Episode 55 Strictly - It Takes Two


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Episode 55

Zoe Ball presents a one hour Friday show ahead of the semi-final, packed with backstage gossip and behind-the-scenes action. Celebrity super fans discuss all things ballroom.


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Tonight is the night you've been

waiting for. Our Strictly

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professionals

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waiting for. Our Strictly

professionals have swivelled back

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and forth all they can but they will

only be one winner. Will it be

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Janette Manrara, Anton Du Beke or

the reigning champion, Giovanni

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pennies? Victory is within their

reach but who will claim the world

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record title and be crowned the Pro

Challenge Thampi? -- Pro Challenge

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champion?

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Live from London, this is Strictly

it takes to. Please welcome your

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host, Zoe Ball.

Come on! Give me a

salsa, give me a salsa. Love it!

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Here we go. Hello and welcome to it

takes to. We have been counting down

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to the semifinal all week and I can

now declare with much greater

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accuracy that there is just, look at

that, 24 hours, 43 minutes and 11

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seconds to go. Our dancers are

quaking in their boots. In between

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rehearsing, for about dancers have

stepped by -- stopped by, looking

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divine.

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I'm joined on the Friday panel

by a group of people collectively

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known as "well fit".

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Rick Edwards, Lisa

Snowdon and Danny Mac.

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Plus, once the incredible voice

of Keane, Tom Chaplin will be

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here to sing us a Christmas classic.

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But now, you might be familiar

with a fine piece of Welsh rarebit

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called Gethin Jones,

who can often be found

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wandering around Elstree

studios hunting for gossip.

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Let's see what he's uncovered.

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It may be cold outside but things

are heating up in Elstree Studios

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because it is semifinal either. So

much to look forward to on the dance

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floor tomorrow but at the moment,

Mali and AJ are rehearsing their

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samba to Shakira's Whenever,

Wherever. Those hips don't Lie and I

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am going to make sure the you don't

miss a trick.

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Thank you, Mr Jones.

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Now, I've got a good "feline"

about our first guests.

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Because if my "meow-mory"

serves me correctly,

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they danced a "claw-some"

American Smooth last weekend.

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And nine out of ten

cats would agree.

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There's always one

isn't there, Craig.

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It's Debbie and Giovanni.

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Debbie was stunning. I am pairing

with delight. It was absolutely

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seamless.

That was hugely

impressive.

Well ban, Debbie. The

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story arc was told so beautifully.

It was mesmerising.

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# How will I know if he really loves

me

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# Aides say a prayer with every

heartbeat

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# I fall in love when ever we meet #

Semifinalists. Feast your eyes upon

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their brilliance. Shirley said that

dance would be etched on people's

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memories for ever. How about you?

Absolutely. I will never forget last

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weekend. We just loved dancing that

dance.

Have you watched it back?

How

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many times about three times.

Darcey

said it was seamless, Bruno said

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Lawless. When you hear comments like

that, does it make your heart glow?

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-- Bruno said Lawless.

Definitely.

Every minute of that dance, I really

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felt the emotion, we really felt

like we were dancing as one, so then

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when the judges loved it as well,

and you could feel it in the

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audience, in the studio. That is

what you want.

It's a magical thing.

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Craig actually purred with delight,

which was quite something, then he

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only gave you and nine. Why does he

never give you attend?

I really

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don't know. I don't know. It was a

great dance, I think, because I

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watched it back just a couple of

times. Maybe a couple of hundred

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times. I don't know, everything was

there, elegant. I really don't know.

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I don't know. He is a tough one to

crack. The spin left, we need to see

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it again because it was amazing. We

are hoping to recreate that with

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audience members in a moment. How

tricky is that, Giovanni?

When we

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did they read Tim, I said to Debbie,

this is an ambitious moment because

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from that, we have to go bombers

standing spin into a pivot. It's

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really difficult because of

dizziness. I was dizzy on my legs. I

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was like, where is she? She did

brilliantly. Really good. It was

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really difficult, but you know.

Can

we practice that later on?

Why not

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now?

I want to spin the year round.

And you are the cats that get the

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cream, because you are three to the

semifinal. Top of the leaderboard,

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but as we saw with Alexandra, it

doesn't mean you are safe. Our tents

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were you?

Really tense.

Petrified.

At this stage of the competition, we

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have both worked really hard, so we

want to go through. When you heard

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your name, it's utter relief.

Petrified is the word.

Yes, I hate

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that sound.

So, too dancers, but

before that, actually, a friend of

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the show, Miranda Hart did tweet,

this is good, I love them all but I

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am fully Tim Debbie McGee...

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Here here.

We love Miranda.

She is

so funny, isn't she?

So, to dancers

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you have got and you are going to be

starting with this one.

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It is his favourite and it is the

jive. Has he been putting you

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through your paces?

I have been so

tired, I have been eating double

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what I normally eat and I have been

eating double all series. I love

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watching his face when we do it

because he loves doing the jive so

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much.

Your little base. Are you

looking at yourself or Debbie?

He is

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looking at himself.

Have you stuck

with your training plan?

We have

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tried, but she is really busy.

I

have been very busy, doing half a

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day of learning lines for panto,

then the rest with Giovanni.

Also

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doing the foxtrot to this.

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MUSIC: Isn't She Lovely

by Stevie Wonder.

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Tell us about their stance,

Giovanni.

It is a song that makes

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you smile whenever you play at. This

is the semifinal. At this point in

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the competition, you want to show

the judges that we can achieve a

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good technique, so my priority this

week is to show a pure technique,

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pure dance, no messing around, just

in hold for one minute and 45,

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dancing beautifully. That is my

point.

He has got the chat, hasn't

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he.

He has been tough.

He has to be.

You are brilliant. Fingers crossed

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for you that we see you in the

final. Let's hear it for Debbie and

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Giovanni. And we will be seeing

Giovanni in a little bit because

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he's back for the final of the Pro

Challenge. Could he make it two

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years in a row? Let's find out.

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Now, Christmas is coming,

the geese are getting fat

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and our couples are training

for not one but two dances.

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To whet your appetite,

here's a look at Alexandra's salsa

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and Joe's American Smooth.

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The salsa training is so much fun.

It's fast, energetic. If you think

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about the next step, you've already

missed a beat.

In this dance,

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there's going to be a lot of fast

movements, sensitive movements and

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tricks.

I've got Gorka and a salsa.

I'm so lucky. I know he's really

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going to push me to my limit and

more.

One, two, three.

You have got

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to show you are loving life with the

salsa.

Beautiful.

The American

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Smooth bill is nice at the dance.

It's like the old black and white

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films I used to watch.

I haven't

done anything so glamorous before.

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Are you sure about this? One dance

was more than enough to be doing in

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a week and to dancers build very

overwhelming. It is real showmanship

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required. Doing the technique but

remembering to enjoy it and to look

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like you are enjoying it, that is

the challenge.

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Now, a semifinal calls

for some expert punditry.

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Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer

weren't available, so please

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put your hands together

for Rick Edwards, Lisa

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Snowdon and Danny Mac.

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# Do you think I'm sexy

# If you really need me

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# Just reach out and touch me... #

Well come back, song and dance man,

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Danny Mac.

Finalist last year. How are you,

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honey?

I'm so good. It's great to be

back.

We have missed you. Have you

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missed us?

Absolutely. I didn't at

first, I wanted my life back, but

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two weeks into this season I was

like, I've got to go back.

Lisa, you

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are back. She was amazing. What a

calibre they have been this year.

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Have you been impressed?

From the

get go. Remembering Debbie's Paso

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Robles on the first night, I was

like, how can they do this so early

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in the series? It's just got better

and better.

Rick Edwards, I hear you

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get your Strictly on on a Saturday

night. Have you ever thought about

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getting your Tony Mann Aero on and

doing what these two have done?

I

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have a specific skill which is

always being offbeat and I don't

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know how that would go down with the

judges.

Let me introduce you to

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Karen Clifton, Janette Manrara. They

could work with that. Now, let's

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have a look at this tango to My

Sharona. This is Gemma and Aljaz in

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training. Never been bottom two. Has

she picked this up brilliantly?

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Honestly, when you said expert

judge, I just went, well, it looks

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nice to me. I also think the thing

with Gemma is, the audience love

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her. She is such a popular dancer. I

think she will be fine. Also, I'm

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feeling slightly guilty because I've

just met Aljaz.

He does have that

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effect.

I work in Talay but I was

like, I've met Aljaz! -- I work in

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television, but I was like, I've met

Aljaz. He was so nice.

They are also

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doing a rumble. Last week, Shirley

said she needs to bring out her

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acting skills. What do you think

here?

She is my mums favourite and I

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know Gemma as well, she's a

fantastic actress, but there's so

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much to think about the night, it's

hard to remember that but after that

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advice last week, I think Gemma be

fine.

She will smash it. She'll be

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amazing tonight. Let's move on to

Mollie and AJ. They have been in the

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bottom two for the last two weeks.

Have they got the momentum? Dancing

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to Shakira.

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MUSIC: Whenever,

Wherever by Shakira

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The hips do not lie, as they say.

You have just got to really go for

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it.

It was one of your strongest,

would you give her advice?

That is

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the time when you have to let it go,

because if you hold back, it has a

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tendency to be awkward and I only

knew that because I lost it that

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week.

And we loved it. Rick, they

have the waltz. You are a man of

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strong frame. What do you reckon to

Mollie's topline? Does it look like

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perfection?

Do we have romance? When

I was watching on Wednesday when Ian

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said something about a right angle

but not quite.

You have been

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observant!

There was some bend in

the arm. I am saying the armography.

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I said, if I am coming on the show,

I am saying armography!

Last man

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standing, Joe, the Argentine tango,

everybody loves this dance. Katya

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has pushed him with complex

choreography. You can see him

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dancing to Rag 'n' Bone Man.

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MUSIC: Human by Rag 'n' Bone Man

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He surprises me and I love it. The

chemistry. Her enthusiasm is

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infectious and really works. I think

it will be a good week for Joe.

She

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has not heard the word fatigue, so

she does not suffer from it.

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American Smooth, Danny and like

Gemma, he has never been in the

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bottom two. Craig said he was a dark

horse. Front runner?

I think he is

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fab. I love Joe. And he has two show

stopping dances. And Katya is

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fantastic with choreography.

Dancing

to Robbie Williams. Rick, this will

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be memorable.

The jogging bottoms

and shoes combination is memorable.

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I cannot believe how good he is

because he did not start that good.

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Incredible, and such a nice man.

Lovely. Very good. We will have more

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later. The Friday Panel.

APPLAUSE

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Now, have you met Mr Jones?

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Of course you have.

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He gets around.

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He's been at Elstree all day.

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Let's see who's fallen

for the old Gethin charm this time.

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I have grabbed time with team

Alorka.

Two dances, a Viennese waltz

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and salsa. You cannot get those two

confused, can you?

I can.

He won't.

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It is very different. Slowdowns in

too fast. -- a slow dance.

How are

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you feeling about them?

I am feeling

nervous about both but I am excited

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because the salsa is what I have

always wanted to do and the Viennese

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waltz is beautiful and I have not

seen my dress is it, but I have

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heard they are out of this world.

I

have seen them and they are amazing.

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You are dancing to Everybody Hurts.

Is everything hurting? Yes, we have

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been rehearsing nonstop but no pain,

no gain.

Listen, big night tomorrow,

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the semifinal. All the very best

tomorrow.

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Time to welcome our next couple.

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Last weekend, they quickstepped

their way into the semifinal

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with some old-fashioned

razzle dazzle.

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And a few gorgeous

feather fans, darling.

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It's Gemma and Aljaz.

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# Hello Dolly. Back-up, boys, here

comes Gemma.

I felt it needed to be

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lighter but I loved the

theatricality.

You had an immaculate

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frame, beautiful footwork, I felt it

needed 20% more.

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# Baby, hands up.

# Give me your heart. Hello, baby,

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looking beautiful. Did you hear Rick

Edwards? Do not slide off the edge.

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Hello, Dolly. Gemma, looking

gorgeous. Aljaz looks all right. How

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was it last week? Talk about a way

to open musical week.

I loved it,

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the concept, the fact we went for it

and I had a really good night on

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Saturday. Nerves were still there

but we have so much fun.

When you

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have the extra dancers, it is like a

Broadway production. Look at that.

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Beautiful. Neil would be drawn on

moustache. I loved that. Did Gemma

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pass this one theory test? -- swan

theory test?

She did.

Make something

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up. 16 months we have been here,

people.

Absolutely, quickstep is the

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hardest dance to keep the hold and I

choreographed it so that we kept the

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hold and we got through it with

honours.

We got through it.

It is a

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team thing. There was disagreement

between Craig and surely about the

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frame. Shirley said immaculate,

Craig said bow seat.

Whose side are

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you one? Our side. It is not about

agreeing or disagreeing. I have to

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say to get to this stage in the

competition for Gemma, who gets up

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at 4:30am. We rehearse eight hours.

She never complains. It is

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incredible how much you have

improved from weak one, to be in the

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semifinal. It is amazing for anyone.

Well said.

Honestly. We have been

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training so hard and when you get

out there you try to do your

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absolute best. That dance, when it

finished, and you could vividly tell

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because I was probably overreacting.

It was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

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Down to me, it was a beautiful

frame.

We laughed the Barnett, we

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are calling it the onion.

They put

like a sponge doughnut and attached

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it to my hair. I looked like my mum.

As we predicted the scores went up.

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The technical roller-coaster theory

working. How scared were you waiting

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because you were joint bottom of the

Leader Board?

It is horrible because

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when you are bottom of the Leader

Board, you think the judges did not

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like the dancers much as we did and

you get panicked but when your name

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is called, it is a relief because it

is the public who have put us in the

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semifinal and it means so much. I

said afterwards, I said I cannot

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believe people have enjoyed watching

me dance, enjoyed your choreography.

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They love it. Thank you. Two dances

this weekend. Starting with a rumba

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to Labrinth. It is emotional. Aljaz,

what can you tell us about it?

A

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lot, there is a lot of beautiful

rumba steps and as we can see, Don

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beautifully. It will be very

romantic, very sensual. When we did

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it on the first rehearsal, when I

saw how incredible Gemma is going to

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be at it, I put in more rumba.

And

higher shoes. He is making me where

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higher shoes.

You have to to pretend

to be in love with Aljaz, the rumba.

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I know, it is a tough job to ask of

people. We thought we would help you

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to get in the mood. Rather than

staring into each other's eyes,

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looked down the camera lens. Let's

see if we are convinced.

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LAUGHTER.

You have nailed it.

That was half of

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the choreography.

Onto the tango to

My Sharona.

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# My Sharona. How is it, a change of

pace, how are you liking it?

You

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look amazing in this. I have

struggled to learn the steps but

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because the rumba is straight

legged, pointy toes, and this is

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done on bent legs but I feel safe in

hold with Aljaz now so if I keep my

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frame, I am hoping he can drag me

around. But I love the music.

With

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the paso, you have that great

character, as well. Never have been

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in the bottom two, does that give

you confidence about the final?

We

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have said since the first week we

need to take every Saturday as a

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Saturday and not think it is the

semifinal. I get nervous. This week,

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we have two dances and hopefully it

will go well and hopefully the week

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after, we will have three dances.

Now we are fluent in Slovenian.

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SPEAKS SLOVENIAN. Go and get them.

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It's time now to check

in with Gethin.

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I've just received word he's walked

into wardrobe completely undetected.

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Smooth as ever.

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I am in the best wardrobe department

in the world, led by the mighty

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Vicky Gill. I think this needs some

work before tomorrow. The semifinal.

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So many people ask about your team.

Who are they?

They are a fantastic

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team, amazing. Not everybody is

here. It is hard to get everybody in

0:27:400:27:45

one place. Jane is hiding I think.

They will pretend they are shy and

0:27:450:27:51

do not have much of that opinion but

yes, they definitely do.

Everybody

0:27:510:27:56

is working hard at the moment.

Preparing for the semifinal. Give

0:27:560:28:04

them a wave. There is nothing in

that book, you are pretending to

0:28:040:28:14

look busy! Tell me about your boss

Vicky Gill. I feel like it is like

0:28:140:28:20

Meryl Streep in the Devil wears

Prada.

She is amazing to work for, a

0:28:200:28:29

brilliant designer.

We love working

here. You are a close-knit team.

0:28:290:28:34

This could be trouble. Last night we

saw some of the dresses for

0:28:340:28:38

tomorrow.

This is Mollie's. It is

not quite ready. We need to get this

0:28:380:28:45

up here. So that when she wiggles,

it moves.

I can imagine it is mad on

0:28:450:28:58

Friday getting ready.

Friday is the

big day. Quite a nice day. A good

0:28:580:29:04

feeling on Friday night when

everybody's shoes are there and

0:29:040:29:10

everything is put behind their name.

Can you show us something we have

0:29:100:29:14

not seen for tomorrow.

This is for

Mollie's waltz. There is a lot of

0:29:140:29:23

work that goes into that. This would

have been worked on by Cash and his

0:29:230:29:29

girls. They never stop.

They go all

night. And thanks to you, all of the

0:29:290:29:36

Couples look fantastic on Saturday

night. Thank you, wardrobe. They are

0:29:360:29:46

amazing.

0:29:460:29:47

Now, the training updates

are coming thick and fast.

0:29:470:29:49

Here's how Joe's Argentine tango

and Mollie's samba are shaping up.

0:29:490:29:58

The Argentine tango is very

specific. It is quite difficult. You

0:29:580:30:02

need a lot of attitude. You have to

come with all guns blazing.

There

0:30:020:30:10

are so many details. It is a

different posture and techniques. It

0:30:100:30:19

is going to take us a little while

to get it.

It is good fun. I am

0:30:190:30:26

enjoying every minute. For as long

as it lasts, I am having a really

0:30:260:30:30

nice time.

Much better. With the

samba the most difficult thing is to

0:30:300:30:36

look like it is coming natural to me

because there is nothing natural

0:30:360:30:39

about this. There is so much to it,

it is really fast. I have to get my

0:30:390:30:47

hips moving and they are a bit

stiff.

Mollie is struggling with the

0:30:470:30:51

different rhythm.

I am hoping there

will be a positive journey to

0:30:510:30:57

Saturday.

I can see where it is

going. We have a long way to get

0:30:570:31:01

there, but I can see where it is

going for Saturday.

0:31:010:31:10

Good work from all of them.

0:31:100:31:12

Now, it's the moment you've

all been waiting for.

0:31:120:31:15

This year, 15 contenders entered

the Pro Challenge Arena and now just

0:31:150:31:17

three remain.

0:31:170:31:18

And one of them will reign supreme.

0:31:180:31:21

It gives me great pleasure

to welcome super swivellers

0:31:210:31:23

Giovanni, Janette and Anton.

0:31:230:31:28

MUSIC: Pirates Of

The Caribbean theme.

0:31:370:31:43

Well come. You can fill the

competition between the three of

0:31:430:31:46

them.

It is on.

Before we let this

battle commence, may we remind you

0:31:460:31:55

that 12 contenders have gone before

you, so let's have a look at the

0:31:550:32:00

leaderboard as it currently stands.

0:32:000:32:02

Brendan Cole is still

languishing at the bottom.

0:32:040:32:06

With Neil and Chloe for company.

0:32:060:32:10

Last night, Karen Clifton knocked

Katya Jones off the top spot.

0:32:100:32:13

Well, she was getting

a little too comfortable up

0:32:130:32:15

there, if you ask me.

0:32:150:32:20

So let's speak to the reigning

champion of the Pro Challenge,

0:32:200:32:25

Giovanni. Do you have what It Takes

Two retain your crown, Giovanni?

Of

0:32:250:32:33

course I have. I have the fastest

legs in the world so far, so I only

0:32:330:32:38

used 50% of my energy just to give

them a chance.

Sure, sure!

Hello,

0:32:380:32:46

Janette. Your outfit is amazing.

Joint second last year alongside

0:32:460:32:52

your great friend, Karen Clifton.

Can you go one better this year?

I

0:32:520:32:58

hope so because I am not going to be

able to deal with him and his ego if

0:32:580:33:02

he has one again. Or Anton. A lady

needs to win.

The old master, as he

0:33:020:33:10

is. He has a golf handicap of five,

which I believe is very good.

Indeed

0:33:100:33:19

I do.

How are your swivels, sir?

Absolutely exquisite. I am

0:33:190:33:29

tremendous that swivelling. You must

understand, I was there when the

0:33:290:33:33

dance was invented.

I am very

talented. Shall we see how you got

0:33:330:33:39

on, Anton Du Beke? Good luck.

I

mean, these youngsters can do a

0:33:390:33:45

charleston to a certain level but

not like the experienced ones. You

0:33:450:33:48

have to be of a certain age to do a

proper charleston.

Here he is.

0:33:480:33:56

Lovely to see you all. Thank you

very much for inviting me here

0:33:560:34:00

today. I shall do my best that I

can. Now, my first song is... I

0:34:000:34:07

shall never charleston alone. After

three... Oh, the band aren't here.

0:34:070:34:12

We will save that for later.

Thank

you, Anton, and welcome to the

0:34:120:34:18

Strictly Pro Challenge. Now, do you

have the presence that the

0:34:180:34:23

charleston deserves? I think you

will really give it justice. Please

0:34:230:34:28

take your place on the dance floor.

I shall.

For your official attempt

0:34:280:34:36

to beginning in three, two, one, go.

Come on, Anton, keep it up.

I'm a

0:34:360:34:45

man of a certain age.

You can do it.

Keep it going. Keep your swivel

0:34:450:34:51

going.

15 seconds.

Can't we take

those than doubled up?

Five, four,

0:34:510:35:05

three, two, one, stop.

Thank you so

much!

That's a charleston step I

0:35:050:35:17

have never seen before. It was very

interesting. What did you think,

0:35:170:35:20

Bill?

It was OK. You lost it towards

the end.

It was quite fast.

It was

0:35:200:35:31

quite brisk.

Thank you so much,

Anton. It's been lovely having you

0:35:310:35:37

here.

It's been lovely being hair.

Thank you all very much indeed. I'll

0:35:370:35:42

tell my agent to wait for the call.

# I've got a dream... #

0:35:420:35:49

I thought the technique was good,

naturally.

I mean, I was there when

0:35:490:35:55

they invented the thing. They will

have to count up. I think they might

0:35:550:35:58

dock me a couple towards the end.

You make us laugh, you really do.

0:35:580:36:06

Listen, they know. The people know.

Ian Poulter technique was very

0:36:060:36:10

interesting.

I don't care what Ian

thinks. He's not even in the shadow!

0:36:100:36:18

I'm only kidding, Ian. I love him.

Now Giovanni.

I feel really excited.

0:36:180:36:28

I was born T-wing. I won last year,

I will try to win again.

Here he is,

0:36:280:36:36

our reigning Strictly Pro Challenge

champion.

Stop it.

Do you feel as

0:36:360:36:43

though you have a little bit of

pressure?

I do, I do. I have a lot

0:36:430:36:49

of pressure.

I want to do it again.

Do you think you can do this

0:36:490:36:53

charleston step justice?

I will try.

Please take your position on the

0:36:530:37:00

dance floor.

OK, for your official

attempt beginning in three, two,

0:37:000:37:06

one, though.

0:37:060:37:09

15 seconds.

Come on, keep it going.

Keep the swivel.

Five, four, three,

0:37:220:37:35

two, one, stop.

Ran out of steam a

little bit at the end, didn't you?

0:37:350:37:45

But it looked very fast and compact.

That is what I was trying to do,

0:37:450:37:49

compact.

It was really tight.

Who

knows. Thank you so much for doing

0:37:490:37:59

the Pro Challenge.

Thank you so

much. I love you too. I do feel the

0:37:590:38:05

pressure but it's a different

challenge. I've still got one!

0:38:050:38:15

Giovanni, Bill nodding his head

there. How do you keep it so

0:38:150:38:18

compact, Giovanni?

You know, I just

tried to do my best and again, it

0:38:180:38:27

was only 50% of my energy and it

still at great, so... There's always

0:38:270:38:31

next year, guys.

Anton was saying,

he's going off on the left.

He

0:38:310:38:39

looked like he was made of wood.

OK,

finally, Latin sensation Janette

0:38:390:38:46

Manrara. Let's see if you can out

with all these guys. Good luck,

0:38:460:38:51

darling.

I love the charleston. It's

one of my favourite dancers. The

0:38:510:38:58

charleston swivel is one of my

preferred steps as well, though I

0:38:580:39:01

think it will be a good one.

Hello,

Janette, and welcome to this year's

0:39:010:39:07

Strictly Pro Challenge.

Are you

excited? Very excited. I love the

0:39:070:39:12

charleston and I am very small, I

hope that the good thing.

Last year,

0:39:120:39:16

you were runner up by one step. Do

you have what It Takes Two win this

0:39:160:39:20

year?

It's going to be my year, I

feel it. OK, I'm going.

For your

0:39:200:39:31

official attempt beginning in three,

two, one, go.

0:39:310:39:39

15 seconds.

Keep it going.

Keep the

swivel.

Five, four, three, two, one,

0:39:500:40:03

stop.

Wow, that was a lot. That was

a lot more tiring than I thought it

0:40:030:40:12

would be.

Oh, wow. And I thought you

had all this energy.

Yes, maybe not.

0:40:120:40:23

For me, it looked very compact and

very quick. What did you think?

0:40:230:40:28

Absolutely. The swivels were there

and you kept right on your toes as

0:40:280:40:32

well. Really good.

One of the

neatest once we have seen.

Yes!

0:40:320:40:41

Thank you, guys. Fingers crossed.

You would think that he second is

0:40:410:40:45

not long but it feels quite long

when you are doing swivels like

0:40:450:40:48

that. I've come so close to winning

the Pro Challenge every year, so I'm

0:40:480:40:54

keeping my fingers and toes crossed

that this is my year.

I loved your

0:40:540:41:00

little part in the middle. Very tidy

swivelling. You have seen the

0:41:000:41:04

others, Janette. What do you think?

I have to say, I was very sick that

0:41:040:41:11

day, so if I don't win, it's only

because I was ill.

Right, for one

0:41:110:41:18

last time coming here is the legal

bit. Each syllable was verified to

0:41:180:41:27

make sure they were all accurate. --

each swivel. Before I can go any

0:41:270:41:35

further, I would like to reveal that

one of you completed a remarkable 31

0:41:350:41:39

steps.

Yes!

However, that same

person had a remarkable 19 steps

0:41:390:41:50

disqualified. Who could that person

be?

Giovanni, I'm mortified for you.

0:41:500:41:57

The person no longer in the running

for the Pro Challenge is...

0:41:570:42:07

It's Anton.

APPLAUSE

0:42:140:42:22

We love you still, baby.

We love you.

To be honest with you,

0:42:220:42:33

I am going. I cannot lay a moment

longer for this Sherrard. You have

0:42:330:42:38

brought me in on a Friday night for

this!

But, you beat Brendan Cole.

0:42:380:42:45

I've got to be honest with you,

looking at that school, that wasn't

0:42:450:42:52

very difficult. -- looking at that

school, that wasn't very difficult.

0:42:520:42:57

All I had to do was turn up. Don't

patronise me!

The real moment of

0:42:570:43:05

truth, Janette and Giovanni, you are

both still in the running towards

0:43:050:43:09

becoming American's next top model.

Of course I mean Pro Challenge

0:43:090:43:13

champion. One of you completed 22

steps with only one

0:43:130:43:20

disqualification. Giving you a total

of 21 swivels. While the other

0:43:200:43:28

completed 26 steps with twoo...

Twoo?!

Only two disqualifications,

0:43:280:43:51

setting a new world record of 24

charleston swivels in 30 seconds.

0:43:510:43:56

There is not much in it. I can

confirm that this year's Pro

0:43:560:44:01

Challenge champion and the new

Guinness world record holder is...

0:44:010:44:06

It's Giovanni!

0:44:220:44:38

Let's look at the Leader Board.

There he is at the top. 24. Janette

0:44:380:44:55

Manrara, second.

That is the same as

last year! I am not going to speak

0:44:550:45:03

to Giovanni for a week.

Can I just

say, 31.

Can we focus on Matt? To

0:45:030:45:14

present the winner's certificate,

Shanta Chinniah. How impressed were

0:45:140:45:23

you with our professionals?

Very

impressive. It is a hard step

0:45:230:45:28

especially for the ankles. The key

is the technique.

A certificate to

0:45:280:45:41

the champion. Smile for the camera.

Speech!

I am really happy to be, for

0:45:410:45:55

the second time...

It is going to be

too much, people. Thank you to the

0:45:550:46:04

professionals who took part this

year. Give it up for Giovanni, your

0:46:040:46:10

2017 Pro Challenge champion. We know

Sicily breeds great champions.

0:46:100:46:18

But how about the rest of the world?

0:46:180:46:20

We sent Australia's Dianne,

aka Reddo, to find out all about -

0:46:200:46:23

you guessed it - Brazilian Strictly.

0:46:230:46:26

I know, darling, 31. Strictly has

become a global phenomenon and can

0:46:260:46:34

be seen all over the world,

including Brazil, which is where we

0:46:340:46:39

are off to today. Well, it is not

quite Brazil. But you would never

0:46:390:46:43

know. The first season of Dancing

Brazil premiered in April this year

0:46:430:46:55

and they filmed the second season

straight after the first. That is a

0:46:550:47:00

lot of Strictly. The show's host is

a massive deal in Brazil. She has

0:47:000:47:12

sold over 50 million copies of her

records. She is an all-round

0:47:120:47:20

entertainer and even gets involved

in the group dances. Like on

0:47:200:47:27

Strictly, the Brazilian version is

predominantly Latin and ballroom

0:47:270:47:31

dancing. However, they do have some

extra styles we do not have in the

0:47:310:47:36

UK. Being a South American country

with the Latin influence they have

0:47:360:47:47

the bolero. And as home of the

carnival they perform a dance with a

0:47:470:47:54

fast carnival beat. Just like us,

the Brazilians love a themed week.

0:47:540:48:02

Check out the circus extravaganza,

country week and even the Oscars.

0:48:020:48:06

One of the biggest differences to

Strictly is what they call a twist.

0:48:060:48:11

In series one, the twist involved in

actual partner swap. You heard it,

0:48:110:48:18

with only six Couples remaining and

eight weeks together, the

0:48:180:48:22

celebrities changed partners. In

series two, they brought in a series

0:48:220:48:29

twist. This time they have two

Couples sharing the dance floor and

0:48:290:48:34

performing the same dance at the

same time. The judges choose the

0:48:340:48:39

favourite couple from each group.

The show's elimination process works

0:48:390:48:47

slightly different to ours. It is

only the bottom three that go into

0:48:470:48:51

what they call the red zone. Those

in the red zone are up for

0:48:510:48:57

elimination. Well, Brazil, it has

been fun, but I have a plane to

0:48:570:49:06

catch. I need to make it back to the

Strictly Ballroom before the

0:49:060:49:11

weekend.

0:49:110:49:14

Welcome back to our Friday panel.

0:49:140:49:16

Onto our final two couples now.

0:49:160:49:19

Let's start with

Alexandra and Gorka.

0:49:190:49:25

Rick, despite finishing top of the

Leader Board found themselves in the

0:49:250:49:29

bottom two second week in a row.

Viennese waltz, will this get the

0:49:290:49:34

votes? Have a look. Dancing to Tina

Arena.

0:49:340:49:38

MUSIC: Everybody Hurts

by Tina Arena.

0:49:380:49:43

I think it will get the votes. It

made me quite angry last weekend. So

0:49:430:49:50

good, why are people not voting for

her? Such a nice girl, brilliant at

0:49:500:49:55

dancing, what is not to like?

She is

gorgeous. Danny, they are also doing

0:49:550:50:03

a salsa which could not be further

from the Viennese waltz. It is a

0:50:030:50:08

party dance and she has been

brilliant in the Latin dances.

It

0:50:080:50:12

will show the diversity between the

two.

0:50:120:50:14

MUSIC: Finally by CeCe Peniston.

0:50:140:50:18

I have had the pleasure of working

with people recently who have worked

0:50:180:50:22

with her and people speak so highly

of her, she is fantastic.

She has

0:50:220:50:29

had 39 for four dances, could she

finally get the perfect 40.

0:50:290:50:36

# Finally. I did not realise!

She

has got to get 40.

She is fabulous.

0:50:360:50:46

Danny, you deserved 40 quite a lot

of times and when you got it, it was

0:50:460:50:49

amazing. Debbie and Giovanni.

Foxtrot with the Stevie Wonder

0:50:490:50:56

classic.

0:50:560:50:56

MUSIC: Isn't She Lovely

by Stevie Wonder.

0:50:560:51:01

It is going to make me cry, I love

this song and I love the foxtrot.

0:51:010:51:08

Why is she so good? She is

effortless and she has so much

0:51:080:51:14

elegance and strength. Core

strength. She is fearless.

She makes

0:51:140:51:19

it look easy and it clearly is not

easy.

She puts everything into it,

0:51:190:51:23

brilliant.

Jive, as well. I'm so

excited, let's hear it.

0:51:230:51:34

MUSIC: I'm So Excited

by the Pointer Sisters.

0:51:340:51:38

She can extend her legs. Can she do

flicks and kicks? Danny, what do you

0:51:380:51:45

reckon? Go on, Debbie.

Any pointers?

I am no expert. I think that is

0:51:450:51:55

earlier in the week and I think she

is stronger now.

She is rehearsing

0:51:550:52:00

for panto, as well and I said to

Giovanni why not do it slower and he

0:52:000:52:05

said she would keep up.

He is

pushing her and it is showing. This

0:52:050:52:12

is the hardest week with half the

time to do a dance.

You are

0:52:120:52:17

exhausted by this point, emotionally

and physically.

For me, jive was the

0:52:170:52:22

hardest week. I do not doing that as

well as another dance will be as

0:52:220:52:29

good. It is half the amount of

jiving.

The taller you are, the

0:52:290:52:35

longer you have to go...

It is

tough. Brendan was never going to

0:52:350:52:41

make it easy for me, but this is

Giovanni's dance, the jive. I think

0:52:410:52:46

she will be good at this.

It is a

conversation not one wants to have.

0:52:460:52:53

Rick, who do you think will miss out

on the final? Do I have to?

I am

0:52:530:53:00

making you. I think Mollie.

Lisa?

I

agree, Mollie. That is an easy way

0:53:000:53:09

out!

Look at Danny's beautiful eyes.

You know how this feels.

I don't

0:53:090:53:18

know. I reckon Lisa made me say

Mollie.

What a Friday Panel they

0:53:180:53:27

have been. I think Mollie will be

fine. You cannot take it back.

0:53:270:53:35

It's time for our final check

in with Mr Gethin Jones.

0:53:350:53:37

Let's see who's he's

found on his travels.

0:53:370:53:40

It has been a full on day but I have

two semifinalists. Congratulations

0:53:400:53:45

for getting here. The glitter wall

is here but the glitterball is

0:53:450:53:54

inside an Joe, you are the last man

standing, are you feeling the

0:53:540:53:58

pressure?

Not at all, the men have

had it too easy for far too long. It

0:53:580:54:05

is good there are so many girls and

such brilliant girls.

Lovely company

0:54:050:54:11

to have. Argentine tango, American

Smooth to a Bridget Jones theme, are

0:54:110:54:17

you Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcey?

Probably more Colin Firth than Hugh

0:54:170:54:22

Grant.

Mollie, nines last week and

to say you were ecstatic is an

0:54:220:54:32

understatement. I have seen your

rehearsals, there is definitely

0:54:320:54:35

attend. If you get a ten, how would

you react?

Do you think it could be

0:54:350:54:41

a ten? I am so nervous, I cannot

believe we got to the semifinals but

0:54:410:54:47

getting the two nines, I thought I

was going to collapse on the floor.

0:54:470:54:54

Thanks Shirley, thanks Bruno. They

are worlds apart, the samba and the

0:54:540:55:02

waltz, one of them I have to looked

like the life and soul of the party.

0:55:020:55:10

You have changed colour. That is

from feeling dizzy on the pivots. I

0:55:100:55:15

had to tell AJ to slow down because

he is flying me around the room. But

0:55:150:55:20

I love it, it is so much fun.

And

how is the monster shoulder?

It

0:55:200:55:25

could show himself at any moment.

Best of luck tomorrow. Thank you.

0:55:250:55:32

That's all we have time for tonight.

0:55:320:55:34

A huge thank you to all my guests.

0:55:340:55:39

Strictly semifinal tomorrow

0:55:390:55:40

at 6:45pm on BBC One.

0:55:400:55:44

I'll be back on Monday.

0:55:440:55:47

Singing us out with 2000 Miles

from his new album,

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it's Tom Chaplin.

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# He's gone 2000 miles

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# It's very far

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# The snow is falling down

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# Gets colder day by day

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# I miss you

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# The children will sing

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# He'll be back at Christmas time

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# In these frozen and silent nights

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# Sometimes in a dream you appear

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# Outside under the purple sky

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# Diamonds in the snow sparkle

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# Our hearts were singing

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# It felt like Christmas time

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# 2000 miles

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# Is very

far through the snow

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# I'll think of you

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# Wherever you go

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# He's gone 2000 miles

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# It's very far

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# The snow is falling down

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# Gets colder day by day

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# I miss you

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# I can hear people singing

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# It must be Christmas time

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# I hear people singing

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# It must be Christmas time #.

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APPLAUSE

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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.