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BBC Strictly James | 11:30 UK time, Tuesday, 25 October 2011

We're less than a week away from our Strictly Halloween show. Last year's extravaganza included Ann Widdecombe showing how much of a 'Wild Thing' she was, and Natalie Lowe using her witchcraft to cast a spell on Scott Maslen.

What goulishly delightful treats will we have in store for you this year?

Another celebrity will meet their grizzly end, where they will join Deadwina Currie, Devilishly Dan Lobb and Gory Bremner. The couples will have to work hard if they are to avoid the cutting comments of Craig Devil Horwood.

Who will glide like a bat, and who will move like The Mummy? Watch the Halloween trailer and let us know if it's a 'Trick or Treat'.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I think Nancy's dancing is likely to be the scariest thing this Hallowe'en!

    Having said that though I LOVED last year's Halloween special with all the amazing costumes and am really looking forward to seeing what they're going to come up with this year!

  • Comment number 2.

    I didn't really enjoy the Halloween special last year. The props and costumes were OTT and some of the song choices didn't fit the dances. I hope it will be more subtle this time.

  • Comment number 3.

    I am with you ojtocs. I think the Halloween special is a waste of time and money in an effort to revamp the show. The judges have been questioning the pros choice of choreography this series with the balance between dance content and story telling tilting toward the story telling which has lowered the scores and with the halloween special the emphasis is going to be more on the story telling (particularly with the halloween theme) than the actual dance. Will the judges be as accepting of the lack of dance content this year as they were the previous year?

  • Comment number 4.

    The controversy is one of the things that make SCD the great show that it is. If it was predictable it would be boring. It can be frustrating at times but that does add to the addictive nature of the programme. I am looking forward to Saturday halloween or not. Love it, love it, love it. Best show in the history of dancing programmes.

  • Comment number 5.

    I loved last year's Halloween special, am delighted it's back this year, can't wait for Saturday!!

  • Comment number 6.

    Peter Jeffcott @3 It will be interesting to see how the judges mark content versus story this week.
    If Len doesn't accept story telling on a theme night it defeats the object of it all.

  • Comment number 7.

    I agree with you ojtocs but in fairness to Len although he prefers the couples to keep the routine all about the dance he isn't against a little bit of story telling.

    I think I said on another discussion that Len wouldn't have made such a big telling about Harry & Alionas moment on the stairs had that been the actual ending. He was talking about giving it a 10 without that but the moment on the stairs and the subsequent shadowing brought the marks down. This is just speculation on my part but I would suggest that had there been more waltz content with that moment on the steps as the last part of the dance Harry would have got 39 as Alesha awarded a 10, Len was talking about awarding a 10, Bruno awarded a 9 with his only criticism being of his shadowing of Aliona (which happened once they came back down off the steps) so that could have been a 10 and that shadowing section was what Craig picked up on so he could have given a 9.

    Back on the topic of how Len might judge I will be interested to see whether Len is actually put in that position to decide because on yesterdays Choreography corner section of ITT Karens advice to the couples was not to get caught up in the story telling aspect of the dance. So if the couples heed Karens advice that might not be an issue

  • Comment number 8.

    PJ @7 I wonder if it's possible to have good content and good story telling all in one dance... Thinking back to Scott's Jive I guess it is but that was exceptional.

  • Comment number 9.

    I agree with what Len said on ITT a few weeks ago - that themed weeks present a bigger challenge for the pros in terms of choosing appropriate music for each dance style and choreography to suit the theme. I hope they include enough recognisable dance content, and don't get distracted by the costumes and props. I felt Broadway week was too early in the series, when the celebs were still getting to grips with basic steps. I'd much prefer it if there were only a couple of themed weeks per series, not in the early weeks, and that use of props was restricted to those theme weeks. The extensive use of props throughout the series is really 'getting on my wick'. Effective storytelling can be done through 90 seconds of actual dancing, surely? OK, rant over...

  • Comment number 10.

    I think it is possible as you said ojtocs to get the right balance. I think it has only been this series where the pros have been struggling consistently to get that balance right. If you are just talking about the Halloween special I don't know if it is possible which is why I originally said I felt the halloween special was a waste of time. However outside the halloween special it certainly is possible to strike the right balance. Take a look at Matt & Alionas Viennese Waltz last series. There was a little bit of story telling at the beginning, a little bit at the end but it was a pure Viennese Waltz and got 38 out of 40 at least once if not twice (as they elected to do it in the final)

  • Comment number 11.

    I liked the halloween special last year and I am looking forward to it this year. It would be a nice treat if MAtthew Cutler came to do a dance with the pros ;)

  • Comment number 12.

    We are all anticipating next weeks halloween special but I have just read a rather shocking story about one of the biggest weeks on the Strictly calender (if not the biggest) - the final at Blackpool.

    Apparently it might have to be postponed because of a row at the beeb about the amount of jobs being cut and one of the weeks that is being lined up for strike action is the week of the final. We will have to watch this space

  • Comment number 13.

    Do you think that they have deliberately chosen a lot of passionate dances as it is the halloween special? We have heard that Harry & Aliona are doing the tango as are Anita & Robin and Chelsee & Pasha. Alex & James are doing the Paso Doble as are Robbie & Ola while Nancy & Antin are doing the rumba - the dance of love

  • Comment number 14.

    PJ@13 I think so. It will benefit those with the passionate dances. Holly's got the Smooth..... not the best week to get it.

  • Comment number 15.

    Looking forward to halloween week, but I hope they concentrate on the dancing more than the theme, with not too much faffing about or too many props [I'm with Len, it's better without]
    I think the Nanton rumba is going to be very scary!

  • Comment number 16.

    I am looking forward to seeing how Chelsee does on saturday. She has proved she can do the fun latin dances and the lady like ballroom dances but how will she cope with the passionate dances such as the tango which she has got on saturday?

  • Comment number 17.

    i agree with no15, dancing please

  • Comment number 18.

    I agree with those that say the Broadway week was too early - and I'm not keen on too many props generally. However, I LOVED Halloween week last year - and can't wait for this weekend!!!

  • Comment number 19.

    What a fantastic trailer!! :D

  • Comment number 20.

    I agree that the broadway theme came to early but mainly because after just one week we have another theme.

    Themed weeks will only refresh the show if they are used sparingly.

    If new ideas are needed why not award points to the pros for their choreography, ie content, execution by celebs, general appeal. This would also prevent celebs being punished for inappropriate choreography.

    The broadway theme would have been fantastic for the Christmas special.

  • Comment number 21.

    The broadway theme would have been fantastic for the Christmas special - good idea

  • Comment number 22.

    I definetely agree that the Broadway theme should have been delayed but I feel leaving it to the Xmas special is too late. After all there are only 6 couples in the xmas special and only 2 - 4 couples from the recently completed series would get to do it.

    I personally feel that the mid series point where the couples go away from television centre (this year to Wembly) would be the better time to do it as the couples will have got in to it by then and hopefully the cream will be rising to the top.

    I have already along with ojtocs expressed my dislike of the halloween special because the balance of the dancing is tilted toward story telling rather than actual dance content so unless tomorrows show does something to make me change my mind I would like to see them dispense with the halloween special. However if they don't dispense with it I would like to see the beeb either seperate it from the main series with different celbs and pros - treating it like the xmas special or if they keep it as part of the main series I would like to see them treat halloween special week in a similar vein to the 1st week of a fresh series. Whether they decided to carry the halloween scores to the following week would be up to them.

    I like nuttynoras idea of the judges scoring the choreography on content, execution by celebs and general appeal but in order for them to do that I would like to see the amount of marks per dance upped to either 15 or 20 per judge.


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