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It is Thursday. Coming up on tonight's show, Harry and Aliona.
Russell Grant and Flavia ride in for a chat. I get to see what
fabulous frocks the costume department have in store for us
this weekend. This is Strictly Come Live from Television Centre this.
Is Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. Please welcome your host, it's
Zoe Ball. Hello and welcome to It Takes Two.
It is Thursday and our nine remaining couples are training
harder than ever as whoever leaves this weekend will miss out on
performing at Wembley. Yes, it is not happened yet, but in a few
minutes I will find out what Harry thought of his bare-chested samba.
First, here is the latest on how our couples are getting on in
Well, this week we are apparently attempting the jive!
Step. Step. Oh. This is potentially the hardest dance that we will have
have to do so far. It is fast. Alex has a little bit of a walking
section with a little bit of acting involved. That's not going
particularly well. I'm not even going to the beat.
The difficulty we're going to have, there will be a lot of places where
Alex is going on her own. No, I can't do it.
I have been dreading this dance. For this week, I think it would be
a good idea maybe to have the St St John's Ambulance poised.
This week we're doing the tango. I didn't do that very well. It is
difficult. I'm never going to get that.
You are. We need to be channelling seduction, sharpness, precision.
The tricky part of these performances is to balance the
technique with the performance. Seven, eight and one. You are
coming out on the wrong foot. The big he is challenge will be
remembering the footwork and being clean on the footwork.
That was 100 times better. This is the time I can improve myself.
Flick. Flick. Good. Good. That's great.
And focus on becoming a little bit And focus on becoming a little bit
of a dancer. This week I have the rumba. Artem
has hurt his back last week and therefore, he needs to have a best.
So Brendan Cole is stepping in today.
And the other way. Turn the other way.
I have got no idea what's going on. Artem is still here. It is his
choreography, it is his way. What he says goes.
It is quite annoying to choreograph, but not be able to dance.
It is a shock for Hollie to just all of a sudden have another
partner to dance with. Let me do it otherwise it is not my
memory. As always, the show must go This week, me and Natalie are doing
the cha-cha-cha. It is energetic and cheeky and vibrant.
Technically, it will be a tough dance.
Chin up. I want it to be technically correct. I don't want
any heel leads. I just need Audley to let loose and
have a bit of fun with this. With the Latin dances your
personality and character can come into the dance more. I have been
able to rock it a bit just doing the Audley person amount.
He has a personality that I really want to bring out. Now, it is your
moment to shine. With his personality it will be show
stopping! This week's the Argentine tango and
I am enjoying myself. I like the dance. I like the music.
It is different. I think that the challenges in this dance is the
lifts. The lifts are nerve-wracking
because you have to get them perfect otherwise there is a small
chance I might drop Aliona. Harry is a very strong man. I have
all the confidence that the lifts are going to be spot on.
Don't worry, we can do that lift. I wouldn't like to know what she
would do to me if I I dropped her live on Saturday night so let's
Please welcome Harry and Aliona. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hello. Welcome back. Harry, you were really worried about the samba
last week. How difficult was it for you on Saturday night? It was very
difficult actually. I was nervous, wasn't I? Very.
More so than other weeks? I was really working myself up. I was
very nervous, but to be hon he is when it -- honest when the music
started, you know, I did enjoy myself. Pulling some weird faces,
but that's me enjoying myself. it? But that's part of it, you see
professional ballroom dancers, they pull strange faces. It is not a bad
thing. I did enjoy myself. I was relieved to get it out of the way.
I did feel that's one of the best I danced. Definitely.
Which shows how tough a week we had. No, I was pleased.
Well done, your mum came on the phone last week, to give you a pep
talk. Was she pleased? Yes. Hello Mrs Judd. I heard you had a
text from her? I found this amew this amusing.
Text from Mrs Judd. "pull out the stops for your dance
this week. I have just invested in a beautiful outfit. I in turn, want
to be entertained with a beautiful dance.". Let's hear it for Mrs Judd.
That was Monday morning. I was tired and I thought, "I've got to
pull out the stops again.". You got a standing ovation, Aliona. What
did you make of the judges comments? They are entitled to
their opinions and I respect them, but I give all four tens to Harry.
You would have given him tens? tens.
Craig did give you constructive criticism, didn't he? Yes.
He really enjoyed the dance and the only technical thing that he didn't
really like was the swan move which he was quite right. It could have
have a bit more bounce, but he loved it in general which was great.
Our viewers are impressed with the dancing, but with your outfit,
Harry. Rosie Said, "Harry was looking fine on Saturday night."
Another viewer said, "Watching Strictly because Harry is sexy."
Becca posted "Harry Judd is hot. That bum, samba." I think we're
getting the picture, ladies. Craig said he found the shirt distracting.
He said you should have done it bare-chested. Is that something you
would consider? I don't think. I was pretty much bare chested on
Saturday. You could see through his shirt!
When you are doing the costume and things you are in a daze and you
are being handed things. It does get you in the mood to dance
wearing those outfits. When you have got them on, you feel like
you're ready to go. It is all part of the roll? It is, definitely.
first option was more closed shirt. When I got into the room I was like,
"Cut off the arms, open the shirt, make it see through.". You don't
disagree with Aliona. Don't mess with her. Arms off, she
gets arms off! Vernon Kay said, "Harry needs to let go a bit and
Alesha says kick it up a notch." How do you plan to keep those two
people happy? I was nervous and it maybe came across for the first
part of the dance. I need to focus on enjoying myself and not working
myself up so much, I think. OK. One thing we have spotted is
that when you're drumming, you're happy indeed. Oh really.
Take a little look. Strictly has definitely taken over
my life. I haven't played the drums My life is about dancing.
Not drumming. The further I get in this
competition, the worse I get at My priority is dancing right now.
Ah, yes, our cameras are everywhere!
You have been warned. Can you incorporate drumming into a routine,
do you think? We're thinking about it. We're thinking about putting it
into a paso, but we haven't danced it yet.
That's stored and remembered! Argentine tango this week. How are
you finding it? I'm really enjoying it. I think it maybe suits me quite
well, I don't know. It is a great track that we're dancing to and it
has been a fun week. It is less stressful than last week. We have
seen in the training room that you are doing lifts. Are you finding
them a challenge? They are a challenge. Yes, they are. It is a
hole new he will -- whole new element. That looks impressive.
That looks good. You are very strong. You should be able to throw
her around with one hand! You have not been top of the leaderboard yet.
Everybody wants you to be up there, can you do it this week? I love the
way you looked at Aliona. I think so because this dance really suits
both of our personalities really. It really suits Harry and he is
doing a really good job this week and I hope... Fingers crossed.
Fingers crossed that the judges are going to like it and appreciate the
dance. There are a lot of good dancers.
There is a loted of good dancers. Good luck, Harry. Let yourself go.
Thank you very much. Good luck to Harry and Aliona.
APPLAUSE His mum calls him Dinky. Yes, she
calls him Dinky. Every so often our professional
dancers need to be kept in line and interrogated about important issues.
There is only one lady tough enough Answer the question.
Rachel has got a question for you. She wants to know, good heavens, if
you were a carrot, how would you like to be eaten?
So many answers come to mind. Shredded, boiled, steamed. I feel
strange talk being this with you to be honest with you.
Quickly. Don't slice me, don't dice me. If I was a carrot, I would love
to be eaten raw. I love a good roast carrot. I don't think you
tried it. This isn't a cookery show Brendan,
move on. I guess I would like to be eaten by
the rabbit. What? Not by the humans, by the rabbit.
Absurd answer. Then it was an absurd question. Can we have the
next question? If you were a carrot? No, next question! Artem
wants to be eaten by the rabbit. The mind boggles. Earlier, I
visited Strictly head costume designer, Vicky to take a look at
what she has up her sleeve for this weekend.
Right, I'm with head designer in the BBC, Vicky. We have had
Hallowe'en, we have had a Broadway theme. Any themes this week? Tell
us. Tell us. No main themes, but the fact that it is remembrance
weekend, we have a 40s feel. 40s gramor. -- glamour.
We have our first Argentine tangos and Anita is is doing an Argentine
tango. Let's look at her frock? This is the illustration for
Anita's. We would use black or red, but this week, we have a twist and
we're using sapphire and red. looks beautiful.
We have a lovely floral detail which is reflecting the poppy and
then a crystal belt that runs then a crystal belt that runs
around her waist. That's incredible. There are
thousands of jewels on that. We think about 2,000. Something
like that. It must be worth a bit!
I wouldn't be surprised if that goes missing.
She is She is doing lots of kicks and flicks? A slim-line skirt with
two splits which enables her to do the Argentine tango.
I'm excited about that. Holly had an interesting week. Brendan has
stepped in and is being to be dancing the rumba. What will she be
wearing for this romantic dance? This week, Holly is in a metallic
grey and pink. It is very pretty, very sexy. There is lots of light
and shade in the design. The right side of the dress is in dark
metallic grey. That will be jeweled? Yes.
A lot of work, isn't it? It is covered in crystals.
The left-hand side of the dress is lighter. Very pretty and
sparkically. Pinks and greys. I like it. What
about the boys? The boys are traditional. We have got classic
tails and and tuxs. Russell will have a little moment.
What do you mean? A surprise? reveal.
A reveal from Russell. Can you reveal anymore? I can never reveal
a reveal. She is so good. That's something to
look forward to. I will get it out of her later. Remembrance Sunday,
the professionals are doing the jitterbug. Is it tricky when you
have got to make six outfits for the ladies, all different? We are
always trying to work with the theme. It is jitterbug. It is
Remembrance Sunday, so they will be doing a swing routine. We try to
work on a silhouette that works for them and their figures. This
illustration is going to be for Ola. She is going to be in red and she
will have an accent of possibly the blue. The girls will be in red,
white and blue. They will look gorgeous. We will
have a sneaky peek tomorrow. We will reveal who is under the
gold dress this week. Who is going to be wearing this dress? It will
be one of our pro dancers. A celebrity will be wearing that. Can
you guess, there is only one girl who can carry that off. That's
barely a dress. It is like a bikini. Stunning. I hope you managed to
guess that. Keep working your Thank you very much. Bruno
Described Russell and Flavia's paso doble. Here is more news from
This week I'm dancing the foxtrot. I really can't wait.
No matter what you do with your fingers, you move your hand, and
that's how you and I will follow. Chelsee naturally bursts into this
foxy dance. The foxtrot is a different story and we have to make
sure her character is changed and she she becomes more smooth, more
graceful, refined. LAUGHTER
It is a tough job to do. Yes, that's right.
I have not had a slow dance since the first week. For me to go from
fast dances to the slow dance and show my elegance, hopefully I'll
pull it off. This week, we're doing the American
smooth. One. Where Here. And then there. The American smooth is the
hardest dance I've done, a lot of spins and lifts above my head. It
is hard this week. I think he is not going to find it easy. What am
I doing now? I forgot. The same steps.
I get very dizzy in this. When I come out of the spins, I
don't know where I am. This is going to be a tough week. But we
can do it. Nice! APPLAUSE
I'm giving it everything I've got, but all I can do is my best.
This week, Jason and I are going the waltz. I have to work hard to
bring the emotions through and the emotional connection with one
another. You disconnected from me like I don't exist.
The waltz has been a challenge. did you stop? Because I lost my
geography. I was expecting something a little less complicated.
Quicker, quicker, no. Look. It is a slippery floor, babe.
I don't think this is the reason. Can we have a couple more goes just
for my confidence because at the moment I'm lacking confidence, I
think. I'm pushing Jason to the limit
because I want to bring the best out of him. One, two, three, got
it? I think we're getting there, but it has been a challenge.
I'm so loving the American smooth. It is perfect for Russell. A
fabulous song, a bit of ballroom dancing, so hopefully it should be
a good American smooth. Slow, slow. I want to start off
very fast. I got it, I just got excited.
Well, Russell is always adding rather than taking away.
I have gone too far. If I try and make something easier,
you will put an extra two pirouettes in.
I want to go twirling around like a thing possessed. All I've got to do
is run off. No spinning.
No, promise. Please welcome the whirling dancer,
it is Russell and Flavia. They are off already.
LAUGHTER I do love you.
We were watching that VT thinking... LAUGHTER
I keep dashing off. I'm like a Labrador puppy. I can't be stopped.
We will talk about your song in a moment.
Sorry, darling, I'm jumping the gun. This is what I do in rehearsals, I
jump the the gun. Let's go back to last Saturday.
Another standing ovation, getting to be a habit with you two. Were
you happy with your paso doble? loved it so much. I just loved it
and well, my friend here... Your friend here.
What an entrance. LAUGHTER
I get worried at my performance. Don't look at it close up. You look
good. You look fabulous darling. Craig described it as astonishing,
was that the kind of reaction that you were looking for? One word from
Craig is great. As long as it is a good word. We love Craig, honestly.
If he said pants, he would have meant that nicely too.
Yeah. Probably the ones I'm wearing. They are nice pants.
LAUGHTER Bruno said you looked... We are in
red and black. Bruno said that you looked like
Benny Hill. Lots of our viewers disagreed and thought you looked
more like Dangermouse's friend, Penfold. I don't mind looking like
him. That is a great moment in my life. Look, look, do you remember
seeing the wonderful Benny Hill in the Italian Job when he used to
help large ladies up on the coaches. That's how I was on the bull.
An interesting fact for you as well, Benny Hill is Holly's grandfather's
cousin. Fact. I may need to check that fact.
There are your your your specs. Darling, you try them.
We haven't seen Flavia in them. They look flavoulous!
If anybody was saying Russell was a comedy act on this show, what would
you say? If you go back to our routines, we have had a lot of
content in all our routines. I think because Russell is a good
entertainer and perp former people -- performer people see so much of
that side that they miss the fact that we're doing lots of steps and
I think that's what people, you know, get confused by, but it is
because we have a good combination of performance and content.
And were you disappointed to be at the bottom of the leaderboard after
a crowd pleasing number? Where we? I never noticed any of that.
I go up to Tess and nick one of her Polos and she says, "You are
bottom." I put my faith in the great British public. How can I
thank them, two or three? Hello, great British public and I'm going
to include the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and I'm going to
say to all of you, Ireland, anywhere, thank you so much.
Beautifully done. If I relied on the judges, darling, I would have
been out in September, before we started!
How could you be out before we had begun? It is getting weirder.
You're doing the American smooth this week. This is what you're
dancing to. # I am what I am #
I love this song so much. He wants to sing it. I do. I do. It
is a fact. I just stand there, it is John Barrowman who is awesome,
but the arrangement of swirling strings and I do, I actually, I had
a text from my lovely friend angingly friend Angela Ripon and
she said her friends loved watching me, so I put in Royal Ballet moves
at the end. Yes, we put ballet.
Flavia always gives me ten seconds on my own.
And does Russell come with the ideas? Do what you feel.
It is working. Is that lovely man Robert Webb?
He is from Peep Show? He is adorable. But Royal Ballet.
Incredible. Hollywood-style dance. It must be a dream for you, the man
who put show in show business? Sorry darling, I'm so carried away
by that, can we have another burst? I love the fact that you are so
ecstatic whatever you are dancing, it is almost as if you have taken a
magic position for joyfulness. Someone actually said to meez
recently, -- me recently, if you can bottle what you are doing, it
would be Russell and Flavia happiness.
Working with Flavia is beyond my wildest dream. It is fabulous.
We are having a really good time. She is a wonderful person.
It feels like we've known each other forever. We're beautiful
together. I'm game for a laugh.
LAUGHTER Lovely. Who did that? The very
special boys and girls. I loved it, special boys and girls,
that was so cute. Now, this weekend, me, Hollywood,
never in the same sentence. What can we expect from your American
smooth this week? Well, I have to say it is a first for Strictly, I
think. Another first. The bull was a first. This week,
there is another first. Vicky from wardrobe said there was a Russell
moment. She is working very, very hard.
Claudia would call it The Grant. I thought she was saying the grunt,
but it is The Grant. I don't want to know about that. It was on this
show, you are terrible. Wembley in a week. How much do you
want want to be dancing there? first house was in Wembley.
Is there a plaque? No, there should be. It is in Middlesex, the countyI
was born in. I've come home and I can't wait. I want to get there.
You want to get to Wembley. If I don't get there, I will have to go
home. I'm going back to Cymru, that's gorgeous.
6,000 people stand up for Russell. Harls Harl ston.
Russell and Flavia, good luck with your American smooth.
Thank you. Oh dear. Thank you to all my guests.
Join me tomorrow when I will be chatting to Chelsee and Michael