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It's the aftermath of a double elimination. Coming up: I'll be
talking to Alex and James, sadly defeated by Strictly gladiators.
Holly and Artem talk to me live about missing out on their spot in
Blackpool, and Bruno Tonioli gives his take on the finalists.
Live from Television Centre, this is Strictly It Takes Two. Please
welcome your host, Zoe Ball! Welcome to It Takes Two. What a
semifinal weekend it was. I don't know about you, I loved it. Every
second. No room for error. Our Famous Five pulled out all the
stops to mike it to the Strictly final. Craig dusted off his ten
paddle not once but twice. He was good! In a moment I'll be talking
to Alex and James, the first casualties. Tensions were running
high on Saturday night. All oo our cameras caught all the nerves.
too tired to be nervous. In an hour's time I'll be depriving
myself of food due to the nerves that will be killing me for the
semifinals. Upset it could be the last one. James and I have spoken
this morning. He feels anxious as well. Nothing about tonight will be
easy. We have come this far, you have got nothing to lose. There's a
nip in the air but it's going to be red hot in the ballroom. Semifinal,
two dances to do, and what is amazing, I haven't any idea who is
going to make it to Blackpool. pass ya, it's not really friends
with me, I can't do it. I like the bit where you go aah down the
stairs! The salsa, not my favourite. Five fabulous celebrities. It's
going to be brilliant. Pause, I have a poorly back and neck. Polly
has a bad knee. I I think I have to fake an injury. Otherwise the guys
will get sympathy. I've got a bad shoulder. Jason! Jason! It's a
nightmare, I'm telling you. Attacked. Attacked. By Jason
Donovan fans. The pressure is on. We have got... Royalty. He has to
do well. I'm proud of this. Bruce and Leonardo on the wall of the BBC.
I don't think Pasha is best pleased. I like this better. Prettier.
minutes to show time! To get to Blackpool everyone has to just up
their game. They have all been good. But they have got to become great.
It ain't over until it's over. I'm not giving up. It's show time. It's
the semifinal. I think the semifinal is going to be great. It
Takes Two, this year, fantastic. Well done. Please welcome Alex and
James. Firstly, can I say, Alex, huge congratulations for being such
a clever brilliant girl and getting this far in the competition. You
have been amazing. How was Saturday night for you, two dances, were
they nearly the death of you? Saturday I was incredibly nervous.
All of a sudden, I thought we're in the semifinal. And I better get a
grip. That made me completely nervous. In the walz especially.
Then we got the salsa. The walz was a dance I really enjoyed learning.
I'm annoyed with myself for getting so nervous. What can I do. Bottom
of the leaderboard, were you hoping the public would save you?
course we did. We did want to get to Blackpool because it would mean
we would have another week and could see the experience through.
We were never going to win. It was never about winning. Never about
winning. We were happy to get to the semifinals. We had fun doing it.
It would have been a bonus getting to the final. The three dancers in
it, they deserve it. It will be fantastic. They deserve to be in
the final. We I wasn't strong Taken it. The right result took
place. Those three people deserve to be there on Saturday. It has
been incredible adventure, I'm not using the "j" word. Despite working
on The One Show, you have given so much fun and energy. Don't cry
James. James is cheeky chappie which makes the session fun. She's
so easy to work with. Always in a good mood. That rubs off on me.
Normally I'm a miserable person. There were parts that were really
good and nearly good. It's lamb to the slaughterhouse. I thought it
was starchy and stiff. Only one way to go, upwards. I'm having problems
with holding me arms up. Like being in Madame Taussauds. Ms Jones I had
no idea so you were such a glamour He's like an annoying older brother.
No! It was simple, but it was simply beautiful. Let's get ready
to rumba! Sexless, cold and stiff. I think James' job is quite a lot
harder this week. We 4 -- had quite a knock. The confidence is not
there. You need to channel a lost anger and aggression. I will get
her to think of one person... Craig Revel Horwood! It was the
antithesis6 last week. I almost found it erotic. You have puped --
upped your game. She has difficulties doing one step let
alone 100. Elegant... Frisson running up my spine. This week it
would be a good idea to have the int -- St on's ambulance poised.
was full of ver verbgs and gusto. - verve. Sharp. I don't want her
moaning in the stoofplt It's because of the shoes. My ribs.
You're lucky you don't have a nag for a partner. I love the goofiness
you put in. You have been consistently improving in the
competition. Strictly is quite an intense experience but I literally
can say I've loved every single day. It's everything I thought it would
be and more. You have danced beautiful and you deserve to be in
this semifinal. The first couple leaving tonight is... Alex and
James. The first time I met you Alex we clicked and got on really
well. It has been an honour, a pleasure and privilege, and I've
enjoyed every single second. I thank you for that. I would like to
say a huge thank you to James, he has become a really close friend.
To get me in the -- to the semifinals he deserves a medal. I
love him to bits. I will miss him. Tissues. How proud of Alex are you?
Very. I never thought we would get that far. You have sproifd me. I
didn't think you would be able to dance the way you did in the
semifinal. I've enjoyed -- hand on my heart, I know lots of people say
"I've had a wonderful experience" it has been so much fun. That is
what this show has been. It has not been about winning. I have loved it.
Will you keep on dancing In if you want to give me a few lessons. I
think he's at the end of his tether. Not at all. Who are you rooting for
out of the finalists? All great. Anyone could genuinely lift up the
trophy. For me personally I would like to see Harry win, but if
Chelsee or Jason won, they are wonderful people. I think Harry has
been slightly undermarked. He's consistent 6789 and tried. You have
to work now on The One Show. We get to see a side of you we don't see
on The One Show, it has been a joy to watch. Brilliant! In a few
moments... So so sad. I'll be pieces in the end of the show. I'll
talk to Holly and Artem. Double the dancers this weekend, there was
plenty to get your tongues wagging. Get it together Ball. Go Jason good
luck. I was going to say how much I enjoyed the video. I'm a former
rugby player, and explayer, imagine how I feel watching Harry's dance
with tears down my cheeks. Go Harry. Anyone notice when Vernon Jordan
pulled a face in the camera and Chelsee got lifted up at the end.
We're coming around yourself to watch the final. Welcome Holly and
Artem. Tissues at the ready. I'm sorry to see you here. You were
exquisitite on Saturday night. My dad was in the audience. He's
furious you did not get into the semifinal. Were you happy with your
performances?. I would have loved to have gone out with a bigger bang.
I had a feeling I was probably going to go, if I could have
switched them and gone out with the tango rather than the Charleston.
What didn't you like about the Charleston. Not I didn't like it.
It was a difficult dance for me. It would have been nice to start with
it, and go out with something I loved. The judges praised it. How
did you think it went? We walked off last! It went better on the
dress run I think. We'll not ask more... The thing is performing
live it's such a difficult job to do. You never know things can go
wrong. I sometimes do a dance and think what is next and don't
remember. It's so difficult. To do two dances after 14 weeks, you must
be exhausted. It's getting to the point where it's not so much
physically, but mentally. Everyone is starting to get colds. I dropped
like a fly in the Charleston. Live. Let's talk about your Argentine
tango. It was stunning. Did you love it?. I absolutely loved it.
It's one of the dance styles I would like to do after the show.
This and paso. The flamenco stuff. The Spanish or Argentinian things.
You excelled at those. How far has Holly come since the first day she
walked in the training room? have to walk back and see cha-cha,
and paso. How dodgy I looked! you -- are you very proud you are
of her? Absolutely. Seriously. People don't understand how
difficult it is to do the show. It's such an uncomfortable thing to
do in the beginning. You don't know what you're up to. And to go for 11
weeks straight and perform, and do a good job. It's phenomenal.
was working with Artem. Hardcore. He's -- he is strict. He is strict.
Do I want to work with someone hard, or float along with -- and not get
better. The point is to become a better dancer. If anyone is going
to do it, it's that man. You have treated us to memorable and frankly
stunning performances. Holly here is your story. Who will your
partner be? Artem. It's so happy. He pushes me. Artem doesn't give
compliments out. You really have to be good to get them. Flowingly
sensous the footwork was good. The extensions excellent. But it needs
more bite. I'm not grasping the salsa as quick as I thought. Even
when I ask her, can you keep dancing, and look at me. She finds
that hard. I might look here or there. It's quite upsetting and
depressing. What is whropbg wrong with the face. You move your body
so well. Please just let go. your head up. I'm going to lose it.
He gets strict when he is stressed. People think I'm rude, I'm not rude
I'm just Russian. I want to be a criminal. Everyone will queue up to
join you in jail! The Viennese waltz is not my cup of tea. At a
party, at home. At a party, at home. I'm a lady, you see, I do lady's
things. I'm not lady like at all. You could be amazing. You need to
focus and give even more power. going to be black swan for the
American Smooth. We have a lot of turns and it's tricky to come out
and not throw up. Very high risk. You made it work. This shows you're
a major contender. Very creative, very different. Very, very cool.
The girl's tough. Artem has hurt his back. My knight in shining
armour arrived. Brendon and Artem giving each other lots of attention.
Me in the corner... I'm loving this new partnership! Artem is fit and
ready to go. It looks like you're overthinking. Stop it! Dancing
again, next week are Holly and Artem. One, two,... The judges are
saying Holly is holding back. don't know why I can't let go.
-- trying to get over the barrier of trying to be safe. Foxtrot,
demure and alluring, you totally owned it. The paso style of dancing
I like to do. I love it. That my darling must be your personal best.
It was absolutely gorgeous. But the final couple leaving tonight is...
Holly and Artem. I'm just really proud of us. Definitely. All about
the story and getting there. And all the wonderful things I have to
learn. I want to say thank you so much, you have been terrific and
just... Thank you. Well done! Russian has rubbed off on me. I'm
no longer crying. A bit steamy but not. What are you going to take
away? The fitness and health and strength I've got. It's a good
character-building exercise. Something that is hard is worth it,
and you come out of it, think I'm glad I did it. I think even though
day, it's hard. Hard things are good for you. I'll have it printed
on a plate. It's a bit rude. Don't go there... Always me. Who do you
want to win? I don't have a favourite. I think the person who
wants it the most, and dead kaits the most -- it -- dead kaits the
most to getting it. All three of them. -- dedicates. Then there were
three. In a minute I'll grill Bruno Tonioli. First, as it's our final
week, we have decided to launch our award ceremony. The glitterballs.
Each day this week we will pay tribute to the unforgettable
moments that made this so fabulous. Who better to ask than Karen Hardy
and Ian Waite. Please welcome Ian Waite and Karen Hardy. Are you
going to stand on that box. Good. It's such an exciting night, I can
hardly contain myself. The nominees for the big entrance. Craig Revel
Horwood as Brian May, and Lulu, and Russell Grant, and Craig for
arriving on broomstick. Who had the biggest entrance? The winner is
Russell Grant for being fired out of a canon. Russell could not be
with us to pick up the award. He gave us the special message. I want
to thank you so much, for this fabulous, fabulous, glitterball
globey thing, for the best entrance, biggest entrance, the most
humungous entrance. How can I thank you you all. Such a wonderful man.
Hearing it for Russell and his entrance. Making a fabulous
entrance himself, welcome Strictly's Italian dish, Bruno
Tonioli! Look like you. Black and black... Have a seat gorgeous man.
I'm gone all Fosse. Can't help myself. It's you. We have three
finalists. Chelsee, and Harry and jais Johnon. They are brilliant.
All deserve to be there. It will be an amazing final. Nothing to take
away from the other two. Saturday night was amazing. They all were
fabulous. Difficult to call it. We have our finalists. Chelsee and her
American Smooth. You were saying she has a phrasing that can take
dancers years. It's to do how you express yourself through music.
People go one, two, three, she extends the arm and gets to the
last beat of the last moment and then retreats it. It's something
you have, you have or don't have. An instrument played by a God.
Perpaso, and Pasha doblo. It was like a wave, upon wave, wave upon
wave, building, building, to a fantastic ending. She was on top
all the way through. Totally focused. Beautifully danced. I just
loved it. The first time the paso doble had 40, incredible. She has
been to Downing Street tonight. I've never been! Jason, Samba
notoriously tricky and difficult. A hard dance. It is hard for him. In
those full-on Latin dances, like the jive, the dance is technically
very difficult but you have to make it look easy. You have to put a lot
of performance power behind it, but you have to keep it right.
Sometimes the performance power makes you lose the step or the
riefpl. It happened in the jive. In Wembley. And it happened in the
Samba. It was going all so well. That's why it wasn't a ten. He's
doing the salsa in the final. he! You know more than I do. I may
be taken out and eaten! I should be quiet. The Argentine tango, a
record-breaking performance. That wass the other opposite. He was so
into the performance. Playing it as if going for an Oscar. I'm going to
nail this! Every step full of passion and intention. The two
gelled beautifully. 6 to -- you have to give credit to the partner.
At this stage It Takes Two to tango. Both have to be on the same moment,
wanting the same thing at the same time. I was worried he was going to
kill her?!. That's what I called it, death by Kristina. Like watching a
thriller. Wonderful. What a way of ending the show. Especially had the
first dance wasn't so splendid. What about Harry. Aliona, she
kicked off with the checky Charleston. Every time we talk
about the Charleston. We say the swivel. He was just incredible.
Incredible on it. And the performance, all nice, hello sailor.
Hello sailor! Do you think there's extra pressure for him to come out
and give a show stopping performance. He handles it well.
there is anything, you don't see it any more. In the beginning of the
serious - series, there was times he looked a bit tight. I think
you'll forget about it now. The -- in Blackpool, it will be incredible.
His Viennese walz, You have to remember, the Viennese walz only
has three steps, you haven't much to work with, you have to sustain
the performance, but you have to create a mood. He created a mood of
love. I don't think there was a perch in the studio or the country
that wasn't moved by that performance. You called him a
Prince. He looked like a Prince. Prince Harry! A big final on
Saturday. Blackpool tower. I can't wait. What do see from our dancers?
What can we expect? I've heard they're doing four dances each.
new dances, and the dreaded freestyle. And the show dance.
happens if they get that wrong, the wrong concept, the wrong
choreography, and mix of steps, the judges can turn. And it always is
usually if someone falls badly, Colin Jackson,... With the dolls...
It's not something you can throw away. Tom Chapls, the show dance,
stunning. That was a show dapbz. Everybody was this is incredible.
It's very, very important. They really have to work on it. The
special thing about Blackpool is the energy. You have an audience,
the ballroom audience, the Mecca ballroom. They are incredible.
Don't miss a thing. But you have to use the amazing audience to feed