Episode 51 Strictly - It Takes Two


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Episode 51

Zoe Ball kicks off your weekly fix of Strictly action, chatting exclusively to the latest couple to leave, who missed out on a place in the semi-final.


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This is Strictly It Takes Two!

Please welcome your host, Zoe Ball.

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Hello and welcome to It Takes Two!

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We have our semi-finalists, people.

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Musicals Week certainly

delivered, didn't it?

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Mollie and AJ came close

to a smooch on screen...

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Darcey was purring with delight over

Debbie and Gio's American Smooth but

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the biggest surprise came when...

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EASTENDERS THEME: "Doof, doof, doof,

doof, doof-doof d-d-d-doof..."

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Davood and Nadiya were eliminated

from the competition!

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They might be bowing out

tonight, but there's always

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room for an encore.

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They're in the green room.

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We love them, we do.

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And stepping up to the Pro

Challenge this evening

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it's Russia's finest export -

the mighty Pasha!

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But before we chat to them,

let's take a behind the scenes look

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at how Strictly's musicals

spectacular all came together.

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MUSIC: Singin' In The Rain remix.

Coming down onto the floor being

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flown in on the chandelier, you get

a very sweaty right side of the face

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under that mask. I have just cleaned

myself up.

The Johnson requires much

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stamina and I hope that I can pull

that later.

It is nice to start on

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the stairs surrounded by the

dancers, but they are only there for

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the beginning.

Grease is my

favourite physical. I am living my

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childhood dream right now. I always

wanted to be regretted.

I'm allergic

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to cats. I always start sneezing.

I'm getting all the make-up on.

We

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are doing the musical Oliver! For

the big group number. I get to be

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sentenced -- I get to be The Apple

Dodger. There's lots of

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choreography, and they all have to

be on their game.

There's pressure

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to get it right and live up to

expectations.

Everyone is working

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hard, as the quarterfinals.

It is

going to be absolutely manic in

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here.

Joe, have you got lipstick on?

Now.

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-- No.

Close your eyes. Just waiting

for the last part of the puzzle,

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which is the mask.

I don't need it

glued to my face.

This is the but

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nobody knows about, this is where

all the costumes, the shoes hats,

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where they come when they are not

being used any more. Look at that.

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This is so exclusive, because nobody

knows it.

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# The hills are alive... , on,

folks. -- come on, folks.

Musicals.

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Oh, dear. It's Strictly.

I can't

wait to get on with the show.

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Let's raise the curtain and welcome

our Strictly stars!

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Time now to meet my first guest.

Over 11 weeks this powerhouse couple

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have stormed it with some truly

thrilling routines. Before we say

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our farewells, here are Davood and

Nadiya.

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# Goodbye, farewell,

aufweidersehen...

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# So long, farewell, aufweidersehen,

goodbye...

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APPLAUSE

Just listen to that! Fuel that love

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coming at you. The best looking

Phantom Of The Opera the world ever

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saw. How do you feel the day after

the day before?

I don't know. I

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suppose quite reflective at the

moment. But we ended it fine.

And it

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was such a great dance.

And making

your entrance as only you do now,

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one arm, coming from the ceiling.

I

want to enter every room now!

We can

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see that in the Queen Vic on

Christmas Day, coming through the

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ceiling. And an amazing Argentine

tango. It was so incredible. You had

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not been in the dance off since week

four. It is getting so intense now,

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it could be anyone. How did feel?

We

were always ready, every week we

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said, prepare to do this on the

Sunday. You never know when it is

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going to come up again. Having been

there before, you are kind of

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prepared a little bit emotionally,

but you know that you have got to go

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out there and impress the judges. We

got 29. She said, we got 29, and we

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were in the dance off.

That is

spooky.

That is weird. That is my

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new unlucky number!

We never want to

see that number again. You were up

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against Alexandra and Gorka. What do

you thinking at that point?

It is a

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horrible feeling, in the dance off,

one of you is going to have to go

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home. Alexandra got a good score,

she did a really good dance and we

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were bottom of the leaderboard so we

knew that it was going to be

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difficult to change the judges'

mine.

What was it you said to Davood

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before going out for that second

dance? What you say to him?

Was

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amazing. We knew that we were going

against Alex and she was an amazing

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dancer. We felt really relaxed.

We

had a little laugh, backstage. It

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feels like all that we had been

through in the last few months have

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led up to that moment. And it was

the first time I had danced without

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fear, you know what I mean? There

was a freedom to it.

We felt that,

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in the end. It was just a different

level. He never dance like this

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before. It was just something

special. And there was no fear,

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there are, at all. That flaw was

yours.

It was that feeling that this

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might be our last time that the

dance together for a couple of these

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peoples,, so just go for it and

enjoy it. It was something extra

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special.

First time in the show that

you had done the Argentine tango.

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Compared to the other dancers you're

done, how tricky it?

It is tricky,

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but I've always enjoyed watching it.

The ones we have had this year, when

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you watch them, you really take it

in, the relationship between the

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dancers and everything. What is nice

about it, you don't get swept up in

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the technical side of it. It is more

relaxed. But then let that fool you.

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It is actually really tough. --

don't let that full year.

He

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actually led through all of those

difficult steps, and the basic

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stuff, which is the most difficult.

And we made sure that the basic

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steps in the Argentine tango, he did

it, and it was so difficult.

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CHEERING

She is an amazing woman. It wasn't

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just us who were loving you.

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Bonnie Langford your

telly mum wrote...

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So sad @DavoodGhadami is out

@bbcstrictly but SO PROUD

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of his amazing achievement.

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Thanks for supporting him.

#proudtellymum

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And legendary choreographer

Sir Matthew Bourne posted

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that it was the best choreography

of the night.

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APPLAUSE

That is my stay here.

That is so

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nice. You want everyone to see that

you have really worked hard. I

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always said, make it difficult, make

it hard.

And it was. I really sorry

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that the judges didn't pick up on

all the advanced steps that he did.

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It may be like some professional

male who never did this, and he did

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it. That is how good he is.

This is

quite an amazing Strictly Story. You

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have done so much. Enjoy this.

OK,

thank you. I don't really have a

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signature dance move, the best I can

give you is a bit of clapping.

Your

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partner will be...

Nadiya!

It is the

chatter jar. Do your first dance. --

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it is the cha cha cha. I thought it

was amazing. The attack, the energy.

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Any woman would feel safe in your

arms.

I love your passion, your

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chemistry, the energy was absolutely

incredible.

Much better than last

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week. You definitely don't hold

back.

You are such a beast, a beast

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of fun, my darling!

Classic,

flowing, elegant dance, the walls,

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well, it should be.

When you did a

lift, your foot came off the floor,

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you could have kept your foot on the

floor when you did those spins.

And

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you were going so well.

And on came

the red light. It is not a nice

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experience. Davood and Nadiya...

This week we will focus on the kick

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and flick and the jive and have a

lot of fun, because you never know

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when it'll all be over.

This is what

you have, this amazing power and

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energy that you give to the dance,

and it worked perfectly on the jive.

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For a man to feel comfortable with

those fluid moves and have that

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desire through the body, you did

very well.

I could sit and watch

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that every day, darling. Well done.

He's such a great dancer. And he is

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improving every week, more and more.

Nadiya is my parachute. Like you are

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jumping out of a plane and she is

the one that stops you crashing.

I

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think you just were totally awesome.

You really swept all of us off of

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our feet.

Incredible, absolutely

loved it.

I'm going to enjoy this, I

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think.

Your star is rising high.

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Zing!

Bring on Blackpool!

This week

we are bouncing the paso doble. I

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get to play James Bond as well.

Brilliant.

I give you, your licence

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to thrill.

Powerful performance.

Incredible. Thank you, Blackpool.

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Thank you.

It was absolutely

effortless. My kind of walls. --

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waltz.

I am so proud of him.

He's

amazing. The idea of dancing doesn't

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fill me with dread any more, it

fills me with joy, it is making me

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smile and making me feel happy.

You

have some spectacular lifts, but you

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had some stumbling problems this

evening.

It was a good effort,

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but...

Judges, it's time to decide.

Alexandra...

She's a great teacher

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and now she's a really good friend

and I am so privileged to have met

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you.

I am such a lucky girl, to have

you as my partner.

I am so proud of

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you. Thank you for teaching me to

dance.

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We have all gone, he is down!

I am allergic to something, the

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glitter!

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What are the highlights are you?

From the Lord show, finding you were

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my partner. Learning what you can

and can't do. Something happened

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with the American Smooth, that

kick-started something. It is when I

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started really enjoyed it, feeling

after being in the dance-off in the

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Viennese, after that, you know why

you are here, to have fun. I am not

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a dancer but I want to enjoy every

minute. That was amazing. The

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Charleston... We got ten.

Squealing. A new noise to me. And

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actually, even though it was our

last dance, the Argentina Tango,

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there was something incredible, that

was a highlight as well.

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Did you think you would come this

far in the competition?

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I wasn't thinking about Fat -- How

far we would go.

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I promised we would have fun. That I

would be strict. But we will have

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fun.

You kept that promise in every way.

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This was the most important thing.

The to fall in love with dancing.

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I have. I look back at all that,

that me?

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Look at what you did.

Incredible stuff.

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You can watch it back.

Who would you like to win? I can't.

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They are all good mates, whoever

wins is very deserving of it. They

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are amazing, dancers and people.

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We've loved having

you with us this year.

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Everyone, please give it up

for Darvood and Nadiya!

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CHEERING.

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I am spent now.

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Now, it might not be

Christmas just yet,

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but seeing as you've all been such

good boys and girls, we thought

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you deserved a special gift!

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Here, with a guide on how

to dance the perfect samba,

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it's Strictly's creative director

of choreographer, Jason Gilkison!

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The samba is the most lively and fun

of that in American dancing.

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It originated in South America and

was the first stars to come into the

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western world into New York in a

musical in the 1920s.

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When you watch the Sam Baird you

should feel like you are transported

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to Rio in carnival time.

It is cheeky, bouncy and above all

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very sexy.

The bounce action happens in the

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knees and is like a spring being

pushed back and forward. It goes

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from one leg to the other. You get a

nice lilt which makes you feel like

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you are into the groove of the

dance. One of the first steps, to

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travel around the floor, is the

promenade run. It is important to

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connect with your partner on the

first step so you face each child,

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and continue down the floor. A top

tip learning a promenade run is to

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try and do it with your hands behind

your back to make sure you're not

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pushing your partner along the

floor. It wouldn't be a samba

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without a samba roll. You can do

them in hold, facing, all in shadow

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where you actually are standing

behind the lady. The easiest samba

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roll is a natural turn which is

where you are facing your partner

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almost in ballroom position and the

guy goes up on his toes with his hip

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forward and head back. Then you turn

and do the second-half keeping your

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heads in the same place so your

heads towards the centre.

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Once you have mastered the natural

samba roll, it gets difficult, the

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reverse samba roll.

If you are doing them in shadow, it

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is important your partner is on the

right side of your body. Both heads

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are together during a giant circle

in the sky. The judges are looking

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for a smooth action. A popular step

to be edged used in the samba is

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this one.

It is a step in Brazil and a rhythm.

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It is really important to get the

feet right, a tiny slip backwards, a

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rock forward through the ball off

the foot, and a replace, then repeat

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on the other leg. The key is to keep

your body soft. If you tighten up it

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will go stiff. Judges are looking

for a strong rhythm. Whilst that

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percussion must be vibrating below

it is smooth as silk on top.

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The samba is a really sexy, vibrant,

energetic dance.

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It is all about the rhythm it is a

celebration.

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It is important to have fun. I mean,

who knows, you might even get a ten

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from Craig!

One of my favourites, thank you to

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Jason and Pasha.

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So we've just seen how

to do the perfect samba,

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but will we see perfect swivels

in tonight's Pro Challenge?

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It's time to find out!

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This year the Pro Challenge is

heading back to the Roaring 20s

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where our pros will attempt to set a

record for the most Charleston

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swivel steps in 30 seconds. Judging

alongside me bb choreographer Bill

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demur, and official adjudicator

Sophie. The swivel step is essential

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in the Charleston and as the Justice

-- judges stressed, if it hasn't got

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swivel, it isn't a Charleston. To

qualify, our pros have two complete

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one forward and one backward step.

If there is no swivel in the feet or

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ankles or if they fail to complete

the forward and backward steps, it

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will be disqualified. The challenge

will be the hardest and most

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technical our pros have faced but

only one person can claim the title.

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Welcome to the Strictly Pro

Challenge 2017.

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Thank you.

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Let's welcome our next contender.

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He once said if he wasn't

a dancer he would have liked

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to have been a scientist.

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He also loves computer

games, and even

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built his own computer!

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So, let the games begin.

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It's Pasha Kovalev!

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CHEERING.

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Look at those hips!

Yes! Hello, darling!

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Such a gentleman.

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It's been a while

since we've seen you.

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What have you been up to?

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Welcome back. Exciting news.

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You're part of this year's

Strictly Christmas Special.

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What's it been like reuniting

with Kimberly Walsh?

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You know what? I was wondering

myself before we actually started

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dancing how will it be? And it felt

like we never left.

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You've both still got it.

It is the connection we had and how

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easy it was to practice and do the

dancing choreography.

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When it come to swivels,

you look pretty good

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on paper, young man.

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Your Charleston with both Kimberly

and Caroline achieved top scores!

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You feeling confident?

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On paper, yes!

OK. Let us look at the Leader Board.

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Cathkin is at the top, does that

intimidate you?

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-- catchier. She is a fast girl.

Possibly.

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Let's take a look at how you got on.

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I have to make sure my swivel is

perfect so the judges are happy.

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Hello.

Welcome to the Strictly Pro

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Challenge.

I like this box.

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It is lovely.

Quite serious. You have done more

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Pro Challenger and anyone else.

You mean I never won?

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You have been second quite a lot

times.

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Have you been doing anything

special?

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Stretching, willing my shoes,

practising my smile.

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Good luck, take your position on the

dance floor.

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For your official attempt beginning

now.

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Keep it up, Pasha, come on.

Keep swivelling. 15 seconds.

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Don't lose it.

Pick it up.

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Five, four, three...

Stop. Well done. Well done.

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Thank you. You started off really

strongly. It looked like an Irish

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jig towards the end.

I think those answers are very

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related.

If you go into the history!

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You lost rhythm towards the end.

When your legs are tired to get back

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into that Charleston bid is

difficult.

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The first part was good.

Congratulations, you did a good job,

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fingers crossed, we will see how you

get on.

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Started well, got stuck in the

middle. Hopefully that won't affect

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my school much.

CHEERING.

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Ian compared it to an Irish jig.

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How do you think you did?

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Good that you ask. I've been

conducting DNA tests and I found out

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actually being born in Siberia far

away from here I have 6% of Irish

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blood.

Which explains everything!

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Well, after each

of the professionals

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had made their attempt,

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the footage was watched back

by adjudicators in slow motion

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to verify every single swivel

to make sure they

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were all accurate.

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Pasha Kovalev, it's time

for your moment of truth.

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In 30 seconds, you completed...

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26 Charleston swivels!

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Which means you're top

of the Leader Board!

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For now, at least, anyway.

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However, so crawl...

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Do you think you made any mistakes?

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Plenty, but today is the closing

day.

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Well, I can now reveal

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for the number of steps

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disqualified, you scored...

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13.

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That's the most so far!

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That, my friend, puts

you here on the Leader Board!

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I'm so sorry but we love him anyway.

So close.

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Give it up for Pasha!

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CHEERING.

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That's it for tonight.

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Huge thanks to all my guests.

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Join us tomorrow at 6.30 where I'll

be chatting to dance-off survivors

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Alexandra and Gorka.

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Plus, Natalie Lowe returns

for Choreography Corner,

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and Brendan Cole takes on the Pro

Challenge!

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Until then, goodnight!

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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.