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It's Wednesday. Coming up: New partners Anita and Brendan will
update us on their training and Robin's poorly foot. Chelsee "Samba
Spice" Healey and Pasha will be shimmying in for a chat. The eighth
wonder of Strictly, Ian Waite will be here with all the latest news
Live from Television Centre, this is Strictly: It Takes Two. Please
welcome your host, Zoe Ball! APPLAUSE
Hello! Welcome to It Takes Two. This week, our seven remaining
couples are training harder than ever as we are over three weeks
away from the final! Can you believe it? As we know, Robin is
not well enough to dance this Saturday with Anita. Luckily, I
know, Brendan has been on hand to step in again. I will be chatting
to Strictly's new duo, right after this reminder of where Team Dobin
left off. Your shoulders were hunched all the way through that
and raised up. You were leaning a little bit too far forward. Bundles
of energy and full of personality. You created a party atmosphere.
come out every dance and you give it 100%. You really always work it
and play it for all it's worth. But there was so much fire up above,
you forgot the fire below! We were going for the party atmosphere.
That is what we had. So it worked. That is the samba. Robin said,
"Don't expect to get great marks because it is a hard dance" and I
have found it hard! Please welcome Anita and Brendan. APPLAUSE Poor,
Robin. Get well soon. We are going to talk in length about Robin in a
moment. What a week it's been. I have to mention what did Brian
think of the Queen dance? I think he found it extremely weird being
backstage at Wembley Arena while his wife was in front of 6,500
people dancing to his music. That must have been so weird. Are you
going to make a habit of that? knows! It could be the start of
something big. How did you feel when you heard the news that Robin
wasn't going to be able to dance this weekend? I was in the middle
of cooking dinner. I nearly burnt it I was so shocked. I didn't know
what to think. I didn't know what would happen and then I was told
that Brendan, kir Brendan, would be stepping in. -- Sir Brendan, would
be stepping in. Then you find out you have to dance with Brendan.
More panic! What was your first reaction? That's an opportunity to
dance with another dance partner and be taught in a different way. I
found it - I was looking forward to it. Not often I get that reaction!
I was. We have to say, Brendan, when it comes to saving a damsel in
distress, you have earnt your stripes. You have proved yourself,
hasn't he? APPLAUSE To be the man that they are all looking for. Take
a look at this. Thanks. When life deals you a hard blow, there are
unexpected blessings. My knight in shining armour! Luckily Brendan
came along. I hate to see a damsel in distress. I had no choice but to
come to the rescue. The person who is going to save the day for me is
Brendan. Brendan Cole steps into another man's shoes. Who will dance
with you if they drop me? Brendan! Brendan is amazing. Brendan is a
very strong dancer. I wonder if I could borrow Brendan. Thank God for
Brendan that he is here! You get well soon, Robin! Otherwise you
have lost me. Your best friend! guys, stop it! We want to know have
you got yourself a superhero nickname yet? He has! Tell me.
did do a VT for you lot five weeks' ago. Tell me now! It was something
like Captain Big Boy! LAUGHTER I don't want to know. Let's move on.
Let's talk about the cha-cha, which you are doing. This man has the top
score on Strictly for the cha-cha ever. 40 with Lisa Snowdon. How is
it in the training room? It's scary. It's really scary. This is a force
of nature. He's a fierce dancer and I'm not sure if I'm up to the mark.
Really? It must be weird to be taught differently. Robin and I are
different dancers and personalities. I am quite strong and forceful and
Robin is softer and more gentle. Yes. In a nice way! It must be very
strange. Yes. How do their teaching methods differ? Different. The
first day, he obliterated my mind. I couldn't think of anything else.
I didn't think I had been on Strictly. Woah! This is the first
day of dancing. Now, I can hear Robin's voice and his voice. Really,
they are both giving me the same comments. That's good. Put those
shoulders down. Get them back! Brian who? Let's listen to what you
will be dancing to. # Uptown Girl... #
Why did you choose this one? It is good when Anita can play a role.
Every time I have seen her dance where she is acting a part, she
comes across well. I can be the dude fixing the car and... I say
that with affection. Are you impressed with her ability? It's
great. She's such an enthusiastic student. She comes in, she is
excited about it. She soaks it up. I didn't expect that. Ten or 11
weeks in, you start going crazy. Your mind is overload with dancing.
Enthusiastic, bang, bang, loving it. Which you need to be at this stage.
Do you have a team name? No. No. I don't know if we do. It seems like
other people give us team names which is lovely. I don't know what
ours is. We have Coldob, or Brenita. I love that. After you said rent-a-
pro I'm trying to get this all week! You have to do a swing-a-thon
as well. Would you like to give a message to Robin with his foot up?
We miss you. Lots and lots. Get back to full strength and come back
and see us. I am looking after your girl, Robin! She is in good hands.
It must be so weird. Don't let him down. Good luck. Thank you so much.
APPLAUSE Thank you. Get well, Robin. We are used to seeing our dancers
in flamboyant outfits. Can you identify which professional is
# That's right, I really love your tiger feet... #
Who is the dancer in disguise? Find out later in the show.
Mmm, I wonder who it could be. Now, I have some very exciting news. Yes.
The Christmas Strictly line-up has been announced. CHEERING Taking
part in the extravaganza, boxing champ, Barry McGuigan. CHEERING Su
Pollard. CHEERING Blue's Simon Webbe. CHEERING Cheedian Debra
Stephenson. CHEERING. -- comedian, Debra Stephenson. And EastEnders
baddie, Charlie Brooks. You can catch the action on Christmas Day.
Now back to this week, it will be a tough one for our couples this week.
They have to master their individual performances and a group
swing-a-thon. Here to give us the latest from the training rooms is
Ian Waite, everybody! APPLAUSE Hello, gorgeous! Before we start, I
wanted to show you something. It is my birthday today. Hello. It is
your birthday today! CHEERING Thank you. Don't ask how old! My boy made
a little model of the Strictly studio. That is amazing. Here we
are... Is that us? That's you with grey hair. The judges and then
there is Harry and Aliona and Anita and bobby. That is really good.
Wembley, epic, huge, did you enjoy it? It was so great. I was sat on
the third row and, yeah, note to producers, sat on the third row...
Bles you! But it was amazing. Bless you! But it was amazing.
Seeing Russell come out of that cannon, was amazing. We miss you
already! Let's start with Robbie and Ola. Their turn to tackle the
rather tricky samba. How is our boy getting on? It will be a tough week
for him. This is one of the most difficult dances. This bounce that
he is doing, that is fantastic! Already he has that bounce of samba
which is so important. You need bounce! I'm going to stop it here
on a promenade run. What I would like him to do is stretch his back
leg. The way he will do that is if he bends forward over, if I can do
a little, like that - oh! Machinery! Computer says no!
LAUGHTER If he bends more on to the front knee and pitches his weight
forward, he will be able to stretch that back leg. You demonstrate it
so well. So... I could watch him do that all night! Like that. Yes. A
lady has passed out! Alex and James, joint top this week. Can they be up
there again with this the Charleston? The Charleston is full
of fantastic character moves which, as we can see, it is quite comical,
the Charleston. And this is - they are doing the right steps here.
It's fun. It looks like fun. They have a great chemistry, these two.
I think that is what we are seeing now. That is why their marks are
getting better. Why I slowed this down, I wanted to show you the
individual uniqueness of this lift. As you can see, it's... Nice bit of
swimming! That is the whole point. The lift is individual and unique
and it's funny. That is what Charleston is about. It is tongue-
in-cheek. It will be good. Harry and Aliona are doing the quickstep
this week. I hear rumours it is looking quite hot! I want you to
watch this. Let's play it. Look at the speed. This is fantastic. Look
at the smoothness of it! Can we watch it again? Anybody want to see
that again? ALL: Yes! What I am amazing with is the movement across
the floor. How fast! Look at the speed. I am loving the sway that
Harry's getting. Now this normally, you would never see this on
Strictly from a celebrity because it takes years and years to master
this. Pre-champ standard, amster standard, you start to see the sway.
Harry is looking like a pre-champ? Almost amateur. That is fantastic.
Not amateur amateur! Amateur is good. Come on, Harry! Jason and
Kristina are going to be doing the Charleston. Quite a character-
filled dance. Could this be perfect for Jason? This doesn't look as
natural as some of the other dances he's danced. A little bit unco-
ordinated in places. There are places like this where he's dancing
Charleston steps, with the kicks, which are more jivey! They are
really good. Here I have stopped it where they are going into this
because I am loving his energy and his - he goes for everything 100%.
What I would like to see is I would like to see the fact - I can't do
that - let's try this one. Circles. That's a bit big! LAUGHTER I would
like to see them match up a bit more. It's early stages. It is. I
love the fact that he puts 100% in. Do you think after going wrong on
Saturday, bless him, none of us wanted to see that happen, he
recovered well. Will he will worried about that? He will
probably be worried about it. Charleston is such an individual
dance and there are so many different moves in there. It is not
like jive where there are so many kicks and flicks. I think he will
be fine. Come on, Jason! He is in tomorrow. Holly and Artem hoping to
stay out of the bottom two this week. They are doing the foxtrot.
How are they looking? When they danced the American Smooth, it was
a great dance for them. There's lots of foxtrot in American Smooth
and, again, she has a fantastic poise. She is using her head lovely.
She has a great posture and great movement. What I want to highlight
is this area here because when she's dancing backwards on every
step in foxtrot she needs to release her toes. Release the toes!
What do you mean by that? Well, I mean release the toes! LAUGHTER OK.
The reason - it is not just because of the look of it. It's - there is
a physical reason. When you release your toes, you are releasing your
weight backwards. Rather than stepping back like that... If you
were to walk backwards, it keeps your weight forward. It makes the
movement better. It is very, very difficult! It is. That would help
her. OK. Brendan has stepped in, we love him, in place of Robin. He is
dancing with Anita. How is this going to affect the cha-cha?
think it will be very difficult for Anita. She's, you know, she's
developed such a great relationship with Robin and she's got that
comfort zone. Now with Brendan, she is out of her comfort zone. I am
hoping it will help her. And the only thing I really have to say is
sometimes she looks a bit muddled in the steps. Cha-cha is a fast
dance. I would like to see her straighten these knees. You have
said this before! It is difficult. But every step that you take in
cha-cha-cha is a straight leg. Straight leg. Show us! Straight,
straight, straight leg. Every time. Basically, I don't want to see her
stand on it and straighten it. You have to straighten it as you put
your weight on it. It is so confusing. Samba this... Then
straight. There's lots of different... She can do it! Yes.
Chelsee and Pasha, they are doing the Argentine tango. What do you
think so far? Well, we have managed to capture her without her shoes on
again. How have we done that? She wears them. I don't know when!
LAUGHTER She does. They are doing some fantastic ganchos! I wanted to
stop it here. I wanted to show you the posture. She's very upright
here. I would like to see her kind of come in from the waist. Let me
show you. Shall we do it? Yes. This is tango. We are connected at the
waist. This is my favourite bit of the week! Away. Now, Argentine
tango is you lean towards me. Hello! A bit more like that.
that right? It is more compact. Move backwards. On the right leg.
Then move forwards. That is it. APPLAUSE Leg up! No, not in this
skirt! LAUGHTER Lovely. Thank you very much. We never got to do that!
I know. Now, swing-a-thon they are doing this weekend as well. All the
couples will be on the floor together. Look, we can see Pam and
Matt from last year looking rather marvellous. They look amazing.
do they need to do the stand out for the judges? You have to get the
audience, so you have to do some very interesting stuff like those
lifts and you have to get the judges - you have to catch the
judges' eyes early on. I would say lots of energy from the start, and
they have to keep the stamina up. Also, they have got the added
problem of floor craft, there will be other couples on the floor...
How do you get rid of people if they are in your way? You can
corner somebody! Can you? Brilliant! You are gorgeous. Ian
Waite. Can't wait to see him next week. APPLAUSE Thank you. So that
is what Ian makes of the training. What did you make of Saturday's
show. Here are your Points of You. James and Brendan should be put on
the naughty step after the behaviour tonight behind Tess. It
was very naughty. Bye. Strictly, I didn't think you could do better
than last year but you have. Wembley was great! Russell, we will
miss you and the gorgeous Flavia. You were both brilliant. Hello, I'm
Jess. I'm nearly six. My favourite is Holly and Artem. Please say
hello to my friend who are coming to my Strictly birthday party this
week. Thank you for your message. Happy birthday. Can I come? If you
want to have your say about the weekend's shows, don't hold back.
Our phone lines are open 24/7. You Now, Chelsee and Pasha were
certainly shakin' a tail-feather on Saturday. This was their amazing
samba. Chelsee, you little ball of fire! I thought you were brave to
do that first section on your own. You missed a turn which threw your
timing off. Your finishes are excellent. You captured the spirit
of the samba. You had that natural bounce that we want to see. You are
really coming into your own. Great job. You want to go for another
round? No! Wembley is amazing. I'm so lucky to be able to have
performed here. We were nearly perfect. So I think competition is
just starting! Competition is just starting! Please welcome Chelsee
and Pasha. APPLAUSE Well done on Saturday night. Amazing! How was
your first appearance at Wembley, for you? I was petrified. It was so
scary. My legs were like jelly. I was scared, nervous, but it was
such a surreal overwhelming feeling at the same time. It was something
else. You were there on your own. At which point did you start to
feel the love from the crowd? Since I first started, when I come
on the dancefloor, they clapped and everything, which was nice. I felt
the love since as soon as the music started. It was amazing. Joint top
of the leaderboard with Alex and James as well. How does that feel
to be up there? Again! Amazing. It is such a brilliant, fantastic
feeling. Isn't it? Absolutely. LAUGHTER She is always asking me!
Sue writes, "Chelsee, you are a fabulous dancer, believe it and
believe in yourself!" Good advice. When you hear compliments like that,
does it help boost your confidence? Yes, it does. It is amazing to hear
what people are thinking, when they are giving me like good comments
then it, yeah, I can't explain how nice it is. Warms the cockles of
your heart! Yes. We know you are a great huge hit on the dancefloor.
We also know that success doesn't come without the odd ache and pain.
Here you go. I got an injury! Medic! My legs are hurting already.
Just my feet are hurting. All right. It hurts! Stay there. I feel a bit
sick. Sick now? Oh my God, my arms feel floppy. My feet are aching.
They are getting exercise. I think what it is today, my neck's hurting.
When we do... Not sure it is a good idea while I'm ill. I feel sick
after that. The worst sort of pain when you bang your toe. Yeah.
in pain. Can I have a tablet? It's been more than two hours. Urgh!
don't know! APPLAUSE Sorry, it is so good. Pasualty! I'm trying to
imagine you dressed as a doctor! Brilliant. How are you getting on
with the Argentine tango? It is completely different. I think our
main goal is to bring the passion out of Chelsee. OK. How are you
finding getting close up and passionate with Pasha? I will tell
them what I feel! Is he trying to prime you? Yes. Naughty, Pasha!
be honest, I feel comfortable with him so it's fine. When he does try
and kiss me, I have to like swerve! You try and kiss her? I say!
joking. He didn't really. Go on, try now! Actually, you tweeted
yesterday, "I love Pasha. Ha, what an amazing boy." Is there something
we need to know? No. Did you? I deleted it! You put it out there
and you take it back. What do you think are the biggest challenges
for Chelsee with the Argentine tango? Footwork is very difficult.
Of course, we need to bring out the character. Judges are keen every
week with all the Argentine tango performances on passion and
character between the dancers, so that is our goal and main focus.
Can you pretend he is someone else? Erm... I'm going to have to!
LAUGHTER Who would you pretend he was? I haven't got a pin-up. I
like... Somebody else! OK. Let's hear... Ah, poor, Pasha! Let's have
a listen to what you are dancing to. How can you not feel passionate
when you feel this music. What do you think of it? Is it the kind of
thing you would listen to at home? No. I am trying my best to enjoy it.
Get into character. Yes. I think you will. All the couples are doing
the swing-a-thon this weekend as well. How do you feel about going
head-to-head out on the floor with Harry and Jason and Holly and Anita
and Robbie, how is that going to be, and Alex? Yes, I am more nervous
about the swing-a-thon to be honest. Just the thought of competing
against everyone on the floor scares me. Yeah. She is going to
start pushing people around! That is what you have to do. Out of my
way. No, I won't. How are you training for something like that?
You learn loads of different steps and some stunts? Yes, that is
basically what it is. You have a routine set up and a bunch of
different tricks. Hopefully, you will watch for the judges to look
at you and then go... Do the stunt! Is there any throwing, are you
going up in the air? I don't know yet. We are still working on that.
What is your nana thinking of your progress? She is really proud. They
can't tell me enough how proud they are, which is the best feeling,
knowing that I am making them proud as well. It is amazing. Can you see
the final in your sights? Semifinal? The final is there. We
are taking it one dance at a time. One week at a time. We are not
looking at it as if to say we want to be in that final. We are trying
our best. Listen, good luck with your Argentine tango. I know it
will be amazing and your swing-a- thon. Give it up for Chelsee and
Pasha! APPLAUSE Thank you. Thank you. So did you manage to work out
which of our dancers really loved those tiger feet? It is time to
reveal what was dancing in disguise. Happy birthday, Zoe! Grrr! APPLAUSE
# Celebrations... # Thank you. You didn't think we
would let you get away without celebrating your birthday. From
everybody at It Takes Two, happy birthday. What did you think of
your dad's dancing? I thought it was going to be James. We have got
a little something. The presents don't finish there. We have you a
little surprise Strictly hunks calendar. Oh my Lord! That is
amazing. Quick. Make a wish! Quick, blow it! APPLAUSE Brilliant. That
is incredible. That is it for today. I'm imagining. Thanks to all my
guests this evening. Oh my God, it is Harry! Make sure you tune in
tomorrow live at 6.30 when I will be chatting to Harry and Aliona,
Jason and Kristina and I will be looking around the costumes