Archives for September 2011

Week 1 - Strictly Live Show - 30 Sept 2011

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BBC Strictly Nora | 19:54 UK time, Friday, 30 September 2011

It's tantalizingly close to the moment when our new celebrities hit the dance floor!

Which celeb are you looking forward to seeing bask in the glow of the Strictly glitterball? Who will find favour with Len and who will be on the receiving end of Craig's critical eye?

We'd love to know your thoughts, stay right here and comment along live...

Backstage the make-up room is buzzing

Holly: "There was one move I messed up on but I'll make up for it next week"

Lulu: "I knew I screwed up but I just kept going. There's nothing we can do now"

Dan: "I'm a little disappointed to be honest. We made it the best we could"

Robbie: "I just gave it my best shot. I'm not a dancer but I gave my best"

Audley: "OMG...Bring on the latin dance!"

Anita: "I loved every minute of that. Bring on next week!"

Russell: "A standing ovation! I can't believe it!"

Week 1 - EXCLUSIVE Backstage Gallery - Show 1

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BBC Strictly James | 18:30 UK time, Friday, 30 September 2011

The waiting is finally over.

The Strictly machine has started again and the first show is tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Seven couples will dance either a Waltz or a Cha Cha Cha tonight. Dancing tonight will be:

Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe (Waltz)

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev (Cha Cha Cha)

Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor (Waltz)

Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan (Cha Cha Cha)

Lulu and Brendan Cole (Cha Cha Cha)

Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas (Waltz)

Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace (Cha Cha Cha)

Alex Jones and James Jordan were originally scheduled to dance tonight, but they will dance tomorrow instead. Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev will dance tonight in their place.

In the meantime, we have EXCLUSIVE dress rehearsal photos for you


Studio 1 door

Where the magic happens

dancefloor

Behold! The Strictly studio and dancefloor

Glitter ball

The glitterball is ready - are you?

Entire Strictly line-up on the floor

Everyone is in their Sunday best. I'm not too sure what Lulu and Brendan are looking at though

Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas dancing

Dan and Katya take to the floor

Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe dancing

Lovely form by Audley and Natalie

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev in dress rehearsal

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev in dress rehearsal

Lulu and Brendan Cole in dress rehearsal

It looks like Lulu and Brendan Cole are about to have a 'Dirty Dancing finale' moment

Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor are ready for their dress rehearsal

Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor are ready for their dress rehearsal

Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace

You can tell by the way he walks, he's a woman's man, he's got no time to talk - Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace

Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan

It looks like blondes - Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan - have more fun

Watch our BRAND NEW title sequence

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BBC Strictly Nora | 14:00 UK time, Friday, 30 September 2011

We've been humming the Strictly theme tune all afternoon here at SCD HQ, and that's because we are excited to be able to share with you our ALL NEW title sequence in advance of tonight's live show. Remember where you saw it first folks...

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It Takes Two needs you!

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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 10:27 UK time, Friday, 30 September 2011

Share your Strictly thoughts with the nation by leaving a message on our fabulous new viewer comment line - 09011 98 66 22.* We'll use the best ones in our brand new feature Points of You. Full terms and conditions are here.

Or you can post on the comments feed below, e-mail ittakestwo@bbc.co.uk, or text your thoughts (beginning your message with ITT) to 60011.**

Before you get going here's a backstage message from It Takes Two presenter and Strictly superfan Zoe Ball!

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EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Savage in the 2011 teaser trailer

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BBC Strictly James | 17:00 UK time, Thursday, 29 September 2011

We're coming to the end of our EXCLUSIVE teaser trailers. This trailer will air on Friday 30th September on BBC One and it features the wonderous Welshman, Robbie Savage!

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Strictly Dancers Card

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BBC Strictly Nora | 14:01 UK time, Thursday, 29 September 2011

The stage is set, the sequins are sparkling and the celebs have their spray-tans at the ready. What more could you need for tomorrow night's action packed show? Well how about downloading this 'cut out and keep' Dancers Card? Print it out, choose a celebrity and play along at home or in your office.

                       Click on this link to download the Strictly Dancers Card!

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Tune in for our first two shows, tomorrow at 9pm and Saturday at 6pm on BBC One.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe AND Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace

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BBC Strictly James | 12:00 UK time, Thursday, 29 September 2011

Well, we've got ONE day before Strictly gets going and we've got a double treat for you! Today we're going to be taking a look at Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace's AND Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe's EXCLUSIVE rehearsal video!

The team of Audley and Natalie already pack a punch, but will they knockout everyone with their silky steps?

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Meanwhile, Russell and Flavia were the last pair to be partnered together - was the best saved until last?

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How do you think Russell and Audley will do on the live show on Friday 30th September?

You can catch up on our other EXCLUSIVE rehearsal videos here:

      Lulu and Brendan Cole
          Rory Bremner and Erin Boag
              Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone
                Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
                    Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor
                        Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan
                            Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas
                                Nancy Dell'Olio and Anton Du Beke
                                    Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev
                                        Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
                                          Alex Jones and James Jordan
                                            Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev

                                            EXCLUSIVE: Edwina Currie in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                            BBC Strictly Suzy | 16:00 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011

                                            Do you need a mid-week boost? Well, you're in luck as we have Edwina Currie's EXCLUSIVE teaser trailer that will air on BBC One on Thursday 29th September.

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                                            Only two more sleeps until the first live show! Who are you most looking forward to seeing?

                                            EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev

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                                            BBC Strictly Suzy | 12:00 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011

                                            It's Holly-Day! Well, it's Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev day to be precise.

                                            Artem has been taking Holly through the steps for their debut performance this weekend, but do you think they will have this 'patch work quilt' together by show time? Watch the clip and let us know how you think they are getting on.

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                                            You can catch up with our other EXCLUSIVE rehearsal videos here:

                                                Lulu and Brendan Cole
                                                    Rory Bremner and Erin Boag
                                                        Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone
                                                          Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
                                                              Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor
                                                                  Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan
                                                                      Dan Lobb and Katya Virshalis
                                                                          Nancy Dell'Olio and Anton Du Beke
                                                                              Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev
                                                                                  Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
                                                                                      Alex Jones and James Jordan

                                                                                      EXCLUSIVE: Harry Judd in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                      BBC Strictly Suzy | 16:00 UK time, Tuesday, 27 September 2011

                                                                                      Here at Strictly HQ we are getting rather excited about seeing the couples dance LIVE this weekend - just to get you in the mood, we have cheeky teaser trailer featuring Harry Judd. Enjoy!

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                                                                                      EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Alex Jones and James Jordan

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                                                                                      BBC Strictly Suzy | 12:00 UK time, Tuesday, 27 September 2011

                                                                                      Let's kick off the afternoon with an EXCLUSIVE rehearsal clip! Our dancing couple today are Alex Jones and James Jordan.

                                                                                      These two were thrilled to be paired together at the launch show, and since then they have been hitting the training room in preparation for their first live dance on Friday 30th September.

                                                                                      How do you think Alex and James are getting on?

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                                                                                      You can catch up on our other EXCLUSIVE rehearsal videos here:

                                                                                          Lulu and Brendan Cole
                                                                                              Rory Bremner and Erin Boag
                                                                                                  Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone
                                                                                                    Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
                                                                                                        Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor
                                                                                                            Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan
                                                                                                                Dan Lobb and Katya Virshalis
                                                                                                                    Nancy Dell'Olio and Anton Du Beke
                                                                                                                        Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev
                                                                                                                            Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani

                                                                                                                            EXCLUSIVE: Audley Harrison in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                            BBC Strictly Suzy | 16:00 UK time, Monday, 26 September 2011

                                                                                                                            We have a tea time treat for you today! Not only is it an EXCLUSIVE, but we get to find out what really scares Audley! This trailer will air on Tuesday 27th September on BBC One.

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                                                                                                                            EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani

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                                                                                                                            BBC Strictly Kirstie | 14:00 UK time, Monday, 26 September 2011

                                                                                                                            With just four days to go until Strictly returns to our screens what more could you want than another EXCLUSIVE rehearsal diary from Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani!

                                                                                                                            Check out the action in our video:

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                                                                                                                            You can catch up on our other EXCLUSIVE rehearsal videos here:

                                                                                                                                Lulu and Brendan Cole
                                                                                                                                    Rory Bremner and Erin Boag
                                                                                                                                        Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone
                                                                                                                                          Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
                                                                                                                                              Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor
                                                                                                                                                  Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan
                                                                                                                                                      Dan Lobb and Katya Virshalis
                                                                                                                                                          Nancy Dell'Olio and Anton Du Beke
                                                                                                                                                              Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev

                                                                                                                                                              EXCLUSIVE: Chelsee Healey in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                              BBC Strictly Kirstie | 16:02 UK time, Sunday, 25 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                              We thought you might like another EXCLUSIVE teaser trailer to help your Sunday along! Here's a sneak preview of Chelsee's lovely new trailer, which you can also catch a glimpse of on Monday 26th September on BBC One.

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                                                                                                                                                              EXCLUSIVE: Holly Valance in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                              BBC Strictly Kirstie | 16:02 UK time, Saturday, 24 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                              Welcome to the weekend. Just to make sure you don't miss out, we have another EXCLUSIVE teaser trailer for you! Have a look and see how Holly's getting on and remember to look out for the trailer on BBC One on Sunday 25th September.

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                                                                                                                                                              Second Week of Exclusive Training Videos

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                                                                                                                                                              BBC Strictly Suzy | 12:00 UK time, Saturday, 24 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                              This week has been full of online exclusives! Each day we have dedicated the Strictly homepage to one of our couples, and given you a sneaky peak at their rehearsals.

                                                                                                                                                              We've seen Anita practicing in her L-plates for the ultimate driving test, dancing LIVE with Robin - but will she get any minors from the judges or pass with flying colours? Ola has been finding out if Robbie has two left feet, from seeing his video we can confirm that Robbie has some moves!

                                                                                                                                                              Dan and Katya have been hitting the training room as well; Katya has been teaching Dan how to glide in the Waltz. Another pair we've seen training this week are Nancy and Anton - they will certainly be turning up the heat come show night, but how do you think they are shaping up in rehearsals? Our final couple this week were Chelsee and Pasha. This feisty duo have been getting dizzy learning to Waltz, but will they leave the crowd spinning for all the right reasons?

                                                                                                                                                              You can catch up with all the action from this week below, but don't forget you can still see the videos from last week on our first week rehearsal blog post.

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                                                                                                                                                              We have plenty more exclusives for you next week, so remember to stop by the Strictly site everyday to see how our featured couple are getting on.

                                                                                                                                                              EXCLUSIVE: Lulu in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                              BBC Strictly Kirstie | 16:02 UK time, Friday, 23 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                              Is it Friday already? Then it must be time for another EXCLUSIVE teaser trailer! It's Lulu's turn today - and don't forget - you can look out for the trailer on BBC One on Saturday 24th September.

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                                                                                                                                                              EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev

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                                                                                                                                                              BBC Strictly Suzy | 12:00 UK time, Friday, 23 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                              Today we have an EXCLUSIVE rehearsal diary from Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev! After being matched together at the launch show, this dancing duo have been making fantastic progress in the training room, getting dizzy learning the Waltz.

                                                                                                                                                              Check out the action in our video:

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                                                                                                                                                              You can catch up on our other EXCLUSIVE rehearsal videos here:

                                                                                                                                                                  Lulu and Brendan Cole
                                                                                                                                                                      Rory Bremner and Erin Boag
                                                                                                                                                                          Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone
                                                                                                                                                                            Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
                                                                                                                                                                                Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor
                                                                                                                                                                                    Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan
                                                                                                                                                                                        Dan Lobb and Katya Virshalis
                                                                                                                                                                                            Nancy Dell'Olio and Anton Du Beke

                                                                                                                                                                                            EXCLUSIVE: Jason Donovan in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                                                            BBC Strictly Suzy | 14:24 UK time, Thursday, 22 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                            As it's Thursday and we like you, here is another EXCLUSIVE teaser trailer! This time it's Jason Donovan's teaser that goes out on BBC One on Friday 23rd September - remember you saw it here first!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Nancy Dell'Olio and Anton Du Beke

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                                                                                                                                                                                            BBC Strictly Suzy | 10:10 UK time, Thursday, 22 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bellissimo! It's Nancy Dell'Olio and Anton Du Beke's time to shine in their EXCLUSIVE rehearsal video!

                                                                                                                                                                                            These two are certainly going to turn up the heat on the dance floor, but do you think this feisty duo will impress the judges?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            You can catch up on our other EXCLUSIVE rehearsal videos here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Lulu and Brendan Cole
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rory Bremner and Erin Boag
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dan Lobb and Katya Virshalis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Dell'Olio in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BBC Strictly Kirstie | 16:01 UK time, Wednesday, 21 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So all week we've been publishing exclusive trailers online a whole day before you get to see them on TV. And today is no exception! Take a look at Nancy's 2011 teaser trailer and then see if you can spot it on BBC One on Thursday 22nd September.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BBC Strictly Suzy | 11:40 UK time, Wednesday, 21 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We have a mid-week treat for you today; it's Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas's EXCLUSIVE rehearsal video!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We'd love to hear your team name suggestions for Dan and Katya, so leave a comment and yours could be selected as the official team name for the run.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can catch up on our other EXCLUSIVE rehearsal videos here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lulu and Brendan Cole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rory Bremner and Erin Boag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EXCLUSIVE: Russell Grant in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BBC Strictly Kirstie | 16:02 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We just can't stop offering you exclusives! Today it's over to Russell's 2011 teaser trailer, which you get to watch a whole day before it appears on TV. Don't forget to look out for it on Wednesday 21st September on BBC One. And you can also check out the other exclusive trailers we've already put up online for your perusal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BBC Strictly Suzy | 12:00 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, well, well, look who we have an EXCLUSIVE rehearsal video of today - it's Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This golden duo are dancing the Cha Cha Cha on the live show on Friday 30th September, and from looking at the rehearsal footage it's safe to say they are serious about impressing the judges!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We'd love to hear your team name suggestions for Robbie and Ola, so leave a comment and yours could be selected as the official team name for the run.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can catch up on our other EXCLUSIVE rehearsal videos here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lulu and Brendan Cole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rory Bremner and Erin Boag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVE: Alex Jones in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Kirstie | 16:03 UK time, Monday, 19 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hopefully you're enjoying all of the exclusive videos coming your way. This time it's Alex's 2011 teaser trailer, which you'll be able to watch on Tuesday 20th September on BBC One. Remember - you saw it here first!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Suzy | 10:37 UK time, Monday, 19 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another week, another EXCLUSIVE training video! Our couple today are Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In just under two weeks we will see this pair dancing live in front of the judges, but will Anita still be wearing her L-plates?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you missed any of the training videos from last week, you can still catch them here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lulu and Brendan Cole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rory Bremner and Erin Boag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Week 1 - Who's dancing on what day?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma | 01:00 UK time, Monday, 19 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The first live shows are fast appraoching and we can now reveal to all you Strictly fans the line up for each night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On Friday 30th September the couples performing for the first time on live television will be:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Then on Saturday 1st October the couples performing for the first time together will be:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Please note the running order has yet to be confirmed. The celebrities have been listed above in alphabetical order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So the question is who are YOU looking forward to watching? Share your thoughts below...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma | 15:30 UK time, Sunday, 18 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make sure you look out for Dan's 2011 teaser trailer on Monday 19th September on BBC One. Of course, we can give you an exclusive look at it before that time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVE: Rory Bremner in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma | 15:30 UK time, Saturday, 17 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We're all about the exclusives here at Strictly Come Dancing HQ and here is another one. A preview of Rory's 2011 teaser trailer that is due to air tomorrow on BBC One.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First Week of Exclusive Training Videos

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Kirstie | 13:00 UK time, Saturday, 17 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, what a week it's been... Our couples have knuckled down to some serious training and everyone is waiting patiently to see whether there will be tantrums and tiaras on the dancefloor this year!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Over the last week we've been dedicating every day to a different Strictly couple as we unveil exclusive footage of their first training sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Will Brendan be as hard on Lulu as she is on herself? What were Erin's first impressions of Rory's routine? Will Vincent's charms prove too much of a distraction for Edwina? And will Jason's perfectionist ways make him star pupil with Kristina? There's only one way to find out - have a little look below!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And remember, there's plenty more exclusive footage to come in the run up to the first competitive show, so who will be next? Make sure you check back every day next week to find out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So how do you think our couples are shaping up? Let us know by posting a message below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVE: Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor in the 2011 teaser trailer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma | 17:03 UK time, Friday, 16 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the build up to the first live shows for Strictly Come Dancing 2011, the couples have taken time out of their busy rehearsal schedules to film their 15 second teaser trailers that will be broadcast on BBC One over the next two weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                However, we will have a daily treat for all you Strictly fans. An exclusive preview of each trailer, 24 hours before they air on teleivision!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First up. Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Suzy | 16:54 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not only is it Friday, but we have another EXCLUSIVE rehearsal video for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So far this week we've seen Lulu, Rory and Edwina make some shapes in training, but now it's Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff's chance to show off their skills.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Learning the Cha Cha Cha can be a tricky business, but these two certainly look like they're making good progress!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How do you think Jason is getting on? Also, don't forget to let us know your team name suggestions!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVE: Training Video: Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly James | 12:00 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We're into the third day of our exclusive training videos. Today it's the turn of Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone, although Edwina thought she had bagged Artem during the Launch show.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Will the former MP be as attached to Vincent as she was to Artem? And will Vincent be able to Cha Cha change Edwina into a dancing machine?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Remember to check out the other exclusive training videos if you've missed them:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let us know what you think of Edwina and Vincent? And do you have any team name suggestions?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Rory Bremner and Erin Boag

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Suzy | 17:47 UK time, Tuesday, 13 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We have another EXCLUSIVE rehearsal diary for you, today it's Rory Bremner and Erin Boag's turn to practice their moves on the dance floor! Rory and Erin were thrilled to be paired together on the launch show, and it looks like they are making great progress learning the Waltz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Watch our exclusive video to see how they are getting on:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What do you think of our dancing duo? Also, don't forget to let us know your team name suggestions!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVE: Training Video - Lulu and Brendan Cole

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly James | 12:15 UK time, Tuesday, 13 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, we all found out who the couples were on the Strictly Launch show - there was suspense, intrigue, and even a group dance involving the class of Strictly 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But now, the hard work really starts. The couples will hit the dancefloor in 17 days but they're already in training. Each day we'll be taking a look at a celebrity and their dance partner to see how they're getting on. First up, it's Lulu and Brendan Cole - will there be any more surprise lifts? And will we have something to Shout about come Friday 30th September?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Watch the exclusive video to find out how the training is going:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Behind the Scenes of 2011 Trailer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma | 14:01 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Strictly Come Dancing celebs have been mighty busy, with the launch show, learning routines and filming a brand new trailer for the 2011 series, starting on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not only do we have the trailer itself that you can watch below, but we also have an exclusive look at how it all came together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So get yourself in the Strictly mood and get all the gossip by going behind the scenes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Len's Dance Clinic open to new patients!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Kirstie | 12:41 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, the countdown is finally over - the celebs have been revealed and partnered with their Strictly pros... all that remains is for you to get your dancing shoes on too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But wait - are you having trouble with a pesky paso?... Desperate to tackle the technicalities of the tango?... Or maybe you just need some tips on how to put some sizzle in your samba?... That's what Len's here for!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, that's right, head judge and ballroom favourite Len Goodman joins Zoe Ball on the It Takes Two couch soon for a whole new session of Len's Dance Clinic and he cannot wait to get started with his dancing diagnosis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So what's holding you back?! Get your dancing dilemmas at the ready and let us know...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can get in touch however you like - by posting your questions on the comments feed below, by putting a message on Facebook or you can send your comments and videos to ittakestwo@bbc.co.uk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you're one of the lucky ones, our lovely team of assistants may even be in touch soon to film your dancing ailments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here's a special video message from Len to get you motivated...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't forget to tune into It Takes Two weeknights at 6.30pm live on BBC2 from the 3rd of October.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And remember - the more unusual the dancing dilemma the better. Don't be afraid - there's no problem too big or too small for Len!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strictly Launch Show - 10th September 2011

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma | 15:28 UK time, Saturday, 10 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strictly Come Dancing is back, and bigger than ever before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday night saw the exhilirating red carpet launch show from TV Centre in which the 14 celebrities were finally paired up with their professional dancer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The new couples are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After the show, we caught up with the new 2011 couples for their first reactions to the exciting news. You can watch these exclusive thoughts in the video below!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And finally, why not share your own first reactions to all this news with the nation by leaving a comment below. Perhaps you have an idea for a team name or maybe there was a shock reveal in the show. Whatever your burning issue is, get involved with the Strictly discussion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Behind the Scenes at the Launch Show

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Suzy | 14:32 UK time, Wednesday, 7 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strictly HQ in Television Centre has been buzzing all day! Not only has the red carpet been rolled out for our Strictly contestants, but we've seen the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton and her lovely band at the stage door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can watch the launch show on BBC One at 6.10pm on Saturday 10th September, but until then we have some sneaky snaps of the stars for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Velvet rope rails outside BBC Television Centre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rope to keep back the superfans!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vincent Simone standing outside Television Centre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vincent says 'hello' to the Strictly fans!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SCD red carpet outside of BBC Television Centre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The red carpet is ready!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Papparazzi waiting to see the SCD celebrities on the red carpet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Papparazzi waiting to see the SCD celebrities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Strictly judges waiting for the show to start!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Strictly judges waiting for the show to start!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alesha and Bruno getting ready to hit the red carpet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alesha and Bruno getting ready to hit the red carpet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kristina and Robin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kristina and Robin looking picture perfect before the head out onto the red carpet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anton and Erin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anton and Erin are all smiles as they head out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Katya and new professional dancer Pasha.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Katya and new professional dancer Pasha.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brendan and Natalie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brendan and Natalie looking gorgeous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                James and Ola preparing for the red carpet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                James and Ola walking out onto the red carpet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alex Jones hitting the red carpet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alex Jones looking lovely in green.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anita Dobson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anita Dobson looking lovely in blue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Audley Harrison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Audley Harrison on his way out on to the red carpet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chelsee Healey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chelsee Healey looking lovely in silver and blue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan Lobb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan Lobb is all smiles as he heads out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Edwina Currie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Edwina Currie looking smiley as she heads out onto the red carpet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harry Judd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harry Judd preparing to meet the public!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Holly Valance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Holly Valance is all sparkles as she heads out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jason Donovan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jason Donovan fixing his tie before he heads out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lulu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lulu saying 'hello' to the Strictly fans!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nancy Dell'Olio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nancy Dell'Olio backstage looking amazing in green.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Robbie Savage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Robbie Savage just as he bolts out onto the red carpet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rory Bremner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rory Bremner looking very showbiz!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Russell Grant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Russell Grant saying a big 'hello' to all the lovely Stricty fans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The papparazzi checking their photos as the celebs and dancers head into Television Centre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The papparazzi checking their photos as the celebs and dancers head into Television Centre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Who are you most looking forward to seeing on the show?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strictly Class of 2011

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Suzy | 19:10 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After weeks of speculation the Strictly celebs have now been revealed on The One Show – here at Strictly HQ we are so excited that we can hardly tweet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The chosen ones this year are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alex Jones

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anita Dobson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Audley Harrison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chelsee Healey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan Lobb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Edwina Currie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harry Judd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Holly Valance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jason Donovan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lulu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nancy Dell'Olio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Robbie Savage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rory Bremner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Russell Grant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think we can all agree that the line up is brilliant – but the question is, who are you most looking forward to busting some moves on the dance floor? Do you think it’s written in the stars for Russell Grant, or are you going to be shouting for Lulu? Have your say by commenting below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you just can’t wait to get to know our Strictly starlets better, you can watch exclusive interviews with all the contestants in our video gallery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, don’t forget to tune into BBC One at 6.10pm on Saturday 10th September to watch the red carpet launch show. All 14 of our stars will be paired with their professional partners and take to the floor for the first time – there is also an exclusive performance from Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strictly Celebs!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly James | 11:10 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You should have seen by now that there's a lot of buzz about the 14 celebrities that will be forgetting about their day job and aiming to be Strictly Champ 2011! But even though they haven't been strutting their funky stuff yet, it doesn't mean they haven't been hard at work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last week, the chosen ones headed down to an area in South London to film the Strictly 2011 trailer. They learnt some steps, threw on some jazzy clothes and posed for the camera.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We were lucky enough to get a couple of teaser pics for you...you're welcome!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Directing the celebs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lunch...yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dancing in the street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rain delays filming

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow! One of the celeb dancers...oh gnome it isn't!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                An actual celeb - can you guess who?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Filming behind the scenes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pictures aside, the only way for you to be 100% sure of who the Strictly 2011 celebs are is to watch The One Show, tonight at 7pm on BBC One when they will all announced, exclusively.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Your fantasy Strictly line-up

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma | 08:15 UK time, Monday, 5 September 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Strictly Come Dancing launch show is just around the corner and with that in mind, we at SCD-HQ have been wondering who would be in YOUR fantasy Strictly line-up?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Would you like to see Obama hit the SCD dancefloor, Tutankhamen Tango or have a music mania line-up with bopping Beethoven, Madonna attempting the mash potato or Elvis shake those snaking hips?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The fantasy world of Strictly is your oyster so get involved and share you thoughts with the nation below!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strictly 2010 Look-Back

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBC Strictly James | 15:30 UK time, Friday, 2 September 2011


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the start of the new series of Strictly is just over a week away!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The magic starts with this year’s launch show – in which the 14 new celebrity hopefuls will meet their professional partners for the first time - on BBC One on Saturday, September 10th at 6.10pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We’ve got our work cut out if we’re going to out-do last year’s success. Who could forget the nail-biting final, the themed specials, our live show from Blackpool, and, of course, ‘Starship Widdecombe’?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But, arguably, the most memorable moment was when a tearful Artem and Kara were crowned as the Strictly 2010 Champions. New boy Artem and sensational Kara demonstrated they were a great dance duo with a series average judges’ score of just under 36/40. Statisfaction guaranteed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of course Strictly’s success couldn’t have been achieved without you, our most dedicated Strictly fans. 15 million people watched the last series, and many of you have joined the Strictly party via Twitter and Facebook, and of course, this News Blog. And for that, we thank you.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You’ll find out all the latest (official) news from us, including the first look at the celebs from the upcoming series, in the next few days. Make sure you don’t miss a thing by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the mean time, sit back, relax and revel in last year’s spectacular in this exclusive video clip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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