremely talented and creative people at every level on the team, working hard to deliver the highest quality of live television each week and I am very proud to be a part of it. Everyone gives 110% to give the show the highest possible production values throughout every series, so it is an honour for us to be recognised for our contribution to the huge success of Strictly over the last 10 years."

BAFTA chairman Andrew Newman said: "This award is to honour those craft people who bring a show that entertains millions each week to life. The team of talented individuals across many departments such as lighting, costume, cameras, hair and make-up, music, direction and editing - to name a few - are directly responsible for the format's success and we congratulate everyone involved."

Sophie Ellis Bextor: Strictly Was "Completely Terrifying"

Sophie Ellis Bextor has revealed that Strictly was the scariest thing she has done in her career, and now puts other things into perspective.

She told the Sunday Express: “It was completely terrifying – easily the scariest thing I've ever done. I never got to the point where I thought, ‘OK, I can do this,’ but I loved learning a new dance each week. The thrill of starting something on a Monday and performing it live on a Saturday was insane. You were on a permanent high, running on all this adrenaline. Anything I've done subsequently I think, ‘I can’t get nervous about this when I've had to do a paso doble on a live show.’”

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Titchmarsh Still Too Busy For Strictly

In 2007, Alan Titchmarsh said he was too busy for Strictly.

In 2014, he's still turning it down. He told the Daily Express: "You should see what I turn down. They keep asking me to do Strictly and I would love to - I can move and I'd have expert coaching, being married to a dancer, but I just haven't the time. If the TV work all dried up tomorrow I could hardly complain. I would still garden and still write. As long as I can lift a pen I'll never retire."

Why do so many celebrities brag about turning it down? Either do it, or don't.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Sir Bruce In Talks Over Strictly Future

Sir Bruce Forsyth is meeting with BBC bosses next month to discuss his future with Strictly.

Controller of BBC One, Charlotte Moore, indicated that perhaps the BBC might go another way. She told the Daily Mirror: “He is not young and has missed a couple of programmes. So it is really important to have that conversation... Strictly is a phenomenon of British television and very robust. But it isn’t about one presenter."

Sounds to me like the BBC equavalent of "we need to talk".

But a BBC insider indicated that this is normal procedure: “Every year about this time we speak to Bruce about the following year and his contract. This is nothing new.”

Monday, February 10, 2014

Beckham Seal Of Approval For Strictly

Apparently Victoria Beckham loves Strictly Come Dancing, because it brings her whole family together.

The List reports that Kristina Rihanoff revealed the news in an interview with the Sun On Sunday"I had the pleasure of talking to Victoria and I just found her so lovely. She was asking me a lot about the show. She knew so much about how I had done with my partner Ben Cohen. I was a little surprised actually. She knew if he'd had a good week doing ballroom and a bad week the next. Very specific stuff. For example, she said she liked his lifts which shows she must really be paying attention! It was nice to know she is watching with her family. She was very sweet about her family spending quality time together for Strictly. "

James Sutton: Strictly Is "Fabulous"

Hollyoaks actor James Sutton has revealed that he loves Strictly, although he doesn't think he'd be good enough to participate.

He told Yahoo!: "I don't mind shows where you get to learn a skill. I love Strictly Come Dancing. It's fabulous! That's a wonderful show. I'm not sure I'd ever do it because I think I'd be pretty crap at it."

He also thinks it's better than other reality shows: "I watched that Splash! thing that [Hollyoaks co-star] Gemma Merna was in. I thought that was a bit bizarre to be honest. There was an awful lot of talk and not a lot of diving. But I love the Strictly stuff."