Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
Strictly Come Dancing is now in its 5th series and airs on Saturday evenings on BBC1. The programme features 14 celebrities and their professional dance partners performing Ballroom and Latin American styles. This programme, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, presented by Claudia Winkleman is a follow-up and explores the behind the scenes stories and gossip. Willie Thorne (having left the show last week) spoke with the stars backstage as they had their make-up done and went through rehearsals.
On Saturday, the celebrities danced samba and American Smooth to differing types of music. There was some controversy as Brendan and Kelly Brooke received penalties from some judges for putting 3 lifts into the dance (rather than two), but then received a perfect 10 score from Bruno Tonioli. This resulted in some in-fighting amount the judges as rules had clearly been broken.
Unexpectedly, Penny Lancaster Stewart and Ian Waite, and Gabby Logan and James Jordan were in the dance offs when they had both put in good performances on the Saturday. Penny Lancaster Stewart had improved significantly and sparkled in her short yellow dress and matching thigh high boots to “These Boots were made for Walking”. Gabby’s samba showed that she was clearly enjoying herself and her athleticism shone through. The judges (with Len Goodman having the casting vote) eliminated Gabby and from the programme. The result was quite shocking (especially as GMTV presenter Kate Garraway went through and was out of time, made numerous mistake and was lacklustre .
On the programme Len Goodman commented and said that the public had made a mistake in placing two good sets of dancers in the bottom two. Another of the judges, Craig Revel Horwood also appeared and appealed for the audience to vote for genuine dancing talent (he marked Kate Garraway as a “3”). He was also less than pleased with Bruno’s marking on Brendan and Kelly’s American Smooth as there should perhaps have been a disqualification. The BBC message board and forum have been inundated with comments. Ballroom dancing has never been so exciting!