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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Congratulations, Tristan!

Former Strictly pro Tristan MacManus has become a father.

Tristan's wife, Australian model Tahyna Tozzi, announced the news on Instagram.

Daughter Echo was born on Tuesday 5th April.

Zoe Returns To ITT

Zoe Ball has revealed that she will be returning to It Takes Two this autumn.

She told the Daily Star“I’m going to be back for it. I love doing the show. It’s amazing how many people come up to me in the street to say hello. I think because we’re on at teatime people watch it before they put their kids to bed.”

And if you didn't get tickets for It Takes Two last year, you're not alone. "Last series we were the second most in demand show when it came to requests for audience tickets. The only show ahead of us was Strictly itself, so that’s just great to hear. We were really chuffed.”

Zoe's not too concerned about who takes part: “There are always people you want to see do it, like Joanna Lumley and John Bishop. To be honest, I often look at who is in the line-up and go ‘really?’. But then it’s always the most unlikely people you fall in love with.”

BAFTA Nominations

Strictly Come Dancing has been nominated for a Television BAFTA award.

Strictly is nominated for Entertainment Programme, alongside Britain's Got Talent, Adele At The BBC and the TFI Friday Anniversary Special.

The winner will be announced on 8th May at the Royal Festival Hall.

Strictly has also been nominated in the BAFTA Craft Awards in the Entertainment Craft Team category, alongside creative teams from The Apprentice, The Sound Of Music Live! and A League Of Their Own

The Craft awards will be presented on 24th April.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ola Jordan To Write Tell-All Book

Former Strictly pro Ola Jordan is reportedly planning to write a tell-all book about Strictly Come Dancing, revealing all about what goes on behind the scenes at one of Britain's best-loved shows, including the relationships between the stars and "The Curse", which Ola herself has not succumbed to.

A source told the Daily Mirror: “This is one explosive book, she is going to reveal all the backstage goings on and she won’t hold back. It’s going to be one of the biggest page turners to come from the show, it will definitely ruffle a few feathers.”

I'll believe it when I read it. Other dancers' autobiographies have generally been reasonably guarded about what goes on at Elstree. I can't see Ola going too far. Ultimately some her castmates are also her friends.

Now, if it were James Jordan writing the book, that would be a different story...

Laura Main Would Consider Strictly

Call The Midwife actress Laura Main has admitted that she would consider appearing on a full series of Strictly Come Dancing, following in the footsteps of co-star Helen George.

Laura won last year's Children In Need special, and would jump at the chance to be on the main show. 

She told OK! magazine: “Well, I’ve got the Pudsey Glitterball Trophy and no one can take that away from me. I love the show but I don’t think I’d get asked. I wouldn’t turn it down though!”

In case you missed it, you can watch the CIN special again...

Aliona Would Return In A Reduced Role

Aliona Vilani has admitted that she is already missing Strictly Come Dancing, and would like to still be involved in the show.

Aliona announced she would not return following the conclusion of the last series, in which she and Jay McGuinness were crowned winners.

However, in an interview with the Daily Star, she has admitted that she would still like to be involved in the show, just not as a full-time pro.

She said: “I won’t be dancing with a celebrity in the next series. But hopefully I’ll still be involved in the show in other ways. I’m missing it already. When I decided to leave after the final I cried my eyes out. It was very upsetting for me. It was a really hard decision. I had enjoyed the season so much.”

Aliona decided to give up the all-consuming show, as she wants to start a family with her husband Vincent Kavanagh, whom she married in 2014: “It would be a hard balance being on Strictly and starting a family. I want to have two or maybe three children. Strictly consumes your life. It takes five months out of the year and I wouldn’t want to be away from my family for that long. I had no choice but to give up being one of the professionals."

Monday, March 07, 2016

Tristan Quits Strictly

Tristan MacManus has quietly announced he will not be returning to Strictly Come Dancing, stating "it is not for me".

Tristan gave the news in an interview published today on fansite He told the site: "I think over the time I have been there I have realized more and more that it is not for me. I think the show needs someone a lot different to me on the show to get what they want, and I need something a lot different to make me happy and get what I want out of it. I think there will be a lot of changes on the show, and I have enjoyed it for the most part but right now I just need a break from it all. This kind of goes hand in hand with the other question in that you can do whatever it is you want to do but when you have to start doing things you don't, then you have to decide if it’s for you or not. You can be a dancer or you can be a dancer on a TV show and with that comes a whole other bag. It can be fun, but I’d sooner leave it as it is then spend all my time complaining about it."

It sounds as though there are some aspects of the show, including being a 'celebrity', that he doesn't like and wants to get on with just doing a job. I don't blame him. 

Tristan did five series of Dancing With The Stars in the US, before joining Strictly. I wonder if there was something about the UK production that he'd had enough of. Or maybe just the UK media.

Either way, it means we'll need a new male pro this year. Or perhaps the return of someone fans really would like to see back on the show, such as Ian or Robin.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Bez: "I’d Have A Top Time"

Bez from the Happy Mondays has revealed that he'd like to join the cast of Strictly Come Dancing, and would give it everything.

Bez is famed for his dance moves and playing maracas for the Manchester band in the late 1980s. He also won Celebrity Big Brother in 2005.

Bez told the Daily Mirror: Strictly Come Dancing? I’d have a top time and give it 100%. I reckon I could go all the way...dancing has made me famous, and entertaining people is what I do best. I’ve lost count of the number of blokes who’ve come up to me over the years and said ‘thanks for making it OK for indie guys to get on the dance floor’.”

I think Bez would be a fantastic signing for Strictly. Bez is known for his moves, but can he learn choreography and have the discipline and concentration requited for ballroom and latin? I would love to find out.

Come on Strictly. Make this happen!

Dancing Danniella?

Former EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook would like to have a go at Strictly Come Dancing.

In an interview with The Sun following the Celebrity Big Brother final, in which she finished fifth, she told the paper: "I’ve got two left feet but I’d like to do Strictly."

I'd actually quite like to see Danniella give it a go. She is a very determined woman. I'm sure that she'd work really hard. She was great on Big Brother, and finishing fifth means she had a good deal of the public on her side.

Georgia's Final Nightmare

Georgia May Foote's Strictly fairytale ended in a nightmare after the final, when her then boyfriend Sean Ward verbally and physically attacked her.

According to The Sun, Sean's jealousy overflowed into a physical attack in their hotel room following the wrap party. A source told the paper: “Sean went absolutely mental and Georgia was left terrified and covered in bruises. She was black and blue. It was a horrible end to what should have been her biggest triumph. After the final, Georgia and Sean went back to her room. He was acting very strangely and started a huge fight. Georgia just wanted to go sleep but he flew into a jealous rage and started smashing everything up. He was also really cruel to her, calling her names. She was pleading with him to let her out but he wouldn’t. In the end her screams were heard and staff were called. After that Georgia wanted nothing more to do with Sean. Katie Derham’s husband John even ended up involved. It was a messy affair. Georgia was incredibly upset and grateful that her cries had been heard.”

Within days, Georgia was in Disneyland Paris with her Strictly partner Giovanni Pernice. The pair have since moved in together.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Anastacia For Strictly?

Could Anastacia be a participant in the next series of Strictly?

The singer was a performer on the Blackpool show, and reportedly endeared herself to the producers while she was there. A source told the Daily Mirror: “Anastacia was a hit with the team and everyone loved her when she performed on the show in November. She has a great feel-good energy and is right for the demographic of 30 to 40 something viewers who remember her in her heyday. She has been approached early so she can make accommodation arrangements as she is based in America. The timing would be brilliant as she has would have just finished a tour and is working on new music, so it would be great for her profile."

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Strictly Eurovision?

According to the Daily Star, Strictly bosses are already looking ahead to this autumn's series, and are interested in recruiting Swedish Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

A source told the paper: “He is very good-looking too, so would provide great eye candy.”

Måns was a fantastic Eurovision winner, but I just don't think he's quite famous enough in the UK to be included. Only Eurovision fans would know who he is.

Friday, January 22, 2016

NTA Win!

All that voting paid off. Strictly won the National Television Award in the Talent category. Take that, Cowell!

Hannah Spearritt: "I Would Love To Dress Up Every Week"

For ever celebrity that turns down Strictly, another would love to take part. Former S Club 7 singer and Casualty actress Hannah Spearritt would love to take part in the show.

TV3 reports that Hannah said recently: "Oh my God, Strictly Come Dancing is amazing. It's kind of got better and better over time. It's kind of overtaken X Factor. The standard is incredible. That would totally be amazing. It would be so much fun. I can't imagine actually being able to do it. I would love to dress up every week. I love dressing up. I don't know if I'd be able to learn all those steps. Quickstep would be so hard. I think my brain would be miles behind."

Fellow S Clubber Rachel Stevens reached the final, so Hannah would have a lot to live up to.

Next! Mary Berry...

Mary Berry has revealed that she turned down the chance to compete on Strictly Come Dancing.

The 80 year-old Great British Bake Off star told the Radio Times"I do enjoy watching it but I wouldn't do it myself. My husband and children would kill me! I have two left feet and would make a terrible fool of myself."