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It's Thursday, coming up on tonight's show: He'd give you the
shirt off his back. Harry and Aliona are here live. They don't
want to go-go. I'll be chatting to Jason and Kristina about their
charleston. Nicola is here to give me the first sneak peek of the
couples' outfits for this weekend. And we have all the news from this
week's training. This is It Takes Live from Television Centre, this
is Strictly It Takes Two. Please welcome your host, it's Zoe Ball!
Hello and welcome to It Takes Two! This weekend, our remaining couples
have everything to dance for with extra points up for grabs in the
strictly swingathon, the pressure is obvious for our Magnificent
Seven. They have to master not one but two
routines. In a minute, I'll be talking to Harry and Aliona live,
but before that, let's take a look at how the first group of
celebrities are getting on in training.
James and I are doing the charleston which is brilliant
because since we started on this show, it's the one dance I quite
fancied. Good girl... A totally different approach for me as a
teacher and Alex as a student. I want it to be quirky and fun. That
is Alex. You didn't put your hat back on. How do you know? I can see.
We managed to avoid the lift situation. Dangerous. He said to me,
you can basically land on your face. Yeah. Whoa... I'm not vain, but I
would like a face by the end of Strictly.
The steps look quite complicated. And eight and... OK, no, I know
what I've done wrong now, stop it. It's not looking so sharp at the
minute. So this week, I'm dancing the Argentine tango and I'm very,
very nervous about it. Really nervous though. Sorry. What am I
doing? This week we are going from bubbly, fun, party Samba, into
serious, dramatic, sexy Argentine tango. It's not a dance that I
think I'm going to find easy. I reckon I'll have a bit of trouble
with this one. Why you started screaming when I lifted you up?
tickles. Get over it. Argentine tango might be a bit challenging
for Chelsee, because my goal is to tap into that man/woman
relationship. Honey, I like you, would you dance with me. And when
we start talking about feelings in the dance, she always finds it
cheesy and she kind of in a way refuses to do anything. That's
really good. I feel daft. This dance cannot be done without
passion. It's not going to work. It's the Samba this week. The Samba
of doom! This dance has come at a time when I needed the ballroom
really. Struggling... One, two. What are you doing?
is very technical. If you don't have the technique, it can look
flat. To get the hip action, we've got to get the bounce action.
Bounce then back... You can't teach somebody to have natural rhythm. I
haven't. I'm the entertainment factor. No, no, down closed feet...
Ola is amazing, but sometimes even your partner can't hide your flaws.
Then take the leg up. Which leg? The other leg. Oh. Like that...
I just hope that Robbie's going to enjoy it, because at the moment,
he's finding it very, very difficult. The quickstep is quick
and there's lots of steps. I knew nothing about it yesterday and here
I am charging around the dance studio desperately trying to learn
the routine. I do feel a bit like a horse
running around a yard. It's all about different rhythm patterns and
it's definitely one of the strengths that Harry has.
Come on, Harry, move those feet faster!
I asked Jason what it's like because he's done it and he said
"yeah, mate, it's quick". It's so quick that if you mess up once, I
think it's very hard to get back into it. Quick and quick, quick
quick, but no, other times it's quick, quick, quick and quick,
quick quick... Got to try my best and enjoy myself.
Quick and quick and quick. Please welcome Harry and Aliona.
It's so good watching you two watch the competition so closely because
I guess that's the first time you get to see how they all look
watching the VTs? I was really enjoying it. I love them all, they
are so sweet. They are though, it's great to watch them. You are a good
gang, there is a lot of camaraderie. Forget about them for a minute
though, performing at Wembley, you have been there before with McFly.
How different was it out there as a dancer? It was SO different,
petrifying. I was so nervous, I almost felt numb, it was ridiculous.
But we got through it, as you can see, and I did enjoy myself.
didn't just get through it, it was ace maizing. Not only did you have
to unwrap Aliona, you had to throw her in the air a couple of times.
How anxious were you before the performance? I was actually nervous
for him more. You seemed chilled. was nervous for him. What do you do
when you are stressed out? I panic, pace, my voice goes weird and I'd
make her just go over and over it again and she just laughs at me and
it makes me more stressed. That must help, her laughing in your
face at your fear! There was a lot of talk about hip action. Was there
any, was there not enough, what did you think? In my opinion, if he
would have done any more hips, he would have then danced like a girl
and that's the last thing I want. I think he's done enough. Perfect?
Just the perfect amount of hip action for a boy. And you are the
girl? Yes. Bruno said he'd like to have seen you wearing an outfit
like the one he wore in the Elton John video, I'm Still Standing?
We are worried because of your extreme youth that you may not
remember this? Can I tell you what's happening though, we were
looking at best of British songs and on the Internet, I came across
the Elton John song and I paused it and went, that's Bruno. So you have
seen it? This came out before Harry was born! We discovered that! Let's
have a reminder, because it's that time in the series when we dig out
the video of Bruno cavorting about in not very much frankly. Let's
have a look at this. That is amazing. Oh, my goodness many. He's
in a mankini. He's the main guy though... Nice chest. Weird dancers
and then, look at the pillar. Leaning against a pillar casually,
there's our man. Here we go. Yes, Bruno. Here he is. Bruno. So saucy.
I think we can forgive him, it was the '80s, we didn't know what we
were doing. Would you wear a leotard like that on the show?
Definitely, not sure I could pull it off as well as Bruno did.
wasn't expecting you to say that? Neither was I. We'll hold you to
that, even if it's on that podium on this programme, I tell you. It's
been a high scoring dance this week for couples, the quickstep, how are
you finding it? What is it, Jase? Quick. I was looking for some
advice and Jason said it was quick mate. I was dreading this but I'm
really enjoying it, I am. It's fast, energetic and a lot to remember,
but I'm enjoying it. Ian Waite was in yesterday and he said you were
almost as good as an amateur probecause you have such good sway
that.'s good. He has high hopes for you this weekend. This is what you
are dancing to. # Don't get me wrong
# Lots of stepping on toes this week? Yes. In your training footage,
we have seen there is a lot of talk of different rhythms. Has your
drumming expertise come in handy? think so. Definitely. The quickstep
takes it to another level though, the different counts and rhythms,
it's intense, but I'm hoping it helps. I've never seen anyone do so
well with rhythm patterns. Another big tick. A lot of giggling going
on, you giggling at Harry which makes us gugle and you said his
galloping is so sweet and then laughed in his face -- giggle.
Wasn't there a ban on giggling? was dreading this one. I thought I
would feel silly doing it, and as soon as we started, she was
laughing and I was like, please don't laugh this week because I'm
feeling silly enough as it is and she was like OK. Of course that
just made her laugh even more so I gave up on that one. I'm enjoying
it now though so she can laugh. talks about you being so sweet but
we are not sure. We think Harry has Teaching to an obedient student.
You've got your teaching hat on today. I give you that power with
my energy force. Are you a Jedi? Yes. The calmer you are, the more
power you can give it, the more control you have. She sometimes
sounds like Yoda. Never they are locked. Never they are locked!
There's something dangerous lurking inside of him, a dark side. So frus
freighting. I don't know it. -- frustrating. I can feel my face
slipping, frustrated, angry. the dark side comes out! So good!
Ali-Yoda! We like how you like to vent your Goodison Park side and
this is for you, Aliona, especially for you. This is so going to make
it takes two! Please make it to It Takes Two. It's impossible not to.
Celebrities do the funniest things! Marvellous. You are rehearsing in a
big studio tomorrow. Anything you need to finesse before the big
show? I think we are all set. Really? Yes, all set, got it!
Confidence! You had the official warning from Len, no lifts!Y. I've
been on such good form this season, I have been playing by the rules.
No lifts in your quickstep. even the begining or tend, just in
the frame. Len will be so pleased with you. This is good. Let's not
forget the swingathon, all the couples on the floor together, last
year, it was the semi-finals, five couples, this year seven couples.
Are you willing to take people down? We've designed our lifts to
take anyone out within five metres. I've requested that Jason is next
to me. Perfect. You are going down, Jonathan, ples you! We cannot wait
to see you pull it out of the bag - - bless you. Thank you, Ali-Yoda
and Harry Jedi. One person gets us now to the
nitty-gritty, our Widdy. Order. Answer the question. Question from
Laura today. If you had to spend 24 hours locked in a room, with one of
the pros, celebs, or presenters, who would it be? Yes? Look, we
haven't got all day. Yeah, yeah. Next. At the moment I'm going to
have to stay loyal and say my professional partner Artem because
I need every hour with him I can get, so we can spend the time
practising for whatever the next dance is. Terribly boring answer
but I need the help. Yes, you are right, it's a boring answer.
Gieming to have to pick Artem. He was my roommate and he left me for
Kara and I miss him so I could easily spend 24 hours watching
movies and kicking back a few beers. I actually would never want to be
locked up with any of them because they're crazy. How to make friends
and influence people! Bye! I have to say, I love Artem's
braces, niex look. One thing we cannot deny is how fabulous the
celebrities are looking week after week -- nice look. I went to find
out what is in their box of tricks for this weekend. I'm here with
wardrobe wonder Nicola for a few clues as to what everyone is
wearing at the weekend. Crucial stage in the competition. Are the
celebs getting more involved in what they are wearing? Yes, every
week everyone's always involved, at this stage no-one wants to go home,
no tears. There will be more tears no, I can guarantee it. Chelsee
looked fantastic last week. What have you got lined up for her tango
this week? It will be a contrast. Last week it was fun, flirting
bubble gum colours, this week different, really sophisticated and
elegant. She's doing the Arge tango. Here is her dress this week. She's
covered from head-to-toe, but these here are slits up to the thigh to
allow for the flicks and kicks for the movement. Saucy. A turquoise
lining underneath. Purple on the tops are strong, then the flash of
the turquoise underneath. Unusual colours to put together. That's
really effective, I like it? Just dramatic in a different way,
because she's fun and young, you want a fresh exist on it. Anita,
she's dancing with rent-a-pro Brendan this weekend. They are
doing the cha-cha, what is she going to be dressed in? She's going
to be in a nude coloured dress, flesh from the neck, sleeves in and
it goes down to a full skirt which is great for the movement. This is
her design. This is actually completely covered in crystals all
the way down. It's taken so long. The Elle bell lishment has taken
lots of hours to do -- embellishment. These are the jewels
and how they come. They're so tiny. You pick them up with sticky
fingers and glue them on one by one? Not quite sticky fingers...
Sorry, nice clean hands and gloves. It's a stick with wax on the end
which picks it up and places it on to the glue on the dress. Tiny,
consuming process? Yes. She will carry it off so well. She'll have
some colour as well, ribbons will decorate the hem. Nice and flirty.
Good for Anita! Now, Jason, going for a bit of a Gatsby feel to his
charleston? Yes, the great Gatsby is his inspiration this week. This
is the Robert Redford, the great Gatsby. He's going to look dapper
this week, very gentlemanly. This is his waistcoat for this week be
teamed with a shirt, trousers and shoes. I can't help but notice this.
I'm assuming it's for the head. Can I try it on, I've been dying to.
Look! What do you think? I think it's gorgeous. Just need some
charleston moves. And this goes with what is under there, I've
heard? Yes, this dress. Give us a flash. Let's see if we can dress
who is wearing this. Look how it glistens. I will return this, I
promise, can I just borrow it for the rest of the afternoon, please?!
Good luck this weekend, Stirling work, we love Nicola, thank you.
It's so cute, does it suit me. Who is that woman? Despite a few
missteps, Jason and Kristina rocked around-the-clock with their jive on
Saturday. They'll be with me in a moment, but first, time for an
update on how the rest of the celebs have been getting on in
training. This week, we are dancing the cha-
cha. Dear Robin is not well and I have a new dance partner. Oh, my
goodness. One, two... Sorry, I missed it completely. It's so quick.
She doesn't believe enough for the dance to come out from her body. It
starts looking like you are completely in control of what you
are doing, regardless of what you are thinking. My body can't
physically make the shapes, but Brendan doesn't accept that, he
says UK, I've watched you. He's working much more on my attitude.
There you go. Work, work, work, now you're talking. Feel me up here,
woman, it's your only chance. I would like her to come out with
this cha-cha and hit the audience right between the eyes. It's not
true what Robin says, you are not a dud! I'm probably coming into this
week to do my foxtrot a little hungryer, because I would like next
week not to have that scary feeling under the red light. I'm pushing
Holly, she's working harder this week. The for example trot, it has
to be so precise. That's not my strong point. Slow, quick quick
slow. The most difficult thing is to timing. Instead of slow, say
chocolate, because it's a longer word. Chocolate, quick quick .She
Wants to go quicker and it has to be slower. What a disaster.
judges have been saying Holly is holding back and not performing.
It's frustrating, I'm dancing full out and I watch the tape back and
it looks like I'm holding back. That was really good. Give me that
back, that would be brilliant. this weekend, obviously, we do the
charleston, which is very, very exciting, 19 '20s, character, you
know, quite quick and cheeky -- 1920s. I know it's a very
character-based sort of step routine. I would have to say the
charleston is probably one of the harder dances that I've learned.
Orb, my gosh, that's full-on. We thought the jive was the quick one,
but this dance is literally killing both of us. You are really worried?
I am a bit. You really need to kick my thigh. Come on then. Yes it's
quick, character-based and therefore within that, it's a
little easier to sort of find a home. I think charleston suitnesss
him because there's lots of acting at the beginning. I think he likes
it and I think at this moment actually we are doing quite well.
Beautiful. That was absolutely great! Here they are, Jason and
Kristina! Thank you. Thank you.
So, let's go back to Wembley and Ian on the show last week was
looking at your dance training and saying, it's going to be tens, we
all thought that. What happened? First thing, my son Zac did tell me
that he'd seen the show and he'd said that Ian was saying some great
things. Look, I mean, it was just one of those moments, there it is,
where I just put the wrong foot, you know. You came back so quickly
though. You did, amazing. You know, it's a live show and we have been
through our routines backward and forward. I peen, you know, we work
extremely hard and try and have fun with it too. It was a fun dance,
just one of those moments and I've hit a few of those in my
professional clear, you know, it's not all about trying to be
absolutely spot-on -- in my professional career. An amazing
routine. I was going to say, how confident were you, Kristina, that
the crowd were going to love it anyway? I think it's a great song,
great venue and the jive was going so well and I was absolutely loving
it, I never thought he'd make a mistake, but you know what, hey
it's a live show, he's not a professional and I'm so proud
because he went back immediately and kind of carried on, it was
unbelievable. Still great scores. Exactly. But I can't say that I
wasn't disappointed. We felt it. I think we were all disappointed.
close! He was so down. In the results show, you were one of the
last people to be called out. know! What was going through your
mind at that point? I have a funny perspective on that, you know. Look,
we can go out at any single point, it's a public vote and, you know,
Kristina's obvious lib been through the process a lot more than I have
db - obviously been through the process a lot more than I have.
There's not a lot more that we can do. We've tried our best, had a
great journey and if the public think it's time for us to go,
that's... Don't say such things! Stop! I can't... You are doing the
charleston this week. Four days in, what do you think? Do you like?
like it. Me like too. Look at that. There's a bit of campness in there.
Strictly Come Dancing camp, never! This is the music you are dancing
to. # No Sir that's my baby # Yes, Sir, that's my baby... #
How's the stamina at this point? It's quick, it's even killing me.
He was hoping for an easy week with the charleston. Never, no, not at
this stage in the competition. the toes, stepping on the toes.
Black-and-blue, bruised. It's the big toe scenario. Not getting
smelly? My toes have never been pleasant at the best of times, I
have to say. This week they are looking pretty ugly. It's time for
a pedicure. Any offers? One thing we have noticed about your training,
you are working really hard and we love that about you, but you do
need to remember to breathe. Yes, Jason, breathe. Breathe. One,
two,... Without breathing, it's going to kill you. Breathe. Good.
Breathe. Good. He's blue because he's not breathing. Argh...
You have to breathe out so it's easier for the body. Breathe out.
Yeah. Breathe out. Breathe out. I live and breathe this show!
It's almost as though you're giving birth. I know. Well, I mean, my
breathing at the best of times is not particularly good. I do have a
slight sort of asthma problem, but you know, I think it's the one
thing about a professional stage craft, whether a singer, actor or
dancer, is when you breathe properly, you know, you can pupbgs
chew wait your moments a lot better and it's probably my least best
point -- punctuate your moments a lot better. We have got the
swingathon this weekend as well. Do you think this is going to bring
out a competitive edge in all our celebrities that we haven't seen
yet so far? Everybody eebs great friend, very lovely, it's the last
man standing, are you willing to take people down and what do you
have planned? What do we do for that, Jason? It's about having fun
first and foremost. I think the one thing about this swingathon...
sweatathon? Yes, I was thinking of going naked, it seems to be the way
to go these days. Maybe some small pants would help! It's all about
spatial awareness because it's easy to get... Yes, seen couples on the
floor. That's tough, making sure you are focused on your partner,
not getting starry eyed by everything else. Are you going up
down, under, over, round? Yes, everywhere. I think I might do a
karate lift in Harry Judd's direction and maybe Robbie Savage's
direction. It could get quite nasty, the gloves are on! Any special
trick, diamond moves? Karen's taught me the term? We have a few
actually and it's going to be a lot of fun, honestly. The Joe Calzaghe
move. Wait until you see it! not going there. Sounds dangerous.
It's not dangerous, but under a Len's Lens, figure it out. Figure
out which is the Joe Calzaghe in our swingathon. Little competition
for all of you, the first person to spot it wins a prize. Good luck
this weekend with the charleston and swingathon, it's going to be
great. Jason and Kristina. Thanks to all my guests tonight. Tune in
tomorrow on BBC Two and I'll be talking to Robbie and Ola and
having a nose around the Strictly studio to find out what is going on
in rehearsals. I'm excited about the Friday panel this week, not
only do we have Strictly superfan Miranda Hart on the sew farbgs
she'll be joined by her on screen mother, Patricia Hodge and love
interest Tom Ellis -- sofa. Before we go, there's something funny
going on in the training rooms. Oh yes, have a look at this. Good