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It's Tuesday. Coming up on tonight's It's Tuesday. Coming up on tonight's
show, they are Charleston went swimmingly but were they out of
their depth? Alex and Jones are here. With this weekend's
swingathon, Karen Hardy has her work cut out in Choreography Corner, we
reveal how Aliona fares in Dance Challenge, and our designer
casts her eye over the weekend's outfits. This is It Takes Two.
Please welcome your host, it's Ball! CHEERING.
Hello, and welcome to It Takes Two. This weekend, our magnificent seven
became the sensational six. Hats off to Alex and Jones who performed a
very cheeky Charleston but were harshly dubbed mediocre by judge
Craig. They will be here, but first let's remind ourselves how events
I love the goofiness that you put I love the goofiness that you put
in, especially the goofy swing, and downs, legs in the air. Ilfelt
you took a major step tonight. I just felt it was
mediocre. Oh no! I found it fun and entertaining. CHEERING. It
enjoyable to watch. I was quirky, sweet, really funny. I
knew this dance would suit you. 6. 7. 8.
James is really upset. He doesn't James is really upset. He doesn't
think we were marked fairly. It seemed to go well, we didn't mess it
up, it was all there from what we had practised. I suppose it's
detrimental because it looks will be bottom of the leaderboard
and James doesn't think that dance reflected that score. Please
give an extra large cheer and Jones! Ah, thank you. CHEERING.
I'm going to come to you in a moment, Mr Jordan, I know you
lot to say, but first of all Alex you were so looking forward to your
Charleston, you really looked forward to doing it. How was it for
you out on the floor? Well, really enjoyed the dance and it's
the dance I've wanted to do, thought I fancied a bit of
Charleston Charl and the week leading up, it was tougher than
thought because hands and feet different things, which for me is a
problem but we got there and the dance seemed to go well.
audience loved it and we got front of the panel and we went
here to here. You could see it physically drain from you. You were
all excited and then Craig says mediocre and your little heart
sinks. There is a love-hate thing going on with Craig because he
slated your rumba but then he absolutely loved you, and then again
on Saturday - do you you know where you are at with him? There was
rumba rumbagate, you know, the whole
sexless, cold nightmare which we moved on from and then things
of got better. The tango was all good and then not so good this week,
and for somebody to say you've a step back, it's like: oh, no. You
haven't. Nobody else seems to with that. Is it difficult
to pick yourself up and then and do a swingathon? Yes, it was,
wasn't it. I suppose it was. I still had steam coming out of my
ears. I said to her: you watch me go in this swingathon, I'm going to
give it everything. It was like the Hulk, argh! Yes, how long was he
supposed to spin you around? Not that long! Look, there he she goes.
Somebody help me! You got proper G-force going on there. Yes.
look at you, you made it into final three, up there
and Harry. At what point did you realise how far you had got in the
swingathon? I couldn't breathe let alone know what else was going on.
I don't think you moved until I made you leave the floor but I saw Jason
leave and thought: hang on a where is he going? Is he going to
the toilet? Yes, so to get to the last three was great but for me and
I know Alex also, the Charleston our little baby and I knew it was
good dance, it was fun. I didn't expect to be necessarily higher up
the leaderboard but I just was undermarked so I just think it's
unfair. Alesha did say that. did. You went from top of the
leaderboard last week to then third from bottom this week. Did that make
the results show even more tense? think the results show for everybody
is tense obviously now because we are down to the nitty-gritty and it
can go either way but being in a vulnerable position on the
board does not help and I thought: oh gosh, it would be such a shame if
we didn't get to the quarter-final. And we thought with the Charleston
that people would like it and that the judges might like it. They
obviously did. And they did. That's the great thing, everybody
home did love it and picked up the phones and voted. It could
actually gone in our favour people at home I
have thought: there's no way that is a 6, and possibly picked up
phone and voted for us so it could have helped us. But at the end of
the day it's the people at home are important, they are the
judges of this competition. they are better judges. And you
in the quarter-final. Now, you are
you are not the only one who to have a bit of a moan. Oh no. Not
Alex, surely. Yes, surely! Alex isn't a finely tuned athlete
myself. Ha ha! But it's the really that I just can't take it.
Oh what? James, I couldn't see. have been through the mill.
know what you are seeing. It's not looking great though, is it?
Please, don't moan. That was fine. You was on the wrong leg. No. Yes.
You was on the wrong leg. No. Yes. Yes. No. You didn't expect me to
get it first time, did you? Anything else you would like to moan
about? I've got a bad rib. My hair was in my eyes. It's because
these shoes. I don't want her moaning in the studio. Don't want to
hear any moaning. My this hurts, my that hurts. So heavy. I don't
to hear moaning. Do you want pads? No. Don't moan then. Shut
up. Boring. You are boring, can't get it. We are going to have
to change it, I cannot do it. You are lucky you haven't got a nag
a partner. LAUGHTER. So good, I do love it! This week you
have the American smooth. James, what do you have planned? You can do
lifts and everything. I know. Yes, it's a bit of an
the moment because we are still - they all are, let's face it!
Mondays and Tuesdays aren't the best, let's be honest, so we
still piecing it together. haven't really got much of a
at the moment but we are working a few little steps, a couple of
ideas. It will be fine. will be fine on the night, won't it?
It is movie week as well and you've got an absolute classic. Pretty
Woman. I see what you did. James, your favourite film? Yes, I love
it. Janet loves Pretty Woman. Janet's back. It it is
good movie, not one of favourites. No, Ghost is your
favourite, isn't it? No, it's not! Pick on me again, on TV. So will you
be in like a Julia Roberts inspired frock? That's what we are hoping. I
was thinking about the knee high boots and short - probably not.
Not at 7.00? No. For you, Maybe you could be in that outfit.
Listen, good luck this week, we loved your Charleston, forget about
the 6, that was then, have a great week. Alex and Jones! Thank you.
Thank you. Cheering. In just a second, I will be talking
to Aliona about taking Dance Challenge, but first at
stage of the competition we are getting to know our professional
dancers pretty intimately so time to put your knowledge to the
test, see if you can is. Can you guess the dancer
these clues? Now, this person is the sex symbol of Strictly Come Dancing.
He wrote that about himself, obviously. This guy just
class. He is, like, always in a suit, always looking
This dancer is known as the biggest flirt on Strictly. This person's
catchphrase is: bella, ladies love me. Can't really do
me. Can't really do the it is. So who do you think it is?
Mmm, do you have an inkling? I think Mmm, do you have an inkling? I think
I do. Yesterday we launched our Pro Dance Challenge to set a new
world record in botafogoing, oh yes. Please welcome our next contender,
Aliona! Hello, gorgeous lady. Going to talk to you and Harry later in
the week but I must say, congratulations on your quickstep.
Thank you so much. It was glorious. Thank you. When did you know it
was going to be that good? On Thursday night. Yes? That's when
all came together and this is going to be the one?
We will talk about that later on in the week. Onto the challenge. How
you think you did? I have no idea. I know last year I was last.
were the bottom, weren't you, so can go up, Aliona. I am hoping it's
better this year. OK, well, fingers crossed, the
crossed, the suspense is killing me. Natalie scored an impressive 63.
Let's see how Aliona did. The dancers are absolutely gunning for
this because we have the world record at stake. The most botafogos
in 30 seconds. I am going to be joined by Richard, who is leading
choreographer to the stars. We also have the official world record
adjudicator with us, and we want world champion.
You always want to beat everyone You always want to beat everyone
because you want to be the holder. Well, will the next
challenger please come to the floor. Hello Aliona. Hello. Are
to go as fast as you possibly can? Yes, I am. I am doing this for our
team. I know Harry really to win, this is for both of us.
Dance for your life, my darling. Please take to the floor.
Dancer ready? Yes. Richard? Dancer ready? Yes. Richard?
Ready. Adjudicator ready? Ready. For the record, 3, 2, 1, go.
Stop. How do you feel? Exhausted. My Stop. How do you feel? Exhausted. My
legs just gave in, in the middle. Yes. You did fall off
halfway through. Possibly five faults there, but we will have to
check on the slow motion. Please do, slow-mo, thank you.
I think it went all right. My thighs gave in a bit in the middle. The
first half was good; the second half was a bit dodgy. CHEERING.
Come on, Aliona! You get so even watching it. How many do you
think you manage? I have no idea, absolutely have no idea. OK,
standby, we can find out now, Aliona Vilani, this is how you did.
Aliona, your botafogos have been Aliona, your botafogos have been
Aliona, your botafogos have been counted and verified and I can
counted and verified and I can counted and verified and I can
Aliona, your botafogos reveal that five of your botafogos
were disallowed because they weren't into the floor enough. So your total
number of approved botafogos is - 64!
CHEERING. Well done, Aliona. It puts you top
of the Pro Dance Challenge leaderboard. You beat Natalie Lowe.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition out of the other
pro dancers? Probably one of the boys. I know they get very
competitive, so I've seen James practise and he was fast.
fast. Yes. We will see you on in the week, with Harry, and
tomorrow we will see Erin face the challenge. Give it up for Aliona!
Last week, Len issued a warning to all couples: abide by the rules or
be penalised. Did they manage to do it? Here to tell us is a lady known
as the Queen of choreography, it's the gorgeous Karen Hardy.
we like the way she moves, Karen we like the way she moves, Karen
Hardy! Owe yes! I love that. What mover you are. Bit of that, bit of
that. You had Coyy with you Saturday . Hopefully Cox will be
here on the Friday panel. here on the Friday
Choreography-wise has it stepped a notch? Of course, and
reason is, if they learn something like a chasse, side, together, side,
very simple step, that step we would use in a quickstep, a waltz, a
cha-cha-cha, so now when their professional says we are going to
a chasse, they know it. So they are not worrying about the steps now but
it's more about the dance itself, and I'm just loving it. So was I.
Now, let's talk about Alex and Jones first. Alex handled the hats
brilliantly in her routine. Three hats she had to get through. Yes.
I was thinking: don't drop it. How difficult is it to do tricky
choreography and handle props? Talking of tricky choreography, for
a special lady at home Miranda Hart, she wanted swimming and she got it.
The thing about Charleston, not only is it over-the-top actions of
whacking yourself or lifting the shoulders but what Alex and Jones
did this time is the hats. The hats are a nemesis to any dancer, but
even if you got one hat, that would be a probable, which it normally
- it would be a problem - six hats in total were going on that floor.
Anything could have happened. could have dropped one, missed
off the coat hook, it was a really I like the idea of it, it was very
challenging, but what it played in their advantage is that normally
hats hide the face and people don't like that on TV. It actually
pictured and framed their faces. They had some great
they were lifting it. I absolutely loved it. Great number. Good. Well
done Alex and Jones. Holly and Artem, quite a contemporary foxtrot.
What made it so good? Well, first things first, the music was
incredible, and then along with it I think this is a step that everybody
has loved it and I have chosen it here. Gorgeous! Got to be done,
hasn't it? That's how I think I look when doing it at home, but it's
a different story. Straight into hold. I think probably we have been
critical before with Artem pushing his luck with choreography. Full
class, straight up into top line, even when I look back at it,
detail of how her hands lay, of the women were even still
grabbing the man's arm, to the point of perfection. Perfect fingers.
great number, great content and that little tease factor in it I think
made it contemporary. The other thing, I think if they had done a
traditional soft, fluffy let's say foxtrot, I think that could have
gone against them. Each professional knows the celebrities' mojo now,
what makes them tick, that was a great number. Much more up Holly's
street, wasn't it? Yes, saucy and contemporary. So Ola and Robbie,
should the trousers have come off or not? What I am going to say is:
thumbs up to Ola, because look I've spotted. Look at this, heel,
heel, heel, heel. It's a Latin dance, absolutely no heels. Except
for the paso doble. But look, do we do? Ola knows that
he is not technically the strongest in this field at the moment,
technically, so what do we do? We got to keep this in there. We got to
put entertainment in there. he goes. Because what happens?
Everyone at home, even if they saw it, by the time he has
they would have completely it and gone: oh my gosh,
unbelievable! He has got no trousers on. Jason and Kristina, the
judges said "That was a Charleston", underlined several times. What was
so good about this Charleston? I think we've always talked about his
performance but you've got to at the level now. We've got knees
twisting one way, hips going another, facial expressions,
going another way and they are in harmony. Look, they are a wink out
there. That's all they are out, and now they are back in sync with each
other, so it is absolutely brilliant. The quality that is in
this now. I think from the beginning we've always gone: here is Jason, he
is going to be able to do all the performing, it's a Charleston, he is
going to do this bit no problem I wanted to point out how strong
that choreography was able to master it. Do you
is having a bit of trouble with the side by side, because at Wembley he
had a bit of a problem with the Said, a tiny mistake with the side
by side. This competition is so close, if they make a mistake you
are probably going to pull them but to be honest, even as a
world professional we all make mistakes, and what he did here is he
made a mistake but did we see it? No. No. I was blissfully unaware.
Ignore it. Fantastic number. Harry and Aliona. Harry made this
quickstep look so easy but it incredibly complex, wasn't it? It
was. It is the greatest have seen on here. On this series?
In this series. The choreography was what we call high level professional
pieces of choreography put together. Slows and quicks, ups and downs. I'm
going to attempt the impossible now. Stick with me. OK. I want you to
understand what is going on in their heads count-wise, especially in a
quickstep, I won't get it all but will have a go. I am excited.
No, don't be. So if we look at how to count this, quick and quick slow,
quick, quick, quick, quick, quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow,
slow, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow, quick, slow, quick, quick,
slow, quick, quick, quick, slow. impossible for you to even speak it,
he performed it. There was another section, quick and quick and
quick, quick, quick. You have remember your hold, this
choreography, you've got to presentation, I just really want
people to understand how difficult that choreography was. There were no
tricks, there was no lifts in it, was pure dance and it was brilliant
and out came those tens. Hoo hoo! Yes, hurrah. Chelsee and Pasha, and
the judges felt Chelsee could have acted through her Argentine tango
little more but in terms of footwork, was she on the money?
Yes, the complexity again. Pasha always loads her choreography,
flicks probably could have bit quicker.Ity want to look at
something else. They are always talking about her acting. We all
know that she is an actress, so I think she is going to be getting a
bit frustrated by now. Something teach my students always:
and doing are two different things. So if you said to her: right, I want
you to show me pain on stage, would scream, wouldn't you? OK. So
out of your voice. But through you don't have a voice except your
body. She is too stiff. That's why the emotion is not coming through.
So if I did that with my hand or I did that with my hand - Ooh,
at that. I could feel it. Just throw the arm like that with no
body, and then we add the body, oh! Ooh, look, feel that movement, let's
get carried away. You've still got it woman, I love it! I don't
what it is. She has got to get her back moving and she will be acting
just as great as she does in Waterloo Road. Let's talk about the
swingathon. Ooh, fabulous! There they all are out on the floor
together. Who for you was out? This is how you do it.
the background, can you see someone spinning around, it's still catching
your attention. Clever move. Look this, let's throw the arms in the
air and together, catches the judges and look at this, a double flip, and
not only that, let's put in as well. Nice. They would have
done that two or three times in that time that the music was playing,
all those three points that I captured there, very clever
choreography. The judges, someone like Len, we are in our
prime, we have anything up to 20, 25 people on a dance floor normally,
and our eyes are so critical what we want to see, but the
professionals with theirography are just as - with their choreography
are just as clever because they know the exact pieces to put in
that's going to get them those marks. Karen Hardy, you are
Georgeous! Earlier we asked if you could
who our dancers were talking about. Have you got it right? Did
guess? You guessed it, it's me. Vincent Simone, of course, how
you not have known that? This weekend, all our couples looked
absolutely stunning as always. Robbie Savage even got leggy with it
in a pair of sparkly football shorts. Only on Strictly of course.
I will be talking to our designer and expert shortly after this
Please welcome designer Celia Please welcome designer Celia
birthwell and our fashionista with the facts, Oonagh O'Hagan!
Hello, ladies, lovely to have you with us. Let's talk about Chelsee's
dress first of all. Quite a different look, doing the Argentine
tango. Do you think this combination worked well? Purple
a little bit of turquoise. I think the colour combination is brilliant,
and it's saved by the beautiful choker of all those wonderful stones
round her neck, and it fused - it felt close to her face and I like
the combination. The purple and then that worked as well, so I think she
is quite beautiful, I like her little head. She is absolutely
stunning. You made a while we were talking. I do see a
little bit of Elizabeth Taylor in her face. She will be absolutely
thrilled. I hope she knows who Elizabeth Taylor is actually
she is so young she might not. But the stones and beading actually
served a purpose, didn't they Oonagh? That is right, they
there for a function as well. stones round the bottom
weight to them so it keeps the dress down when she does the kicks,
well as being in a crepe fabric. At the top also this lighter and
darker, very flattering, very hour glass, along with that turquoise
piping. That elongated the body, didn't it? Yes, and very
That high neck as well. I thought it was a mandarin collar but it's not.
It's a choker actually, isn't it, but she has a very pretty neck and
holds her head in a particular way, doesn't she? Very poised.
Absolutely. We could all learn from Chelsee. I don't think she knows
how pretty she is. What about Holly, she was doing the foxtrot,
maybe more tango than foxtrot initially. Did you like her frock,
Celia? I think the colour is wonderful and the detailing on
back was particularly nice. the mesh, yes. The mesh at the back
is level and all the godets that gave it all the fluidity. Very nice
movement, wasn't it? Absolutely, and it has got wiring in the bottom
but very different from a usual foxtrot dress. How is it different?
Usually a foxtrot dress would be very Princessy, you wouldn't
this was at all like that. Lots of layers, petty coats, usually
pastel colour and this is of course very red, she looks very LA
Confidential in it. Very smooth in her body. This was in a crepe to
keep it down as well so when she is doing those kicks - Those
incredible kicks that she did. It fitted the music very well as well.
The combinations were good. Absolutely, and these are crystal
strings when they put them all together, it took a day to put them
all on. One day, just one dress. But she carried it off so
brilliantly. Well done to Holly and well done to the frock. We've got
Alex's Charleston dress in the studio here. Tell me a bit about
this, Celia. Well, it's a pale apple green. It actually is Lycra,
although it looks like crepe. It's quite a boyish shape and it's quite
suitable for the dance. you tell me about the stones, how
many crystals on there? Come on, facts. I know, a huge amount, 5,000
stones on that, round the neck on the Chevrons, can't believe it,
absolutely. On the back of you have those beads which echoes
the 1920s long necklaces so that's where a lot of the work will be.
The swingathon was very exciting, seven couples on the floor and they
all had a go at helping to choose their outfits and the designs of
their outfits, didn't they, Oonagh? That is right, it made it much more
feel like a competition because they all got to say what they wanted to
wear so Holly went back to these trousers, like a 1930s suit, and the
polka dot dress very 50s as well. It reminds me of Cha Cha from
Greece. She wore it well, didn't she? She stole the show for me but
then I do like a polka dot and like that scale. Also, a print is
quite unusual on this show, so somehow it stood out for me, plus I
think she is a great dancer, and I think he is a wonderful teacher.
Pasha. I think she is marvellous - he is marvellous. I think we all
know who Celia's favourite is in this competition. Celia for
Thank you so much for coming sharing that with me. Celia and
Oonagh! Thank you to all my guests tonight. See you tomorrow at 6.30 on