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BBC Strictly James | 19:59 UK time, Sunday, 4 December 2011

Robbie Savage has become the ninth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing. The ex Premier League footballer and his partner, Ola Jordan, found themselves in the bottom two with Jason and Kristina; it was then announced that Robbie and Ola would be leaving the ballroom.

The standard of dancing was high this week, and even though Robbie and Ola received one of their highest scores from the judges, they were still four points adrift at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Bruno on Robbie and Ola's Quickstep: "I love the combination of sharp looks and clear attitude. The way you were strutting your stuff, somewhere in between Kate Moss and Russell Brand."

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

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  • Comment number 1.

    Well Robbie it is sad to see you go. Your ballroom performances gave us some lovely memories but it was unfortunately your time to go. You raised your game this weekend and got one of your highest scores but the other 5 dancers were in a different league to you. You don't have anything to disgrace yourself over though. Getting to the quarter finals of Strictly is a tremendous acievement especially as most of the others had more talent than you

  • Comment number 2.

    Sorry to see Robbie go but, it was his time. Confused that Jason was in bottom two. Should have been Alex Jones.

  • Comment number 3.

    Guess the Aussie supporters' vote was concentrated on saving Holly this week!

  • Comment number 4.

    Sorry to see you go but you did so well Robbie. You should be so proud of yourself. Will miss you and Ola next week!

  • Comment number 5.

    Wrong result. The other Jordan should have gone. He thinks he is bigger than the show and his attitude is rubbing off on his partner.

  • Comment number 6.

    Well done Robbie for getting so far and for showing your gentlemanly side. You left on a high at the right time.

    Keep dancing! :-D

  • Comment number 7.

    That was the right result tonight. All the other couples who are left, have improved week on week and have upped their game. Robbie seemed to have reached stalemate with no improvement over the last few weeks.

    Good luck to the 5 couples through the semi-final. Really looking forward to next week's show.

  • Comment number 8.

    Just wanted Robbie and Ola to know that my 5-year-old son burst into to tears when you were voted out tonight. He wanted me to tell you that you're absolutely brilliant and he thinks Robbie is a superstar. Honestly, I couldn't think of a nicer man (other than my husband) for my son to look up to.

  • Comment number 9.

    Here here SandraSinger, definitely the right result, in fact IMO he shoulod have gone a bit sooner but hey ho!

  • Comment number 10.

    Can see where your coming from River Dale, but IMO I don't think anything has rubbed off on Alex, she reminds me a bit like Chelsee, quite humble about the whole thing. James on the other hand.....has gone down in my estimation this series, seems to be taking over where Brendan left off and he has been quite charming this series.

  • Comment number 11.

    What a complete gentleman Robbie has proved himself to be, thoroughly enjoyed every second of his performances and what a lovely, lovely man, what he said to Jason was fab. Hard week for you Robbie, well done for Strictly and how you have come across this week in everything you have said and done xx

  • Comment number 12.

    so Alex is in the semi finals ! she would have been there if she had a wooden leg and fell flat on her face !!!! Can the people of Wales please vote for the best dancers or we will see Alex in the finals and a much better dancer go out!

  • Comment number 13.

    Don't agree with comment Robbie should have left sooner, he has been a good dancer and kept his fans entertained. It is sad that he left but he left on a high and proved what a gentleman he was. I have loved watching him and ola and will really miss them.

  • Comment number 14.

    Right result, but shocked to hear there will be a double elimination next week. I would like to see Harry, Chelsee and Jason in the final; that would be a great show

  • Comment number 15.

    Well Done Robbie, you've been brilliant!!

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi robert. I think that is a bit harsh on Alex. I admit that based on the judges leaderboard she should have been in the bottom 2 but she was certainly not the worst dancer so in my book she is worth her place in the semis.

    The public from my point of view have been there or there abouts for the whole series when it comes to who they have eliminated if not always who has joined the eliminated one in the bottom 2. So I have confidence that the public will make the correct call next week but having seen the way the public have voted I can see why you might be concerned about Alex making the final as Holly (twice) and Jason have both been in the bottom 2 which suggests that they are the 2 most vulnerable to the public vote leaving Alex in the final with Chelsee and Harry

  • Comment number 17.

    There was no way Harry and Aliona should've been 3rd from bottom on the leader board last night. Why do the judges always look for perfection from Harry and let little mistakes go with some of the other couples? I hope the public vote will put them through to the final-they have been the most consistent throughout. Loving this series and loved the outfits yesterday-excellent job all you unsung heroes who created those wonderful dresses!

  • Comment number 18.

    was the right time for ola and robbie to go out. It would only get harder and the competition is really hotting up. Anybody could go out next week even harry or chelsee. I hope that they dont but it could happen. Depends who is popular with the fans at home. xxxx Sorry to see him go. good luck to teddybear robbie. xxxxx

  • Comment number 19.

    Well done Robbie - you've certainly gained fans (and friends) during these past 10 weeks!

  • Comment number 20.

    I think it was the right result. Robbie has certainly improved, but I do wish he had not done all the stupid little things like the football shorts thing last week, & the sliding along the floor. I think Jason might be next. He improved so much over the first few weeks but seems to be going backwards now.
    Have just been watching some clips on Youtube of the professional dancing championships. Suggest the remaining celebs have a look!.

  • Comment number 21.

    Aliona, please will you give Harry more dancing next week.Show us what HE can do, rather than you.

  • Comment number 22.

    My faith in the great British public is upheld for another week. Robbie was the worst of six excellent dancers and he had the humility to admit it. My opinion of him as a man and a dancer has risen dramatically since his days of kicking seven bells out of opponents on the soccer pitch. He's also great on 5 Live! In a tough competition Holly and Arten showed what can be done by commitment in the dance studio. Alex obtained the sympathy vote (and she's a delightful woman with a big-head of a dance partner.) . As Brucie might have said: Tears make votes. What do tears make? Jason was unfortunate to be in the bottom two. And Kristina cried on the results show. What do tears make?

  • Comment number 23.

    I would be a lot happier about Harry if he was a bit happier when he was dancing. He always looks in a bit of a bad mood until the music stops and then there is a lovely smile.... does he not enjoy the dancing?

  • Comment number 24.

    Sorry to be a pain but do not think Chelsee is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Can see her winning though would like to see Jason win. Its really all down to who has the bigger fan base not who is the better dancer. Just my opinion dont suppose anyone else agrees though. Good luck to everyone left!!

  • Comment number 25.

    Yes, the BEST place to enjoy SCD is on TV from your sofa and definitely not live as a member of the audiance.

    You see the public gets the WORST seats - no joking. The peasants (we the Licence Fee Payers) are there for sound effects (clapping, wooing and booing). Presumably it is beneath Lord Patten, Chair of the BBC Trust, and BBC's guests etc to do that?

    All the audience you see are the BBC Staff's guests and cronies.

    Says the avid SCD fan who was in the studio audiance for the SCD-Movie Night edition.

    However, unless you have the a sound system like that in the best cinemas you will not appreciate just how brilliant the music was especially the number by Mr Alfie Boe, former Les Miserables singer. We got a a very generouse double helping as they had to do two takes. I and I am sure everyone who heard him there became an instant fan. He got very long and very loud applause and a long standing ovation. Not surprising then that his current two shows are all sold out.

  • Comment number 26.

    As always it is sad to see someone go, but it was Robbie’s time to go. It was lovely of him to say that he wanted to go because Jason was better than him. He appears to be a lovely man with a soft side. He has done really well and has left on a high. I am also sorry to see the lovely Ola go. I am getting fed up with Jason because he never seems to answer the questions put to him and doesn’t make his comments personal to himself. It would be nice for him to say how much he cares. (It is a shame because he sounds OK on his radio show.) Kristina obviously cares even if he doesn’t. I think he is a great dancer but maybe he should go next week because Holly cares so much more. She is passionate about staying in.

    Claudia still has no understanding of the length of time that passes. An hour!

    I do wish Tess wouldn’t wear red lipstick – just doesn’t suit her. I don’t know why.

    It was great that after that passionate performance Holly wasn’t in the bottom two. I think after two weeks in the bottom two people were predicting she would go, but she upped her game. Well done Holly and Artem. Was Kara Tointon in the audience supporting them?

    I really loved the pro dances this week (but hated the widescreen). Not keen on the idea that the professional dancers don’t dance to the guest singer, but another group does.

  • Comment number 27.

    Sad to see you go, Robbie. You were such a pro and such a gent tonight. I've loved watching you have fun and morph into a footballer who can dance - its been fab! you had a tough week this week.... really proud!

  • Comment number 28.

    Fab show last night. So sad to see Robbie and Ola go. They were great. But... I think it was the right result.

    Very tough one to call now, especially with two couples going home next week... My heart and head says Harry, Chelsea and Holly will be in final.

    Holly was AMAZING last night! She has won me over.

  • Comment number 29.

    just watched the show on demmand-
    some more thoughts- how long does the audience stay for? do they really START at the time we SEE the Saturday show? what time does this finish?
    How do the pro dancers do a routine then come back on in costume with their celebs? is what we see edited/ rejigged?
    where did the screams etc come from during Alfie's singing? and who were his dancers?
    well done Robbie for bowing out so gracefully- you do know when to go home.
    the beautiful segway with Brendan and co was spoilt by the screams in random places.was a hen party in?
    why am I bothering-no one answers anyway. goodnight.

  • Comment number 30.

    Glad Robbie has gone - at more or less the right time, I think. It was very gracious of him to say he hoped Jason would stay instead of him. He's done tremendously well to get to this stage and should be very proud of himself.

  • Comment number 31.

    To @29. At 01:06 5th Dec 2011, katmary wrote:

    Firstly, you have to get there early. One couple arrived 8:30AM!!!! Seating is not guaranteed. It is ONLY guaranteed once you are allocated after waiting for hours!! The genuinely wonderful Rory Bremner walked past with his two little daughters on personal business. Still he obliged enthusiastically the queing and freezing SCD studio audience. His poor darlings were freezing having left the warm clothing home or in the car!

    The preamble starts at 6:30PM but the Live show is LIVE!! It was during this session that Brucie danced with one of the young ladies sat among the crowd sat next to where he stands when getting Judges' comments. She is the one he is referring to in the Live intro. Once the results are in and the audience has been sworn to secrecy ;-) the SCD Results show is recorded. We the 'peasants' were kicked out around 10PM. The BBC's Guests got a chance to talk to some of the Stars. You can see a little bit of that in the clip above.

    Don't get me wrong, the SCD live show is better than on TV but ONLY for the BBC and BBC's Staff's Guests who get ALL the best seats. The "restricted view seats" is an understatement. Indeed, the audiance warm-up guy noted how a couple married for 53 years were hidden in a corner behined all the cameras!! He was handing out autographed card and asked for who had been married the longest or celeberating a wedding anniversary. Not least because of ALL the extra stuff that is not on TV - REAL, REAL shame as it is just as entertaining :-)))). As I said they did TWO takes of Alfie's number and I don't care about the rest of the show and that is saying something given that I had never heard of him or heard his music. Trust me they did the right thing in having the guest dancers for Alfie's number.

    Also they did two takes of the Drinks Bar-Champagne dance number as one of the fellas messed it up. They were blaming each other in a humourous manner. It created great laughs.

    There was one time in-between filming of the Results show, one of the production staff was in discussion with the Judges in all seriousness but the audience warm-up guy (who was brilliant too like the rest of the SCD) started doing a mock dialogue. It was so hilarious people were falling about laughing.

    Oh, Craig got a fair bit of stick off camera but all in good spirit.

    During the Charlston number Ola's string skirt was falling apart and you can see on the broadcast one of the strings entangled with her shoe. Regrettably they didn't. Presuambly thinking as they showed it as an old movie clip no would spot it among all those 'scratches' or the production staff didn't spot it.

    It was totally different experience on Question of Sport wherein I got to sit in the front row behined one of the teams.

  • Comment number 32.

    Well done Robbie! Three months ago I didn't know who you were, but I've been really won over by your brilliant attitude to the show.
    Ola did a fantastic job to help you get this far. You're not a natural dancer and everything you achieved was through sheer hard work, determination and from loving being a part of Strictly.
    Thanks for being inspirational, entertaining and a true gent!

  • Comment number 33.

    All these commendations from you fans above is all very well and fine but clearly it cut no mustard with that two faced Len Goodman. He said on the Satu..Sunday results show he enjoyed Robbie. But clearly not enough to merit a 9 from him at any time.

    That is the think that boils my you-know-what. There has been times where I felt his routine (Saturday's especially) merited a 9 but not once did he get one. Because the likes of Dan (Lobb), Audley (Harrison) and Edwina (Currie) also failed to attain a 9 during their run, for me this means he is ranked right down there with the worst celebs like Dan, Audley and Edwina Currie who also went their entire run without scoring a 9. And that does Rob a disservice as that does not give a true reflection of him as a competing celebrity. He was much better than those combined. In routine and effort.

    At least now the cream of the crop are severely exposed. They don't have the average dancers any more to hide behind. And Alex whose survival is a mystery to everyone must be absolutely bricking it. Thoughts that her number is up must be creeping in now. It will be a great semifinal. Because for me one from both will be gone. One of the top 4 and hopefully Alex.

  • Comment number 34.

    I will miss Robbie's fun loving and happy go lucky personality who makes me laugh. Yes he was rude when performing but that is Robbie all over. Ola is a great sport and they were a lovely couple to watch. See you in the audience Robbie!

  • Comment number 35.

    I was one of those football supporters who did not have a good word to say about Robbie. But I have changed my mind. Great guy and so magnanimous in defeat. But can I share something with you! Do you think Len Goodman is becoming to full of his own ego? What's with "Len's Lens" this is the judges eys not his. He can only comment on "dance in hold" BBC please get rid of him and his ridiculous comments. Craig should be head judge.

  • Comment number 36.

    I thank Robbie for bowing out so gracefully, he certainly tried his best & we We admired him for saying that Jason was a far better dancer than himself He should go.
    From the start we've said the top four are Harry, Jason, Chelsee, Holy, are the best four dancers, Our final three will be Harry, Jason, Chelsee.

  • Comment number 37.

    I think Robbie savage has shown himself to be a lovely man, and he did improve but he was overdue to leave. Ola was pulling out all the stops, every gimmick has been dusted off and used over the last few weeks, i was releived to hear he was leaving.

    I agree completely with comment 5, James has been a pain this year, Alex repeatedly makes mistakes, she is very lack lustre, and never more so than on Saturday night. I love that music, her dress was gorgeous, the choreography was good and then nothing. I think Bruno raved about her solo piece, which was ok, nothing amazing though. Then she steadily got worse. The worst part was the judges fawning all over her. She was poor, and at this stage in the competition, she was unable to pick up the routine after a small error. Everyone has made mistakes, the others are getting over it and getting on with the dance, but not Miss BBC. I quite expect to see her in the final, after all we don't know who is voting for who. Comment 10 I suggest you watch ITT, last week she was very keen to point out that she had done a great dance and was underscored.

    Ola won strictly a couple of years ago with Chris Hollins, another mediocre dancer, but a rising star on the BBC payroll. We can expect to see Alex everywhere over the next two weeks as the BBC promote their girl. If she wins then it will prove its a fix.

  • Comment number 38.

    Robbie left with head high and dignity intact. he was honest to admit that he was the least good dancer and that showed his class in that comment. He mixed it on the pitch as a player - a lot of them do - but I always regarded him as intelligent and personable when interviewed and now he has a career as a pundit and I am pleased about that as he is very knowledgeable about the game and can talk about other things too. BBC needs people like him.
    One issue is the whole voting system. How come Jason ended up in the bottom two ? Had he been eliminated I venture that Robbie would have stepped in and stopped that from happening. The public are encouraged to watch but not many of us vote with our heads. And that makes a nonsense of it. It was possible last night that Harry could have been eliminated !
    The judges ought to have the final say with the bottom two and not the public vote. For all I know maybe they did last night. RObbie may have inadvertently polled more votes than Jason but commonsense and Robbie's gentleman manners prevailed.
    BBC should be much more open about the voting system. The public would appreciate that.

  • Comment number 39.

    Alex is a nice girl and open. She was useless when she first appeared on ONe Show but Matt Baker - a brilliant presenter and dancer - and Chris Evans - utterly at ease - have trained her well and brought her on. She is now a good presenter. Not a brilliant dancer but she tries hard and has improved as she is not naturally athletic like the others who are left. She should bow out next. Not sure who will join her. Chelsee and Harry stand out but I suspect that they have both danced a lot before. Holly has real style and Jason is a showman. I suspect that the girls will exit - Alex and Holly - leaving a dance -off between Chelsee and Harry a bit like last year though this year Harry will win it.

  • Comment number 40.

    Harry is a good dancer, i am delighted to finally see him dance. His ballroom is better than is latin, and he was not undermarked this week. The others upped their game.

    Chelsee is a natural, i have loved watching her dance. She is a little confused regarding control and letting yourself go, but once she realises that it is physical control and emotional release she will be amazing.

    Holly is good and has at last realised she must exercise that emotional release. I was touched to watch her hold back the tears and regain composure when she received her 10's last week. Her and Artem really seem to have clicked on Saturday.

    Jason i have loved from day one. CRH said he wasn't a natural dancer but he puts everything into it, and that is what i have enjoyed.

    If anyone of those four win, justice will be served for they have all excelled themselves and given me and millions of others an enormous amount of pleasure over the last few weeks. Thank you.

  • Comment number 41.

    Just another question re Alex. They have the least number of messages on their blog yet get through on public vote. Presumably most of Wales can telephone but not use their computer!

  • Comment number 42.

    Wow nuttynora19 you've certainly got your claws out for Alex! And sarcky about the Welsh too. Meow! Doesn't have to be any direct correlation between the numbers who vote for her and the number of blogs on her fanpage. So people vote for Alex - get over it.
    Oh - and I'm English btw not Welsh.

  • Comment number 43.

    Really sorry to see you go Robbie. I loved watching you and Orla. I have always had a weekness for men with blonde hair and blue eyes - so I'm really going to miss you.

  • Comment number 44.

    I agree that Harry didn't deserve to be down near the bottom of the publics leaderboard but at the same time we don't necessarily know where those who are saved finished on the publics leaderboard as they are read out in no particular order. A point which Tess emphasised again when there were just the 3 couples waiting to decide if they were in the bottom 2 or not. So she called out Holly & Artem as being saved but for all we know she could have been 3rd from bottom. Unless the beeb can clarify that part it is always open to speculation. Obviously knowledge of where they finish will be different next week when we have the double elimination

  • Comment number 45.

    Hi nuttynora. i think you are being a bit harsh towards Alex. I am not an Alex follower but I don't believe for a minute that having a position in the bbc has any effect on how you will be scored. We saw Alexes predecessor from the One Show Christine Bleakley back in series 6 (while she was still with the beeb). She was a good dancer but it didn't spare her criticism and she didn't make it to the quarter finals. Bill Turnbull back in series 3 wasn't spared criticism for his performances. Willie Thorne & Dennis Taylor - Snooker commetators for the beeb but they weren't spared any criticism. In Willies case he was voted off in week 2 or 3 and Dennis didn't do much better. Alex may well get to the final seeing as she is one of only 3 contestants yet to be in the bottom 2 but that doesn't mean it is because of her connections with the beeb.

  • Comment number 46.

    Our 5 year old Martha Thomas burst in to tears last night when Robbie was eliminated, she was inconsolable. She loves Robbie and has decided she will not watch the rest of the series now he has gone

  • Comment number 47.

    29. katmary
    I noticed that on Saturday night there was an awful amount of loud screaming It nearly drowned out the judges and also the music during some of the routines. Something should be done to stop excessive noise, it seems, somehow disrespectful and extremely annoying.

  • Comment number 48.

    I agree that Robbie was totally endearing and won over a lot of people - and he was a true gentleman to the end.

    I was shocked that Jason was in the bottom two - I love him!

    Harry is great (although I don't like Aliona's choreography very much) - Chelsee is doing everything right (but I can't get excited about her).

    The one person whose dances I really look forward to, and which have me glued to the screen, are Jason's - I just absolutely love his performances! I found my eyes drifting away during Chelsee's dance, good as it was.

    I agree that Holly was much better this week - but again, I can't warm to her and I don't find her compelling to watch.

    And as for Alex - nice girl, beautiful figure, tries hard - but that's about it.

    I would personally like to see Harry, Jason and Chelsee in the final!

  • Comment number 49.

    I think everyone is doing well, but what I want to ask is can we have the old series back on tv to watch again, please? Even if it's on Watch! I'm sure other people would want to watch them again. The judges and Bruce and Tess, even Zoe keeps mentioning dances from previous series. It would be brilliant if we could watch again from the very beginning. What do others think?

  • Comment number 50.

    Definitely Robbie`s departure was overdue. He should have gone last week but what was Jason doing in the bottom two?

  • Comment number 51.

    Did anyone else notice the clapperboards on the resutls show giving the date? Can´t remember now what date was on it but wasn´t it Saturday's date?

  • Comment number 52.

    It's your privilige not to agree with my opinion and but even i don't think she is in the same league as Willie Thorne or Bill Turnball.

    My comment regarding the Welsh was a reflection of the idea's put forward by other blogs that the majority of Alex's votes are from Wales. It was not intended to be an insult to any Welsh person, and i apologise for any distress this may have brought.

  • Comment number 53.

    49 hiz nibz
    I would love to see the dances again and have suggested they release them on DVD for Children in Need.

  • Comment number 54.

    Hello hiz nibz and nuttynora19. What a wonderful idea to see all those old series again. To relive the totally inept flappings of poor old Chris Parker; Dennis Taylor "leaping" over his partner in his Paso Doble; John Sargeant, fantastic in every routine; the quiet determination of Dermott Gavin with Nicole and of course the true gentleman, Quentin Wilson, and his partner Hazel. Of course it would also mean that we could enjoy Zoe and Ian's tango, Jill and Darren's jive, Mark & Karen's argentine tango and salsa, and, my personal favourite Tom and Camilla's show dance, along with all those wonderful routines we have known and loved. Perhaps we could have it on demand? If Channel 4 can show Watercolour Challenge on demand, don't see why the Beeb can't do the same for SCD.

  • Comment number 55.

    So glad Robbie has gone, really couldnt put up with his "poor humble me" routine any longer.

  • Comment number 56.

    thank you archangel102 (31) the first explanation from an audience member.
    and Kisha (47) , it is good to know I'm not alone in my thoughts.

  • Comment number 57.

    Robbie Savage as a role model for a five year old girl?
    How sad is that!
    Take note Moira Ross! If this is what you were hoping to achieve, congratulations!
    On what used to be a family show the age of innocence is now well and truly dead.
    How sad is that!
    Thanks be that the remaining contenders are all much more suitable role models in their own way.
    Sadly, one little five year old girl will not see that. And that's how sad it is.

  • Comment number 58.


    It's a good idea to put your brain into gear before you open your mouth or decide to post a comment.

    Alex may not be the best dancer left standing, but every credit to her for taking part in the show, and she does not deserve to be on the recieving end of your invective comments.

    And is that not an amazingly ignorant and arrogant comment to imply that the Welsh are computer illiterate? You must surely be on a par with Anne Robinson as one of the most least popular people in Wales.

    I am not Welsh and yet your comments have incensed me.

    Your moniker is well chosen!

  • Comment number 59.

    its always sad to see a couple leave strictley,but as len said,somebody as to leave. eventhough robbies quickstep did not levelup to harry+alionas,i thought he used the floor well,and also his heght +posture. welldone robbie+ola___hope to see you both on the comedanceing tour in manchester. love chris,blackpool.

  • Comment number 60.

    @57 "Robbie Savage as a role model for a five year old girl?"

    Yes - in that he thanked the band and singerss plus all the backstage and production team, not just the main ones but including the runners, on ITT and in tweets.

    Not many do so.

  • Comment number 61.

    @25 and 31 - really enlightening! I've always wondered why the guests in the front row of Strictly don't look all that interested to be there most of the time.

    Onto the dancing - it was fair that Robbie went out. I was quite liking him up until his comments about Craig on ITT saying that Craig had it in for them from the beginning. It was a bit childish. Kicking the ball into a picture of Craig because he gave him a low score showed a rather nasty side as well. Craig is the only one who is honest about the dancing. He doesn't give good marks just because someone strips off or is liked by the public. A lot of the time, he's the only one worth listening to.

    I think Alex should be the next to go. She's good, has improved greatly and seems to be a lovely person, but out of all the dancers, she is the weakest. They're all so good right now, it's going to be a tough one to call. For the first time this season, I'm actually looking forward to Strictly on Saturday night. There's going to be some terrific dancing.

  • Comment number 62.

    Glad he's gone - it was time. Just an observation Robbie - your bitterness about Craig reflects more on you than him.

  • Comment number 63.

    Some posters seem quite able to dish out invective comments when it suits them to do so on other threads,I've noticed.

    Just to clarify: THE team blogs are set up for the SUPPORT of those teams. Yes? I don't expect to see any derogatory comments about team members on those threads, in that case..

    Admittedly this is a thread about Robbie's exit, so perhaps some people feel they are entitled to a freer rein . I would have thought that there are other forums out there that would suit those individuals better, however.

    I shan't be looking at this thread again, and when certain posters names appear, I shall be scrolling quickly past their 'thoughts'.

  • Comment number 64.

    @49. At 16:28 5th Dec 2011, hiz nibz wrote:

    "I think everyone is doing well, but what I want to ask is can we have the old series back on tv to watch again, please?"

    I second that.

    Have tried watching the US version, "Dancing with the Stars", on UK Gold (I think). It's brilliant. So much so that they do TWO series a year.

  • Comment number 65.


    Regardless of bringing the programme to an all time low, he thanks everyone for the privilege of having been allowed to do so.
    Doesn't make him a role model.
    Five year olds don't appreciate what goes on behind the scenes. They just see what they see on the TV screen!

  • Comment number 66.

    @64 - I third that.

    Funnily enough, I tried watching Dancing with the Stars a couple of years ago and didn't really like it - I didn't think they actually did too much dancing that was "strictly" ballroom and they certainly weren't as strict about the technique as Strictly was. But now Strictly seems to have gone down this route and I'm really disappointed. I think I can count on one hand the standout dances this season. I would like the show to go back to its original format, but I guess if the ratings this year are as good as people are saying they are, the chances of that happening are zero.

  • Comment number 67.

    Please, please, please can we keep Zoe on Strictly ITT. She is fa-bu-lous. Sit on sofa with smile on my face from start to finish - not many programmes do that these days. Love you to bits Zoe keep ITTing!

  • Comment number 68.

    Strictly was a wonderful family show. Clean, funny, stylish, elegant, competitive, sometimes funny, often sad. And then along came Moira Ross. And she brought in Robbie Savage. And now we have footballers vulgarity and he WAG culture takes over. Isn't there enough of that on other channels?

  • Comment number 69.

    I've put in an official complaint to Ofcom. I've complained to the BBC, too, and am still waiting to hear back from them.
    I've used the Ofcom structure in 'Harm and Offence' and have linked my complaint directly to that.

    I'd prefer to see Claudia back. Zoe is frequently too near the mark and sometimes seems to struggle to avoid innuendo.

  • Comment number 70.

    What's Robbie got to do with it? My lil Ola has gone :( I won't be watching SCD anymore this year.... No point now!

  • Comment number 71.

    @69 - you have a point - I remember Zoe's comment on ITT to Pasha on his training technique of using candy and a whip! "Candy and a whip, I knew I liked Russians" - It was pretty funny although possibly not really suitable for a tea-time audience. Still I think overall they manage to keep it just on the clean side and I don't see anything serious enough to make an official complaint about.

    I've quite enjoyed Zoe doing ITT - never really liked her before, but she's not as good as Claudia. I think Alesha would have been better than both of them as presenter of ITT - she's hopeless as a judge.

  • Comment number 72.


    I beleive i apologised for any implication that the welsh were computer iliterate.
    I did post the comment without fully recognising the possible snub it may infer, i am human, i make mistakes. So let me repeat it was not my intention to suggest that the Welsh are computer illiterate. I only meant to say that maybe they chose to show their appreciation by telephoning their votes, and not by using the blog sites.

    However, my opinion of Alex's performance remains the same. All of the contestants have shown courage to do this, even Nancy. I thought these places were for free speech, that the moderators ensured that standards of decency were maintained.

    Perhaps the consideration you want conveyed to Alex should also given to Bruce. Or are you the only person allowed to give negative feedback

  • Comment number 73.

    SCD is still a family show! Okay it may not be the same as it was when it first started out but the show needs to evolve. Robbie wasn't my favourite but gyrating hips for a few seconds of a 2 mins dance routine hardly makes him or the show vulgar - I think that is harsh and a little over the top.

    I think it is unrealistic to expect a show that has gone on for as long as SCD has to not change. On the whole I think the changes have enhanced the show although I do agree that it is becoming more showy and less ballroom which is a little bit of a shame.

    RE: Zoe Ball - I think she is absolutely fantastic and has been a breath of fresh air -- she's great!

  • Comment number 74.

    SCD might be marketed as a 'family show', but I find it highly disturbing that those dance moves are now seen by our society as acceptable and normal. They are not acceptable and contirbute towards the sexualisation of children.

    There are gyrating hip and gyrating hips. Robbie Savages were inserted with the intention to be sexual and were nothing to do with the dance at all.

    I miantain that standing on the judges desk, performing overtly sexual moves in the face of a judge, is not acceptable on any level.

    Zoe finds it hard not to speak with innuendo, so this year even ITT has been infected with the sordidity of the show. There's nowhere to escape from it. Su Pollard this evening sniggering over Harry and so on.

    For goodness sake - things have become ridiculous. Shows can change, but why on earth should 'change' = 'deterioration'?

    Shame on you, BBC.

  • Comment number 75.

    nuttynora 19

    Yes, I think these blogs are on the whole places of free speech,as so they should be. After all the moderators have allowed your comment @37 to stand, in which you refer to Alex as Miss BBC and say that if she wins the contest it will be a fix. There's been lots of criticism of the beeb on these blogs ,but that's pretty forthright.
    As I said before, I applaud Alex for taking part, but at the end of the day I don't think she will go beyond the semi finals.
    I fail to understand why you mention Bruce in your last paragraph, as I have never once referred to him in any of the posts I have made. I watch SCD because I am a fan of dancing.
    No, I'm not the only person allowed to give negative feedback, which is why we're both still here, presumably.


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