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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hello, and welcome to It Takes Two!
What a weekend!
Eight couples left
in the competition,
which means one thing -
officially starts here!
ORGAN MUSIC PLAYS.
But sadly one couple have
just missed out on that
Tower Ballroom magic.
Yes, Ruth and Anton were eliminated
from the competition.
Will be talking to them and giving
them love in a moment.
Helping them go out
with a bang tonight -
it's Susan and Kevin!
What a tango this weekend.
Plus, joining us to give an overview
of the series so far -
it's last year's champ,
But first, some things are just
meant to go together,
and from the start, Ruth and Anton
were the perfect pairing.
Before we say goodbye,
let's take a look at them having
"heaps" of fun in their last dance.
# I'm losing everything
# It's like the sun going down on
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Ruth and Anton, everyone!
Recovered from that rugby scrum?
We didn't plan any of that. We were
walking to the dance floor saying,
we haven't planned anything. And I
thought, that's why I love you,
Anton du Beke. I didn't know
everybody else would pile on.
cute with Debbie on to the top at
the very end.
I thought it might
kill you. That wouldn't be good.
Anton never moved again.
clenching, don't worry.
been one of our favourite pairings.
I have to remain impartial.
I am fine, but very disappointed,
mostly for this man because I would
love to do a ballroom dance in the
Tower Ballroom, but it wasn't to be.
I didn't do a good foxtrot.
thought you did a good foxtrot. I
don't think they understood it.
Traditionally we have slows in the
foxtrot and recovered that with the
first step. And then we did a
selection of weaving. Then the fall
away, look at that. And then we have
a little fall away, more fall away.
And then a weave and then fall away.
And you did they locked backwards as
Are we going backwards now?
Let's go that way instead. You did
look beautiful. It was a special
tune for you. If you are going to go
out, go out in the arms of the King
I did love the hats and
canes at the top. Unfortunately the
judges didn't talk about that much,
apart from saying it was out of
They don't know what they are
talking about. Most of them can
I noticed some jazz and
the Keynes. You have done it all. It
was a dance-off of foxtrot. It's
proving to be as tricky as the judge
etcher this year.
The judges don't
understand it. It is the hardest of
all the ballroom dances because
there is a simplicity of
choreography. Or there should be. It
is supposed to flow elegantly across
the four. You don't want to
overcomplicate it with intricate
choreography. Then it becomes a bit
like the warts. It's very difficult
to get the smoothness and elegance
of the dance. -- a bit like the
waltz. It but it is very stupid.
From the very beginning the whole
nation was hoping you two would be
I was the whole nation!
Look at the magic that followed.
Here is your strictly story.
to keep pinching myself. I monster
come dancing. I feel like a
You will be swapping
Heymann with... Anton. I can't
believe I could have been this
We are doing the waltz first.
Look at me. Don't look at
me. Look at me a bit.
You have this
wonderful aura about you. You had a
lot of mistakes but you are very
Ruth is amazing. She is a
natural charleston dancer.
Just a bit faster.
no idea you were such a good
You nailed it today!
I love the rumba. It's
sensual, tents and sexy. I hope I
can do all that and remember the
I thought the rumba was very
stilted and it lacked action.
to have heat, it's a Latin dance.
And your timing went right off.
still loving my Strictly experience
despite being towards the bottom of
the Leaderboard. Tango is just
walking very quickly to music, being
a bit intense. I can walk. Can I be
intense? I will give it a go.
you were in the moment. Great
Well done, amazing.
This is my happy tango face. Anton
has told me he wants it to be like
an old style samba. I don't really
know what a new style samba is.
of content, you are on the wrong
foot here and there, but who cares.
I loved the comedy, but I didn't
love the technique.
I can't believe
I made it to Halloween week.
The counting things seems
to be foxing her somewhat.
made a wonderful improvement, so be
It lacked any style and I
thought it was too heavy and too
I can't please Craig.
didn't agree with everything he
I love the paso doble. I am a
fearless and fearless woman in this.
My husband can say I can be quite
fierce. I will just think of him.
Ruth, you represent absolute joy. I
have never seen a paso doble so
humorous. If you can hold onto a
narrative like that, I want to watch
it every time.
Learning to dance is
everything I thought it would be.
This is nice.
like you were trotting like a horse.
Sadly you were slightly out of your
Who are you going to save?
Jonnie and 20. -- Jonnie and Oti.
has made this so much fun and I hope
we will be friends for a long time.
You are amazing.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.
We have never seen a couple laugh so
much at the joy of it. Eight dances
that you've learned.
I'm so thrilled
to have got this far. I didn't think
I would make it past week two or
He is the most
wonderful teacher. We laughed a lot,
he's so patient and he didn't tell
me for once, even when I cried. He
made me a cup of tea, and it got to
the point where he just brought a
hankie and I cooked it in my skirt.
It has been wonderful watching your
confidence grow. -- tucked it. Your
biggest supporters, Eamonn and Jack
have been there every week.
will get some decent dinners now I'm
back. I said in my speech, and they
can't put everything in, to have
them there every single week is a
big commitment from your family.
Especially Jack, he's only 15, but
he loved it. He was quite emotional
You showed me a message
she wrote you, which was beautiful.
Only one can go on to win now. You
have made some amazing friends. Who
is getting your support?
all get my support. I'm not going to
say who I want to win because I love
them all and think they all doing
That's not what you
I'm not saying it. I
think Debbie has a very good chance.
Flexi McGee. Please tell me you will
continue experimenting with and
wearing those wigs. And love to
wearing those wigs. And love to
Eamonn, maybe next year he will
follow in your footsteps!
Give it up for Ruth
and Anton everyone!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.
Now, this year's series has already
been full of surprises.
We've had incredible performances,
high scores and shock dance-offs.
But it's still fair to say that this
year's champ is too early to call.
So, we've bringing in a man to help
make sense of it all.
It's time for Ore's Overview.
It is the reigning champion.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.
It is super smashing to see you.
Lovely to be back on the air. It's
weird without Joanne, but it's nice.
We will make a little puppet.
Have you been enjoying
the class of 2017?
It's weird when you first watch and
you are not involved.
different, but I'm loving it, like a
super fan all over again. All those
emotions on the sofa on a Saturday
night, curled up with my blanket and
my tissues in hand. It never goes
This time last year you and Jo had
just danced a rumba and were placed
fourth on the leaderboard.
Proof that things can
still change - right?
I remember that week so vividly
because we had been in the dance of
the week before. It was just a case
of, get to Blackpool, no matter the
score, just get to Blackpool. It was
relief. And things can change after
that. We are just past halfway. The
journey is still there, the glass is
half full. Loads still to come.
I know you've been following this
series very closely -
so let's talk about some
of your findings.
Let's have a look at the overall
Leaderboard. We have the remaining
couples here. Even though Susan and
Kevin and Jonnie and Oti are at the
bottom, it is not very distant in
points to the top considering we've
had more than eight weeks of dances.
But Alexander and Debbie have
consistently been excellent and the
scores relate to that. -- Alexandra.
Everybody has been awesome.
So, only three boys left
in the competition.
Let's start with the combined
highest scorer of the three - Joe.
What have you noticed?
Joe has been fantastic. Consistent
all-rounder. He opened up with the
drive, which was fantastic. He had
to the rumba, which bizarrely was
the same time last series last year
as me, and he is mirroring me well.
-- he opened up with the jive. Their
charleston was really good, 36,
really good. He has some tens as
well. His last three weeks have been
in the 30s. Consistency from Mr
called him the dark
horse of the competition.
Do you agree with her?
I say no. It's not a dark course,
using the top three. He's a bright
horse, he's a unicorn. He has been
Moving onto the comeback
kid - Davood.
When he was in the bottom two I said
not to worry because remember Ore.
The high-scoring charleston, I get
distracted by his pecs.
I'm amazed by the
soap actors because of the hours
they spend doing their show. And
then to pull this out, 38 on the
charleston was fantastic. And part
of the ten club as well. He's a bit
more of a ballroom boy. I don't
think he has had 30 in Latin. If
anything is holding him back, it's
probably that. But with his wingspan
as broad as that, he can do
Wingspan, never heard that
before. Like it.
Let's move onto our final gentleman
- Mr Jonnie Peacock.
He's only 24. He is still so young,
but so much work. He hasn't reached
the heights of some of the others
and has only been in the dirty club
a couple of times, so at this point
he has to start improving his
scores. -- the 30 club. But that was
a reminder of what that guy can do.
It was absolutely awesome. And you
can see the thriller on his face. Do
you think he has something to prove
He has two bounce back
but if you're going to rise to the
occasion, it is going to happen in
OK, we will discuss the
ladies in a moment.
So we've hit half time
mark in Ore's Overview,
but there's plenty more
to get through tonight.
He's the champion! We have a big
Friday coming up.
Before we do, let's
take a look at all the
behind the scenes
action from Strictly at
Another week, another dance.
halfway and no one is safe.
of us could be in that dance-off.
just got to make it to Blackpool.
Let's do this!
I was spun around
like a rag doll this week, so
hopefully I will survive.
be a recipe for disaster if it
doesn't go right. There was one
where you through the hat at me and
it was like a frisbee coming at me.
Tango is passionate and intense and
I didn't think I would get here,
never mind Blackpool, so to get to
Blackpool would be brilliant,
The make up always
makes me feel confident.
getting his body out.
If he comes on
with a teacher, I would be worried.
Set the scene for Blackpool.
sandy beaches, endless sunshine.
None of that.
I think this is very
If we get to Blackpool,
we will get fish and chips on the
pier and go on the rides on the
pleasure Beach. We need to get to
Blackpool. Come on!
Seal is here and
he has requested for me to dance,
which is a lovely thing for him to
do. It is lovely when singers can
It is the boss here, Al, who
keeps a file in check. We have a big
team of people who we work with.
have a big team who are with us all
Greg is the one who gets all
Yes, it is a bit like
having your own lap dog around the
OK, here we go. Ladies and
Who is going to make it through to
I found the foxtrot very
hard this week.
This is Strictly
That was lovely. We
were having a good old castle there.
I'm back here with Ore!
So we've talked about the boys,
but let's face it, there's a lot
of Girl Power going on this year -
five ladies left.
Fans might be interested
to know, at this stage last
year, it was flipped -
five boys and only two girls!
Bringing the sass, girls!
What can you tell us
about our lovely
Great to see the five of them still
bringing the girl power. Debbie is
at the top of the leaderboard and
she has been awesome all series,
along with Alexandra. Only six
points between them so it is tied.
Shall we play a little game? Ooh, we
have spent the money.
managed to bag herself seven tens.
And Alexander had eight. So even in
the tens, it is really tight.
could lovely Flexi McGee do it?
loved that Ginger Rogers tribute
with Giovanni. She has been top of
the leaderboard three times in a row
before she did this dance this
weekend and I don't think anybody
has done that before. No one has
ever had a perfect 40 in week seven.
So the girl has been breaking
I know, she is smashing
those records. Let's talk about
Alexandra. She is the Queen. So
incredible this weekend.
another cold shower after that. I
have at least three a day.
is going to be doing a Quickstep
that Black broke. I think that will
be awesome. What can you tell it
Believe it or not, last
time they only had seven, so they
had been top drawer every time. I
think jive, cha-cha, Argentine
Tango, consistently high. So you
might say Baldry and you may need to
bring it but I think she has
ability, Alexandra. The Quickstep.
With the bounce. It is going to be
something else. So Susan has been
incredible. She is working so hard
and has a massive following. It is
Thanks for coining the
I am going to do at Ore, Susan.
People haven't given me enough jip
for that! Everyone has loved Susan
bringing the entertainment factor.
She is all about jiving in a
glittery overalls. That it was a
serious moment. So even though they
haven't necessarily scored as highly
as the rest of them, they are
obviously getting audience back into
out and people really love seeing
Kevin and Susan Susan and seeing
them in Blackpool again, that guy is
in love with that place.
That is the
BT started for the weekend. Let's
talk about Mollie to. Her reaction
said it all. Bless her. The judges
differ quite a hard time at the
weekend, so it is good to see.
and it is so hard to bounce back
from being in the dance-off and I
think she would have been
crestfallen had that been three
weeks in a row so this is the chance
now, you have been given a reprieve
so I want to see Mollie and AJ bring
it in Blackpool as well. I notice
the Charleston. That was the one
where I was a weird werewolf...
was an amazing marriage of styles.
It worked so well I nearly dropped.
Let's talk about Gemma. She had a
hard time at the beginning. Can she
get back into it?
She absolutely can
because if you remember when they
did their paso doble and it is that
channelling that they really need to
bring in Blackpool because she was
so fierce. They just need to
Look at the
intensity that you can see. I know
that they are loving training in
Manchester and you can see to that
performance just how much chemistry
that they have. Even though they
have had seven times... 12 times.
Forget that. So that is the
statistic to remember.
Before we go,
I had to wish you good luck because
this man, the champion, will be
dancing again for your delegation,
people. And he will be singing a
Gene Kelly number four Children in
I can't wait, but it is all
for Children in Need, and this is me
getting behind it so whatever you
can do to fundraisers, do it.
Hopefully see you for another
surprise on Friday night.
Ore. It is going to be incredible!
Time now to meet my final guests.
Their emotional tango
lit up the dance
floor and ticked all
the right boxes on
Saturday night - it's
our firecrackers, Susan
MUSIC PLAYS: Firework by Katy Perry.
You did every single step at
precisely the right time.
posture is the main thing that
bothers me, and your face did look
I think you'd asked
everything right from your heart
today. From week one to this one,
you have made huge strides.
It's Susan and Kevin!
Forget about fireworks -
Baby, you're a
That was amazing stuff.
How was opening the show?
It was so exciting. We've never
opened the show before. I was in a
beautiful dress and my make-up was
extraordinary. Kevin was in his
tales, which is my favourite look.
And it was wonderful. Just opening
the show with a tangle. You didn't
ask for more from Strictly Come
We could see you
getting teary - when
did the emotion hit you?
It was going really well and the
audience were starting to go and buy
the end of it, you could almost see
the emotion bubble up.
It is a
strange thing because I haven't
danced before it and so I did not
expect to feel emotions dancing. I
am a very emotional person. Kevin
knows that. I don't think there is
anything wrong with being emotional
because that is what is dance is. We
were watching the Remembrance Day
dance and that was emotional and I
have been taken aback by how it is
affecting me, it is actually the act
of dancing. It is a very emotional
thing. I am not going to stop doing
it because I think it is quite nice.
It really is. I anti-ring up,
watching it at home. Kevin, you
promised us a proper tangle. You
must have been so happy that Susan
did so brilliantly.
It was a real
gamble for us because we have been
doing light and fun and joy us where
we can kind of smile our way through
all the time and this was a real
gamble, doing something serious. It
was all content. There was no
gimmick to it so the only thing the
judges could look at and comment on
was her dancing and techniques or I
said last week that I was adamant
that I want people to see Susan for
the dancer that she is and not just
somebody fun on the show and she
went out and showed it to everybody
and I am so proud of her. She is a
She is a dancer!
And strong comments from the judges.
Bruno said he expected
you to go off but you
did every step at exactly
the precise time.
How did it feel to prove him wrong?
I think Bruno was slightly confused
by me for several weeks and I didn't
feel like he was getting me. I don't
think he was entirely sure. And
Craig, every week I am chipping away
at him. I think if the show was a
year-long, I would get a ten. If I
had another year with Craig, I would
So you're going to
Blackpool. How excited are you about
It is wonderful. It was
difficult in the Results Show
because we were second and when
you're in that position and the red
light goes on someone, you don't
want to celebrate because somebody
is going to the dance-off, so we
were really pleased but it was quite
difficult because Ruth and Anton
have been so wonderful on the show.
It is horrible when you see that
happening. But, yeah, Blackpool,
I'm a sticky back in time. --
Well, let me cast you're
mind back to Tuesday
the 19th of September
when you tweeted this...
I know you are a woman of your
words. Which is funny because we
have Carl year from the tattooed...
Are you going to do this?
Yes, I am
going to get him to write I love
green is the and put it on my best
foot which is my right foot. I'm
going to get it done after the show
is over. I love Grimsby on my foot,
as I promised.
I promise that I
would get this turned into I love
Grimsby on my hand as well.
amazing. Very quickly, you have
waited five years to get this
concept on the show.
Yes, we are
doing Strictly ballroom and I have
wanted to do this. I have a very
specific idea in my head and I have
been pitching it for five years. I
know it is risky to do it on TV and
I am not sure about it and they said
this year if we got to Blackpool we
would be allowed to do it and we are
Good luck, Susan and Kevin, or
should I say Fran and Scott. It is
going to be amazing.
Join us tomorrow at 6.30,
where we'll chatting
to Joe & Katya and Gemma &
All that, plus Boagy is back!
Erin Boag will be casting her
eye over our couples
Zoe Ball kicks off your weekly fix of Strictly action, chatting exclusively to the latest couple to leave the competition. There are also exclusive interviews with the remaining couples and plenty of backstage gossip.