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I can't believe we have made it this far. It's the semi-final. The
semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing. We are one step away from
the final. I didn't think in a million years I'd be here.
Incredible. It's definitely been the hardest week yet. Two dances means
twice as much work. Twice as much pressure, twice as much effort. I
feel like my brain is going to explode. We are going to train
around the clock to make sure we're in that final. I've literally spent
every waking hour in the training room this week. I've had to learn so
many new things to get this far. I'm willing to push myself to the limit.
One wrong step. One slipup. Could be the end. It would break my heart to
go. To leave now Would be a huge void in my life. This is it. I can't
leave now. It's all come down to this. It would mean the world to me
to make the final. Live from the BBC, this is Strictly
Come Dancing - The Semi-Final! Hello and welcome to
Strictly Come Dancing ? Tonight, our remaining couples
will perform not once, but twice. Is everybody ready for
a night of double dancing? In last week's Dance Off,
Ore and Joanne faced Judge Rinder and Oksana and,
sadly, it was Judge Rinder We are now left with
our fantastic four - only three can make it
through to next week's final and they each have two
chances to impress. And with double the dancing,
it's not just our couples Our semi-finalists are backstage,
there's an awful lot resting on tonight as they are all desperate
to reach next week's final. TV presenter and singer,
Louise Redknapp, and her Olympic gymnast, Claudia Fragapane,
and her partner, AJ Pritchard. BBC sports presenter, Ore Oduba,
and his partner, Joanne Clifton. Actor, Danny Mac, and his
partner, Oti Mabuse. There they are, our semi-finalists -
sheer hard work and determination The judges scores for both dances
will be added together to decide where they end up
on the leaderboard. Those scores will be combined
with your votes and the two couples with the lowest overall points
will face the Dance Off in tomorrow Sadly, one of our couples
will not make it through Dancing first tonight is Louise
and her partner Kevin. They're kicking the show
off with a Tango. Last week there were just two
marks separating all four of our semi-finalists,
so this could be the start You smashed it. I really enjoyed it.
Nice to march around and do thigh slapping. You two whipped that
number into perfect shape. We are in the semi-final? Yes. Now I really
have to deliver. First up the tango. I love the sharpness of it. Very
different from any ballroom dance. I have to stay flat footed and stomp a
bit more. I've spent weeks trying to do rise and fall. I think you're
doing an absolutely amazing job. Look at these messages from people
watching the show. Louise, you go all the way, baby. You keep up the
good work. You are absolutely fantastic. We love you. We love you.
We a Allardyce rooting for you. Yee ha! You are gorgeous and so is your
partner! I think Louise and Kevin were good at the waltz. Oh, it was
graceful. Good luck Louise, we hope you win. We are behind you all the
way. Come on, now. Keep on winning. You don't realise how good you are.
You are way better than what you realise you are. Love it, really
kind. It was really so nice to hear such positive messages and it's
definitely helped in giving me the confidence to go and do my very best
on Saturday night. Dancing the Tango,
Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton. MUSIC: Glad All Over
confidence to go and do my of the semi-final, let's
welcome our wonderful live singers - Hayley, Patrick, Andrea,
Tommy and of course Dave Arch Two
Well done. How was that? I me of the Generation Game and as
Bruice would say - didn't That opening leap, so much snap,
crackle and pop. Snap, There was a little moment here... I
know. We all There was a little moment here... I
in that routine. It was fantastic. Well
in that routine. It was fantastic. I wasn't... When I saw
in that routine. It was fantastic. way you actually got all the little
details in the shoulders and the phrasing of the music. It's one of
your greatest qualities. I was thrilled, unexpected and delighted.
Always count on you for musicality. Craig, what did you think? I would
like to have seen more V-shape in the frame and Len is right you were
thrown off balance ever so slightly in one tiny bit. That is small. I
mean, you are dynamic. It was full of content. I totally love watching
you dance. I really do. High praise. They are all noting the content,
Kevin. The attack was stunning. The attitude, as I was saying, the upper
body how you fixed it from the beginning of you lost balance in the
centre. You got shakey and lost your frame. That's so hard. Such a
detailed tango. Lovely, to lose it at the end was such a shame. Really,
otherwise, stunning. Stunning. I think we all agree.
Well done. You didn't like the tango, did you? Every time I watched
you training you were like, I have to be stompy, this doesn't make
sense. Did you enjoy that? I did. Every dance you learn it's a new
experience. You start off really nervous. I'm nervous until I've
finished it. Then I'm, I love it. Now I like it. Well done. The scores
are in. The judges' scores are in. Lovely to get a 10. How do you feel?
Is Fingers crossed. All right, fingers crossed.
If you want to keep Louise and Kevin in the competition,
all the information you need is on your screen now so you can
vote for them when the vote opens later in the show.
It's time for the terms and conditions.
I need to be very clear about the fact you can't vote
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So just to hammer it home, I've prepared a few
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The vote won't open until all our couples have danced twice -
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If you do, your vote won't count and you may be charged.
If you are at home having a second birthday tomorrow, let us know. We
have a whole lot of stuff for you. Tess.
Our next couple are semi-finalists are Danny and his partner, Oti.
Their first routine is a dance packe with drama and tension.
It's actually a Salsa, but this is the semi-final and every
single dance tonight will have us on the edge of our seats.
Saturday night I was terrified. I tangoed to a disco song. That
routine was so fast. It would have taken one wrong step and we were
wrong. You have to step forward on your heel, that was lacking here and
there. You have to fix that. We made it to the semi-final. I'm just so
glad people kept us in. I honestly don't know if I could have done that
routine again. Our first dance this week is a salsa.
The last Latin we did went really well. I'd love to pick up where we
left off, go out there and smash this one. Because it's such a big
week I have a treat for I can't wait you. . Good luck, Danny, we loved
your samba. We love your muscles. Go, Danny. Go Oti. Come on Danny.
That was the cutest kid. The support from the public has been just
remarkable. You have the best moves. Bless them. We are rooting for you.
Good luck, mate. I can't explain how overwhelming it is to know that
people you never even met want you to do well. We are only here because
of them, and I'm having the time of my life. Come on, Danny, you can do
it. CHEERING. Dancing the Salsa,
Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse. Wow, that reaction from the
audience! The hips are hypnotic! Yes, Bruno!
Yes! I am loving it! I love the flap boy apes, the flair. -- flamboyance.
The flair. All the sequence of the underarms, so fluid, you never lost
control. She was going into places that actually never thought
possible. Oti, my darling, you are a very naughty girl and that was a
very naughty Salsa! Loved it. Loved it. You would. Naughty boy.
Will that salsa fast-track Danny to the final, Craig? It lacked for me
figure eight rotation in the hip and that's - and the forward and back
basic, that really was the only thing missing. And really difficult
preparation grips for those lifts which were absolutely amazing! Yes
the lifts were phenomenal. Three or nearly four, I mean, the detail,
such intricate fabulous lifts. Oti, you really put him to test. All the
beautiful turns, you kept it free. Maybe I would have loved more
wildness from you. It was funny, you were slightly tentative, only in the
basics. I did feel there could have been more attitude. Look at his
He's fallen off his chair. First time, semifinals t had to happen.
Have you put your back out, love? Are you all right? It was still a
fabulous salsa. Thanks, Darcey. Len? Well, it was like my breakfast
porridge, tasty, satisfying, with a bit of Oti flavour. Come on! The
salsa comes from Cuba and it was like a Cuban evening, hot and
steamy! Oh, yes. Your bum... I am a little bit - don't start - I am
leaning towards Craig, on occasions - I am not even going to say it now.
You have upset me. Listen, you are a fantastic dancer. Whatever happens
tonight, you're fantastic. No disputing that. Thank you, judges.
You made Bruno fall off his chair for the first time this series. See
you later for the American Smooth. Danny and Oti!
APPLAUSE Danny and Oti, well done. Two
dances. You are such a team. How has your week been, is it confusing? Did
you keep thinking am I doing the American smooth? It's been busy. We
said at the beginning whatever happens, let's enjoy it, because if
it's our last you want to make the most of of it. You don't want to
worry all week and go out disappointed. You would rather go
out enjoying it. Well done. The scores are in.
My favourite thing is listening to these guys. They would give you 80
if they could. If you want to keep them
in the competition, all the information you need
is on your screen now so you can vote for Danny and Oti
when the vote opens, after all our couples
have danced twice. Still to come, Ore and Joanne
put crash helmets on. What a coincidence,
that's how I do my hair. Dancing next is Claudia
and her partner, AJ. Last week, they got their
first 10 of the series. But it's not just the judges who've
been impressed by their dancing. Claudia's been a big hit with people
all over the country. Last week you got the first 10. I
couldn't stop smiling and laughing all the way through. You are a
terrific dancer and you are a bundle of joy. And you didn't drop me, so
it was all right. The first dance this week is the rumba. Doing things
slower and really just feeling the music. I don't think people realise
how hard it is. You completely change 12 years of gymnastics to
three days of doing a rumba. It's been a challenge, I have the right
thing to motivate Claudia. Good luck, Claudia am. Your Argentine
tango was fantastic. Go, Claudia and AJ. Bring the glitterball back for
us! We are right behind you. Bristol, love it. I love the
Charleston you did, get to the final and nail it. AJ, please don't drop
Claudia. Good luck, Claudia! Claudia to win, definitely for the short
people. Yes! You are the greatest gymnast and the greatest dancer.
She's so good. It's nice that everyone's really enjoyed our
routines and how far we progressed and I want to keep making everyone
proud. Dancing the Rumba,
Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard. Well done, my darling!
Such a mature performance. Love that. We were all lost in there with
you then for a moment. Wonderful. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
Well done. Craig, they have two chance chances to impress you
tonight, how was the first? I thought it was a little bit square,
if I am being completely honest. The held moments seemed to stop dead,
rather than continue the flow of the dance. You are hitting all the
positions but I felt it lacked a little bit of chemistry because of
that. I tell you what, I did love, and of course we expect from a
gymnast, beautiful moves with the unfolding of the leg and a beautiful
pointed foot, you had total control throughout. You really truly are
wonderful, darling. Not wrong there. Do you think Claudia embraced the
character of the rumba sufficiently, Darcey? There are some wonderful
moments, definitely. Some beautiful things. As Craig said, how you
extend and unfold those legs. There were lots of those moves. It was how
you fill out the music and everything but there has to be an
emotional connection and I was trying to watch that you had eye
contact but it's like this intent that has to follow through in the
move. It's not just doing the actions that you are asked off, it's
having a connection with the emotion. This is a very difficult
thing and you do that with experience and life experience and
you are young and this is the hardest challenge for you and I can
see that. But there are some very, very special things in there. It's
just that narrative that really has to shine through that is just
missing. You are so young and you are great
mates. Len? You are dressed as my favourite Quality Street. I tell you
what, that was a quality rumba. It was clean. It was precise. Always
under total control. I don't know the technical terms because it's
ballet, but there was a lot of cocking your leg up. Is that the...
There was a lot of those that didn't get on my nerves because you did
them beautifully. I would have liked more hip action here and there, but
as I think somebody said, you are a lovely dancer, you really are.
Beautiful control. Bruno? As always, wonderfully placed shapes beautiful,
patterns beautiful. Lines, you can do these lines as wonderful as
anyone. You know what it is with the hip action in the rumba, when you
started it, it has to continue through the body. It's almost like
a... He is up again! Don't point at me! It brings a sense of maturity to
it. You are a very young girl and you are playing it at a light level,
it needs a slight more intense attitude and keep that flow, not
just stopping here. It has to go all the way through, but beautifully
done. That's your first dance. The
quickstep is later. Looking forward to that. Off you go, it's Claudia
and AJ! APPLAUSE
We loved it. Are you disappointed by the judges remarks. Your fellow
professionals were like - what? We thought it was magnificent. They
said you were a beautiful dancer and they wanted more connection. We
worked hard on all the steps and connecting. I'm a little bit
disappointed. But it's OK. Have you another dance to do. We thought we
were absolutely amazing. They are shouting, "under marked."
You have a Quickstep coming up. Are you looked forward to it? Yeah, I'm
going to bring it. Good, girl. If you want to keep Ore
and Joanne in the competition, all the information you need
is on your screen now so you can vote for them when the vote opens
at the end of the show. Our next couple is Ore
and his partner, Joanne. Last week, he survived
the dance-off, and being here in the semi-final
means everything to Ore, but can tonight's Quickstep take him
all the way to the final? I hope so. I absolutely loved that
Foxtrot, it was the most magical week I think I've ever had. I think
the pressure of the quarter finals maybe got to me. A couple of little
unsteady moments for me in those hovers. It's Ore and Joanne.
Thankfully, we are still here. I don't want to go home. I am a'
willing to put everything on the line. We are in the semi-finals.
We're in the semi-finals! Our first dance this week is the Quickstep. I
want it to be a Quickstep that everybody goes -- wow. Yes. You
cover so much ground and at serious speed. If you can't keep up, then
good night. Sorry, sorry. Today I brought in to training some messages
of support from the public. Good luck, we have enjoyed watching you
every week. Good luck, we think you've done amazingly well. Thanks.
I loved your jive. Good luck for the semi-final. Oh, yes. Get those kicks
and flicks. We love you. We thought your jive was amazing. Good You have
been luck. Great from the beginning. Keep up the hard work. Good luck,
Ore and Joanne. See you in the finals. That is the motivation.
We have to make sure... We do them proud. We do that. Let's do it.
Dancing the Quickstep, Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton.
Soak it up. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Listen to that
reaction. Your mum is so proud. Your first dance of the semi-final, how
did it feel? The most amazing thing EVER! We are with you there. They
are dancing for a place in the final, Darcey. What do you think?
Wow, you came alive. You certainly did. It was terrific foot work. I
thought you were on your bike as you sped past us across the dance floor.
It's very difficult with that music. You could have got carried away. You
kept and composed. Sometimes you worked hard at not opening up your
frame. Jo was saying - no, stay, stay. She does that. The energy, the
attack, the focus was all there. Well done. Len. I don't know if that
motorbike is a Triumph, I tell you what, that Quickstep was. Quickstep,
speed and control. You had both of those. The key to it is - move fast,
but don't look rushed. You never did. You looked under complete
control throughout the dance. It was a fantastic dance.
I think I might cry in a minute. Did that get you Reeved up Bruno, it
don't take much. Did it just. Firing ing up. Rocking that leather look
and shaking it to the foundations. What is very difficult is getting a
theme and leaving the theme, being totally into character,
rock-and-roll, sexy, cheeky and yet the Quickstep was perfectically
identifiable as a fantastic dance. Second standing ovation. I don't
think I've ever seen this before. Craig, please don't spoil it. Jo set
a high standard in that and didn't make it easy, which I think is a
good thing. However, I think your posture was suffering slightly I
thought you were dancing a little bit too much with your leading arm.
There was one - What are you on about! I'm talking about... Bruno,
help me out here. You make it. You just say... I do not make it, Len,
I'm not making things up. Why would I make something up? There was one
moment that wasn't actually in sync. There was... Strangely, only you saw
that, Craig. We loved it. Thank you so much judges for your comments.
Please don't fall out. They are bowing it to you. Are you a
sport presenter. You didn't dance at your own wedding. You are in the
semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing. I love seeing your parents face.
They have flown here. Your dad flew in early from Niger yachl he was
screaming as you were dancing - in a good way, I should say. The scores
are in. Well done. Well done. You have an
Argentine Tango next. My parents are here with my wife. Coming from
Nigeria, I want to do them proud. They have never seen me do anything,
let alone dance. This one will be for them. I'm having the bs time.
Thank you! If you want to keep Ore
and Joanne in the competition, all the information you need
is on your screen now so you can vote for them when the vote opens
at the end of the show. So, all our couples have now danced
once which means we've reached the half-way point
in our semi-final. Let's take a look
at the leaderboard. At the top, correct, Ore and Joanne
are at the top. At the other end, still with 35, Claudia and AJ.
Our couples still have one more routine to perform tonight,
Remember the vote won't open until all couples
We still have all this still to come.
My two dances couldn't be more different. The samba, everything is
moving, it's that is bounce, that hip action. I feel like my brain is
just filled with choreography. Straight knees, up or down? So much
going on. I'm loving the Quickstep. It's so cool. I'm jumping all over
the place. I love it. With the Argentine tango you have to make
sure your movements are snappy. It's got to pop. Now, everything counts.
Can't wait to see what is coming up. Danny and Oti will be dancing by a
lake. Yes, I'm doing a bit
of fishing in it. Every time you go near a prop
you let it go and it's a disaster. Not in the semi-final,
I've glued my hands to it. It's time to welcome back Louise
and her partner, Kevin. Over the series, Louise has gained
plenty of supporters But can she gain a place
in next week's final? Let's find out what
the judges have to say. Louise, what a class act. How
consistent has this girl been? She has a lovely emotion she's able to
deliver through her moves. It's rare to see. I, for the first three or
four weeks, was a little bit disappointed with Louise. She
plateaued. The Rumba lacked the necessary excitement. You have to
stretch out those lines. It's frustrating when you can see someone
who can produce them, she wasn't. You have to grow into loving dances.
This Argentine tango was the moment that something clicked. Beautiful
shaping in the arms. She nailed the sultry, sensual quality that we've
never seen before. She can do it. She's grown so much as a dancer with
the confidence level. I think that's all she was lacking. She has a
delicious amount of musicality. That is what I love watching. Louise is
doing the samba this week. Samba always is very, very tricky. You
have to get that party atmosphere. Yes. But still get technique and
rhythm. Nigh I don't know if Louise is a party animal. We will have to
wait and see. I just think, when you watch the samba, all parts of the
body are doing something different. This samba could be thes difference
of me staying in the competition and getting to the final or going home.
If ever there is a time I musn't hold back, I think it's going to be
on this dance. Dancing the Samba,
Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton. I am so proud of you, well done.
You didn't hold back, did you, you party animal! Loved it.
That was your last dance and your last shot at the final. Len, how did
she do? You know, last week I said the quickstep lacked a little bit of
content. Well, you have gone overboard. You even did the maypole,
I haven't seen that ever! Must be 50 years old. You came out full of
rhythm and attitude. What I love is you performed the dance and earlier
on that's what you weren't doing, but now you are coming out and
performing. You hung on a bit in the pivots. But overall what a great
samba. Congratulations. Bruno. Oh, how tooty-fruity was that samba?
It's easy to capture the colour and the flavour of the samba, you know,
shake it about and jump up and down, but what you did is you put in an
incredible amount of content. You really made it very hard for
yourself because it's probably one of the hardest dances to do. Yes,
there was a moment... Oops, where am I? Oh, I am back in, I know what I
am doing. I have to appreciate the fact that you stacked this dance
with everything you could possibly put in. Great.
Craig. For me there wasn't enough of upper body energy or resistance in
the top half of your body. I thought you could have made the bounce a
little bit more, but you are dancing to Kevin who just goes mad! But what
a vivacious performance, incredible. Darcey. A classic samba. The joy in
your face from the beginning, I loved all the backward rocks. The
tautness in your upper body, not what he was saying, I thought was
all there. It's just keeping all that detail until the very end. That
energy has to stay as high as possible and I always can tell when
you are coming to the end and I don't want to know that, it was
still absolutely charming and I did notice you were flirting a little
bit with your partner, which was very nice. They've done all they can
but will it be enough? Let's hope so. It's Louise and Kevin! Off you
go. I am going to use the word journey
because you have been on one. Can we remind that when you started you
were self-conscious and didn't want to do it and now you are wearing a
fringe dress and a fruit hat. I didn't believe it. Now and again I
catch a glimpse of myself and I am like, is that me in that hat? Well
done. The scores are in. If you want to see Louise and Kevin
through to next week's final all the information you need
is on your screen now so you can vote for them when the vote opens
at the end of the show. Still to come, Claudia dances
to When You're Smiling, which I believe is
Craig's theme tune. You got that right! He is smiling
now. Back for their second dance
are Danny and his partner, Oti. Since he was joint top
of the leaderboard on week two Danny He is now looking forward ?
hoping to secure a place Can he maintain this
incredible standard? Let's find out what
the judges think. Danny Mac, what a talent. Looks
brilliant, dances sensationally. What a showman. He is the one to
beat. That samba, they threw everything at it. He had to produce
that hip movement, so clean and so exact. It's the first samba to ever
get 40. What I loved about this Argentine tango, OK it didn't have
that intimate mood, at first I was dubious about it, however, the
precision. It's quick and sharp and to the point and he also tells a
magnificent story. It was absolutely incredible. That Charleston in
Blackpool. Absolutely stunning. That shows you the showmanship. Difficult
and rhythm changes constantly. It was the first time I couldn't
identify that he was not the professional dancer. Coming up to
the final my worry is that the routines are going to get
overcomplex and he will struggle to perform. They're all neck-and-neck.
One false move and you're gone. This week Danny is going to be doing the
American Smooth. I think this will really suit him. He is a little bit
of a Gene Kelly. He certainly knows how to move, doesn't he? It's been a
while since we have done a dance like this so it's a great time to be
bringing it out. For Danny and I to impress the judges we have to bring
something new to the table because it's the dance that could get us to
the final. I would love nothing more than to take Oti through to the
final of this competition. To go out at this stage will be devastating.
Dancing the American Smooth, Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse.
Oh my goodness! That was incredible! So much trust between... Thank
goodness you caught her! My heart was in my mouth. I was like that all
week. I am not surprised. She came at you like a bullet! OK. You judges
all loved the lifts in the salsa, what about those lifts? I was
totally and completely swept away by the motion and emotion of this
dance. What I like, you put in some elements of contemporary jazz into
it that were just perfect. And enhancing the story. It really was
exquisite story-telling. Craig. I hope you agree. That was right up my
street. I loved it! Finally, not a negative word to be
heard. Darcey. You achieved controlled quality all the way
through the rotations and then that lovely pivot. Some really nice
things, the transitions out of some of those lifts. There was one lift
for me that looked very clumsy and that is the only one that - that
swivel around the waist looked out of context. Otherwise, stunning.
Len, you said in the judges' report that Danny is the one to beat. Do
you still agree? Well, on that dance I have to agree with Craig now, that
is right up my alley! I tell you that. I know what you are thinking,
I know, you are thinking I only did natural turns, there was no reverse
turns, but you did the natural turns so beautifully I am going to forgive
you. Thank you judges. Go and get your
second set of scores. Danny and Oti! APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
Well done. Getting remarks like that after you have worked so hard must
mean everything. It really does. Oti honestly, you are extraordinary.
That jump, I was like... The scores are in.
If you want to see Danny and Oti in the final
then all the information is on your screen now so you can
vote for them when voting opens at the end of show.
If you want to vote online you have to sign in or register if you
haven't already. Still to come, more double dancing. If you are playing
that game where you have a small drink every time we say double
dancing, you might want to lie down. Tess.
About to dance for the second time tonight is Claudia
Over the series, Claudia has really put her heart and soul into Strictly
and it's beginning to pay dividends because it's got her all
But can she make it to the final three?
Claudia. Little Miss Dynamite. What I love, she comes out, full on, flat
out and full of attack. Nothing safe. AJ's done a great job. Movie
week, her Bugsy Malone, it was perfect. It was her. You could tell
she loved every minute. Technically that was absolutely brilliant!
I don't think I have ever seen any girl do better footwork than her
American smooth Hallowe'en week. She has something special, I love
watching her. She has an incredible reserve of energy. Those lifts in
that Argentine tango, incredible. Precise. Claudia I have a problem
with, she doesn't commit emotionally to any of the dances, I love what
she does with her body but it's what inside her body and soul coming out,
you have to tell the story. Emotional impact, not just because
you can nail the moves, but nail the mood. This week Claudia is doing the
quickstep, I am looking forward to that, she's fast and furious. Will
she be elegant and romantic? Her place in the final is dependent on
whether or not she can actually sell the character. I really want to
impress the judges with my quickstep and show them I can get my emotional
side out and I want to perform to my best and tell an amazing story to
touch everyone's hearts at home. Dancing the Quickstep,
Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard. Did that get you smiling, Craig? It
did. I absolutely loved the end of that routine. It was just a
fantastic finish. You kept character. It looked like you were
dancing for your life. Brilliant. Dancing for your lives, indeed for
the final. You look lovely when you smile, you should do it more often.
Darcey. It was light, energetic. I loved the routine. One moment you
were like carving up the dance floor. It was stunning how the
patterns how they curled. You went right to the edge of the dance
floor. Really impressive. You had a generous top line throughout. You
are one fit girl. You really are. I have to say. There was only tiny
moments where there was slight gapping. Oh, stop. We are being
picky here. This is the semi-finals. This is your dance. It's fabulous.
Len. For me, you have gone from gymnastic to fantastic. Oh! The
thing is, I've done ballroom, I've danced hundreds and thousands of
Quicksteps, I know the difficulty when there is a height difference.
You overcame that with this dance. I congratulate you both. Fair point.
Very impressive. Bruno. This dance suits you down to a tee. You were
like a ray of sunshine out there. What was extraordinary was your foot
work. You both had spring and sprint and you were weightless and you
never missed a beat on this dance. Another thing you did, you did turns
with sway in which, you know... I don't I've seen it this season.
Probably the first time FAB-U-LOUS. Indeed. They are dancing for their
lives. Stealing Craig's catchphrase. I'm so proud of you. Off you go.
So happy. You train so hard. You said you had to unlearn all of your
gymnast training especially for that dance. Doing gymnastics and dancing
is the opposite. AJ had to work hard with me. I can't thank you enough.
You had a tough week, but they said it was your dance.
That is your highest score. Fantastic. Your first 10 from Len.
Right time to get one, the semi-final!
If you want to see Claudia and AJ in the final all the information
you need is on your screen now so you can vote for them
when the vote opens at the end of the show.
You don't have long to wait because we have just one
Our final couple to take to the floor again is
It's been a topsy-turvy series for Ore.
He's shed tears of joy, he's been top of the leaderboard
and he's also survived two Dance Offs.
What next for Ore - a place in the final?
Ore with lovely Joanne. They perform so well together. Wh when they dance
they are completely unite and in tune. You know what I love about
them, he is so emotional. Other ray has passion. Do you remember that
jive early on? That was the surprise of the season. His flexibility, his
strength, his stamina, I was not expecting that. Look at that foot
work. Speed an flare. It was a pure jive. It was brill yanlt. A star is
born. I will throw a number out to you Singing In The Rain. How
incredible was that? The quality, the style. His acting skills. It all
was just like a perfect rounded performance. I was shocked. Ore
really needs to work on hisify work. He has a small tendency to turn his
feet in. Pigeon toed. In the la tin dances -- his. He is doing the
Argentine tango for a place in the final. All that emotion and passion
will come out. I can't wait. I'm excited about this dance. We have to
throw ourselves fully into it. Go big, or go home. I'm hoping we can
capture the intensity and the passion. We really need to make sure
that this is the most powerful Argentine tango this Strictly has
ever seen. Dancing the Argentine Tango,
Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton. What a dance to end the semi-final.
So powerful. So intense. You brought out the big guns for that one, Ore.
Wow. I won't be able to get that out of my head for quite a while. What
did you think Darcey? Fast and furious Argentine tango. Difficult
to express that Space passion when it's that speed. You found moments
of intensity. The tension was lovely. It really was. That
one-handed lift, you caught her. That was extraordinary. That was,
really... I was like that, ah! You do have this lovely quality, you are
an attentive partner. That really showed. You don't take your eyes off
her. That is very special in Argentine tango. The risk... The
risk at the end. Create that beat. That half beat to catch that finish.
It was perfect. Was that worthy of a place in in the final, Len? I have
to say, what amazes me, Ore, you can make a case out for the other three,
but you are a gymnast or they have been on musical theatre and stuff.
You have no dance experience. You are a sports broadcaster. You've
come out and danced with so much precision. You took it - come here,
girl. No larking about. It was so full and intense. I thought it was a
terrific wonderful performance. Well done. Well done. Bruno. Mesmerising.
I could hardly breathe because of the magnetic, hypnotic intensity of
that dance. I held my breath all the way through. First, you produced
some of the most beautiful pictures and lines we've seen tonight,
absolutely, trust me. And, you conducted yourself. I don't know if
I was watching a lion tamer or a magician. She was on the floor,
prowling like a lioness. Snap your finger, cradling her like a lovely
pet. Always the boss. I'm telling you, that was outstanding. There you
are. Outstanding. Craig you gave him a controversial eight for their
Quickstep, is that better? Yes, it was better, as a matter-of-fact.
However, you did lose balance on one of the llunges. Which was such a
shame. . -- you should be so proud of yourself. Teaching him to dance
like that, Jo, is justs just extraordinary. It really, really is.
Brav row. Extraordinary, perfect, we absolutely loved it. Let's see where
that leaves you on the leaderboard. So well done. Ore and Joanne, off
you go. You were so looking forward to that
dance. Did it live up to your expectations? More than. I don't get
to show that a, yeah, careful, you are on telly, I don't get to show
that side of me often, that intense. We have washed so hard. She has been
patient with me. -- worked. 39. The last time you got that was
Week 4. Are you happy? I can't put it into words. My mum and dad are
here. I know. They are. Your wife was crying throughout. If you want
these two to make it to the final all the information you need is on
your screen now. So you can vote for Ore and Joanne
when the vote opens very shortly. All of our couples have performed
two routines and soon we will hear from all of them about why getting
to the final means so much. Remember, you're voting
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if you're watching On Demand. To help you decide, here's
a reminder of tonight's performances and the all
important vote information. All four of our remaining couples
have given it their all But only three can it
make it to next week. No one wants to fall
at the final hurdle. Here is why Louise, Ore,
Danny and Claudia want to be there. We are one step away from the climax
of this series. No one wants to see anybody go home. I can't believe I
have come so far in this competition. This is the final
hurdle. Regardless of where you are on that leaderboard, you are not
safe. Ore and Joanne... Standing under that spotlight has never got
easier. You are waiting there and you just think you are in the bottom
two automatically. Those few moments are just horrible. It's like you can
hear a pin drop. Danny and Oti!
The relief that floods your body is indescribable. I am grateful that
the elimination process is only going to happen one more time. It
would be horrible to fall at the last hurdle because I want to make
it to the final. I am going to say it now, I want to be in the final.
It would mean the world to me. Every one of our celebrities
would love to be in the final next week and they've danced their hearts
out in a spectacular semi-final They're all relying on your
support to help them Voting closes at 8.40pm tonight,
so you don't have much longer Your votes could help them avoid
the last dance-off of the series in tomorrow night's Results show
at 7.20pm when, sadly, one more couple will be eliminated
from Strictly Come Dancing. Also on tomorrow's show our
professional dancers will perform Imagine Planet Earth
but in the Ballroom. And we have a very special
performance from the music So for all of that and to find out
which of our stars will be dancing in the final please join us
tomorrow at 7.20pm. That's 7.20pm,
but in the meantime... The roads we walk have demons
beneath them... ..and yours have been waiting
for a very long time.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman invite you to join them for the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing!
Fifteen couples started the competition back in September but, three months on and hundreds of dances later, they have been whittled down to just four. Tonight it will be heartbreak for one couple because only three can make it through to the grand final. Tonight will be doubly difficult for the four remaining couples, as each must perform two dances for a chance to win a place in the Strictly grand final. Voting lines will open at the end of the show. Once the judges' scores have been added to viewer votes, the two lowest-scoring couples will perform again in the dreaded dance-off in the results show. There is only space for three couples in the final, so who is within touching distance of the glitterball, and who will be waltzing out of the competition at the last hurdle?