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Tonight is the night you've been
waiting for. Our Strictly
waiting for. Our Strictly
professionals have swivelled back
and forth all they can but they will
only be one winner. Will it be
Janette Manrara, Anton Du Beke or
the reigning champion, Giovanni
pennies? Victory is within their
reach but who will claim the world
record title and be crowned the Pro
Challenge Thampi? -- Pro Challenge
Live from London, this is Strictly
it takes to. Please welcome your
host, Zoe Ball.
Come on! Give me a
salsa, give me a salsa. Love it!
Here we go. Hello and welcome to it
takes to. We have been counting down
to the semifinal all week and I can
now declare with much greater
accuracy that there is just, look at
that, 24 hours, 43 minutes and 11
seconds to go. Our dancers are
quaking in their boots. In between
rehearsing, for about dancers have
stepped by -- stopped by, looking
I'm joined on the Friday panel
by a group of people collectively
known as "well fit".
Rick Edwards, Lisa
Snowdon and Danny Mac.
Plus, once the incredible voice
of Keane, Tom Chaplin will be
here to sing us a Christmas classic.
But now, you might be familiar
with a fine piece of Welsh rarebit
called Gethin Jones,
who can often be found
wandering around Elstree
studios hunting for gossip.
Let's see what he's uncovered.
It may be cold outside but things
are heating up in Elstree Studios
because it is semifinal either. So
much to look forward to on the dance
floor tomorrow but at the moment,
Mali and AJ are rehearsing their
samba to Shakira's Whenever,
Wherever. Those hips don't Lie and I
am going to make sure the you don't
miss a trick.
Thank you, Mr Jones.
Now, I've got a good "feline"
about our first guests.
Because if my "meow-mory"
serves me correctly,
they danced a "claw-some"
American Smooth last weekend.
And nine out of ten
cats would agree.
There's always one
isn't there, Craig.
It's Debbie and Giovanni.
Debbie was stunning. I am pairing
with delight. It was absolutely
That was hugely
Well ban, Debbie. The
story arc was told so beautifully.
It was mesmerising.
# How will I know if he really loves
# Aides say a prayer with every
# I fall in love when ever we meet #
Semifinalists. Feast your eyes upon
their brilliance. Shirley said that
dance would be etched on people's
memories for ever. How about you?
Absolutely. I will never forget last
weekend. We just loved dancing that
Have you watched it back?
many times about three times.
said it was seamless, Bruno said
Lawless. When you hear comments like
that, does it make your heart glow?
-- Bruno said Lawless.
Every minute of that dance, I really
felt the emotion, we really felt
like we were dancing as one, so then
when the judges loved it as well,
and you could feel it in the
audience, in the studio. That is
what you want.
It's a magical thing.
Craig actually purred with delight,
which was quite something, then he
only gave you and nine. Why does he
never give you attend?
don't know. I don't know. It was a
great dance, I think, because I
watched it back just a couple of
times. Maybe a couple of hundred
times. I don't know, everything was
there, elegant. I really don't know.
I don't know. He is a tough one to
crack. The spin left, we need to see
it again because it was amazing. We
are hoping to recreate that with
audience members in a moment. How
tricky is that, Giovanni?
did they read Tim, I said to Debbie,
this is an ambitious moment because
from that, we have to go bombers
standing spin into a pivot. It's
really difficult because of
dizziness. I was dizzy on my legs. I
was like, where is she? She did
brilliantly. Really good. It was
really difficult, but you know.
we practice that later on?
I want to spin the year round.
And you are the cats that get the
cream, because you are three to the
semifinal. Top of the leaderboard,
but as we saw with Alexandra, it
doesn't mean you are safe. Our tents
At this stage of the competition, we
have both worked really hard, so we
want to go through. When you heard
your name, it's utter relief.
Petrified is the word.
Yes, I hate
So, too dancers, but
before that, actually, a friend of
the show, Miranda Hart did tweet,
this is good, I love them all but I
am fully Tim Debbie McGee...
We love Miranda.
so funny, isn't she?
So, to dancers
you have got and you are going to be
starting with this one.
It is his favourite and it is the
jive. Has he been putting you
through your paces?
I have been so
tired, I have been eating double
what I normally eat and I have been
eating double all series. I love
watching his face when we do it
because he loves doing the jive so
Your little base. Are you
looking at yourself or Debbie?
looking at himself.
Have you stuck
with your training plan?
tried, but she is really busy.
have been very busy, doing half a
day of learning lines for panto,
then the rest with Giovanni.
doing the foxtrot to this.
MUSIC: Isn't She Lovely
by Stevie Wonder.
Tell us about their stance,
It is a song that makes
you smile whenever you play at. This
is the semifinal. At this point in
the competition, you want to show
the judges that we can achieve a
good technique, so my priority this
week is to show a pure technique,
pure dance, no messing around, just
in hold for one minute and 45,
dancing beautifully. That is my
He has got the chat, hasn't
He has been tough.
He has to be.
You are brilliant. Fingers crossed
for you that we see you in the
final. Let's hear it for Debbie and
Giovanni. And we will be seeing
Giovanni in a little bit because
he's back for the final of the Pro
Challenge. Could he make it two
years in a row? Let's find out.
Now, Christmas is coming,
the geese are getting fat
and our couples are training
for not one but two dances.
To whet your appetite,
here's a look at Alexandra's salsa
and Joe's American Smooth.
The salsa training is so much fun.
It's fast, energetic. If you think
about the next step, you've already
missed a beat.
In this dance,
there's going to be a lot of fast
movements, sensitive movements and
I've got Gorka and a salsa.
I'm so lucky. I know he's really
going to push me to my limit and
One, two, three.
You have got
to show you are loving life with the
Smooth bill is nice at the dance.
It's like the old black and white
films I used to watch.
done anything so glamorous before.
Are you sure about this? One dance
was more than enough to be doing in
a week and to dancers build very
overwhelming. It is real showmanship
required. Doing the technique but
remembering to enjoy it and to look
like you are enjoying it, that is
Now, a semifinal calls
for some expert punditry.
Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer
weren't available, so please
put your hands together
for Rick Edwards, Lisa
Snowdon and Danny Mac.
# Do you think I'm sexy
# If you really need me
# Just reach out and touch me... #
Well come back, song and dance man,
Finalist last year. How are you,
I'm so good. It's great to be
We have missed you. Have you
Absolutely. I didn't at
first, I wanted my life back, but
two weeks into this season I was
like, I've got to go back.
are back. She was amazing. What a
calibre they have been this year.
Have you been impressed?
get go. Remembering Debbie's Paso
Robles on the first night, I was
like, how can they do this so early
in the series? It's just got better
Rick Edwards, I hear you
get your Strictly on on a Saturday
night. Have you ever thought about
getting your Tony Mann Aero on and
doing what these two have done?
have a specific skill which is
always being offbeat and I don't
know how that would go down with the
Let me introduce you to
Karen Clifton, Janette Manrara. They
could work with that. Now, let's
have a look at this tango to My
Sharona. This is Gemma and Aljaz in
training. Never been bottom two. Has
she picked this up brilliantly?
Honestly, when you said expert
judge, I just went, well, it looks
nice to me. I also think the thing
with Gemma is, the audience love
her. She is such a popular dancer. I
think she will be fine. Also, I'm
feeling slightly guilty because I've
just met Aljaz.
He does have that
I work in Talay but I was
like, I've met Aljaz! -- I work in
television, but I was like, I've met
Aljaz. He was so nice.
They are also
doing a rumble. Last week, Shirley
said she needs to bring out her
acting skills. What do you think
She is my mums favourite and I
know Gemma as well, she's a
fantastic actress, but there's so
much to think about the night, it's
hard to remember that but after that
advice last week, I think Gemma be
She will smash it. She'll be
amazing tonight. Let's move on to
Mollie and AJ. They have been in the
bottom two for the last two weeks.
Have they got the momentum? Dancing
Wherever by Shakira
The hips do not lie, as they say.
You have just got to really go for
It was one of your strongest,
would you give her advice?
the time when you have to let it go,
because if you hold back, it has a
tendency to be awkward and I only
knew that because I lost it that
And we loved it. Rick, they
have the waltz. You are a man of
strong frame. What do you reckon to
Mollie's topline? Does it look like
Do we have romance? When
I was watching on Wednesday when Ian
said something about a right angle
but not quite.
You have been
There was some bend in
the arm. I am saying the armography.
I said, if I am coming on the show,
I am saying armography!
standing, Joe, the Argentine tango,
everybody loves this dance. Katya
has pushed him with complex
choreography. You can see him
dancing to Rag 'n' Bone Man.
MUSIC: Human by Rag 'n' Bone Man
He surprises me and I love it. The
chemistry. Her enthusiasm is
infectious and really works. I think
it will be a good week for Joe.
has not heard the word fatigue, so
she does not suffer from it.
American Smooth, Danny and like
Gemma, he has never been in the
bottom two. Craig said he was a dark
horse. Front runner?
I think he is
fab. I love Joe. And he has two show
stopping dances. And Katya is
fantastic with choreography.
to Robbie Williams. Rick, this will
The jogging bottoms
and shoes combination is memorable.
I cannot believe how good he is
because he did not start that good.
Incredible, and such a nice man.
Lovely. Very good. We will have more
later. The Friday Panel.
Now, have you met Mr Jones?
Of course you have.
He gets around.
He's been at Elstree all day.
Let's see who's fallen
for the old Gethin charm this time.
I have grabbed time with team
Two dances, a Viennese waltz
and salsa. You cannot get those two
confused, can you?
It is very different. Slowdowns in
too fast. -- a slow dance.
you feeling about them?
I am feeling
nervous about both but I am excited
because the salsa is what I have
always wanted to do and the Viennese
waltz is beautiful and I have not
seen my dress is it, but I have
heard they are out of this world.
have seen them and they are amazing.
You are dancing to Everybody Hurts.
Is everything hurting? Yes, we have
been rehearsing nonstop but no pain,
Listen, big night tomorrow,
the semifinal. All the very best
Time to welcome our next couple.
Last weekend, they quickstepped
their way into the semifinal
with some old-fashioned
And a few gorgeous
feather fans, darling.
It's Gemma and Aljaz.
# Hello Dolly. Back-up, boys, here
I felt it needed to be
lighter but I loved the
You had an immaculate
frame, beautiful footwork, I felt it
needed 20% more.
# Baby, hands up.
# Give me your heart. Hello, baby,
looking beautiful. Did you hear Rick
Edwards? Do not slide off the edge.
Hello, Dolly. Gemma, looking
gorgeous. Aljaz looks all right. How
was it last week? Talk about a way
to open musical week.
I loved it,
the concept, the fact we went for it
and I had a really good night on
Saturday. Nerves were still there
but we have so much fun.
have the extra dancers, it is like a
Broadway production. Look at that.
Beautiful. Neil would be drawn on
moustache. I loved that. Did Gemma
pass this one theory test? -- swan
up. 16 months we have been here,
Absolutely, quickstep is the
hardest dance to keep the hold and I
choreographed it so that we kept the
hold and we got through it with
We got through it.
It is a
team thing. There was disagreement
between Craig and surely about the
frame. Shirley said immaculate,
Craig said bow seat.
Whose side are
you one? Our side. It is not about
agreeing or disagreeing. I have to
say to get to this stage in the
competition for Gemma, who gets up
at 4:30am. We rehearse eight hours.
She never complains. It is
incredible how much you have
improved from weak one, to be in the
semifinal. It is amazing for anyone.
Honestly. We have been
training so hard and when you get
out there you try to do your
absolute best. That dance, when it
finished, and you could vividly tell
because I was probably overreacting.
It was perfect. Absolutely perfect.
Down to me, it was a beautiful
We laughed the Barnett, we
are calling it the onion.
like a sponge doughnut and attached
it to my hair. I looked like my mum.
As we predicted the scores went up.
The technical roller-coaster theory
working. How scared were you waiting
because you were joint bottom of the
It is horrible because
when you are bottom of the Leader
Board, you think the judges did not
like the dancers much as we did and
you get panicked but when your name
is called, it is a relief because it
is the public who have put us in the
semifinal and it means so much. I
said afterwards, I said I cannot
believe people have enjoyed watching
me dance, enjoyed your choreography.
They love it. Thank you. Two dances
this weekend. Starting with a rumba
to Labrinth. It is emotional. Aljaz,
what can you tell us about it?
lot, there is a lot of beautiful
rumba steps and as we can see, Don
beautifully. It will be very
romantic, very sensual. When we did
it on the first rehearsal, when I
saw how incredible Gemma is going to
be at it, I put in more rumba.
higher shoes. He is making me where
You have to to pretend
to be in love with Aljaz, the rumba.
I know, it is a tough job to ask of
people. We thought we would help you
to get in the mood. Rather than
staring into each other's eyes,
looked down the camera lens. Let's
see if we are convinced.
You have nailed it.
That was half of
Onto the tango to
# My Sharona. How is it, a change of
pace, how are you liking it?
look amazing in this. I have
struggled to learn the steps but
because the rumba is straight
legged, pointy toes, and this is
done on bent legs but I feel safe in
hold with Aljaz now so if I keep my
frame, I am hoping he can drag me
around. But I love the music.
the paso, you have that great
character, as well. Never have been
in the bottom two, does that give
you confidence about the final?
have said since the first week we
need to take every Saturday as a
Saturday and not think it is the
semifinal. I get nervous. This week,
we have two dances and hopefully it
will go well and hopefully the week
after, we will have three dances.
Now we are fluent in Slovenian.
SPEAKS SLOVENIAN. Go and get them.
It's time now to check
in with Gethin.
I've just received word he's walked
into wardrobe completely undetected.
Smooth as ever.
I am in the best wardrobe department
in the world, led by the mighty
Vicky Gill. I think this needs some
work before tomorrow. The semifinal.
So many people ask about your team.
Who are they?
They are a fantastic
team, amazing. Not everybody is
here. It is hard to get everybody in
one place. Jane is hiding I think.
They will pretend they are shy and
do not have much of that opinion but
yes, they definitely do.
is working hard at the moment.
Preparing for the semifinal. Give
them a wave. There is nothing in
that book, you are pretending to
look busy! Tell me about your boss
Vicky Gill. I feel like it is like
Meryl Streep in the Devil wears
She is amazing to work for, a
We love working
here. You are a close-knit team.
This could be trouble. Last night we
saw some of the dresses for
This is Mollie's. It is
not quite ready. We need to get this
up here. So that when she wiggles,
I can imagine it is mad on
Friday getting ready.
Friday is the
big day. Quite a nice day. A good
feeling on Friday night when
everybody's shoes are there and
everything is put behind their name.
Can you show us something we have
not seen for tomorrow.
This is for
Mollie's waltz. There is a lot of
work that goes into that. This would
have been worked on by Cash and his
girls. They never stop.
They go all
night. And thanks to you, all of the
Couples look fantastic on Saturday
night. Thank you, wardrobe. They are
Now, the training updates
are coming thick and fast.
Here's how Joe's Argentine tango
and Mollie's samba are shaping up.
The Argentine tango is very
specific. It is quite difficult. You
need a lot of attitude. You have to
come with all guns blazing.
are so many details. It is a
different posture and techniques. It
is going to take us a little while
to get it.
It is good fun. I am
enjoying every minute. For as long
as it lasts, I am having a really
Much better. With the
samba the most difficult thing is to
look like it is coming natural to me
because there is nothing natural
about this. There is so much to it,
it is really fast. I have to get my
hips moving and they are a bit
Mollie is struggling with the
I am hoping there
will be a positive journey to
I can see where it is
going. We have a long way to get
there, but I can see where it is
going for Saturday.
Good work from all of them.
Now, it's the moment you've
all been waiting for.
This year, 15 contenders entered
the Pro Challenge Arena and now just
And one of them will reign supreme.
It gives me great pleasure
to welcome super swivellers
Giovanni, Janette and Anton.
MUSIC: Pirates Of
The Caribbean theme.
Well come. You can fill the
competition between the three of
It is on.
Before we let this
battle commence, may we remind you
that 12 contenders have gone before
you, so let's have a look at the
leaderboard as it currently stands.
Brendan Cole is still
languishing at the bottom.
With Neil and Chloe for company.
Last night, Karen Clifton knocked
Katya Jones off the top spot.
Well, she was getting
a little too comfortable up
there, if you ask me.
So let's speak to the reigning
champion of the Pro Challenge,
Giovanni. Do you have what It Takes
Two retain your crown, Giovanni?
course I have. I have the fastest
legs in the world so far, so I only
used 50% of my energy just to give
them a chance.
Janette. Your outfit is amazing.
Joint second last year alongside
your great friend, Karen Clifton.
Can you go one better this year?
hope so because I am not going to be
able to deal with him and his ego if
he has one again. Or Anton. A lady
needs to win.
The old master, as he
is. He has a golf handicap of five,
which I believe is very good.
How are your swivels, sir?
Absolutely exquisite. I am
tremendous that swivelling. You must
understand, I was there when the
dance was invented.
I am very
talented. Shall we see how you got
on, Anton Du Beke? Good luck.
mean, these youngsters can do a
charleston to a certain level but
not like the experienced ones. You
have to be of a certain age to do a
Here he is.
Lovely to see you all. Thank you
very much for inviting me here
today. I shall do my best that I
can. Now, my first song is... I
shall never charleston alone. After
three... Oh, the band aren't here.
We will save that for later.
you, Anton, and welcome to the
Strictly Pro Challenge. Now, do you
have the presence that the
charleston deserves? I think you
will really give it justice. Please
take your place on the dance floor.
For your official attempt
to beginning in three, two, one, go.
Come on, Anton, keep it up.
man of a certain age.
You can do it.
Keep it going. Keep your swivel
Can't we take
those than doubled up?
three, two, one, stop.
Thank you so
That's a charleston step I
have never seen before. It was very
interesting. What did you think,
It was OK. You lost it towards
It was quite fast.
Thank you so much,
Anton. It's been lovely having you
It's been lovely being hair.
Thank you all very much indeed. I'll
tell my agent to wait for the call.
# I've got a dream... #
I thought the technique was good,
I mean, I was there when
they invented the thing. They will
have to count up. I think they might
dock me a couple towards the end.
You make us laugh, you really do.
Listen, they know. The people know.
Ian Poulter technique was very
I don't care what Ian
thinks. He's not even in the shadow!
I'm only kidding, Ian. I love him.
I feel really excited.
I was born T-wing. I won last year,
I will try to win again.
Here he is,
our reigning Strictly Pro Challenge
Do you feel as
though you have a little bit of
I do, I do. I have a lot
I want to do it again.
Do you think you can do this
charleston step justice?
I will try.
Please take your position on the
OK, for your official
attempt beginning in three, two,
Come on, keep it going.
Keep the swivel.
Five, four, three,
two, one, stop.
Ran out of steam a
little bit at the end, didn't you?
But it looked very fast and compact.
That is what I was trying to do,
It was really tight.
knows. Thank you so much for doing
the Pro Challenge.
Thank you so
much. I love you too. I do feel the
pressure but it's a different
challenge. I've still got one!
Giovanni, Bill nodding his head
there. How do you keep it so
You know, I just
tried to do my best and again, it
was only 50% of my energy and it
still at great, so... There's always
next year, guys.
Anton was saying,
he's going off on the left.
looked like he was made of wood.
finally, Latin sensation Janette
Manrara. Let's see if you can out
with all these guys. Good luck,
I love the charleston. It's
one of my favourite dancers. The
charleston swivel is one of my
preferred steps as well, though I
think it will be a good one.
Janette, and welcome to this year's
Strictly Pro Challenge.
excited? Very excited. I love the
charleston and I am very small, I
hope that the good thing.
you were runner up by one step. Do
you have what It Takes Two win this
It's going to be my year, I
feel it. OK, I'm going.
official attempt beginning in three,
two, one, go.
Keep it going.
Five, four, three, two, one,
Wow, that was a lot. That was
a lot more tiring than I thought it
Oh, wow. And I thought you
had all this energy.
Yes, maybe not.
For me, it looked very compact and
very quick. What did you think?
Absolutely. The swivels were there
and you kept right on your toes as
well. Really good.
One of the
neatest once we have seen.
Thank you, guys. Fingers crossed.
You would think that he second is
not long but it feels quite long
when you are doing swivels like
that. I've come so close to winning
the Pro Challenge every year, so I'm
keeping my fingers and toes crossed
that this is my year.
I loved your
little part in the middle. Very tidy
swivelling. You have seen the
others, Janette. What do you think?
I have to say, I was very sick that
day, so if I don't win, it's only
because I was ill.
Right, for one
last time coming here is the legal
bit. Each syllable was verified to
make sure they were all accurate. --
each swivel. Before I can go any
further, I would like to reveal that
one of you completed a remarkable 31
However, that same
person had a remarkable 19 steps
disqualified. Who could that person
Giovanni, I'm mortified for you.
The person no longer in the running
for the Pro Challenge is...
We love you still, baby.
We love you.
To be honest with you,
I am going. I cannot lay a moment
longer for this Sherrard. You have
brought me in on a Friday night for
But, you beat Brendan Cole.
I've got to be honest with you,
looking at that school, that wasn't
very difficult. -- looking at that
school, that wasn't very difficult.
All I had to do was turn up. Don't
The real moment of
truth, Janette and Giovanni, you are
both still in the running towards
becoming American's next top model.
Of course I mean Pro Challenge
champion. One of you completed 22
steps with only one
disqualification. Giving you a total
of 21 swivels. While the other
completed 26 steps with twoo...
Only two disqualifications,
setting a new world record of 24
charleston swivels in 30 seconds.
There is not much in it. I can
confirm that this year's Pro
Challenge champion and the new
Guinness world record holder is...
Let's look at the Leader Board.
There he is at the top. 24. Janette
That is the same as
last year! I am not going to speak
to Giovanni for a week.
Can I just
Can we focus on Matt? To
present the winner's certificate,
Shanta Chinniah. How impressed were
you with our professionals?
impressive. It is a hard step
especially for the ankles. The key
is the technique.
A certificate to
the champion. Smile for the camera.
I am really happy to be, for
the second time...
It is going to be
too much, people. Thank you to the
professionals who took part this
year. Give it up for Giovanni, your
2017 Pro Challenge champion. We know
Sicily breeds great champions.
But how about the rest of the world?
We sent Australia's Dianne,
aka Reddo, to find out all about -
you guessed it - Brazilian Strictly.
I know, darling, 31. Strictly has
become a global phenomenon and can
be seen all over the world,
including Brazil, which is where we
are off to today. Well, it is not
quite Brazil. But you would never
know. The first season of Dancing
Brazil premiered in April this year
and they filmed the second season
straight after the first. That is a
lot of Strictly. The show's host is
a massive deal in Brazil. She has
sold over 50 million copies of her
records. She is an all-round
entertainer and even gets involved
in the group dances. Like on
Strictly, the Brazilian version is
predominantly Latin and ballroom
dancing. However, they do have some
extra styles we do not have in the
UK. Being a South American country
with the Latin influence they have
the bolero. And as home of the
carnival they perform a dance with a
fast carnival beat. Just like us,
the Brazilians love a themed week.
Check out the circus extravaganza,
country week and even the Oscars.
One of the biggest differences to
Strictly is what they call a twist.
In series one, the twist involved in
actual partner swap. You heard it,
with only six Couples remaining and
eight weeks together, the
celebrities changed partners. In
series two, they brought in a series
twist. This time they have two
Couples sharing the dance floor and
performing the same dance at the
same time. The judges choose the
favourite couple from each group.
The show's elimination process works
slightly different to ours. It is
only the bottom three that go into
what they call the red zone. Those
in the red zone are up for
elimination. Well, Brazil, it has
been fun, but I have a plane to
catch. I need to make it back to the
Strictly Ballroom before the
Welcome back to our Friday panel.
Onto our final two couples now.
Let's start with
Alexandra and Gorka.
Rick, despite finishing top of the
Leader Board found themselves in the
bottom two second week in a row.
Viennese waltz, will this get the
votes? Have a look. Dancing to Tina
MUSIC: Everybody Hurts
by Tina Arena.
I think it will get the votes. It
made me quite angry last weekend. So
good, why are people not voting for
her? Such a nice girl, brilliant at
dancing, what is not to like?
gorgeous. Danny, they are also doing
a salsa which could not be further
from the Viennese waltz. It is a
party dance and she has been
brilliant in the Latin dances.
will show the diversity between the
MUSIC: Finally by CeCe Peniston.
I have had the pleasure of working
with people recently who have worked
with her and people speak so highly
of her, she is fantastic.
had 39 for four dances, could she
finally get the perfect 40.
# Finally. I did not realise!
has got to get 40.
She is fabulous.
Danny, you deserved 40 quite a lot
of times and when you got it, it was
amazing. Debbie and Giovanni.
Foxtrot with the Stevie Wonder
MUSIC: Isn't She Lovely
by Stevie Wonder.
It is going to make me cry, I love
this song and I love the foxtrot.
Why is she so good? She is
effortless and she has so much
elegance and strength. Core
strength. She is fearless.
it look easy and it clearly is not
She puts everything into it,
Jive, as well. I'm so
excited, let's hear it.
MUSIC: I'm So Excited
by the Pointer Sisters.
She can extend her legs. Can she do
flicks and kicks? Danny, what do you
reckon? Go on, Debbie.
I am no expert. I think that is
earlier in the week and I think she
is stronger now.
She is rehearsing
for panto, as well and I said to
Giovanni why not do it slower and he
said she would keep up.
pushing her and it is showing. This
is the hardest week with half the
time to do a dance.
exhausted by this point, emotionally
For me, jive was the
hardest week. I do not doing that as
well as another dance will be as
good. It is half the amount of
The taller you are, the
longer you have to go...
tough. Brendan was never going to
make it easy for me, but this is
Giovanni's dance, the jive. I think
she will be good at this.
It is a
conversation not one wants to have.
Rick, who do you think will miss out
on the final? Do I have to?
making you. I think Mollie.
agree, Mollie. That is an easy way
Look at Danny's beautiful eyes.
You know how this feels.
know. I reckon Lisa made me say
What a Friday Panel they
have been. I think Mollie will be
fine. You cannot take it back.
It's time for our final check
in with Mr Gethin Jones.
Let's see who's he's
found on his travels.
It has been a full on day but I have
two semifinalists. Congratulations
for getting here. The glitter wall
is here but the glitterball is
inside an Joe, you are the last man
standing, are you feeling the
Not at all, the men have
had it too easy for far too long. It
is good there are so many girls and
such brilliant girls.
to have. Argentine tango, American
Smooth to a Bridget Jones theme, are
you Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcey?
Probably more Colin Firth than Hugh
Mollie, nines last week and
to say you were ecstatic is an
understatement. I have seen your
rehearsals, there is definitely
attend. If you get a ten, how would
Do you think it could be
a ten? I am so nervous, I cannot
believe we got to the semifinals but
getting the two nines, I thought I
was going to collapse on the floor.
Thanks Shirley, thanks Bruno. They
are worlds apart, the samba and the
waltz, one of them I have to looked
like the life and soul of the party.
You have changed colour. That is
from feeling dizzy on the pivots. I
had to tell AJ to slow down because
he is flying me around the room. But
I love it, it is so much fun.
how is the monster shoulder?
could show himself at any moment.
Best of luck tomorrow. Thank you.
That's all we have time for tonight.
A huge thank you to all my guests.
Strictly semifinal tomorrow
at 6:45pm on BBC One.
I'll be back on Monday.
Singing us out with 2000 Miles
from his new album,
it's Tom Chaplin.
# He's gone 2000 miles
# It's very far
# The snow is falling down
# Gets colder day by day
# I miss you
# The children will sing
# He'll be back at Christmas time
# In these frozen and silent nights
# Sometimes in a dream you appear
# Outside under the purple sky
# Diamonds in the snow sparkle
# Our hearts were singing
# It felt like Christmas time
# 2000 miles
# Is very
far through the snow
# I'll think of you
# Wherever you go
# He's gone 2000 miles
# It's very far
# The snow is falling down
# Gets colder day by day
# I miss you
# I can hear people singing
# It must be Christmas time
# I hear people singing
# It must be Christmas time #.
Zoe Ball presents a one hour Friday show ahead of the semi-final, packed with all the backstage gossip and behind-the-scenes action. Celebrity super fans are in the studio to discuss all things ballroom.