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Monday, July 20, 2015

Next! Fiona Bruce...

Fiona Bruce has decided to reveal that she has turned down Strictly.

She told the Daily Telegraph: “The call has come many, many times. I’ve always said no. Not because I’m snotty about it but that structured formal dancing is so not me. I just want to get down on the dance- floor.”

That's one of the strangest excuses for not doing it. I think she'd be a Kaplinsky-type. Maybe I'm underestimating her, but I just can't see her being free enough. She seems a bit to controlled to really let go on.

Has Kirsty Gallacher Signed Up?

Has sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher signed up to take part in Strictly this year?

Eurosport reports that The Sun claims it's a done deal. A source told the paper: "Kirsty’s absolutely thrilled that Strictly have signed her up. She’ll be perfect for it. She’s stunning and very athletic. She’s also very likeable, so it will be a great chance to let the public see her personality... Kirsty sees it as a brilliant opportunity to get into another side of broadcasting and TV. She loves sport but would love to start doing a bit of entertainment work."

I like Kirsty. I think she'd be a great addition to the line-up.

Steph McGovern: "I Would Love To Do It"

BBC Breakfast's business presenter Steph McGovern would love to appear on Strictly.

She told the Middlesbrough Gazette: “It’s not going to happen this time round, but in the future who knows? I would love to do it."

Wedding News

There have been two Strictly weddings in the last two week.

On 11th July, Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer were married. Hello! magazine was there to get all the gossip, and you can read all about it in the new issue, which is out tomorrow.


And on 18th July, Vincent Simone married his partner Susan in Londonderry, with his I'm A Celebrity... junglemate Matthew Wright as his best man.

Congratulations to both the happy couples!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Champagne & Chocs For Strictly Inventor

The person who came up with the idea for Strictly only received champagne and chocolates, and a nominal bonus, for her efforts.

The Independent reports that Fenia Vardanis told the Sunday Times that inspiration struck at a commissioning meeting in 2003: “I suddenly said, 'wouldn’t it be funny if we did celebrity Come Dancing...' In those days there were annual staff bonuses and I didn’t get anything extraordinary. I got a staff bonus which I probably would have got anyway. The only thing I got was a bottle of Champagne from BBC Worldwide. I also got a box of chocolates which spelt the words Strictly Fantastic and I’m not saying this in a bitter or twisted way at all. The champers and the chocolates were very nice.”

Kevin & Karen To Marry This Weekend

Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer are set to get married this weekend, and Hello! magazine will be there to take the pictures.

Kevin's father Keith told the Grimsby Telegraph that he thinks things are going well, but has not been involved in the planning: "We've not really been involved with the organisation, we're just the parents who are extremely proud – so we just need to turn up. There's going to be some very important guests there, although I'm not at a liberty to reveal exactly who! But of course there will be a large Strictly contingent. Karen's family have come over all the way from New York already. Joanne is also going to be one of the bridesmaids so she is obviously very excited, too."

Peter Jones & Mario Falcone Would Like To Do Strictly

Dragon's Den investor Peter Jones would like to take part in Strictly, but would struggle to find time.

The Radio Times reports that Peter told Heat magazine: “I would love to do Strictly, but it’s a question of time. They ask every year. I have done it. It was a one-off at The O2 for Sport Relief [2010] and I competed against Duncan Bannatyne in front of 10,000 people. I won."

Peter also took part in Let's Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, so has had lots of practice.

TOWIE star ('star' always seems like the wrong word in this context) Mario Falcone would also like to participate in Strictly.

Mario told the Radio Times“I like the little open shirts, get the six pack out... [I haven't been approached] yet, no. They haven’t seen me cut my shit on the dance floor have they?”

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Judy Bans Richard From Strictly

In one of the best pieces of news since Judy Murray was finally voted off, Judy Finnegan and her family will not allow Richard Madeley to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.

Judy told the Sunday World"The idea of [Richard] doing Strictly for me and the kids was just so spine-tinglingly embarrassing. We've banned him."

I have literally never loved Judy more.

Isabel Hodgins Would "Love To Do Strictly"

Emmerdale actress Isobel Hodgins has said the she would like to do Strictly.

DigitalSpy reports that Isobel told Lorraine Kelly on Lorraine: "I'm not even going to lie, I'd love to do Strictly. I do a bit of dancing, it would be nice!"

Like with Coronation Street, Emmerdale bosses are reluctant to let their cast take part in Strictly, so it's unlikely that we'll actually see her on the show.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

James Jordan On Same-Sex Couples: "It's Wrong"

Former Strictly pro James Jordan has waded into the debate over having a same-sex couple on the show.

According to the Huffington Post, James told The Sun“It’s wrong. I think [Strictly] would lose so many viewers. I have nothing against same-sex couples, if they want to go and do their own competitions. But ballroom and Latin dancing is about a man dancing with a woman – that’s fact. It annoys me that people like Craig can say this because he’s gay. That’s the only reason he’s pushing it.”

Oh James. How very 1950s. Separate but equal and all that.

Dance is an expression, an extension of one's personality. If someone prefers to take a certain role in life, why shouldn't they be able to do so on the dancefloor?

Robin Windsor made his feelings clear on the matter on Facebook:

Ballroom dancing is built on a core of a leader and a follower - it should never matter if it's 2 people of the same sex or not!
Posted by Robin Windsor on Monday, 15 June 2015
As I said before, I think a same-sex partnership on Strictly would be fine, as long as a celebrity, or pro for that matter, didn't feel obliged or pressured to do so. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dermot O'Leary Will Not Be Appearing On Strictly

Dermot O'Leary will not be joining Strictly, either as a presenter or as a participant.

Dermot told Heatworld: "I won’t be going on Strictly. They have two very good hosts... and it’s a brilliant show. I still have The X Factor in my blood – I love the show, so I’d never be a competitor on Strictly."

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Artem Denies Kicking Allegations

Artem Chigvintsev has denied Fern Britton's claims that he would kick and shove her during training sessions.

Artem told the Daily Mirror: "Recent statements apparently made by Fern Britton, whilst not reflecting any situation I recognise, are difficult to ignore. I believe I treated Fern with respect and genuine care, and these claims about me are the opposite of everything I believe in and the person I am. I cannot imagine what has prompted such statements which come as a shock to me. I just want to thank all my fans and friends for their support and belief in me."

I can imagine that Artem, striving for perfection, may have been quite aggressive in the training room. He may well have pushed and pulled her into position. It's what some teachers do in order to make sure the pupil has the right position. I suspect it was a case of Fern not understanding, and not being used to, Artem's teaching methods. I doubt that any harm was intended.

Antony's Strictly Dream

Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton would love to appear on Strictly, and hopes that his Corrie producers will let him do so.

ITV have always blocked Corrie actors from appearing on Strictly. Michelle Keegan was reportedly stopped from appearing two years in a row. Others, including Lisa Riley and Tina O'Brien, were only able to do Strictly after leaving the soap.

A source told the Daily Mirror“When [Antony] was at Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright’s wedding, he was asking people from the Beeb about it and [was] kind of putting his hat in the ring to be a contestant. There were some Strictly people at the wedding who had become close to Mark when he was in it last year and they were chatting to Antony all about it. Back at Granada it was the gossip in the green room that he could be the shock star this year. It really would be ground breaking for an active Corrie artist to take part in Strictly so it’s a wait and see situation."

Caroline Loses Her Trophy

Last year's Strictly champion, Caroline Flack, had admitted that she's having trouble keeping track of her glitterball trophy, and almost lost it soon after winning it.

She told the Radio Times“I went with my friends to a random house party in west London after the Strictly final – we stayed until 7am and got so drunk I left my glitterball there. The next day, I had to go and knock on this man’s door and say, ‘Hi – I think I left my glitterball in your house…’”

She still isn't sure where it is now: “I actually gave it to my niece to take into school for a show and tell, and she never gave it back. It’s probably still in her bedroom.”

If you want to know what Pasha has done with his trophy, go and see his Life Through Dance tour.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Fern: Artem Would "Kick Me Or Shove Me"

Fern Britton has said that she was manhandled by Artem during their Strictly partnership.

The Daily Mail reports that Fern made the comments at an event earlier this week: "I did kind of enjoy it but it was grim at the same time. We would be in hold and he would look at my feet and just kick me or shove me".

Fern also commented on the things she would say to her: "He was like 'Shut your face. Go home before I kill you'. I would say 'Oh please just kill me, it would be easier'. Or what was his other one? 'If you go for a cup of tea now, I will blow off like an atomic bomb.' I thought, well I won’t correct him on that one.’ We did love each other for a moment or two but he wasn’t charm personified."

After partnering Natalie Gumede to the final of the following series, Artem moved to the US to join Dancing With The Stars, where he has partnered Lea Thompson and Patti LaBelle.