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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vernon Would "Seriously Consider" Strictly

Vernon Kay would consider doing Strictly, but doesn't think he'll ever be asked.

The Irish Examiner reports that the presenter, who married Strictly presenter Tess Daly in 2003, said on Loose Women: “I think it’s because I’m there on a regular basis. They must feel like I’m part of the family. It’s been 11, 12 years that they've been doing it and I’m always down there causing a nuisance. It’s such a good show. If they asked me, I would seriously consider it.”

Sharon Osbourne "Too Lazy" For Strictly

Sharon Osborne would love to do Strictly, but admits she is just too lazy.

She told the Daily Star: “Would I do Strictly in the UK? I would love to, I would really, really love to, because it is honestly my favourite programme to watch, it’s so much fun. But I’m too lazy and I don’t like to sweat, so I don’t think I could do it.”

Next! Noel Gallagher...

Former Oasis second-fiddle Noel Gallagher claims that he has turned down the opportunity to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

DigitalSpy reports that Noel told The Sun: "Some fucker saw I'd left Oasis, and thought I'd be unemployed. So I was even asked to do Strictly Come Dancing, which made me laugh the loudest. Me? Dance? And who gives a shit about ballroom dancing?"

About 12m viewers on last count, Noel. But I'd rather see Noel Edmonds on Strictly than Noel Gallagher.

Jake Canuso: "I Would Love To Do It"

Benidorm actor Jake Canuso would love to do Strictly, but believes he won't be asked because he used to dance.

He told the Sunday World: "I would love to do Strictly because 555 years ago I used to dance and of course I think they wouldn't get me in because they think I was a dancer, but it was so long ago, I would love to do it."

Claudia Nominated For RTS Award

Claudia Winkleman has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Programme Award for her work on Strictly Come Dancing.

Claudia's first year on Strictly's main Saturday night show earned her a nomination in the Entertainment Performance category, alongside Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show and Keith Lemon (Leigh Francis) for Celebrity Juice.

The winners will be announced on 17th March at a ceremony in London.

Good luck, Claud!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Simon & Kristina Crowned Tour Champions

The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour came to an end yesterday, with Simon & Kristina being crowned overall champions.

Simon & Kristina won 19 out of 32 shows, which was streets ahead of eveyone else. Caroline & Tristan won six, Rachel & Kevin won three, and Alison, Scott, Thom and Mark all won one each.

Simon tweeted a picture of him and Kritina clutching their trophies:

Anton Joins The People's Strictly

Anton du Beke will be joining Len, Bruno and Darcey as a judge on The People's Strictly next month.

Anton will be replacing Craig Revel Horwood, who has prior commitments in Australia.

Anton said: “Having been a part of this wonderful show ever since series one, I know all too well what it’s like to perform to the nation on the famous Strictly Come Dancing dance floor. I’m delighted to be joining the judging panel in aid of Comic Relief, and I’m looking forward to giving my help and advice to the contestants and their professional partners."

Craig will still be a part of the show, providing advice to the couples in rehearsal. He said: "I’m a big supporter of Comic Relief and The People’s Strictly will be fab-u-lous! Sadly I can’t be at the studio recording but I’m really looking forward to meeting the contestants and you can count on me to give them some honest feedback for them to work on ahead of their big performance.”

Ola HopesTo Dance Again

Ola Jordan has vowed to dance again, following her accident while training for The Jump.

Ola explained to Lorraine Kelly that she is currently undergoing daily physiotherapy, and acknowledges that it will be a slow process, but that she will get there.

Personally, I don't believe Ola will be invited back to Strictly. Her injury meant she was unable to appear on the Strictly Come Dancing final, which I don't think would have gone down too well with those in charge. She may well dance again, but I don't think it'll be on BBC One on Saturday nights.

Steve Backshall: "You Can’t Turn It Down"

Steve Backshall took part in the last series of Strictly, because in his opinion it's not the kind of show you should say no to.

Steve told Yahoo! news“You feel as if you can’t turn it down. It means so much to people in this country, it’s the greatest, grandest thing you can imagine, so for me to go, ‘Nah, it’s not really my kind of thing’, would have just seemed wrong. Plus, my mum and sister would never have spoken to me again if I’d said no.”

He hope that people will watch his other work follinging his appearance on the show: “I think there’s definitely a different set of people who know who I am and what I do. It remains to be seen if it will bring them to wildlife and natural history television. I really hope it does, because I know better than anyone the joy that natural history can bring.”

Friday, January 30, 2015

Len Joins Tour As Guest Judge

Following on from the announcement that Anton Du Beke will be joining the Strictly tour as a guest judge for four performances, it has now been announced that Len Goodman will do the same.

Len will judge the performers at The O2 in London on 7th & 8th February.

Len said“I am very much looking forward to getting behind the judges’ desk with Craig, Tom and Camilla while the tour is at The O2. The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour is great fun for all the family and I can’t wait to be back."

In addition, Lisa Riley will host the show in place of Zoe Ball for both performances on 8th February.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anton Joins Tour As Guest Judge

Anton du Beke is joining the Strictly Come Dancing tour as a guest judge for four dates.

Anton will join Craig Revel Horwood, Camilla Dallerup and Tom Chambers in Liverpool on 3rd & 4th February and at Wembley on 5th & 6th February.

Anton said“I am hugely excited by the opportunity to step behind the judges’ desk and give my help and advice to the celebrities and professional dancers on the tour, when the show is in Liverpool and in London.”

This is good news for me, as I am seeing the show at Wembley.

This is the first time ever that Anton has been a part of the tour, as he and Erin always tour at the same time. Tour dates for Anton & Erin's new show That's Entertainment can be found here.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rachel Learnt Tour Routines In Six Days

Rachel Stevens, who has stepped at the eleventh hour in for pregnant Frankie Bridge on the Strictly Come Dancing tour, has learnt all the routines in six days.

Her tour partner Kevin Clifton told the Daily Express: "It's really great news for Frankie that she's pregnant again, but I didn't know if I was going to be on the tour or not about a week ago. Rachel stepped in to save the day. She's learnt seven dances in seven days! Well, six days actually. She's been brilliant and I've been really lucky that I got Rachel as my last minute replacement because I don't know how it would've worked out. Rachel's really good!"

Brendan: "Hopefully They'll Want Me Back Next Year"

Brendan Cole hopes to return to Strictly Come Dancing, because he can't imagine not being a part of the show.

Brendan, who has been with the show since the first series in 2004, told TV3: ''I'm sure one day the shoes will have to be hung up, whether it's because I don't want to be there or they don't want me. I love Strictly and it's a massive part of my life - I can't quite imagine it not being there. It's been over a quarter of my life so far. That's a big chunk of time. I'm very comfortable with it at the moment and hopefully they'll want me back next year.''

Eamonn & Ruth Wanted For Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing bosses are keen to sign This Morning presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford up for the next series. But despite being a fan of the show, Eamonn doesn't want to do it and has already turned it down.

A source told the Daily Mirror“They are hugely popular with viewers. Watching them bickering and competing against each other would be TV gold. We’re hoping Ruth will work on Eamonn and persuade him. But so far he’s digging his heels in.”

This Morning reporter and Strictly star Alison Hammond confirmed the rumour, telling the paper: “Ruth really wants to do Strictly - and I really hope they get her, because she’d be brilliant. They have asked Eamonn to do it a few times - and he’s said no. I didn’t think I knew a celebrity who wouldn’t want to do it."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Gift For 'Tam'

Iveta has been showing her appreciation for Tom Evans head of the tour with a gift.

The Daily Mail spotted Iveta carrying the mystery framed gift in Birmingham, with a message on the back for all to see which read: "Tam, you were amazing partner [sic]! Loved dancing with you! It was short but sweet experience [sic]. Loved every minute of it! And you are a great dancer! All the best in your future! Love and kisses. xxx Your partner, Iveta."

Tom and Iveta will be reunited on the Strictly tour, which opens this weekend in Birmingham.