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Episode 54

Zoe Ball dishes up more backstage gossip from the world of Strictly. Vicky Gill reveals all the costume stories and secrets ahead of the weekend in Puttin' on the Glitz.


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From London, this is It Takes Two.

Please welcome your host, Zoe Ball!

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APPLAUSE

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Hello and welcome to It Takes Two!

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We've got a chock-a-block show

in store for you tonight,

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so let's head straight to the green

room and find out

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who's on the line-up.

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Make it rain for our "divinely

decadent and slightly

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twisted" semi-finalists -

it's Joe and Katya!

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So good, that samba.

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Joining them, a lady more

than worth her weight in gold.

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Taking on tonight's Pro Challenge,

it's Karen Clifton!

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A pretty glam line-up,

I think we can all agree,

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but before we talk to them I think

we can squeeze in

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a bit more sparkle.

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Let's put on the glitz!

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I love that music.

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Give it up for Vicky Gill!

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Hello, gorgeous. Give us a shape of

your boots. Oh, look at those! The

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critics have had their say and it's

official, musicals week was a smash.

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Well done. To everybody involved.

Any last minute dramas or costume

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changes or moments for you?

No

dramas but lots of change we are

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always down to the wire. For

Giovanni's whiskered trousers were

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being painted an hour before he went

on, and he was really calm, he was

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like, OK. -- waistcoat trousers.

Yeah, don't touch anything, don't

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get too close. So much love for

patio's outfit last week. I think

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it's one of my favourites of the

series. Amazing. -- for Katya's

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outfit.

Sometimes things come

together, the detailing, the styling

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on both of them really worked. We

tried to get the flapper feel

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through the site of the dress

because of the musical we were

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representing, but then we put the

feather on the hem to get that samba

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feel. It all fell into place.

And

Joe looked amazing. Now we are at

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the semifinal, two dances. Is it any

easier designing for the couples now

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you know them quite well and how

they work as dancers?

We know them

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and designing for them is easier. We

are all in at 7am, doing early

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fittings, because there are two

dances. But it's still the same. Who

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knows, when they pop their frock on

on Friday morning, let's see.

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Amazing or back to the drawing

board! Let's have a look at some

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pictures from the weekend. This is

Alexandra, oh, Viennese waltz,

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dancing to everybody hurts, the teen

arena version. Have you gone

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traditional or are you mixing it up?

We are mixing it up, pick up a bit

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is traditional, with a border and a

lattice embellishment detail, and

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then a Chevron intelligent coming

through in the dress. We've for the

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base and a 16 panel and, because it

stretches, it's moving all the time.

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This was to give Ash, who does most

of the abolishment, a base to be

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able to do the Chevron detail

through the top of the dress, but I

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think the hemline will be

traditional. We are hoping to go for

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a feather hemline but I left a bit

of cream.

That a lot of detailing.

I

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think we are looking at ten packets

per frock, so that's 1144 in total.

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It's going to be a good night --

long night. Gemma, dancing a rumba

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Byker labyrinth.

A fitted body

converts, this will be with lots of

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crystals, in silver. We want a

silver look to the overall dress but

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it's on a pale pink base. We've got

a feather hem. It may go halfway and

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it may singe in at the waist or it

might all go -- go all the way in.

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We want softness for the rumba but

not too big and floaty for Gemma.

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Incredible figure. I do believe this

is the foxtrot dress, stunning.

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Platinum with nude, a nice idea for

Debbie.

We spoke about it with the

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Argentine tango. I don't think that

Debbie sits solid black, but we felt

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that black was needed this week

because we needed a neutral base.

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We've got lots of silver and gold so

we were trying to spread that

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neutral base across. We always want

some colour, so she's got a

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colourful...

I wasn't expecting

that! I say!

I am sure, when she is

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making the skirt work, we'll be

seeing a lot of that on Saturday.

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Across here, Tom Mollie, and this is

her standard dress. Dancing to

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Shakira. She'll get her hips going.

How was this going to complement

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this dance for her?

This looks like

two dresses at the moment because

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we're not sure if we are going with

a full hem and this detail, which

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will bring some lemon up into the

dress, or whether we will stick with

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the gold. You see on Saturday. I

think we'll probably go with the

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gold was at the moment, gold on the

skirt, so that we are ready to be

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able to alter the hemline or drop

it.

Higher or lower? It's a bit of a

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mixed bag on the audience. How many

stones have you got? If so many.

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We've got 30s, 20s, 16s and 12s

through the dress. They shine really

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well. Trying to keep this one very

gold and then with Debbie we've got

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gold and shadow. Everybody asks for

similar colours and tones but I'm

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trying to meet everybody's wishes.

Like a fairy godmother. Joe, two

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suits, American Smooth and Argentine

tango.

Lots of tailoring, he will

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look really suave as normal, and

we've done some nice detail for

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tomorrow.

Gorgeous Joe! Give our

love to everyone, especially Ash,

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big round of applause for him. Give

it up for Vicky Gill!

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APPLAUSE

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Now, the costumes are almost ready

but what about our couples?

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With two dances to learn, they

certainly have their work cut out.

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Let's take a look

at how Gemma and Aljaz

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and Mollie and AJ are getting along.

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I'm nervous about everything in the

tango, the only thing that makes me

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feel safe in the dance is that I'm

doing it with Aljaz.

The first thing

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that makes a good tango is perfect

posture. Timing is extremely

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important and staying in character.

The steps are in my head. Not quite

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coming out of my feet yet, but I

just hope I can remember them.

I've

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got to dances this week and the

first one we are focusing on is the

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waltz, which feels so romantic.

Some

parts need improving in some parts

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are kind of there. Very nice. We are

going to have to make sure that our

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rise and fall is perfect, because

any little niggle is going to

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notice.

Two completely new dances

and I'm trying to just work on one

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thing at a time, but all the

information at this point is quite

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overwhelming.

Yes!

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Good work, guys!

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Right, time now for

the world's ultimate dance

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move-related challenge.

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Many have tried, but failed.

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It's Pro Challenge time!

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This year's Strictly Pro Challenge

is going back in time to the roaring

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20s, where our crews will attempt to

set a Guinness world record title

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for the most Charleston swivel steps

in 30 seconds. For it to qualify,

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they have to complete one forward

and one backward step. If there is

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no swivel in the feet and ankles,

step will be disqualified. The

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challenge will be the hardest the

pros have ever faced, but only one

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person can claim the title. It's

these Strictly Pro Challenge 2017.

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Please welcome our next contender.

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She always wears odd socks,

has a cat named Samba and believes

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getting her nails done

is a necessity, not a luxury.

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A girl after my own heart.

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It's hot lips herself,

Karen Clifton!

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APPLAUSE

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Mind the robot! Karen, AKA the OG,

original gangster, I had to look it

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up, of the Pro Challenge. You have

competed more times than any other

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female pro Foster does that make it

easier or nerve-racking?

It makes me

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feel really old. Or experienced, I

guess. I guess it's a good thing.

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But I've probably slowed down over

the years.

We'll find out. You won

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2014's challenge with Aljaz. Can you

do it again?

Yeah, it's much easier

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with a partner.

You never know.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, at the

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last time you did a Charleston was

with Simon Rimmer in week five and

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you found yourselves in the bottom

two. How is your swivel?

It's one of

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my favourite dances, I love the

Charleston, I practised the swivel

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every night, I do a swivel in my

sleep, I wake up and I do them, so

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it's an important thing for

everybody to do a swivel. You should

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be doing it right now, everybody.

Get up! Let's look at the Leader

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Board. Languishing at the bottom, we

have Brendan, and sitting pretty at

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the top, it's Katya, bathing in the

glory. Can you end her reign at the

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top?

Oh, I don't think... I mean,

she's young and beautiful. Plus

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she's very quick. Crossing my

fingers.

Lets waste no more time and

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find out how hot lips got on. Here

we go.

Last year I came so close, I

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was one way, but this year, I'm in

it to win it.

Hello, Karen, welcome

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to the Strictly Pro Challenge. How

are you feeling?

Good, I love the

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Charleston so I'm excited.

You have

done this challenge five times, more

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than any other female. Do you think

it keeps you an advantage?

Maybe, I

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feel at home here, so that's good.

We can't wait to see your attempt so

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please take your position on the

dance floor.

Fix my hair, doesn't

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look good?

Looking good.

It's

gorgeous.

For your official attempt,

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starting in three, two, one, though.

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15 seconds.

Come on, Karen, keep

going. That's it, keep it light.

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Five, four, three, two, one, stop.

Wow, that was good! Well done. That

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was a good attempt, really good.

By

legs have just turned like this.

I

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loved your face, it was like this

all the way through.

It was all on

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the front foot and your technique is

excellent because it's really tight,

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not too much space between your

feet. Really good.

Thank you so

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much.

Well done.

I love the

Charleston and I got great feedback

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from the judges, so it was great. I

had a blast and I want to do it over

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and over again.

CHEERING

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Well done, Karen! You were smiling

all the way through. What were you

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thinking about?

How many chicken

nuggets I did eat.

Always food with

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this woman. Each of the

professionals made their

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announcement and the footage was

watched back by the adjudicators in

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slow motion to verify every swivel

to make sure they were all accurate.

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How do you think you got on? Was the

golden hat lucky?

I hope so and I

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had a golden skirt on today so I'm

hoping...

Carried on that theme. The

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great Bill Deemer was completely

blown away, he was saying bravo, he

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was so enamoured. I can tell you

now, Karen, you had zero steps

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disqualified.

CHEERING

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They were all perfect, which is the

same as current leader Katya over

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there. This is getting tense! Katya,

come in and join us. Here she comes.

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Best friends, that's what it's all

about. Katya, you are top of the

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Leader Board. You have been top of

the Leader Board for over a week,

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Katya. The score to beat is 19.

Karen, I can reveal in 30 seconds,

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you completed...

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21 swivels. Top of the Leader Board.

Top of the Leader Board. Katya is

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smiling but she is devastated.

I am

sorry, I love you.

Katya, what do

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you think?

You are the best. You owe

me chicken nuggets.

Karen, can

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anyone beat you?

Yes, anyone who

hasn't been on cant beat me. We have

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some great legs. All of the pros are

very quick. Obviously not the one

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under me. Whoever is coming up next,

they will challenge me.

I am sorry,

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I love you.

The pro challenge will

reach its epic inclusion. Until

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then, give it up for Katya and the

swivel plastic, Karen. Love those

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girls.

APPLAUSE

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Right, no rest for the

wicked, it's time to

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head back to the training room!

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Let's see Alexandra and Gorka

and Debbie and Giovanni

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sweat it out as they prepare

for the weekend's semi finals.

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That's it, it's over between them.

It is a beautiful dance and if Gorka

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and I can make sure we are in our

own little bubble again, it can

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work.

We did the wall 's on the

first week, and it will help her.

To

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allow the judges, I have to show I

can do all the turns and not fall

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out of place.

It is a sophisticated

and soft, Alexandra. The jive is a

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fast dance, it is about kicks and

clicks. Stamina has been one of the

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most difficult problems for Debbie.

It is faster. I am glad I didn't get

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the jive in the first week because I

wouldn't have had the energy. My

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fitness has gone up since then but I

am still struggling.

Jive is my

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favourite dance, so we will make

sure it will be fine.

It's going to

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be one of the best semifinals we

have ever had.

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Time now for another

Strictly exclusive.

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We sent our cameras

behind the scenes to this

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weeks group rehearsal.

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It's an intriguing theme this

week, let's take a look.

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Have you heard, this week we are

changing things and bringing

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different styles to the Group Dance.

Really. I hope it is Morris dancing,

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I love Morris dancing.

It is not

Morris dancing but we do have break

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dancers joining us.

Let's get

rehearsals going.

The idea behind

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the Group Dance was to take Indy

Harper and breaking and find a way

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to blend them together.

I am looking

forward to seeing us because this

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has never been done before.

This was

from New York in the 1920s. It is a

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very bent posture.

Breaking started

in New York in the early 70s. A lot

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of the influences have come from

Lindy hop.

There is no ballroom or

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Latin and they have been game to

learn new things.

The most

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challenging part of the dance will

be the tricks. The specialist dances

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are top of their game. When they are

free styling, you just stand there

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and watch them.

I held the waste of

my partner and then flip over her

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shoulder.

When you are doing Lindy

hop, you are connected with your

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partner. But with this, you are

connected with everybody at once.

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Anything can happen.

If you enjoyed

watching the rehearsal, make sure

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you hop back to meet us this

weekend.

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Thanks, Chloe.

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Now, what's the point

of sitting alone in

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your room, come hear the music play!

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Life was certainly

a cabaret for these old

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chums at the weekend -

it's Joe and Katya!

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The virally decadent and slightly

twisted, it couldn't have been

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better than that.

Flexibility in

those wonderful shadow rolls, islet

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of them.

It was incredible.

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It's Joe and Katya, everyone!

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Liza Minnelli would be proud,

what a sensational Samba!

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Are you still on a high from it?

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We really are, we really enjoyed it

and we were chatting to each other

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throughout, which is a good sign. In

rehearsals, it was going well and

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then you get into the studio and the

costume comes together that it just

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really bolsters you and give you a

bit of energy.

It goes up another

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level.

Then you hear the fantastic

music and it carries you.

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Statistically, the highest scoring

samba of the series. Craig admitted

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he was ready for this samba to fail.

He was wanting to hate it.

He loved

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it.

Everyone online thought it was

going to be awful. Really?

Some

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people said it was risky, but where

you always confident it would work?

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I am always confident this one does.

I knew it would be special.

People

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are not sure it was going to work,

because it is like a charleston, if

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you listen to it. But I come to

everything with an open mind and

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that is what helps me. I saw

straightaway, it was going to be

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amazing so coming in with that

positivity when I came into

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choreographed.

You are my life

coach.

She didn't know what fatigue

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it meant.

I never had it, so it

doesn't exist.

Katya, what I am

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right now, that is what fatigue is.

In the movie, what do you put a

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samba spent on something like that?

I went with the music, it is great,

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it changes the character constantly.

I did give you a few moments of

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freedom and I said you can do your

thing.

Which was the bit where you

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did what you liked?

One step was

mine, I will always have that.

It is

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so much fun, if you listen to the

music, I think it could be a great

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samba role. The basic things that

the character onto it and I knew he

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was going to love it.

There you are,

in your element.

He was talking

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German to me.

I have learnt some

German. I love you, I hate shoe!

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This is fun, this show today. How

difficult is it to sell the

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character and perfect the technique?

It just merged.

It wasn't like that

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in the beginning.

It always is, on

Monday, you don't want anyone to see

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it at all.

When I choreographed and

then play with the nodes in and out,

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it came naturally. He had no idea. I

said now, you have to introduce it

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and it was going everywhere. It

wasn't easy but you brought the next

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level to it on Saturday. It was so

good.

Don't get used to it. We loved

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you going to your old school.

Wonderful. Are you feeling your

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fellow Scots support?

Scottish

people like to get behind their own

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but you don't get to see the people

who love the show and watching it so

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going up there and getting to meet

them and hearing how much they

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enjoyed it, it gives you more energy

and enthusiasm get through.

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Well they should be very

proud of you indeed.

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Our Strictly stat department have

been totting up scores to find out

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who is the most successful

Scottish Strictly contestant ever.

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Let's see how you rate.

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Third is Judy Murray, she left

in week 8 with Anton Du Beke.

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Joint second it's Carol Smillie,

Kenny Logan and Susan Calman.

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What a trio!

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They all left in week 9.

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Which means you've probably

guessed - in first place,

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it's you, Joe McFadden!

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You are the first Scot to make it to

the semifinal. But you are also the

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only boy left in the competition.

That feels good. It is great the

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girls are doing well, they are all

brilliant and it is about time the

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girls redressed the balance.

We

shall see.

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Well you have two

biggies, The Argentine

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Tango and the American Smooth.

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Let's start with

the Argentine Tango.

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You're dancing to this...

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Human by Rag And Bone Man.

How are

you feeling? I am feeling very

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human. I am only human, she is

superhuman. It feels like the right

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dance because it is the story of me

being here. I am definitely fallible

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and it seems right.

Absolutely.

Katya, pleased how it is going?

It

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is going well.

It has been going

well all week.

He is going

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absolutely bonkers.

I am just happy

I am still here, it is hard to be

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down when I am still here.

The

American Smooth as well.

What is

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this song about? Random choice.

You

have met Mrs Jones. How excited are

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you to dance this dance with her?

You know the dance, it is like the

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great old movies, Singing In The

Rain. It feels like a nice one.

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Loads of character.

Some familiar

steps.

Especially when you have to

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pick up two. Katya, any great words

of motivation?

Don't let the

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shoulder monster come out. We were

in rehearsal yesterday and it was

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the biggest reaction and we laughed

for about an hour.

Good luck to you

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both, Joel and Katya.

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That's all we've got

time for tonight.

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a huge thanks to all my guests.

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I'm back tomorrow at 6.00

for an hour-long It Takes Two!

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I'll be catching up with Debbie

and Giovanni and Gemma and Aljaz.

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On the Friday panel it's

Lisa Snowden, Rick Edwards and it's

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the return of the Mac,

Danny Mac is here!

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All that plus Tom

Chaplin sings live.

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Until then, Goodnight!

0:28:580:29:03

Zoe Ball dishes up more backstage gossip and behind-the-scenes action from the world of Strictly and another couple joins Zoe on the sofa for a chat. Vicky Gill reveals all the costume stories and secrets ahead of the weekend in Puttin' on the Glitz.