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Week 12

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the semi-final. The remaining five couples perform twice to impress both the judges and viewers in a bid to make it to the final.


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It semifinals week on Strictly.

And

with just two dancer standing in the

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wake of being in the final.

These

things will be the difference

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between our bands being ordinary and

extraordinary.

Being focused.

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Fearless.

Fast.

Flexible.

Dedicated.

Determined.

Disciplined.

Strong.

And

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as the band strikes up...

And the

dancing shoes go on...

The most

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important thing I've got to be is

ready.

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Live from the BBC, this is Strictly

Come Dancing - The Semi Final!

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Please welcome your hosts...

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Tess Daly...

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And Claudia Winkleman...

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Hello and welcome to Strictly Come

Dancing - the Semi Final!

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Last week was our Musicals

Special and all our

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stars shone brightly

on the Strictly stage.

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But sadly, there will be no

encore for Davood and Nadiya

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after they lost

out in the dance off

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to Alexandra and Gorka.

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Tonight, the stakes

couldn't be higher.

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Not only are we one week

away from the final, but

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the pressure is really

on as our five remaining

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couples will dance not

one, but two brand new

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routines.

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And watching their every dance

move will be 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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The judges, everyone.

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Remarkable.

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Our couples are backstage

and with a place in

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next week's final up

for grabs, they're more

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determined than ever to impress.

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So let's get them out here.

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Please welcome...

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Our Strictly Stars.

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Pop star Mollie King,

and her partner AJ Pritchard.

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Actress and radio

presenter, Gemma Atkinson

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and her 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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Singer and theatre

star Alexandra Burke

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and her partner Gorka Marquez.

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There they are, our famous

five semi-finalists.

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Congratulations

on making it this far.

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We wish you the best of luck.

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The judges' scores for both

dances will be added

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together to decide where

the couples end up on

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the leaderboard.

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Those scores will be

combined with your votes

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and the two couples

with the lowest overall

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points will face the dance

off in tomorrow night's

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results show.

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Sadly, one of our five

couples will not make it

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through to next week's final.

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Dancing first tonight is Joe

and and his partner Katya.

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Dancing first tonight is Joe

and his partner Katya.

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Joe's been working hard this week

learning two new routines,

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but he's had encouragement

from Katya and his army of

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supporters up and down the country.

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Saturday night went well! It felt

like everything came together at the

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right time.

You're acting skills

were off the chart.

Could not have

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been better.

Great marks, great

comments.

Incredible.

We are through

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to our first semifinal. We are in it

together! This week, the first dance

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we are doing is the American Smooth,

based on the foxtrot.

I'm pleased we

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are doing the American Smooth this

week, because it gives us the chance

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to shine.

There are a couple of big

lifts in there, which are quite

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ambitious. But at this point, you

have to take risks.

I have a

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surprise for Joe, a video to show

him how much surprised he has.

Good

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luck, Joe, all of the Scots are

behind you. We have watched you from

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day one.

Congratulations on

everything you have done so far.

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Everyone is behind you, well done.

Good luck, Joe and Katya. I hope you

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get through to the final and I hope

you win.

Katya and Joe, we love you.

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Isn't that sweet? Giving us those

messages gives us the boost to

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plough on and hopefully get through

to the final. Let's do it for 'em.

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Dancing the American smooth,

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

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MUSIC: Have You Met Miss Jones?

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. How about

that? Joe and Katya. Listen to that!

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That is quite a reception.

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First dance of the semi-final

and what a dance!

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Before we hear from the judges,

let's welcome our fabulous

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live singers, Hayley, Jamie,

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Andrea, Tommy and of

course, Dave Arch and his

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brilliant orchestra.

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That was the best of Joe's dances.

What a glorious way to open the

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semifinal! We have four women and

one man, and I have to say that your

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personality is exquisite. Your

timing was extraordinary. Your lifts

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were great, and you had the most

glorious movements from foot to foot

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today. Well done.

Bruno?

I think it

is good news for you, Joe. That

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lift, I'm still palpitating. I

thought you were going to tie her

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into a knot. How do you get out of

that one smoothly? It was

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miraculous. It was so complicated.

But you did it with such ease. And I

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particularly liked the side to side

sections. It was nicely in sync. It

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had a lovely, jazzy swing. Very

nice.

Craig?

You lost a bit of

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balance going into the second round

in hold. It could have been a bit

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smoother if I'm honest. I thought

your posture was sometimes leaning a

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bit towards Katya. But the lifts

were fantastic. Stylish, wonderful.

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Was it smooth enough for you,

Darcey?

I enjoyed those lifts. They

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could have been incredibly awkward.

But the dismount was smooth. And the

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preparations into them as well, you

brought plenty of glamour, lovely

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sweeping lines, just what I wanted.

Just what we wanted too. I can't

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wait to see what you do with the

Argentine tango next. It is Joe and

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Katya!

Well done. Can I just

officially say, you are the first

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Scot to make it to the semifinal.

So

I hear, that's amazing.

I know you

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love getting messages of support.

It

gives you the energy to keep going.

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My mouth is dry now.

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Just to be in the semifinal, I'm

overjoyed.

You are Mr positive.

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If you enjoyed Joe and

Katya's American Smooth

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and want to see them in next

week's final, please vote.

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All the details are on the screen

now and voting won't open

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until later on in the show.

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Next week is the grand final, not

sure if we mentioned it. So who

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better to help me out with the terms

and conditions than last year's

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winner?

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MUSIC: Runaway Baby.

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Ore, while you are here, do you mind

doing this?

It would be my pleasure.

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Here we go.

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Thank you, Ore.

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Tess.

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Our next couple is Alexandra

and her partner Gorka.

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There's no denying last week

was a disappointment for Alexandra.

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But she's kept busy learning two

new routines and she's kept smiling

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thanks to some lovely messages

from her supporters.

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How do you feel about Saturday?

To

make it to the quarterfinals was

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insane. Being in the dance-off,

people see us as performers and go,

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they can handle it, but actually,

it's the most scary feeling to be in

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that position. It's so big for me to

do this. I have wanted to do it for

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so long

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do this. I have wanted to do it for

so long. And here we are, and I

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don't want this journey to end. My

first dance this week is the

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Viennese waltz. I just have to make

sure my feet are in the right place

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at the right time, because

technically, it's quite difficult.

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Today, I have a surprise for

Alexandra.

Alexandra, your

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beautiful. Go, Alexandra and Gorka!

Good luck, Alexandra.

You're an

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absolute inspiration.

I love you,

Alexandra and Gorka.

You make me

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feel so much emotion when you dance.

Watching the video showed me how

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much love there is out there.

Please

keep up the emotion in your dances.

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I hope you win.

My family is rooting

for you 100%.

It has definitely

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picked me up. I need to go out there

and give it my all. Do it for those

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who support us and make them proud.

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Dancing the Viennese Waltz,

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez.

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APPLAUSE.

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MUSIC: Everybody Hurts

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APPLAUSE

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Yes, Alexandra and Gorka, just

breath taking. Listen to that.

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Listen to that reception. Listen,

well done my darling. Breath taking.

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Shirley is on her feet. So

emotional.

Excellent, classy. It had

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a soft dreamy quality. Flowing like

there is no tomorrow. What you did,

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the use of your arms tonight, it was

caressing the air, reaching through

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space and at the same time emoating.

It felt like the softest, silk est

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pashmina and you want to be wrarpd

around it all night. Brilliant.

So

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are you, Bruno. Craig, what did you

think?

One place your feet didn't

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come togethering in that routine.

Come on!

I can't get as mushy as

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Bruno, darling. A good amount of

rotation, I thought. Not many

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surprises, actually. We expected you

to do really well, and you did. It's

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really surprising actually that you

are using your arms so well. So that

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I totally agree with Bruno. It's

just beautiful. Really beautiful.

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Arms and fingers. Darcey.

Thank you,

Bruno. There was this wonderful

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ethereal quality. Like you are

coming off the clouds. You kept it

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going, even when the music picked up

you could have over pushed it, you

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didn't. You kept it incredibly

graceful and elegant. The control,

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oh, my goodness. I really felt it.

It was right, how you used the music

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until the very last beat, how you

finished off every line - exquisite.

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Everything came together. I have to

congratulate wardrobe, that dress,

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the outfit was stunning.

Stunning.

Everything happened, you know. So

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sincere in your movement. Everything

about you is sincere. How you

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finished in your space and how you

held your fingers as if you were

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holding a porcelain egg. Everything

about it was stunning. You are

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stunning.

Thank you.

Thank you

Judges, four out of four. We will

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look forward to seeing what she will

do with the Salsa. Alexandra and

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Gorka, beautiful.

APPLAUSE

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So lovely for you to get comments

like that. I think we can officially

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say you've had quite a week of it.

Yes. It's been a tough week. The

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love and support completely over

powers anything else. I'm so happy.

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So happy.

So. Hay. Two such

different dances.

Yes.

Do you feel

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like - wait, I'm spinning, I'm doing

the Salsa or is it fine. Did you go

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- brilliant.

I'm looking forward to

the Salsa, we both are.

All right. I

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think he's delighted. OK - stop. The

scores are in.

Will the judges

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please reveal their scores...

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YES!

Look at me, no more caffeine

for you.

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If you think Alexandra

and Gorka deserve a place

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in next week's Final,

then please make sure

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they get your vote.

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All the details you need

to show your support

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are on the screen now and remember,

voting won't open until each

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couple has danced twice.

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Let's hear it for Alexandra and

Gorka.

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Still to come, Gemma

and Aljaz Rumba under a full moon.

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Tess.

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Look who I've found,

it's one of last year's

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finalists, Danny Mac.

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Danny, can you give us a sense

of what our ssemi-finalists

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are going through tonight?

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It's the scariest week of the entire

season and the hardest because you

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have half the time to learn a dance,

and you do two of them. This is the

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one out of them all that you don't

want to go out. The worse to go out

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on because you are so close. I'm

feeling for them all.

Touching

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distance. So close. They are doing

brilliantly so far.

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Our next semi-finalists

are Mollie and her partner AJ.

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APPLAUSE

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Their first dance

tonight is the Samba.

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It's got a real party vibe

and Mollie's hoping it'll

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help her get an invite

to the biggest party

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of the season - our Grand Final.

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APPLAUSE

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Saturday night was amazing.

Unbelievable, wasn't it?

You did so

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well. You have improved so much. I'm

stunned.

Thank you.

I thought you

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got it just right.

6.

7.

9.

To get a

9 from the Latin queen, Shirley,

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does life get better than that?

Semi-final! My first dance this week

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is the samba.

Mollie is struggling

with the different rhythms. There

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are so many different rhythms in the

samba.

The samba rolls are the

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hardest things ever. They look

effortless. They are so hard. You

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have to look like you are really not

trying as well, which is the hardest

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thing of everything.

I have a

surprise for you. Because you have

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been working so hard, I've got a

treat.

Aw!

We love you Mollie and

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AJ. We thought you were o good at

Blackpool.. They are so cute. Good

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luck, Mollie. You are brill yanlt.

We loved your rumba.

You are the

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best in the whole competition.

We

put so much into it, to see that

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people are enjoying what we are

doing is the most amazing feeling in

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the world. That's amazing... I can't

believe that. I wish I could go out

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there and thank each of them. Their

support brought us to the

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semi-finals, which I'm so grateful

for. I have to go out there and give

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it everything I've got for each one

of those people.

I hope you win the

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Finals.

You can do it!

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APPLAUSE

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Dancing the Samba,

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard.

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: Whenever, Wherever

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APPLAUSE

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Having a little chat. I don't know

what you're talking about. You

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looked so happy when you were

dancing.

Loved every minute.

Do you

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know how cold it is outside?

Nippy

out there.

It is a bit nippy. The

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samba is of course one of the

toughest dances to make look good.

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How did Mollie do, Craig?

The palm

trees had more bounce in them than

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that. The rolls look awkward.

Difficulty going from one step to

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the next. You were sometimes behind

with the music. You weren't actually

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dancing on time with the music. It

wasn't your best. We have to hope

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that your next dance is going to

lift, but that wasn't great,

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darling. Sorry.

Moving on, Darcey.

Mollie you looked the part. You

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looked like a gold goddess.

It's

notoriously difficult. I felt you

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were chasing the music. It's

difficult. Because of that your

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balance was in the wrong places. It

became very jerky. The transitions

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from one rhythm to the next it

didn't connect at all.

Sadly, this

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is not your dance.

OK, sorry.

Shirley.

I liked all the little bits

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when your body was going and your

roll. You had some really good solo

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pieces when you were separated. You

got that little bit lost when you

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got together. You got stationary

samba walks and slow rhythm going on

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there. Yes, there were one or two

little places. Overall, I thought

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you were really going for it.

That's

all that matters.

Thank you,

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Shirley. We are seeing positives.

Tonight you missed the flight to

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Brazil. That's what happened. He was

in Rio, you were still stuck at the

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airport. It's all-timing. Southern

Rail has better timing than you

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tonight, come on. It's very

difficult. It's 's a rhythm cally

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dance. If it doesn't happen through

your body it looks forced. You can

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let your hair down, yeah. It's all

very well. It is the semi-final. It

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wasn't your best dance. Then again,

as Craig said, you are back, you do

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another, I'm sure you will do much

better.

Thank you very much judges.

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It's not your best, we all loved it.

You have another chance to impress

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with your waltz later on. I'm

looking forward to that. Well done,

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darling.

Thank you.

It's Mollie and

AJ.

Thank you.

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APPLAUSE

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Don't say sorry.

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Listen, can I tell you something.

Focus on Shirley. Shirley was

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adorable. She was positive. She

loved your solo bits, her favourite

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parts of the whole competition. You

always said to Zoe on It Takes Two

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you tried to avoid the samba you

said there is no dance on earth less

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suited to your character.

You need

to look natural. Like it comes

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naturally to you. Oh, my goodness

I'm thinking about every step out

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there. It doesn't suit me this

dance. I gave it everything.

You

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went out there and gave 100%.

You

did. You gave it 100%. He loved it

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and Shirley loved it. The scores are

in.

The judges' scores are in...

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It is like they won the lottery!

Well done.

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If you want to keep these

two in the competition,

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all the information you need

is on your screen now.

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You will be able to vote for Mollie

and AJ when voting opens later on.

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Remember to wait until all our

couples have danced twice.

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I'll tell you when.

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Look, adorable!

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Still to come, Debbie

and Giovanni perform a Jive.

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Dancing next is Gemma

and her partner Aljaz.

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APPLAUSE.

0:30:240:30:28

Last week, Gemma's Quickstep went

down a storm with the audience,

0:30:280:30:31

but it didn't really

impress the Judges.

0:30:310:30:35

Luckily, she gets two chances

to prove herself tonight,

0:30:350:30:37

starting with the Rumba.

0:30:370:30:39

APPLAUSE

0:30:390:30:46

Saturday, I thought it went well.

I

thought we delivered the best dance

0:30:460:30:51

we have so far.

You had a macular

frame. You did some fantastic,

0:30:510:30:57

beautiful footwork.

That was

something we had worked on. I was

0:30:570:31:02

disappointed with this cause this

week, but there is no point

0:31:020:31:05

wallowing. You have to take it on

the chin, bring it into the

0:31:050:31:08

rehearsal room and take it into the

next dance.

Our first dance is a

0:31:080:31:13

rumba. We are just working on making

sure the legs are straight, the

0:31:130:31:18

waiters on the right leg, your feet

are on the right counts.

Everything

0:31:180:31:24

I have done time in-wise over the

last 11 weeks goes out of the window

0:31:240:31:28

for rumba.

She is not picking it up

as fast as she normally does.

I have

0:31:280:31:34

struggled today. Aljaz sat me down

and said he had a surprise for me.

0:31:340:31:39

Gemma, you're my favourite dancer.

Do this for the north.

We love you,

0:31:390:31:44

Gemma and Aljaz!

Good luck, Gemma

and Aljaz.

Good luck, Gemma.

I love

0:31:440:31:54

the way you dance.

Good luck, Gemma

and Aljaz!

It means so much to know

0:31:540:32:02

that people believe in what we are

doing. I want to do everyone who is

0:32:020:32:07

supporting me proud.

Good luck,

Gemma and Aljaz, get a ten!

0:32:070:32:12

Dancing the Rumba, Gemma Atkinson

and Aljaz Skorjanec.

0:32:120:32:14

APPLAUSE

0:32:140:32:16

MUSIC: Beneath Your Beautiful

0:32:160:32:23

APPLAUSE

0:33:500:34:00

Absolutely beautiful.

Gemma and

Aljaz, yes! Beautiful routine. So

0:34:000:34:19

romantic. Did you fall in love,

Darcey?

There was a lovely or

0:34:190:34:23

between you. It was an intensely

romantic rumba. The eye contact, the

0:34:230:34:30

beautiful slow swivel that you were

able to control and just catch

0:34:300:34:34

Aljaz's eyes really took me. I could

see how hard you were working,

0:34:340:34:39

especially on the straight leg. You

were creating great resistance. I

0:34:390:34:42

would just love all that hard work

that you put into those legs and all

0:34:420:34:47

that control, I would love to see

you breathe into your body so that

0:34:470:34:53

we could see that emotion come

through the body. You had amazing

0:34:530:34:56

legs.

Shirley?

First of all, you

have a beautiful set of pins,

0:34:560:35:11

beautiful looking legs for this

dance. I want to commend you firstly

0:35:110:35:14

on your choreography. It was nice to

see half of it in basic and the

0:35:140:35:20

other half, you went into advanced

choreography. Some beautiful elbows,

0:35:200:35:24

wrists and hands in the beginning.

Just one small issue. I agree with

0:35:240:35:28

Darcey, I did feel you have some

connection with your partner, it

0:35:280:35:32

just lacks some musicality in the

middle, some continuous movement.

0:35:320:35:36

But there were other things I

enjoyed, so well done.

Very nice,

0:35:360:35:42

darling. Proper are correct, sends

you will, but not smutty. Very good

0:35:420:35:52

-- sensual, but not smutty. I could

see how much attention you put to

0:35:520:35:58

the placement of your leg to get the

right placement. The lead lines were

0:35:580:36:01

good. But you have to be careful. If

you are over thinking, it stops the

0:36:010:36:07

flow from the leg through the body,

and the continuous movement at the

0:36:070:36:15

rumba requires sometimes stops. Make

sure it happens all the time. There

0:36:150:36:20

are no pauses. It is continuous.

Otherwise, very nice.

Craig, last

0:36:200:36:30

week you scored Gemma ASICS. Better

tonight?

The upper body was a bit in

0:36:300:36:36

inanimate. Also a bit torpid. That

is what they are saying. The

0:36:360:36:43

straight legs were wonderful. The

hip action, you got, but the upper

0:36:430:36:47

body wasn't working as hard as the

lower body. If you could marry the

0:36:470:36:51

two, it would have been genius. But

I love the routine.

And you have

0:36:510:36:59

another dance later, which means

another chance. You have the time go

0:36:590:37:04

next. You are like a giddy child

tonight! Adorable. Gemma and Aljaz!

0:37:040:37:15

You smashed it! After you, my lady.

Well done. Most of the judges adored

0:37:150:37:30

it. And we should tell the group,

you do a radio show. You are about

0:37:300:37:34

4.30 every morning and you have to

learn two dances this week. This was

0:37:340:37:39

your first week of wobbling.

My

breakdown!

But they loved your

0:37:390:37:45

choreography. The scores are in.

0:37:450:37:47

Happy?

Yes.

0:38:070:38:09

If you enjoyed Gemma

and Aljaz's Rumba and would

0:38:090:38:11

like to see them dance in next

week's Final, you will need

0:38:110:38:15

to give them your vote.

0:38:150:38:17

All the details you need

are on your screen,

0:38:170:38:19

but you will not be able to vote

until all our couples

0:38:190:38:22

have performed twice.

0:38:220:38:23

Plus, if you want to know more

about Strictly, go to the website.

0:38:230:38:26

This week, Craig on the perfect

Christmas condiments.

0:38:260:38:28

Tess.

0:38:280:38:29

Our next couple is Debbie

and her partner Giovanni.

0:38:290:38:31

APPLAUSE.

0:38:310:38:37

Training for two new dances has

really put the pressure

0:38:370:38:41

on Debbie and, as always,

Giovanni's been there

0:38:410:38:43

offering support, but this

week he hasn't been

0:38:430:38:45

the only one.

0:38:450:38:46

APPLAUSE.

0:38:460:38:54

Saturday night, we had beautiful

comments from the judges.

0:38:540:38:58

Impressive.

The best one was Craig.

Leg!

Dancing to Memory was special

0:38:580:39:11

because I could feel the emotion

within the music. Our first dance

0:39:110:39:17

this week is the jive. I have always

struggled with the Latin dances, and

0:39:170:39:21

I don't think the jive will be any

different. It's so fast, so I have a

0:39:210:39:27

lot of hard work to do.

We have a

lovely message from the people

0:39:270:39:34

outside. Ready?

I love watching you

and Giovanni.

Last week was

0:39:340:39:40

incredible. I am sure whatever you

have got coming up will be awesome.

0:39:400:39:45

You have shown everyone that it

doesn't matter what age you are, you

0:39:450:39:49

can do anything. So go on and win!

Debbie and Giovanni, we watched you

0:39:490:39:55

every week.

Goal, Debbie, go!

Your

amazing!

0:39:550:40:10

Debbie and Giovanni, you're the

winner 's!

Makes us realise how many

0:40:130:40:16

people are enjoying what we are

doing. Can't believe it. It's just

0:40:160:40:20

so lovely.

0:40:200:40:21

Dancing the Jive, Debbie McGee

and Giovanni Pernice.

0:40:210:40:23

APPLAUSE

0:40:230:40:25

MUSIC: I'm So Excited.

0:40:250:40:35

APPLAUSE

0:42:000:42:10

Oh, yes, Debbie! Debbie and

Giovanni, a standing ovation in the

0:42:130:42:19

studio. Well done. I think he is

more out of breath than you are! It

0:42:190:42:33

was very fast. We are all excited

after that. Are you, Shirley?

I am

0:42:330:42:39

very excited because to be honest, I

was a bit nervous because of the

0:42:390:42:44

beautiful straight leg we talked

about in rumba. I was nervous about

0:42:440:42:46

whether you could get down, but you

were bending that standing leg. You

0:42:460:42:52

were really giving it. A beautiful

blend of swing. Nice straight legs

0:42:520:42:57

when you did the chicken walks. You

chose some nice choreography and

0:42:570:43:01

coupled together with the flicks and

kicks. You did a grand job, well

0:43:010:43:04

done.

Debbie always delivers on time

and in perfect condition. Your

0:43:040:43:17

timing is incredible. You're so

sharp, it crackles. You are crispier

0:43:170:43:23

than a kettle crisp. You don't miss

any detail. You managed to maintain

0:43:230:43:29

the energy. It was a sparkling jive.

Craig, hope you were impressed?

I

0:43:290:43:37

felt it lacked a little retraction.

I also felt your body could be more

0:43:370:43:43

over your feet. For me, it looked a

bit spiky and stiff. And your facial

0:43:430:43:51

expressions were bothering me

tonight. They reminded me of our

0:43:510:43:57

past contestant Judge Rinder! Who is

in the audience tonight. It did put

0:43:570:44:04

me off slightly, but your timing is

immaculate. Your energy is second to

0:44:040:44:09

none.

Darcey?

Eddie, that was fast

and sweet. Your agility, I am

0:44:090:44:20

shocked -- Debbie. That energy, how

neat, how crisp those kicks are, it

0:44:200:44:26

is extraordinary and you just don't

tire. What are you taking? I want to

0:44:260:44:31

know. I want some of that. It is

outstanding, what you give every

0:44:310:44:38

night. Amazing.

That is your first

dance done and we are all hoping for

0:44:380:44:45

a fabulous foxtrot later. Debbie and

Giovanni.

0:44:450:44:52

Well done.

0:44:540:44:57

You are like a unicorn. The stamina

you needed for that, it is favourite

0:44:590:45:05

dance. Did that put you under more

pressure?

It did. He's 27, I'm

0:45:050:45:11

heading for 60. Keeping up with him

was very, very difficult.

You didn't

0:45:110:45:15

slow it down. I believed Debbie said

in the training room, "I'm 59, go

0:45:150:45:21

slower."

It doesn't matter she did

better than me tonight. You can see.

0:45:210:45:26

Fantastic. The scores are in.

Will

the judges please reveal their

0:45:260:45:31

scores...

0:45:310:45:33

Happier with the 9s. When the 7 came

out they went, "what."

0:45:470:45:54

If you want to see Debbie

and Giovanni dancing in the Final,

0:45:540:45:57

then they will need your vote.

0:45:570:45:58

All the information

you need is on your

0:45:580:46:00

screen now and you will be able

to show your support very soon.

0:46:000:46:03

We are halfway through. Let's look

at the leared board.

0:46:030:46:06

-- leaderboard.

0:46:100:46:12

But with one more routine

to perform, that could change.

0:46:170:46:19

There is still all

of this left to come.

0:46:190:46:24

This Foxtrot is going to be pure

technique.

0:46:240:46:27

I know how important it is that I

get every little detail right.

0:46:270:46:31

I know how important it is that I

get every little detail right.

I've

0:46:310:46:33

always wanted to learn the waltz, is

it heel lead, ball flat. Where is my

0:46:330:46:38

head looking? Keeping pushing out.

So much to think about.

The around

0:46:380:46:45

Tyne Tango you have to feel the

music and let it get inside you and

0:46:450:46:48

express it.

The tango is quite

powerful and strong. It's all heels

0:46:480:46:54

and it's bent legs. It's quite

difficult to do at the minute.

There

0:46:540:46:57

is no time to think about what you

are doing. I have to be doing the

0:46:570:47:02

Salsa in my sleep because if you

think about the next step, you have

0:47:020:47:06

already missed a beat.

0:47:060:47:08

I cannot wait to see all of that.

0:47:100:47:17

And Mollie and AJ are

doing a romantic Waltz.

0:47:170:47:19

Now can we please just talk

about the elephant in the room?

0:47:190:47:22

You mean, are Mollie

and AJ a couple or not?

0:47:220:47:25

No.

0:47:250:47:25

That elephant in the room.

0:47:250:47:32

I'll get him.

0:47:320:47:37

It's time to welcome back Joe

and his partner Katya.

0:47:370:47:42

APPLAUSE

0:47:420:47:43

Over the series, Joe has

been seen as the dark

0:47:430:47:45

horse of the competition.

0:47:450:47:46

Can he gallop through to next week

or will he fall at the final hurdle?

0:47:460:47:50

Let's see what the judges think.

0:47:500:47:51

APPLAUSE

0:47:510:47:53

Let us talk about Joe.

He has been a

slow burner for me. It's taken him a

0:47:530:47:58

while to believe in himself. His

Viennese Waltz, suddenly leg became

0:47:580:48:06

the gentleman. He was leading Katya.

For me he brings all the small

0:48:060:48:11

nusiances to the dance. I remember

his Paso. His shaping. He landed it,

0:48:110:48:21

nailed. It I think he my may be the

surprise.

Joe's weakness is he looks

0:48:210:48:27

outside his body and judges himself.

That stops him from being musical.

0:48:270:48:38

Katya believes in him and he can

produce the goods. It comes

0:48:380:48:41

together.

When he gets the character

right, it chicked in on that

0:48:410:48:44

Charleston. He knew what he was

doing. From that point he never

0:48:440:48:49

looked back.

Joe's next dance,

Argentine tango. That fills me with

0:48:490:48:58

a little bit of secret excitement.

Oh, really. For me a little bit of

0:48:580:49:03

hesitation, actually. For the lifts,

especially.

When I saw his lines in

0:49:030:49:15

the paso doble I think it will be

outstanding.

Will he nail it or feet

0:49:150:49:21

fail it?

They are going OK 90% at

the time. We are clipping each other

0:49:210:49:26

in the ankle or the foot. The lifts

are ambitious. They expect us to

0:49:260:49:32

take risks. Hopefully, that's what

we're going to do.

0:49:320:49:38

Dancing the Argentine Tango,

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

0:49:380:49:40

APPLAUSE

0:49:400:49:41

MUSIC: Human

0:49:410:49:45

APPLAUSE

0:51:230:51:26

Joe, Joe, Joe!

Thank you.

Listen to

that. That was incredible.

Thank

0:51:280:51:35

you.

Oh, look around.

0:51:350:51:42

Oh, my goodness.

0:51:460:51:49

That was incredible. I've never seen

a lift like that before I don't

0:51:510:51:56

think in all these years in the

show.

You never will again.

I never

0:51:560:51:59

will again. Superhuman. That was the

last chance to prove yourself worthy

0:51:590:52:04

in the final?

Yes, it was.

What did

you think, Bruno?

Argentine Tango

0:52:040:52:10

from a different anning well a

modern twist, and yet it was very

0:52:100:52:14

true to the style and the feel of

the dance. The choreography, the way

0:52:140:52:19

you reflected the dramatic arch was

superb, darling. Fantastic job. That

0:52:190:52:26

ending was dramatic. I've never seen

it before. You lost balance! You

0:52:260:52:35

know what I mean. It was just a

little fly in the ointment.

0:52:350:52:41

Otherwise, I mean, excellent.

Really, really good.

Tiny

0:52:410:52:44

imperfection.

I'm only human!

You

are right, he's only human after

0:52:440:52:52

all.

Your walking steps were ploddy

and obvious. You weren't creating an

0:52:520:53:00

A frame I know you weren't going for

that type of around Tyne tango.

0:53:000:53:05

Could you have had a looser leg in

the ganchos. You took a risk, did it

0:53:050:53:11

pay off with its incentiveness? I

think it did, darling. So well done.

0:53:110:53:16

It did. It did. The audience

reaction is incredible.

This was

0:53:160:53:23

wonderfully daring. It is all about

taking the risks. You took them

0:53:230:53:28

with... Om, my goodness it was scary

and surprising just as we want an

0:53:280:53:35

Argentine tango. I love the

contemporary edgeto it. Very nice.

0:53:350:53:41

The control, how you took charge of

the dance, one balance, we were side

0:53:410:53:47

on to that. How you controlled and

directed Katya from the beginning to

0:53:470:53:51

the end, she reacted to every move

you did, it was perfect.

I know that

0:53:510:53:57

core would have made you very, very

happy, Darcey. Shirley.

Well, I said

0:53:570:54:03

halfway through the season that you

were the dark horse and detail Joe.

0:54:030:54:08

I think you've pushed the

boundaries.

0:54:080:54:11

I saw the mishap and off balance.

You pushed the boundaries. You

0:54:110:54:17

danced the Argentine tango. You

didn't stand there while she flicked

0:54:170:54:20

and kicked. You took part and were

involved. The pivots with the

0:54:200:54:26

gaunchos, did I say it right? I'm

learning that word. Fantastic

0:54:260:54:31

pivots, spectacular. I saw that

mishap, otherwise a great routine.

0:54:310:54:35

Thank you, cheers.

They have

commended you on your bravery. You

0:54:350:54:39

have done all you can. They have

done their all, will it be enough?

0:54:390:54:42

Let's hope so. Joe and Katya.

Thank

you, thank you.

0:54:420:54:51

APPLAUSE

0:54:510:54:53

Well done, Joe and Katya. The judges

so impressed.

Thank you.

You have

0:54:550:55:01

taken risks you two, especially

then, the semi-final, could you have

0:55:010:55:05

played it safe?

No room for safe.

She doesn't allow me to use the word

0:55:050:55:10

safe or fatigued. Those words don't

exist.

Really well done. Amazing.

0:55:100:55:14

The scores are in.

The judges have

their scores...

0:55:140:55:19

35, same score as last time. Well

done. Three lovely 9s.

0:55:350:55:41

If you want to see these humans

dancing again in next week's Final,

0:55:410:55:44

please make sure you vote

for Joe and Katya.

0:55:440:55:46

You will be able to do so when lines

open at the end of the show.

0:55:460:55:50

Tess.

0:55:500:55:53

Back for their second dance, it's

Alexandra and her partner Gorka.

0:55:530:55:58

APPLAUSE

0:55:580:55:59

Over the series, Alexandra

has experienced quite

0:55:590:56:01

a few highs and lows.

0:56:010:56:07

She's topped the leaderboard more

than anyone else, but she's also

0:56:070:56:10

been in the Dance Off twice.

0:56:100:56:11

Let's see what the Judges

have to say about her

0:56:110:56:14

Strictly experience.

0:56:140:56:21

Alexand this series has been

outstanding and brought her best to

0:56:210:56:25

the table.

From the first step it's

beautiful to watch. Her speed of

0:56:250:56:30

movement that she really shines.

I

totally fell in love with Alexandra

0:56:300:56:37

when she came out with her Paso, she

had the passion, the fire.

She seems

0:56:370:56:44

to get in touch with the character

of the music as much as she does the

0:56:440:56:48

technique. You see a total

performer.

Proud Merry.

I love ared

0:56:480:56:56

that. Her power. She unleashed

energy.

Her consistency is

0:56:560:57:01

extraordinary.

Week 8, the arrange

Argentine tango. She did a

0:57:010:57:13

quickstep.

Overall she has wowed us.

She set a standard that is so high.

0:57:130:57:19

How is she going to top it?

This

week she has the Salsa. It will be

0:57:190:57:26

interesting to see if she has the

rhythms, rotate her body joochl she

0:57:260:57:31

has the right energy to interpret

the Salsa. If she doesn't over

0:57:310:57:35

analyse she could be sensational.

We

were at the point where it's

0:57:350:57:40

serious, but you have to show you

are loving life with the Salsa. It's

0:57:400:57:44

fun, energetic. I need to not over

think it and just go with the flow.

0:57:440:57:49

1, 2, 3. Perfect.

If we can say we

are here at the final, that would

0:57:490:57:54

melt both of our hearts.

0:57:540:57:56

Dancing the Salsa,

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez.

0:58:020:58:04

APPLAUSE

0:58:040:58:05

MUSIC: Finally

0:58:050:58:15

APPLAUSE

0:59:300:59:39

Oh, boy!

Yes, yes, yes! Three out of

four of the judges are on their

0:59:390:59:53

feet. So other studio audience.

Bruno is going crazy. Finally,

0:59:531:00:04

Alexandra dance is a salsa. That was

worth the wait. You have been

1:00:041:00:10

consistently brilliant throughout

the competition. How was it for you,

1:00:101:00:14

Craig?

The rotation in the hip,

isolation, body rolls, continuous

1:00:141:00:21

flow... Absolutely fabulous!

So glad

he spoke the truth. I love it when

1:00:211:00:35

that happens.

I love it too. I was

actually jealous. I wanted to be at

1:00:351:00:40

your private disco. What a routine.

The amount of detail in the

1:00:401:00:48

beginning with just your salsa basic

and then the nice little flick and

1:00:481:00:51

then the term, so many great

details. If you're not in that

1:00:511:00:57

final, I am going to get into his

speedos!

Shirley?

I'm still on the

1:00:571:01:16

speedos! Oh, my goodness, foot to

foot, super clear, lots of rhythm.

1:01:161:01:23

It was party time all the way.

Thank

you, Shirley!

They were partying

1:01:231:01:33

with you, especially Bruno.

# ooh, I wonder dance with somebody!

1:01:331:01:40

# I want to feel the heat with

somebody, with somebody just like

1:01:401:01:45

you. It might be December, but it

felt like a Midsummer in Puerto

1:01:451:01:55

Rico! Love you, honey.

Love you too,

darling.

I think they liked it, safe

1:01:551:02:05

to say. Amazing comments. Will they

be enough to get you through to the

1:02:051:02:09

final? Fingers crossed. Alexandra

and Gorka!

1:02:091:02:22

Well done. How extraordinary. The

judge is swapping swimwear. I don't

1:02:291:02:38

know what it means, but I think its

a good thing. You make it look

1:02:381:02:42

effortless. But it isn't. You

trained so hard. What did you think

1:02:421:02:50

of that reaction? I am so

overwhelmed. We are having the best

1:02:501:02:54

time. We are at the semifinals. This

is great. Let's just have some fun.

1:02:541:03:00

The scores are in.

1:03:001:03:01

Oh, my God!

I'm so happy for you.

You trained so hard. You had a

1:03:311:03:41

difficult week. We could not be

happier for you. If Alexandra and

1:03:411:03:47

Gorka's salsa was the one for you,

please vote.

1:03:471:03:50

All the details are on the screen

now and voting will open

1:03:501:03:53

later on in the show.

1:03:531:03:56

You OK?

Yeah.

1:03:561:03:57

Still to come, Gemma dances

a Tango to My Sharona,

1:03:571:04:00

which I believe is Italian

for My Sharon.

1:04:001:04:03

Happy?

Very happy!

1:04:031:04:07

Tess.

1:04:071:04:12

So excited about that 40, aren't we?

1:04:121:04:14

About to dance for the second

time tonight is Mollie

1:04:141:04:16

and her partner AJ.

1:04:161:04:18

APPLAUSE.

1:04:181:04:20

AJ has always believed

in Mollie, but it's only been

1:04:201:04:24

over these last few weeks

that Mollie's started

1:04:241:04:26

to believe in herself.

1:04:261:04:27

Can she make it through

to next week's final?

1:04:271:04:29

Let's find out what

the Judges think.

1:04:291:04:31

APPLAUSE.

1:04:311:04:39

Mollie and AJ. For me, they are the

epitome of chemistry. I can see

1:04:391:04:44

sparks flying between these two.

She

is wonderful in hold. The rotation

1:04:441:04:52

in the Viennese waltz was

outstanding.

The question is, can

1:04:521:04:57

she maintained that?

I understand

that she has a wobbly core. She gets

1:04:571:05:00

her shoulders a bit too high. But

with the quick step, beautiful

1:05:001:05:06

frame.

That is the way to get to the

final.

What I admire about Mollie,

1:05:061:05:12

she has been in the bottom two

twice. It's given her that fighting

1:05:121:05:16

spirit and she has come back

stronger.

For Mollie to be a

1:05:161:05:23

finalist, she needs to really up her

game.

She is utterly charming, a

1:05:231:05:28

beautiful girl to watch.

She could

surprise us.

There is always a

1:05:281:05:33

surprise.

Mollie is doing the waltz.

This could be good for her.

AJ will

1:05:331:05:40

have the ability to control her, and

that could be her chance to shine.

1:05:401:05:45

She could do quite well.

There are

so many different elements to the

1:05:451:05:50

waltz, the ball flat, the heel lead,

the pivots. There are so much going

1:05:501:05:55

on.

Because it is the semifinal, the

judges will be very picky about the

1:05:551:06:00

frame, the posture. Push away from

me.

The song is really slow. Every

1:06:001:06:09

step I take has to be done really

well. In the semifinals, I can't

1:06:091:06:14

afford to make a mistake.

1:06:141:06:16

Dancing the Waltz,

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard.

1:06:161:06:18

APPLAUSE

1:06:181:06:21

MUSIC: Angel

1:06:211:06:31

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.

1:08:071:08:11

Well done.

What a wonderful waltz

from Mollie and AJ. Such a lovely

1:08:111:08:22

connection between these two. You

looked like you were lost in

1:08:221:08:29

dancing. Were you, Darcey?

It had

all the elements of a truly serene,

1:08:291:08:34

romantic waltz. There were some

lovely, beautiful qualities at the

1:08:341:08:40

beginning, especially in your

posture. You held onto that all the

1:08:401:08:42

way through, only until the very

end. I know that is when it becomes

1:08:421:08:47

hard for you in terms if that left

shoulder comes up in those pivots.

1:08:471:08:53

But there was so much good in there,

and you really focused. I did love

1:08:531:08:59

the quality, I just felt there was

an edge of nerves. There was a bit

1:08:591:09:05

of that stiff right arm. But still a

very nice job.

There are a lot of

1:09:051:09:14

nerves tonight.

I think you are much

more comfortable in the waltz than

1:09:141:09:22

the samba. I will nickname you the

pivot queen. No matter what ballroom

1:09:221:09:27

dance you have got, you do your

pivots so beautifully, correct

1:09:271:09:30

footwork, right side of the body.

You looked really comfortable in

1:09:301:09:34

that. Was there a tiny hiccup?

Sorry.

It doesn't matter, because

1:09:341:09:40

you had your beautiful frame. You

are a gorgeous girl and executed it

1:09:401:09:46

well. Congratulations.

Don't get

upset. Bruno?

It was good, you

1:09:461:09:53

regain your control and you went

down the route of a classic, proper

1:09:531:09:56

ballroom waltz, which is harder to

do because you don't have all these

1:09:561:10:00

adornments. So you really have to

control it and you did that

1:10:001:10:04

beautifully. You have a wonderful

purity of lines. Yes, you got a bit

1:10:041:10:10

tight and you did a slight mistake,

but much, much better.

Thank you.

Do

1:10:101:10:17

you agree, Craig?

Aside from the

mistakes, your left shoulder does

1:10:171:10:23

tend to rise. But my darling, you

have redeemed yourself. Thank

1:10:231:10:28

goodness!

We all loved it. It was

beautiful, as are you. You have a

1:10:281:10:36

little tear, darling! Don't cry, you

were gorgeous.

I was so nervous.

You

1:10:361:10:45

loved it -- we loved it, didn't we,

ladies and gentlemen? Mollie and AJ!

1:10:451:10:59

Mollie! Mollie!

Please, don't be

sad. You worked so hard on this.

1:10:591:11:08

They much preferred it to the other

dance. It was gorgeous.

Your

1:11:081:11:15

improvement is unbelievable.

Thank

you. The nerves are just getting to

1:11:151:11:19

me. I feel like it's all crumbling

away. No. There is no crumble other

1:11:191:11:24

than apple, and I will bring it to

your room.

1:11:241:11:30

Well done, baby. That is no

crumbling. This is your highest

1:11:501:11:54

score so far in the competition.

Really?

Mollie! Mollie!

They love

1:11:541:12:05

her.

1:12:051:12:06

If you want Mollie and AJ to Waltz

through to next week's final,

1:12:061:12:09

please vote for them.

1:12:091:12:10

All the details you need

are on your screen, so you can vote

1:12:101:12:13

for them towards the end

of the show.

1:12:131:12:17

They are saying, please!

1:12:171:12:18

Tess.

1:12:181:12:19

Our next couple to take to the floor

for the second time tonight is Gemma

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and her partner Aljaz.

1:12:231:12:24

APPLAUSE

1:12:241:12:26

Gemma's had an up and down series,

1:12:261:12:28

she's scored 4, she's scored 10

and everything in between.

1:12:281:12:31

Does she have what it takes

to make it to the Final?

1:12:311:12:33

Let's see what the judges think.

1:12:331:12:35

APPLAUSE

1:12:351:12:42

Gemma, you never know what's going

to happen. Great at ballroom, and

1:12:421:12:47

then the next week, she has a Latin

and just collapses. Don't overthink

1:12:471:12:50

it. These thoughts cannot be seen in

a performance.

The fear when she

1:12:501:12:57

attends Latin is so revealing. That

is what she has got to change.

Bush

1:12:571:13:02

she surprised me with her American

Smooth, amazing. The lines you had

1:13:021:13:08

were great.

She had glimpses of

absolute pure brilliance. She flowed

1:13:081:13:14

across the floor seamlessly. She

will have to bring that if she wants

1:13:141:13:17

to get into the final.

This week,

Gemma, tango. The Big Questions I'm

1:13:171:13:25

optimistic for her tango.

I think

she can produce the goods.

The

1:13:251:13:35

finalists in Strictly Come Dancing

have to be extraordinary. We want to

1:13:351:13:39

see perfection. Can Gemma deliver?

The first thing that makes a good

1:13:391:13:46

tango is keeping your posture

perfect.

I'm nervous about

1:13:461:13:53

everything in the tango. The only

thing that makes me feel safe in the

1:13:531:13:59

dance is that I'm doing it with

Aljaz.

Gemma is a bit scared of the

1:13:591:14:02

tango the moment.

I can't remember

what I was going to ask you. I can't

1:14:021:14:09

remember the steps and I feel like I

am letting Aljaz down. I am still

1:14:091:14:13

thinking about what's coming next.

This tango could make or break our

1:14:131:14:19

semifinal. I've got to do it right.

1:14:191:14:24

Dancing the Tango, Gemma Atkinson

and Aljaz Skorjanec.

1:14:241:14:25

APPLAUSE

1:14:251:14:27

MUSIC: My Sharona

1:14:271:14:37

APPLAUSE

1:16:011:16:10

It is make-or-break time now in the

competition, in the semi-finals.

1:16:141:16:19

Come on over. So much determination,

Gemma. We can see how much it means

1:16:191:16:24

to you. Well done, darling. Superb

routine. Lots of pressure on our

1:16:241:16:29

stars tonight. Did Gemma deliver

when it counts? I thought she did

1:16:291:16:33

very well. Delivered two different

dances this week. You came out, you

1:16:331:16:37

have done the rumba and attacked

your tango. When you were facing us

1:16:371:16:42

you looked at us like - I'm going to

give you that surly look. It was

1:16:421:16:49

lovely.

I thought you did really well today

1:16:491:16:51

in your tango. Bruno.

You were

giving the judges the marching

1:16:511:16:59

orders. I'm going to do this if it

kills me. Lovely figures, lovely

1:16:591:17:03

lineses. Be careful, when you over

push a tango it gets steppy. It only

1:17:031:17:09

happened a couple of times.

Otherwise it really had a beautiful,

1:17:091:17:13

beautiful quality. Very nice indeed.

Well done. Craig.

I would like to

1:17:131:17:20

have seen more V shaping in the

upper body. Your left hand also the

1:17:201:17:24

palms should be facing the floor,

not attached to Aljaz' back. I loved

1:17:241:17:29

it. I thought it was great. It had

attack. It was good.

He said loved

1:17:291:17:36

twice. Darcey. And he's smiling,

look.

Yes. Gemma, the determination,

1:17:361:17:43

the passion. You were going for. It

I loved that facial expression. That

1:17:431:17:53

followed right down your core. Very

nice work, very happy.

Very happy.

1:17:531:17:57

That is your last dance done. It's

out of your hands now. Best of luck.

1:17:571:18:01

Go upstairs and chill out with

Claudia. Gemma and Aljaz.

YES!

1:18:011:18:10

APPLAUSE.

1:18:101:18:12

You must be so happy those comments.

I can't believe it.

Shirley loved.

1:18:161:18:22

It they were full of positivity. We

mentioned it earlier, you had a hard

1:18:221:18:27

week?

It's been difficult. The

dances are different, rumba straying

1:18:271:18:34

legs on your toe. Tango bent legs.

It's hard work. Never done it

1:18:341:18:39

before. Not one single dance step in

her life. Very good job doing two in

1:18:391:18:44

one week. Good job.

The scores are

in.

The judges' scores are in...

1:18:441:18:52

Thank you very much.

32, well done.

1:19:011:19:08

If you want to see Gemma

and Aljaz in the Final, then

1:19:081:19:11

all the information you need to vote

for them is on your screen now.

1:19:111:19:14

You don't have long to wait.

1:19:141:19:16

Voting will open in a few moments,

as we only have one

1:19:161:19:19

couple left to dance.

1:19:191:19:22

I so love supportive wife in the

back going - do it, write down the

1:19:221:19:26

number. Tess.

1:19:261:19:30

Our final couple to dance tonight

is Debbie and her partner Giovanni.

1:19:301:19:35

APPLAUSE

1:19:351:19:36

Debbie and Giovanni

have performed some

1:19:361:19:37

amazing routines over the series

and are just one more dance away

1:19:371:19:40

from a place in the Final.

1:19:401:19:41

Can they do it?

1:19:411:19:42

Let's ask the judges.

1:19:421:19:45

Can we just talk about the

fab-u-lous Debbie McGee. We did not

1:19:491:20:00

know she was going toibl a do what

she has.

She works hard. She has put

1:20:001:20:08

the energy in of a 20-year-old. That

endear dears letter to my house.

1:20:081:20:15

That tango was beautifully precise.

I couldn't find one thing wrong with

1:20:151:20:20

it. 10, 10, 10, 10 - amazing.

It's

slightly too over placed and I don't

1:20:201:20:26

see the character and the

personality come through the dance.

1:20:261:20:30

But she had a turn in the Charleston

when she came alive.

The lady, for

1:20:301:20:48

me, is fantastic. She is doing the

Foxtrot. Excellent dance. Her poise

1:20:481:20:53

is going to chien shine. It will be

her bubble. She will love this

1:20:531:20:58

dance.

I really struggle with

getting the feet right and getting

1:20:581:21:02

the head right.

This routine is just

all about pure technique. 1, 2, 3.

1:21:021:21:11

1, 2, 3. Head.

Hopefully within the

next few day it is will all come

1:21:111:21:16

together like a jigsaw puzzle.

There, nice.

There are only five

1:21:161:21:21

couples left. So I know the Foxtrot

has to be the best it possibly can

1:21:211:21:25

be to get us through to the final.

1:21:251:21:28

Dancing the Foxtrot,

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice.

1:21:341:21:36

APPLAUSE

1:21:361:21:37

MUSIC: Isn't She Lovely

1:21:371:21:42

APPLAUSE

1:23:111:23:16

Debbie and Giovanni. Isn't she

lovely - yes, she is. How was it

1:23:291:23:46

Bruno?

Strictly gorgeous. If you

don't make it to the final necks

1:23:461:23:54

week I will dance with your tutu, no

knickers and a tiara.

The mind truly

1:23:541:24:07

boggles. He shocked himself now,

look. Don't keep promises you can't

1:24:071:24:12

keep. Craig.

We can only hope and

pray that doesn't happen, darling.

1:24:121:24:18

You were too long out of hold. I

think Giovanni you know that, don't

1:24:181:24:21

you, darling. I have deducted one

point for that.

He didn't hear you.

1:24:211:24:30

Repeat yourself.

The whole last bit

completely was miles long. We don't

1:24:301:24:35

need to discuss that. You know the

rules. You used the floor completely

1:24:351:24:39

well. It flowed brilliantly. You

maintained body contact all the way

1:24:391:24:45

through and I loved it.

Thank you.

He loved that. Darcey.

Stunningly

1:24:451:24:51

effortless. I've said it before. The

freedom you gave to that dance, for

1:24:511:24:57

something that was incredibly

technical. How you constantly

1:24:571:25:00

changed directions. All those

transitions were so smooth, so

1:25:001:25:05

elegant. That was nice. Wow.

Thank

you.

Shirley.

Well, I truly do think

1:25:051:25:14

you are heaven sent. I think you are

the most beautiful lady. I think you

1:25:141:25:19

are elegant, I think you are

gorgeous. I think you had beautiful

1:25:191:25:23

sweeping moments. You both looked

involved. The music was lovely. The

1:25:231:25:30

atmosphere was lovely. Thank you for

closing our show like that. It was

1:25:301:25:34

amazing.

No higher praise than that

from Shirley. Let's see where that

1:25:341:25:41

leaves you on the leaderboard. Let's

hear it for Debbie and Giovanni,

1:25:411:25:47

ladies and gentlemen.

Well done, darling. What a week, two

1:25:471:25:56

such different dances. Everybody has

had them, you loved the Foxtrot? I

1:25:561:26:01

love doing it with Giovanni.

Beautiful dance.

To hear Shirley say

1:26:011:26:07

thank you for closing our semi-final

must fill you with joy. It's been

1:26:071:26:11

hard?

It's been really hard. I have

butterflies in my stomach. That is

1:26:111:26:16

incredible.

Isn't she lovely?

She is

lovely. Nicely done, Giovanni.

The

1:26:161:26:22

scores are in.

Would the judges'

please reveal their scores...

1:26:221:26:34

APPLAUSE

Beautiful, beautiful.

1:26:491:26:59

If you think it would be lovely

to see Debbie and Giovanni dancing

1:26:591:27:02

in next week's Final,

then they will need your vote.

1:27:021:27:05

All the details you need

are on screen, but please don't call

1:27:051:27:08

yet as you won't be able

to show your support

1:27:081:27:10

until the vote opens later.

1:27:101:27:12

So, all of our couples have

performed two routines,

1:27:121:27:14

but where does that leave them

on the semi-final leaderboard?

1:27:141:27:17

That is their combined scores.

1:27:311:27:33

But you can change all of that.

1:27:331:27:35

If you want to see your favourite

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1:27:351:27:38

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1:27:581:28:00

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To vote:

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All five of our remaining couples

have done all they can

1:30:551:30:58

in the ballroom tonight,

but only four can it make it

1:30:581:31:00

to next week's final.

1:31:001:31:01

No one wants to fall

at the final hurdle.

1:31:011:31:03

Here is why Joe, Alexandra,

Gemma, Mollie and Debbie

1:31:031:31:06

all want to make it.

1:31:061:31:14

There is a sense of achievement from

having got this far.

It's the

1:31:141:31:19

greatest feeling to have got through

to the semifinals. It's been an

1:31:191:31:24

amazing experience.

This is the

final hurdle for us.

This is it.

In

1:31:241:31:30

the back of your mind, there is

always that feeling, it might be you

1:31:301:31:33

that kicked off this week.

There is

no thinking it's in the bag, because

1:31:331:31:39

it's not. Do one wrong thing, you

are gone.

When you are waiting for

1:31:391:31:43

your name to be called out, it's

horrible.

The feeling when the red

1:31:431:31:48

light hits you, it's so difficult.

If we go this week, that will really

1:31:481:31:54

got me down to earth.

Making it to

the final would be incredible.

It is

1:31:541:32:00

just there in front of me.

I would

love to see this journey through to

1:32:001:32:05

the end.

It would make my dreams

come true to get through to the

1:32:051:32:09

final.

1:32:091:32:10

Our couples have given it their all

in tonight's semi-final,

1:32:101:32:13

delivering ten tremendous routines.

1:32:131:32:15

They all want to be in next week's

Grand Final, but now

1:32:151:32:18

they can do no more.

1:32:181:32:19

They're all relying on your

support to get there.

1:32:191:32:22

Voting closes at 8.50pm tonight,

so you don't have much

1:32:221:32:25

longer to vote for your

favourite couples.

1:32:251:32:27

Your votes could help them avoid

the last Dance Off of the series

1:32:271:32:30

in tomorrow night's Results Show

at 7.15pm, when sadly, one more

1:32:301:32:33

couple will be eliminated

from Strictly Come Dancing,

1:32:331:32:35

just one week before the final.

1:32:351:32:38

Also on tomorrow's show,

our professional dancers

1:32:381:32:41

will perform a brilliant

Lindy Hop themed routine.

1:32:411:32:44

And we have a very special

performance from Craig David

1:32:441:32:47

featuring Bastille.

1:32:471:32:51

So for all of that and to find out

which of our stars will be

1:32:511:32:55

dancing in the Final,

please join us tomorrow at 7.15pm.

1:32:551:33:02

Stay tuned to BBC One for Michael

McIntyre's big show.

1:33:021:33:07

And in the meantime...

1:33:071:33:08

BOTH: Keep dancing!

1:33:081:33:13

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing! Three months of training has come down to this as the remaining five couples perform not once, but twice to impress both the judges and viewers in a bid to make it to the Strictly grand final.

Once the judges' scores have been added to viewer votes, the two lowest scoring couples will perform again in the dreaded dance off. There are only four places in the final, and with the glitterball within touching distance, the stakes are higher than ever.