Saturday 27 September 2014, 20:22
The 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing returned to our screens with a double whammy of sparkly spectaculars this weekend. Friday’s show saw six of the couples perform their nerve-shredding first dance in front of the judges, whilst Saturday saw the remaining nine couples take the dreaded walk on to the Strictly dance floor.
Show one was opened by TV presenter Caroline Flack and her dance partner Pasha performing a lively, feel-good Cha Cha to Michael Jackson’s 'Can You Feel It?'. The judges were impressed with Caroline’s energy, with Len comparing their dance to “a glass of champagne, fizzy and sparking”. They were awarded 27 points, with Craig’s six their lowest score.
Their excellent score was matched by pop-star Pixie Lott’s Jive with newby dancer Trent. Their routine to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ even had Craig declaring “although it wasn’t perfect dahhhling, it was great”.
EastEnder’s hard man Jake Wood and partner Janette Tangoed to 28 points, the highest score of the night. Their fierce routine to Britney Spear’s ‘Toxic’ had the judges purring with delight, with Bruno declaring that Jake was a “absolute brute”.
It wasn’t such...
Saturday 27 September 2014, 17:37Get ready for the second Strictly of the weekend!
It’s almost time the second Strictly show of the weekend, so it’s time to don your shiny spandex outfits (if you bothered to take them off from last night), plump those sequined cushions up, get the canapés out of the fridge, poor yourself a drink and prepare for the remaining nine nervous couples to take to the Strictly Ballroom floor.Remember you can post your thoughts on the sparkly spectacular right here.
And don’t forget you can keep up to date with all the latest news, action, and backstage gossip on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and on our live blog which gives you minute by minute updates. Enjoy!
Friday 26 September 2014, 19:46
Any moment now, the first live show of the series will hit your screens.
Get ready for 15 fabulous celebrities and their 15 amazing pro dancer partners; six magnificent couple routines; and more sequins and spray tan than you’ve ever encountered. (Perhaps with the exception of previous Strictly’s, that is!)
Let us know what you make of our dancefloor extravaganza and don’t forget to tune in tomorrow to see the remaining nine partners and their routines.
For now, it’s time to meet the stars of our show!
Thursday 25 September 2014, 16:11
“I am exhausted. I am shattered. I have never been so tired in my entire life!” says Jenny Gibney, after giving it her all after her first morning of training with Tristan.
But is it enough to make them Lord of the Strictly Dancefloor?!... Let us know your thoughts on how they’re doing below. And – now that you’ve seen all their first steps – how do they all compare? Not long til you’ll see their first full routines – we can’t wait!
And if you didn't catch Jenny's first interview sharing her thoughts on joining Strictly, you can watch it again below... Wish her luck!
Wednesday 24 September 2014, 15:03
Bargain Hunt’s Tim Wonnacott makes a ‘bid’ for Strictly glory as he begins his training with pro-dancer Natalie Lowe. Will antiques expert Tim feel he is undervalued as a dance partner, or will Natalie realise she has a real bargain on her hands?
Before he started his training Tim revealed his wish list for the 2014 Strictly series.
Wednesday 24 September 2014, 09:21
Calling all Strictly Superfans! There are but two days to go until the first of the weekend’s double dose of dancing, when our celebs and their professional partners take to the dance floor together for the first time.
Here on the Strictly blog we’re able to reveal what dances and songs our plucky cohort will be getting their groove on to over the weekend – and we’ve prepared a handy downloadable Sweepstake for you to print off too… as if things weren’t exciting enough!
Without further ado, here are the celebs with their dances and songs, in alphabetical order:
Alison and Aljaz...
Tuesday 23 September 2014, 14:11
It’s time for Sunetra’s first steps in the studio with professional dance partner Brendan Cole. But will the TV doc have a case of acute dance fever, or will Brendan be diagnosing two left feet? Let us know what you think of the duo’s dance debut in the comments section!
And ahead of Friday’s show, check out our exclusive interview with Sunetra, in which she reveals which songs will get her moving like no others.
Monday 22 September 2014, 17:33
Wild man Steve Backshall is sent into a spin by Ola on his first day of training. Certainly out of his natural habitat, will he be able to acclimatise to the rehearsal room, or will the moves prove too much for our naturalist to hack?! Let us know what you make of Steve’s first attempts – is his dance style venomous or do you think he’s a man of many talons?...
Before Steve stepped into the training room, he shared his thoughts on taking on Strictly. Swapping his safari suit for something more sparkly.
Sunday 21 September 2014, 09:10
Simon might be used to the gruelling practice schedules of pop-stardom, but will his first foray into the training studio with his strict and no-nonsense partner Kristina leave him blue in the face or breathing easy?
And below, catch our exclusive interview with Simon ahead of the competition, where he reveals his favourite celebs from years gone by.
Saturday 20 September 2014, 09:10
Alison Hammond was thrilled to be paired with Aljaž on the launch show, to form Team Ali. Will that enthusiasm continue when Alison steps foot in the training room?
Before she even started Strictly, Alison told us she was ready for the sequins and the spandex. And with less than a week to go, that’s a good thing!