Week 8 Strictly Come Dancing


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Week 8

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present as the remaining couples dance to impress the judges and viewers and win the opportunity to dance at the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom.


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Last week our ten remaining couples

took a flight of fancy around the

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Strictly dance floor. Some sword to

stratospheric new heights. While

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others hit rock bottom, literally.

And in a shock dance-off that no one

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saw coming, it was Aston, who was

grounded, once and for all. This

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week, with Blackpool just one week

away, every minute counts. Nine

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celebrities remain. But only eight

will make it.

I'm practising.

I'm

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going to have to work really hard.

If you snooze, you lose.

I wish

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there was more hours in the day.

I've been running through the

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routine.

One wrong step and it's

curtains.

One person out of our

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group doesn't make it a Blackpool.

I

don't want to fail now because we've

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come this far.

I've got to do

everything at this point, I've got

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to make it through.

This is Strictly

Come Dancing.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Live from the BBC, this

is Strictly Come Dancing!

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Please welcome your

hosts, Tess Daly...

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And Claudia Winkleman!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Hello and welcome to

Strictly Come Dancing!

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Last week, we witnessed

an unforgettable night

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in the ballroom after Debbie raised

the bar with her perfect tango,

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scoring the first 40 of the series.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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And in our results show,

Aston and Janette found

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themselves in the bottom two,

alongside Mollie and AJ.

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After an incredibly close dance-off,

it was Aston and Janette who sadly

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left the competition.

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At this stage, nobody is safe.

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Your favourite couples

need your vote more than ever.

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That's right.

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Nine couples remain and tonight

the pressure is really on,

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because next week's Strictly is live

from Blackpool and everyone

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wants to be there.

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Last year, we mentioned

Blackpool 248 times.

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Good news - this year, we're

going for a record of over 300.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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So to make it to BLACKPOOL,

they'll need the help of these four.

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Please welcome the judges!

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Darcey Bussell.

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Bruno Tonioli.

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Craig Revel Horwood.

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And Shirley Ballas.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The judges, everyone.

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Blackpool.

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Our couples are all backstage.

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And with a place in next

week's show up for grabs,

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they're more nervous than ever.

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So please welcome...

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Our Strictly stars.

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TV presenter Ruth Langsford

and her partner Anton du Beke.

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EastEnders star, Davood Ghadami

and his partner, Nadiya Bychkova.

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Pop star Mollie King,

and her partner AJ Pritchard.

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Actress and radio presenter,

Gemma Atkinson and her

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partner, Aljaz Skorjanec.

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Entertainer and radio broadcaster,

Debbie McGee and her

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partner, Giovanni Pernice.

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From Holby City, Joe McFadden

and his partner, Katya Jones

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Comedian and presenter,

Susan Calman and her

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partner, Kevin Clifton.

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Paralympic gold medallist,

Jonnie Peacock and his

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partner, Oti Mabuse.

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Singer and theatre star

Alexandra Burke and her

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partner Gorka Marquez.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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There they are - all

dreaming of Blackpool,

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but like its famous roller-coaster,

there'll be plenty of twists

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and turns before they get there.

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You will be able to vote

for your favourite later on.

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Your votes will be added

to the judges' scores to decide

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which two couples will face

the dance-off in Sunday

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night's Results Show.

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It's then down to the judges alone

to decide who will be the next

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couple to leave the competition.

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Dancing first tonight

is Susan Calman and her

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partner Kevin Clifton.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Last week, Susan gave us some great

expressions throughout her

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hugely entertaining jive.

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Tonight, she's got another

dance that demands expert

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facial choreography,

so Susan, prepare your tango face.?

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LAUGHTER

The jive went well.

We conquered the

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jive. It was all right, without our

sparkly dungarees.

The energy, it

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did not fail at all. This is

definitely your dance.

It's amazing.

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It's great, I loved every moment of

it, it was exhausting, but I loved

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it.

This week we are dancing the

tango. The tango has edges. It's

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very sharp and precise. For so many

weeks I've been teaching Susan in

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the ballroom dances to sort of

glider head softly from side to side

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and now I'm going to have to ask to

go sharp. From to there, bang! We

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are one weekend away from making it

to Blackpool. All our dreams could

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come true, but if the first serious

moment of me and you come you can't

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just go out and have a big beaming

smile on your face from the

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beginning of the dance.

It's like

intense.

Show me your intense face.

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Oh, yeah.

I'm looking forward to

doing a different style of dance.

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It's the first time people will see

is coming out on stage, people think

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I'm happy and joyful and I'm

actually quite dramatic. Bringing

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out that side of my character is

going to be amazing.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Dancing the tango, Susan Calman

and her partner Kevin Clifton.

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MUSIC: Firework.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Absolutely explosive! Susan and

Kevin, ladies and gentlemen. That's

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the first time you've ever danced

with Kevin and not smile. Are there

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tears?

A little bit! Quite an

emotional dance by Kevin.

Kevin, you

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were in the zone, won't you?

It was

great though.

It was great, it was

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explosive!

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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OK, my darling. What have the judges

thought? Let's hear it for our

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fabulous live singers. And of

course, Dave Arch and his magical

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Orchestra. Do you need a tissue?

I'm

all right.

You are happy again, did

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our pocket rocket sparkle for you

tonight, surely?

She certainly did.

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I think you are feeling those

emotions because she really tried to

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put them in the tango. I think you

danced everything from your heart

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today so let me tell you, I'm used

to seeing you in a comic role. We've

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had mother of dragons, right? We've

had breaking up with Craig over

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here, painting houses, and today,

you bring the serious side of you.

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You didn't miss a step. You have

lovely footwork. Strong heels. You

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still have to keep working, but from

week one to this one coming you've

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come huge strides.

Thank you very

much.

Bruno?

I loved the way you

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channelled your dramatic persona.

She had the kind of pout and a smile

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in her face. It was quite -- like

watching Suranne Jones. I'm going to

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get him, whatever it takes! But

actually, seriously, we counted, all

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the way through, she's going to go

off, no, you did every single step

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eggs exactly the precise time. You

placed your heel. You never lost the

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timing. Darling...

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Great.

Your posture is the main

thing that bothers me, because there

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is no actual V shape. It lacks for

me a bit of dynamic and attack,

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particularly in your head, the sharp

heads. Your feet weren't always

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closing. It was only once or twice.

And your phrase did look in pain...

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It did, but I have to say, something

about you, I love the serious side

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of you. I really do. You put your

all into it.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

It was outstanding, the focus and

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drama that you brought to it, you

started with a very strong frame and

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that lovely pout to start with, but

as you get into it you get more and

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more emotional, don't you?

I do,

I've never danced before and I find

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it really emotional.

as you get more

emotional, the elbows starts bobbing

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and the frame starts to soft and a

bit so you have to really keep the

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focus and maintain it, all the way

through. A much better job.

Thank

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you very much, thank you.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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We've seen a different side to her

tonight. Well done, Susan and Kevin,

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ladies and gentlemen.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Well done!

Thanks!

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Well done, well done! It means a

lot.

It does, it does, it's really

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strange. It does mean a lot.

How

wonderful, when you trained so hard,

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you are training in a car park. You

train all the time and when Darcey

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says, outstanding, you are over the

moon?

It's very good.

The scores are

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in.

The judges' scores are in. Craig

Revel Horwood.

Five.

Darcey Bussell.

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Six.

Shirley Ballas.

Eight.

Bruno

Tonioli.

Eight. Are you happy,

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Kevin?

Very happy, two eights.

If

you adored their tango and would

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like to give your vote, all the

details you need are on your screen

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now. Don't forget as voting won't

open until later on in the show.

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Well done, Susan and Kevin. Now it's

time for the terms and conditions.

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If there's one song that sums up how

we all feel about going to Blackpool

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next week, it's this one.

I'm so

excited...

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You are having too much fun up

there, your next couple is Joe

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McFadden and his partner, Katya

Jones.

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In last week's brilliant

charleston, they played

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a pair of children's toys.

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Tonight, they've put the toys away,

lowered the lights,

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and are getting ready to rumba.?

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How did Saturday go?

It went by in a

flash. It was nerve-wracking being

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in that little wooden box.

The

character, the way we came out was

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so fun.

Nine!

A nine from Craig! Let

go ready to rumba.

To secure their

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place in Blackpool, Joe and Katya

are dancing the rumba.

We will have

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to have a lot of connection, to feel

we are working with each other.

It

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seems simple, but it's not. There is

a lot of intricacy to it. You have

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to pay attention.

It is the rotation

of your shoulder blades.

It's quite

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hard to remember the steps, because

they are all very similar to each

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other.

Every figure in rumba

contains the rumba walk. Transfer or

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weight onto your foot. These are two

different things.

I was scared of

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the rumba in the beginning and I

wasn't sure we were going to get on.

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It's been a tough week. We have put

in the hours. I just hope I do us

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both proud and get us to Blackpool.

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Dancing the rumba, Joe McFadden

and his partner Katya Jones.

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MUSIC: One.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Well done,

Joe and Katya. I am feeling the

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love. There is a lot resting on this

rumba tonight. And it is not easy

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for the male celebrity to make the

rumba look good. How did he do?

That

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was a smouldering Latin lover with a

caring and tender touch. You won't

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find that in Magaluf, Craig,

darling. It was a perfect balance of

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presentation and interaction with

your partner. It wasn't overdrawn,

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it was always placed correctly. The

lines, great shapes, nice hips. One

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thing - don't break your hands. When

you extend, let go through.

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Sometimes, it kind of feels odd.

Your hand has to continue the flow.

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Don't break it. Otherwise,

wonderful.

Craig?

For me, it was a

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bit jolted. The rumba it is danced

on 2-3-4 and you are holding the

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one. Your footwork was going a bit

parallel rather than turned out,

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particularly on your left foot when

you did sliding doors. You were a

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bit pigeon toed. But we haven't seen

many celebrity men do this well, and

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your hip action was lovely. And you

presented her beautifully.

Darcey?

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For me, Joe, this was good! You kept

it smooth. It was earthy and well

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controlled. Even with that speed of

music, you were able to smooth it

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out and not make it too spiky. There

was mass resistance between the two

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of you and your balance with your

legs, very good. I really did enjoy

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it. Especially the deep lunch as

well. Not bad!

Surly, last week you

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said Joe was a dark horse of the

competition. What do you think s'?

I

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still think Jovetic collars. -- you

are the dark horse. You did an

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amazing routine. You did well on the

majority of the basic steps. I want

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to commend you on your cucuracha.

You look like you were squashing the

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road. And I disagree with Craig

because I think you flowed today. It

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was masculine and feminine. It is

very difficult to lead the rumba and

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you did an exquisite job.

You were

worried about this.

I was concerned.

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Good job, Joe and Katya!

Yes!

Well

done. I saw you say on it takes to,

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I hate this.

I was trying not to

hate it, and I did grow to love it.

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They said exquisite. The scores are

in.

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Yes!

Katya, I love your reactions!

That is the second-highest score for

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a male celebrity in the rumba.

All

thanks to this girl.

If you enjoyed

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the rumba and think does today in

the competition, make sure they get

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your vote. Voting will open towards

the end of the show. Still to come,

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can Jonnie do a in Paris? Yes, he

can-can.

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Next up is Ruth Langsford

and her partner Anton du Beke.

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Last week's paso left Ruth

in a horrible position.

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Not on top of Anton, but at

the bottom of the leaderboard.

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She's hoping tonight's foxtrot

leaves her somewhere

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much more comfortable.

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Basically, you fell over, not me.

I

was trying to avoid you up in the

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air. I will not do that again.

You

could not have made it up.

What more

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do you want?

And to that point, I

felt I had done a passable paso

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doble. All in all, I was happy. And

it is about entertainment.

We are

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doing a dance this week called the

slow foxtrot, but we are just going

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to call it does slow.

And what is

the essence of a good foxtrot?

Solo.

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Timing is everything. Leg speed is

paramount to a good foxtrot.

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Ballroom poise is difficult. It is a

work in progress with every ballroom

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dance. To maintain your shape, you

are pressing against this arm.

We

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swapped places because he wanted me

to feel what he meant. There are

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three things I have to practise.

Frame. I am practising wherever I

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can. Pretty ballroom fingers... How

can you have your fingers down and

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up?

Easy.

And slow down. It is the

most difficult of all the dance as I

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have done, but I am determined to

get there.

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Dancing the foxtrot, Ruth Langsford

and her partner Anton du Beke.

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MUSIC: Mack The Knife.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Ruth and

Anton, ladies and gentlemen. She is

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one determined lady. And you are

both still standing.

We stayed

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upright.

And you caught the props

live. Well done. Craig?

I thought

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the side by side at the beginning

lacked any real style, flair or

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charisma. And you messed up coming

down the stairs. You came down at

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completely different times.

That was

me, I came down the wrong bit. And I

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missed a step out. I apologise.

And

once you got into the foxtrot, I

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felt like you were trotting like a

horse rather than flowing across the

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floor.

I am getting a horse trot was

not to your taste.

Darcey?

Sadly,

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there was no glide. You were a

little up and down. You were trying

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to travel, which was good, and you

kept in hold but there were moments

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when it felt like you were swimming,

which was a shame.

That is a move

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called the swim.

Like everything,

there is always a dance that is very

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challenging and we know the foxtrot

is one of those difficult dances.

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Sadly, you were slightly out of your

depth.

I disagree. She was out of

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her depth in the rumba. You were in

your depth in this dance.

Shirley,

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can you make it better?

Well, we are

getting ready for Blackpool, so I

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have to be firm today.

You don't

feel it.

You did manage to have some

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slows. Quick, quick, and slow, which

I appreciated. But it is called the

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slow foxtrot, and you went quick,

quick, quick. There were so many

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quicks. I only counted once slow in

it.

Then that is the slow taking

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care of!

And it wasn't my favourite

today. It did look a bit like a

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quickstep, sorry.

Bruno?

It was the

fox that lost the trot. It turned

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into a gallop. The thing is,

darling, you did the steps, but they

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were in the wrong time with Anton.

You have to do it at the same time

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all the way through. Especially the

end sequences. Once you go wrong, it

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became a dash to the end. Just tried

to keep the steps in time, and do

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the right ones. Then it works.

We

are all very proud of you. You have

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come a long way. Your fabulous. Ruth

and Anton.

Oh, well.

You were

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amazing!

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Come on, darling. We thought it was

perfect. Didn't we?

Can't you judge

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it next week?

And give it 20 out of

five. What was sweet, your son's

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face throughout, so proud. He was

listening to the judges and was

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like, they've got it all wrong. You

found it difficult, didn't you?

I

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found it difficult, I found it hard

going slow to the music. I love that

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song, it's a favourite of my dad's.

So that was special.

Yes, exactly,

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we thought you were per fax.

APPLAUSE

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Ladies and gentlemen, the judges

have their scores. Craig Revel

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Horwood.

0:30:380:30:39

All right. Never mind that, never

mind. Never mind that, well done.

I

0:30:500:30:58

don't understand it. I don't

understand, I'd hide my own time and

0:30:580:31:02

everything.

If you thought Ruth and

Anton's foxtrot was wonderful,

0:31:020:31:10

you'll need to make sure they get

your vote. All the details you need

0:31:100:31:13

are on your screen now.

0:31:130:31:15

All right, yes, fine, still to come,

Alexandra and Gorka perform the

0:31:250:31:31

first Argentine tango of the series.

0:31:310:31:35

Dancing for a place in Blackpool

is Davood Ghadami and his

0:31:350:31:37

partner Nadiya Bychkova.

0:31:370:31:40

In last week's American smooth,

Davood wowed us all with that

0:31:400:31:43

amazing one-handed lift,

but can he reach new heights

0:31:430:31:45

with tonight's charleston?

0:31:450:31:46

It's time to find out.

0:31:460:31:49

I really wanted those steps to be

right, I wanted the foxtrot to be

0:31:560:32:00

elegant and I wanted the story to

show.

Fabulous.

Totally awesome.

0:32:000:32:06

Having those remarks from the judges

and the schools that we did, it adds

0:32:060:32:11

to what we do.

I'm so proud of you,

you are becoming a real dancer. If

0:32:110:32:17

you are thrilled this week, it's

Blackpool. It's really nice because

0:32:170:32:21

I remember doing Blackpool for so

many years, as a dancer.

Actor

0:32:210:32:27

Davood plays market trader in

Eastenders and will dance the

0:32:270:32:31

charleston with a familiar not seem.

It goes with my day job, I feel like

0:32:310:32:36

I've already had an insight into it.

The judges are looking for smooth.

0:32:360:32:41

You have to cross and swivel your

heels in and out, it was a Jay

0:32:410:32:48

Berger because we have our own

character version of it. -- its

0:32:480:32:53

jaybird. It's like a 1920s car,

although it's light and fun looking,

0:32:530:33:00

technically it's a difficult dance.

Because of the speed, asking me to

0:33:000:33:04

go slower.

Make sure I get that

rhythm, so we are in synchronisation

0:33:040:33:08

all the time. I've been working

really hard, let's hope we can get

0:33:080:33:12

the choreography and speed that the

charleston requires right on the

0:33:120:33:15

night.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:33:150:33:18

Dancing the charleston,

0:33:180:33:19

Davood Ghadami and his partner

Nadiya Bychkova.

0:33:190:33:22

MUSIC: The Lambeth Walk.

0:33:240:33:31

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:34:520:35:03

Can I put her down?

You can put her

down now! Are you all right, lad?

0:35:080:35:14

That was another one... Amazing. You

are becoming a dancer, you are

0:35:140:35:21

right, Nadiya. Fantastic performance

and I know how much you wanted to

0:35:210:35:24

get it right tonight. Did he,

Darcey?

Oh, you are on the way up!

0:35:240:35:30

It was great! You are tall, strong

man, strong frame and everything,

0:35:300:35:36

but you were able to keep all those

details with that speed and

0:35:360:35:39

everything. Even the control in

those fast lifts as well, not losing

0:35:390:35:45

the character. It was quirky,

cheeky, you held onto that all the

0:35:450:35:48

way through and even when you had

Nadiya on your shoulders you still

0:35:480:35:53

had the swivel in your feed. Very

good.

A genuine contender, surely?

0:35:530:36:01

Yes, you're choreography is

outstanding but you can have great

0:36:010:36:05

choreography and not executed well.

You executed it to the best of your

0:36:050:36:08

ability. It was amazing, floor was

for me, flawless.

Wow!

Your star is

0:36:080:36:17

rising high. You've always shown

flash and dash, but what you've

0:36:170:36:22

proven over the past few weeks is

versatility and you are getting

0:36:220:36:25

better and better, week by week.

Craig, did you enjoy seeing this?

0:36:250:36:36

Amazing!

CHEERING

0:36:360:36:44

Well done, you, brilliant comments,

brilliant performance. Davood and

0:36:440:36:50

Nadiya.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:36:500:36:56

Well done!

Did he just say that?

Craig did just say that. I know your

0:36:560:37:08

daughters vote for Jonnie, but I

know you are desperate to go to

0:37:080:37:11

Blackpool.

Please vote for daddy,

I'm going to be Bond next week.

0:37:110:37:19

Don't worry, Jonnie. The scores are

in.

Will the judges pleads reveal

0:37:190:37:23

their scores?

0:37:230:37:25

You have never danced before and you

just got that.

Yeah, am I dreaming

0:37:480:37:52

here?

Your wife is sobbing! She's

sobbing! You can go down and cuddle

0:37:520:38:02

her, but really, not yet! If you

want to C Davide and Nadiya perform

0:38:020:38:10

in Blackpool, make sure they get

your vote.

0:38:100:38:14

Well done. All of this is still to

come.

I'm a little bit worry that

0:38:160:38:29

Oti has let me lead, hopefully I

won't mess it up.

I feel like a fan

0:38:290:38:35

who is taking part in the show. I

need to get this excitement into

0:38:350:38:38

this performance, so that we can get

to Blackpool.

I've got to stay flat

0:38:380:38:43

whilst wearing heels and being on my

toes. At the minute it looks like

0:38:430:38:47

I'm falling over after one too many

Sherbert is.

This also is a real

0:38:470:38:52

party dance where you can really let

go. That's the side of me that will

0:38:520:38:56

be shown.

This dance is the most

challenging you've done so far. I

0:38:560:38:59

need to make sure the technique is

right, the speed is right. The list

0:38:590:39:04

can go on!

I can't wait to see all

of that and of course everyone is

0:39:040:39:10

desperate to get to Blackpool. We've

got so much to take. Claudia, did

0:39:100:39:14

you find is a big drunk?

I did get

drunk but there might have been some

0:39:140:39:20

confusion. ELEPHANT CALLS. I'm going

to sort this out.

0:39:200:39:26

Next up is Gemma Atkinson

and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

0:39:260:39:31

After last week's salsa,

it's back to ballroom

0:39:310:39:33

for Gemma with a routine set

at a railway station.

0:39:330:39:36

So all aboard for

the Viennese waltz.

0:39:360:39:40

I absolutely love it. There were a

few things that set us back.

Win you

0:39:450:39:54

going to lift you have to keep your

body taut, because if you think he

0:39:540:39:58

has nothing to push from.

The lifts

go better in rehearsals but we've

0:39:580:40:03

had a laugh with the dance.

We have

pushed through the week that we knew

0:40:030:40:07

would be harder.

We are here

fighting for another week.

Wingate,

0:40:070:40:14

we're doing a Viennese waltz. Back

to ballroom, which you love.

Darcey

0:40:140:40:19

said my neck was too far back, so

I'm making sure I'm looking at eye

0:40:190:40:24

level.

Reveres neat -- the Viennese

waltz is not about quantity, it's

0:40:240:40:31

about quality. There's not an

enormous amount of steps, but the

0:40:310:40:34

steps we do, we have to do them

well.

Reverse means go backwards,

0:40:340:40:40

but you actually go forward. At this

stage in the competition there has

0:40:400:40:44

to be elements in their whether

judges go, wow.

I want to push Gemma

0:40:440:40:48

to do as many pivots as she possibly

can.

I feel I'm putting a lot of

0:40:480:40:54

pressure on myself this week,

because everyone is stepping up

0:40:540:40:56

their game. No one is safe.

It has

to be ago on Saturday.

The last

0:40:560:41:03

thing we want is to go out this

weekend, because I didn't do it

0:41:030:41:07

right.

0:41:070:41:08

Dancing the Viennese waltz,

0:41:080:41:09

Gemma Atkinson and her partner

Aljaz Skorjanec.

0:41:090:41:12

MUSIC: You Don't Have

To Say You Love Me.

0:41:150:41:22

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

How about that, Gemma and Aljaz.

0:42:550:43:07

Come on over, my darlings. Too

dizzy? Are you dizzy, my darling? I

0:43:070:43:17

know you've been suffering from

rotation sickness. Are you OK? You

0:43:170:43:23

made that look effortless, I know it

wasn't. Everyone is feeling the

0:43:230:43:27

pressure this week. Has Gemma upped

her game, surely?

Not for me, this

0:43:270:43:32

week. Sorry. Let me explain why. You

had some fairly decent natural turns

0:43:320:43:39

and you had some nice slows in

there, I appreciate that with the

0:43:390:43:43

music but we had some mess up over

here on the fleckerl.

The shoe came

0:43:430:43:49

off.

It got tangled up, we had an

awful lot of rise and fall and for

0:43:490:43:54

me, what I want you to really work

on, you have to get your devotion

0:43:540:43:58

and your motion to come out as

emotion. You picked your emotion up

0:43:580:44:02

at the end on the continuous pivot,

but through the dance it left me

0:44:020:44:05

quite flat. So what I'm saying to

you is if you come back next week,

0:44:050:44:10

work on those inner emotions, get

them to come out. I want to feel

0:44:100:44:14

what you feel. Don't be frightened,

throw caution to the wind. Give it

0:44:140:44:19

your all. Not your best dance.

Bruno, what did you think?

Let me

0:44:190:44:24

say you looks very pretty in an

extremely difficult dance. The tempo

0:44:240:44:30

of this is insane. To keep the

correct steps and the drive and the

0:44:300:44:35

phrasing is very, very hard, but you

have two express. Look at him, you

0:44:350:44:40

have Aljaz, you're not holding a

laundry basket! I'm going to do a

0:44:400:44:43

cold wash... It doesn't matter, if

you go wrong, it doesn't matter,

0:44:430:44:49

keep playing the part. I always say,

performing art, the performance is

0:44:490:44:55

as important as the technique. Let

it out! Yes, love, let it out!

0:44:550:45:05

I did feel you were struggling to

keep up and it seemed a bit rushed.

0:45:050:45:08

All the states were there, but I

agree with Bruno, it does lack

0:45:080:45:12

emotion in the body. Just my

opinion.

Darcey?

I noticed a great

0:45:120:45:21

difference in your eye level, which

was brilliant.

Yes!

Thank you for

0:45:210:45:29

that improvement. And I understand

when something has so much rotation,

0:45:290:45:32

you did a full circle of pivots and

then came into a standing spin and

0:45:320:45:37

you came out and I can imagine that

the room was still spinning for you.

0:45:370:45:40

So I can see why. And in your top

line, the shoulders took that strain

0:45:400:45:48

and if that was difficult for you,

it did show. But not bad.

Sorry.

0:45:480:45:59

Don't apologise. You had a standing

ovation. We all loved it. Off you

0:45:590:46:04

go. Gemma and Aljaz, ladies and

gentlemen!

0:46:040:46:20

I'm going to take the shoe off,

because it is half off anyway.

You

0:46:230:46:29

don't need to shoes.

It was

incredibly hard for you. Ballroom

0:46:290:46:33

makes you shake anyway, and you get

nauseous. So well done. You did

0:46:330:46:42

great.

Of course she did.

You're so

hard on yourself.

We didn't

0:46:420:46:50

understand anything they set down

there.

They were speaking a

0:46:500:46:55

different language.

0:46:550:46:56

I know you are desperate to go to

Blackpool. If you thought Dan and

0:47:130:47:19

Aljaz's Viennese waltz was

wonderful, make sure you give them

0:47:190:47:22

your vote. All the details are on

your screen and voting will open

0:47:220:47:28

later. All of our couples want to

make it to Blackpool. And as we are

0:47:280:47:33

just over halfway through, let's see

how the leaderboard looks.

0:47:330:47:37

We have four couples left to dance.

0:47:450:47:48

Our next couple is Alexandra Burke

and her partner Gorka Marquez.

0:47:480:47:54

Shirley, it's the first Argentine

tango of the series.

0:47:540:47:56

What exactly will you

be looking out for?

0:47:560:48:03

We will be looking for some raw and

sensuous moves, along with some

0:48:030:48:07

sharp unlike actions and

synchronicity between the two

0:48:070:48:10

people. And just plain give it to

me! I want to feel the Argentine

0:48:100:48:16

tango.

Let's look out for all of

that.

0:48:160:48:25

Here's how they got

on in training this week.

0:48:250:48:29

I love Saturday. I know I was

petrified because we were going

0:48:290:48:35

first. When I watch it back, I am

really proud.

You put the cheeky in

0:48:350:48:41

cha-cha.

It was the best cha-cha of

the season so far.

Being second on

0:48:410:48:48

the leaderboard just makes me want

to work even harder and give

0:48:480:48:52

everything I can to stay as long as

possible. This week, we are doing

0:48:520:49:00

the first Argentine of the season

and I am so excited.

We did the

0:49:000:49:04

tango for Halloween, but as the

opposite. The only similar thing

0:49:040:49:08

they have is the name tango.

We did

well in our first tango, but the

0:49:080:49:13

Argentine tango is so different that

there is no guarantee it go well.

0:49:130:49:19

When I am doing the movement with

the legs, that is the one roof where

0:49:190:49:22

I need to have my legs be a bit more

floppy and not so tense. And make

0:49:220:49:27

sure the fluidity in the hips and

legs coordinates.

I am feeling the

0:49:270:49:33

pressure. This routine is full of

tricky and fast steps. One little

0:49:330:49:40

mistake can throw away the whole

routine.

If we get it right, it

0:49:400:49:45

could look amazing. But if I have

one foot out of place, it could fall

0:49:450:49:50

to pieces.

0:49:500:49:52

Dancing the Argentine tango,

0:49:520:49:53

Alexandra Burke and her partner

Gorka Marquez.

0:49:530:49:58

MUSIC: Mi Confesion.

0:49:580:50:05

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Red-hot! Wow,

ladies and gentlemen. First

0:51:340:51:57

Argentine tango of the series. You

never fail to deliver. That was

0:51:570:52:03

smouldering in its intensity. How

was it for Bruno?

You are a

0:52:030:52:08

magnificent creature, fuelled by

pure, undiluted passion. And that

0:52:080:52:15

sequence of razor-sharp ganchos was

extraordinary.

Craig?

You never

0:52:150:52:27

cease to amaze me. That was

incredible.

I get excited when Craig

0:52:270:52:36

gets excited! Darcey?

It is the

intensity. You engage us

0:52:360:52:42

straightaway into your private

dance. The beautiful lines in your

0:52:420:52:47

feet, especially in those lifts. You

just have to finish off the line

0:52:470:52:50

with those feet. At the end, I got

so excited, but I could see you were

0:52:500:52:57

as well. The emotion comes a little

too much into the shoulders, but it

0:52:570:53:01

was so passionate. I loved it.

Did

you get what you were looking for,

0:53:010:53:09

Shirley?

I felt like I was

transported to a nightclub where

0:53:090:53:12

there were just the two of you,

nobody else watching, just in your

0:53:120:53:16

own space. I thought it was superb.

They loved it. A towering

0:53:160:53:26

performance. Will it get them to the

Tower ballroom? We hope so.

0:53:260:53:30

Alexandra and Gorka.

First Argentine

and enormous pressure because it is

0:53:300:53:47

a fan favourite. You supposed to

stand on his feet?

Yes!

Good! You

0:53:470:53:56

were incredibly nervous. Just one

bad flick... We have to say hello to

0:53:560:54:04

your best friend, Lance.

Yes!

They

look very smart.

0:54:040:54:12

Well done, Gorka. If you thought

Alexandra and Gorka's Argentine

0:54:320:54:41

tango was a great addition to the

show, you will need to make sure

0:54:410:54:45

they receive your vote. Still to

come, Debbie and Giovanni Dempster

0:54:450:54:52

can't take my eyes off you in an

optician's. Synchronicity.

0:54:520:54:58

Dancing next is Mollie King

and her partner AJ Pritchard.

0:54:580:55:02

Tonight Mollie's doing a very

dramatic paso doble, but she's

0:55:020:55:05

desperately hoping it doesn't lead

to the drama of another dance-off.

0:55:050:55:15

I love performing the foxtrot with

you. I was so upset to have made

0:55:170:55:23

that mistake. All week, I have been

dreading being in the dance off

0:55:230:55:27

again, so when that red light came

on, I was heartbroken. I am just at

0:55:270:55:31

that point where I am really scared

now. I don't want it to come to an

0:55:310:55:35

end.

In a bid to avoid the dance off

and make it to Blackpool, Mali and a

0:55:350:55:41

Jtac of the paso doble.

My knowledge

of the paso doble is small, but I

0:55:410:55:46

have always wanted to do this.

At

the moment, we are trying to get

0:55:460:55:52

Mollie into that paso character. She

is nice and bubbly. No. We need to

0:55:520:55:57

get her into the zone.

AJ wants me

to practise my paso face, so here we

0:55:570:56:03

go. I am struggling. I slide between

AJ's legs. Come on, Mollie. I know

0:56:030:56:16

it doesn't seem scary, but when you

are standing there and look at the

0:56:160:56:20

Gap...

It's quite small. You have

got to take the leap of faith.

We

0:56:200:56:28

are giving it everything we have

got. We are training all hours of

0:56:280:56:32

the day, and I think it is starting

to pay off. And just hoping we can

0:56:320:56:36

nail it in the Strictly ballroom.

0:56:360:56:39

Dancing the paso doble, Mollie King

and her partner AJ Pritchard.

0:56:390:56:43

MUSIC: Layla.

0:56:430:56:52

Yes!

Mollie and AJ. That deserves a

pat on the back. You took the leap

0:58:270:58:41

of faith, and it worked. You have

had a difficult couple of weeks, but

0:58:410:58:47

I know you have been working hard.

We have been working 12 hours a day.

0:58:470:58:57

And it shows. Dance-off last week.

Has Mollie come back fighting,

0:58:570:59:01

Craig?

Some shapes were very

awkward, I have to admit. They

0:59:010:59:06

didn't really suit your body. Your

shoulders were coming up and made it

0:59:060:59:10

ungainly, but it did have power and

presence.

Darcey?

There was

0:59:100:59:18

attitude, drama and I saw the

determination in your eyes. You

0:59:180:59:23

created some nice shapes, but you

did throw a lot away. It is about

0:59:230:59:28

capturing those still moments, and

that is coming from your core

0:59:280:59:31

strength. You have to keep working

at that. And it will help your

0:59:310:59:35

balance.

Thank you.

Shirley?

Nice

content of paso doble and interval

0:59:350:59:44

places looked much better in closed

hold. So what happens when you have

0:59:440:59:49

to move away from him, the pivot on

your standing foot is not strong

0:59:490:59:53

enough, so you can look jerky. And

did you feel how you almost fell

0:59:530:59:57

over? You have to maintain the core

and your head needs to stay on a

0:59:571:00:02

vertical line

1:00:021:00:02

and your head needs to stay on a

vertical line. If you let your head

1:00:021:00:05

droop, you are going to fall.

OK.

Sorry.

You were so pumped up. Like a

1:00:051:00:16

Christmas cracker. All the control

and the artistry of the paso doble

1:00:161:00:22

went. There was a lot of content,

but all the lines and the artistry

1:00:221:00:26

went away because of the impetus.

Then I don't know what happened, but

1:00:261:00:31

it went right off time when you went

around him. I know it is a very

1:00:311:00:40

difficult balance to strike between

power and clean on the perfect

1:00:401:00:46

lines, and that is what you have to

do, my darling.

1:00:461:00:54

Thank you judges, all we can ask is

that you gave it your all. Was it

1:00:541:00:59

enough? Mollie and AJ.

Fantastic,

remember. Yes. Fantastic.

1:00:591:01:08

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

Weldon, darling, well done. You've

1:01:081:01:15

had, you had a horrible week,

haven't you?

Yeah, it's been really

1:01:151:01:20

difficult. The bottom two does

really knock your confidence, but

1:01:201:01:24

guy next to me has literally put me

back together again. I'm so

1:01:241:01:29

grateful. So thank you so much.

APPLAUSE

1:01:291:01:32

Well done to you. They love you up

here. You tried so hard, we thought

1:01:321:01:37

it was fantastic.

Thank you.

The

scores are in.

The judges have their

1:01:371:01:43

scores.

1:01:431:01:44

It was fantastic.

It was amazing.

Brendan was shouting, we thought it

1:01:551:02:02

was absolutely fantastic, so well

done. If you thought Mollie and AJ's

1:02:021:02:09

paso doble was excellent and you

would like to see them dance in

1:02:091:02:12

Blackpool next week, please vote.

All the details you need to show

1:02:121:02:17

your support are on the screen right

now. Voting will open later on. Do

1:02:171:02:21

not be sad. The terms and

conditions, if you want backstage

1:02:211:02:26

news, head to the website,

bbc.co.uk/strictly. This week, Craig

1:02:261:02:32

teachers how to teach a paddle, he

knows how to do that. And Ruth,

1:02:321:02:37

she's obsessed with soap. Tests.

1:02:371:02:42

Next to dance live is

Jonnie Peacock and his

1:02:421:02:44

partner Oti Mabuse.

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They're doing a foxtrot

and it's set in Paris, but

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will coffee and croissants

under the Eiffel Tower

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lead to fish and chips under

the Blackpool Tower?

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Saturday was really fun. The judges,

I mind I'm not sure if they love me,

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but they definitely liked it.

I

thought the lifts were spectacular.

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It was a big improvement as to the

week before. That's all I can ask

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for, is every week we improve

something, we tick a box, and I'm

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going to be really happy. This week

we have the foxtrot. We are back to

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ballroom, which is great.

We have

over slaves, double reverse turns,

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natural and further step. Once you

get it right, it's amazing, try not

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to stick your bum out. Not like

that. The judges are going to be

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really particular about footwork,

the framing, and that bum. When the

1:03:421:03:47

posture goes from being up here, to

forward, that kind of is what the

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bum sticks out.

The glutes are one

of the main muscles you push, as a

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sprinter. A lot of my lever comes

from my bum and mine e-commerce is

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that of being the Tankulic goes

knee, hip, so the hip sets out to

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allow more movement. It's one of

those things I have to pay a bit

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more attention to. There's so much

to think about with this foxtrot. If

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I can just remember my posture, my

frame, keeping the bottom tucked

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under, hopefully we can make it

through Blackpool.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Dancing the foxtrot, Jonnie Peacock

and his partner Oti Mabuse.

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MUSIC: Someone Like You.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Ballroom, a foxtrot, beautiful song,

beautiful dance. Well done, I know

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you wanted to get your posture right

this week. Did he, Darcey?

Jonnie,

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you are such a gentleman, always,

and you take such care in partnering

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macro and that always come through

but tonight, it wasn't felt true.

1:06:441:06:48

You felt uncomfortable, I don't

know. Often when you are getting

1:06:481:06:52

into hold and everything felt you

were straining and your right

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shoulder was drifting forward,

trying to get that hold and keep it

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back in your top line. It is a

difficult dance and I could see

1:06:591:07:04

that, but I've noticed you were

better a couple of weeks ago. In

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ballroom. It's strange for you to

have this amazing focus, that it

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doesn't seem tonight was there.

Sorry!

What do you think, surely?

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Some parts of it, when I'm looking,

I think it's improved and some parts

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I feel it needs to keep improving,

so your right arm that is on Oti's

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back, you had a beautiful shape on

your right arm, your head got a bit

1:07:311:07:35

on the wrong side so it was throwing

a little but the balance. Some of

1:07:351:07:39

the footwork was OK, but at week

eight now it starts to really -- it

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needs to start to really improve.

Not the best I've seen you, but not

1:07:441:07:47

the worst.

Fantastic, what you

think?

It was quite emotional, you

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think?

You are sticking your bum

out. It's worse, Jonnie!

It's

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another lesson.

Your hands are in

shadow, that's another lesson but I

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have to point out these dances are

extremely hard to lead for a man.

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It's very difficult. It requires an

incredible amount of control. Yes,

1:08:131:08:18

it didn't have the love of whom you

have a few weeks ago, but you are

1:08:181:08:24

trying very hard to get it right, so

it's a question of balance.

Thank

1:08:241:08:30

you, when you are concentrating so

hard it's difficult. Craig?

Dull,

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dull, dull.

BOOING

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How dare you? He's never danced

before and here we are in week

1:08:381:08:45

eight. We all loved it.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

1:08:451:08:48

We loved it. It's Jonnie and Oti,

off you go, sweetheart.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

Azkabash chanting -- Azkabash

1:08:551:09:08

chanting: Jonnie, Jonnie.

They said

improving, you mentioned shoulders,

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you were dancing to one of the

greatest songs. You had a lovely

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week in training.

I did, she is very

calm.

That was the first time he

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actually led a dance and I just laid

there and let him. It was

1:09:271:09:30

incredible.

Well said. The scores.

Giant

the judges' scores are in.

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We thought it was fantastic, the

best one, it was brilliant. If you

1:09:511:09:56

enjoyed Oti and Jonnie's foxtrot,

please vote for them, all the

1:09:561:10:02

details are on your screen now and

voting will open very shortly, as we

1:10:021:10:07

have only one couple left to

perform. Tests.

1:10:071:10:10

And our final couple

is Debbie McGee and her

1:10:101:10:12

partner Giovanni Pernice.

1:10:121:10:16

Look who is here. The 2014 winner,

no less, lovely to see you with

1:10:161:10:25

this.

1:10:251:10:27

Last week, Debbie scored a perfect

40 for her tango that

1:10:271:10:30

had Craig on his knees.

1:10:301:10:31

Tonight she's doing a salsa

set in an optician's,

1:10:311:10:33

and we can't wait to see it.

1:10:331:10:37

What a night, Saturday night.

He

didn't make a comment, he just got

1:10:431:10:48

up and walked round. I still now

can't believe it happened.

Ten. Ten.

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We did a great, great job. So last

week was absolutely scintillating.

1:10:551:11:04

Now we need to get back on training.

OK, come on.

Is also time.

I don't

1:11:041:11:13

know very much about the salsa.

It's

a sexy dance, we have to move a lot

1:11:131:11:18

of heat. One and two. The salsa,

more your forwards, when people are

1:11:181:11:27

doing salsa, really down, really

down. We are trying a few things

1:11:271:11:30

that impressed the judge and I

always say in salsa, spinning,

1:11:301:11:34

really fast. Beautiful.

I'm

recovering from a pulled muscle in

1:11:341:11:40

my back, so I've had to take it a

bit easier and what I hadn't

1:11:401:11:44

realised is that you also do lifts

win it, which has come as a bit of a

1:11:441:11:49

shock.

We are trying to go really

slow about lifts but at the same

1:11:491:11:52

time we have to practice because we

want to be sure for Saturday night.

1:11:521:12:00

Giovanni has pushed me beyond what I

can do so hopefully it will be OK on

1:12:001:12:03

the night.

You will smash it.

1:12:031:12:07

Dancing the salsa, Debbie McGee

and her partner Giovanni Pernice.

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MUSIC: Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

Debbie and Giovanni. You are

1:13:591:14:17

incredible! Giovanni, you are

pushing Debbie to her limits.

1:14:171:14:20

Debbie, you are fearless! She's

like, yeah. Amazing. It was as a

1:14:201:14:29

championship salsa, surely?

It was

on its way to being a championship

1:14:291:14:32

salsa but we had some mistakes.

Let's be fair here, you got the

1:14:321:14:36

reverse turns, the Spence, very

difficult step, more easy when it's

1:14:361:14:40

going to natural way, you went in

reverse when you missed his arm.

1:14:401:14:43

There was a slight hop before we

went into the lift. I commend you

1:14:431:14:47

how you get it, you go for the lift

even with a slight error before it.

1:14:471:14:54

I mean, Debbie, you are amazing. I

don't know what to say but there was

1:14:541:14:57

some mistakes there, some mistakes.

Has Debbie done enough to book a

1:14:571:15:01

ticket to Blackpool?

Oh, you've got

it first class! What a saucy

1:15:011:15:07

strumpet she was out there. Because

there was an error, I think you

1:15:071:15:13

missed the hand, a couple of things

but what that was, it was the

1:15:131:15:17

essence of salsa and it was infused

with the spirit of youth. It must be

1:15:171:15:22

Giovanni's effect, I don't know. I

want to point out, everybody does

1:15:221:15:30

the salsa like pushing, side to

side. That had the fluidity. That's

1:15:301:15:34

what's so hard to get the Grabban to

the lift. You had both and I loved

1:15:341:15:38

it.

Craig?

Whatever you are on

darling, I once! That is ridiculous,

1:15:381:15:48

absolutely ridiculous!

You should

try the lifts.

It extraordinary, the

1:15:481:15:56

speed, only you being that compact

and tight were able to fit all that

1:15:561:16:00

in and when you got into that lifts,

the 100 other side, oh, my goodness,

1:16:001:16:05

how you recovered, how you made it

look graceful when you got out of

1:16:051:16:08

that. Incredibly impressive.

Thank

you.

Great comments from the judges.

1:16:081:16:15

You wowed us all again, it's Debbie

and Giovanni.

Yes!

1:16:151:16:30

You extraordinarily brave... When

Giovanni goes" the lift goes like

1:16:301:16:37

this", do you not just go, no?

She

can't say that.

As if she could say

1:16:371:16:43

no to you.

1:16:431:16:45

Not the tens of last week, but still

fantastic. If you thought Debbie and

1:17:021:17:10

Joe van de Pass salsa was the

perfect way to end the show and you

1:17:101:17:14

think they deserve to get a

Blackpool, why not vote for them?

1:17:141:17:19

Voting will open in a few moments.

It is time to look at the

1:17:191:17:24

leaderboard.

1:17:241:17:34

You can change all of that by

picking up the phone or going online

1:17:381:17:41

and voting for your favourite. Next

week, we are off to Blackpool,

1:17:411:17:44

a:k.a. The focus of the north. To

get everyone in the mood...

1:17:441:17:51

MUSIC: Viva Las Vegas. .

The lines

are now open.

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Here is a reminder of tonight's

performance and the all-important

1:18:111:18:14

vote information.

1:18:141:18:16

What an incredible night

of dance it's been.

1:20:481:20:50

Our nine couples have given

it their all in the ballroom

1:20:501:20:53

and can do no more.

1:20:531:20:54

It's now down to you to decide

who you want to see dance again next

1:20:541:20:58

week in our Blackpool spectacular.

1:20:581:21:00

Yes, I'm not sure if we've mentioned

this already, but next Saturday

1:21:001:21:03

is our Blackpool Special

and all our couples

1:21:031:21:05

are desperate to be there.

1:21:051:21:06

But sadly, one couple

will not make it.

1:21:061:21:08

Find out who in our Results Show

tomorrow night at 7:20pm.

1:21:081:21:11

Your votes really could make all

the difference between who leaves

1:21:111:21:14

the competition and who stays.

1:21:141:21:17

Also tomorrow, performing his latest

single Autumn Leaves,

1:21:171:21:22

we'll be joined by music legend

Seal, and we have a very special

1:21:221:21:25

routine from our professional

dancers to mark Remembrance Day.

1:21:251:21:28

So for all that and to find

out who'll be the next

1:21:281:21:31

couple to be eliminated

from Strictly Come Dancing,

1:21:311:21:34

make sure you join us

at 7:20pm tomorrow night.

1:21:341:21:36

And there's only one

thing left to do.

1:21:361:21:38

Mention Blackpool again?

1:21:381:21:40

No - this...

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Keep dancing!

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