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Strictly Week 2 - Goldie's Gone

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BBC Eurovision Andrew BBC Eurovision Andrew | 20:00 UK time, Sunday, 10 October 2010

So, Goldie and Kristina became the first couple to leave this year's competition after a combination of judges scores and viewer votes put them at the bottom of the table.

We caught up with the golden boy himself and a host of Strictly faces to get their thoughts on this weekend's departure.

See their reactions here and let us know what  you think by leaving a comment below.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I can't BELIEVE yet again the BBC has fobbed us off with yet another pre-recorded show. It's evident that it was filmed last night - the blonde girl in the audience directly behind Tess was directly behind Bruce last night, and they even managed to get Robbie to sing two songs last week when he was there with Gary, because Alesha was wearing a different dress to "this evening's" show.

    Well done BBC - why didn't you just put tonight's episode on at 8.30pm last night? It would have saved you a lot of bother.

  • Comment number 2.

    Sorry folks - you may have to wait until tomorrow to watch our exclusive reaction interviews as we're still having technical problems with the BBC's servers

  • Comment number 3.

    Not sure about the results show, as more couples leave there will be more entertainment time I guess. It takes the pressure off the judges & puts the results firmly in the hands of the voters, shame there's no accounting for taste though. Sorry to see you go Goldie.

  • Comment number 4.

    The results show is a farce, the agony the celebs must go through, isnt fair, their nerves are on edge enough as it is, its just prolonging the agony.What is the point of having the judges there in the first place, other than their views being entertaining!!!! Come on BBC get a grip for goodness sake!

  • Comment number 5.

    There should definitely be a dance off. It will end up farcical if Anne Widdicombe wins, beating Paul Daniels in the final! It was so 'bitty' tonight and didn't flow at all. The judges didn't even need to be present.

  • Comment number 6.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 7.

    Why no Dance Off??? I'm sooooo disappointed!

  • Comment number 8.

    What a farce. For goodness sake exclude the stupid public otherwise you will end up with Paul Daniels and Anne Widdicombe in the final. Total joke. DO something about it or you will end up like the bloody X-Factor!

  • Comment number 9.

    The format of the results show is very poor. Not worth watching. Bring back the dance off ..... and Lilia!!

  • Comment number 10.

    I'm absolutely gutted! Bye bye Goldie :0(
    I was soooo looking forward to seeing Goldie on ITT and the main show....he has such a sparkling personality.
    I'm not a happy bunny.

  • Comment number 11.

    loving the new show and all the contestants--I even like the new pro dancers, although my favourite Ian is only part of the dance team now--is that an 'age' thing I wonder. Can you please suggest to Felicity that she stops making funny gestures with her mouth, she looks like she is frightened to smile properly and its really off putting but its probably her nerves..sorry to see Goldie go, he certainly wasnt the worst was he Paul or Ann? still for entertainment value, you cannot get greater than Anton..what a terrific sport he is, I am sure he agreed beforehand to take her on...can you imagine any of the others agreeing to partner her....great great tv and I love Saturday nights again...........

  • Comment number 12.

    With the new format for the result show, Strictly just becomes a personality contest. Very disappointing, no dance off, the judges might as well not be there, but then we know that its all filmed on Saturday night. Also why is Bruce not on the show?

  • Comment number 13.

    What a waste of time, the show is meant to be about dancing not about whom the stupid public like the most, Ann and Paul beetr the Goldie, give me a break. 2 viewers lost here unless you let the judges decide. trust the BBC to take a good idea and scre it up. Ps bring back Lilia

  • Comment number 14.

    I don't usually critizise the show, but tonight I am going to! The new results format is just WRONG! Big mistake on the part of BBC. They should have just kept the same format as last year. This has become more like an American show than the simple, clean, clever English show. Really am not impressed. Our version of celebritiy dancers has always been better than the US version. We should have just kept it.

  • Comment number 15.

    What a waste of time, bring back Saturday night results show and the Dance off. That was a pointless pre-recorded mash up that insults any Audiences intelligence.

    This is the worse format ever!

  • Comment number 16.

    Dreadful format for the results show. We need the dance off back and the professional dancers need to take centre stage, not Robbie Williams getting the audience to support him. This is a dance show, not the X factor. What a shame. Claudia looked like a spare part too...

  • Comment number 17.

    please tell me why the bbc decided to have no dance off,cos the way things are going its will be ann with the sympathy vote for a while and a good dancer going,Its a DANCING competition NOT personality.

  • Comment number 18.

    The new format of the results show was terrible!! bring back the dance off and judges comments. If the public are allowed to decide it will end up a farce!! More show dancing by the professionals not Robbie Williams. where is Lilia?

  • Comment number 19.

    The producers should make up their minds, they introduced the dance off to prevent this sort of thing happening, then they remove it and in the first week it happens again. Goldie is multi-talented, and vastly superior to Ann, Peter, or Paul, a much better dancer and more entertaining.
    If the judges had a modicum of self respect they should all resign the show, in protest at the farce it has now become. It makes the x factor, etc. appear quality, discerning television. I shall never watch it again.

  • Comment number 20.

    Can't believe the results show. Suddenly all the things we enjoyed and loved about the show have gone. It's ridiculous that that judges no longer have the final say. It's now a popularity contest, don't bother with the dancing just vote the winner in now.

    And whats with Robbie? Surely the show is big enough to attract a star, and not something pre-recorded? It WAS a dancing contest, why can't we watch the show dancers? That's what made it better than americanised Xfactor.

  • Comment number 21.

    Do the BBC not learn? They have brought back the sunday results show and taken away the one reason to watch the show, the Dance Off! It's totally ruined my enjoyment and excitementy for this year. The Dance Off is a major part of strictly it brings the drama, tension and when the judges made their final choices i felt so sad for the departing couple. The BBC best think about what they've done, I can find out who left in the week or on next weeks show, Sundays show is now totally pointless.

  • Comment number 22.

    If Strictly is to survive it is going to have to re invent itself. The results show is patronising to the viewer as it is clearly recorded on saturday and too agonising for the contestants.
    It takes two during the week is brilliant and Claudias slightly manic, off the wall style of presenting is infectious.
    The saturday show needs tightening up. Too much time spent on training. Concentrate on the dancing by showing more of the professional dancers and inviting professional dancers from around the world to dance. Also have the results on saturday and lose the dreaded spotlights. Keep the results clean, simple, fun and transparent. Lets know how the public voted - scores on the doors please. Did Goldie and Kristina get 10, 100, 1000 votes ? We just don't know. Sorry to go on so much, but so far Strictly is falling a little short of the fantastic show we all know it could be.

  • Comment number 23.

    I am a big fan of the show but I must say that results show was so amateurish. It was all over the place - standards are slipping. Claudia was embarrassing. Get a grip BBC.

  • Comment number 24.

    I hope this years comp isn't go to turn into the fiasco of John S. Goldie didn't deserve to go so soon, no offence to Anne W. but she struggles walking as if her hip is bad, let alone dancing for any length of time. Gavin H needs to get his face out of the mirror and give his partner the support and dedication she needs, its not all about him, he reminds me of a toy Action Man - all muscles but no gun.

  • Comment number 25.

    I am pretty gutted about Goldie, he would have stood a fighting chance in the Dance Off if it still existed.

    But i am infinitely more appalled by the Results shows format, the production values of a Cable TV shopping channel, the tension of a 20 year old elastic band and enough cringeworthy moments to fill an entire Aunties Bloomers programme.

    Tess is not made for live TV she cannot ad lib and is halting and tense at the best of times, she only works in a duo ( and parking Claudia upstairs where she has nothing to do for the whole show doesnt count)Editing clunky, mid results interviews uncomfortable, padding galore ( that will no doubt be recycled for ITT)

    Moira Ross ( new executive producer imported from DWTS the American version of Strictly) I think you may be responsible for this gobsmackingly bad TV, the Strictly format was invented here and we dont need show ideas that work in America being hornshoed into this show in such a slapdash manner, im with the new staircase but thats it. You could have brought in the more classy camera work or the hilarious dance tag teams and Mambo danceathon, instead you bring all the worst bits over, cheesy props, tacky themed outfits, less dancing comp more entertainment show.

    I actually really missed Brucie

    RIP Dance off

  • Comment number 26.

    Gutted ... the format does not work I agree with other comments the judging can be biased but at least its entertainment, No offence but there were at least 3 others that should have been in that final vote.. Loosing Goldie when he was a great character and actually had potential is disgraceful. I love this show but had reserevations last year this year it is even worse..... please bring back the judges vote!!!!!!!! or is this the BBC MAKING MORE MONEY!!! from people having to vote even more?

  • Comment number 27.

    This is the 1st time I've left a comment, but in the 8 years of Strictly the results show has to have been the lowest point. It was cruel for both the contestants and the audience to make them wait. Allowing the judges to have the final say in the dance off was the only way true dance fans could be reassured that the deserving ones stayed.Now I wouldn't be surprised if Ann Widdecombe reached the final.This is no longer about the dancing - you got rid of half the professionals - and to be honest I'm not sure what it is about.

  • Comment number 28.

    Firstly, what is the point of the judges' scores if they don't actually count.
    Secondly, why is there all of this wailing and gnashing of teeth when a celebrity exits this programme, in the normal way I might add.
    This happens every year, oh its so awful that so and so has gone, oh it's terrible when someone has to leave. Alesha in her clip commented on how awful the celebrities feel having to leave the show.
    For heavens sake, each week a couple will leave the show - DEAL WITH IT.
    Stop trying to make it into a big drama.

  • Comment number 29.

    Really don't like the new format. The dance off made everything seem fairer - the judges really don't have much of a say any more.

  • Comment number 30.

    I'm so pleased that my favourites got through, I had no worries about Aliona, but wasn't too sure about Anne.

    But in the end the SCD audience came through for me, it is good to see that they understand that this ain't a pure dance competition and voted for Anne.

    Sorry to see Goldie go, but I would have been sorry to see anyone go...

  • Comment number 31.

    The new results show is dreadful. Despite the attempt to build up the tension by dragging out the result it doesn't work - it just looks like a stunt to drag the programme out to fill the half hour. The lack of a dance-off is a seriously bad move - the public have, in past series often voted for comedy rather than dancing ability and although previous series have thrown up shock results the use of a dance-off has at least helped - thanks to the judges - to keep dancers in the competition. You must listen to your critics on this BBC and bring back the dance-off. Please.

  • Comment number 32.

    What a waste of half an hour! I certainly will not be watching this Sunday show again! With the dance-off the show was far superior. We all watch Strictly for the dancing not to watch the contestants just stand there waiting to be picked out in a slow, pointless manner.
    About time the BBC listened to it's licence paying viewers.

  • Comment number 33.

    I can not believe that the BBC think that this format will encourage viewers to watch this show. it was painful to watch Ann and Anton 'dancing' last night. Yes it is a competition decided by public vote but I thought the title may give a clue to what type of competition! If a contestant can not dance they should be out!

  • Comment number 34.

    I agree with all those who've said how terrible the Sunday show is. Please please give us back our Results show on a Saturday night and don't bother insulting our intelligence by pretending the Sunday show is live. And please let us have a dance off again.

  • Comment number 35.

    I am in Australia and here we don't have a dance off - just the viewer votes. I can tell you from experience that mostly the best dancer does not win. Rather the dancer with the best motivated fans wins as they will make the phone callls. Last season we had a competitor who with a little more training could have held her own on the competition floor. She lost to a DIY Guy from a Homemaker show. He couldn't dance for toffee but had a strong following as he was a 'funny man'. Same happened the year before when a country and western singer won - and again his dancing was pretty bad.

    Natalie who is now dancing with you guys in the UK suffered the same fate with one of her Celebrities about 3 or 4 seasons ago - he was a brilliant dancer but did not have the fan base. - Shame

    ABC from what I can see you have made a BIG mistake.

  • Comment number 36.

    Dear dear, this is degenerating into a farce. It's as if the producers have deliberately gone out of their way to come up with ways of destroying what was an entertaining dance competition that attracted a large audience.

    (1) Removing from the judges Arlene Phillips, an internationally renowned choreographer, and replacing her with Alesha Dixon, a pop singer, who cannot provide anything like the insight and advice to competitors that Arlene did.

    (2) Shifting gradually from being a dance competition to being an opportunity to make fun of "celebrities" who find it hard to dance.

    (3) Focusing less and less on the dancing, and more and more on the glitz, the glamour, the clothes, and the slick camera work.

    (4) Now, changing the format of the results show so that there is no dance off and the judges cannot save a better dancer from an untimely exit.

    The essential parts of the show that grip the audience are surely (a) the relationships that develop between the celebrity dancers and their professional partners, (b) the struggles and successes that the celebrities have in trying to learn a new dance style and perform it every week, and (c) the nerve jangling announcements of the results of the weekly voting.

    Come on BBC, you're losing the plot. Get back to basics. Forget about competing with the X Factor. Change the emphasis back to the dancing competition. Let us see again the work and determination that celebs have to display to progress through what used to be the best competitive game show on TV.

  • Comment number 37.

    Can't understand why the BBC have made changes to the results show. I don't mid it being pre recorded, just don't understand why they try to pretend it's live! As for leaving it to the audience to decide who goes...heaven help us. Bring back the dance off and let the judges do what they're paid for.

  • Comment number 38.

    i have been an avid strictly watcher since series 1 and im sorry to say im about to turn off. The production values of the new series are horrific - the dancers may be young and cute but they do not have any ounce of the charisma of ian, darren, lilia, brian et al who al left this year - in my opinion they are there as eye candy. the stage and lights are extremely off putting during the dancing as are all the props and fillers - rubbish and waste valuable dancing time - len you would always have said that in the past (too much time on the stage etc) so why not this year? the costumes are awful - and so cliched and tacky - i mean a football theme 2 weeks running for peter, bollywood theme for jimi,gold for goldie - the list goes on - we know what they do - we're not dumb so dont treat us as if we are!!! the show has become far too glitzy and americanized - AND IT DIDNT NEED IT! it was fine the way it was - with british humour and proper dancing - why change it? having no dance off is a travesty and makes a mockery of the show!i am all for entertainment in the first few weeks but in a few weeks we will reach the business end of the competition when the good dancers should still be in - and may not be without this!

    having said all that i am glad paul daniels made it past week 1 - he may not have had the best arms etc but for a 72 year old 1st week he was in time, smiling, got the footwork and made me smile in surprise - i expected a lot worse!- more than can be said for michelle williams who all i can say looks like a fish out of water with flailing arms all over the place-she would have been my first to go.

    i am certainly in no rush to keep watching - shame because there are some fab dancers in the mix - namely matt and pamela! the producers of this new format should hang their heads in shame - get rid of 'strictly' dance with the stars - bring back strictly come dancing and you would have some very happy forumites!!!!

  • Comment number 39.

    We all know a celeb has to go out but lets have more dancing and less standing about. Yes I agree what a 'rip off' of a programme! Why change the format that worked. Do the BBC take any notice of its licence paying viewers. Unless the sunday format changes, I for one won't be tuning in!
    I'll just check the results on the net.

  • Comment number 40.

    Thought the results show was very disappointing, and a lazy programme - 3 minutes of programme stretched out over 30 minutes of padding. I don't like them giving out the results in bits - why tell one couple they are in the bottom two several minutes before you tell the other couple?

    I also hated the choreography around Robbie Williams' song - getting the female dancers to keep sticking their bottoms out like 1960s bunny girls is not very classy, and shows a poverty of imagination as well.

    Like Bruce Forsyth, I'll be giving this show a miss in future.

  • Comment number 41.

    Loved the new look strictly: fab shows up until the results show which was completely naff. Why no dance off? Peter Shilton was worse than either Paul D or ann and he's still there. Peter would ahve gone if therehad been a dance off. He was excrutiating to watch at least Goldie was entertaining and I love Kristina: she's ahd such a run of bad luck

  • Comment number 42.

    gavin should have gone - bring back the dance off!

  • Comment number 43.

    Some of you are cracking me up, letting the public decide was the original format and the show lost viewers when that power was taken away. And the Sunday results show has never, ever been live and no sensible person would have assumed it was. I loved it, all of it! And I'm loving the flashy new Strictly, with the faffing about at the start of dances and with the props - the show needed a shot in the arm.
    Nice to see the whinging on the message boards is still the same though ;)

  • Comment number 44.

    Sadly I found the results show contrived disjointed and embarassing. What is the role of the judges or Claudia. Tess tried to build tension where there was none at all.The format is poorly designed and the loss of the dance off is very poor judgement and needs addessing to give some meaning to the results programme. Meaningless talk about the bottom two when there is only one couple at the bottom insults the intelligence of the viewer.It is always good practice to review decisions and this whole programme needs reviewing or deleting.

  • Comment number 45.

    Why I won't watch this show this year...

    1. Worst dancers are Ann Widdecombe, Paul Daniels, Gavin Henson, not Goldie
    2. No dance off means most popular will win, not best dancer
    3. Claudia Winkleman.

    So long

  • Comment number 46.

    Really like to thank Goldie and Christina for their superb performances and say how shocked I was to see them go - choreography to be admired, and both people being such genuine and personable folk. The show will not be the same without their humour and entertaining dancing. I saw Goldie really moving into becoming a marvellous dancer. It was likely to be the case that not too many voters knew Goldie versus a population who had grown up on so many of the current 'stars'. Good luck to both and you will be missed greatly.

  • Comment number 47.

    Getting rid of the dance off is the worst thing they could have done. I know it's an entertainment show but now the public control the voting we're going to end up with another John Sargent scenario only this time with Ann Widdecombe. It's OK in the first couple of weeks but when we start getting further into the competition the people who can actually dance will lose votes and be booted off which is unfair.

  • Comment number 48.

    I'm sorry to say but you have boobed yet again BBC. the sunday show is awful a total farce. what's all this drib drab result! for goodness sake, it is so boring. Pleeeeeese lets get back to the old format,bring back the dance off, let the judges decide who is going, as I for one won't be tuning in again!!! Poor Goldie he shouldn't have gone.

  • Comment number 49.

    I've really enjoyed the start to this year's `Strictly' but agree that tonight’s results show was just awful (apart from Robbie, who livened it up). Although programme makers need to take risks and experiment with new ideas and will, inevitably, be criticised for doing so, where was the `quality control` when the decision was taken to have this stilted format? Fragmenting the announcements on which couples are `safe’ removed all the tension from that part of the show; it seemed pointless to consult the judges on couples who’ve been saved and the couple who’ve just found out they’re in the bottom two, and the interviews with the `saved’ couples were (of necessity) just rushed sound-bites. I prefer the show with a dance-off but can see that this one is a no-win for the BBC as they were criticised for introducing the dance-off by people who felt their votes were wasted. Like many, I would much prefer the results show to be on a Saturday night, but, if the Sunday show is to work as a stand alone entertainment programme, the BBC need to urgently re-package it - and not patronise their viewers. The risk in not listening to constructive criticism is that people will just switch on for the final 3 minutes of the Sunday show to see who goes out, or find out the results on-line on a Saturday night and not bother with the Sunday show at all – which would be a shame. BBC - it’s not too late to acknowledge that this format doesn’t work and do something about it!

  • Comment number 50.

    Please rethink the Sunday results programme as it was rubbish; bad points were:
    1) stupid drawn our results - this drawn out suspense method of getting rod of people is unkind and sets a bad example.
    2) why Robbie Williams and not a dancer?
    3) lack of dancing
    4) poor method of determining who stays in
    Good point was:
    1) one dance routine by professional dancers

    The Saturday programme was ok, although less good than last year. The attraction of Strictly was making dancing accessible and fun to all; it does not need extras such as singers or too much chit chat.

    The audience vote adds a bit of fun - an added dimension, but only if kept in proportion. Bring back the earlier format when judges could save the better dancer.

  • Comment number 51.

    Like most other people I think not having the traditional "Dance-Off" is a huge mistake and will ruin what has been a great show for a few years now. It's supposed to be a dance COMPETITION, and the only people qualified to judge the dancing are the judges! Leave it to the public and you could end up with a ludicrous situation of Ann Widdicombe or Paul Daniels staying in week after week at the expense of the much more talented celebs...a la the John Sergeant fiasco. I've loved watching all series but am likely to find something else to watch if this nonsense continues.

  • Comment number 52.

    Awful results show, poor contestants who had to wait, it was cruel. A waste of the dancers while Robbie Williams was strutting his stuff. What we did see of them dancing, the choreography was bad. It's all looking very cheap this year. Ghastly costumes, What is going on? It was lovely to see Ian back in the demonstration dance, so elegant and classy. Where is Matt? and Lilia?

  • Comment number 53.

    Very keen eye, MsStoneTheCrows!!! I also wondered how Flavia and Kristina could have gotten in and out of those costumes so quickly to do back up dancing for Robbie Williams' song. I don't care if it's prerecorded, but don't try and pass it off as live. Never mind that Claudia (whom I MUCH prefer to Brucie or Tess) came off looking a bit stunned and that awful dowdy dress next to Tess' was just weird.

  • Comment number 54.

    Just out of interest, how many people who are outraged by Goldie's departure actually picked up the phone and voted for him and Kristina? Because I didn't see a great deal of support for them on the Blog after last night's show....

    Strictly's always been about a combination of dancing and personality. And even with the dance off, weaker celebrities were still progressing in past series. It's the nature of the show and we all tune in knowing full well what the rules are.

    For a serious dance contest, tune into the World Dance Championships or the like. For some light entertainment, keep tuning into Strictly :)

  • Comment number 55.

    Please can we have the dance off back, with the judges making the final decision. If it is left totally to the public vote, it will be an even bigger farce than it has been in the past.
    I would like to see all the judges, like Len, experienced in BALLROOM dancing, not stage work.
    While we're at it. it would be nice if they spent the whole of their allotted time dancing,not wasting time fiddling about at the beginning.
    One more 'gripe'. The current band are very good - as a band, but they just don't seem to be able to play 'dance music'. Some of the music for the foxtrot was totally the wrong rhythm.

  • Comment number 56.

    Moira Ross produces dross!

  • Comment number 57.

    Don't mind reverting to viewers deciding and no dance-off.
    BUT why employ professional stage dancers who cannot perform, never mind teach, ballroom? Why cobble together a pre-recorded shambles and call it a results programme? What role is there for the judges on this results show? Why the tacky, tatty props and costume add-ons? Why pair Tess, who works well with the old pro that is Brucie, with Claudia, who is brill on IT2, when the outcome is a "dis-a-ster dahling"? WHY IS WHOEVER MADE THESE DECISIONS STILL IN A JOB!
    Please, BBC, give us back the Strictly we know and love, and which was the best light-entertainment programme bar none!

  • Comment number 58.

    Well i just watched the results show via bbciplayer & yet again another promising dancer is voted off! pleeeease as much as i admire the likes of the older, the 2 left feet etc of the show. BUT something, needs to be done! an awful lot of the veiwing public tune in to see a dance competion I'm sure.
    Come on Ann you did'nt even try!! its simply frustrating.
    Yes its an entertainment show but a DANCE entertainment show, can it not be re worked so the obvious worst/least improved (dancer!!) is voted off.

  • Comment number 59.

    I started off by writing a great wall of a post detailing everything I feel you have done wrong with this show and why those decisions were wrong. I have deleted it, taken a deep breath and written something shorter that might get posted, and perhaps even read.

    1: The format for the results show is terrible:

    1.1 Ditch the messing around telling us who is or is not through in dribs and drabs, do it In one (quickly) towards the end of the show. And save the how do feel about being eliminated/put through chats for the weekday show or the web, freeing more time for...

    1.2 More Pro dances,
    Its a dance show, I want to see dancing, you have a pro' dance troupe, Use Them. And when you do have them (like during Robbie's song) try having the cameras actually pointing at them some of the time.

    Or, at the very least, simply give the judges a final say on which of the final two should go through.

    2: The Saturday show isn't bad, but it could do with a pro dance or two in it, don't know if these are to come as the contestants thin out but the show felt a bit light/thin without it.

    3: Generally about the way the whole series is going. Please stop obsessing about nerves and being eliminated. It can't help the contestants and it irritating as hell and boring, yes they're nervous, we can see that, we have eyes, find something else to say, or don't say anything and save more time for dancing.

    4. Goldie and Kristina were an entertaining couple, who while by no means the best dancers on the night, were far from being the worst. They did not deserve to be knocked out, neither did peter for that matter given some of the other performances.
    The fact that in the new format you can be eliminated, or kept in, with almost any performance is not good, future series may even have trouble getting people to come on the show if they can be eliminated at any time regardless of the effort they put in. As you so love pointing out SCD takes over peoples lives, the hours they put into the training takes up all their free time and then some for 1~4 months. They should have that effort respected and rewarded by ensuring that people who work hard and perform well progress. The professionals who train them also deserve better. Kristina Had for the first time a celebrity who might have gotten somewhere In the competition, and now she's out week one. It wouldn't surprise me if more pro's left the show next year. So I say again BRING BACK THE DANCE-OFF. It's not perfect, but it is better than what you have.

    Well its still a wall but you screwed up really badly. Not as badly as all the people who voted for Ann... but that's a whole different rant.

  • Comment number 60.

    Just managed to catch up with the results show as iPlayer decided to crash just as it was about to air. Now I wish I hadn't bothered. 30 minutes of absolute mess!

    We all know the show is recorded on a Saturday night (and I don't mind that, it's understandable the pros need Sunday to choreograph/rehearse with the celebs), so please don't patronise us any more by pretending it's live, it's just so childish! It would be so much better if it aired on Saturday, it clearly only took about 15 minutes to film, so why not show it live?

    The result was foreseeable, Ann and Paul were never going to be out week 1 because they had comedy value, and Goldie messed around too much to endear himself to a lot of people, his cha cha was not good and the foxtrot not great compared to most of the other foxtrots. It's Kristina I feel sorry for, yet again she hasn't got a chance to show what she can really do. But the bottom two would probably have happened regardless of whether there was a dance-off or not, and Peter will be out next week unless there's a massive improvement or someone else messes up.

    The main disappointment though was the rest of the results show. What on earth happened to the pro dances? We don't want to JUST see the showdance troupe, we want to see the competing pros dance too, and what the 5 girls were given doesn't count - they clearly had to choreograph around Robbie Williams' ego - they had to stay at the sides most of the time with no space to dance! And the camera work was appalling, we barely saw the pro girls at all when they were dancing.

    This is a dance show, BBC, it's about time you realised that many people care just as much for the pros as the celebs, and that they deserve more airtime than they get. Thank goodness there's going to be a proper pro dance next week.

  • Comment number 61.

    A TOTAL waste of my time watching a pre-recorded show of embarrassing content. The results are a joke jet again, the judges should have the final say after a dance off. The current format is bordering on sadism. To string it out so long, and in chunks, is not increasing tension but squirmingly uncomfortable. Just prolonging the agony of a pointless exercise. I do not know how your viewing figures are calculated, but it will be minus two if next weeks results show is a similar farce.

  • Comment number 62.

    I thought that the bbc were worried about competing with the x-factor. All they seem to have done is taken stuff out of strictly rather than adding anything in. There are new pro dancers I guess, they are not really going to change the show that much to increase viewer numbers.
    The new results format is tiresome, dragging it out with no possible change to the result is just pointless, it does nothing to add excitement as Tess said, there was nothing the judges or contestants could do to alter the result.....just tell us then and get it over with! At least before there was the chance that the results would be affected by a contestant pulling something out of the bag at the last minute and the judges being able to take that into account. Where's the tension?..that's how to make it more watchable.

    Oh, also, I know Peter Shilton is a footballer, he doesn't have to wear a stuck-on badge everyweek!

  • Comment number 63.

    Oh, BBC - you are so silly. You have a perfectly good show with a huge audience who like what they've seen and expect to see what they like. And what do you do? You go and change it.

    In my mind's eye I can hear all the bright young things in the Production Office "we have to keep the show fresh", "we have to stay ahead of audience expectations".

    Well here is another view - if it ain't broke, why fix it?

  • Comment number 64.

    I thought that the results show was a waste of time, in future I will record it and just watch the very end bit as there was absolutely no tension and it was just a load of people standing around. I thought the professional dance troupe was fairly poor, except for Darren and Ian and that the combination of the two presenters was unneccessary. I did not particularly care for Goldie, who gave the impression that he was just along to mess around, but I think later on in the show we could be left with Ann Widdicombe and Paul Daniels rather than, say, Scott and Jimi, and then it really will be time to switch off.

  • Comment number 65.

    A total fan since its commencement am thrilled to see it all start again. Anne Widdecombe has such a sense of humour and Pamela Anderson is just so fit, rhythmic and such a good sancer for her age and will just love to see all dancers grow and improve.

    My favourite part of Strictly is "It Takes Two" - never miss it, if out I record it. What a great personality Claudia is and such fun - a total breath of fresh air.

    Annie "B" Dublin

  • Comment number 66.

    Apparently it's all pre-recorded months in advance. The Christmas Special for 2011 is already in the bag!

  • Comment number 67.

    Totally agree with Original Fan (post 43). When the Dance Off was introduced the message boards were full of posters spewing hate and revulsion at the "new innovation". They were never going to watch again, SCD ruined etc etc etc. Sound familiar? Some people even said last year they preferred the Sunday results show.

    Some of you have short memories! Be careful what you wish for!Everything has to move on. I don't like some of the new (DWTS) ideas - the long drawn out elimination for one, but the props are fun and SCD needed a kick up the back side it was getting very stale.

    All those you of you who are never going to watch SCD again - great! Leave the message boards and blogs for those who love the show and just want to discuss it.

  • Comment number 68.

    Another pre-recorded show, why not show it on Saturday night and be done with it. Didn't enjoy the special dance group, this was much better when some of the professionals did the dancing on the evening as well as dancing with their celebrities. Don't like the fact that there is no dance-off and for goodness sake, why make the celebrities wait through three mini-sessions to see who was in the last two! I admire Anne Widdicombe, but why on earth have you chosen another celebrity who simply cannot dance and then have a better dancer leave the show? Sorry, Strictly, this year's format doesn't work for me at all - a great disappointment as it has been my favourite programme for some years but I am not sure I will be watching this year. In any event, change the results show!

  • Comment number 69.

    Can't say I thought much of the results show…seemed very clunky and clumsy. Claudia is great on It Takes Two but, on this evidence, should be left on her couch.

    Sad and surprised to see Goldie go too. He seemed like a nice bloke and clearly wasn't anywhere near the worst dancer. Maybe he suffered the mid-table fate of being ignored by viewers who presumed he was safe and therefore fell through the cracks…?

    In my view the leader-board should be divided into two halves with the top half being immune from elimination. The dance-off should also be reintroduced. That way, there is more tension, but farces such as the Zoe/Ali scenario would be avoided.

  • Comment number 70.

    How would the Zoe/Ali scenario be avoided by re-introducing the dance off? I thought the judges were full of anguish in that situation because they had to choose between two good dancers. One of them would still have gone if there was no dance off as they were both in the bottom two. Having no dance - off keeps us viewers "honest". We can't rely on not voting for our favourites as there is no safety net, so in many ways having no dance off is the fairer system for the audience.

  • Comment number 71.

    PS I agree with the comments on Claudia - which has totally surprised me as I love her on ITT. IMO part of the problem is that everyone else (including Tess) is wearing glitzy/sophisticated ballroom/evening style dress - whilst Claudia was just wearing what she wears every day (which is perfect early evening mid-week, but just makes her look totally out of place on a Saturday night.

  • Comment number 72.

    PLEASE PLESAE bring back the judges deciding who goes home - and not leave it to the public to have the final decision on their favourites. Thjis is a dance competition not a popualrity contest. The results show was riduculous. Please use the judges to decide between the bottom 2.

  • Comment number 73.

    What a load of old rubbish. How can someone with a modicum of talent (Goldie) be voted out when the battleship that just stood around while Anton faffed about gets to stay in?
    I agree with the other posts that mention the "theme" costumes. I mean, if Goldie hadn't gone, how much longer would they have dragged out the gold thing, and we all know that Peter Shilton was a football player, we don't need constant reminders on his costume.
    This year the producers are really insulting the intelligence of the viewers and have spoiled a perfectly good format. I can see why Brucie is not involved in the "sunday" show, he probably gets out of the building asap on a saturday night to avoid the shame of being associated with such pap.

  • Comment number 74.

    There is no point in watching the results show if the celebrities don't dance! We will simply wait until Claudia and ITT so see who went out!

  • Comment number 75.

    Just heard-great news about A and A surviving the first week!!

  • Comment number 76.

    My favourite show has been spoilt. There is now no point in watching on Sunday it was very boring.
    From now on with no dance off. I will get the results online.

  • Comment number 77.

    I,too will not be watching again !!!!.....Ann Widdicombe must go......Why oh why...change a good format into what is now an absolute farce. I thought that the B.B.C would have more sense than to alter what was a dancing contest into an entertainment show....shame on you !!!!!

  • Comment number 78.

    BBC - what have you done to Stricly? I have been an avid fan for years but am now switching off due to the new format. Saturday's show was great, but the results show on Sunday was boring, boring, boring. There was absolutely no excitement or pizzazz about it. Should have left the dance off with the judges deciding - it was something to watch it for! Not any more - sorry.

  • Comment number 79.

    I have to agree with the vast majority of posted comments. What a bad idea to get rid of the dance off and dispense with the judges input. Goldie should most definitely not have left this week but then again neither of the contestants should have been in the bottom two.
    A couple of people below have said it is entertaining to watch Ann 'dance' - really? I think its patronising. Far more entertaining is watching someone putting in massive effort, showing an improvement in skill because of it, and then implementing it on the night. It's heartwarming to witness their delight at their success and new found skill.
    The genuinely good celebrities must be thinking this is, yet again, turning into a personality contest. How depressing must that be?

  • Comment number 80.

    Strictly Andrew: in previous years you posted on the website the titles of the songs that all the couples danced to on the Saturday show - any chance of doing that again? I can't seem to find them this year!

  • Comment number 81.

    I didn't think the results show worked. I thought it was embarassing, and switched off after 10 minutes. I hate it when they drag out the results by putting big pauses into every announcement. The BBC aren't the only ones guilty of this, the X factor is just as bad.
    I was surprised that Goldie went. On the basis of what I had seen I thought Paul Daniels was likely to go first.

  • Comment number 82.

    I love Strictly and everything about it......but last night was not good! I just wish that when the celeb's are chosen the powers that be would choose from a more evenly balanced group and make it a real competition rather than putting 2 or 3 celeb's through the humiliation of them being terrible, but having to return week after week.I can see Ann and Paul being in the final and what a shame because those that are great will be falling by the wayside. We need the judges votes and the dance off to make it fairer on those that CAN dance. Plus - Anton you are a star, you have put up with the rubbish for years now and still keep smiling!!

  • Comment number 83.

    It is an entertainment show. The old Come Dancing lost its audience. This show is a bit of fun using the dance format. The last thing I want is a serious dance show. If there was a large demand they would broadcast the National, European and World Championships, but they don't. All I ask is that the 'celebs' do their best and use dance to give us a story, reveal their personality. The standard of dance is limited by their physical ability and they should go to their limits.

    This show is about effort, improvement and entertainment, not about gymnastics and kidding ourselves that ego centric presenters described as raunchy by the judges are always a pleasure to watch

  • Comment number 84.

    Please bring back the Intelligent results show. Was really disappointed in the new version. I feel very sorry for the work the judges are doing, what for, if their comments arent taken seriously, and why did BBC change the format? We are fans here in Netherlands and are hoping for changes soon. Strictly WAS always a much better show than all the reality dance and entertainment shows that are usually on tv. Now it is just becoming one and the same......very disappointing. Will really miss Goldie, there are a few others who should have been voted off, the entertainment value re anne and anton is ok but get real, is this a dance show or a circus........

  • Comment number 85.

    The results show was awful beyond belief - an exercise in professional artifice. I have read more of the comments made in this blog than on any other occasion and would simply add this - I hope you 'get it' sooner than our MPs have managed over their abuse of public funds ?

  • Comment number 86.

    New results show format is absolutely terrible and needs a serious rethink before the next one. Breaking up the results like that didnt add any tension it just made the final outcome a complete anti climax and by the end of it I didnt care who went I just wanted it to be over. Tess was floundering and made is seem like she was announcing the results of a raffle. I love Claudia but she wasnt right for this and wasnt needed even her clothing was out of step. After the first 5 names were called out Tess asked Len what he thought !!!!!!! what is he supposed to say.....I am suprised that so and so was voted in because she was rubbish !!!! Dear BBC I am not against change I think the main show has received a much needed shot in the arm (except for not getting rid of Bruce) but this results show was the worst half an hour in Strictly Come Dancing history. DONT FLOUNDER ON WITH IT GET IT RIGHT.

  • Comment number 87.

    Well what can I say other than what a waste of 30 mins last night in the results show! So theres no dance off so yet again it would appear that if you're not popular no matter how well you can dance you will be voted off. What is the point of having the judges if they are not going to actually have any input?! It was painful viewing and I felt extremely sorry for the contestants having to endure the painful wait time after time to find out if theyd made it through! Surely if there is no dance off then you might aswell just say from the offset who is LEAVING and save both the contestants and the viewers a torturous half hour! I can assure you that I will be tuning in at approximately 2 minutes to 8pm just to see who is left as there is no other reason to watch now! Poor show BBC!!!! If it isn't broke then why fix it?? Something to think about!

  • Comment number 88.

    What a farce the results show was - please, please, please bring back the dance off and let's get back to what the show should be about - dancing, yes it's an entertainment show but dancing is entertaining we don't need the public keeping people in who obviously can't dance in every week just because they are funny. The results show was dragged out to make a programme, we felt very sorry for the contestants standing there so long. It will be record and fast forward next week for us.

  • Comment number 89.

    What a total farce last night was. Clearly again in this series, as happened in the first show in 2009 when Martina Hinges has ejected, the wrong contestant has had to leave the show. Despite this, I can't beleive the British Public could have got this so wrong.

    Bring back the dance off now!

  • Comment number 90.

    All sorts of technical problems last night meant that my post seems to have disappeared into the ether. However, most people seem to think the same as I do, i.e.
    1. New format results show dreadful
    2. Goldie wuz robbed
    BBC, please rethink quickly before the whole thing degenerates into a farce. You have some great dancers this year, and some not so good but entertaining ones. Not having a dance-off meant that the best of the "not so good but entertaining" dancers went out because he wasn't involved in a hand of God event 20 odd years ago. Saturday - great. Sunday - rubbish.

  • Comment number 91.

    I agree with the general run of these comments. The editing was very obvious and broke up the flow of the show completely. DWTS in the US uses this format for the results show but still appears to be "recorded as live", allowing for the commercial breaks of course.

    Come on BBC, you are better than this.

  • Comment number 92.

    Like most of the viewers here, I was appalled by the results show. With the scrapping of the dance-off there is no real tension or interest left in the programme. We all know from the start that the couple leaving is predetermined. The pairing of Tess and Claudia as presenters simply doesn't work. When you add in the shoddy editing of this recorded show (that pretends to be live) and the second-rate entertainment from the 'dance troupe', the BBC clearly has a big problem on its hands here. It's such a shame, as the main Saturday night show was excellent, but I won't be watching the results show again - I'll just check online to see who was voted off.

  • Comment number 93.

    What a disappointment last night. Absolutely no tension in the results due to breaking it up in sections. No dance off which is a big mistake but will the BBC listen? Of course not, they never do. A good format spoilt for some unexplained reason. The only relief last night for me was no Bruce.

  • Comment number 94.

    really disappointing

  • Comment number 95.

    The results show looked alot like the American version and it was rubbish. I also really don't see the point of the show dancers, We already have 14 excellent pro's who can demonstrate the dances as they have done in every series up to now. Also, to those of you complaining that it was recorded, it always has been and as far as I know the BBC has never claimed that it was live, or did I miss something?

    As for the result I am gutted for Goldie and Kristina, but it was always going to happen as soon as the celebs were announced, for some reason people find Ann funny, can't really understand why, but there you go, it was the same with Craig, John, Kate Garraway etc.

  • Comment number 96.

    Oh dear - another year, and yet another run of compaints for us licence payers.
    Was it fair that Goldie went - no probably not.
    He was not the worst by a long shot - but it appears that he is not a celebrity in the same manner as Peter Shilton or Gavin Henson. Both made me want to look away when they were on the tele.
    Don't always agree with the dance off in previous shows but last night, and I'm am sorry to say this, but Peter Shilton should have gone.
    And for the record, I love Ann and Anton's routine.....it was hysterical!

  • Comment number 97.

    @js8 The tracks from Saturday's dances can be found on the On TV section. For example, this Saturday's are here -


  • Comment number 98.

    'Strictly Come Dancing' versus 'Strictly Personality Contest'
    All most all these blogs are agreeing about the dance off & really feel sorry for the Judges the way this show is going to be a farce. The new format is spoiling this popular show.

    The time it takes dramatic way that Tess delivering results is pathetic & the public vote who goes & stays is wrong. Why have Judges in the first place they should have the choice who stays

    Please lets have Intelligent results show. Goldie was head & Shoulders above the two dancers that was picked & yet the way this format is going we will have Ann & Paul in the dance off for the winner of the show

  • Comment number 99.

    I thought the format of the Results Show was absolute rubbish, completely lacking in tension or any kind of atmosphere. The way they kept on breaking off from announcing the results, and interviewing saved couples was clumsy, and particularly harsh on the couple "in danger".

    I'm told the format is the same now as DWTS - why?????

    I'm not bothered about the lack of a dance off, because the result is now equally divided between judges and public, which I think is fairer - previously the judges had greater power because they had two bites of the cherry.

  • Comment number 100.

    What a disappointment ! Just because Goldie is not as well known to the sport and soap loving british public as some of the other 'celebrities' he and Christina have to suffer!
    Ive always been a strictly fan but I found the results show to be a farce, just an opportunity to prolong the agony for everyone. I wasnt expecting Ann yto go, but there were others far worse than Goldie.


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