Zoe Ball talks to the lucky couple who managed to avoid elimination at the weekend. We take a 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!
Just getting that out
of the way first.
Promise we won't mention it again
for a about five minutes.
Now, let's see who's waiting
patiently in our green room.
Still recovering from that
head-spinning Viennese Waltz,
it's Gemma & Aljaz!
I love these two.
And those hips don't need
replacing - it's Joe & Katya!
But now, it's time to
give the weekend's routines
a thorough examination.
Who could it be?
It's time for Choreography Corner!
Erin Boag, everyone!
Oh what a treat. Gorgeous to see
you, as always.
Let's start with Alexandra and
Gorka's incredible Argentine tango.
Both Shirley and Darcey commented
on how it felt like a private dance
with nobody watching.
How do they get it to be so
What makes a good
Argentine tango is the fags,
embrace, the story-telling. The
content of the routine. They had all
of that. I had chills up my spine.
As soon as she started. The step
here where she leans on him, and
then into a series of Gauchos, look
at this, with her left leg and right
underneath and in front of her own
body. It is so tremendous, it's like
she oozes charisma and she's got
such passion when she dances, it's
just wonderful to watch. Every week
I love watching her.
We just get
lost in them. Don't we? I have
chills on my chills, now. Jonnie and
Oti found themselves in the bottom
two, their foxstrot left the judges
a little underwhelmed.
Well, I was
quite emotional. I wasn't thereby,
but she choreographs, great
routines. It is a little ploddy,
there he is, that should be on the
balls of his feet. Now Darcey
commented his right shoulder keeps
popping forward. It does ever so
slightly. I am going to demo this
and show you how easy it is to fix
this. It is a common fault for men.
She squeeze and their right shoulder
pops out. This is the result of the
left side. Now if he were to pick up
his left side up and forward, this
shoulder would go back into place.
And in promenade position, because I
know he has tango next week, so it
is important. This can happen if he
drops off. If he picks up the left
side, he goes back into place, easy
fix but he has to do it.
He has to
note. It could make all the
Mollie and AJ'S paso.
After two weeks in the dance-off
they were really determined
to make it through.
How was that reflected
in the choreography?
She was totally unutterly
determined. I could see T it is hard
mentally to be in the bottom two.
Here goes the twist turns. Now what
happens is all of the tension went
up here in her shoulders. So she
needs to relax this and open up this
area here and present herself, long
back of the neck and long front of
the neck. I froze this moment. You
can see T because she's so intense,
it all went in here -- you can see
it. Because she is so intense, it
all went in here. She doesn't do it
in the Latin, she sometimes does it
in the ballroom. She has to relax,
present this area, open it
Now there's nothing like a rumba
to get people talking.
Let's look at Joe
and Katya's routine.
Bruno said it had the perfect
balance of presentation
Would you agree?
up. Ye, I would. It was beautiful. I
can see how hard Katya was worked.
But what I like about him is his
line, his partnering skills. Bang,
bang, bang. He is in control she can
dance on balance and he knows what
she is doing. We froze it. He is
making a great line right through to
the right foot to the top of the
left hand. That's beautiful. They go
into the sliding doors. Now not only
does he dance through his feet and
hips but his whole arms they
present, up and over. So he is using
everything he's got and dancing to
the fullest to make the biggest,
biggest impact. It's brilliant. I
can see a big improvement from week
Good boy, Joe. I love that.
We'll pause it there for the moment,
but Erin will be back later to chat
about the rest of our couples.
For now, give it up
for Erin, everyone!
Time to welcome my next guests now.
We don't have to say
we love them - but we do!
Give us a Viennese twirl,
it's Gemma and Aljaz!
# You don't have to say you love
I saw a great difference in your eye
level which was brilliant.
the inner emotions. I want to feel
what you feel.
Performance is as
important as the technique. Look at
him, you have Aljaz, you are not
holding a laundry basket.
Aljaz. You did that in the
Clauditorium. You had packed your
suitcase for Blackpool. You had a
plan. A beautiful dance, you were
holding on so tight. How did you
The ending oshlingly was come
out of the spins and do a move and
to thor to the suitcase. We tried in
rehearsals and I was to thorring off
like this, I said - you know what,
in the end just hug me.
really feel for you, Bruno said you
were holding Aljaz like he was a
laundry basket. He does smell
divine. Do you ever confuse the two?
No, look how hand some he is. You
are not a laundry basket. I was
. It is understandable.
There is a very famous Slovenia
brand of laundry basket, kiss me
And what about the shoe
coming off. What happened there?
Things like that do happen. My foot
slipped out of my shoe. It went back
in but not properly. So for the rest
of the dance I was thinking - oh my
gosh, my shoe. But things like that
happened. I said to him after -
Cinderella lost a shoe and still
went to the ball. I'm still going to
Cinderella going to
Shirley said, we must
quote this "You have to get your
devotion and your motion to come out
as emotion." Now, if that isn't a
met vagusal quote, I don't know what
is. We heard that. We got it printed
on to a mug for you, guys.
The best gift ever.
we never give you nowt. On that
subject, do you know what she means?
No. I do and I don't. I think it is
a lovely saying. It looks great on a
cup. But Gemma has been doing this
for around ten weeks now. Viennese
waltz I knew from day one would be
the hardest we would tackle in
ballroom. With all the spins and all
the turns and we had to figure the
posture for her to do it properly to
have something to focus on in the
room. There might have been a moment
in that dance where the face wasn't
fully engaged and portraying the
story, that there should have been
but I think it's impressive for
Gemma to get through a Viennese
waltz and there were so many steps,
so many changes, so I forgive my
partner that has danced for ten
weeks, that the face wasn't engaged
for that one time. I forgive you.
That's yes, sir a gorgeous cheaper.
So I'll put the cup here.
Fought back in the middle.
be mine on Sunday. The best thing
is, you get to go to Blackpool. It
is your birthday this weekend. It
could get messy.
A bibe. E
-- a baby. It's the American smooth
for you. You must have something
epic planned, you missed out on
Blackpool last year.
I can't wait to do it.
I love the fact you are
saying it is so Blackpool. You and
your family go there every year. Are
you going to show him the stiets?
Definitely. Take him on the roller
coasters, hit the lovely beach.
heard it was like the Maldives
love Blackpool. I was there in July
I went there 234 July.
We go back to
lift. Last time lifts, how are you
ribs and how is it going to be going
We did a few today in
There is a
great, no pain at all.
up, smile through the pain. We're so
looking forward to your birthday
weekend in Blackpool. So smash t my
darling. Gemma and Aljaz. It really
does work. Look at them
Now, our couples may have made it
through to Blackpool
but that doesn't mean they can sit
back and relax -
there's dancing to be done -
but first we need some music.
It's time for Tunes on Tuesday!
# Are you all ready for this...#
Are you ready for
a Blackpool takeover?
Almost as famous as the Wurlitzer,
it's our own music making machine...
Jukebox, play us our first hit.
MUSIC: Sweet Dreams
by The Eurythmics
It's 'Sweet Dreams'
by The Eurythmics.
Released in 1983 it reached number
two in the UK charts.
In the now classic music video,
Annie Lennox sported her iconic
cropped orange hair
and tailored black suit.
But she almost had her limelight
stolen by rather large cow!
the lyrics are often
misheard as "Sweet dreams
are made of cheese"!
"Who am I to disagree?"
Thank you so much,
You're welcome, for the
So, who will brie hoping to impress
the judges with this one?
I can only apologise!
Who is it? Who
It's Jonnie and Oti.
Right, what's next
on the Blackpool playlist?
# When you're alone and...
# You can always go
MUSIC: Downtown by Petula Clark
Yes, it's Downtown!
By none other than the "First Lady
of the British Invasion",
Who was the first female
singer from these shores
to have a number one hit in the US.
They couldn't get enough
of us Brits in the '60s.
Who could be dancing to this?
It's Gemma and Aljaz!
as you can tell, they are quite
happy about it, they will be doing
an American smooth, which looks
nothing like this. Too much, love.
Right, last one, here we go, what's
it going to be?
MUSIC: The Gold Diggers' Song
(We're in the Money) - 42nd Street
It was originally sung by Ginger
Rodgers in the aptly-titled movie
gold-diggers. It was directed by
Busby Barkley, who got as many show
girls in his performances, as he
could, just like this, he likes
overheadcam radio trickery. Aren't
they glorious. Right, who will be in
the money with this one? Let's find
It's Alexandra and Gorka!
And they'll be dancing a quickstep.
To find out the rest of the songs,
head to the Strictly website.
Right, Erin, it's time to head back
over to Choreography Corner.
Welcome back Erin Boag!
Nice choreography over there,
Time to look at the rest
of our Blackpool hopefuls now.
Starting with Davood and Nadiya.
Their charlston saw them go joint
top of the leaderboard.
Shirley said the choreography
What made it so special?
What he does here, comes out right
at the beginning. They talk about
foot swivels. He faces the judges.
Look at me, I can do this, no
problem. If that's not enough. Not
only does he lift very well, he
throws her over his shoulder. Dough
now how hard that is with
eight-and-a-half stone on your back.
Great improvement from week to week.
Onto Susan and Kevin's tango now,
which was all about channelling
Susan's serious/dramatic side.
Did she pull it off
with this routine?
It was really nice to see these
two come out with no gimmicks this
week. Come out and do a proper
tango. She stayed very serious and
in character throughout the whole
dance. She stayed nice and flexed in
the knees. What she needs to do from
now on to improve, especially with
ballroom, is her upper body. It is a
little bit Flopsy all over the
place. Her right arm goes straight
and pushes away. If you have a look
here, I think we've frozen it. Look,
that happens right through the
routine. I think I know why.
It's demo time.
Here we go.
You imagine the man
standing in front of you. You want
to put, ladies, your right underwire
up on the man's line. Up and out to
the left. What's common for all
ladies, to make this line out to the
left, they push from their right
arm. It goes straight. You can't do
that. You have to hang left. Keep
your arm up and forward. And create
your line. You see that? Nice and
easy. None of this. Anton's been
going at me for 21 years. He keeps
saying, too strong.
don't give him underwire. I give him
underwire, I don't give him bust.
You can't push off
from theasm. It's quite heavy, the
man's left arm.
Next up, Gemma and Aljaz.
The judges thought their Vienesse
waltz lacked emotion,
despite the steps being there.
What did you think?
This this is our industry is what
you call nice. She takes hold, looks
lovely, dresses beautifully, she
dances nicely. At this stage in the
competition, you can't be nice. You
have to have a bit of wow. You have
to show emotion. Gemma ask an
actress. She goes out, learns her
scripts, goes out and plays the
part. The same in dancing. You have
to learn your steps and dance your
steps right through from your feet
to your ankles through your upper
body through your arms and through
your face. You have to tell a story.
I think that's what she's lacking.
But, because of her background, I
don't think it will be a problem.
And finally, the first
dance in Strictly history
to feature an eye-test.
Debbie and Giovanni's salsa.
We certainly couldn't
take our eyes off it.
How about you?
She's got so much energy. Actually,
energy for a woman half her age. It
is always sublime. What I want to
show here, Debbie doesn't often make
mistakes. This is not a negative,
it's a positive. It's how she picks
up on the routine so fast. She did a
spin left, we went reverse. Missed
the hand but she knows she has this
great big lift here. I have to get
my hand between my thighs. But what
whack. Did anyone see that? Probably
not. It was played slow there, you
did. She picks it up. At this stage
of the competition, you've one
chance everybody is good. You've got
to go out. If you make a mistake
like Debbie did, that's how you go
about t you've got to carry on like
I feel quite
driven now. Erevidisie rip, always
gorgeous to see you.
Time for a little behind the scenes
insight now, and did you know,
the glam squad's not just for girls.
Here's your quick and easy guide
to what the experts call.
Male grooming - Strictly style!
I'm Lisa Armstrong, the make-up
I'm the hair supervisor.
We're here to help you create your
favourite looks at home with ease.
Today, we're concentrating or
efforts in the lovely Ed here. Not
everybody knows this but boys do
wear make-up too. We're going to
give him a lovely Strictly makeover.
We're taking Ed's lovely hair out of
his face. With the boys on Strictly
they whizz around the dance floor at
100 miles per hour and suite a lot.
We prep the skin in order to combat
that. I'm using cleansing water
across the forehead, down the nose,
the side of the face. We're not
caking him in make-up. We're going
to enhappens his beauty. We're using
an anti-shine. This is used as a
primer underneath whatever
foundation or base you're going to
use. It just helps the product to
sit on the skin. Now we'll use a
tinted moisturiser. Preps the skin
for more of a heavier base we'll
apply after this. It's nice and
light. It adds a bit of colour and a
bit of texture to the skin. That
already starting to take shape. I'll
use a tiny bit of under-icon sealer
to take aany dark circles underneath
the eye. Tap it on. Blend it out.
We'll add some powder. Powder's
important when we're working with
the boys on Strictly. It will set
the make-up and hold everything in
place. We're going to finish with a
tiny bit of lip balm lightly patted
on to the lip. You're strictly ready
with your face, now it's your hair.
The biggest problem we have is when
they're dancing they sweat a lot. We
need to get products in that will
hold the hair in place all the way
through their dancing. We have to
start by wetting the hair.
met Mike make-up!
No, I won'tment
don't worry about that. We'll get
lift in the front. I'll start by
drying it through. Now the hair's
dry, I'm going to use a matifying
powder. As you can see, Ed's hair
grows forward. We need to get some
lift in this. Take small sections
and sprinkle it in at the root. Just
go along, do the same throning right
through to the front -- same thing
right through to the font. That will
take shape and do what it's supposed
to do just with the powder. The next
thing is texture spray. I spray that
through. Move the hair into the
shape that I want it. I'm taking a
tiny bit of cream wax now. Then I'm
just going to scrunch a little bit
into the ends. The mistake a lot of
guys make with their hair is
whacking a load of wax into it. It's
too heavy. Your hair will just flop.
Doing these steps will make your
hair stay where you want it to be.
I'll finish this off with some
hairspray. Stand back, Lisa. That
will hold everything in place. I can
tweak the final little bits. A final
tip which the boys seem to like and
use quite a lot, to give it a little
bit of lift, get a tail comb, poke
it in, lift little bits that you
want to and break it up a little
bit. Then, if you want to give it a
final spray... Seeing as it's
Strictly... And that's probably a
quarter of the amount of spray that
the boys actually put on their hair.
There you go, aify Strictly tips for
you on male grooming. And now, he's
ready to go.
Thank you to Lisa and
Lisa and Ed. My final guest dance
add lovely rumba on Saturday.
How do I know this?
Because like Shakira once
said, "Hips don't lie".
It's Joe and Katya.
We haven't seen many celeb men do
this well. Your hip action was
really lovely. Great partnering
It had a perfect balance of
presentation and interaction with
I thought you did an,
questions the job, so well done.
Joe & Katya, everyone!
Look at that movement. Joe, you
can't stop. Never ever stop. Joe,
Joe, what do you know? How are
things in cocoamo? My dad used to
say that. You're going to Blackpool.
I don't know why. In the beginning,
it was I'd like to do well. Now it
is, we need to get to Blackpool. Sad
Ruth didn't make it.
can hold her head up. She was
You had a love-hate
relationship with the rumba. How do
you feel about it now?
It is the
dance of love. I love it. I don't
know why everyone gives it a hard
time. It's a beautiful dance. My
signature dance from now on. It is a
slippery one. You don't know what
it's meant to feel like because
you've never done it before. I trust
this woman implicitly. It is the
hips and isolation and then the
him so well. You are a good student.
Sophie brook in Yorkshire wrote
So sweet. Did I see that. It was
lovely to read.
Three-and-a-half days is
Craig and Shirley disagreed
with each other on the flow
through "the four" -
were they talking about?
I can talk the talk but I think I
should walk the walk.
Is it demo
It's demo time.
I love it.
What I think they were discussing is
the fact on rumba we move during two
and three and the four, one we're
meant to hold. What I believe in is
our feet is what defines the rhythm.
OK. So if my feet are moving on two
and three and four, hold one, I
don't move, I fell over there. I'm
wearing high heels. But our body and
hips and arms should not stop. What
we worked really hard on is we don't
go four, one, two, three, four, one.
We washed really hard that our body
and arms and into the hip continues
through one and we go two and three
and four and one and two and three.
Now we understand!
And a big finish as
well. I love that. Shirley's been
calling you the dark horse. Ore said
you were a unicorn? How are you
taking to that?
You know, it's fine.
I really don't think of myself in
those terms. I'm getting through
week by week. I've no goal or finish
post in sight at all. I don't think
you can. There are some amazing
dancers left. I'm not looking around
at all, it scares me slightly when I
do. I'm cob accept traiting on what
Every dance is different.
is a whole new world you're learning
every single week. You can't rest on
your laurels, I've got this. We
don't. You have to keep trying and
Let's talk about your
music for Blackpool. Black Box. Come
on. Somewhat hysterical.
She sings the wrong lyrics.
get up, got to get up, got to get up
the leaderboard! This is going to be
It will be fun. We're
throwing the kitchen sink at it. It
is a big routine. It has to be.
We're in Blackpool. Extra dancers
and trickery thrown in.
That's all I'm
saying at this point.
your theory was more is not enough.
And practice makes progress. We made
a mug for Gemma so we felt you
needed the T-shirt.
you to wear that every day.
day. If not wear it as a head band.
Isn't it brilliant?
It is a salsa.
Are you building a pour root toe
here? Are we getting the guacamole?
Cheese, sour cream.
Everything. Honestly. It will be
I am really, really
looking forward to this.
It will be
Good luck up in Blackpool. Joe
CHEERING. That is all we've time for
tonight. Join me tomorrow at 6.30.
I'll chat to Alexandra and Gorka and
Ian wait warms us up for Blackpool
weekend. Until then, good
Zoe Ball talks to the lucky couple who managed to avoid elimination at the weekend. We take a look at the weekend's performances in Choreography Corner and we get an exclusive listen to some of the songs the couples will be dancing to this weekend in Tunes on Tuesday.