Archives for November 2011

Meet the Strictly audience

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BBC Strictly Nora | 14:56 UK time, Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Every week our dedicated audience members make the pilgrimage to Television Centre to see our celebrities and dancers tripping the light fantastic. We sent Martine Berman out on a wintry Saturday to warm them up with a cup of Strictly tea and a chat.

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Strictly Movie week trailer

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BBC Strictly James | 18:45 UK time, Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Lights! Camera! Action! This year's Strictly has already shot a Broadway and Halloween show, so we thought we'd complete the trilogy with a Movie special.

Harry has proved to be The Godfather in recent weeks, whereas Robbie is Falling Down the leaderboard. Chelsee and Jason are displaying All the Right Moves, while Alex and Holly need to Shine this week.

With so many songs from so many films, what will the couples be dancing to? We'll let you know on Thursday, but in the meantime, why not watch the trailer for Strictly's next blockbuster on Saturday...

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...and cut!

Anita Dobson Leaves Strictly Come Dancing

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BBC Strictly Suzy | 20:00 UK time, Sunday, 27 November 2011

After nine weeks in the competition, actress Anita Dobson has been voted out of Strictly Come Dancing 2011.

This weekend Anita performed a Cha Cha Cha to 'Uptown Girl' by Billy Joel with Brendan Cole. Brendan stepped in to dance with Anita after her regular dance partner Robin Windsor was unable to dance due to an injury.

During the Results Show it was announced that Anita and Brendan were in the bottom two with Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintse. After the final result was revealed, Robin Windsor appeared via telephone linkup to pay tribute to his partner:

"Anita darling, I just wanted to say you've been absolutely incredible, and I'm so sorry I couldn't be there with you tonight. It has been a pleasure to work with you. You have been one of the most enthusiastic and hard- working people I've ever, ever, ever met. I'm going to miss you dearly".

We were the first on the floor to capture the remaining contestant's first reactions after the result:

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Week 9 - Results Show - 27 November

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BBC Strictly Suzy | 18:00 UK time, Sunday, 27 November 2011

Last night our remaining Strictly starlets put on their sequins and hit the dance floor once again in the hope of getting one step closer to the Strictly glitterball. In addition to performing a routine for the judges, our couples also took part in the dreaded Swing-a-thon!

Harry and Aliona topped the leaderboard again, not only receiving 39/40 for their Quickstep, but reigning supreme in the group Swing-a-thon. At the other end of board, Robbie and Ola's Samba failed to impress the judges.

But who will go tonight? Our seven will become six as another duo leaves the competition - the show starts at 7.25pm on BBC One. Stay right here and comment along with the action...

Week 9 - Leaderboard

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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 20:53 UK time, Saturday, 26 November 2011

It was double trouble for our seven remaining couples who found themselves facing two dances this week, as they tackled the Swing-a-thon alongside a regular Ballroom or Latin number.

Harry McFlew once again to the top of the leaderboard with his double dancefloor victory. He scored a whopping seven points for his energetic Swing-a-thon sprint, whilst securing a stellar three tens for his Quickstep.

Meanwhile Robbie found himself at the bottom of the scoreboard this week after failing to impress with his Samba. He was also first to be asked to leave the floor during the Swing-a-thon which left him on a total of 26 points.

But which of our couples did enough to stay in?

Here are the scores for Week 9 - find out who will be leaving for good on Sunday at 7.25pm on BBC One.

Week 9 Leaderboard

Week 9 - Strictly Live Show - 26th November

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BBC Strictly Suzy | 17:45 UK time, Saturday, 26 November 2011

Tonight at 7pm on BBC One our seven remaining couples will be dancing LIVE for the judges scores, and your votes at home, in the hope of staying in the competition for another week.

Will there be any wardrobe malfunctions or illegal lifts? Who knows?! But stay right here to get all the gossip and backstage pictures from the ballroom...

Anita:

Anita: "He really is my knight in shining armour"

Artem:

Artem: "There was a lot of Foxtrot in it!"

Alex:

Alex: "James is upset, he didn't think we were marked fairly"

Robbie:

Robbie: "It's a while since I've has the legs out"

Chelsee:

Chelsee: "Craig said I was fabulous and I can't thank him enough"

Jason:

Jason: "There were a couple of rough edges but overall we're happy."

Harry:

Harry: "Three 10s - we're a little bit overwhelmed"

Week 9 - Backstage Gallery

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BBC Strictly Suzy | 13:55 UK time, Saturday, 26 November 2011

It's another sequin Saturday here at Television Centre, and our seven remaining couples are adding the finishing touches to their routines ahead of the live show tonight.

We will be backstage during the dress rehearsal to bring you an exclusive peek at our couples as they prepare for the live show tonight, including a cheeky look at the Swing-a-thon! Stay right here to see all the action...

The dancefloor is ready for rehearsals

Jason and Kristina's Charleston, don't miss it!

Robbie and Ola are hot this week

Anita with Brendan covering for Robin

Alex and James - top of the table this week?

Holly and Artem dancing is the Foxtrot this week

Energetic routine this week from Harry and Aliona

Chelsee and Pasha put the passion into the Tango

The swing-a-thon is back

Week 9 - Pre-show nerves

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BBC Strictly James | 13:00 UK time, Friday, 25 November 2011

We are just over three weeks away from the final of Strictly, so the couples are going to have to pull out all the stops if they want to make it to Blackpool.

This week the couples will also take part in the 'Swing-A-Thon' for a chance to win some extra bonus points - will this add to their nerves? We caught up with some of the remaining celebs and pros including new pairing Anita and Brendan to see how they're feeling ahead of this week's Strictly.

Watch the pre-show reactions clip:

Watch the first rehearsal clip.

Week 9 - Rehearsals

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BBC Strictly Suzy | 13:00 UK time, Thursday, 24 November 2011

The competition is certainly heating up now that our remaining couples have made it to week 9. If performing in front of thousands of people at Wembley last weekend didn't test their nerves enough, this week they will also compete in the 2011 Swing-a-thon!

Here is the full list of dance styles that our couples will be performing, along with their music selection:

We caught up with our couples in training to see how their routines are coming along ahead of the live show on Saturday.

Make sure you tune in to BBC One on Saturday 26th November at 7pm to see our dancing duos in action.

Christmas line-up revealed

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BBC Strictly Nora | 10:15 UK time, Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Deck the hall with glitterballs, the line-up for our sparkly Strictly Christmas special has been revealed...

Strictly's Christmas line-up

Former world featherweight boxing champion Barry McGuigan will be dancing with Erin Boag, say ho ho ho as Hi-De-Hi legend Su Pollard is partnered with Anton Du Beke. Blue's Simon Webbe is to dance with Katya Virshilas. Comedienne Debra Stephenson is paired with Ian Waite and completing the famous five is EastEnders' Janine Butcher, actress Charlie Brooks, who will take to the floor with Vincent Simone.

Here's what our excitable celebrities had to say...

Barry: "I'm looking forward to Strictly Come Dancing, it's a challenge. I've always considered myself to have two left feet and I want to surprise myself!"

Su: "Strictly Come Dancing is strictly must-see Christmas Day television. I'm hoping to wow the judges and the viewers with my utter exuberance and prowess!"

Simon: "Strictly Come Dancing is one of my mum's favourite shows. It's always nice to learn something new, the dancing part of my brain is dormant and I want to wake it up. I also want to wear something tight and sparkly!"

Debra: "I'm a really big fan of Strictly Come Dancing. I'm very excited to be on the Christmas special and I can't wait to get my dancing shoes on!"

Brendan comes to the rescue again!

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BBC Strictly Nora | 12:16 UK time, Tuesday, 22 November 2011

With the news that poor Robin Windsor has been struck down with an injury, Brendan Cole has once again hot-footed into the breach to partner Anita Dobson in this week's show. After his previous form partnering Holly, we think it's only right that Brendan dons a knight's costume to illustrate his chivalrous side.

We wish Robin a very speedy recovery and the best of luck to Anita and Brendan or 'Team Doble'.

Anita and Brendan ready to shimmy

Russell Grant leaves Strictly

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BBC Strictly James | 20:16 UK time, Sunday, 20 November 2011

Astrologer Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace are the seventh couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2011.

The pair finished at the bottom of the leaderboard on Saturday night with 24 points. They were joined in the bottom two by Holly and Artem, but unfortunately Team Flavant bowed out of the competition.

Bruno said on Saturday night: "I tell you the peek-a-boo thing at the end, I thought I was going to bust a gut! It's got nothing to do with Jive but God I loved it!" Russell's final dance was a memorable performance as he was fired out of a cannon.

As ever, we were first on the floor to find out the reactions from the professionals and celebrities.

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Week 8 - Wembley Results show - 20 November

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BBC Strictly James | 17:48 UK time, Sunday, 20 November 2011

Last night's Strictly was the biggest we've ever seen, and it didn't disappoint - we saw pyrotechnics, thousands of excited fans and a cannonball astrologer as well.

Alex and James will certainly be the happiest couple going into the Results show as they claimed the top spot - with Chelsee and Pasha - for the first time. Both Harry & Aliona and Jason & Kristina finished a point behind the leaders while Robbie & Ola and Russell & Flavia propped up the bottom of the leaderboard.

So, who will have to say goodbye on the biggest and grandest stage? Stay here and follow along with the show, which starts at 7.25pm on BBC One.

Leaderboard - Wembley

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BBC Strictly Nora | 19:59 UK time, Saturday, 19 November 2011

Our celebrities pulled out all the stops for our Wembley spectacular, and it was a night of 'firsts' from the show's biggest dance floor to Alex and James rising to joint first place on the leaderboard along with Chelsee and Pasha. Shooting star Russell failed to reach any further than the bottom despite spending his routine soaring over the heads of a record 6,000 excited Strictly fans. Here are the all-important scores on the floors for Week 8...

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Here are the scores on the floors for Week 8

Week 8 - Strictly Live Wembley Show!

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BBC Strictly James | 17:43 UK time, Saturday, 19 November 2011

Enjoy the best seat in the house as we report live from the biggest dance floor spectacular in the history of Strictly Come Dancing! There will be a certain kind of magic in the air as our pro-dancers perform a very special Queen medley, celebrating a very special 'Best of British' themed evening. Stay right here as we update you with exclusive pictures as the couples finish their performances from our curtain-side postition at Wembley Arena!

Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke is here!

Vincent Simone

"With the love" - it can only be Vincent

Artem Chigvintsev

It's Artem!!

Alex Jones

Alex says hello!

Craig outside the judges' green room

Craig Revel Horwood

Len Goodman before the show

Len Goodman

Harry Judd

Oh, alright then. Here's Harry

Bruce and the audience

Bruce warms up the audience here at Wembley

Strictly audience

Some of the audience we can see from backstage

Dancers backstage

Waiting nervously in the wings

Robbie and Ola

Ola: "What a fantastic reception. That was incredible!"

Alex and James

Alex: "I literally can't believe it. It was just awesome. Craig liked it!"

Holly and Artem

Holly: "I got through it without falling over. That was amazing!"

Anita and Robin

Anita: "The atmosphere out there is ELECTRIC!"

Harry and Aliona

Harry: "I'm going to have to try and get James back for ripping off my shirt"

Russell and Flavia

Russell: "I will remember that moment for the rest of my life. It was amazing"

Chelsee and Pasha

Chelsee: "I got a step wrong a couple of times but it was buzzing out there!"

Jason and Kristina

Jason: "It felt amazing and there's so much energy out there"

Week 8 - Backstage Gallery at Wembley

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BBC Strictly James | 13:58 UK time, Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Wembley show is here! Over 6,000 fans will get to see Strictly like never before, and this week's show celebrates the best of British. The stage is set for one of the best episodes of Strictly Come Dancing ever!

Our eight remaining couples are working hard and rehearsing on the arena dancefloor. As ever, we are right there amongst the action to capture all the backstage gold...

Wembley Arena

Wembley before the show

Sound desk

This is just behind the main stage at Wembley

Russell waits backstage

Waiting patiently backstage before the rehearsal

Dancers waiting backstage

All lined up for the staircase entrance at rehearsals

dancefloor

The stage is set!

Dancers on the dancefloor

Everyone is in place

Alex and James

Alex and James setting up for their dramatic rehearsal

Anita and Robin

Anita and Robin in their brilliant rehearsal

Harry and Aliona

It's true...Harry has his shirt open again

Holly and Artem

Holly and Artem in their #scd rehearsal if you can see them. This place is HUGE!!

Chelsee and Pasha

Chelsee and Pasha shimmying their sequins off in their rehearsal

Jason and Kristina

Jason and Kristina. Phew such a fast jive at rehearsals

Robbie and Ola

Robbie and Ola at the start of their energetic rehearsal

Russell and Flavia

Look at Russell fly!

Russell

A little nervous, Russell?

Anton Du Beke

Anton in denim!

Vincent Simone

The raised eyebrow of Vincent Simone

Artem

Alex Jones

Roadworks around Wembley

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BBC Strictly Gemma BBC Strictly Gemma | 11:31 UK time, Saturday, 19 November 2011

All you lucky fans heading to the Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza at Wembley Arena on Saturday 19th November, there are roadworks around the area which are causing minor traffic delays.

Members of the audience who are travelling in by car or bus, please allow more time to your journey. We don't want you to be late.

See you soon!

The road to Wembley - Day Three

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BBC Strictly Nora | 18:30 UK time, Friday, 18 November 2011

It's day three of our Wembley countdown, and with less than 24 hours to go the Strictly takeover is complete. The Strictly set designers have waved their glittery wand over Wembley and it's pretty spectacular! Find out how the dancers and celebrities feel ahead of the show and follow us as we rummage around the spangle-filled costume department, in our access-all-areas report...

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Pre-show reactions for Wembley Arena

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BBC Strictly Nora | 14:26 UK time, Friday, 18 November 2011

It's Wembley weekend, and our celebrities have the added pressure of not only a new routine but performing on the show's biggest dance floor and in front of the show's largest audience. So who has got the Wembley wobbles and who is ballroom bothered? This week we took a more scientific approach to testing our couples confidence, using 'Nikki's Nerve O' Meter'. Find out where our couples feature on the scale of Strictly stress...

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Here's what our nervous celebrities will be dancing to on the night...

Alex and James - Tango to 'Relax' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Anita and Robin - Samba to 'Come On Eileen' by Dexys Midnight Runners

Chelsee and Pasha - Samba to 'Spice Up Your Life' by The Spice Girls

Harry and Aliona - Salsa to 'I'm Still Standing ' by Elton John

Holly and Brendan - Quickstep to 'Valarie by Amy Winehouse

Jason and Kristina - Jive to 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' by Wham

Robbie and Ola - Salsa to 'Let Me Entertain You' by Robbie Williams

Russell and Flavia - Jive to 'Reach' by S Club 7

Wembley - audience information

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BBC Strictly Nora | 19:23 UK time, Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Strictly team are looking forward to Saturday's Wembley spectacular and staging a dance extravaganza in front of the show's biggest ever audience. If you are coming to the Arena, doors open at 4.15pm and the audience will be seated from 4.35pm to 5.50pm. See you there!

The Road to Wembley - Day Two

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BBC Strictly Nora | 18:20 UK time, Thursday, 17 November 2011

Our Wembley spectacular is tantalisingly close and overnight the Arena has been transformed into Britain's biggest dance floor with the arrival of the Strictly set.

Follow us backstage on day two as we nosy into the celebrities dressing rooms and solve the mystery of Robbie Savage and the red card...

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The road to Wembley - Day One

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BBC Strictly Nora | 18:08 UK time, Wednesday, 16 November 2011

This weekend our glitter ball is set to shine over the biggest dance floor in Strictly history as our celebrities strut their stuff in front of 6,000 fans across the hallowed ground of Wembley Arena.

In a series of daily updates, Nikki Dean caught up with the crew as they made preparations for this one-off Strictly spectacular...

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Half-term report with Mr Revel Horwood

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BBC Strictly James | 17:00 UK time, Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Craig Revel Horwood as a teacher

So, as we're halfway through the Strictly year we thought that it was time for a little half-term report from the Deputy Headmaster, Craig Revel Horwood. We caught up with him at break-time in his office so he could grade the remaining Strictly students - who is the teacher's pet and who needs to stay behind after class? Download the report below to find out...

Strictly_half_term_report.doc

Audley Harrison Leaves Strictly Come Dancing

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BBC Strictly Suzy | 20:05 UK time, Sunday, 13 November 2011

Tonight, British boxer and Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison, became the sixth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2011.

Len commented that 'the only way you're going to Wembley is on the Jubilee line' after Audley and his dance partner Natalie Lowe failed to impress the judges with their Cha Cha Cha. In the results show, Audley and Natalie found themselves in the bottom two with Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor, but Team Audalie were voted out of the competition.

We were the first on the floor to get reactions from our remaining dancers after Audley and Natalie were knocked out of Strictly:

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Week 7 - Results Show - 13 November

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BBC Strictly Suzy | 18:20 UK time, Sunday, 13 November 2011

Saturday's show was a fantastic display of Latin and Ballroom dance styles, with the majority of our couples scoring above 30 for their routines.

Harry and Aliona set the dance floor on fire with their Argentine Tango, they even receiving praise from Craig! At the other end of the leaderboard, Audley and Natalie's Cha Cha Cha left the judges feeling a little uptight.

Who will be leaving the competition and have their road to Wembley blocked? Stay right here and comment along with the action...

Week 7 - Leaderboard

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BBC Strictly James | 21:18 UK time, Saturday, 12 November 2011

As another Saturday draws to a close, so does another Strictly live show, but it doesn't stop there. Alex started the show with a performance Len described as full of 'verve and gusto'.

It's now clear that the standard of dancing is on the rise as only one couple failed to keep up to speed - sorry Audley. Chelsee got her first 10; Harry got his first pair of 10s; Robbie and Anita received their highest scores to date; Holly had a different partner but the same score as last week; Jason was this week's biggest improver; and Russell, well, Russell didn't disappoint.

Here is the complete leaderboard from Week 7. Tune in on Sunday, 7.25pm on BBC One to see who leaves Strictly.

Week 7 leaderboard, top

Top of the leaderboard

Week 7 leaderboard, bottom

Bottom of the leaderboard

Week 7 - Strictly Live Show - 12 November

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BBC Strictly James | 17:40 UK time, Saturday, 12 November 2011

The Strictly live show kicks-off shortly, and we hope you'll be able to feel the heat from the dancefloor on this chilly autumn night.

As the couples finish their dances on the floor, we'll be waiting in the wings to photograph the pairs as they leave the studio AND to find out what they thought of their routines.

Let us know what you think of the dances as they happen.

Natalie's dress

A close-up of Natalie's dress

Clothes rail

Can you guess who will be wearing what?

Pasha

I wonder if he's a 'shaken' or 'stirred' type of guy...

Anton

He may be out of the competition, but you can't keep a good Anton down

Russell and Flavia

Here's a little something for all your Team Flavant fans

Anita

Sultry Anita takes time to say "hello"

James in 'SCD' shirt

James Jordan is always representing Strictly

The crowd

Our resident comedian - not Bruce - warms up the crowd

Alex and James

Alex: "I'm gutted I messed up but we still gave it everything"

Robbie: "That's our best score. I'm so pleased. We worked so hard!"

Audley and Natalie

Audley: "After the week we had that was great! Nat had to teach me with food poisoning"

Harry and Aliona

Harry: "First double 10 of the series and I loved dancing it so much!"

Jason and Kristina

Jason: "That performance was much better than the dress run"

Chelsee and Pasha

Chelsee: "WE GOT THE 10!"

Anita and Robin

Anita: "I loved that dance and I'd love to stay 'a sexy mama'!"

Holly and Brendan

Brendan: "I couldn't have been prouder. I'll be very sad to leave Holly"

Russell and Flavia

Russell: "It was just fantastic!"

Week 7 - Backstage Gallery

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BBC Strictly James | 13:27 UK time, Saturday, 12 November 2011

If it's Saturday, it must mean Strictly! We are hours away from this week's live show and we can't wait for the dancefloor to play host to the Argentine Tango and the American Smooth, amongst others.

As ever, we are there to get all the behind the scenes action for you before the show tonight at 6.55pm on BBC One.

Take a look and see how our couples are getting on during the dress rehearsal.

Ironing board

No creases for our couples

Sparkles

Sparkle, sparkle

Rory Bremner

Look who popped back

Artem and Brendan

Artem is here to give Brendan and Holly his support

Harry

A relaxed Harry before rehearsal

Sparkles on clothes

More Strictly sparkles

Audley and Natalie

Audley and Natalie get the party started

Jason and Kristina

Jason and Kristina are ready on the floor

Robbie and Ola

Robbie and Ola during their rehearsal

Chelsee and Pasha

Chelsee and Pasha look elegant while performing

Alex and James

Alex and James during their rehearsal

Anita and Robin

Holly and Brendan

New duo, Holly and Brendan, take on the Rumba

Harry and Aliona

Harry and Aliona set the mood during their rehearsal

Russell and Flavia

DON'T MISS Russell and Flavia's performamce tonight

Wellington boots

I think they might be Alex's footwear

Sparkly bangles

It's all about the sparkly bling at strictly

Week 7 - Pre-show reactions

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BBC Strictly James | 13:55 UK time, Friday, 11 November 2011

Tomorrow's Strictly marks another ballroom battle; this week all the couples have something to prove - can Jason reclaim the top spot from Chelsee? Can Audley break out of the 'danger zone'? And how will Holly react to her stand-in partner Brendan?

We managed to catch a few of the dancers - including a Strictly EXCLUSIVE with Holly and Brendan - during rehearsals to see how they're feeling ahead of this week's show.

Catch Strictly tomorrow at 6.55pm on BBC One.

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Week 7 - Rehearsals

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BBC Strictly James | 12:25 UK time, Thursday, 10 November 2011

The competition is really heating up now, and this week's show has a slight international feel as we'll be treated to two Argentine Tangos, two American Foxtrots and a Viennese Waltz. Here is the complete list of dances:

Alex and James - Jive to 'River Deep, Mountain High' by the cast of Glee

Anita and Robin - Argentine Tango to 'Cirque de Soleil Tango' from Cirque de Soleil

Audley and Natalie - Cha Cha Cha to 'Uptight' by Stevie Wonder

Chelsee and Pasha - Foxtrot to 'Doesn't Mean Anything' by Alicia Keys

Harry and Aliona - Argentine Tango to 'Asi se Baila el Tango' by Bandongo

Holly and Brendan - Rumba to 'Leave Right Now' by Will Young

Jason and Kristina - Viennese Waltz to 'Iris' by Goo Goo Dolls

Robbie and Ola - American Smooth to 'Sway' by Pussycat Dolls

Russell and Flavia - American Smooth to 'I Am What I Am' by John Barrowman

As ever, we have some EXCLUSIVE footage of our nine couples in action - see how Holly and Brendan are fairing together as a couple, and will Chelsee get dizzy on the dancefloor after all that spinning with Pasha?

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Tune in this Saturday 12th November at 6.55pm to see the finished products.

Injury rules Artem out of this week's show

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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 18:55 UK time, Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Holly and Artem

Artem Chigvintsev will not be dancing with partner Holly Valance this weekend following an injury to his back. Instead Holly will be dancing with professional Brendan Cole this Saturday, whilst Artem will still be choreographing the routine. Holly and Brendan will tackle the Rumba to Will Young's Leave Right Now.

A BBC Spokesperson explained: "Artem was initially diagnosed with a transverse process fracture of the lumbar spine. However the latest medical advice from a spinal specialist following further scans is that he is suffering with a combination of joint and soft tissue injury.

"While this medical advice is more encouraging he will still need to rest, so will not be dancing this Saturday."

Artem said: "Thanks to everyone for all the messages and tweets of support, it really means so much. I'm sad not to be dancing with Holly this weekend, but I'm grateful that Brendan is quickstepping in to fill my dancing shoes, and the two of them will be fantastic."

Holly added: "I'm obviously disappointed I won't be dancing with Artem this weekend, but his wellbeing is very important to me, and Brendan is an awesome guy and we're working hard to bring something new and exciting to this Saturday's show."

Brendan said he was extremely happy to be asked by Artem to step in, even though it's never nice under these circumstances.

I'm sure you'll all join Brendan and Holly in wishing Artem a speedy recovery to the dancefloor!

Battle of the sexes

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BBC Strictly Nora | 20:35 UK time, Sunday, 6 November 2011

Tonight our pro-dancers drew the battle lines between the boys and the girls with two sizzling single-sex routines.

We'd love to know which routine you think reigned supreme - as the performance with the most support will be published on the site. Take a look at our highlight videos below and 'Let's Hear It for the Boys' or let us know if 'Girl's Rule the World'...

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Lulu leaves Strictly Come Dancing

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

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

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

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

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Week 6 - Results Show - 06 November

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BBC Strictly Nora | 18:15 UK time, Sunday, 6 November 2011

Saturday's 5th November show was a dazzling display of ten cracking routines in time for bonfire night.

Some couples lit-up the dance floor where others failed to get off the ground. 'Pocket Rocket' Chelsee Healy shined as a 20s starlet in the Charleston, while Russell Grant's horseplay during the Paso failed to sizzle.

Which couple will see their Strictly dream go up in flames? Stay right here and comment along as the all-important results are announced...

A 'Knight' in shining armour...

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BBC Strictly Nora | 09:00 UK time, Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sir Bruce took to the dancefloor yesterday after Artem Chigvintsev missed rehearsals due to a back injury. Gallant Sir Bruce stepped into Artem's shoes to help Holly Valance with her routine while her professional partner was being checked over by doctors. Enjoy our exclusive footage of Bruce and Holly taking to the floor below...

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After taking medical advice Artem was given the all-clear to compete in the live show but will be replaced in the tonight's results show pro-dance by Matt Flint from So You Think You Can Dance.

Week 6 - Leaderboard

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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 20:33 UK time, Saturday, 5 November 2011

Wow! What a night full of tumbles and Tangos, curious Craig-kissing and Jive-induced injuries.

Our ever-changing leaderboard re-shuffled itself once more as Chelsee and Pasha saw themselves shoot to the top of the pack with 36 points, whilst Rusell and Flavia's Paso saw them plunge to the bottom with 24.

Last week's leader Jason failed to light the judges' fire with his Rumba, leaving Kristina in shock, but do you agree with their appraisal?

Here are the scores again for Week 6. Be sure to tune in on Sunday at 7.25pm on BBC One to find out which couple will be out in the cold .

Top of the leaderboard

Top of the leaderboard

Bottom of the leaderboard

Bottom of the leaderboard

Week 6 - Strictly Live Show - 05 November

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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 16:40 UK time, Saturday, 5 November 2011

The ballroom battle intensifies tonight as our ten tenacious couples take to the dancefloor in what looks set to be an explosive few hours.

But don't worry because we're here to make sure you can share all your Strictly thoughts as the action unfolds. You can even find a full list of all the music and dance styles in our Week 6 - Rehearsal Blog.

And we'll be right outside the studio doors to capture those first moments after our Strictly couples have left the dancefloor with our exclusive gallery.

Brendan and James

Brendan and James looking dapper backstage.

Anita and Harry

Anita and Harry share a moment before they go on.

James and Ola

Ola makes a few adjustments.

Lulu and Brendan

Lulu: "All my mistakes I do to annoy Craig."

Audley and Natalie

Audley: "Our highest score to date! Hurray!"

Harry and Aliona

Harry: "That was my most comfortable live show performance"

Anita and Robin

Anita: "It was good but I want to do it again!"

Jason and Kristina

Kristina: "I thought it went really well so I'm shocked at the judges"

Alex and James

Alex: "We fell over live on TV. How embarassing"

Robbie and Ola

Ola: "We improved on Craig's last score!"

Russell and Flavia

Flavia: "I didn't know Craig knew the word astonishing!"

Chelsee and Pasha

Chelsee: "I'm so excited I bit my tongue!"

Holly and Artem

Artem heads straight to physio after his dance with Holly

60 second chat with... Jennifer Grey

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BBC Strictly Nora | 14:25 UK time, Saturday, 5 November 2011

It takes a pretty special person to stand-in for Len Goodman on the judges table. Step forward Jennifer Grey who as Champion of Dancing with The Stars and Dirty Dancing royalty, will score our 10 remaining couples tonight...

Online presenter Nikki Dean managed to squeeze in a chat with Jennifer just before she took to her judging duties...

Jennifer Grey and Nikki Dean

Jennifer Grey with Nicki Dean

Everyone has their favourite line from Dirty Dancing what's yours?

It has to be... "There are no books in Johnny's room"

Have you ever done the 'Time of Your Life Dance' since the film?

I never really did the dance after the film and the first time I ever did the lift was on the set that day and I never did it again - I just did the one take.

I've had the time of my life is one of the most popular first dance songs at weddings, what song did you do your first dance to?

(Sings) 'Baby, now that I've found you...' (laughs) I have to sing it to myself, it was 'Now that I've found you' by The Foundations.

Moving onto Strictly, which of the male professional dancers would you most like to dance with?

Pasha looks good, I've been concentrating so much on the contestants but I think he looks pretty good. He's about my size and he looks very fiery and his choreography is good.

When it comes to dancing who is your biggest inspiration?

I was really just blown away by Derek (Hough) and his dancing and I just wanted to live up to his previous partner, which was Nicole Scherzinger and it was just painful every time I saw one of her dances because I just thought 'How did that happen? How did she get there?'

Well of course you went on to win Dancing with the Stars with Derek and have starred in arguably the biggest dance movie ever, what career ambitions do you have left to achieve?

I have so many career achievements that I must do before I die, but I do know that I want to create a place where everybody can dance and experience the joy of dancing so I'm working on a project at the moment.

Can you give us any more details?

Next year (smiles)!

What was you favourite Dancing With The Stars moment?

I feel like the beginning was the best as the pressure hadn't gotten so intense that it became a misery. It's almost like there's cycles and the beginning was like the honeymoon phase, we're like 'this is so incredible I get to dance hours every day and I get to learn all these great dances' you have three weeks to learn basics of one dance. All of a sudden you're learning two dances a week with only three or four days to learn a whole routine. I was not into the pressure and learning things immediately as I'm a really slow study

When I was doing the Argentine tango that was one of the most painful weeks in rehearsal and the outcome was so exceptional that that was a real high for me.

How did it feel when you won Dancing with the Stars?

Winning at the end was amazing but I had ruptured a disc the night before in my freestyle so I was in the hospital the morning that I won in the operating room. I still had marks from the oxygen tubes on my face when I was in make up so I was a little like a zombie when I went out there. It was a little bit lacking what you think it might be as I think I was just running on fumes.

What would your advice be to this year's Strictly contestants having been on the journey yourself?

Go for it, push yourself, break out of the pack, look after your health and do nothing else. Nothing! Just dance and eat and sleep and dance and eat and sleep.

Have you kept up the dancing since?

I wish, no I have not but there's nearly no place to do it.

How are Strictly judges Len and Bruno perceived by American audiences on Dancing With The Stars?

They are beloved. They love booing Len and they scream with laughter at the hilarity of Bruno, I think they just love the show - they just love all of the bits of it.

And finally, who's your tip to win this year's Strictly?

I think Jason has a great shot, I think harry has a great shot, I think Holly has a great shot and I think Chelsee is the dark horse. As soon as she's done with Waterloo Road and can really devote herself to just dancing I think they're all going to really just look to their laurels.

Week 6 - Backstage Gallery

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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 12:42 UK time, Saturday, 5 November 2011

After fright night last week will our Strictly celebs be able to create fireworks on the dancefloor?

Tonight we can expect a whole host of explosive action as our couples tackle everything from the Tango to the Paso and the Quickstep to the Charleston.

As usual we'll be bringing you exclusive backstage pictures so you can see how our girls and boys are getting on in rehearsals, ahead of the live showdown at 6.25pm on BBC One.


Strictly chairs

We've found *THE* place for Strictly chairs to hang out!

Alex Jones' dressing room door

Knock knock. Strictly rehearsals in 10 mins...

Alex and James in their Quickstep rehearsal.

Alex and James in their Quickstep rehearsal.

Robbie and Ola in their romantic routine.

Robbie and Ola in their romantic routine.

Harry and Aliona

Harry and Aliona move to their own beat!

Chelsee and Pasha

Chelsee and Pasha mid-action on the dancefloor.

Anita and Robin

Anita and Robin boogie on down.

Holly Valance

Holly hits the dancefloor for her fast-paced routine.

Russell and Flavia

Russell and Flavia practice their Paso.

Audley and Natalie

Audley shows his softer side in rehearsals.

Jason and Kristina

Are Jason and Kristina ready for the Rumba?

Lulu and Brendan

No strings attached this week!

Week 6 - Pre-show reactions

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BBC Strictly James | 14:01 UK time, Friday, 4 November 2011

Saturday night's Strictly coincides with Bonfire night, and if last Saturday's show is anything to go by, there are sure to be fireworks on the dancefloor.

The 10 remaining couples have been working hard all week and tomorrow they will take to the ballroom once again. The celebs and the pros are currently putting the finishing touches on their routines, and we caught up with a few of them to find out how they were feeling.

Tune in tomorrow at 6.25pm on BBC One to see how they all get on.

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Week 6 - Rehearsal Footage

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BBC Strictly Suzy | 16:00 UK time, Thursday, 3 November 2011

Six weeks down, six to go... The competition is really starting to heat up now that our celebrities have firmly found their dancing shoes. This weekend we will see a range of dance styles including the Charleston and Jive, and from checking out our couples in rehearsals it's safe to say we are in for a good show!

Will Robbie and Ola include anymore hip thrusts in their routine this week? And will Russell be wearing that waistcoat? All will be revealed on Saturday 5th November at 6.25pm on BBC One, until then, take a look at how our couples have been getting on in training:

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Here is a full list of the music and dance style our couples will be performing on Saturday:

Your questions for Jennifer Grey...

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BBC Strictly Kirstie | 12:10 UK time, Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Hold on to your glitterballs because we have some seriously exciting news for you.

Dance legend Jennifer Grey will be making a special sequin-studded appearance on It Takes Two this Thursday 3rd November.

The Dancing With The Stars champion and star of one of the most iconic dance movies of all time will be chatting with Zoe about all things Strictly, ahead of her appearance as a guest judge in place of Len on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November.

Is there something you've always been desperate to ask the Dirty Dancing star? We'd love to hear from you below.

Don't miss a minute! 6.30pm on BBC2.

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