Zoe Ball is joined by more Strictly couples. Ian Waite casts his eye over their training footage to provide a lowdown on how they're progressing with their new routines.
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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hello and welcome to It Takes Two!
It's Wednesday, and boy,
do we have a show lined up for you.
Don't believe me?
Well, take a look at who's
in the green room tonight!
They're cheeky, charming and can
certainly cha cha cha.
It's Alexandra and Gorka!
And is that a kilt I spy?
We love a man that keeps his word -
it's Joe and Katya!
What a treat!
Plus we have royalty
in the building.
The Queen of Latin,
Shirley Ballas, joins us later!
But before all that,
I think we need a warm-up.
I wonder who can help us out?
Ian's back everyone!
Hello, gorgeous man.
Dramatic events at the weekend.
The competition is really starting
to heat up now, isn't it?
Does this mean you are going
to be very strict?
I am going to
inspect every little heel turn and
every ball. Watch out!
The wand is
Let's start with Debbie and
Giovanni, they smashed their tango.
Top of the leaderboard
three weeks in a row.
Can they make it four
with their salsa?
I don't know, it is looking pretty
good, a lot of fancy armography, you
have to have good contact with the
hands to do this and maintain it.
The only place I would say she needs
to work on, she does lovely feet and
hands, but I would say that she
needs to work on this area.
She has got to be loose in the hip
area each way it is like the figure
eight all the time, squeeze those
I can't do that!
To have the
whole salsa package she has to have
She has got to loosen up!
Moving onto Darverd and Nadiya,
Moving onto Darverd
and Nadiya, their bum lift.
It is quite simple! Seriously? I
weigh a tonne!
I did my rotator cuff
once and I had never been the same
I've heard that before! But
they were brilliant at the weekend.
And the Charleston.
producing that dance we were
expecting. This will be another full
on Charleston and we have seen quite
a few. At the moment on Tuesday it
is slightly behind her, everything
has to be in line with each other.
As I spotted here...
He has gone in
and she has gone out! It could be
Trust you! But the side
by side positions in Charleston are
very exposing if you are not in tune
and doing the same. They had to do
Loving that she is smiling.
Susan and Kevin made a massive
improvement with their jive.
11 points higher
than the week before.
Do you think their
tango will top it?
I don't know about that. What a very
shiny floor! Then been wearing socks
all week! There is a slight bobbing
up and down with her flicks. And
also the arms going up and down, you
got to keep that still come down in
the Lakes. There was this area
here... -- in the legs.
It is the
I will do a little
Tango, my favourite.
Side, close, side, close.
I think I
And again. Hold
the position. That wasn't what I was
doing to talk about, it was this
half, she has to get her knees in
and inside edge of the toe, that was
good. And when we go off we do a
lovely he'll lead.
Not easy in these
Unfortunately she missed a
lot of that. Early stages. Only
Finally, Jonnie and Oti turned it
on with their salsa.
But are they doing it
for you with their foxtrot?
He is rotating very well as you can
see. It is nice and smooth and he is
releasing his toes on this reverse
wave which is very good. I have
noticed here, I am going to go with
a few arrows. As you can see, he has
got better at putting his bottom
under because with the foxtrot there
is a lot of drive going on and he
has got the glutes for it.
It's getting much better.
There is a slight, with his elbow,
slightly behind his back and I would
like to see them a bit more forward
like that because here he is losing
hurts sometimes and there is a bit
of a gap.
Don't lose Oti!
he gets his elbows forward he could
get the elbow is a bit more down.
get very strict at this point.
We'll be covering
the rest of our couples
in round two tomorrow.
Until then, give it up for Ian!
Right, time now to meet my next
guests, and I don't know about you,
but their Charleston certainly
had me dancing to the
beat of their drum.
I loved it, I thought it was
Doing these steps in
opposite and keeping it in sync is
so difficult. Great job.
was immaculate, that was a great
Go cuckoo for Joe
and Katya, everyone!
Before we start, give us
a twirl in that kilt!
I love that move!
You look so handsome! What a treat.
You can thank me later, viewers.
It was such a joyous dance. So
incredible. How much did you love
We really love it, get a bit
scared because it was going so well,
but this week is more challenging.
We will get onto that! But you put
more than a smile on Craig's face.
He gave you a nine.
And that was
amazing, nine from Craig is like 20!
We were really pleased. The thing
about the songs you kept singing
It is a Ragtime band.
We bow down, the choreography was
exceptional and you through so many
steps in there.
We did the basic
Charleston and we thought why not
throw in a turn and another and we
did the funky arms and I thought
that was still not enough! Lets put
20 others into the whole routine!
must have taken you weeks. They were
sown in sync.
And I thought that if
he did not do well I could grab one
The lifts were exquisite,
we called them spectacular. How
scary was it to practice?
It is more
scary for her because she had to
trust me but she did from the
beginning. I was like, I can't do
that because it's dangerous. But you
do them precisely and the stages and
hopefully they go well.
You have to
take it in stages. I'm a bit
reckless like that and throw myself
We all remember what
happened with Ed Balls! You were
having the time of your life. The
height you get to...
would overdo it and I went all the
You are laughing at
that, anybody else would be scared!
So much love on the line, an
interesting one from Jenin Henderson
who wrote, Joe, didn't think the
Charleston would be his dance, shows
what I know! Good to group people
Absolutely, that is the
beauty of the Internet! We would
have never heard from them.
lot of opinions this week! When did
you realise this was your dance?
hoped it would be from the beginning
because it is the one you put in to
do when you're 12 years old.
Misspent youth! But you can throw
your energy into it. I was looking
forward to it and I'm sad we can't
do it every week.
You never know!
Maybe you could do it again. And you
push him so hard. He rises to the
challenge every week and you have
got used to each other now?
you're used to me being quite pushy.
That's OK, but my theory is
that more is not enough. People say
less is more, I'm like, what?!
these on T-shirts and mugs! Let's
talk about this week. The rumba.
Why do we have to do it? I
take some comfort in the fact that
everybody find it difficult and it
certainly is. It's getting slightly
easier the more we do it. Today we
had a mini break through and I was
thinking, if you act it it makes it
slightly easier because it is
connected to some and not just you
This funny stuff.
it's getting there and we still have
And also, you have this...
MUSIC: 'One' by Mary J Blige & U2.
Our floor manager was losing it
singing along to this!
It's one of
the best songs ever written.
act through it, surely?
it helps if you like the song
because you're listening to it 500
And for the rest of time
every time you hear it...
certain songs I never want to hear
For me it is Part-time Lover.
Totally! It is so exposing, both for
the male dancer and the female, how
do you tackle that?
It is not being
afraid of it. I think it would look
a lot more awkward, if you know you
have to show that maybe to get here,
but do it in a sort of stiff way or
reserved way, that would look more
awkward for people to watch. You
want them to be with you in that
moment and feel that we are in this
together or she has left me. It is
more awkward if you don't commit to
And don't believe it.
love like you are telling yourself
that like little notes, commit to
it! But your talents never end, we
caught you in the training room...
# There's just too much that time
# When you cried I wipe away all
# When you scream I'd fight away all
# And I held your hand through all
of these years #.
You are playing the piano and
Anything that distracts
from dancing! It gives me a little
break for five minutes. That is
quite embarrassing, I did not know
you filmed that!
That is what we are
here to do. Good luck with the
rumba, go get it, you can do it. Joe
Now fact fans might be interested
to know the cha-cha-cha is the most
performed dance ever in Strictly
history - 169 times to be precise.
But how can we master it at home?
It's time to get a wiggle
on and learn from Queen of Latin
herself in my first Dance Card
of the series!
Please welcome Shirley Ballas!
Lovely to see you.
A lot of people were in shock to see
Aston go at the weekend.
Can you explain why
you saved Mollie and AJ?
Because it is an awful decision to
have to make to send anybody home
but you have to judge on that
particular dance in front of you,
not past or future performances, but
right there and then. I urge
everybody at home, you have to vote.
Look at Ruth, she got a fall, but
she didn't go in the bottom two.
will be teaching us the Cha Cha Cha?
You have to be able to move quickly,
change from foot to foot and then
you can keep up with the music that
is very fast.
leg, nice curve in her body, she had
the hips going, she had it going.
That is what we are aiming for. Wait
until you see us do it. When did you
first learn best dance?
I was seven
years old at the church hall. I
first heard the music Amat was the
very first dance I learn.
We have a
photograph of you then. That is your
friend, Irene, still friends.
with the brown trim and I wanted it
and I was sulking because I thought
her dress was prettier than mine.
You have beautiful eye make-up
This is what I wore for my
first Cha Cha Cha. Where did the
dance come from?
It is a combination
of Cuban ballroom and American
swing. It is known as the mambo.
When the English dance teachers
visited Cuba in 1952 they introduced
the triple step that differentiate
the Cha Cha Cha from the Ron Barr.
Another theory is it resembles the
sound of loose sandals slapping the
floor as the Cuban ladies danced the
steps. Where do we start?
I want you
all to stand up, close your feed.
Introduce the past you, get it in a
vertical straight line. Put the
weight on your right foot and free
up your left. Take a sidestep onto
your left foot and transfer the
weight. Backstabber on to your right
foot, now we will Cha Cha Cha to the
right. Three steps. Step forward,
replace your weight. We are going to
Cha Cha Cha. Then we will get some
body motion going. Back on the
What is Cuban body movement?
Throw your hip over. Step forward,
keep your legs straight. Look at
One more time.
Cha Cha Cha.
Come on, girlfriend.
If we put it
together, it is all very well doing
it at that speed.
It is three steps,
Cha Cha Cha in any direction.
is a chassis again?
Three steps in
any direction. Three steps. But the
weight on your right foot step. Wait
for the music. Cha Cha Cha...
Forward. Cha Cha Cha back. Back, Cha
Cha Cha, Cha Cha Cha.
That is why this lady is known as
the Queen of Latin.
I think I'm going to
need a lie down after
Hopefully Darverd & Nadiya
and Mollie and AJ have
more stamina than I do.
Let's have a look at their training.
Charleston is fun, fast, it intends.
Has to be nice and up all the time,
A lot of kicks and
Swivel, swivel, swivel.
Everywhere I go, I am swivelling.
is very important he crosses his
A lot of crossing the ankles.
A lot of information in my head.
just hope he can get the steps.
loves the paso doble eat and he is
in that strict mood.
This is the
quickest I have ever moved.
quite fast and quite focused than
always something going on.
got to build up the tension and
march across the floor. We are on a
Right, time now to
meet my final guests.
It wasn't just the music
in them on Saturday
night, they had
the Cha, Cha, Cha too!
'Turn it out' for lady
in red, Alexandra and
Gorka the Corka!
You put the cheeky in Cha Cha Cha.
You are outstanding. It was flirty,
you were so confident and it paid
It was the best Cha Cha Cha
this season so far.
Who are those two, I would like to
meet them. Congratulations, your
joint highest score. We could tell
you loved it. Your reaction, when
you found out the scores was
Just the fact we had gone
on first, I was petrified. When we
had done the run early in the day, I
had stopped and froze. Looked at
Gorka. I didn't know what was going
on. The band and Gorka,
professional, carried on but I stood
there and freaked out. That is why I
was so proud and happy, the moment
the scores came in, I didn't expect
it. I jumped the joys. I am still
living on that high.
There is a
moment you get out there and you
freeze, at least it wasn't on the
That is what Gorka said
It is best if it happens on
the dressed run and the rehearsals
because then you are aware it can
happen. It made her think a little
bit of every step she was taking.
Just let my energy take over.
worked it brilliantly. We must
mention the turnout.
to work on. He said, it was good. I
was so confused.
I was looking at
your feet, it is so hard, but well
It is really hard. We didn't
have a lot of time last week to
learn there's Cha Cha Cha, I was so
nervous on the technique and half an
hour before we went live, I stood
with a mirror and for half an hour
went through my technique
religiously. It was a little bit
intense. I was putting so much
pressure on myself, but I want to do
you proud. We worked so hard.
paying off. Shirley said it was
outstanding, she was raving about
you. She said she was like a
professional bouncer. Why did this
done suit Alexandra so much?
very fast, change of energy and
rhythm. She has rhythm in herself
and then there is the central dance.
I was surprised, on the first day I
said we will do the Cha Cha Cha and
we will do Cha Cha Cha walking. And
she said, OK. And I thought, that is
going to be very good. It is very
hard. She was working very hard,
focused on her legs. Please do so,
take your time, she was doing it
perfectly in the mirror.
never heard you talk so much.
talk all day.
Well Joanne the Cat Lady
it on social media, she wrote...
"Alexandra Burke is officially
the Dancing Queen.
Brilliant cha, cha, cha -
and a great start to the show.
Why not a ten Craig?"
Yes, why not ten, Craig?
walk out expecting great results. It
is a matter of taking each day as it
comes in trying our best to have fun
on this journey. If we get great
scores, it is the icing on the cake.
I go on the stage and just see
Gorka. It is all about him. I
literally, all I want to do is have
fun, go out there because I love to
perform. Loving these new dances and
having the best time. The scores is
the icing on the cake if it is good.
Every week, I want to have nine from
Craig and we will make it through
It was a bittersweet
weekend because you lost the other
half of team 45, Aston and Janette.
I heard you had a really big cry?
How is it to see that happen?
shocked, I didn't expect it to
happen for a second, I thought Aston
was going to win the show. I have
been friends with him for years.
Redefine that, not win.
amazing and everyone knows how close
we are. I just hope they are both OK
because they are both incredible
together and she worked so hard with
They did take it graciously as
well. In the words of Yazz, the only
way is up. The Argentine tango for
these two this week. Let's listen to
your music, which is amazing.
me, teach me. Do the leg thing.
is all of that.
Is the dance going
to be as saucy as the music?
intense. It is probably the most
intense one we will do and the
hardest and the most challenging one
we have done so far. Literally we
will be here. It is going to be
intense. Looking forward to it.
you need to practice that, Gorka?
Pretty close. Good luck with that
this weekend. Alexandra and Gorka.
I have had a nice night tonight.
That's all we have time for tonight.
We'll be back here tomorrow
at 6:30 getting all the
gossip from Susan &
Kevin and Darverd
Plus Ian Waite is back with another
warm-up and Vicky Gill will be
letting us have a
rummage through her
Ivy's just been sick.
What do you mean, sick?
She vomited on me.