Matt Baker and Alex Jones are joined on the sofa by Neil Sedaka and Strictly's new head judge Shirley Ballas. Plus Neil also sings some of his best hits.
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Hello and welcome to The One Show with Matt Baker.
Tonight we're joined by two guests who complement
And the other is the Queen of Latin and Strictly's newest judge
who can tell you if you're doing it right.
# I love, I love, I love my calendar girl each and every day of the girl.
# And of the sea, and and the sea #. Please welcome Neil Sedaka and
Shirley Ballas! That was brilliant. Neal, the shock on your face when
you saw yourself. I was 22 but I have not changed a bit! Not a bit.
Shirley knows everything there is to know about dams, how would you rate
yourself out of ten, Neal? Just dancing in general? I loved the
cha-cha, the mambo and the tangle. Right up your street, Shirley. I
love the cha-cha cha. Could you teach me? Absolutely, I could check
and Europe and make sure you are moving your bits and bobs. Have you
heard of the waterbug? This might even be anyone on you, Shirley.
Let's have a look. -- this might be a new one on you. That was my movie
career. That was good! I had a brief movie career, two movies that were
both flops. That was one of them. What did you make of the waterbug,
Shirley? It was interesting, I don't think I've ever seen anything like
that. Wait till next week! Well it's a busy weekend
for the both of you - we'll be talking all things Strictly
later with Shirley, and thankfully Neil,
you'll be sitting down I'll be doing short medley, then add
the Albert Hall on the 18th and then on Sunday at Gateshead, we have
seven cities. Gateshead is a great place to start!
Tonight we'll also be celebrating the British Harvest
and we want to see your crops, so whether it's your combines
Harvesters or you pupil numbers, send in your photos to the usual
address -- your cucumbers. We would share your pictures later.
They may divide opinion when it comes to the landscape -
but there's no denying the power of wind farms.
Last year the UK generated more power from wind than coal.
Kevin Duala has been to see what it takes to keep the green
The world's largest wind turbines. My goodness, look at the size of it.
Just four miles off the coast of Merseyside. 195 metres tall, bigger
than the Clerkin in London. This is a brand-new breed of tall powerful
wind farms, its blades began spinning in the spring providing
clean energy per 250,000 homes. What does it take to keep these turbines
spinning. We are about to find out. 6am at a famous shipyard in
Birkenhead and my date is beginning. HMS Ark Royal was built here. S
there's a new industry now, cutting edge green technology and issue has
been invited to take a first look as they carry out maintenance. There is
my boat taking us out to the wind turbines, so all aboard. It's a
voyage down the River Mersey four Miles out to sea, the field of new
turbines covers 15 square miles and they have already made an impact.
For the first time on a blustery day in June wind farms produced 10% of
our electricity but by 2020 and this should be the norm. And this is the
key to it. Meet Charlie three, a new super wind turbine, so big that a
double-decker bus could fit in the base of each blade. One revolution
of those blades could power your house for 24 hours. As we arrive it
is a pause for maintenance so that means no power generation so these
guys are up against the clock. Former Navy engineer David and
ex-Army electrician Stuart Brown are part of a team of engineers here
seven days a week, weather permitting. Today we are doing the
three months service, they have been running for three months or a little
over so we need to check everything is OK. And not allowed inside for
safety reasons but we've kitted David and Stuart with mini cameras
so we can get an insight and they will keep you up-to-date with
walkie-talkies. First a 30 metre climb just to get onto the
structure. Then tools are winched to the lower deck of the turbines. What
are you working on today. Checking the bulbs in the tower and the
cooling system that it does at the correct temperatures. They need to
work quickly. We are looking for leaks, the cracks. Next they
dismantle the high-pressure cooling system at the heart of the turbine.
Switching this filter will keep the blades turning and the power
flowing. You might like to change the coolant and the air filter on
your car, but this is how you change it on a wind turbine. The UK
produces more wind power at sea than any other nation. The first offshore
wind farms appeared 17 years ago. Now we've got around 30 providing
more than five jiggle watts of power, enough to switch on 5 million
light bulbs. There are plans to double our wind power over the next
three years. The next big offshore project will be 75 miles off the
coast of Yorkshire and will dwarf this field. More than 170 giant wind
turbines, enough to power 1 million homes. As wind farms get bigger and
better, are they any cheaper? Ben Sykes is from Dong energy. When will
the households see the return on what they pay? We are now seeing the
costs tumbling so we will be able to build new power stations to replace
coal and other ageing power stations that will be coming off the system
in the next few years very affordably. Absolutely it is
delivering for UK consumers and generating jobs as well. Dexter
their success comes at a cost to the landscape. In the beginning they
were blocked on the landscape but we are used to them now and they are
doing good job. I could take them or leave them but I think I would
prefer it without them. And Charlie three after 40 minutes work is
complete, Dave and Stuart feel that they are doing a good job. We are
moving towards green energy and it's definitely the way forward. We're
well on the way to cementing our reputation as world leaders in wind
power. Shirley that is your neck of the Woods so it must be a familiar
sight when you go home. Yes, I see it by the Mersey and they have very
straight arms! Ideal for a Strictly judge. We've moved to the piano,
Neil, because we hope that as you talk you will give as the piano. And
attached to my piano. Shirley was very excited that you were going to
be on the show, let's start with her favourite song.
# I hear laughter in the rain # Walking hand in hand with the one
I Love... #. Isn't that lovely!
APPLAUSE Neal Com you are going on this UK
tour but is spent a lot of time in the UK in the 60s. I felt that if
the Beatles came to New York I should return the favour and go to
London! I did a programme in 1961 called Sunday Night At The Palladium
and this is what I blade. And they said is that rock and roll? Although
you did write a song that was inspired by John Lennon. Yes, he was
a good friend and was having trouble getting a green card. I wrote and
recorded a song dedicated to him. # There was a time when strangers
were welcome here... # It was called The Immigrant.
# Music would play, they tell me the days were sweet and clear... #.
Listen to the reaction to that. We had a radio show together, people
usually ask me for favours but no one ever wrote a song for me, he
said. He was touched. We were surprised that you have written
about 800 songs. Not all heads! It doesn't matter, it's the quantity,
not the quality! And you learned by listening to the same three songs.
Being a studying musician I would look at the number one record in all
the countries of the world and I would see what the guitar lick was,
what the drum beat was, what the chorus line was. And I sang
# Oh! Carol, I am but a fool # Darling I love you, though you
treat me cruel... #. What was your first big hit? The
first big one was # I go ape every time I see you
smile... #. Jerry Lee Lewis, eat your heart out!
And a key factor has been Howard Greenfield. We rode many songs
together. You met a very young. I started writing when I was 13, he
was 16, and we wrote one song every day. I was in love with writing. I
won't play the first song because it was terrible.
# My life's devotion is loving you only
# My heart says to you, I'll always be true
# You'll never be lonely #. What was the matter with that! It is
not bad for 13. And now you have grandchildren. Three grandchildren
and they love your songs but they are not happy with the words. They
made me change them to make it a child friendly. So I wrote, waking
up is hard to do, and... Lunch Will Keep Us Together... And they sing
the backing vocals! I have twins, 14, and a boy of eight. Of a
musical? I tried to teach them the piano but No, not really. But they
like lunch. They like lunch. On tour you are not taking an orchestra. I
do it at the piano and it is very personal. I tell the people why and
how I write. And it brings back wonderful memories, people say, I
grew up with this song, I remember who I was dating at this particular
time, music brings it all back. Can you give us a flavour of the show
for the people coming to see you, what do you start with. Calendar
Girl, Sweet Little 16, Laughter In The Rain, That's When The Music
Takes Me... It is amazing how your audience is so receptive, they sing
along. And you are going to play a medley for us later. An abridged
version. And you are 78. Don't make me older than I... Yes, I am! How
are your fingers, we read that you got arthritis. I do but I can still
play! He's fine! APPLAUSE
Is it important to keep playing. The more you play with arthritis, the
better you are. Keep them moving, is it. That's right. When I get up in
the morning it isn't great and I crawled to the shower. You have had
a busy day because I heard you on the Ken Bruce show. You heard the
new song. You do it for the applause and I guess that is why you are
still going. The new song comes out tomorrow at the Internet and it is
on iTunes and my website so I have done my plug for the day.
Whilst Neil takes to the road this weekend, Shirley will be
taking her seat behind the Strictly judges table.
To show us how she got there, Shirley's been back to the streets
where she grew up to introduce us to the people who have been
The Shirley Ballas, and I have been dancing all my life. I'm three times
world Latin American champion, and ten times United States Champion,
but it all started here on the Wirral in Merseyside. I grew up here
on the Leasowe housing estate, and I have come to see my mum, Audrey.
There was my mother, my brother, David, and myself. David was a
rascal, you said. I don't really know how my mother did it, she
raised two children on her own, and we were on welfare. I owe her
everything. It is because of her I am who I am, and all the sacrifices
that she made so that I could dance will forever be in my heart. Growing
up on the Leasowe housing estate was never easy, and people used to say,
once you get on that housing estate, you never get off. I used to live in
a block of flats over there, and then I moved here when I was six or
seven. I used to get everybody in the front yard, all the kids from
the neighbourhood, and line them all up and be doing the cha-cha-cha,
bossing them about. I would be the judge. From a very young age, show
them the steps and then I would be doing the judging! We are now at
Saint chads church where it all started when I was seven years old,
and haven't been back here since I left at 11. I am eating my very
first dance partner, Irene Hamilton, we danced the all girls together
when I was seven years old. Here is a trip down memory lane,
isn't it! Where it all began, when we were little. Many, many years
ago. Still looks the same. Same floor,
great flaw. Going to dancing in the church hall, I remember it was 15p
per class, back then that was a lot of money, and the dance class for me
was an escape, it was just another world, it was like being in Disney,
it was amazing for me. # moon river...
It feels just like it did when we were kids! Same routine, same place!
That's the routine we did as children. I got the girl part, but
she was a better leader than me, I still don't have any leading skills!
I'm still working on them. I got my first lucky break when I was about
11 and I got the opportunity to attend the amazing crown Studios
with Margaret Redmon to be taught by her. It truly felt I'd arrived. What
you remember about me as a young girl? I remember you being very
eager. You always came prepared for your class, and I think actually you
were so easy to teach. OK, sometimes, a little rebellious, but
mainly very, very easy to teach. I could see that you had something
that was going to take you along way in the dancing world. She was my
first competitive coach, and she became a huge influence on my life,
she taught me about life, she gave me confidence and truly made me
believe that any dream I set for myself, it was possible, even if I
came from a council estate. I'm hoping that my mother will come and
watch the first live show, but she, like everybody else in the country,
she wants to watch it from her living room. So what you think about
this next part of the journey? It's a bit nerve-racking, isn't it? But I
think you'll be fine, you'll enjoy it. Do know what is the most
exciting part about Strictly? Enjoying this journey with you,
because without you, there would be no Strictly journey. Thank you.
APPLAUSE And Shirley's mamma is here with you
tonight. She has got a 10 paddle! Enjoy Strictly this weekend. And now
you have got your son into the world of entertainment, and mark, as far
as Dancing With The Stars is concerned, has he won that wise? Yes
Scotland he is going to do Dancing With The Stars over there while I am
doing Strictly over there. And what has he said to you about all of
this? He gave me a little bit of a nudge and said, why don't you try, I
have heard that Lenny is wanting to retire, maybe you could have a go,
maybe you could qualify and enjoy it, and he was the first person I
called one I got the job, and an face time when it opened up, he just
looked and said, you got it, didn't you, mummy? Every day we were
exchanging and sharing. And the people in charge of Strictly
obviously thought that you will more than qualified, because you are not
just going on as a judge, you are head judge, aren't you? So what
pressure comes with that? I don't think it particularly comes with
pressure, because my job is to be as honest as I can, and critiqued
exactly what I'm seeing at the moment and to give people a good
critiques so that they can carry forward each week. And I'm looking
forward to the journey of each person. And do you have a thing, a
thing that really gets you? Craig can't bear thumbs. Craig can't bear
anything! Darcey is very into the arms. And Bruno is into the Passion.
And I'm very much into grounding your weight and the technical aspect
of it, is it your heel or your toe, you're inside edge, how do you pass
your feet? And I love synchronisation because your arms
are as long as your legs, see you have to call would make the upper
half with the lower half and then you have to have chemistry, and then
you have to bring the performance of a lifetime every week. So not much,
really(!) I love ballroom dancing. I love the Argentine tango, and the
Viennese waltz. You are the Latin Queen, that is going to be the thing
for you, isn't it? I started off in the ballroom, I danced with a
gentleman called Nigel Tiffany, the ballroom champion at the time, and
we were in the semifinal, and way back in the Latin, and then I got
spotted by my dance coach who said, I feel you have a flair for Latin,
and I got an opportunity when I was 17 to dance with Sammy Stothard who
taught me all about it. And is it right that you can tell by looking
at somebody within two seconds whether they are going to be any
good at Latin? I can tell when they walk down the stairs. Well, we have
a picture of this year's cast. Without giving anything away, tell
us who do you think might be the king and queen of Latin, just by
lucking. I think they are all kings and Queen's. When I watched them all
walk down the stairs the other day, they all just had a stride in their
step and they came out and they did their little group number and they
were all having so much fun that I was just taken with the moment. So I
think for me, I think they are all kings and queens. We are going to
see some former contestants having a dance, we are not asking you to
judge. This is you! Back in the day when I was a lad. That is
impressive, lovely arm there. And then we are into... Have you
studied, or is that natural? That is very natural! And a bit of passion
going. So you have both done it? That was in Wembley, that particular
show, it was nerve-racking. APPLAUSE
Really enjoyed it, and the contestants this year are in for a
treat, it is such a fantastic show to do. And we are still dancing!
Anyway, it is all good. Good luck with it all. Thank you.
Strictly isn't the only time-honoured tradition
With farmers having worked hard throughout the summer, now
is the time they get to reap their rewards.
Here are some stunning shots of this year's harvest.
I'm Nathan Delecour, and we are harvesting sweetcorn. I am Allie
Capper, and I'm a partner at stocks farm in Worcestershire, we are hops
and apple farmers. That's what we do. I am Colin McGregor from
McGregor farms, and we are harvesting wheat. Harvest is all
about the pressure of did I get it right? Sweetcorn is not sweetcorn
unless it is sweet. We try and pick it on the right day, but within 48
hours, the right day has left the field, so we have got to get the
timing right. To see if you like the fruits of our labour from the year,
it is a good feeling, and then there are other sights and smells, so it
is a very sensory experience, the harvest. It is exciting, there is a
lot happening, it is busy. It is accumulation of year's work. No
harvest, no business. The two machines we are watching harvesting
have over the last any is replaced what would now take probably 250
people to harvest. The worst case in RA, a wheel falls off one of the
machines, and if a wheel falls off one of the other one as well we
would have to go back to hand harvesting techniques, but I hope we
don't have that to content with. The weather is absolutely critical to
harvest. Wet days, it doesn't happen, and the crop deteriorates,
so if it gets wetter, the combines can't harvest it, and the moisture
content is high so that we have to dry it, which is a big expense. The
biggest stress for us when it comes to this time of year is making sure
we have the right people in the right place at the right time. We
don't relax in harvest, it is seven days a week and it is long days.
Farmers love planting seeds. There is immense pride in going shopping
and watching people put something you've produced into their shopping
basket. Fundamentally it is a simple task. Get everybody to eat something
twice. The worst harvest was in 2012, it just kept raining raining,
the crop deteriorated, and we saw the legacy from that of the 23 years
in terms of the yield. If we don't produce enough food in the UK, we
have to import, and that can affect prices for the consumer in the
shops. British hops are special. We grow varieties here in the UK that
can't be successfully grown anywhere else in the world, and it is that
complexity of flavour that gives you the drink ability in the beer, that
makes you want to go back for another glass. At harvest, you hear
the chatter of the crop and you smell the unique aroma as the crop
harvesters move through the crop, you can smell that sweetness. My
wife is good to us all, she brings us a hot meal early evening,
lasagne, shepherds pie, whatever, we have it out in the field, and that
makes a big difference, you can keep going until the small hours.
And here we are in a stuffy studio! Get me back to the fields!
Earlier we asked for pictures of your harvest,
Surely, you have got a lovely one. Barry has grown these onions from
seeds in his garden in Hertfordshire. Good lad, Barry. He
knows his onions. This is Chris with his grandson Harry, and this is
Harry's first trip in the combine. And this is Louis and his giant
courgette. What's the secret! Letters now! What a show it has
been. We are almost done, but not before we hear some music.
Strictly starts on Saturday at 7pm, and Neil begins his
Tomorrow, Fay Ripley will be keeping Matt's seat warm
when the cast of Cold Feet will be here, but we leave you now with Neil
# Strolling along country roads with my baby
# It starts to rain, to pour # I feel the warmth of her hand in
mine # I hear laughter in the rain
# Walking hand-in-hand with the one I love
# How I love the rainy day in a happy way
# I feel inside # Oh, Carole.
# I am but a fool # Darling, I love you
# Though you treat me cruel # You hurt me
# And you make me cry # But if you leave me
# I will surely die. And then I wrote
# Is this the way to Amarillo? # Every night I've been hugging my
pillow # Dreaming dreams of Amarillo
# And sweet Marie who waits for me # Show me the way to Amarillo
# I've been weeping like a willow # Crying over Amarillo
# And sweet Marie who waits for me # And sweet Marie who waits for me
# And sweet Marie who waits... Big finish!
# For me # Sha-la-la...
I believe your husband called us about a valuation on your prop...
Matt Baker and Alex Jones are joined on the sofa by Neil Sedaka and Strictly's new head judge Shirley Ballas. Plus Neil also sings some of his best hits.