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The road to Wembley - Day One

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BBC Strictly Nora | 18:08 UK time, Wednesday, 16 November 2011

This weekend our glitter ball is set to shine over the biggest dance floor in Strictly history as our celebrities strut their stuff in front of 6,000 fans across the hallowed ground of Wembley Arena.

In a series of daily updates, Nikki Dean caught up with the crew as they made preparations for this one-off Strictly spectacular...

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  • Comment number 1.

    I so can not wait to watch Strictly on Saturday to see how They have transformed Wembley Arena.

  • Comment number 2.

    We can't wait to see THE Wembley show. Many spectators from Holland Will certainly follow SCD again. We will! Rob and Cobie. Wonder how Many???

  • Comment number 3.

    Can't wait for Wembley. Love to be over in Wembley on Saturday.

  • Comment number 4.

    I have tickets for Wembley!!! Can't wait . . .

  • Comment number 5.

    Love, love, love! I'm the biggest Strictly fan and this has gotten me so excited for Saturday! This lady is ace & funny and can't wait for more videos... We want more! Will be back to see the dancefloor - and can't wait for Jesse J too.... Best Saturday ever!

  • Comment number 6.

    OK. Third site on which I have made this comment, but I think the BBC needs to take note and other posters should be informed.

    Earlier this morning I wanted to post a comment on the Team Dobbin site, only to find that it seemed to have disappeared from the official website. Team Nanton, eliminated from the competition several weeks ago, remained available for comment.

    However I found a way into Team Dobbin by clicking on to a previous comment of mine on another blog. Which displayed all my previous posts. I then clicked on to a post made to Team Dobbin and found my way back on to their site.

    I posted my comment and within minutes, abracadabra, the Beeb had resurrected Team Dobbin back on to the website. As if by magic.

    Come on BBC. Play the game fairly. We all want to give our support to those we feel deserve it.

    Chelsee and Pasha(have lost track of what exactly is their official team name) are out in front with 1236 posts to date. Well good for them. But it's not the first time I've heard people complain that the team blogs have been unavailable. It's just that this morning I was looking for Anita and Robin and they weren't there.

    Now I'm looking for Alex and Jordan! Can't find them! Strangely enough, Anton and Nancy are still there!

    How fair is all this? Do I have to go through the whole rigmarole again or will the Beeb get their act together and treat those of us who pay an extortionate licence fee with at least a modicum of respect.

    Will post similar comments in future until this matter is resolved.

  • Comment number 7.

    Lincolnduncan @6 If you want to find a team blog just click on 'strictly teams 2011' in the Categories section and choose the team you want.
    Every time someone makes a comment on a blog it goes to the top of the list so it's not the BBC who remove blogs it's us who keep them in view... if you see what I mean.

  • Comment number 8.

    We also can not wait till Saturday. Lots of love to all the dancers from the netherlands!!!

  • Comment number 9.

    Had the same problem as you Lincolnduncan. The sites seem to be all over the place this year. Also, in 'the other place' there is far more discussion going on because they can make their own subjects. I think it is very dull here this year.

    And now, am I missing something with all this Wembley stuff? What is special about dancing at Wembley, well known for it's ...dancing? To me it is just a big empty arena with no atmosphere, none of the intimacy of the studio and certainly none of the glamour of Brighton. What is the big deal?

  • Comment number 10.

    Tickets for Saturday......Check!
    Shoes polished......Check!
    Shirt starched......Check!
    Trouser's ironed......Check!
    Look out Wembly, I've got canned heat, and i'm not affraided to use it..

  • Comment number 11.

    TheBrendan_ColeBrendan Cole - latest twitter

    Now that we know @artemchigvintse is back in the game with @HollyValance maybe I'm no longer necessary...

    Sad for Brendan but Artem deserves to be dancing at Wembley with Holly!

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi lincolnduncan. Glad you managed to post on the Team Dobbin sight like you set out to do. I don't feel it is down to the beeb removing it though. It is just that since the team pages have come up other things worthy of a new blog have come up like live shows, result shows and confirmation of the eliminated couple. To add to that we have 2 fresh blogs about the road to wembley and Craigs mid term report. So these are like the newer blogs and for every comment made on a particular blog (as the most recent to have a comment on it) that blog appears at the top of the options at the bottom of the screen which is why Team Dobbins page would have come straight to the top and that would also suggest that there hadn't been so many comments for Alex & James recently.

    If you have that problem again you will notice the archives section at the bottom of the screen. Go in to that section and click on the month relevant to the actual blog. So you can narrow your options down and in that month you will find different blogs for that month. So the blogs aren't being destroyed it is just that new blogs are coming up and other blogs have had comments added more recently than those that aren't displayed in the topical posts on this blog section. I hope that has helped you

  • Comment number 13.

    Just a thought I had. A lot of the dancers keep commenting about how much bigger Wembley is and therefore there will be more space to cover. It is clearly a concern for them as their training rooms are nowhere near the same scale as Wembley so wouldn't it be fairer on all the couples if (for this week) they either had bigger training rooms or they had a few days practising their routines in the actual auditorium so they could get the sense of the scale and how they can adjust their routines?

  • Comment number 14.

    Surely we should be on Day Two now ;-D

  • Comment number 15.

    Pasopeter... That's a good point. I hope the dancers will have a chance to practise on site ☺☺

  • Comment number 16.

    I wonder how the judges will be able to judge clearly on Saturday? he arena is so huge that dancers look like little dots in the distance. Will the judges have to be watching on a TV screen? It'd be impossible to see footwork properly. And so on.

  • Comment number 17.

    Can't wait for Saturday!!!! FABULOUS

  • Comment number 18.

    I'm not sure how well ballroom dancing will be in such a huge stadium - Always felt that ballroom dancing is far better watched in a ballroom. I think some of the smaller dancers will suffer dancing on such a large floor and from such a distance. Will there be large screens as well to view the action by?

  • Comment number 19.

    I have tickets for Wembley!!! Can't wait . . - Sooooooo Jealous of the ones who have tickets

  • Comment number 20.

    Dear producers of the show, after seeing lovely Kylie M feature on Strictly and It Takes Two, she is clearly a fan of the show. I (and probably many other fans!) would love to see Kylie perform on the show in this series. She sings a beautiful duet with HURTS who wrote a beautiful song called 'Devotion.' HURTS who are Adam Anderson and Theo Hutchcraft are a pop class act and have just completed a successful tour around UK/Europe/Far East. Kylie appeared with them to sing this at their final show this month in Brixton. This song would work so well with dance especially the acoustic version. I would vote Brendan Cole to take the lead as he is the best when it comes to conveying emotion to a TV audience. What a wonderful show it would be!! What could be better - the princess of pop and the mesmerising voice that is Mr Theo Hutchcraft! (looking forward to seeing Jesse J & James M at Wembley!)

  • Comment number 21.

    hi first comment

  • Comment number 22.

    As everyone says Wembley so vast are there going to be giant sceens in place so audience can get a closer look at the dancers? I'm a Chelsee supporter she's so littler I'm hoping everyone will be able to see her alright!

  • Comment number 23.

    Keep asking - come on somebody, tell me. What is SPECIAL about Wembley? It is a big open space with no atmosphere, known for...?

  • Comment number 24.

    Keep asking - come on somebody, tell me. What is SPECIAL about Wembley? It is a big open space with no atmosphere, known for...?

    it is the first time in the 9 series of SCD that it is going out somewhere beside Blackpool with an audience of 6,000. The atmosphere should be wicked with 6,000 people. Well if you want somewhere with atmosphere come to the o2 Dublin.

  • Comment number 25.


    Thanks for the info. Found my own way twice around the houses eventually, BUT, yes you are right, strictly teams is where I should have been looking. Concentrating too much on topical I suppose.

    Cheers and thanks again.


    Thanks for taking the time to come to my rescue. The archives section does indeed reveal the blogs for the particular month/year selected but not the individual team blogs. Had already tried that.

    However otjocs has me back on track, so up and running again.

    Seriously though, thanks guys for explaining the intricacies of this convoluted BBC website. Nice to know someone out there cares. More than Aunty does.

  • Comment number 26.

    Lincolnduncan... My pleasure. I had the same problem last year. It's not at all clear. Hope Alex and Anita will do you proud at Wembley and give you guys on their team blogs lots to celebrate ☺☺

  • Comment number 27.

    All i keep getting is this content isnt working same with Day 2 whats wrong?

  • Comment number 28.

    Can someone please tell Zoe (and others) that the t in waltz is not pronounced! It's driving me bonkers.

  • Comment number 29.

    Please can someone tell me why Anita always seems to be doing Latin American. All the others appear to alternate but she sticks to the mode she does best, do some Ballroom please, play fair and then go home. I have had enough of her and will be voting her off this week as well. Whilst I'm in the complaining mode PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make this Bruce's last year. I love the programme but he is driving me nuts with his silly jokes that aren't funny and his always hogging the limelight. You've had your go now let someone else do it. GOODBYE BRUCE> PLEEEASE


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