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It's Tuesday. Coming up, after a big fright, Audley and Natalie
squeaked through. They're here in a moment. No cape fear for Alex and
James in the paso. I'll chat to them later. And she doesn't fall
for scare tactics. Karen Hardy is back with choreography corner. Plus
Ben gives us his view on the weekend's outfits. This is It Takes
This is Strictly It Takes Two. Please welcome your host. It's Zoe
Ball! Hello and welcome to It Takes Two.
For some of the couples, the Halloween special wasn't as scary
as they thought. For Audley and Natalie, big smiles turned into a
bd dream when they landed in the bottom two. They are here next, but
here is how they got on with the jive.
Bad dream. You are completely and utterly
physically unsuited for this dance, I'm afraid. You really got into the
spirit of things. Big smile, great personality, terrible footwork.
not going to be disappointed for you. I commend you. Well done.
Bad dance. It was over too quick. Yes, 18 and a half stone, toes
pointing, dodgy knee, I went for it. The judges were tough on me this
week. They are looking at the technical aspects and everyone
knows if you look down at my feet you ain't gonna be happy. Keep it
real. Craig, it's going to be today when something happens and
something will go bump in the night!
Please welcome Audley and Natalie! Hello, guys, welcome to the show.
Well done on surviving is. Thank you. How did you feel on Saturday
night? I felt relieved. Yeah? in the bottom two again, you know,
second time, you know, and dance the dance to the best of our
ability and the best of my ability and to be in the bottom two again.
But the competition is getting very tough. It is, it does feel like
it's gone up a notch and there is a lot of pressure on everyone. Even's
delivering amazing performances. keep bouncing out there and getting
there somehow. We are at the half way point. Did you expect it to be
here this far in? After the first week, I exceeded my expectations.
We are still in it and more to come in improving it. Let's talk about
the jive. It's been well documented by everyone that it's a hard dance
for the boys and that maybe it wasn't your best dance. Look at
that! Beautiful! Look at those kicks and flicks. So light on your
feet, I thought. Natalie, are you glad to see the back of the jive or
do you think he did great? Absolutely. Audley went back to
America, no excuses, but it was definitely a difficult dance, you
know. You were great, we performed, had an amaidsing time. That was
probably one of my best nights this series -- amazing. The energy was
up, the crowd were amazing and you did really well, spieled and
entertained the crowd. -- smiled. Everyone loves your smile. You had
to go back to America last week so you only got 11 hours of training.
Did that put the fear of good in you on Saturday before you went on
stage? Definitely, I was concerned about how much time we put in and
my knee was playing up as well. But, you know, you've got what you've
got, get out there, make it work, no excuses and make it happen.
That's what we did, put in our best performance. We had a great session
today. I see a great improvement. This week when we're down! Speaking
of fighting talk, like a big fight, dancing has rules that need to be
followed as well. Take a look at Waltz, foxtrot. Salsa. Love my
dancing. Let's dance. Stop talking! Do you see my on my toes, Craig. Is
my feet flat, Craig. Craig, you can't down mark me. Look at that,
Craig, I can walk on my toes, look at that now, I can walk on my
toes... I'm a wandering man. Imagine all the people... I'm
looking great. I'm a genius. Mwah! Can you take position? I can't go.
Don't argue with me. Can you remember your steps, please? Why
didn't you say that then? questions? No. Fighting talk! Now,
Viennese waltz this week, what are the rules in dance club this week?
A lot o the judges have said they haven't seen a lot of swing and
sway, which is what you need to cauth in the Viennese waltz. I
don't want it to be one dimensional. We've worked on the footwork and I
want to work on the upper body so it seems effortless and light.
you taken that on board? I have no choice. He has to, that's my
fighting talk! And she's the boss and she's going to tell you how it
is? Yes. Good for you. What are the strengths and weaknesses that you
really need to focus on? Again, rise and fall. Just strengthening
the ankles and the knees and the frame and the posture, you know.
You're improving every week, but there's always so much and so
little time for so much technique that's involved. So we are doing a
lot more hours as well. Yes, are you? Yes. Good. I'm whipping my
whip like that. All hours of the morning if we have to. The frame's
got to be right, the fingers are going to be closed, the rise and
fall will be good, the swing will be right, the head will be to the
left. Tick, tick, tick. Technically, it's tick, tick, tick... You have
to sleep like that as well, Audley. Good idea, I might do that. Good
luck with the Viennese waltz this week. Audley and Natalie!
Just by all the ghoulish goings on, one woman had her eye firmly on the
choreography this weekend. Let's meet our good witch. It's time for
Please welcome choreography spice, Karen Hardy!
They love you. Karen, on Saturday, we had coffins, vampires, bats,
forget all of that, choreography overall, good or bad?
98% brilliant! That's high! couple of little ones fell through
the cracks but in general, what a great Halloween weekend. Let's talk
about Jason and Christina and their quickstep. Bruno said great core
rog ra fi. How risky was this bit at the beginning -- choreography.
So risky. Even though she's on the stage, look at that, it's like
magic. Like telepathy. But in our world, it's the perfect partnership.
The chemistry and timings together. She was able to work him across the
dance floor and it's so powerful. This is what we always go on about.
Two people dancing together is the skill of ballroom dancing. I love
that quote. There are little things you put in there, tongue-in-cheek
from Kristina. Did you see her? I thought it was a first class
performance, back up on top and rightly so. Rightly so. Holly and
Artem. This was high risk and a perilous concept. What were the
hazards of this ballet American smooth? It's quite simple what the
hazard was. This is so great, it's so original and unique. Look at the
sweeping across the floor with the smoke, she's got the beautiful top
line, she's graceful and elegant and it's balletic as well. It's so
different, you would either love it or hate it. So it's a huge gamble
here by Artem. But, the legend of choreography here, we've seen so
much over so many years and to keep bringing out something fresh and
new like that, I don't think anybody ever thought we'd have
Tchaikovsky playing on the screens here! In the same week as AC/DC.
Exactly. It's so diverse, brilliant! Just to larify one thing.
Len was nit-picky about it. Just remember, American smooth, what's
meant to happen is that in hold, out of hold, back into hold out of
hold. The only thing that ah tenl did is that he did everything in
hold at the first half then everything was out in the second
half. But if it meant a standing ovation from Princess Beatrice.
haven't mentioned that there was Royalty there. Wasn't that amazing.
For me, first class unique and I just loved it.
I thought it was amazing. Good, good, good. Harry and Aliona. Len
thought that the chair routine at the begining was crisp, but he
wanted more in hold and then Alesha gave them a ten. What were your
thoughts? Really clear on this and I want to let everybody know at
home to let them judge. Look at this content I've chosen here.
Isn't it powerful and strong. It's very tango and easy to understand.
17 seconds is about how long they did. Is that all they did? This is
where Len's coming from. I've said before, this boy is amazing, we do
not want a show dance every week. What we want is to see that great
tango content, so the strong arms are up, getting down into the knees,
the strong head flicking, but we want to see it for at least a
minute, a minute and 20 seconds. However, he is still a phenomenal
dancer, but for me, that was a first class show dance, not a tango.
Show dancers are in the final. Otherwise there is nothing to look
forward to. I can see where you are coming from. Lulu and Brendan and
the paso, Craig commended Brendan on the thee ath rickality of the
dance, splendid -- the Another rickalty of the dance. --
theatricality of the dance. We had these amazing costumes and
Brendan's favourite dance, he loves the paso. Did you see what she had
in her dance. The sticks. Love it. Originally, I'm sure the design was
to make it look more like bat wings, but what it did here, in paso, one
of the strong elements we are looking for, big shapes. So there's
our lovely Lulu whose arms finish here, suddenly looking like she's
eating that floor alive. This was brilliant. I loved it! Now, what
she's got to be careful of next week, there's going to be no flying,
no bat wings. Just little old Lulu back on the dance floor. But if she
suezs the energy she felt in this, and put that into her next dance,
we'll see stronger and stronger performances. She'll fly without
the strings. Chelsee and Pasha and tango, the judges thought it was
really good? This man has been so clever. Look at this head flick and
again. Into the next group of steps and a head flick and another. Now,
the reason I'm saying that, I want everybody to learn more and more at
home, because you are the judges. Yes. Now, tango, every week if I
said cha-cha-cha, hip actions, Samba, bouncing, if I Satan go,
strong head flicks, very, very strong. -- if I say tango. This is
where Pasha is being clever, choosing the elements he knows the
judges are going to want to mark. He's then bringing performance
within the ballroom dancing scene. Great hold, she was up there,
looked amazing. They're a good balance. Well done. The one man
this weekend to do proper cape action, Robbie Savage. How did Ola
use his talents in his paso? Because she put everything in there.
She put cape action and a trick like this fly ing around the dance
floor. Next he'll leap through the air and we'll have the grand finish
on the judge's desk. It was amazing. Simply again, another professional
being very clever. Technically, we all know Robbie's not the strongest
in his technique, but hey, let's put up there lots of flash and
razzamatazz while Ola keeps working away at the technique underneath
and this will get stronger. She kept paso choreography in there,
the dance was excellent and accurate. It was just again the
Robbie show and I loved it, thought it was great. I loved it too. Anita
and Robin, our devil woman she was on Saturday. Craig loved the
routine, Len was liking a lot of tango content. Now, there was a
moment when she went wrong? Just there, right there, a tiny little
step. That just goes to show, these celebrities are on the edge all the
time. So like a deck of cards, if you pile them up and make the
pyramid, you pull the middle out, it comes falling down. That's the
feeling for the celebrities. Every moment they go on that dance floor.
What I want to briefly pick up on, the risk that Robin took by putting
all that tango content in there. Now, of course, the judges went, we
still want you to work on your top line. Now, Robin is giving the
judges a chance to be critical about ballroom dancing because
that's what he's giving them. So, every week now, the judges can look
and say yes, that's improving, I can see it. But if we keep getting
show dances from too many of our celebrities and professionals, what
can the judges mark - absolutely loved the week. We've got your
point, no more show dances, more dancing on the floor, but overall,
Karen Hardy happy. Yes. We are happy to have you. Please come back
next week! APPLAUSE
Now, Anne Widdecombe may have been a fleeting dream for Jason don von
on Saturday, but here, she's a real presence and has been putting of
your questions to our pro dancers. It's Widdy's Question Time. Geoff
would like to know which animal do you think you most resemble?
Sfrpblgts a chimpanzee. Because I'm light on my feet and very smart.
Really? Very hairy. No, no, we don't need to know about that.
Thank you. A cheetah. Really? panther. Irbgs I look like a
bulldog and dance like one too. Agreed. A cat. Rrrrrr... Terrifying.
Powerful and graceful. I lake to think of myself as all those things.
Dream on. If you've a question for our Widdy, head to the Strictly
website. My next couple seem to be having an
odd effect on Craig, all cold after their rumba but all steamed up
after their paso. Alex and James are here but first here is a look
at how they got on at the weekend. I quite like the ytd of Dracula
chasing innocent virgin blood -- the idea. You played that extremely
well. Too much wafting for me, but I thought it was terrific. Well
done. You had a knock last week, but you have picked yourself up and
you're back on form. One happy Dracula hfplt What a happy woman in
white! I'm just made up with the score. What was it? 31? Well done!
Yeah, well done! Give me a kiss. Don't bite! Please welcome Alex and
James. So good to see you so happy after
that performance and what have you done to Craig? He had a proper hot
flush after that, Alex? Well, it was a complete turn around wasn't
it? It was a bit worrying. Craig said it was erotic. But we'll go
with it. Take it? We'll take it. It's positive. That's good. A
viewer says "OMG, it was epic". was easier because James
choreographed a lovely story and there was a narrative running
through it so it was easy to get into character somehow. I'm scaring
myself just watching it. Behave. thought you were enjoying yourself.
I was. I am good, aren't I? I surprise myself sometimes. Because
we look so scary, I mean he looked proper evil. I didn't have to act
as much as I thought because I was genuinely quite scared. If you
could look properly evil every week, it would be perfect? Great for the
quickstep. Being properly evil. Last week, your confidence took a
blow, but after this show, surely it must be sky high now? Ooh, not
sure about sky high, but it's definitely better, so looking
forward to starting the new dance, well we have started a little bit.
Oh, it's tiring. The quickstep. It's exhausting isn't it, so full-
on. It's basically running a lot of the time but elegantly done. Let's
talk about your stunning frock on Saturday. Len said a lot of wafting
but, I have to say, we all loved the wafting. Was it difficult to
dance in, because there was a lot of it? It was surprisingly quite
heavy, the dress and all week, we'd been working on how you waft a
skirt. Now who knew it was so difficult. We stkpwhr we don't
really wear skirts that need wafting. It's easy. By the end of
the week, the bingo wings had gone temporarily so the skirt was heavy,
but I thought it was nice, it looked pretty. You looked good.
Looked good on the slow-mo of Len's Lens. Beautiful. You had a lot of
input into that, James. You put your hand over James's mouth, were
you worried about the back chat? With know James Jordan by now,
don't we. We didn't want a repeat performance, but I think the judges
were complimentary this week. I think just you looking at them with
those red eyes was enough anyway to scare them. Stop it! It just went a
lot better than week before, generally speaking. Alesha said
breakthrough performance for you. agree. Bit of character. You went
for it a bit more, let yourself go. Yeah. You've got to believe in
yourself, you've got to. I think that's the difficult bit. I still
don't think I can dance which is the basis of this competition.
you can, look, you are still in the competition. I know. You are
getting rally good scores. Do you see what I have to deal with.
Everyone else believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. I like
the sound of this week's dance. is it going? Hell to begin with!
Because it's so tiring. Even you, you were out of breath. Because I'm
carrying you around the floor, that's probably why. I'm just
saying. Yep, but it's so quick, it's like basically as you said,
doing a marathon. It is constant running, it's exhausting. A lot of
steps. People have said, have you lost weight doing Strictly, and I'm
like no, but this week it's the breakthrough week. You don't need
to lose weight. We are half way through and great improvement from
the judges, they're saying that, it'sen couraging. Do you think you
could give Matt Baker a run for his money? Ah... Who's that? So last
year, who's he?! Matt was excellent and I mean, he set the bar really
high. Does he give you tips? does, he does. He said, I don't
want to say too much because I don't want to step on James's feet
and tell you something that maybe is... Hm. That's different to what
James has taught you, but he's really encouraging and he
understands and he makes doing Strictly on the One Show possible.
He's like a fifth judge so I know the judges on the Saturday night,
Matt Baker on a Monday, but he said the paso was the opportunity to
show aggression and that's what we needed. Thaurbgs Matt, glad you're
happy. Good thuck this weekend -- thank you, Matt.
Brendan and Len confirmed what we thought, the costumes and make-up
were fantastic. Time to talk top of Here to give their expert opinion
on this week's outfits is ooch rnagh o Hagueen and Ben Delicey. --
Oonagh. Thank you for coming in. Ben, you have designed for Kate
Winslet, Rachel Weiss, Angelica Houston. Who stood out for you?
Alex in the white confection of very fluid fabric. It really did it
good, I loved the dance. She looked glorious. Yes. And she looked
confident. Len was saying there was a lot of dress wafting for his
liking, perhaps too much. But with a dress like that, how can you help
but waft it, Ben? That's the whole thing with using that fabric, it
was very fluid. It had gosh, how many metres? You want a fact, don't
you, 16 metres. There we go. Eight panels that were flared. A lot of
movement. That plunge here and the plunge on the side and that high
thigh was just about the right side of being dangerous. And a nice
glimpse of flesh through. But not too much. Subtle. Tasteful. We like
it a lot. And what fabric is used to create that effect? We were
discussing this earlier, first we thought it was tule but it's not,
it's something with much more drape to it and it's a power mesh.
There's something called power mesh?! You don't have any?!
It's a stretch Jersey, but under a microscope, you would see tiny
holes and it's light because if you have 16 metres of fabric it's heavy
but it was light. She wore it so well. Top marks for her. What about
Anita, our devil woman? A little glimpse of her outfit from our head
designer last week. Bruno said on Saturday, don't trust the Scarlett
woman with the devil in disguise. Did she pull it off? I think she
did. With the skirt, because it wafts and has got so much volume to
it, you can put a food wrong and you wouldn't really see it. That is
a traditional kind of bottom. To me, the top was actually at odds, the
top of the dress to the bottom of the dress, but she pulled it off.
Yes. The details on the top half then? We were saying the top was
reminiscent of the Queen -- McQueen in his recent collection. It was a
sequin-based mesh and then over the top, these small and delicate
stones that were put on it. Not all over b, not on the bottom, this
idea that you don't want to flatten the whole look. Give me a fashion
fact about her dress? A fashion fact - 5,000 crystals on that top
part of the dress. Fact! The hem took the longest, half a day.
for the hem. This is a great picture of it. It's been wired.
It's very time-consuming. A lot has gone into that one frock, but she
didn't go traditional with the horns? You know what I think, she
did do that eye lash thing and I think it would have been too
deliberate to do the horns, so she's done her own - she's great
actress so didn't need the horns to sell the point - she has these
cornet toe horns in the bag there so those of you who want them go
and ask for a cornet fascinator. Well done to Anita. Chelsee in her
dress, a bit of a drama at the end, a possible wardrobe malfunction
which happens to the best of people. How do the designers ensure that
doesn't happen, that you don't have those moments of malfunction on the
dance floor? Well, you can never ever get it completely right. In a
dress like this, which is barely there to be honest, I guess you
could have put a corset inside and mounted the stretch of velvet on
top. No-one would have been the wiser for the viewer. That might
have made her feel a bit more secure. I think the dress on its
own really was a great success. But as far as Chelsee is concerned, if
she felt vulnerable, it may have affected her dance, so corset with
boning would have been the idea. that's what I want every day,
corset and boning. Sub structure. I've got mine on! We all need it.
Talk more to me about the detail. I'm loving the heart on the front
of the dress? Yes, it's very graph if I can. The idea was it was fun,
bubbly. Again, the heart is Moschino and the heart goes off,
it's A symmetric and it's echoed in the lacing, it was not meant to be
conventional, it's meant to be cookie like Chelsee herself. Even
the plunge is A symmetric. It's haematight. What is that? That jet
stone. Not quite a jet black colour. I think it's an ironoxide. Another
amazing fact. I love hearing that. Thank you both. You've been divine.