Zoe Ball talks to the lucky couple who managed to avoid elimination at the weekend. Plus another look at the weekend's performances in Choreography Corner.
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From London, this is Strictly, It
Takes Two. Please welcome your host,
Hello and welcome to It Takes Two!
We may be past the halfway point
of the competition, but that doesn't
mean we're showing any signs
of slowing down over here.
Tonight, the It Takes Two jukebox
will be providing top quality Music.
of Choreography, Jason Gilkison,
will be teaching us
the perfect paso doble.
And here to provide some high
are this beautiful lot.
Survivors of the most dramatic
Dance-Off of the series -
it's Mollie and AJ!
Like Craig, they make
us weak at the knees -
it's Debbie and Giovanni!
Because Strictly champ
Joanne Clifton is back
and taking no prisoners.
It's time for Choreography Corner.
Joanne Clifton, everybody!
Don't you look gorgeous in
pinstripes. Shall we continue what
we started on snond let's start with
Alexandra and Gorka's cha-cha-cha,
judges full of praise, Shirley
saying she looked like a
professional and Craig praising her
turnout. Did it turn out to be a
goody for you?
What I love to her,
she comes out and performs
everything. So much so that
sometimes the technique suffers. But
that wasn't the case. She has
actually worked on the technique,
finally got that turn you. Let's
talk about turnout. In ballet, it is
basically you turn out from the hip,
I'm not sure because I'm not a
ballet dancer. You turn your sides
out and knees out. They turn out.
Latin is different because you have
to keep your knees facing forward,
it is only the knees that have to
turn out. Demo time...
So ballet would be all out,
I'm not a ballet dancer, I'm sorry
about, that but if you did a rumba
walk or cha-cha walk, the knees
would go out. It would look like
that. We have to keep your knees
forward and feet turned out
slightly. About an eighth of a turn.
When we take a step, we run thighs,
knee, calf, ankle, heel and then
take the other step and our feet are
turned out. If you have fishnet
As I sometimes do.
should be able to hear them, as your
legs pass. Also, the professional
dancers if you look at Latin shoes,
a lot have worn away this area here
of the heel from the amount of
rubbing they have done with the
heels, when they're turned out.
Ruth and Anton and their
unforgettable paso doble. Craig
described this pair's routine as a
battle between entertainment and
technique. Ruth's technique, did it
win out in the end?
I mean, this
dance, it was amazing. I loved it. I
think the whole nation loved it. It
was a very different take on paso
doble. Anton choreographed it
purposefully, comedic, and it was
funny, it was in the right way.
Thing about Ruth, she was really in
it the whole time. The little looks
she gave and little shoulder
wiggles, all part of the
performance, it was amazing. Yes she
could've had more shaping, more body
shape, and body arch and stuff and
hips forward and things like that
but you know what, it worked. So,
the ending as well...
be doing that from now on. Jonnie
and Oti and Bruno was impressed with
Jonnie's be ability to pulse with
his upper body, did that impress
I think Jonnie is coming
out of his shell quite a will the
now, as we are progressing down the
line of the show. He definitely did
move his upper body. He was moving
it to the beat of the music which
was great. He needs more in his hip.
He could do those exercises, like he
did yesterday for Gemma. I did it
with the upper body, he can do the
same keeping his upper body and
figure of eight. . What I'm
concerned is his hands. There's in
energy in the fingers, if you give a
hand gesture like point be, if you
are pointing at something oven
there, you can feel t you don't g
it's over there or a um this is up,
you don't go like, that you have
energy to the fingertips. To
practise, he could hold something
disgusting like a boiled sweet with
a hair on it, something like that.
So the other fingers stay away from
it and practise bits of the routine
with each finger doing that. So they
get used to having energy.
And the American smooth for Darvood.
That looked terrific, that lift
the amount of trust you have to have
and to make it look as graceful a
inseamless as it was, like one hand.
He must be so strong. This
was my favourite dance for them. I
think he is the celebrity that has
improved the most from last week to
Good boy. Iain and I will try
to recreate that tomorrow night.
Just kidding. Susan and Kevin's
jive, Craig said the timing and
synchronicity between them was
amazing, how difficult is that to
In a dance such as drive,
so fast and lots of kicks and flicks
and side by side, so it is obvious,
if you are doing things side by
side, if someone is tired or slow
you see it. But side by side they
were great. What I needed from Susan
- her personality was wonderful,
joyous to watch. She goes for it. I
would've liked to have seen her a
bit lighter, not so much in the
kicks and flicks but on the sashay
and the basics. Demo time. To make
it lighter, more of a retraction in
the knees. In the kicks and flicks,
she was quite good, lifting her
knees, but the sashay,
side-close-side, you can't do it on
every step. You have to imagine you
have a football and your knee in a
football. You have to go knee, side
close side, and one, da, da.
full speed now, Jo.
Oh, Jo, it is such a treat to have
you back, we love and adore you. Jo
My next guests made movie magic
with a foxtrot set in a film studio.
But despite finding love
on the Strictly dance floor,
they also found themselves
in the Dance-Off.
It's Mollie and AJ!
Oh my darling, you did so well.
There was an incident on a turn...
But it was also impressive you
picked it up again. Definitely going
in the right direction.
I thought it
was classy. I thought it was stylish
and I thought it was elegant, well
Moly and AJ everybody. What, what a
weekend, I felt for you to be in the
dance-off and it was so emotional.
You were quite upset by it.
I was, I
was. It felt like a real lose, lose
situation because to be in the
dance-off with Aston, you know, he
shouldn't have been in the dance-off
and to be there, you know I've known
Aston for nearly 10 years, I
obviously didn't want to go home and
I also didn't want him to go home.
So it was a really emotional
weekend. So I think you have to, you
have to try and pick yourself up and
that's what AJ is amazing at. He is
like - come on, we have to keep
going and be positive and just keep
dancing, as they say.
I know. We will discuss more about
the dance-off but your foxtrot was
worthy of an Oscar, you looked like
Grace Kellie out on the floor. You
looked so beautiful. Was it a fun
dance to do?
It was the best dance.
My most favourite dance we've done.
I felt like my grandparents out
there doing the foxtrot. It felt
really old school, romantic.
a gorgeous dance
We loved every
minute out there. Even though I
tripped him up.
It was fantastic
before and after. It had a little
mistake. It happened to the best of
us. The main thing was, you picked
up and continued like it never
That's what the judges
praised you on, to recover from
something like that was brilliantly
done. There you go. A tiny little
trip. Back into position.
what do you do in a moment like
that? 'Twas a demonstration of rip
and grip there?
It just shows, we
train 12 hours a day we are always
doing it and when mistakes happen we
be it, we make sure we continue for
scenarios like this. You can't say
on a live show - stop the music,
we'll do it again. You were in a
good position for hold yourself
together. You had a strong core
which we have been working on.
have been working on the core.
showed it, the strong core meant she
could stay in position, keep smiling
Always smiling. So
good. How does it feel to go into
the dance-off the second week in a
row? That's tough to take, isn't it?
It is heartbreaking, to be honest
because we are loving our journey
and I'm loving learning how to dance
and learning a new skill each week.
And when that red light goes on you,
you just think - right, this is the
end of our journey, you can't help
but think that. So, it's, yeah, you
are really sad. Just loving the
journey, I'm like - please, no, not
the red light.
Not this week. If you
are feeling disappointed, week 7 is
notorious for a shock dance-off. In
the last three weeks alone these
celebs have been in the position you
are now. Caroline Flack and Pasha,
week 7. Went on, though, to lift the
glitterball, let's remind ourselves.
Kellie Bright and Kevin week 7. Got
to the final. And received two
perfect scores. So another great
example and then Ore and Jo an, week
7 last year and they went on to win.
Wow. I hope that brings you some
I love those facts. Sniek
use that positive energy all week.
Positivity, positivity. You were
saved by Craig and Shirley. I know
you are really grateful for that and
I guess you want to go on and show
them it was the right decision.
Totally. More than everything, we
want to go on and show how grateful
we are they put us through. We want
more than anything to get to
Blackpool. It's taken over our
lives. You can't switch off. Even if
I'm standing in the queue somewhere
I'm thinking - are my feet at ten to
two, how is my posture? We want to
stay in as long as we can.
know what, that never really leaves
you, I still do occasionally now
still break into a samba. It was
your birthday. Happy birthday to AJ.
Did you have a lovely time.
too much cake on Saturday. And more
cake on the Sunday. A relaxed day.
Cake, more cake, choreograph, and
get ready for my favourite dance,
the paso doble this week. I love it.
! And the paso doble to Derek and
the Dominos, people, come on!
so good. What can you reveal about
this little cheeky number at this
It is going to be a good one.
Black and gold we will be in. It is
going to be strong, authentic
colours. ! Yes. She's going to be
I hope that doesn't
happen on the night.
A couple of
days franing and this is what
happens. I think I should get back
into the studio now.
You have to be
fierce, haven't you?
Ye, I think I
need to bring out, Tallulah Tango.
She needs to come back out and more.
Is she angrier.
This week we are
focussed. We know what we want to
do. Get to Blackpool. We are here,
we mean business and we're going to
Brilliant. I'm really
excited about this. And obviously
Ruth and Anton demonstrating how
pasos should be last weekend.
a for sure.
The best dance
I don't know if we can
top that ending.
Can you give me
your best - ole.
I love that.
AJ how old were you?
I could be his grandmother!
Good luck. We adore the two of you.
Moly and AJ.
Up next, a dance master
class that you two might
want to pay close attention to.
You've seen Ruth and Anton's
interpretation at the weekend -
but what does the perfect paso
doble look like according
to Jason Gilkison?
The most dramatic of all the
ballroom and Latin American dances
has got to be the paso doble. It
takes place in the bullring. The man
plays the part of the matador and
the lady is his cape. Generally in
competition dancing the competitors
don't use a cape. On strictly we
have a physical cape which adds to
the atmosphere. Although the dance
has its origins in southern Spain,
the original couple dance came from
France. Once you have said the
character of this particular dance,
the first thing you will learn is
the Apel. This is a strong stamp and
indicates to the lady, this is where
I am going. Of the man and the woman
have to have a really strong posture
with the centre being right between
the rib cage. A truly important the
hips are moved forward Andy Legg
goes right up two underneath the
armpit. -- and the leg. You have to
imagine if the bull was charging
towards you, you would move your
hips out of the way to avoid getting
stabbed. One of the most popular
steps is a wheat, French for eight.
Eight steps to move the lady from
the right to the left. The man
stands on one particular Place,
brings his feet together and keeps
stabbing on the spot while he is
shaping his partner from left to
right. The female is actually
continuing her body in one direction
until the man changes to the other
direction. Another movement very
similar, but turning from left to
right, is a chassis cape. It starts
with one, two, three, chassis cape,
move the leg to the other side. Move
back in front of you. Something else
that is also very distinctive in the
paso doble is the use of arms and
legs. The arms are kept in place.
The arm stays in frame the whole
time. With circular actions on the
hand, it rotates left and right. In
this particular dance you don't want
to break your focus.
This is a dance to the death.
The guy has to say -- stay really
strong and controlled the whole
time, while the lady has just a
fluid and focused on the man so she
can depict the cape.
In the paso doble, you have an
actual narrative you have to thread
through the whole time while staying
focused, stained dramatic and
If the bull doesn't get you, Craig
-- Craig will. That is how it is
A big thanks to Jason,
Pasha and Chloe.
Next up, what do Barry Manilow,
Tina Turner and Sir Tom
Jones have in common?
They have all shot to fame
after being featured
on my next segment -
but who will get their
big break this week?
There's only one way to find out -
it's Tunes On Tuesday!
This weekend's playlist promises
to be full of some absolute tunes.
So shall we see what's up first?
It's 'Firework' by Katy Perry.
What a banger!
The music video famously
features fireworks shooting
out of Katy's bosom -
please don't try this at home.
But did you know the singer,
who once kissed a girl and quite
liked it, is actually the daughter
of two pastors?
Now you do.
So who will be hoping
for belated fireworks
at the weekend with this number?
Here we go.
It's Susan and Kevin -
they'll be dancing a tango.
Right, what's next
on the jukebox, baby?
This is 'You Don't Have
To Say You Love Me',
made famous by the legendary Dusty
But did you know it was
originally an Italian song
composed by Pino Donaggio?
What is that you are doing?!
While you're here, what was
the original called Giovanni?
Io che non vivo (senza te).
Which actually means?
I, who can't live without you.
Very sweet of you to say.
Anyway, Dusty made it her mission
to record an English version,
and it's since been covered
from Elvis Presley to
Loose Woman Denise Welch.
We looked like Sisters!
I love it when you do that. I don't
know what it is.
But who will be hoping for
an international smash with this?
It's Gemma and Aljaz, and they'll be
dancing a Viennese waltz.
We've just got time
for one more song.
Yes, one of our couples will be
doing the Lambeth Walk
on Saturday night!
This song is from the 1937 West End
musical, 'Me and My Girl'.
Based on a cockney strut,
it swept the nation,
with even King George VI
and Queen Elizabeth attending
a performance and joining
the audience in a singalong.
Is this the actual... ? I've no
But who will be taking
the Lambeth walk all the way
to the Strictly dance floor?
Let's find out...
It's Davood and Nadiya!
They'll be dancing
a Charleston to this.
Sounds like a right
East End knees up!
To find out the rest of the songs,
head to the Strictly website.
Time now for my final
guests of the night.
I have got a feeling they are going
to be in high spirits, it is Debbie
My darling, it was like watching a
tango masterclass. A flawless.
gave me tingles down my back. I
don't think I have ever seen a tango
like that from a celebrity.
Come on! Where do we even start?
Very excited. Congratulations on the
first perfect score.
It's absolutely amazing. What has
the response been?
Everywhere we have gone, everybody
has been wonderful and excited for
us. We have been really excited as
Giovanni knows all of the
judges' comments off by heart! It is
hard to get a nice word from Craig,
let alone for him to buy down. --
bow down. Were you worried when he
came out from behind the desk?
was, actually. Nothing happened. He
just went on his knees and it was
I'm used to men being on
Debbie McGee, you say
the funniest things! I am actually
were rendered speechless yourself on
Saturday night. How was that
It was just surreal. It
is the best thing that can possibly
happen to you on Strictly. Craig
just doesn't do things that. I was
like Giovanni. I thought I wasn't
holding my posture and he was going
to come and show it. When the other
judges were saying such amazing
things, it is what everybody would
wish. I feel really lucky.
hugely emotional. You are emotional,
Giovanni, as well. It is probably
the second time on Strictly you have
had a perfect score.
There was one
in the final with Georgia. To get a
40 on week seven is really nice. You
feel really good. I felt really
good. We worked really hard. When we
get to the end of the week, it is a
really nice feeling. There is always
a but. That was week seven. Now we
have to focus on the next week.
Debbie, you had sleepless nights
over the stance last week. What was
The whole dance, the
technique, could I acted properly?
It was worrying me. I was practising
and practising. I couldn't sleep.
Practice makes perfect. Look what
you did. It is incredible. I have a
bone to pick. Because of you, we now
have to rewrite our Strictly history
book. Not only was this the first
perfect 40 of the series, this is
the earliest there has ever been a
perfect score in the competition.
Only three tangos have ever scored
maximum points. I present to you the
holy Trinity. Kim Billy Walsh and
Pasha in 2012 in the final. Kellie
Bright and Kevin, 2015. And there
you are, Debbie McGee and Giovanni.
Look at that look on Giovanni's
face. Well done. Incredible. Debbie,
you are the only person to have got
a 40 outside the final.
believe it. It just is fantastic. I
can't believe what is happening in
my life. I wish everybody could feel
like I feel at the moment.
we are filling it with you. Also,
Giovanni, Darcey... Why not leave
her to do the choreography?
I'm going to have a day off. That is
the biggest compliment I could have
received from the judge. When my
celebrity dancers as a professional
dancer, it means I did a great job
and I did teach the correct moves. I
am really pleased.
indeed. Top of the leaderboard for
three weeks. How do you maintain
We are just doing
what we do every week. We forget
Saturday. We go in on Monday and
learned the next dance. That is like
starting on week one. Every dance is
so different. It is just focus,
let's had a good time and learn a
week. To a corking cheer, let's here
That is proper disco, proper fast.
What can you tell us?
It is a fast
routine again. Completely different
to the tango. A lot of hip movement.
Sexiness. And lift.
I know what you
mean! Debbie, you have given us some
great lifts already. How do you
How do I feel?!
I won't be
eating too many chips this week. I
will have a go at anything and that
is what this programme is about. To
see what I can do. We will see what
happens. I am more worried about
letting go in the salsa. I am not a
You can bring it. And
you have got the best teacher.
You have got the best
teacher. Good luck.
That's all we have time for tonight.
Join me tomorrow at 6.30, when I'll
be chatting to Alexandra and
Gorka, and Joe and Katya.
Plus, Ian Waite is here
for his first warm-up of the week.
And Shirley Ballas will be giving us
all a lesson in the cha-cha-cha.
I can't wait.
Zoe Ball talks to the lucky couple who managed to avoid elimination at the weekend. Plus another look at the weekend's performances in Choreography Corner. And an exclusive listen to some of the songs the couples will be dancing to this weekend in Tunes on Tuesday.