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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!


  • Comment number 1.

    Jason is my favourite amongst the boys, and I'm thrilled for Kristina that she's finally been given a partner who can move well. The pair of them seem quite serious in that clip, which is good, but there's room for fun too.

  • Comment number 2.

    Impressed with Jason and Kristina early training video - seems they have identical work ethics and are obviously getting along very well indeed so all bodes very well for the future. You can see Jason can already dance so he's pretty much halfway there!

    Team Name suggestion: 'Jastina'

  • Comment number 3.

    Great. J&K get on well and Jason's got potential. Really happy :):)

  • Comment number 4.

    Jason and Kristina look good! Jason always works hard and gives it everything! our followers on twitter agreed on #teamjastina as a great name for them! Good to see it going well :O)

  • Comment number 5.

    I think this couple are going to be great - he looks like a natural mover (despite his modesty about his dance abilities) and Kristina is both a great choreographer and an exciting dancer to watch. For the public to keep supporting Jason through the weeks, though, he's going to have to be careful that he doesn't take it all too seriously and can show a good balance of hard work and FUN. I think taking it all a bit too seriously has been the thing that tipped the balance for previous celebs who were superb movers and had the potential to win but ended as runner ups (Matt last year, Ricki the year before, Rachel before that...there's a lesson in there somewhere...)

  • Comment number 6.

    I agree about potential there. It seems like Jase' is trying really hard to master in his mind the basics. I don't think that is stiffness I am seeing in the clip. I think Khristina is just trying to get him to understand the basics in his mind.

  • Comment number 7.

    What a nice chap he seems. Hope he does well.

  • Comment number 8.

    This must be one of the easiest pairings to name...so many possibilities.Jastina sounds good to me, or maybe Kristovan ;>

  • Comment number 9.

    Jason looks to have great potential.

    Good luck to them both!

  • Comment number 10.

    I think they'll do well. He's still in training mode from his last role so that gives him a good stamina base. I like the work ethic. No moans about blisters, just getting down to it. He knows how valuable this honeymoon period is and will make the most of it. I only hope Jason doesn't lose the obligatory 2 stones otherwise he'll disappear!

    Fantasy team names based on both full names:
    friski, frison, frodo, nova, ooronron, fandans, tornoff, soddoff, roast, nananono

  • Comment number 11.

    BforP @10 Heehee. You made me chuckle :);):)

  • Comment number 12.

    Awww - thanks ojtocs. B4p

  • Comment number 13.

    Thimk I must be missing something... oh, yes, enjoyment! Take it seriously, by all means, but if you're not enjoying it, what's the point? Have you edited out all the fun bits, Auntie? I can't believe Jase and Kristina aren't having any fun, I'm sure they've both got a sense of humour. Hopefully, they'll stay in long enough to show it.

  • Comment number 14.

    Jason definetely looks the part and to be fair if there was one person I would judge before the series it would be him simply because of the amount of times Claudia has had him on the ITT Friday panel analysing the pre - show training and he certainly seems to know what he is talking about, saying where different celebs are going wrong in their dances. It will be interesting to see how he does when he is under the microscope on the dance floor but early signs are good. If I was to pick a name I would also call them Team Jastina

  • Comment number 15.

    My Polar bear senses are tingling. Already I'm worried Jase will push, get something wrong, then blow up with self anger and forget to cover it over in the performance.


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