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BBC Strictly Nora | 20:03 UK time, Sunday, 6 November 2011

Tonight, Scottish singing legend Lulu, became the fifth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing.

Criticised by Craig for miming during her routine, and by Bruno for losing her frame, Lulu's Strictly hopes went boom-bang-a-bang after finding herself in the bottom two with Audley Harrison.

We were the first on the floor to bring you this exclusive reaction from fellow celebrities and pro-dancers to Lulu and Brendan's sad departure...

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  • Comment number 1.

    Lulu and Brendan's relationship was very ... interesting. No eye contact on the part of Lulu and they were so obviously more comfortable apart from each other.

    And I'm so very, very glad that Audley's still in - his Latin is bad but his ballroom is a delight to watch.

  • Comment number 2.

    Awww so sad to see you go Lulu you did us proud. I was so impressed with your solo earlier as well (at the end of the show). You were very gracious and grateful and I thought you were improving overall. ~x~

  • Comment number 3.

    I'm disgusted at it.

  • Comment number 4.

    Well done Lulu. You did Brendan proud!

  • Comment number 5.

    full marks to Lulu for taking it seriously and doing pretty well.

  • Comment number 6.

    Was Lulu's relationship that bad with Brendan, that she could not have the last dance with him. Felt sorry for Brendan. better luck next year.

  • Comment number 7.

    Did anyone else notice Matt Flint (winner of so you think you can dance) in place of Artem in the mens dance? Brilliant! I was wondering when I might see him pop up! Fantastic professional dancing this weekend!

  • Comment number 8.

    Been watching since series one but we now it seems to be a variety show,can we get back to a dance competition and judging on the celebs dancing. It seems the more ridiculous a routine is the better chance of staying in. Do we have to have the pantomime booing and hissing every time Craig makes some constructive remarks.

  • Comment number 9.

    I was shocked that Lulu has gone from the show because I thought she was too good to go out.

  • Comment number 10.

    Lulu & Brendan finally go. I have to admit they lasted longer than I thought they would when I saw them at the pairing on the launch show and struggle during their opening cha cha cha so fair play to them.

    Having got this far they can count themselves a bit unlucky. I know they were joint 2nd from bottom with Audley & Natalie according to the judges leaderboard but like quite a few people I felt the scoring this week was questionable and I certainly felt Jason and Robbie were worse dancers (this week) than Lulu. Russell maybe the entertainer but he was certainly the worse dancer and should have been the one to go.

  • Comment number 11.

    I really Enjoyed This weeks Strictly and I so hope Artem can Dance again Next week

  • Comment number 12.

    So sorry to see Brendan and Lulu go this week. Hope he's back next year!

  • Comment number 13.

    Please give Brendan a good partner next year. He is one terrific dancer and charismatic guy and this was a waste of his talents.

  • Comment number 14.

    julieanne, you hit the nail on the head. Normally the celebs say something nice about their partners but nothing from Lulu. I couldnt work out their relationship. I thought it started off frosty but got better but perhaps I was mistaken?

  • Comment number 15.

    How can CRH say that it was time for Audley to go? How can lulu have gone? Can the judges come to their senses? In recent series they have bemoaned the presence of John Sergeant and Anne Widdicome yet now they fawn all over Russel Grant. He is NOT a dancer but they say that they love him and he is sooo entertaining. What's that about? It's a DANCE competition. Can we have an option to vote for the person who should LEAVE the show please so we can get rid of these no-hopers?

  • Comment number 16.

    Really confused Lulu and Brendan shouldn't have gone she wasn't the worst dancer. Just don't understand the scoring this year the comments don't match the scores especially for Holly and Artem, Jason and Kristina. Other couples get higher marks even thought their dancing isn't as good. just don't get it. Holly definately deserves higher marks.

  • Comment number 17.

    I was very sad to see Lulu go & also sad to notice how uncomfortable she & Brendan have been together. They've never been united like the other couples & Lulu didn't even say anything nice about Brendan at the end, didn't even dance with him. Please come back bigger & better next year Brendan!

  • Comment number 18.

    I wouldlike to know why the BBC has suddenly decided to add canned applause into various parts of the results show. Do you not realsie that it sounded very false, especially as we coul all see that nobody was actually clapping! Come on pople keep something real!

  • Comment number 19.

    We did also spot Matt Flint doimng the pro dance. Very good to see him.

  • Comment number 20.

    Strictly wouldn't be Strictly without Brendan. :)

    Lulu didn't even say anything nice about Brendan at the end, -that was rather mean because Brendan have mellow over the years

  • Comment number 21.

    Correct decision tonight, Lulu hasn't improved Audley has... end of story. SIMPLES!

  • Comment number 22.

    So sorry to see bubbly Lulu out of the competition. She stole my heart in the 1960's and have to say she looks even better now, what a woman. I will miss you Lulu. xx

  • Comment number 23.

    With all the comments about the (admittedly odd) behaviour of Lulu with regards the final dance with (or, rather, without) Brendan, 'It Takes 2' tomorrow should be a must, then.

  • Comment number 24.

    It is the Public Vote, who stay or who goes.

  • Comment number 25.

    Brendan you where a gentleman tonight, Lulu's behaviour let her down she could have at least said thank you.

  • Comment number 26.

    Legend ? It says Legend.....
    Lulu was a singer, a singer of pop songs, nothing wrong in that. Legend ?
    What's the matter with people neededing to describe someone as a Legend when clearly there is nothing remotely legendary about them ?
    I don't dislike Lulu as a person, a singer or as a contestant on the show, I dislike the journalistic irresponsibility & poor description of saying she is a Legend.
    Clearly she is nothing of the sort.

  • Comment number 27.

    Pity, Lulu wasn't bottom of the leader board and certainly a better dancer then at least a couple of others. Still that's the great British public for you. Keep dancing/entertaining.

  • Comment number 28.

    Ref comment 15 from Trevthetrainer.... Russel Grant Tries to dance.....John Sergeant tried to dance.... Even Lawrewce Dellalio tried to Dance.
    Which is more than can be said for Anne Widdicombe, who did not even try.

  • Comment number 29.

    Was I watching a different show? Lulu did dance with Brendan at the end - what's the problem? Russell Grant and Audley Harrison are worse dancers though and should have been voted off before Lulu. Rory Bremner should still be in it too. It should be a dance competition not a popularity contest.

  • Comment number 30.

    At this point I don't want to see anyone go. It's such a good group.

    I did, however, disagree with the judges loving Harry's samba. He certainly deserved to go through, but he wasn't given much to do. Mostly he just stood around whilst Aliona, to quote Len from week 1, "buzzed around him like a wasp at a picnic." Now, I think Matt and Aliona's American Smooth last year was one of the most beautiful dances of the series, but she doesn't seem to be repeating that success, despite prods from both judges and fans. Give him something to do, Aliona!

  • Comment number 31.

    It's about time Anton was given a partner with a realistic chance of winning. He always seems to end up with the comedy role which is an insult as he is a very good dancer.

  • Comment number 32.

    I agree with others about Lulu and Brendan's very odd relationship - yes, it's certainly been 'uncomfortable' to watch. I'm not surprised that she has gone because she - and the partnership - didn't capture the public imagination. This is the reason that Russell and Flavia are still there - a lot of people love his entertainment value and the obvious real affection between the two of them. I'm afraid, despite what a lot of people say, that SCD ISN'T just a dance competition - because of the public vote element, a lot of a celeb's success IS down to their popularity, or the popularity of the partnership.

    I'm afraid that Holly leaves me utterly stone cold and I'm not sure why. She is very able and beautiful, but there is something there that I can't quite put my finger on. She seems 'disconnected', somehow - and I can't feel any chemistry at all between her and Artem. I thought her 'Swan Lake' routine was her best one - but I'm sorry to say that I find her really, really boring...

  • Comment number 33.

    Oh, yes - and I thought Jennifer Grey was absolutely USELESS. I think she gave an 8 for every dance except one!!! Loved Craig's delight at being Acting Head Judge though *lol*. And I still think Alesha should go - she's slightly better than she was but is just vacuous eye candy, IMHO...

    On another matter - please could whoever wrote the paragraph at the top of this page change 'loosing her frame' to 'losing her frame', please? Many thanks :-)

  • Comment number 34.

    I'm not keen on Holly or Chelsee for that matter. Technical excellence is not everything, you need some personality too. Audley is the only contestant who is respectful and calls Sir Bruce by his title. Anita was brilliant at the Charleston.

    Jennifer seemed a bit lost, but maybe the US version scores higher lest they offend anyone's sensibilities. As for Alesha, I'm not sure what qualifies her as a judge. Bring back Arlene.

  • Comment number 35.

    I am feeling sorry for Lulu because she clearly enjoyed being in Strictly, but I did think her time to go would come soon. I thought it was bad form for her not to dance with Brendon and for her to dance on her own. I also did notice that neither Lulu nor Brendon really said anything nice about each other at the end and I thought they had an OK relationship now after a poor start.

    I was particularly happy when Craig said that he wasn’t surprised that Audley was in the bottom two. I wish the audience wouldn’t boo such a considered opinion. It can’t be a surprise for anyone to be in the bottom two if they are in the bottom half of the leader board and especially if they are in the bottom three. He was honest unlike Bruno who said he was surprised to see Lulu in the bottom two when he scored her bottom with four other people.

    I also hope that Artem will be recovered for next week, but I remember a professional being replaced for one week, but I can’t remember when and who. Perhaps Holly’s problem is Kara Tointon and her jealousy.

    I also like Craig’s delight at being head judge for a week. He was the right choice.

  • Comment number 36.

    Just another example of the blatant anti-Scottish bias shown by the Strictly Come Dancing voters. First it was Carol Simile to go out before her time, then Kenny Logan's run was cut short. This year Rory couldn't make an impression on the voters and even Lulu shouting at the top of her voice could not dent the hostility of the voting public to our soon to be separate friends.

    Now, I fully accept what I have written is pure rubbish and not in any way backed up by the facts. But as this seems to be the style of the other comments here, I thought I would join in.

    (Also I know Carol is not an English figure of speech)

  • Comment number 37.

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

  • Comment number 38.

    Bit shocked at yesterdays result. didnt expect Lulu to go but I had forecast she would be in the bottom two. Thought this week was a bit lack luster all round. Not even Alesha managed to score a 10 (for Harry!). Jennifer Grey just kept scoring everyone with a 8, could not quite work out what accent she was trying to do. Glad to have super Len back next week, keep dancing

  • Comment number 39.

    I think it is time to bring back the "dance off" it is after all a DANCE competition not who as a "nice" smile

  • Comment number 40.

    Am not quite sure what no 28 was talking about when mentioning that Lawrence Dallaglio "tried to dance!" Unless I'm going daft I don't think he has ever been on the show - and probably has too much sense to ever appear on it in the future. I wasn't surprised to see Lulu go and thought that Audley deserved to stay as he always puts in 100% effort. Definitely time for Russell to go though as although he is entertaining - in the broadest sense of the word - the joke has been played out to its limit. Jennifer Gray was a DISASTER and made Aleisha look good. Why on earth did Karen Hardy not get asked to step in for Len. My biggest worry is Harry - I think he is an amazing dancer but will Aliona let him down with her dreadful choreography just like she did with Matt last year? I think she will and should be replaced next year with a dancer who is less selfish.

  • Comment number 41.

    So glad Lulu has gone. Holly next her heart is not in it. Come on Jason

  • Comment number 42.

    I've just checked back on iplayer and Lulu DOES dance with Brendan after being told shes out. I think we should wait until ITT to see what they say about each other. I'm sure Lulu was very dissapointed that her time was up and she may be someone that needs to reflect on things before coming out with a comment.

    I'm sure by the time they filmed the comments they say about each other for ITT she would have had the time to reflect.

  • Comment number 43.

    Sorry Lulu, but you let yourself down, not one word of thanks for Brendon's obvious very hard work, you stayed in longer than you expected, and the final dance at the end was all about you, you you. Brendon, you are made of tough stuff lets see you get a more responsive and harder worker next year, sorry to bring the tone down but come on Brendon you are a fabulous dancer and definately my favourite by a long way, Artem a close second. If Artem is injured, why doesnt Brendon step in and cover till Artem is well enough just like Ian Waite did before (I think he actually covered for Brendon when he went back to oz) Still brilliant show, just more dancing and less razzamatazz, keep that for the final.

  • Comment number 44.

    Lulu was not a good enough dancer and seemed to have no respect for Brendan- especially last night - no eye contact at the end. She was far too big for her "boots", having seen her live on the launch show, I decided her ego would get in her way. BTW someone posted here that there was canned laughter. It's not, but some of the show is filmed - some of the pieces by Tess and Claudia are shot out of sequence (before the live show), so the laughter is also out of sequence - hence it sounds canned, when it's all edited. The dancers at the start of the show and Westlife were also filmed before the live show.

  • Comment number 45.

    Great shame Lulu is saying Brendan was 'difficult' and hardly a bundle of laughs. Of course he was a 'difficult' partner - no doubt they all are, as all the professionals want to get the best out of their 'celebrities. The winners of this show are the ones that are prepared to listen and take on board what they are being taught. This highlights Lulu as being a sad loser who much to everyones surprise simply can't dance

  • Comment number 46.

    Not surprised lulu voted off as we couldn't get through on the phone. Not engaged, error in connection for more than 15 mins. On both mobiles and landlines. Finally got through to vote 5 mins before end of voting - but how many gave up trying long before this

  • Comment number 47.

    I've been disappointed with Lulu.

    I thought she'd be in the same category as Anita Dobson. But she seemed to really struggle with remembering her routines.

    I particularly dislike people "miming," to the songs they're dancing to, I think Craig had a go at someone in the last series about it.
    I think it's fine and dandy if, for a few lines telling a story, it's done, but miming singing, which I'm sure is a hard habit to break, through large parts of the dance, is something I would've thought Brendan would've picked up on.

    Out of the two of them, I'm pleased that Audley has remained and I think Natalie's doing a great job with him, as per usual and he's trying his heart out.

    Rich.
    x

  • Comment number 48.

    Lulu is a solo entertainer and didn't seem to get the need to work with and learn from Brendan. It was her time to go, this is a dance competition AND entertainment programme, not just the latter.
    Jennifer was a disgrace, although she did make Aleshia look vaguely competant for the first time. Personally I would have liked to see a Ballroom legend stand in for Len.
    Robbie was undermarked, one of the few dancers this week that delivered a proper dance with technique. He should have been right at the top of the board for this one. I also don't understand why Chelsee was praised so much more than Anita.

  • Comment number 49.

    I thought lulu was very rude in ignoring Brendan like she did after being voted off, he did his best with her but she just did seem comfortable dancing and has gone right down in my estimation. Also well done Brendan on how you handled her rudeness.

  • Comment number 50.

    So, Lulu has gone! Hope that she realises her "me, me, me" attitude has seen her voted out. Did anyone else notice how she always managed to get a front pew during Tess's interview with the other dancers? She made it obvious from the very start that she didn't want Brendan as a partner, and I thought she was extremely rude when she was shouting "No, No" on the introduction of the partners. I am surprised that Brendan didn't tell her where to get off. Maybe being such a "Legend" showed her it aint so.

  • Comment number 51.

    Goodbye lulu. You're still my favourite

  • Comment number 52.

    I didn't see much wrong with Lulu and Brendan's farewell dance. She was obviously crushed by the result. Lulu's departure brings to mind Carol Vorderman who was voted out early way back in 2004. Both ladies were more popular in the eyes of TV producers than the great British public. (The difference being that I like Lulu.) And can the judges stop mentioning Harry's looks. It's his dancing the show is about and beneath the choreographic flourishes I'm not seeing enough of it. Bruno's inuendo, for a family show, is frankly embarrassing, almost distasteful.

    The booing of Craig now verges on the boring. Does the audience get whipped up to do it like in the touring show? I often dismiss comments from two of the judges and wait for Craig and Len - who is also being booed too readily whenever his comments venture into territory where his expertise qualifies him to make valid observations about dancing.

    Marion (41) Sorry but if Holly's heart is not in it after her lovely jive then we're watching two entirely different shows. And I hope Artem is recovered as he is one of the stars offering cutting edge choreography.

  • Comment number 53.

    Please will Russell save his 'comedy' for where it belongs - the pantomime. !!
    What on earth was going on with the Benny Hill impression? I suspect, if he took it seriously, he could be reasonably good, but with his current attitude, NO WAY !!!
    I think it would be nice to see Anton with Holly next week if Artem hasn't recovered. A reward for having been stuck with 'Fancy Nancy' for so long.

  • Comment number 54.

    Will somebody please tell the camera men that dancers have feet, & we would like to see them! What the cleavage is doing is irrelavent.
    Could we just have a couple of static cameras please. I am begining to get sea sick by the end of the show !!!

  • Comment number 55.

    Lulu, you are very nearly unique in being one of the few celebrities to emerge from SCD with their reputation diminished rather than enhanced. Nobody much cared that you couldn't dance, it was your diva attitude that did for you. Okay, you were a big star once, but on this show the professionals are in charge and you had no spirit of partnership at all. Many of us would have given our eye teeth to have weeks of one-on-one tuition from Brendan Cole, (I'm at the head of the queue) but you seemed to think it was all about you. Your failure to recognise that in the eyes of the viewers all so-called stars are equal until they show their progress, has cost you dear. I suggest you reflect on your performance over the weeks.

  • Comment number 56.

    I would just like to say that I hope Artem is ok and that his back improves,It would be a terrible shame if he had to pull out of Strictly because of it please send my best wishes to him.I am really enjoying the show and also well done to Zoe I am loving her on it takes two.....Keep dancing...x

  • Comment number 57.

    @ Ian.

    I'm totally with you on the knee-jerk booing..

    It's a total drag and something that seems to have seeped over from the "other side."

    There's a difference between being booed for offering what amount to offensive comments during judging to being booed for offerring constructive criticism and accurate observations of where dancers are going wrong, or need to improve, which Len, Craig and Bruno frequently do.

    But, like the endless, obligatory standing ovations it seems like we're stuck with it..a bit like having people clapping along during up-tempo numbers..naff in the extreme!

    ;O)

    Rich.
    x

  • Comment number 58.

    In recent radio and television shows Brendan always praised - never bad mouthed Lulu - despite her obvious contempt for him. At the end of the evening when, despite all attempts to have a last dance with her - Lulu danced away from him to be comforted by other cast members. Poor show Lulu, grow up - you can't always have it all your own way. The nauseating fawning over the Judges did not impress anyone. The presence of Jennifer seemed to send Lulu to dizzy heights of sillyness. Quite frankly, I think Brendan deserved better than Lulu's thankless rude behaviour.

  • Comment number 59.

    Lulu not getting the votes to stay in had nothing to do with her dancing. It was about the appalling way she behaved during the show. She was all over Jennifer Grey, kept trying to hog attention and showed no class whatsoever.
    The public obviously didn't like it ! Glad to see her go !

  • Comment number 60.

    Just heard a whisper that Andre Rieu will be on SCD on Sunday. At long last we shall have some "proper" waltz music. Perhaps those who choose the music will take the hint!

  • Comment number 61.

    59, songbird wrote: Lulu not getting the votes to stay in had nothing to do with her dancing. It was about the appalling way she behaved during the show.

    On that basis then the next to go should be between Russell and Chelsee

    Russell - The comedy aspect has worn very thin, time to try producing a serious dance. People have moaned on these blogs that Anton produced comedy routines, come on Flavia you don't want to be tarred with the same brush.

    Chelsee - IMO just acts like a spoilt brat. Over acted with her "Costume Failure" because a bow fell off. Holly had one of her braces come off but was professional and kept going to the end.

    Contestants like Audley and Robbie may not be the best dancers, but at least they have embraced the Strictly experience and giving it a proper go.

    I know some of you won't like what I've said, but were all entitled to our opinion!

  • Comment number 62.

    Producers of Strictly, I would like to ask why was Lulu partnered with Brendan, who is a foot taller than her? Is it politics? It is a shame, she is now shouting about it.

  • Comment number 63.

    Absolutely 62. I too wondered why Brendan was given a duff partner two years in a row when relative newcomer Artem got Kara and then Holly. And the height disparity was so obviously wrong. Doesn't excuse Lulu's diva behaviour, but what were the producers thinking of? Lulu now has a damaged reputation with the public (silly girl, Lulu) and the viewers are denied the further participation of the best dancer. Bad decision, Moira Ross.

  • Comment number 64.

    Glad to see Lulu go..I found her to be rude & very self involved. Brendan deserved a better partner & I hope he gets one next year( if he bothers to come back that is!) Absolutely no idea why Jennifer Grey was asked to step in for Len,when they could've asked, mmm let me think...Karen Hardy,Anton Du Beke,Ian Waite,Katya, Vincent....Get my drift? Sigh...thinking about turning over to the X factor at this rate !! :(

  • Comment number 65.

    comment 54-alegna i have to agree with you about the camera work. It frustraes me how they focus on the upper torso when i want to see the foot work during a quick step or juve and all the spinning camera work is ludicrous

  • Comment number 66.

    Happy Belated Birthday Lulu - They seemed to have missed your Birthday (3rd November) and as they keep saying that Anita is doing a great job at 62, at 63 you are looking in great shape, doing a great job as well and did not deserve to go this week. Hope you remember to keep dancing!

  • Comment number 67.

    Goodbye.

  • Comment number 68.

    I agree with many others, Lulu was downright rude to Brendan at the end of the show. I had warmed to her a bit in the last few weeks, but had my original distrust of her confirmed. It does seem a shame that they don't give Brendan any real contenders, I'm sure he could take someone to the final if given the right partner. However, I do feel he may have had enough! Who could blame him after Lulu.

  • Comment number 69.

    I was shocked at Saturdays result - what is the point of voting if those you vote for are out - there were far worse dancers so Brendan and Lulu did not deserve to go. As always it seems to be a fix so I doesnt really matter if you are good or not. Sack Dixon she is rubbish and does not know what she is talking about.

  • Comment number 70.

    Lulus comments have obviously riled you thedansel01. I unfortunately turned over to another channel once I heard the verdict so I missed the goodbyes. What did she actually say?

  • Comment number 71.

    @ Val

    I voted for Audley & Natalie. So simple arithmetic shows that as both Audley & Lulu tied in the same place after the Judges scores more people voted for Audley & Natalie. Even more must have voted for Russell & Flavia to keep them from the last two.

    Just the way things go. At least now it is the public making the choice rather than the judges getting another bite of the cherry.

  • Comment number 72.

    I will miss Brendan, but not Lulu. Her camera hogging in Tessa's area was becoming embarrassing.

    Maybe she has issues with confidence or something, many performers apparently do, they constantly need to feel loved and praised. I think when she realised she couldn't dance, and probably when she realised Anita, her contemporary, was getting much more favourable attention Lulu just went for the 'me me me' default setting. It's a shame really because I was expecting her to be a good dancer.

  • Comment number 73.

    MrsArcanum @71, I always seem to agree with your comments. Are we the only two who would hate to see the Dance Off come back? It took all the fairness and also the excitement out of it for me- I pretty much knew who the judges would vote off as soon as I heard the final two named.

  • Comment number 74.

    73, wiggleitjiggleit - I would like to see the Dance off return. But so the Judges don't get a second chance to put their favourite through, I would like to see the Studio Audience vote and make the decision. Afterall unless anyone bothers to vote on their mobile they don't get a chance to vote at all.

    There would be no rush as they have all Saturday night to sort it out!

  • Comment number 75.

    Ooh, BadDancingBadger I think that's a great idea. I think that would make it all the more exciting for everyone concerned.

  • Comment number 76.

    Lulu, don't blame Brendan - he is an excellent dancer and teacher. You just weren't good enough.

  • Comment number 77.

    MrsArcanum, what do you think of BadDancingBadger's idea for the dance off? Isn't that a great compromise? The public (ie audience) still get the final vote, but we get a bit more drama on a Saturday/Sunday ? night, which everyone seems to be crying out for.

  • Comment number 78.

    Peter Jeffcott - 70 I have been looking on digitalspy and apparently Lulu thanked everyone on the show but not Brendan. She then danced on her own without making any contact with Brendan until he gave up and walked off. She showed little respect for him apparently and that has upset his fans and even his non fans. People seemed to have turned against here and everyone is very interested to see how they are together tonight on ITT.

  • Comment number 79.

    @ wiggleitjiggleit

    Not too sure about this personally but at least it takes things away from the judges. Would need to be voting by the general public only, not the guests or other various celebrities in the audience.

  • Comment number 80.

    I agree with most about Lulu's awful attitude. Poor Brendan - you can't teach someone who 'knows it all', hope you get a better pupil next time.
    Hope Artem is fit for next week, he's brilliant.
    Great to see Matt Flint, watched him in the SYTYCD, what an amazing dancer, would love to see more of him.

  • Comment number 81.

    MrsArcanum, yeah that seems fair. Princess Beatrice wouldn't be allowed to vote.

  • Comment number 82.

    BadDancingBadger; good idea. At the moment the audience don't get a vote at all because they have to leave their mobile phones at the gate before they enter the building. As all celebs and dancers get an allocation of guest tickets a week then the celeb guests/family would be balanced equally among the competitors.

  • Comment number 83.

    Why does my comment always disappear from the message boards soon after it has been posted? Just asking.

    Anyhow, just like to say I love Russel and Flavia.

  • Comment number 84.

    aw lulu was really good

  • Comment number 85.

    It was patently obviouse there was no connection between Lulu and Brendan on Saturday, she did not have a goood word for Brendan even to the point of ignoring him on their 'last dance' Brendan was an absolute gentleman and did not deserve to be treated like that. Harry did not do much in his samba, Chelsea was brilliant however producers why did u not ask Karen Hardy to be a judge, Jennifer Grey made one great film years ago come on why was everyone fawning all over her?

  • Comment number 86.

    Ref 40 from W5fan: In 28 when referring to 'Lawrence Dellolio' I was not meaning the esteemed Rugby international (Dallaglio) but being derogatory towards one Nancy who partnered Anton in this series.
    Just to clarify the point for the hard of understanding, y'understand.
    Ref61 Bad Dancing Badger: I think there is a world of difference in Russel, as a celeb using comedy in his dancing (Which is commendable) than Anton doing the same (Again & again.....) because his a: Partner is inept (Again, again). b: because his Latin dancing is sub-standard, in comparison to his Ballroom dancing which is impeccable.
    I had thought Jason was a shoe in to win this series: Hmmm, I never did get to the bookies, I'm glad I kept my money in my pocket !
    As for the absence of Len on the panel it was refreshing not to have to see the Head Judge being disparaging towards the marks & opinions of Craig.

  • Comment number 87.

    WRT voting: I vote right after the lines opened and so far this year have yet to bounce out or find the line engaged.

    I think, realistically, the final four, bar upsets, are Holly, Jason, Harry (if Aliona gets in gear) and Chelsee. Much as I would very much love to see Anita there.

  • Comment number 88.

    Lulu = Spoilt child comes to mind. Better luck next year, Brendan. Will miss you.

  • Comment number 89.

    I'd like to vote but feel that the viewer experience is being managed by the BBC. Why should the BBC expect us to vote when we don't see all of the dance? Very often I'm looking at the feet, which is after all a major part of the dance, then the camera focuses on the face or the professional. At times, the camera is all over the place. Often the feet are cropped off the bottom of the screen and there is ample room above the heads of the dancers. The viewer needs to see the dancers from head to foot to enjoy and pass their judgement on the dance. The judges mention a mistake ...... and we haven't been able to see it because the camera has focussed elsewhere.

  • Comment number 90.

    I expected so much mpre from Lulu, she has been a real disappointment and the realtionship was very cold to say the least. i felt she was very rude!

    Chelsea was fantastic and she is what Strictly is all about, folk who have never danced learning to dance, she should be proud of ehrself and I hope she goes far!

    Jason is a pro and for that reason it is unfair thet he is in this competition although he ain't that much fo a preformer!

    Anita is fabulous and really truies so hard.

    Audley ... I would love to see him stay on, he is such a hulk of a man he has the most difficult challenge out of all of them and that should be gtaken into consideration!

    Robbie disgusted me and no matter how well he dances (not the case though) he would never get my vote. He really fancies himself and is a bit nauseating!

    Aleisha should be replaced with Karen Hardy a real dancer who knows what to look for! I find Aleisha comments too much of the same thing and lacks any technical advice ... come on Karen, Strictly needs you!

  • Comment number 91.

    I am slightly older than Luly so have been aware of her 'personality' throughout her entire career. I have never warmed to her and have known people who have interviewed her who said she ws incredibly difficult and a real diva. I decided to put my prejudices to one side when I heard she was on Strictly - after all we are both grannies now! - but after one week I am afraid they were back.

    Brendan behaved impeccably towards her and was the perfect gentleman, and I have had issues with his behaviour in the past, and it was pretty clear she did not care for him at all. Petulant remarks reported in the press - will be interesting to see what she says about these on ITT tonight

  • Comment number 92.

    The only thing age seems to have given Lulu is an all-encompassing love for herself and a faux American accent. What an irritating woman. Watching her on ITT she hasn't once referred to Brendan, it is all me, me, me. Brendan you are a saint whose wonderful dancing will be much missed. I hope the producers reward you next year with a celebrity who wants to learn to dance.

  • Comment number 93.

    Hi wiggleitjigglet. You have obviously missed quite a few of my posts because like Mrs Arcanum I have also come out and said that the dance off was never going to sort out the problems of shock exits. In fact the dance off has caused more problems than it solved. Having said that if the dance off will work at all the earlier suggestion of giving the dance off deciding power to the public is the only way it will work.

    Thanks for your explanation doctordancingdiva. It does sound like there is something not quite right there. However these sort of things do get blown out of all proportion sometimes. Lulu had been bracing herself for being in the bottom 2 but her exit was a shock to almost everyone (bar strictlymacey) so it could just have been that in her state of shock Lulu didn't think about thanking Brendan and at the end only thought of dancing on her own like she does when she is on stage.

  • Comment number 94.

    I think that it is a shame Lulu went, but having seen this for the past
    couple of weeks I am sure that it is all set for Harry to win, although he
    certainly does not do as much dancing as all the rest. I do not know
    how he managed to get a 10 at one point.

  • Comment number 95.

    Glad she's gone. Lousy dancer and arrogant with it.
    Hope Audley and Robbie go next. They also annoy me with their minimal talent and over-rated opinion of themselves.
    Russell might not be a dancer but he is a great entertainer.

  • Comment number 96.

    Wow, I am SSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOO pleased to see that SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOO many felt the same as I did, really sorry for Brendan. Lulu may be small and "cute" but she could not even say thank-you to Brendan and he is a real gentleman and tried to keep it "all good" and kept smiling. Llulu was miserable towards Brendan from the beginning. I hope Brendan will have a lady next year who appreciates what a good dancer, teacher and real gentleman he is. Go Brendan Go!!! Love you :-)

  • Comment number 97.

    Felt really sorry for Brendan on ITT tonight he looked really sad and fed up. Think he is a real gentleman though helping Holly rehearse while Artem is injured. Go Brendan!!!!!

  • Comment number 98.

    Brendan, Pleeeease don't let Lulu put you off Strictly! You did your best but she was not open to learning and her behavious and comments to papers about height differences etc. show how much of a sore loser she is. As a long time fan of Strictly I was so afraid hearing your comments when you were voted off as I felt it sounded like you were giving up... Don't! You're one of the nest dancers on the show and the fact that you were able to choreograph such great routines around your partners limitation proves that.
    Lulu, the height difference may not have been ideal but you had one of the proven, best teachers available and you should have made the most of that. You may be a force in your field but you were in a new arena and should have respected his skills and what he could teach you. Do you realise how lucky you were????
    Brendan, Don't give up, SCD needs you!!!

  • Comment number 99.

    Lulu, don't blame Brendan - he is an excellent dancer and teacher. The celebs shouldn't blame their professional dancers because the pros knows how to teach and they have being dancing for the last 30 odd years.

  • Comment number 100.

    Lulu once again tried to make it all about her,she avoided looking Brendan in the eye and tried to justify her behavour by stating her age and she has been married twice, old enough and experiance enough to treat Brendon with some respect. Well done to Brendan for once againing be a gentleman.

 

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