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From London, this is It Takes Two.
Please welcome your host, Zoe Ball!
Hello and welcome to It Takes Two!
We've got a chock-a-block show
in store for you tonight,
so let's head straight to the green
room and find out
who's on the line-up.
Make it rain for our "divinely
decadent and slightly
twisted" semi-finalists -
it's Joe and Katya!
So good, that samba.
Joining them, a lady more
than worth her weight in gold.
Taking on tonight's Pro Challenge,
it's Karen Clifton!
A pretty glam line-up,
I think we can all agree,
but before we talk to them I think
we can squeeze in
a bit more sparkle.
Let's put on the glitz!
I love that music.
Give it up for Vicky Gill!
Hello, gorgeous. Give us a shape of
your boots. Oh, look at those! The
critics have had their say and it's
official, musicals week was a smash.
Well done. To everybody involved.
Any last minute dramas or costume
changes or moments for you?
dramas but lots of change we are
always down to the wire. For
Giovanni's whiskered trousers were
being painted an hour before he went
on, and he was really calm, he was
like, OK. -- waistcoat trousers.
Yeah, don't touch anything, don't
get too close. So much love for
patio's outfit last week. I think
it's one of my favourites of the
series. Amazing. -- for Katya's
Sometimes things come
together, the detailing, the styling
on both of them really worked. We
tried to get the flapper feel
through the site of the dress
because of the musical we were
representing, but then we put the
feather on the hem to get that samba
feel. It all fell into place.
Joe looked amazing. Now we are at
the semifinal, two dances. Is it any
easier designing for the couples now
you know them quite well and how
they work as dancers?
We know them
and designing for them is easier. We
are all in at 7am, doing early
fittings, because there are two
dances. But it's still the same. Who
knows, when they pop their frock on
on Friday morning, let's see.
Amazing or back to the drawing
board! Let's have a look at some
pictures from the weekend. This is
Alexandra, oh, Viennese waltz,
dancing to everybody hurts, the teen
arena version. Have you gone
traditional or are you mixing it up?
We are mixing it up, pick up a bit
is traditional, with a border and a
lattice embellishment detail, and
then a Chevron intelligent coming
through in the dress. We've for the
base and a 16 panel and, because it
stretches, it's moving all the time.
This was to give Ash, who does most
of the abolishment, a base to be
able to do the Chevron detail
through the top of the dress, but I
think the hemline will be
traditional. We are hoping to go for
a feather hemline but I left a bit
That a lot of detailing.
think we are looking at ten packets
per frock, so that's 1144 in total.
It's going to be a good night --
long night. Gemma, dancing a rumba
A fitted body
converts, this will be with lots of
crystals, in silver. We want a
silver look to the overall dress but
it's on a pale pink base. We've got
a feather hem. It may go halfway and
it may singe in at the waist or it
might all go -- go all the way in.
We want softness for the rumba but
not too big and floaty for Gemma.
Incredible figure. I do believe this
is the foxtrot dress, stunning.
Platinum with nude, a nice idea for
We spoke about it with the
Argentine tango. I don't think that
Debbie sits solid black, but we felt
that black was needed this week
because we needed a neutral base.
We've got lots of silver and gold so
we were trying to spread that
neutral base across. We always want
some colour, so she's got a
I wasn't expecting
that! I say!
I am sure, when she is
making the skirt work, we'll be
seeing a lot of that on Saturday.
Across here, Tom Mollie, and this is
her standard dress. Dancing to
Shakira. She'll get her hips going.
How was this going to complement
this dance for her?
This looks like
two dresses at the moment because
we're not sure if we are going with
a full hem and this detail, which
will bring some lemon up into the
dress, or whether we will stick with
the gold. You see on Saturday. I
think we'll probably go with the
gold was at the moment, gold on the
skirt, so that we are ready to be
able to alter the hemline or drop
Higher or lower? It's a bit of a
mixed bag on the audience. How many
stones have you got? If so many.
We've got 30s, 20s, 16s and 12s
through the dress. They shine really
well. Trying to keep this one very
gold and then with Debbie we've got
gold and shadow. Everybody asks for
similar colours and tones but I'm
trying to meet everybody's wishes.
Like a fairy godmother. Joe, two
suits, American Smooth and Argentine
Lots of tailoring, he will
look really suave as normal, and
we've done some nice detail for
Gorgeous Joe! Give our
love to everyone, especially Ash,
big round of applause for him. Give
it up for Vicky Gill!
Now, the costumes are almost ready
but what about our couples?
With two dances to learn, they
certainly have their work cut out.
Let's take a look
at how Gemma and Aljaz
and Mollie and AJ are getting along.
I'm nervous about everything in the
tango, the only thing that makes me
feel safe in the dance is that I'm
doing it with Aljaz.
The first thing
that makes a good tango is perfect
posture. Timing is extremely
important and staying in character.
The steps are in my head. Not quite
coming out of my feet yet, but I
just hope I can remember them.
got to dances this week and the
first one we are focusing on is the
waltz, which feels so romantic.
parts need improving in some parts
are kind of there. Very nice. We are
going to have to make sure that our
rise and fall is perfect, because
any little niggle is going to
Two completely new dances
and I'm trying to just work on one
thing at a time, but all the
information at this point is quite
Good work, guys!
Right, time now for
the world's ultimate dance
Many have tried, but failed.
It's Pro Challenge time!
This year's Strictly Pro Challenge
is going back in time to the roaring
20s, where our crews will attempt to
set a Guinness world record title
for the most Charleston swivel steps
in 30 seconds. For it to qualify,
they have to complete one forward
and one backward step. If there is
no swivel in the feet and ankles,
step will be disqualified. The
challenge will be the hardest the
pros have ever faced, but only one
person can claim the title. It's
these Strictly Pro Challenge 2017.
Please welcome our next contender.
She always wears odd socks,
has a cat named Samba and believes
getting her nails done
is a necessity, not a luxury.
A girl after my own heart.
It's hot lips herself,
Mind the robot! Karen, AKA the OG,
original gangster, I had to look it
up, of the Pro Challenge. You have
competed more times than any other
female pro Foster does that make it
easier or nerve-racking?
It makes me
feel really old. Or experienced, I
guess. I guess it's a good thing.
But I've probably slowed down over
We'll find out. You won
2014's challenge with Aljaz. Can you
do it again?
Yeah, it's much easier
with a partner.
You never know.
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, at the
last time you did a Charleston was
with Simon Rimmer in week five and
you found yourselves in the bottom
two. How is your swivel?
It's one of
my favourite dances, I love the
Charleston, I practised the swivel
every night, I do a swivel in my
sleep, I wake up and I do them, so
it's an important thing for
everybody to do a swivel. You should
be doing it right now, everybody.
Get up! Let's look at the Leader
Board. Languishing at the bottom, we
have Brendan, and sitting pretty at
the top, it's Katya, bathing in the
glory. Can you end her reign at the
Oh, I don't think... I mean,
she's young and beautiful. Plus
she's very quick. Crossing my
Lets waste no more time and
find out how hot lips got on. Here
Last year I came so close, I
was one way, but this year, I'm in
it to win it.
Hello, Karen, welcome
to the Strictly Pro Challenge. How
are you feeling?
Good, I love the
Charleston so I'm excited.
done this challenge five times, more
than any other female. Do you think
it keeps you an advantage?
feel at home here, so that's good.
We can't wait to see your attempt so
please take your position on the
Fix my hair, doesn't
For your official attempt,
starting in three, two, one, though.
Come on, Karen, keep
going. That's it, keep it light.
Five, four, three, two, one, stop.
Wow, that was good! Well done. That
was a good attempt, really good.
legs have just turned like this.
loved your face, it was like this
all the way through.
It was all on
the front foot and your technique is
excellent because it's really tight,
not too much space between your
feet. Really good.
Thank you so
I love the
Charleston and I got great feedback
from the judges, so it was great. I
had a blast and I want to do it over
and over again.
Well done, Karen! You were smiling
all the way through. What were you
How many chicken
nuggets I did eat.
Always food with
this woman. Each of the
professionals made their
announcement and the footage was
watched back by the adjudicators in
slow motion to verify every swivel
to make sure they were all accurate.
How do you think you got on? Was the
golden hat lucky?
I hope so and I
had a golden skirt on today so I'm
Carried on that theme. The
great Bill Deemer was completely
blown away, he was saying bravo, he
was so enamoured. I can tell you
now, Karen, you had zero steps
They were all perfect, which is the
same as current leader Katya over
there. This is getting tense! Katya,
come in and join us. Here she comes.
Best friends, that's what it's all
about. Katya, you are top of the
Leader Board. You have been top of
the Leader Board for over a week,
Katya. The score to beat is 19.
Karen, I can reveal in 30 seconds,
21 swivels. Top of the Leader Board.
Top of the Leader Board. Katya is
smiling but she is devastated.
sorry, I love you.
Katya, what do
You are the best. You owe
me chicken nuggets.
anyone beat you?
Yes, anyone who
hasn't been on cant beat me. We have
some great legs. All of the pros are
very quick. Obviously not the one
under me. Whoever is coming up next,
they will challenge me.
I am sorry,
I love you.
The pro challenge will
reach its epic inclusion. Until
then, give it up for Katya and the
swivel plastic, Karen. Love those
Right, no rest for the
wicked, it's time to
head back to the training room!
Let's see Alexandra and Gorka
and Debbie and Giovanni
sweat it out as they prepare
for the weekend's semi finals.
That's it, it's over between them.
It is a beautiful dance and if Gorka
and I can make sure we are in our
own little bubble again, it can
We did the wall 's on the
first week, and it will help her.
allow the judges, I have to show I
can do all the turns and not fall
out of place.
It is a sophisticated
and soft, Alexandra. The jive is a
fast dance, it is about kicks and
clicks. Stamina has been one of the
most difficult problems for Debbie.
It is faster. I am glad I didn't get
the jive in the first week because I
wouldn't have had the energy. My
fitness has gone up since then but I
am still struggling.
Jive is my
favourite dance, so we will make
sure it will be fine.
It's going to
be one of the best semifinals we
have ever had.
Time now for another
We sent our cameras
behind the scenes to this
weeks group rehearsal.
It's an intriguing theme this
week, let's take a look.
Have you heard, this week we are
changing things and bringing
different styles to the Group Dance.
Really. I hope it is Morris dancing,
I love Morris dancing.
It is not
Morris dancing but we do have break
dancers joining us.
The idea behind
the Group Dance was to take Indy
Harper and breaking and find a way
to blend them together.
I am looking
forward to seeing us because this
has never been done before.
from New York in the 1920s. It is a
very bent posture.
in New York in the early 70s. A lot
of the influences have come from
There is no ballroom or
Latin and they have been game to
learn new things.
challenging part of the dance will
be the tricks. The specialist dances
are top of their game. When they are
free styling, you just stand there
and watch them.
I held the waste of
my partner and then flip over her
When you are doing Lindy
hop, you are connected with your
partner. But with this, you are
connected with everybody at once.
Anything can happen.
If you enjoyed
watching the rehearsal, make sure
you hop back to meet us this
Now, what's the point
of sitting alone in
your room, come hear the music play!
Life was certainly
a cabaret for these old
chums at the weekend -
it's Joe and Katya!
The virally decadent and slightly
twisted, it couldn't have been
better than that.
those wonderful shadow rolls, islet
It was incredible.
It's Joe and Katya, everyone!
Liza Minnelli would be proud,
what a sensational Samba!
Are you still on a high from it?
We really are, we really enjoyed it
and we were chatting to each other
throughout, which is a good sign. In
rehearsals, it was going well and
then you get into the studio and the
costume comes together that it just
really bolsters you and give you a
bit of energy.
It goes up another
Then you hear the fantastic
music and it carries you.
Statistically, the highest scoring
samba of the series. Craig admitted
he was ready for this samba to fail.
He was wanting to hate it.
Everyone online thought it was
going to be awful. Really?
people said it was risky, but where
you always confident it would work?
I am always confident this one does.
I knew it would be special.
are not sure it was going to work,
because it is like a charleston, if
you listen to it. But I come to
everything with an open mind and
that is what helps me. I saw
straightaway, it was going to be
amazing so coming in with that
positivity when I came into
You are my life
She didn't know what fatigue
I never had it, so it
Katya, what I am
right now, that is what fatigue is.
In the movie, what do you put a
samba spent on something like that?
I went with the music, it is great,
it changes the character constantly.
I did give you a few moments of
freedom and I said you can do your
Which was the bit where you
did what you liked?
One step was
mine, I will always have that.
so much fun, if you listen to the
music, I think it could be a great
samba role. The basic things that
the character onto it and I knew he
was going to love it.
There you are,
in your element.
He was talking
German to me.
I have learnt some
German. I love you, I hate shoe!
This is fun, this show today. How
difficult is it to sell the
character and perfect the technique?
It just merged.
It wasn't like that
in the beginning.
It always is, on
Monday, you don't want anyone to see
it at all.
When I choreographed and
then play with the nodes in and out,
it came naturally. He had no idea. I
said now, you have to introduce it
and it was going everywhere. It
wasn't easy but you brought the next
level to it on Saturday. It was so
Don't get used to it. We loved
you going to your old school.
Wonderful. Are you feeling your
fellow Scots support?
people like to get behind their own
but you don't get to see the people
who love the show and watching it so
going up there and getting to meet
them and hearing how much they
enjoyed it, it gives you more energy
and enthusiasm get through.
Well they should be very
proud of you indeed.
Our Strictly stat department have
been totting up scores to find out
who is the most successful
Scottish Strictly contestant ever.
Let's see how you rate.
Third is Judy Murray, she left
in week 8 with Anton Du Beke.
Joint second it's Carol Smillie,
Kenny Logan and Susan Calman.
What a trio!
They all left in week 9.
Which means you've probably
guessed - in first place,
it's you, Joe McFadden!
You are the first Scot to make it to
the semifinal. But you are also the
only boy left in the competition.
That feels good. It is great the
girls are doing well, they are all
brilliant and it is about time the
girls redressed the balance.
Well you have two
biggies, The Argentine
Tango and the American Smooth.
Let's start with
the Argentine Tango.
You're dancing to this...
Human by Rag And Bone Man.
you feeling? I am feeling very
human. I am only human, she is
superhuman. It feels like the right
dance because it is the story of me
being here. I am definitely fallible
and it seems right.
Katya, pleased how it is going?
is going well.
It has been going
well all week.
He is going
I am just happy
I am still here, it is hard to be
down when I am still here.
American Smooth as well.
this song about? Random choice.
have met Mrs Jones. How excited are
you to dance this dance with her?
You know the dance, it is like the
great old movies, Singing In The
Rain. It feels like a nice one.
Loads of character.
Especially when you have to
pick up two. Katya, any great words
Don't let the
shoulder monster come out. We were
in rehearsal yesterday and it was
the biggest reaction and we laughed
for about an hour.
Good luck to you
both, Joel and Katya.
That's all we've got
time for tonight.
a huge thanks to all my guests.
I'm back tomorrow at 6.00
for an hour-long It Takes Two!
I'll be catching up with Debbie
and Giovanni and Gemma and Aljaz.
On the Friday panel it's
Lisa Snowden, Rick Edwards and it's
the return of the Mac,
Danny Mac is here!
All that plus Tom
Chaplin sings live.
Until then, Goodnight!
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.