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This is Strictly It Takes Two!
Please welcome your host, Zoe Ball.
Hello and welcome to It Takes Two!
We have our semi-finalists, people.
Musicals Week certainly
delivered, didn't it?
Mollie and AJ came close
to a smooch on screen...
Darcey was purring with delight over
Debbie and Gio's American Smooth but
the biggest surprise came when...
EASTENDERS THEME: "Doof, doof, doof,
doof, doof-doof d-d-d-doof..."
Davood and Nadiya were eliminated
from the competition!
They might be bowing out
tonight, but there's always
room for an encore.
They're in the green room.
We love them, we do.
And stepping up to the Pro
Challenge this evening
it's Russia's finest export -
the mighty Pasha!
But before we chat to them,
let's take a behind the scenes look
at how Strictly's musicals
spectacular all came together.
MUSIC: Singin' In The Rain remix.
Coming down onto the floor being
flown in on the chandelier, you get
a very sweaty right side of the face
under that mask. I have just cleaned
The Johnson requires much
stamina and I hope that I can pull
It is nice to start on
the stairs surrounded by the
dancers, but they are only there for
Grease is my
favourite physical. I am living my
childhood dream right now. I always
wanted to be regretted.
to cats. I always start sneezing.
I'm getting all the make-up on.
are doing the musical Oliver! For
the big group number. I get to be
sentenced -- I get to be The Apple
Dodger. There's lots of
choreography, and they all have to
be on their game.
to get it right and live up to
Everyone is working
hard, as the quarterfinals.
going to be absolutely manic in
Joe, have you got lipstick on?
Close your eyes. Just waiting
for the last part of the puzzle,
which is the mask.
I don't need it
glued to my face.
This is the but
nobody knows about, this is where
all the costumes, the shoes hats,
where they come when they are not
being used any more. Look at that.
This is so exclusive, because nobody
# The hills are alive... , on,
folks. -- come on, folks.
Oh, dear. It's Strictly.
wait to get on with the show.
Let's raise the curtain and welcome
our Strictly stars!
Time now to meet my first guest.
Over 11 weeks this powerhouse couple
have stormed it with some truly
thrilling routines. Before we say
our farewells, here are Davood and
# Goodbye, farewell,
# So long, farewell, aufweidersehen,
Just listen to that! Fuel that love
coming at you. The best looking
Phantom Of The Opera the world ever
saw. How do you feel the day after
the day before?
I don't know. I
suppose quite reflective at the
moment. But we ended it fine.
was such a great dance.
your entrance as only you do now,
one arm, coming from the ceiling.
want to enter every room now!
see that in the Queen Vic on
Christmas Day, coming through the
ceiling. And an amazing Argentine
tango. It was so incredible. You had
not been in the dance off since week
four. It is getting so intense now,
it could be anyone. How did feel?
were always ready, every week we
said, prepare to do this on the
Sunday. You never know when it is
going to come up again. Having been
there before, you are kind of
prepared a little bit emotionally,
but you know that you have got to go
out there and impress the judges. We
got 29. She said, we got 29, and we
were in the dance off.
That is weird. That is my
new unlucky number!
We never want to
see that number again. You were up
against Alexandra and Gorka. What do
you thinking at that point?
It is a
horrible feeling, in the dance off,
one of you is going to have to go
home. Alexandra got a good score,
she did a really good dance and we
were bottom of the leaderboard so we
knew that it was going to be
difficult to change the judges'
What was it you said to Davood
before going out for that second
dance? What you say to him?
amazing. We knew that we were going
against Alex and she was an amazing
dancer. We felt really relaxed.
had a little laugh, backstage. It
feels like all that we had been
through in the last few months have
led up to that moment. And it was
the first time I had danced without
fear, you know what I mean? There
was a freedom to it.
We felt that,
in the end. It was just a different
level. He never dance like this
before. It was just something
special. And there was no fear,
there are, at all. That flaw was
It was that feeling that this
might be our last time that the
dance together for a couple of these
peoples,, so just go for it and
enjoy it. It was something extra
First time in the show that
you had done the Argentine tango.
Compared to the other dancers you're
done, how tricky it?
It is tricky,
but I've always enjoyed watching it.
The ones we have had this year, when
you watch them, you really take it
in, the relationship between the
dancers and everything. What is nice
about it, you don't get swept up in
the technical side of it. It is more
relaxed. But then let that fool you.
It is actually really tough. --
don't let that full year.
actually led through all of those
difficult steps, and the basic
stuff, which is the most difficult.
And we made sure that the basic
steps in the Argentine tango, he did
it, and it was so difficult.
She is an amazing woman. It wasn't
just us who were loving you.
Bonnie Langford your
telly mum wrote...
So sad @DavoodGhadami is out
@bbcstrictly but SO PROUD
of his amazing achievement.
Thanks for supporting him.
And legendary choreographer
Sir Matthew Bourne posted
that it was the best choreography
of the night.
That is my stay here.
That is so
nice. You want everyone to see that
you have really worked hard. I
always said, make it difficult, make
And it was. I really sorry
that the judges didn't pick up on
all the advanced steps that he did.
It may be like some professional
male who never did this, and he did
it. That is how good he is.
quite an amazing Strictly Story. You
have done so much. Enjoy this.
thank you. I don't really have a
signature dance move, the best I can
give you is a bit of clapping.
partner will be...
It is the
chatter jar. Do your first dance. --
it is the cha cha cha. I thought it
was amazing. The attack, the energy.
Any woman would feel safe in your
I love your passion, your
chemistry, the energy was absolutely
Much better than last
week. You definitely don't hold
You are such a beast, a beast
of fun, my darling!
flowing, elegant dance, the walls,
well, it should be.
When you did a
lift, your foot came off the floor,
you could have kept your foot on the
floor when you did those spins.
you were going so well.
And on came
the red light. It is not a nice
experience. Davood and Nadiya...
This week we will focus on the kick
and flick and the jive and have a
lot of fun, because you never know
when it'll all be over.
This is what
you have, this amazing power and
energy that you give to the dance,
and it worked perfectly on the jive.
For a man to feel comfortable with
those fluid moves and have that
desire through the body, you did
I could sit and watch
that every day, darling. Well done.
He's such a great dancer. And he is
improving every week, more and more.
Nadiya is my parachute. Like you are
jumping out of a plane and she is
the one that stops you crashing.
think you just were totally awesome.
You really swept all of us off of
I'm going to enjoy this, I
Your star is rising high.
Bring on Blackpool!
we are bouncing the paso doble. I
get to play James Bond as well.
I give you, your licence
Incredible. Thank you, Blackpool.
It was absolutely
effortless. My kind of walls. --
I am so proud of him.
amazing. The idea of dancing doesn't
fill me with dread any more, it
fills me with joy, it is making me
smile and making me feel happy.
have some spectacular lifts, but you
had some stumbling problems this
It was a good effort,
Judges, it's time to decide.
She's a great teacher
and now she's a really good friend
and I am so privileged to have met
I am such a lucky girl, to have
you as my partner.
I am so proud of
you. Thank you for teaching me to
We have all gone, he is down!
I am allergic to something, the
What are the highlights are you?
From the Lord show, finding you were
my partner. Learning what you can
and can't do. Something happened
with the American Smooth, that
kick-started something. It is when I
started really enjoyed it, feeling
after being in the dance-off in the
Viennese, after that, you know why
you are here, to have fun. I am not
a dancer but I want to enjoy every
minute. That was amazing. The
Charleston... We got ten.
Squealing. A new noise to me. And
actually, even though it was our
last dance, the Argentina Tango,
there was something incredible, that
was a highlight as well.
Did you think you would come this
far in the competition?
I wasn't thinking about Fat -- How
far we would go.
I promised we would have fun. That I
would be strict. But we will have
You kept that promise in every way.
This was the most important thing.
The to fall in love with dancing.
I have. I look back at all that,
Look at what you did.
You can watch it back.
Who would you like to win? I can't.
They are all good mates, whoever
wins is very deserving of it. They
are amazing, dancers and people.
We've loved having
you with us this year.
Everyone, please give it up
for Darvood and Nadiya!
I am spent now.
Now, it might not be
Christmas just yet,
but seeing as you've all been such
good boys and girls, we thought
you deserved a special gift!
Here, with a guide on how
to dance the perfect samba,
it's Strictly's creative director
of choreographer, Jason Gilkison!
The samba is the most lively and fun
of that in American dancing.
It originated in South America and
was the first stars to come into the
western world into New York in a
musical in the 1920s.
When you watch the Sam Baird you
should feel like you are transported
to Rio in carnival time.
It is cheeky, bouncy and above all
The bounce action happens in the
knees and is like a spring being
pushed back and forward. It goes
from one leg to the other. You get a
nice lilt which makes you feel like
you are into the groove of the
dance. One of the first steps, to
travel around the floor, is the
promenade run. It is important to
connect with your partner on the
first step so you face each child,
and continue down the floor. A top
tip learning a promenade run is to
try and do it with your hands behind
your back to make sure you're not
pushing your partner along the
floor. It wouldn't be a samba
without a samba roll. You can do
them in hold, facing, all in shadow
where you actually are standing
behind the lady. The easiest samba
roll is a natural turn which is
where you are facing your partner
almost in ballroom position and the
guy goes up on his toes with his hip
forward and head back. Then you turn
and do the second-half keeping your
heads in the same place so your
heads towards the centre.
Once you have mastered the natural
samba roll, it gets difficult, the
reverse samba roll.
If you are doing them in shadow, it
is important your partner is on the
right side of your body. Both heads
are together during a giant circle
in the sky. The judges are looking
for a smooth action. A popular step
to be edged used in the samba is
It is a step in Brazil and a rhythm.
It is really important to get the
feet right, a tiny slip backwards, a
rock forward through the ball off
the foot, and a replace, then repeat
on the other leg. The key is to keep
your body soft. If you tighten up it
will go stiff. Judges are looking
for a strong rhythm. Whilst that
percussion must be vibrating below
it is smooth as silk on top.
The samba is a really sexy, vibrant,
It is all about the rhythm it is a
It is important to have fun. I mean,
who knows, you might even get a ten
One of my favourites, thank you to
Jason and Pasha.
So we've just seen how
to do the perfect samba,
but will we see perfect swivels
in tonight's Pro Challenge?
It's time to find out!
This year the Pro Challenge is
heading back to the Roaring 20s
where our pros will attempt to set a
record for the most Charleston
swivel steps in 30 seconds. Judging
alongside me bb choreographer Bill
demur, and official adjudicator
Sophie. The swivel step is essential
in the Charleston and as the Justice
-- judges stressed, if it hasn't got
swivel, it isn't a Charleston. To
qualify, our pros have two complete
one forward and one backward step.
If there is no swivel in the feet or
ankles or if they fail to complete
the forward and backward steps, it
will be disqualified. The challenge
will be the hardest and most
technical our pros have faced but
only one person can claim the title.
Welcome to the Strictly Pro
Let's welcome our next contender.
He once said if he wasn't
a dancer he would have liked
to have been a scientist.
He also loves computer
games, and even
built his own computer!
So, let the games begin.
It's Pasha Kovalev!
Look at those hips!
Yes! Hello, darling!
Such a gentleman.
It's been a while
since we've seen you.
What have you been up to?
Welcome back. Exciting news.
You're part of this year's
Strictly Christmas Special.
What's it been like reuniting
with Kimberly Walsh?
You know what? I was wondering
myself before we actually started
dancing how will it be? And it felt
like we never left.
You've both still got it.
It is the connection we had and how
easy it was to practice and do the
When it come to swivels,
you look pretty good
on paper, young man.
Your Charleston with both Kimberly
and Caroline achieved top scores!
You feeling confident?
On paper, yes!
OK. Let us look at the Leader Board.
Cathkin is at the top, does that
-- catchier. She is a fast girl.
Let's take a look at how you got on.
I have to make sure my swivel is
perfect so the judges are happy.
Welcome to the Strictly Pro
I like this box.
It is lovely.
Quite serious. You have done more
Pro Challenger and anyone else.
You mean I never won?
You have been second quite a lot
Have you been doing anything
Stretching, willing my shoes,
practising my smile.
Good luck, take your position on the
For your official attempt beginning
Keep it up, Pasha, come on.
Keep swivelling. 15 seconds.
Don't lose it.
Pick it up.
Five, four, three...
Stop. Well done. Well done.
Thank you. You started off really
strongly. It looked like an Irish
jig towards the end.
I think those answers are very
If you go into the history!
You lost rhythm towards the end.
When your legs are tired to get back
into that Charleston bid is
The first part was good.
Congratulations, you did a good job,
fingers crossed, we will see how you
Started well, got stuck in the
middle. Hopefully that won't affect
my school much.
Ian compared it to an Irish jig.
How do you think you did?
Good that you ask. I've been
conducting DNA tests and I found out
actually being born in Siberia far
away from here I have 6% of Irish
Which explains everything!
Well, after each
of the professionals
had made their attempt,
the footage was watched back
by adjudicators in slow motion
to verify every single swivel
to make sure they
were all accurate.
Pasha Kovalev, it's time
for your moment of truth.
In 30 seconds, you completed...
26 Charleston swivels!
Which means you're top
of the Leader Board!
For now, at least, anyway.
However, so crawl...
Do you think you made any mistakes?
Plenty, but today is the closing
Well, I can now reveal
for the number of steps
disqualified, you scored...
That's the most so far!
That, my friend, puts
you here on the Leader Board!
I'm so sorry but we love him anyway.
Give it up for Pasha!
That's it for tonight.
Huge thanks to all my guests.
Join us tomorrow at 6.30 where I'll
be chatting to dance-off survivors
Alexandra and Gorka.
Plus, Natalie Lowe returns
for Choreography Corner,
and Brendan Cole takes on the Pro
Until then, goodnight!
Zoe Ball kicks off your weekly fix of Strictly action, chatting exclusively to the latest couple to leave and who missed out on a place in the semi-final. There will also be exclusive backstage access to the ballroom.