Zoe Ball gives us all the news from Strictly, and one of the semi-finalist couples join her on the sofa. Ian Waite casts his expert eye over the couples' training footage.
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From London, this is Strictly: It
Takes Two. Please welcome your host,
Hello and welcome to It Takes Two!
If you're missing the
Razmataz of Strictly's
musical special, don't worry -
we've got your back.
Just take a look at the all-singing,
in our Green Room.
Here to tell me more,
tell me more about
their rumba - it's Mollie and AJ!
Little sandy and Danny.
He may not know how
to sing but he sure
can wave a wand about
theatrically - it's
He's not bad at singing actually.
And look who we've
got in the house -
Hayley, Jamie, Andrea and Tommy -
the Strictly Singers!
At last, they are here.
Plus, hoping to put last year's Pro
Challenge humiliation behind him -
it's Neil Jones!
Warming up. Backstage, come on, you
can do it.
But first up tonight,
with the semifinal
never has a warm-up
held so much importance.
It's time for Ian Waite!
It's Ian Waite, everyone!
He is here, panic over. Do you know
him? Not bad, not bad. Our couples
have two dances this weekend and
new, young man, have tend to get
through so we must hasten on. So
much to discuss. Alexandra and
Gorka's first dance will be a salsa.
She's dancing fantastic are great at
the Latin dances, this is going to
I think it is looking really
good, it is really going to suit
her, it's going to be a fantastic
dance for her, it has lots of
rhythm, she has lots of speed in
there. As you saw, the zigzags she
did beautifully, and I have slowed
this down and I love the armography,
over the arms twice and again onto a
different arm hold, very complicated
some of the armography but she's
doing it brilliantly already. And is
so smooth, that's the thing, at this
stage on Tuesday, you would expect
it to become a no, today's footage,
sorry, you'd expect it to be a
little rusty before Saturday but
it's looking good.
Good work. Jail
and Katya are dancing and American
smooth. How is our gorgeous boy,
looking smooth enough for you? --
joke and Katya.
Yes, some very nice
moves at the beginning, the way he
rocks and sways, very Fred and
Gingeresque and I like the win takes
hold of her. I talked about him a
few weeks ago of getting the chicken
drumsticks underneath her armpit and
got it under their nicely. The only
thing is, hold on a second.
wondered where it was.
thing is he has a lovely shoulder
line, lovely long neck might like to
see him get this arm up a little bit
so it is on a bit more of a right
angle, not a proper right angle but
a bit more, get his arm a little bit
Just a simple tiny detail.
Gemma and Aljaz are doing a tango.
Has her girl got enough attack?
looks very good, her hand looks a
bit like a spider on the back. She
should get that underneath the
armpit again, I know it's a bit
smelly but don't worry about it. And
also she's doing heel leads, which
is good, but I'd like to see her
work on this area at the bottom.
What I'd like her to
do is when she moves off to
promenade there is a push from
there, push drive, which would give
her a more staccato feeling to the
I could watch you do that for
It will give that will be
extra oomph she needs.
AJ, samba, how are Mollie's hips
looking? I saw this early on.
Lovely body action. Very loose.
Promenade runs, if you look,
it is a different timing. What I'd
like to see her do is on the
promenade run, if I can just circled
the back leg, if we do that for you
we will show you how it is done.
One, two, three. In that position,
make sure you lunch into the front
foot enough so that you can stretch
out that tow.
These trousers don't
give much! Don't show these muffin
tops. Don't be caught between the
two legs. Just like that, I've got
it! Debbie and Giovanni doing a jive
to I'm so excited, by the Pointer
I'm excited, upon
the balls of her feet, like to do
her about stepping action down into
the ground rather than flicks out on
the beginning peace. But if you
notice here she does chicken walks
and I think she's doing it too much
with her legs apart. If from here...
Keep them together, girls.
see here I'd like her to get the top
of her legs together almost like she
has a tight skirt.
How would you
Legs to wide apart.
the second dances, halfway, are you
OK? Alexandra and Gorka back for a
Viennese waltz. Do you like what you
The flow is really good, nice
natural tones, her footwork is very
good. They are not actually in hold
-- natural Terence. Lovely running
around, keeping it fluid, there was
note trotting. When you run around
there can be a little bit of
bouncing -- natural turns.
hear that wide enough anymore, Nath.
I love the fact she has this lovely
the arm and details in the feet.
Beautiful, Joe and Katya next in
line the Argentine tango I'm excited
about Halys Joe -- how is Joe
When they flip the foot and
it goes right up the back, right up
the codpiece, it's amazing. These
interlinking steps when they
ricocheted off each other. It looks
really good. He just goes run a
little bit there. I slowed it down.
He's supposed to step through
backwards instead of forwards and
she's ordered held him and said, no,
it's forwards, not backwards, deer,
or the other way around. It is a
nice dance, difficult to tell from
just that short bit of footage but
hopefully by Saturday it will be
fantastic. Gemma and Aljaz also
dancing a rumba, what do you make of
it? She has a very nice hip action
and very good straight leg. That is
what you want from a rumba. And
also, if you notice when she goes
into this she has a lovely arched
foot and lovely shape of foot. If I
just spotlight this, OK, now, if you
just watch this, she is going to do
a close. As she closes her feet in
the fan position, she is keeping
that foot flat as she goes in. I
would say articulate it before so
you get a little bit of
These are the details.
You get the shape of the foot before
you go there.
These could make the
extra points and make all the
difference. Mollie and AJ and their
waltz, but this see them pivot their
way into the final?
This is only
Monday footage. So, I think it's
probably much better by today,
right, guys? Because it looks a
little bid dropped in the body. But
I would say, maybe because she
hasn't got normal shoes on, give her
a couple more inches.
It will get you a little
higher in the rib cage and get you a
little bit more, do you know what I
mean? That's when you should come
through so you are a little bit late
and also leaving your bum behind
Take your bum with you, love.
Debbie and Giovanni
dancing a foxtrot, Kvist top the
American smooth from last week,
which was marvellous?
Yes, it was
and she is glued to her man, as you
can see here, not a gap insight.
Lovely position as well. She is
clinging onto him a little bit that
hand. You would! She needs to go on
the top, not cling around and a bit
too much rotation in the body to the
left. If she keeps her body up to
him a little more shapes at the
back. Other than that, beautiful
dancing, forward to it.
How good was
he? Ten dances!
Right now it's time
to once again push our
Strictly pros to
their absolute limits
and then some.
really don't come any
tougher than this.
And he does feature. Lovely. This
year's Strictly Pro Challenge is
heading back in time to the Roaring
20s where our pros will attempt to
set a Guinness World Record title
for the most Charlton swivel steps
in 30 seconds. In order for the
swivel step to qualify our pros will
have to complete one forward and one
backwards step. If there is no
swivel in the feet and ankles the
step will be disqualified. This
year's challenge will be the hardest
our pros have ever faced, but only
one person can claim the title. It's
the Strictly Pro Challenge 2017.
It's time to welcome
our next contender.
He was born in Germany and speaks
fluent Dutch and splits his time
between the UK and Hong Kong. What a
jet setter. Go wild for our very own
Ginger Rogers, Neil Jones!
What an entrance! And what they owe
Firstly, I just wanted
to say thank you for
being here with us today.
It can't have been easy
after last year's incident.
Why, what happened last year? Just
in case you had forgotten, last
year, the lovely meal had all 104
jive flicks and kicks completely
disqualified -- Neil had all 104.
They were great. Recount! Recount!
How do you feel one year on?
recovered, I've been through a lot
of therapy and it's helping.
glad! This is the Leader Board. Your
gorgeous wife at the number one spot
currently. Do you have the heart, or
indeed the ability, to knock her off
the top spot?
I went in just before
Katya and she said do you have any
advice? I said, honey, use your
arms. I personally think whatever
happens to me I should get those
Nice way of looking at it.
The entire nation is waiting with
bated breath. Let's see how Neil got
I'm a bit worried about the
Charleston, I haven't had as long as
Anton, he's been doing it since he
was born, that's a lot longer than
the rest of us. But I'm going to try
Welcome to the Strictly
Pro Challenge this year, be looking
forward to you coming.
So have I!
Last year, obviously it was a bit
disaster because... Yeah.
every single step disqualified.
Learn from your mistakes?
been working on both steps to find
out that the Pro Challenge is
different this year.
Well, I hope
you do a good job because we've got
the wonderful judge here to
scrutinise every little step you
Keep that swivel going.
OK, for your
official attempt beginning in three,
two, one, go.
Keep it up, Neil,
come on. Go from zero to hero. Don't
Keep swivelling. Five,
four, three, two, one. Stop.
Well done. I think I might
have lost it a bit in the middle,
I'm not going to live.
A little bit.
You are giving us our thumbs in
I liked that. The hands
I was trying
Lots of variation and
entertaining, good to watch.
We don't know, we have to
scrutinise it and let you know
later. But well done, good attempt.
Better than last year.
Yes! You know what, I think this
could be my year, Giovanni is going
Neil, taught me through the arms.
was trying everything. -- talk me
through. I'm the original chicken, I
thought thumbs in, let's try
something different, try everything.
It was your facial expression that
was my favourite. After each of the
professionals had made their
attempts the footage was watched
back by adjudicators in slow motion
to verify every civil swivel to make
sure they were all accurate. --
every single swivel. And because it
was knew they were obliged to check
it twice. Only kidding! 19 is the
score to beat to put you in front of
Katya. Neil Jones, in 30 seconds,
you are so excited. You completed...
19 Charleston swivels. Exactly the
same as Katya.
19? I'm top of the
Well, not all of those
swivels were legal. Wait for it.
Eight disqualified steps. Giving you
a score of 11. It's better than last
year, which puts you joint ninth on
the Leader Board. Look, there you
are. URL above Brendan Cole.
lower than Pasha.
-- you are above Brendan Cole. I
need to give him a cuddle.
than zero is OK.
And higher than
Brendan. Time to go to the training
rooms to see how our couples are
training for the second most
important challenge of the week, the
Strictly semi-finals. So sorry!
Foxtrot, we have a priority on the
position. And look where you are.
I struggled with getting the
feet and the head right. My feet are
killing me, my back is killing me.
Sometimes your body gives up on you
and I feel that's what has happened
to me today.
Head! Three... Head!
This is semifinal week. We can't
make a mistake.
It can't just be a
good dance. It's got to be a great
Nice, go, go, go, beautiful!
The Rumba has gone through stages of
yeah I've got it, too I've not got
it at all. So confused.
Look at me,
the Rumba is a very challenging
I keep trying to lead the
OK, I'm coming back.
he's the guy, not me.
He loves being
I'm trying to make it
look like it is extremely easy. Two,
three, four. But it's not.
It's time now to welcome four of
Strictly's unsung heroes - or should
that be sung?!
They've got some of the best pipes
in the biz - please go wild
for the wonderful Hayley,
Jamie, Andrea and Tommy!
At last, you are here. Welcome,
welcome. Lance could not be here
because we could not fit him on the
sofa but we are sending him some
love. Tommy, you have been here
since the show began, when
televisions were black and white!
How has the music changed?
much more traditional in those days.
Then when Dave Arch came in, the
whole things changed. They are doing
tangos to music that you would not
It is Dave's fault!
blame Dave for everything. Jamie,
welcome, new kid on the block. You
have stood in for Lance three times.
How is it to join a show like this?
And how have they treated you? Have
they treated you like the new boy or
have they been nice?
You have been
It has been a wonderful thing.
It is a departure from what I am
used to doing so it has been good.
Really, really good fun.
Hayley, you got married!
Sent him I love. You did a surprise
Yes, it was ace
She didn't know, incredible.
Thank goodness she agreed! The
audience don't realise you're
singing everything live. Do you
still get nervous?
luckily because the days so long,
you are so tired so you're not
nervous. But it doesn't matter how
many years you have been doing it,
you suddenly get the fear for no
apparent reason. It could be on the
song you have sung a million times.
The panic sets in, but you get
through it, because you have to.
There is no choice.
Andrea, you have
the best seats in the house. I love
it when they cut your cheeky face
peeking over. Do you get distracted
by the shenanigans on the floor?
don't. When I am singing, I don't. I
try not to look because otherwise it
puts me off my singing!
You are a professional.
like the way you say I don't which
means the others do. Tommy, when do
you know what songs you will be
singing in the week?... Usually by
Monday evening or Tuesday at the
latest. It is not much time. We have
three or four days to get the lead
vocals ready and the backing vocals.
They are often much tougher. That is
not a long time. Jamie, your
repertoire is often different to the
others. What do they call you in
Be called me in for anything
that is remotely rocky or high.
The Darkness. That was so good. How
can you sing that high?
Have you always been able to
sing that high?
Yes, I think so!
Hayley, how can we forget your
stunning performance during Ruth and
Anton's paso doble. Let's remind us
of your brilliance.
SHE SINGS VERY
That is our goal. So good! Was their
pressure performing with two iconic
I knew it would be
ridiculous. Anne Dunham said I am
about to go into the routine --
Anton said. They said we need
something more dramatic, what can
you do? And then they said, that is
We could not get you here
without asking you to sing for us.
Make our dreams country. The
Strictly sinners. -- sinners.
# I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
# Just like the ones I used to know
# Where the tree tops glisten
# And children listen
# To hear sleigh bells in the snow
# I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
# With every Christmas card I write
# May your days be merry and bright
# And may all your
Christmases be white.#.
That's amazing! Christmas has begun,
people! Give it up for Hayley,
Jamie, Andrea and Tommy and the
band, a wonderful?! Hours Strictly
Singers! Time to welcome our final
guests of the evening.
These two are...
Automatic, systematic, hydromatic.
It's Mollie and AJ!
You have improved so much, I am
Identity with Bruno at all.
I thought you were dancing by
numbers, I have to be honest.
timing was impeccable today. I
thought you got it just right.
Let's talk about that Rumba.
You've waited to be
Sandra Dee your whole life -
was Saturday night worth the wait?
It was so worth the wait. I think
literally that has been one of my
favourite nights ever. I loved
playing the part and dancing with
AJ. And we got two nines!
I love how
excited you are with those! My
little girl Nellie was watching and
she said, look at the Hat! That was
good with action going on there.
was -- look at that hair! I think
you were born to play the role.
had to leap into his arms, Mollie.
When he first said, you are going to
run off a bridge and leap into my
arms, how did you feel about that?
said OK, as long as you catch me.
I love the slow motion!
I said you had better catch me, you
had better catch me! He was so calm
Would would have been
quite embarrassing if he couldn't.
You had your joint highest scores
there, 31, your first nine from
Shirley, it is never too early.
Latin Queen as well.
But Craig was
not happy about the lift. AJ, at
this point in the game, you have to
impress the dealers and do you throw
the rule book out of the window a
Mollie house to get off
the prop and if she is jumping, I
have to be there to catch my
princess. So I thought I would spin
around in place on the floor.
effectively not a lift? I cannot
jump off and land on the floor. And
she cannot step because it is a big
We are allowed to get off the
I need to check the
rule book again. It is so huge!
Bruno loved the fireworks. Has it
been hard to work on that storyline?
Did hard to work on the storyline,
there are so much technical ability
and then obviously getting into
character. We have to mould it
together on the day.
I love you two.
We love you, Zoe!
Two dances, you
have waltz and Sam Byrne. You are
dancing to Shakira, -- the Sam
You're dancing to Shakira's
I'm legally required to play it.
Shakira's hips famously don't lie -
are your hips telling the whole
truth and nothing but the truth?
I hope they are. The honest truth
is, I once said to AJ, let's avoid
the samba, because I never thought
we would get to this point that we
would be doing all the routines, and
now it has crept up on us. The samba
is the one that is left. It has come
back to get us in the semis. Where
are throwing everything into it.
are working extra hard. Mollie has
got to go out there and let her in
going. She has got to have a great
time and have a party dance.
getting so good. And also the waltz,
Sarah McLachlan, Angel. It is
beautiful. As the ballroom girl,
does it float your boat?
this. It is such an emotional song.
I even love it in the rehearsals,
literally. There is so much to
concentrate on, but the song is
amazing. I love the waltz. I
literally can't wait to do this one.
It is a gorgeous night. It will be
something special on the night. I
cannot wait for this performance.
you get through this weekend, you
will be in the final of Strictly
Come Dancing 2017. I'm just saying
that. Last year, you went out in the
semifinal, how can you make that not
happen?... You have got to give it
We will give it
everything that we do every week.
Mollie works so hard. She puts
herself under so much pressure. We
go out there, we have the best time
of our lives and we just have fun.
Somebody said we have broken the
Strictly record for the amount of
Well done! Good luck
this weekend. I hope it works out.
Mollie and AJ!
That's all we have time for tonight.
We'll be back here tomorrow at 6:30
getting all the gossip
from Joe and Katya.
Hot lips Karen Clifton takes
on the Pro Challenge, and Vicky Gill
will be letting me have a rummage
through her clothes rails!
People think that I'm
incapable of working.
Zoe Ball gives us all the news and gossip from the Strictly Ballroom, and one of the semi-finalist couples join her on the sofa. Ian Waite casts his expert eye over the couples' training footage in his Warm-Up.