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Coming up on tonight's show, despite the high score, Jason and
Kristina ended up in the bottom two. Find out how Brendan did in our
botafogo challenge. Ian Waite gives us a sneaky peak of
the couples in training. This is It Live from Television Centre, this
is It Takes Two. Please welcome your host, Zoe Ball.
Hello and welcome to It Takes Two. Not long until our famous five take
on the Strictly semi-final. This weekend our couples will perform
two dances and attempt to make it into the Grand Final. Jason and
Kristina performed a stunning American smooth, but ended up in
the bottom twoment here is a reminder of what happened.
Gene Kelly's shoes are hard to fill, but I I loved it. Jason, you did
really well. It was elegantly played and you
made it look easy. The foxtrot was excellently
executed. It was a very, very special performance.
I really loved it, for the charisma, it was really fantastic.
This woman's choreography is outstanding. It is a great piece of
story telling. When I get into that groove, I get a a buzz and that's
what I live for in this competition. Amazing. Perfect.
Please welcome Jason and Kristina. Thank you so much. Hello. Well done
on Saturday night. I was dewey eyed watching that. Lots of people were
shocked that you were in the bottom two. Were you surprised yourselves?
Yeah. As Holly said, it is not the
greatest feeling in the world, but I think it is a public vote and you
just, any of us at any stage could be in that position, you know. I
think as the competition has gone on it has become more difficult and
you know, we found ourselves in the middle of the leaderboard. I am not
making excuses, but I guess I'm trying to find reasons, I guess
that's the main thing Christine narks Kristina you were
visibly upset during the results show. How pleased were you? It is
one more chance. I think I was convinced we were going home
because I said to Jason "we're out. Just make your final speech.".
you have a speech written already? Yes. Yeah, it is a wonderful
opportunity. One more time to go out there and entertain together
with him. One more time, it could be two more times. Alesha was in
the bottom two and went on to win, remember that Donovan!
A lot of support for you online. Carole said, "Wow, wow, that's the
best dance of the night. You should have got more tens." You didn't get
any negative comments from the judges and they were dishing the
tens out. I think they would have rewarded us with better scores. I
did a long solo by himself and he takes chances and I'm so proud of
him because it was a beautiful special dance.
I love the way you say proud. Can you say it one more time? I am very
proud. You always give your all. How
difficult is it at this stage because you are exhausted, going
into the training room on a Monday picking yourself up and getting at
it again? That's really tough. The cycle of this week and these weeks
just keep sort of going on and going on, but I think what keeps me
going and keeps us going is just that magic when you dance, you know.
It is a skill for me personally that I'm going to take for years
and years professionally ahead of me, but you know, it is that sort
of, that magic, we are doing the Argentine tango this week. As I
refer to it as the birth of a dance. There is some dance that you just
connect with and that's one of those dances and that's what gets
me excited about this competition. And our relationship.
I heard, a little birdie told me, you learned the Argentine tango
routine in a day. Is that a record for you guys? Well, by now he is
learning quick. I think the Argentine tango is one of those
dances which kind of came together with the music and the storyline
and everything, you know. It is just a really special dance. The
second dance, the samba is more difficult as we all know.
Let's talk about the samba. It is very tricky.
Some people really struggle with it. Tell me, do you love it, not so
much? It is a dance that requires very little sort of effort, but at
the same time I I guess not knowing where to place your body is part of
going too far sometimes. I guess less is more, but it is a hard
dance to know where to pitch it, really.
You have that straight hips going side ways, rotating.
He has good hip action so that's a big plus. The music is wonderful.
Let's hear your music. Are you doing that move?
I love it! Well done. Now you are a family man.
We know you are a big family man, what did your kids think of daddy
getting into the semi-finals? they haven't been embarrassed by
dad's shapes on television so far and that's unique. They can get
embarrassed by my singing and acting, but the dancing has been
good. It means a hell of a lot to them and they were devastated last
Sunday night, but you know, onwards and upwards and I think hopefully,
they are going to be voting for us this week ten fold!
On the phone constantly. The thing we love about you, how
you keep yourself focused during the week with a range of
inspirational man tras. Let's remind ourselves of some of our
favourites. It is about the journey and not
necessarily about the destination. Keep on keeping on.
Bring on the tools. Fortune favours the brave.
Sometimes when you you jump, you fly.
You have alnumber of savings -- a number of sayings. We have a range
of Jason merchandise. Here is a very special person to model the
collection. In he comes, Mr Russell Grant.
Such lovies, get back to the catwalk, Grant.
Pause. Pause. Pause. Right, here he is, wearing a
fetching T-shirt with the the slogan "it's about the journey, not
the destination with a matching tote bag." There is an apron which
says, "Fortune favours the brave. Sometimes when you jump, you fly."
Which goes delightfully with the rest of the outfit and it is
suitable for most occasions. Not forgetting the the the handy place
mat, reminding you keep on. All available in a store near you!
APPLAUSE You can take those home with you.
He is back. Good luck this weekend. Thank you.
He will teach you how to do a samba!
Jason and Kristina, he is samba. Only one man has the real low down
on how they are getting on this training and he is here now. Mr Ian
Waite. Not only have I I been ruffled by
Russell, Ian Waite is here. Hello blondy.
I want Russell Russell round my house.
Everybody needs a Russell Grant. Let's start with Alex even though
her shoe got stuck in her dress. The judges and ladies have
struggled with the salsa. It is a difficult dance to master and co-
ordinate and be smooth with it. What I wanted to emphasise the hips
basically. She needs to be able to be loose and give lots of rhythm
and a little bit later I'm hoping they will get together and do a
little bit of salsa. It is all in the hips. She does a
ballroom dance so well Alex. How is her waltz looking. She is looking
really good. Her eye levels. She has really improved her posture and
her arms. This is a great step running around the man.
Is that his technical term, running around the man? It is an easy dance.
James has been clever with the steps because here they have just
done a changing step around the outside, but without closing which
makes it easier. I'm hoping later on they will do a few more closes
because it is waltz, but doing very well.
Chelsee seems unstoppable. You were Saying last week, that you were
looking at her jive training and you knew it was going to be a goody.
She got three tens. She did an amazing job and we will all all
agree she was fantastic. She was. Looking at this... What are we
looking at first? American smooth. They did a lovely lift at the
beginning with a hug. What I love is everything is rerched towards
him -- referenced towards him. She is becoming one with Pasha. I want
to emphasise and slow this down, all her arms have finished off and
she is acting the part already. She has really got the character of
this American smooth and it is very smooth as you can see and she is
finishing off the arms there, look at her.
It almost looks like they are falling in love. Fingers crossed.
It would be so nice to have a bit of romance. The paso doble, it is
hard to follow Holly was so good. How is it looking in rehearsals?
She has has got a prop here. Hopefully she won't throw it in the
wrong place and it will fall over like you did Zoe!
I never did. You fell over. He fell over, not my fault, thank you!
need to throw it out of the way the next next time. She has got very
straight arms. We need to lift up this arm with
the fans so she has a a more the fans so she has a a more
Spanish arms. Creating space with the flamenco arms.
Good luck to Chelsee. Let's talk about Holly and Artem.
She was shocked she wasn't in the bottom two. Well, she should have
watched Wednesday's programme, I watched the footage and I said, "I
would be amazed if they are in the bottom two this week." They weren't.
Sure enough. It is spooky. They have changed their music at
the last minute yesterday so we can't see any of their Charleston,
but we can see their Argentine tango, what do you think? This will
be a great dance for her. It really does, I talked about it before, but
it is all about the legs. A lot about the leg extensions and stuff.
For Holly she has the advantage of the great, lovely long legs, a bit
like you, Zoe. I stopped it here because I wanted
to show that lovely length of line that she is creating throughout the
dance and she is stretching the inside of her legs. Nice and low.
can't get low, I'm seizing up. Can you help me back up
Join in, everybody. Have you ever thought about doing a
DVD? You never know, there might be one in the pipeline, darling.
Jason and Kristina ended up in the bottom two, but they were saved.
Jason has been talking about the samba being tricky. What are you
thinking of his training? This will be a challenge for him. Tas
difficult dance to master. -- it is a difficult dance to master. You
are one of the rare celebrities that mastered the samba. But it is
a difficult dance, but he has the bounce in there. I'm more concerned
about his arms really. I would like to see, he needs to keep them
compact so at times they flail around. Show us the samba arms?
Every time you go into something, you are creating a line with the
arms. Can you watch him do that for
hours? Yes, watch him doing that for hours. He is doing the
Argentine tango which he does like. This is better for him. It suits
him. He is creating fantastic lines. He is precise and clean which is
what you need in an Argentine tango and what I love here is look at
that. Now look at all that passion going into that dance. I want to
show everybody at home. Come in here. You get around me this.
happily. Turn around. Bring it in. Hello, smoulder. Can you take me
home? I didn't ask about the leg. They have got that intensity
between them. That's what you need, intensity.
Harry and Aliona and he has been training so hard. It has been
paying off. Amazing rumba last week. Two dances for Harry, va The waltz.
He is up on the balls of his feet too much. He does the correct
footwork, brilliantly, just a bit flatter in the feet.
Did you get that Judd? With his headline, sometimes he is
looking at Aliona as he is turning foo the natural turns -- into the
natural turns and I would like him to look out more. He is looking out
to the direction that he is going on a natural turn, out towards the
corner of the room. A bit more. It is looking fantastic.
It is just that little bit extra which I I would like to see.
And also doing the Charleston this week. We love the Charleston
generally. I can't find my card. You know it.
It is looking fantastic and I am loving these moves that he has got
here and it is going to be humour. There will be lots of humour. I'm
hoping that will come out in Harry this week. We don't tend to see a
lot of expression from him. He has had serious dances and
romantic dances. This time he gets to be daft.
I am hoping he will come out with the smiles and razzmatazz. When he
is going the Charleston steps, he is doing it brilliantly. He has got
the swivel. He has got the swivel, ladies and
gentlemen. He has got the swivel.
Do you do chicken arms? He has the lovely swivels with the feet.
And of course they want to get to Blackpool. We never had the chance,
but we have news just in, we're going too! Yes, we are, ladies and
gentlemen. We are packing up the It Takes Two team and next Friday we
will have a one hour long show live from Blackpool Tower. We're very,
very excited. Thank you very much blondy, we will see you soon. Ian
As well as lifting the Strictly glitter ball, there is another
important competition that our pro pro dancers want to win. It is our
2011 It Takes Two World Pro Challenge. We have the record at
stake. The most botafogos in 30 seconds.
And we want a world champion. Please welcome Brendan Cole.
Come on Coley. How are you? I am amazing, thank you very much.
You are quite amazing actually. This could be a year you will never
forget super pro. In the the title will you be able to live up to your
your... This has been the best year of Strictly, dancing with Holly and
dancing with Anita. And dancing with Lulu. Let's see you you you
got on with your record attempt? would be lovely to have a world
record. I make no bones about it. Second place is a loss.
Would the next challenger please make their way to the floor? Hello
Brendan. Hello Craig.
How are you feeling about this? Very good. Very confident.
Anyone you want to beat. Irrelevant question, they will all be be
beaten. Please take to the floor. Dancer
ready? Ready. Adjudicator, are you ready? I am
ready. For the record, in three, two, one
Well done. Are you feeling the burn I'm feeling the burn.
I saw three possible possible dodgy botafogo, but we will review that
in slow motion. It is exhausting. A long time to
move at that intensity. You start running out of steam and when you
lose the steam, you start not not being able to control wru control
where you put your legs which is integral to dance.
How do you think you did there? That looked fast? I felt like I did
really well. Like I have just seen in the video there, you have no
control over your legs, they just go. The fake tan, I just had it
done! We won't mention that.
I'm not normally that orange. It was pretty intense. I am excited
about this. Mr Cole, your bots botafogos have
been counted and verified and I can now reveal the result.
Boyfriend Brendan Cole, you had ten disallowed botafogos because you
did not maintain your centre meaning your final score is 70.
APPLAUSE He is not happy. Cole is not happy.
Because I didn't maintain my centre. Let's look at the leaderboard. You
are still top. Look, you are top of the leaderboard. I can see this one
may have to go to the committee. disagree because I didn't maintain
my centre? Yes. Tomorrow James and Artem face the
Pro Challenge and the new record holder will be reveal.
Check out my theatre tour online. It is all very exciting. Embrace
the dance of love. I feel like Anton.
The best rumba I have seen from a male celebrity in a long time.
You have obviously been working on your hip action.
A great mix of steps. Great shapes. You turned something that could
have been tragic into magic. It is movie night tonne and
someone's dreams are going to be left on the cutting room floor, but
I tell you what, it won't be you. I'm so happy.
It has been really tough and I have enjoyed it and it is good to finish
on a high note there. Here they are. Harry was saying
that is a Busted record and not a McFly one and Christmas jumper
time! We saw that was one of the best
male rumbas Alesha has seen in a long time. How do you think the
performance went? I was nervous about the rumba because the slow
ones are intense. You really feel like you are under the microscope
and I think it went well. There is only one tiny mistake.
I was pleased. I really enjoyed it. I loved the song and it was a
pleasure. You had a dream the night before
that you got four nines? Yes. And you got four nines. Do you
think a bit of Russell's magic is rubbing off on you? I hope so. And
he is here today. Have you had any dreams about the
semi-final scores? Not yet, I will keep you updated.
Craig pointed out that Harry's hip action had improved. It must be
encouraging when the judges point out something that you have been
working so hard on. Samba is all about hip action and we worked a
lot on that to get the technical lot on that to get the technical
aspect of rumba right. Clearly we did and I'm glad Craig
pointed that out. But fourth on the leaderboard, not
nice at all even with those amazing scores. Were you nervous that you
could be in the bottom to? I was really nervous, yes. I was really
pleased with four nines and especially with the rumba, but
there was brilliant performances so and we were fourth and I was a
little bit scared. I have clammy palms all the the time and they
were dripping. I was really worried when we heard
our name screamed out loud with joy!
This This weekend, the waltz and the Charleston, how are you finding
them both? Good. Yeah, we started on the Charleston and I have been
looking forward to it. It is a chance for me to perform it and
smile a little bit. Yeah, we have been loving it and I think we're
nearly there. I hope it is looking good. Yeah, it is a good fun dance.
This is what you're dancing to. A bit of Peggy Lee.
How are you bringing the funny side of Harry out? I'm not funny.
make Aliona laugh? All the time. You should see him do the cha-cha
cha-cha-cha. You are laughing at him? He really
embraced that dance and when he practises it, he looks so cute,
yeah. Very adorable. The waltz, you did really well with
the waltz. What do you reckon, is it good? I don't know. I hope so.
Is it good? Really good. He is looking smoother than ever. And all
the training from the waltz helps in these Vienesse waltz.
Congratulations to Dougie, king of the jungle. Is he bring bringing
his crown crown? He is coming to the semi-finals on Saturday.
you make it a McFly double and win the glitter ball? We will see. We
are just doing our our thing. We are working hard and that's all we
can do. Taking it dance by dance. There is five of us left and it is
awesome to be in the final. Aliona, you were in the final last
year with Matt Baker and what is your advice? Work hard. I can't ask
anymore of him. He is doing amazing. I love your Christmas jumper.
Thank you very much. Good luck on Saturday. Harry and
Aliona. It is going to be so good. Thank
you to my guests tonne. Tune in tomorrow live at 6.30pm and when I
will be chatting to Chelsee and Pasha and having a look at the