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It's Tuesday, coming up on tonight's show, Nancy and Anton
narrowly avoided elimination and survived to dance another day.
They'll be here. Our very own dancing Queen, Karen Hardy, is in
the studio for more choreography corner. I'll chat to Bruce Oldfield
about who or what this weekend.... This is Strictly It Takes Two.
Please welcome your host, Zoe Ball. Our couples are straight back to
business in the training rooms getting ready for their next
performance. On Saturday, Nancy and Anton performed a tango full of
passion, drama and style, aiming for Italian stallion, did they end
up more blooding mule? They'll chat to me in a moment, but let's talk
alike at their weekend story. It had all the tension of a cold
sponge. There was lots of style but no substance.
It was like a plodding mule trudging through mud. It actually
looked like a tango. And you actually looked like you can dance.
Carry on this way. The couple leaving tonight is... Dan and Katya.
We'll try better next week, try and get the dancing up a bit better,
see if we can get better marks from the judges and go from there really.
Please welcome our first couple tonight, Nancy and Anton.
Nancy, you look glorious. Always so nice to see you. It's one of the
best of - parts of Strictly, coming to see you. After being with you!
Have you recovered from your weekend? We haven't recovered yet.
Have you recovered? Just about. Last week is already over. We start
a new routine and now the only sthing to look ahead for next
Saturday -- the only thing is to look ahead for next Saturday.
talk about Saturday. Your costume,, the make-up, the music, did that
all add to the character you played in your tango? Definitely. The
make-up, the costume, it was fantastic. But of course, my
character, the tango quite suits me with the passion, it goes with
Italians and the music was so very passionate. So I was very pleased
to dance that. Never heard Anton be so quiet for so long. Well done!
Thank you very much. In amazement. In previous weeks, you've had
costume dramas, you forgot the steps, did it go according to plan
for you both on Saturday? Why are you so far away? I don't know, do
you want me to get closer. I shoveled up, you shoveled away.
Make your mind up, I'm confused. I feel rejected but I'm not quite
sure why! Did it go according to plan? I thought Nancy danced very
well, I thought the beginning was very strong. The judges didn't
mention the fact that any of the celebrities really danced on their
own, they do something on their own. Nancy did the bit of the dance on
her own, I was at the front row and she's giving it all this. And then
wollop, the leg goes up, perfect time. That's really difficult to do
that and they gave no credit at all. Not only to Nancy, but to any of
the celebrities for anything they do on their own. I think it's
remarkable that they do dancing on their own. If they are watching
this, they'll take note. They probably will, quite frankly, no,
no. They never do! Can you win with the judges, they want more content,
you give it to them... Don't care about the judges any more. Who are
they, I don't even know who they are, there are only four of them,
ten million viewers. So you say you are not dancing for the judges but
the people at home? Of course, this is what the show is about, dancing
for the people watching, the viewers, not the judges. We are not
dancing for the judges. What are they going to do, mark you down?
Thauf already done that. We are so free, we can do whatever we want.
feel rebellious, I might take me tie off! Steady on, Anton!
Online, they are loving it. Trace si said such a huge improvement and
the judges have been too harsh. -- Tracy. You are absolutely right,
Tracey, thank you. Melanie loves you and says she's doing better
than I ever could. How did it feel to be in the bottom two? Well, you
know. Have you been before? Once or twice! Has he been there before?!
Bless you. May I answer? I want you to, I'm over this already, I can't
be bothered. Definitely it's not a nice feeling. It was a new
experience. I love Claudia, but I hope not to see her again. Not on
Sunday! I see what you mean, you don't want to be talking to her
because you will be in the bottom? No, the feeling is not nice. I
never thought to be out to be very honest. I didn't deserve it. Much
better than that Dan. I adore you both, I really do. Let's point out
that the scores are going up, a 12, 14, 20, it's good, going in the
right direction. We like that. Thank you, I do as well. Still
bottom but going up. It's only good if nobody else goes up you see,
when they all go up, we remain the same, so essentially it's rubbish.
Paso Doble, how is it going? Brilliant. Is this going to be the
comeback dance? From what? I'm not sure. We haven't been away have we?
Only from the bottom two, are you going to go up? It's going to be
good. We're going to have lifts in it. We are e we have been lifting
all the time. We should have a troop of matadors and horses.
is a great glimpse into the training room, isn't it? I would
love to talk all night but I have to talk to everyone else. Good luck
with the Paso Doble, Nancy and Anton. You are adorable! There was
a strong emphasis on the choreography which included bold
story-telling, illegal lifts and props and what Len described as too
much messing about. To help us decipher what it meant, who we
Here she is, a close personal friend of Henry Winkler, Karen
Hardy! Loving you and Henry talking on the
red button on Saturday! Right, Broadway in the ballroom this
weekend. We are going to start with Holly and Artem and the tango. What
did you think? Interesting. I've gone the other way with this
performance. I think this girl is incredible. But when I watched this
performance and we saw the whole cage thing going on and saw her
doing lots of solo work, it looked like a pop video, whereas you look
like this, she could have easily done that move in hold so we would
have had much more content. This could have easily been, for me, one
of her beautiful pop shows where she's on her own looking hot and
sexy, but you know what, this is a ballroom competition. Dancing is
movement to music, ballroom dancing is two people moving together. That
makes ballroom. Anita and Robin did the jive. How did Anita co-do for
you? Brilliant. It was brave and brilliant. We had jive content. We
had timing issues which the judges said it looked like she was behind,
but you put a celebrity on their own, it's very hard, they've only
been together a couple of weeks. But there was so much great content
in there, it was jiving, it was bouncing and the props were there
but they didn't take over too much, it was beautiful for me, loved it.
Happy Karen. Let's talk about Rory and Erin and their quickstep. Great
night for them. How did they capture it so well? Listen to this,
da-da-da-da, that for me is really clever because this music is so
special. It basically tells the celebrities what steps to do. So
this then allows the celebrities to relax a little bit more, da-da-da
is making him take that forward step and skip across the floor, he
can get into character. The greatest thing there from Erin, she
chose excellent music and he would have been able to give that Fred
Astaire appeal on the dance floor. Very clever! Two big gold stars.
Yes. Lulu and Brendan and the rumba. I cried watching this, I thought it
was so beautiful. But we can't talk about them without mentioning the
lift. The first thing is, I know it was illegal, but, as a lift, Karen,
was it good? It was a fabulous lift. I'm not going to complain. Look at
it, height, legs in an excellent position, pointing her toes and she
lands very nicely. Lots of great things. But I'm a big no, no, no
with the lifts. Come on, guys. It's trickery, you put lifts in to
create an effect. So what's really going to... You can put all the
effects in now, but those that are learning the steps and the
fundamentals, it's going to come back and save them later in the
show. Let the people put their tricks in, but it's going to go
against them later in the line. I'm glad that Craig picked up on it and
stuck to his guns. She could have held his waist and had a toe on the
floor and got exactly the same effect. I think we know how you
feel about lifts! Yes! Audley and Natalie and their quickstep now.
After being in the bottom two last week, Audley did well in this
dance? He did. But look how he did well. See that step? Now look again,
we are going to repeat it again. Now, repetition of steps is a very
clever way, if people are not maybe getting the dance quick enough,
quickstep is one of the big ones, really hard with lots of fast steps
and we already know with his feet. But look what she does, a little
later none the routine... Is it back? It will come back again.
didn't note thais at all. Notice this at all. He's going into
it for the fourth time and by now, it's confused him, he's gone wrong
there, so there's a point of repetition can be great, especially
there might be one dance in the series that a celebrity's
struggling with, and we've all done it, you repeat the steps, but you
have got to be careful. Four repetitions and I think he lost
where he was, tripped over his own feet there. It's easy to trip over
those feet, they are big! I'm hearing you there. Robbie and
Ola and the tango. Robbie was struggling with spinning in
training last week. What did Ola do here? She added more! Look at this.
With saw a three-step turn with a chair and then we are going to see
her spin again. Basically, to me, she's saying, you
might have motion sickness, but I think you are going to be in this
for the long run and any time we add turn into dance, it creates the
dynamic and it creates an effect. Anything that's flat, so if Robbie
would have done that earlier on, Ola would have made him do three
walks across the stage and three back again, but as she's upping his
game and increasing him, you've got to be turning everywhere. Turn is
the elegance of dance. She's saying, Savage, get on with it, deal with
the sickness. And they did it. Russell and Flavia, much more
ballroom content. Look at this! I love it. He is adorable. Flavia was
very clever to include his trademark gestures, wasn't she?
We had all that beautiful content and here it comes again. Even wants
to say hello to Russell and it's that classic bit of music, he's
living the dream, on the stage, he's at home! So, what I love this
time, we saw way too much of that in the last two performances. She
got it perfect this time. Look, straight back into hold. And
foxtrot is the dance of death to a lot of couples because it's flat
and can be very boring. With that song, that bit of Broadway in the
middle, fantastic number! OK, let's talk about Jason and Kristina in
their tango. You are almost hysterical and we haven't talked
about it. The competition of the campness we've got to say. We've
got camp, we've gone Broadway, got hips and Kristina is living the
moment and suddenly, wow, back into the intensity of it all! He's
saying, I'm in this competition, I will give you your Broadway moment
for the middle bit, beginning, middle and end, that's the
classical Broadway theme, then he said, I'm back into the tango
because this is what everybody will be marking. Loved it. Chelsee and
Pasha and their cha-cha-cha, now, would Chelsee benefit from simpler
choreography? The judges keep saying she's too bouncy and a bit
frenetic? It's not that. I mean, if we have a look, she's got time to
go, I've got a hair in my face, I think I'll remove it. She can
handle all the fast choreography, she's not mastering the techniques.
They do what we say when it grounds a woman, sounds madness. But for
example, a cha-cha-cha, straight legs, lock the legs in, create hip
action. Very important. But what we are getting in every single dance
with Chelsee is bounce, bounce, bounce, as soon as she hits
something like a rumba or the gracefulness of a foxtrot, she's
going to have to learn heels and toes and master the technique.
Choreography is a walk in the park for her. Harry and alowe that that
and their jive. A lot of people loving this, not sure whether it's
because of the pecks or the dancing? You are not so sure?
we've got a lovely couple of weeks coming along. We've got Grease here,
we've got the car, the costumes and the music. It's all too much for
you? All I needed with that was just a great jive because that boy
can do it. We've just got to be careful, we are going to have some
lovely themed events, let's make the mistakes now, but those judges,
as the weeks go on, will be demanding more and more content of
dance. OK. Karen Hardy, as always,
gorgeous! Karen, see you next week, thank you!
I feel like I've learned something. The next couple had a triumphant
night on Saturday, received stellar comments for their simple but
beautiful routine and were rewarded with eights across-the-board. Alex
and James are here in a second but let's relive their memories of the
weekend. James, I think you are being very clever. It was
uncomplicated. Loved it, really, really loved it. It was simply
beautiful. For me, you are the most improved dancer. You look elegant
and dreamy. It was like watching a magical bird stretching its wings
for the first time ready to take flight. It was, as Len said,
absolutely beautiful in its 32! I'm absolutely for the first
time ever I think speechless. Loved it. Is that going totive you
confidence? Yes. Sure? Yes. Thank you. Please give a warm welcome to
Alex Jones and her partner James Jordan.
It's just given me a big blow seeing you come out there. Alesha
said you were the most improved dancer. Well done, that must feel
fantastic? It was a highlight on Saturday and I suppose that's what
this competition is all about, getting a bit better. There was
nothing there to begin with, let's be honest. You could beg to differ
there! I suppose a bit of improvement every week is what it's
all about and just having a brilliant time doing it. It must be
nice for you, James, because Craig call yod clever. True. Surely
that's a first from Craig for you? I thought you meant it was the
first time I've been called clever. It's the first time he said
anything like that to me. But I the routine very simple. You don't need
intricate choreography to create a story or power. Because of the
music being so nice, the dress was so nice, the choreography was very
emotional, I think it sold it. So yes, you can keep things simple.
Broadway week, some might say that's a risky strategy to take,
throwing in props and all kinds, but it was effective. We spoke
about it. We were dancing to memories and didn't want to have
the wagging tails. I did wonder at one moment if you were going to be
Mr Mestopalies and come out with the whole chabang. We kept it
simple. On Facebook, you have had so many lovely comments. Kenny said
James is turning Alex into a serious contender. Look at that!
Loads of comments about how moving and emotional it was. A greet
student. She's teachers' pet at the moment. She is, but it's God to see
though because you are obviously loving it. I'm having the best time
ever. Saturdays are scary, Zoe, they are, they're terrifying.
been there, I know exactly how scary they are. But during the week
building up to Saturday, we have just a great time, pleasing James
and improving a bit, for me, that's what it's all about. Just taking it
week-by-week. I don't think every week it's possible to improve at
the level she has been, you are eventually going to plateau and one
of the dances may not suit her. All the time she's giving me 100% and
trying, that's all I care about and she is, she's very trying!
Oh! In the training room, occasionally, there are three
people in there, we've noticed. Have a look at this! Really. James
says do a step and I'll automatically think step, literally
and go wow and do a huge step like that. She has this thing where she
lifts her feet so high off the floor to take a step. I genuinely
look a bit like Basil Fawlty which is not the look James was going for.
There was a bit of Basil in there. There was. We don't want to
completely lose him, we'll miss him. Hopefully I'll become Darcy
Bussel.: I hope so. Won't happen. Basil. He comes back every Monday,
doesn't he? I fear he may be back for the rumba, to be honest.
have the rumba, it's a tough dance, the dance of love. How are you
finding it? Hm. That good, eh? have only done a couple of hours so
far and it's all new. Like ten hours! Really?! How do you get all
the training in because you are doing the One Show and strictly as
well, you must live here at the BBC. Well, I don't know why I'm paying
rent, Zoe, to be honest. Just get a duvet under the sofa. It's OK, it's
a routine, we meet in the morning and then I do the One Show, and if
I've not been good in the day, we meet in the night after the One
Show, so you can always gauge how the session's gone in the morning.
We are going training after this. You are good students. Good luck
with the rumba. Look forward to seeing Basil on Saturday if we are
really lucky. Alex and James! On Saturday night, the fashion bar
was raised higher than ever before, as the celebrities embraced their
Broadway characters. Some of the girls got wigy with it. Here is a
reMaundyer of who wore what at the Joining me now to cast their expert
eye over the costumes, please welcome fashion designer Bruce
Oldfield and fashion lecture oo that O'Hagan.
Delightful to have you both here. - - Oonagh O'Hagan. Chelsee first in
her cha-cha-cha number. What did you make of her little number?
amazing. The fact that you can put anything on this young girl, you
know, and she'll go for it yourbgs know, she'll just wear it, I loved
it. Looked like something from the '20s or even the '60s. A bit like a
swim suit, '50s like Esther Williams. Yes. Pity there was no
hat to match. Give us some fashion facts about what is going on in her
outfit there? It's 1,500 bugle beads. They're long thin beads,
looking a bit like macaroni and they are each threaded on by hand,
so it's really intense a job in beautiful oranges and pinks.
Beautiful warm, liquid colours here. Why is that particularly good for
the cha-cha-cha? What effect is that going to give? The bugle bead
is used because it's a tube on the thread, it spins and moves. So
rather than using a tassel like you would use for maybe the jive or
Charleston which is a very up and down movement, the bugle beads spin
so it's very much more the twists. I want some attached to me right
now! Come over here. We'll start now!
Anita. She was doing the number from Hairspray. Now, Bruce, when
you saw this outfit, you pulled a funny face. You weren't a big fan?
Bows I don't really like and two bows I really don't like. Is that a
rule never to be broken. Yes, it was Minnie Mouse but right for hair
spri. It was originally going to be a blue colour but they went for
this candy floss pink to make it more camp to tie in with hair spri.
The hemline as well. What is going on with it -- Hairspray. It's wire
to make it stand out like that. It's put on a zig-zag, then they
thread the wire through as it goes and it forces it to do that. It's
got underneath it four layers of pettycoats. That was four different
fabrics, so they moved because they had soft characters, nylons, satin
and fashion fact, six metres of fabric. On each layer? No, she
wouldn't be able to get up. Shield be like a puff Fay. We've got
Lulu's outfit in the studio -- puffe. Black-and-white representing
the Phantom, dancing to a number from Phantom Of The Opera, but
quite '60s as well with the monochrome. Did you lake that,
Bruce? I did. There was a lot of fabric there on rather a petite
woman and it could have been a bit of a tent... Overwhelming. Yes. But
it worked because there were parts that were see-through so you got a
bit of body showing and leg showing, so it kind of worked. It worked foe
me. This is Lulu in the '60s and look at her on Saturday night. She
just looks glorious, doesn't she? Amazing. The same. What is your
secret, Lulu? We all want to know. She looks gorgeous. Tell us about
what is it made from, the dress? The knowledge about the dress. It's
a crepe base, then the scarves of Georgette to give it the romantic
silhouette. Apparently, they were doing that to the last-minute, the
layers and Lulu was discussing how much she wanted because it would be
affect by the actual dance as well. A lot of work went into it. So even
as she was running on to the stage, they're sewing it on. It's like a
fashion show. Very contemporary, this black-and-white as well, very
Chanel. Let's talk about Holly's outfit. We saw the beginning of it
last week which was virtually a cup and a bit of strap and that's how
it ended up. Absolutely stunning. You dress her, don't you? From time
to time, yes. It's very, very nice. She has got a figure, you know,
she's not a stick insect. She's a woman with shapes and curves.
That's why we all love her. She's got curved. And as a result of that,
she can wear this outfit which has this whole sort of, we were saying
it's like underwear's outerwear, very Gaultier, reminded me of
Madonna's videos for Vogue. Yes, now you mention it. Why is this
dress good for tango? If you look at the slashes on the leg, it's
nude net which makes her legs look like they go on for miles, even
though they do and it means you can see the leg work which is so
important in the tango as well. she felt so confident going out
there in what seems to be very little really. Yes, and she was so
confident that she actually managed to dance through getting her heel
caught. She dealt with it like a pro. She did, she was fantastic.
are huge fans. Thank you so much both of you for coming in. Bruce
and Oonagh! Thank you to all my guests tonight.