Episode 53 Strictly - It Takes Two


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Episode 53

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,

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Zoe Ball.

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APPLAUSE

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Hello and welcome to It Takes Two!

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If you're missing the

Razmataz of Strictly's

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musical special, don't worry -

we've got your back.

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Just take a look at the all-singing,

all-dancing line-up

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in our Green Room.

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Here to tell me more,

tell me more about

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their rumba - it's Mollie and AJ!

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Little sandy and Danny.

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He may not know how

to sing but he sure

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can wave a wand about

theatrically - it's

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Ian Waite.

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He's not bad at singing actually.

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And look who we've

got in the house -

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Hayley, Jamie, Andrea and Tommy -

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the Strictly Singers!

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At last, they are here.

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Plus, hoping to put last year's Pro

Challenge humiliation behind him -

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it's Neil Jones!

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Warming up. Backstage, come on, you

can do it.

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But first up tonight,

with the semifinal

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fast approaching,

never has a warm-up

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held so much importance.

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It's time for Ian Waite!

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It's Ian Waite, everyone!

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He is here, panic over. Do you know

him? Not bad, not bad. Our couples

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have two dances this weekend and

new, young man, have tend to get

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through so we must hasten on. So

much to discuss. Alexandra and

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Gorka's first dance will be a salsa.

She's dancing fantastic are great at

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the Latin dances, this is going to

be hot.

I think it is looking really

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good, it is really going to suit

her, it's going to be a fantastic

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dance for her, it has lots of

rhythm, she has lots of speed in

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there. As you saw, the zigzags she

did beautifully, and I have slowed

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this down and I love the armography,

over the arms twice and again onto a

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different arm hold, very complicated

some of the armography but she's

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doing it brilliantly already. And is

so smooth, that's the thing, at this

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stage on Tuesday, you would expect

it to become a no, today's footage,

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sorry, you'd expect it to be a

little rusty before Saturday but

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it's looking good.

Good work. Jail

and Katya are dancing and American

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smooth. How is our gorgeous boy,

looking smooth enough for you? --

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joke and Katya.

Yes, some very nice

moves at the beginning, the way he

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rocks and sways, very Fred and

Gingeresque and I like the win takes

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hold of her. I talked about him a

few weeks ago of getting the chicken

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drumsticks underneath her armpit and

got it under their nicely. The only

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thing is, hold on a second.

I

wondered where it was.

The only

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thing is he has a lovely shoulder

line, lovely long neck might like to

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see him get this arm up a little bit

so it is on a bit more of a right

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angle, not a proper right angle but

a bit more, get his arm a little bit

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straight.

Just a simple tiny detail.

Gemma and Aljaz are doing a tango.

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Has her girl got enough attack?

She

looks very good, her hand looks a

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bit like a spider on the back. She

should get that underneath the

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armpit again, I know it's a bit

smelly but don't worry about it. And

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also she's doing heel leads, which

is good, but I'd like to see her

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work on this area at the bottom.

Lovely bottom.

What I'd like her to

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do is when she moves off to

promenade there is a push from

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there, push drive, which would give

her a more staccato feeling to the

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dance.

I could watch you do that for

hours.

It will give that will be

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extra oomph she needs.

Mollie and

AJ, samba, how are Mollie's hips

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looking? I saw this early on.

CHEERING

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Lovely body action. Very loose.

Like

a pro.

Promenade runs, if you look,

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it is a different timing. What I'd

like to see her do is on the

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promenade run, if I can just circled

the back leg, if we do that for you

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we will show you how it is done.

One, two, three. In that position,

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make sure you lunch into the front

foot enough so that you can stretch

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out that tow.

These trousers don't

give much! Don't show these muffin

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tops. Don't be caught between the

two legs. Just like that, I've got

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it! Debbie and Giovanni doing a jive

to I'm so excited, by the Pointer

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Sisters, excited?

I'm excited, upon

the balls of her feet, like to do

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her about stepping action down into

the ground rather than flicks out on

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the beginning peace. But if you

notice here she does chicken walks

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and I think she's doing it too much

with her legs apart. If from here...

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Keep them together, girls.

If you

see here I'd like her to get the top

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of her legs together almost like she

has a tight skirt.

How would you

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know that!?

Legs to wide apart.

Onto

the second dances, halfway, are you

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OK? Alexandra and Gorka back for a

Viennese waltz. Do you like what you

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see?

The flow is really good, nice

natural tones, her footwork is very

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good. They are not actually in hold

-- natural Terence. Lovely running

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around, keeping it fluid, there was

note trotting. When you run around

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there can be a little bit of

bouncing -- natural turns.

You don't

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hear that wide enough anymore, Nath.

I love the fact she has this lovely

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the arm and details in the feet.

Beautiful, Joe and Katya next in

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line the Argentine tango I'm excited

about Halys Joe -- how is Joe

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looking?

When they flip the foot and

it goes right up the back, right up

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the codpiece, it's amazing. These

interlinking steps when they

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ricocheted off each other. It looks

really good. He just goes run a

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little bit there. I slowed it down.

He's supposed to step through

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backwards instead of forwards and

she's ordered held him and said, no,

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it's forwards, not backwards, deer,

or the other way around. It is a

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nice dance, difficult to tell from

just that short bit of footage but

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hopefully by Saturday it will be

fantastic. Gemma and Aljaz also

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dancing a rumba, what do you make of

it? She has a very nice hip action

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and very good straight leg. That is

what you want from a rumba. And

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also, if you notice when she goes

into this she has a lovely arched

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foot and lovely shape of foot. If I

just spotlight this, OK, now, if you

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just watch this, she is going to do

a close. As she closes her feet in

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the fan position, she is keeping

that foot flat as she goes in. I

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would say articulate it before so

you get a little bit of

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articulation.

These are the details.

You get the shape of the foot before

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you go there.

These could make the

extra points and make all the

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difference. Mollie and AJ and their

waltz, but this see them pivot their

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way into the final?

This is only

Monday footage. So, I think it's

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probably much better by today,

right, guys? Because it looks a

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little bid dropped in the body. But

I would say, maybe because she

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hasn't got normal shoes on, give her

a couple more inches.

That's the

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problem!

It will get you a little

higher in the rib cage and get you a

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little bit more, do you know what I

mean? That's when you should come

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through so you are a little bit late

and also leaving your bum behind

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here.

Take your bum with you, love.

That's terrible!

Debbie and Giovanni

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dancing a foxtrot, Kvist top the

American smooth from last week,

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which was marvellous?

Yes, it was

and she is glued to her man, as you

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can see here, not a gap insight.

Lovely position as well. She is

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clinging onto him a little bit that

hand. You would! She needs to go on

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the top, not cling around and a bit

too much rotation in the body to the

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left. If she keeps her body up to

him a little more shapes at the

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back. Other than that, beautiful

dancing, forward to it.

How good was

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he? Ten dances!

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Right now it's time

to once again push our

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Strictly pros to

their absolute limits

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and then some.

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Charleston swivels

really don't come any

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tougher than this.

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And he does feature. Lovely. This

year's Strictly Pro Challenge is

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heading back in time to the Roaring

20s where our pros will attempt to

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set a Guinness World Record title

for the most Charlton swivel steps

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in 30 seconds. In order for the

swivel step to qualify our pros will

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have to complete one forward and one

backwards step. If there is no

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swivel in the feet and ankles the

step will be disqualified. This

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year's challenge will be the hardest

our pros have ever faced, but only

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one person can claim the title. It's

the Strictly Pro Challenge 2017.

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It's time to welcome

our next contender.

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He was born in Germany and speaks

fluent Dutch and splits his time

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between the UK and Hong Kong. What a

jet setter. Go wild for our very own

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Ginger Rogers, Neil Jones!

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APPLAUSE

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What an entrance! And what they owe

tie.

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Firstly, I just wanted

to say thank you for

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being here with us today.

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It can't have been easy

after last year's incident.

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Why, what happened last year? Just

in case you had forgotten, last

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year, the lovely meal had all 104

jive flicks and kicks completely

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disqualified -- Neil had all 104.

They were great. Recount! Recount!

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How do you feel one year on?

I've

recovered, I've been through a lot

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of therapy and it's helping.

I'm

glad! This is the Leader Board. Your

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gorgeous wife at the number one spot

currently. Do you have the heart, or

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indeed the ability, to knock her off

the top spot?

I went in just before

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Katya and she said do you have any

advice? I said, honey, use your

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arms. I personally think whatever

happens to me I should get those

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points.

Nice way of looking at it.

The entire nation is waiting with

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bated breath. Let's see how Neil got

on.

I'm a bit worried about the

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Charleston, I haven't had as long as

Anton, he's been doing it since he

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was born, that's a lot longer than

the rest of us. But I'm going to try

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my hardest.

Hello, Neil.

Hello,

everyone.

Welcome to the Strictly

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Pro Challenge this year, be looking

forward to you coming.

So have I!

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Last year, obviously it was a bit

disaster because... Yeah.

You got

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every single step disqualified.

I

know.

Learn from your mistakes?

I've

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been working on both steps to find

out that the Pro Challenge is

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different this year.

Well, I hope

you do a good job because we've got

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the wonderful judge here to

scrutinise every little step you

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take.

Keep that swivel going.

I'm

ready.

No pressure.

OK, for your

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official attempt beginning in three,

two, one, go.

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Good.

15 seconds.

Keep it up, Neil,

come on. Go from zero to hero. Don't

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lose it.

Keep swivelling. Five,

four, three, two, one. Stop.

Well

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done.

Well done. I think I might

have lost it a bit in the middle,

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I'm not going to live.

A little bit.

You are giving us our thumbs in

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waistcoat.

I liked that. The hands

were swinging.

I was trying

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everything.

Lots of variation and

entertaining, good to watch.

Have I

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won?

We don't know, we have to

scrutinise it and let you know

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later. But well done, good attempt.

Better than last year.

Thank you.

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Yes! You know what, I think this

could be my year, Giovanni is going

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down.

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Neil, taught me through the arms.

I

was trying everything. -- talk me

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through. I'm the original chicken, I

thought thumbs in, let's try

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something different, try everything.

It was your facial expression that

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was my favourite. After each of the

professionals had made their

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attempts the footage was watched

back by adjudicators in slow motion

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to verify every civil swivel to make

sure they were all accurate. --

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every single swivel. And because it

was knew they were obliged to check

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it twice. Only kidding! 19 is the

score to beat to put you in front of

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Katya. Neil Jones, in 30 seconds,

you are so excited. You completed...

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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19 Charleston swivels. Exactly the

same as Katya.

19? I'm top of the

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Leader Board?

Well, not all of those

swivels were legal. Wait for it.

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Eight disqualified steps. Giving you

a score of 11. It's better than last

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year, which puts you joint ninth on

the Leader Board. Look, there you

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are. URL above Brendan Cole.

I'm

lower than Pasha.

It's OK.

And Amy.

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-- you are above Brendan Cole. I

need to give him a cuddle.

Higher

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than zero is OK.

And higher than

Brendan. Time to go to the training

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rooms to see how our couples are

training for the second most

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important challenge of the week, the

Strictly semi-finals. So sorry!

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Foxtrot, we have a priority on the

position. And look where you are.

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Head!

I struggled with getting the

feet and the head right. My feet are

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killing me, my back is killing me.

Sometimes your body gives up on you

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and I feel that's what has happened

to me today.

Head! Three... Head!

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This is semifinal week. We can't

make a mistake.

It can't just be a

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good dance. It's got to be a great

dance.

Nice, go, go, go, beautiful!

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The Rumba has gone through stages of

yeah I've got it, too I've not got

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it at all. So confused.

Look at me,

the Rumba is a very challenging

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dance.

I keep trying to lead the

dancers.

OK, I'm coming back.

But

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he's the guy, not me.

He loves being

the woman.

I'm trying to make it

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look like it is extremely easy. Two,

three, four. But it's not.

I know.

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It's time now to welcome four of

Strictly's unsung heroes - or should

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that be sung?!

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They've got some of the best pipes

in the biz - please go wild

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for the wonderful Hayley,

Jamie, Andrea and Tommy!

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CHEERING

At last, you are here. Welcome,

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welcome. Lance could not be here

because we could not fit him on the

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sofa but we are sending him some

love. Tommy, you have been here

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since the show began, when

televisions were black and white!

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How has the music changed?

It was

much more traditional in those days.

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Then when Dave Arch came in, the

whole things changed. They are doing

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tangos to music that you would not

expect.

It is Dave's fault!

Let's

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blame Dave for everything. Jamie,

welcome, new kid on the block. You

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have stood in for Lance three times.

How is it to join a show like this?

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And how have they treated you? Have

they treated you like the new boy or

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have they been nice?

You have been

nice.

It has been a wonderful thing.

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It is a departure from what I am

used to doing so it has been good.

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Really, really good fun.

Welcome.

Hayley, you got married!

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CHEERING

Sent him I love. You did a surprise

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wedding, amazing.

Yes, it was ace

prize!

She didn't know, incredible.

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Thank goodness she agreed! The

audience don't realise you're

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singing everything live. Do you

still get nervous?

Yes, sometimes,

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luckily because the days so long,

you are so tired so you're not

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nervous. But it doesn't matter how

many years you have been doing it,

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you suddenly get the fear for no

apparent reason. It could be on the

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song you have sung a million times.

The panic sets in, but you get

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through it, because you have to.

There is no choice.

Andrea, you have

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the best seats in the house. I love

it when they cut your cheeky face

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peeking over. Do you get distracted

by the shenanigans on the floor?

I

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don't. When I am singing, I don't. I

try not to look because otherwise it

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puts me off my singing!

You are a professional.

I try.

I

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like the way you say I don't which

means the others do. Tommy, when do

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you know what songs you will be

singing in the week?... Usually by

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Monday evening or Tuesday at the

latest. It is not much time. We have

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three or four days to get the lead

vocals ready and the backing vocals.

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They are often much tougher. That is

not a long time. Jamie, your

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repertoire is often different to the

others. What do they call you in

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for?

Be called me in for anything

that is remotely rocky or high.

Like

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The Darkness. That was so good. How

can you sing that high?

I don't

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know!

Have you always been able to

sing that high?

Yes, I think so!

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Hayley, how can we forget your

stunning performance during Ruth and

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Anton's paso doble. Let's remind us

of your brilliance.

SHE SINGS VERY

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HIGH.

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APPLAUSE

That is our goal. So good! Was their

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pressure performing with two iconic

people.

I knew it would be

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ridiculous. Anne Dunham said I am

about to go into the routine --

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Anton said. They said we need

something more dramatic, what can

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you do? And then they said, that is

it!

We could not get you here

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without asking you to sing for us.

Make our dreams country. The

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Strictly sinners. -- sinners.

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# I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

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# Just like the ones I used to know

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# Where the tree tops glisten

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# And children listen

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# To hear sleigh bells in the snow

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# I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

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# With every Christmas card I write

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# May your days be merry and bright

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# And may all your

Christmases be white.#.

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CHEERING

That's amazing! Christmas has begun,

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people! Give it up for Hayley,

Jamie, Andrea and Tommy and the

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band, a wonderful?! Hours Strictly

Singers! Time to welcome our final

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guests of the evening.

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These two are...

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Automatic, systematic, hydromatic.

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It's Mollie and AJ!

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You have improved so much, I am

stunned.

Identity with Bruno at all.

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I thought you were dancing by

numbers, I have to be honest.

Your

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timing was impeccable today. I

thought you got it just right.

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Impeccable!

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Hello, Semi-Finalists!

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Let's talk about that Rumba.

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You've waited to be

Sandra Dee your whole life -

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was Saturday night worth the wait?

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It was so worth the wait. I think

literally that has been one of my

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favourite nights ever. I loved

playing the part and dancing with

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AJ. And we got two nines!

I love how

excited you are with those! My

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little girl Nellie was watching and

she said, look at the Hat! That was

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good with action going on there.

It

was -- look at that hair! I think

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you were born to play the role.

You

had to leap into his arms, Mollie.

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When he first said, you are going to

run off a bridge and leap into my

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arms, how did you feel about that?

I

said OK, as long as you catch me.

In

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slow motion.

I love the slow motion!

I said you had better catch me, you

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had better catch me! He was so calm

about it.

Would would have been

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quite embarrassing if he couldn't.

You had your joint highest scores

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there, 31, your first nine from

Shirley, it is never too early.

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Latin Queen as well.

But Craig was

not happy about the lift. AJ, at

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this point in the game, you have to

impress the dealers and do you throw

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the rule book out of the window a

little bit?

Mollie house to get off

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the prop and if she is jumping, I

have to be there to catch my

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princess. So I thought I would spin

around in place on the floor.

Said

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effectively not a lift? I cannot

jump off and land on the floor. And

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she cannot step because it is a big

one.

We are allowed to get off the

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prop anyway.

I need to check the

rule book again. It is so huge!

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Bruno loved the fireworks. Has it

been hard to work on that storyline?

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Did hard to work on the storyline,

there are so much technical ability

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and then obviously getting into

character. We have to mould it

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together on the day.

I love you two.

We love you, Zoe!

Two dances, you

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have waltz and Sam Byrne. You are

dancing to Shakira, -- the Sam

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Byrne.

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You're dancing to Shakira's

Whenever Wherever.

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I'm legally required to play it.

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MUSIC: "Whenever,Wherever"

by Shakira.

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Shakira's hips famously don't lie -

are your hips telling the whole

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truth and nothing but the truth?

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I hope they are. The honest truth

is, I once said to AJ, let's avoid

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the samba, because I never thought

we would get to this point that we

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would be doing all the routines, and

now it has crept up on us. The samba

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is the one that is left. It has come

back to get us in the semis. Where

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are throwing everything into it.

We

are working extra hard. Mollie has

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got to go out there and let her in

going. She has got to have a great

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time and have a party dance.

You're

getting so good. And also the waltz,

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Sarah McLachlan, Angel. It is

beautiful. As the ballroom girl,

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does it float your boat?

I love

this. It is such an emotional song.

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I even love it in the rehearsals,

literally. There is so much to

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concentrate on, but the song is

amazing. I love the waltz. I

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literally can't wait to do this one.

It is a gorgeous night. It will be

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something special on the night. I

cannot wait for this performance.

If

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you get through this weekend, you

will be in the final of Strictly

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Come Dancing 2017. I'm just saying

that. Last year, you went out in the

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semifinal, how can you make that not

happen?... You have got to give it

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everything.

We will give it

everything that we do every week.

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Mollie works so hard. She puts

herself under so much pressure. We

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go out there, we have the best time

of our lives and we just have fun.

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Somebody said we have broken the

Strictly record for the amount of

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hours trained.

Well done! Good luck

this weekend. I hope it works out.

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Mollie and AJ!

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That's all we have time for tonight.

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We'll be back here tomorrow at 6:30

getting all the gossip

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from Joe and Katya.

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Hot lips Karen Clifton takes

on the Pro Challenge, and Vicky Gill

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will be letting me have a rummage

through her clothes rails!

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People think that I'm

incapable of working.

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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.