The wait is over! Strictly has arrived in Blackpool, the spiritual home of ballroom dancing, and we’re chomping at the rock to bring you an evening of glitz, glamour and sparkle.

It’s the week that everyone wanted to make it to, so we take our “kiss me quick” hats off to the couples because they have some incredible routines in store for you tonight. And look out for the unbelievable pro-dance... I think it’s fair to say that it’s the most ambitious we’ve ever attempted!

So who do you think is set to top the Blackpool Leaderboard tonight? And who do you want to see back next week? Watch along with us and comment below. You can also follow our live blog, with all the latest backstage photos.

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  • Comment number 1189. Posted by fanzinne

    on 24 Nov 2013 17:40

    Last night Strictly really lost its sparkle. I became bored although I stuck with the prog to the end. I agree with those bloggers who felt the judges were too harsh on Sophie and Brendan however they still heap the same words of praise on Mark Benton who is great guy and actor but not a dancer now the competition is getting stiffer.

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  • Comment number 1188. Posted by llawen

    on 24 Nov 2013 17:29

    Just leave Bruce alone....he was performing when most of us were still in a pram...he is a professional entertainer which is more than can be said for a large percentage of the contestants and professional dancers.......

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  • Comment number 1187. Posted by figurewizard

    on 24 Nov 2013 09:36

    What is the judges' problem with Sophie and Brendan? Their dances are fascinating to watch.

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  • Comment number 1186. Posted by jim

    on 23 Nov 2013 19:14

    how rude was natilie about the dress . i realy think she sould go , i think there was somthink surspsus about two weeks ago . she can dance . but its so odvious who the judges want her to go to the final . how can you give her 10s when the judes have picked faults.

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  • Comment number 1185. Posted by WinklemanDanceFever

    on 22 Nov 2013 09:27

    Did anyone else see Abbey mouthing "really?! really?!" when Mark and Iveta received their scores? Abbey's scores were just as over-marked!!! Three 10s when there was major gapping and you kept loosing your frame, "really" Abbey? Her comments were unprofessional, hypocritical and hurtful especially on the man's birthday. I've gone off her now. However, I do hope she apologises to Mark- publicly!

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  • Comment number 1184. Posted by Judge K

    on 20 Nov 2013 21:25

    Has anyone heared what happend during the show this Saturday '16th November'? What I was told today is that whilst all the dancers where in the ball room, a thief stole phone's and wallet's. Is this true?

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  • Comment number 1183. Posted by Fiddler

    on 20 Nov 2013 17:35

    Patricia 1181.

    You could well be right but having seen Kevin (WHO DOES he remind me of ?) and his wicked sense of humour I would like to bet that he finds it hilarious , just up his street .I sense a massive Brucie take off before too long !! Please let it be as good as the Artem one. - but...... I could be wrong. The Grimsby Tourism Department of course ,will be in their eye holes with all this lovely free publicity !

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  • Comment number 1182. Posted by Roberta

    on 20 Nov 2013 11:59

    I think it would help enormously if everyone was introduced with some reference to their cultural origins. For example, they could refer to a dancer's parents (if known), or teacher of their french class at school, the time and place of their birth or their grandma's maiden name. As the show progresses the details could become even more extensive. The pet's name, the colour of the wallpaper in their auntie's living room, the time they fell over in the snow - all would be candidates. It would bring the fascinations of context to the otherwise humdrum introductions.

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  • Comment number 1181. Posted by patricia

    on 20 Nov 2013 10:39

    why does bruce always introduce kevin as kevin from grimsby, all the other dancers are given their surnames, he doesn't say pascha from siberia for example, i find this insulting to kevin, as if his last name is irreevent

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  • Comment number 1180. Posted by Rosebeth

    on 19 Nov 2013 22:39

    Fed up with never getting tickets and seeing all the seats on one side being taken up by 'so called' celebs or friends of celebs or someone from the BBC! We are all license payers so should they have preference?

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