Strictly Christmas Special

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What an all star line up for the Strictly Christmas Special

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Jeremy Vine and Karen Clifton 

danced a quickstep to a cover of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by The Puppini Sisters 


Jeremy and Karen always bring the fun factor .

Katie Derham and Brendan Cole 

danced a Viennese Waltz to ‘White Christmas’ by Otis Redding 

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My favorite dance of the night. Excuisite!

Colin Jackson and Amy Dowden 

danced a Rumba to ‘Run’ by Leona Lewis 


Colin and Amy danced a beautiful Rumba .He hasn’t lost it .

Robbie Savage and Dianne Buswell 

danced  an American Smooth to a cover of ‘ Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Michael Buble 


Loved the story of the dance. The lifts were brilliant . An impressive performance from Robbie.

Judy Murray and Neil Jones 

danced a Charleston to ‘Let’s Misbehave’ by Trevor Ashley


Neil brought out the playful side of Judy’s personality in this dance. A joy to watch!

Kimberley Walsh and Pash Kovalev

 danced a Jive to ‘Run Run Rudolph’ by Kelly Clarkson 


                  They are so cute.

 The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Champions Are: 

   KATIE DERHAM  and BRENDAN COLE

It’s all over for another series , but what a series it has been.

Roll On Strictly 2018!

THE STRICTLY CAST DANCE GROUP DANCE

They took a trip to Buckingham Palace for a very special tea dance hosted by The Duchess of Cornwall and music from The Kaiser Chiefs . 

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Hope you are all having a lovely Christmas or Happy Holiday

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I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your presence here on my blog.

 Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year . Let’s dance with life in a happy and healthy way with style and grace in 2018!

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Strictly Musical Week Review

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This is proof that learning to dance, can change your life.

OH! WHAT A NIGHT, WE EXPERIENCED DANCES INSPIRED BY THE MUSICALS THAT TOTALLY EXCEEDED OUR WILDEST IMAGINATION AND 

WHAT AN OPENING NUMBER…

 

The fabulous Five couples danced for a place in the Semi-Final.

Here are my thoughts on Musicals Week .

Alexandra and Gorka danced the Charleston to Supercalifragillistic from Mary Poppins

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A show stopping performance . The swivels were so precise. Alexandra is a natural performer.

Debbie and Giovanni danced the American Smooth to Memory from Cats

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One Word PURRRRFECT!!! Giovanni choreographed to showcase Debbie’s strengths. A memorable routine that will remain with us for a long time.

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Davood and Nadiya danced the Argentine Tango to The Phantom of the Opera

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What a captivating couple . This is a difficult dance for the male celebs . Davood got the characterization of the dance but did not appear as confident at leading Nadiya , but it was still a dramatic powerful performance.

Gemma and Aljaz danced the Quickstep to Hello Dolly! from Hello Dolly

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Well hello Gemma! Gemma looked amazing . A hollywood style performance. Aljaz pulled out all the stops again with his choreography.

Joe and Katya danced the Samba to Money Monday from Cabaret

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Loved everything about this dance , it really drew you in . From Katya’s clever choreography to Joe’s facial expressions were class. Joe and Katya deserve to be in the final. He has progressed beautifully throughout his Strictly journey.

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Mollie and AJ danced the Rumba to I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables

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Loved the romantic / sweet story of the dance. This dance had more of a contemporary feel . Beautiful. Made me feel 16 again. 💞

The Strictly Leader Board Musicals Week 

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Well done to the BBC Strictly team. A 1st class entertainment show, showcasing amazing talent like we have never seen before.

Who will make it to the SEMI-FINAL ? Who will go home?

Find out on

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It’s Strictly Halloween Week

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Here Are the Spooktacular Songs and Dances For Halloween Week

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Alexandra and Gorka will dance the Tango to Maneater by Nelly Furtado

Aston and Janette will dance the Paso Doble to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Davood and Nadiya will dance the Rumba to Wicked Game by Chris Isaak

Debbie and Giovanni will the Charleston to Frankie by Sister Sledge

Gemma and Aljaz will dance the Jive to Ever Fallen In Love by The Buzzcocks

Joe and Katya will dance the Foxtrot to Trouble by Coldplay

Jonnie and Oti will dance the Cha Cha to Troublemaker By Olly Murs ft. Flo Rida

Molly and AJ will dance the Cha Cha to Better The Devil You Know by Kylie Minogue

Ruth and Anton will dance the Quickstep to The Bewitched Theme Song

Simon and Karen will dance the Viennese Waltz to Delilah by Tom Jones

Susan and Kevin will dance the Foxtrot to Killer Queen by Queen

Here’s a throwback to Strictly Halloween 2015 Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton 

Don’t miss Strictly Come Dancing @ 18:35 BBC One on

Saturday 28th October

It’s one not to be missed from the Halloween Makeup/Hair/Costumes , the sensational routines , the list goes on and on.

And the results show on Sunday @ 19:15pm BBC One 

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The First Strictly Live Show

What an amazing start to a new season of

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017 

Well done to the entire #Strictly team . It’s going to be an amazing series.

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Alexandra and Gorka danced the Waltz to (You Make Me Feel Like A) ‘Natural Woman’  by Aretha Franklin.

The tissues were out early for Alexandra’s first dance. It was an emotional one . Which is why Strictly can be a healing journey for both the contestants and viewers. We have got to “Feel to Heal” people. A perfect #Strictly partnership.

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Charlotte and Brendon danced a Foxtrot to ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ by Michael Buble.

This lady just exudes elegance down to her fingertips. A gorgeous partnership. Brendan’s choreography is old hollywood style, pure class. 👌

Chizzy and Pasha danced a Cha Cha to ‘Boogie Fever’ by The Sylvers.

This is a fun partnership and their first dance did not disappoint. Full of  energy. Chizzy has great rythmn and her personality sparkled throughout the dance. This girl can move .  Pasha is an amazing teacher👏

Debbie and Giovanni danced A Paso Doble to ‘Be Italian’ by Fergie.

This was a surprise…even for Giovanni 💋. It had passion, intensity , kicks, splits . Debbie didn’t hold back and put everything into that first dance. Looking forward to seeing their dance next week.

Gemma and Aljaz danced a Cha Cha to ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’ by Shawn Mendes.

Gemma appeared super confident for her first dance looked amazing . It a fast fun routine . There’s nothing hoding you back after that cheeky cha cha  Gemma.

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Mollie and AJ Jived to ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ by Little Richard.n

What an adorable partnership. Molly played her role to perfection. Facial expressions were on point. Yes , there needs to be more bounce action in the jive but it is only week one . Love these two together.

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Ruth and Anton Waltzed to ‘This Nearly Was Mine’ ( Seth MacFarlae version)

Ruth looked the picture of elegance . Such beauty and grace. Ruth has so much potential but the nerves took over a bit  . You can do it Ruth. A gorgeous couple.

Susan and Kevin performed  the Viennese Waltz to ‘Mad About The Boy’ by Dinah Washington.

Love this partnership and love Susan’s tweets even more, such a funny lady.  Were all mad about Kevin and his imaginative routines . Susan is loving her strictly experience as we can see.

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Aston and Janette danced a Foxtrot to ‘It Had To Be You ‘ by Harry Connick Jnr.

WOW, it’s week ONE !! It had to be you Aston, what a showman. A show stopping performance . Janette brings out the best in her partners. Loved her retro look .   A dynamic duo. The ones to watch 😉

Brian and Amy danced a Tango to ‘Temptation’ by Heaven 17.

Liked the setting and the story of the dance. Who can resist red shoes  👠😍 It wasn’t an easy dance for Brian’s first dance but he got through it . Well done.

Davood and Nadiya danced a Cha Cha to ‘Dedication to My Ex’ by Lloyd ft. Andre 3000

One word “HOT”🌡

Joe and Katya Jived to ‘Rockin’ Robin’ by Michael Jackson.

Joe put 100% into this dance , brilliant. He got the character of the dance and so light on his feet . I could watch this over and over again. Katya is an sensational dancer and teacher. They were certainly rockin’ it tonight. Another couple to watch.

Jonnie and Oti Waltzed to ‘When I Need You ‘ by Luther Vandross.

For an athlete who isn’t used to dancing , Jonnnie was extemely good and performed with such charm. The basic side close side and heel leads were very good. Just needs to work on his posture more . A beautiful partnership and excellent first dance.

Rev. Richard and Dianne danced the Cha Cha to ‘There Must be An Angel’ by  The Eurythmics.

Rev. Richard was on cloud nine and full of enthusiasm throughout the dance.

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Simon and Karen performed  the Paso  Doble to ‘Song 2’ by Blur.

Simon appeared focused and determined throughout the paso. If he relaxed his knees a bit more he will drive through the dance better but a difficult first dance. Well done Simon. 

The Strictly Leaderboard : WEEK ONE 

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Loving the new judge Shirley Ballas , such vast knowledge and experience in ballroom and latin. An excellent choice .

I am looking forward to the coming weeks and seeing the improvements they make on their strictly journey.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post

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Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two

Starting Monday 25th September 6.30pm on BBC Two

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The Official Photos Are Here …

The #Strictly Class of 2017! 

And don’t they all look amazing.

 

 

We are only 4 days away from the

STRICTLY COME DANCING LAUNCH SHOW

Saturday September 9th 7pm

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Oh, the excitement…

We are just one week away from the 2017

Strictly Come Dancing 

Launch Show !!

So keep the date in your diary

Saturday 9th September @ 7pm

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Strictly Come Dancing Semi-Final Review

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They danced their hearts out for a place in the Strictly Come Dancing Final 2016. 

Each couple performed two dances in the semi-final.

Danny and Oti

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1st danceSalsa to ‘Vivir Mi’ Vida by Marc Anthony

WOW, once again Danny and Oti smashed it . The choreography was sensational. It had lifts, tricks , those hips and the armography … brilliant. They have to be in the final!

2nd danceAmerican Smooth to ‘Misty Blue’ by Dorothy Moore

This was a truly beautiful romantic dance. It’s like watching two professionals. And the trust Oti has in Danny in the lifts . Another winning performance. Technically and emotionally a class act.

Ore and Joanne 

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1st dance Quickstep to ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ by Jet

Ore was so light on his feet. He performed this dance with such strength of character and control. Joanne’s choreography each week just blows me away. She manages to bring out Ore’s personality in each routine. They make each dance a joy to watch each week. 

2nd danceArgentine Tango to ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ by Kylie Minogue

I just can’t get this dance out of my head . An intense dance. It was sharp, clean, precise and the chemistry was electric. A powerful performance. Ore came into this competition with no dance experience and look at him now. A winning combo!

Louise and Kevin

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1st danceTango to ‘Glad All Over’ by the Dave Clark Five

Louise has been really consistent throughtout the competition. This was a full on routine and Louise maintained the fast pace of the dance . Technically Louise never disappoints. A fantastic dancer.

2nd danceSamba to ‘Brazil’ by Thiago Thome

Louise really looked liked she was having fun in this dance . A fun loving performance. 

Claudia and AJ

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1st danceRumba to ‘Bleeding Love’ by Leona Lewis.

Claudia performed this Rumba with tremendous strength and control. It did lack continuous flow but Claudia  created beautiful lines. It wasn’t a passionate rumba but still a  lovely performance.  

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2nd danceQuickstep to ‘When Your Smiling’ by Andy Williams

The whole world was smiling with Claudia and AJ throughout that quickstep. It was fast paced , light, precise and energetic. This suited Claudia perfectly. This is the dance that reveals why they are called the #pocketrockets. Claudia’s best dance. Brilliant!!

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Here is the Strictly Come Dancing semi- final  Leaderboard 

ORE and JOANNE   38   39   77

DANNY and OTI  37  39  76      

LOUISE and KEVIN  37  36  73

CLAUDIA and AJ  35  38  73

Who will go through to the final and who will be sent home ? Find out 

  Strictly Come Dancing Results Show is on Sunday 7:20pm BBC One 

Who is your Strictly Winner 2016?

The excitement is building . 

THE STRICTLY COME DANCING FINAL IS ON 

SATURDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2016 @18.40 BBC ONE

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 10 Review

It’s week 10 and what an emotional journey for the Strictly Couples it has been.

Claudia and Aj danced the Argentine Tango to ‘Cry Me A River’ by Justin Timberlake

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Claudia came out confident, self assured and showed off her prowess from the moment the music began. Her balance, control and  strength in the lifts was outstanding.  She really played the character well. They really have grown  from strength to strength each week as a team. 

Danny and  Oti danced the Samba to ‘Magalenha’ by Sergio Mendes

I must admit I got distracted by Danny’s chest too 😉 But back to the dancing 😀 It was a full on sexy Samba with a trubal vibe. The music and the choreography was incredible. Danny was born to dance and luckily we get to see him perform with an amazing partner this year on Strictly. That hip action …They deserved their score of  40!!!

Ed and Katya danced the Tango to ‘I Can’t Get No’ Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones

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Ed Balls was picture perfect as a male model for his photo shoot. His pout was on point. Loved the rose between the teeth, perfect for Tango. I just adore Katya’s imaginative routines. His topline needs improving. He needs to close his thumb when it is placed on Katya’s back in hold. It was a bit stompy.Not his best dance but Ed comes out each week and gives it a go. Well done Ed.

Judge Rinder and Oksana danced the Rumba to ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers

I loved the concept of the dance. Oksana and Judge Rinder have a beautiful partnership. I don’t think it was Judge Rinder’s best dance but still a lovely performance. Judge Rider is loving every moment on Strictly and it shows when he performs. Well done. 

Louise and Kevin danced the Waltz to ‘At This Moment’ by Michael Buble

Kevin Clifton manages to almost bring me to tears with his breathtaking choreography. The dance was executed with such finesse. Louise is technically an amazing dancer. A romantic, graceful and  elegant performance. Aesthetically a beautiful couple to watch.

Ore and Joanne danced the Paso Doble to ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Lorde

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Ore and Joanne could rule the world with this powerful Paso. It was such a unique and original approach to a paso. Joanne is a genius with her choreography. Ore played the character very well , his lines were clean and sharp. A powerful performance. 

Then the 6 couples danced in the 

The CHA CHA Challenge

The judges gave

LOUISE AND KEVIN 1st

DANNY AND OTI   2nd

ORE AND JOANNE  3rd

CLAUDIA AND AJ   4th

JUDGE RINDER AND OKSANA 5th

ED AND KATYA     6th

When all the couples were on the dance floor at the same time , it was easier to see who really stands out at this stage of the competition.

THE STRICTLY SCOREBOARD AFTER WEEK TEN

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Strictly Come Dancing – Blackpool Week Review

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 What an Sensational Opening Number , that took us right back to the 1930’s & 40’s . Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Inspired.

Here is how the celebrities were feeling about dancing in Blackpool

 CLAUDIA AND AJ DANCED THE JIVE TO ‘HEY MICKEY’ BY TONY BASIL

A jam packed jive full of kicks, flicks, spins and sensational lifts. A brilliant routine with a fun element.  Shake your pom poms for Claudia and AJ. 

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DANNY AND OTI DANCED THE  CHARLESTON TO ‘PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ’ BY GREGORY PORTER

Danny and Oti could have walked right off a stage in broadway with this performance. Danny really got the character of the dance. It was like watching two professionals.  Now that’s what I call Showbiz !!!

ED AND KATYA DANCED THE JIVE TO ‘GREAT BALLS OF FIRE’ BY JERRY LEE LEWIS

Goodness Gracious Ed balls of fire! Loved Ed’s quiff and teal suit. His timing was very good. He is progressing each week. This man is to be admired and Katya’s amazing choreography brings out the best in Ed. Ed ball’s rocked Blackpool .

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GREG AND NATALIE DANCED THE QUICKSTEP TO ‘HAND JIVE’ BY SHA NA NA 

You were born to Quickstep Greg Rutherford. Your best dance yet. Loved the song. His frame was very good.  It was a fun, energetic dance and Greg really looked like he was enjoying it. Natalie’s creative choreography never disappoints. 

JUDGE RINDER AND OKSANA DANCED THE SALSA TO ‘SPICE UP YOUR LIFE’ BY THE SPICE GIRLS

I don’t know about you but this certainly spiced up my Saturday night. The energy, passion and those hips. A Spicy Salsa! 

LOUISE AND KEVIN DANCED THE PASO DOBLE TO ‘EXPLOSIVE’ BY BOND

The costumes were amazing . Louise and Kevin exploded onto our screens with a fiery, passionate paso. A confident, strong and powerful performance. Louise is going from strength to strength. 

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ORE AND JOANNE DANCED THE VIENNESE WALTZ TO ‘THAT’S LIFE’ BY FRANK

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What a spectacular evening of dance and entertainment. Let us not forget the amazing pro dancers that performed with and in each couples dance. They were all amazing .

Here’s how the Strictly Scoreboard looked after Blackpool 

DANNY & OTI        40

ORE & JOANNE       38

LOUISE & KEVIN    38

CLAUDIA & AJ         36

JUDGE RINDER & OKSANA   33

GREG & NATALIE         32   

ED & KATYA                23

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ? vote here

Strictly Come Dancing Results Show is on Sunday 7.15pm BBC One

Thank you so much for reading this review, I do hope you enjoyed it . I would love to hear your views on Strictly 2016.

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THE STRICTLY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL LINE UP HAS BEEN REVEALED

Ainsley Harriot and Karen Clifton

Gethin Jones and Chloe Hewitt

Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara 

Frankie Bridge and Gorka Marquez 

Pamela Stephenson and Pasha Kovakev

Denise Lewis and Anton Du Beke 

WATCH THEM ON CHRISTMAS DAY 2016 

Keep up to date with all thing’s Strictly on

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Strictly Come Dancing – Blackpool Week

What a beautiful pro group dance in week 8

The Love Story of Basil and Madge

 We said goodbye to Daisy and Aljaz in week 8. Daisy lit up the dancefloor each week with her beautifull smile and her natural dance ability and will be dearly missed. 

Here is their Strictly Journey

IT’S WEEK NINE – BLACKPOOL WEEK

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The remaining seven couples are back in the training room. Here are the

BLACKPOOL WEEK SONGS AND DANCES

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 Claudia and AJ will be dancing the Jive to ‘Hey Mickey’ by Tony Basil

Danny and Oti will be dancing the  Charleston to ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ by Gregory Porter

Ed and Katya will be dancing the Jive to ‘Great Balls of Fire’ by Jerry Lee Lewis

Greg and Natalie will be dancing the Quickstep to ‘Hand Jive ‘ Sha Na Na 

Judge Rinder and Oksana will be dancing the Salsa to ‘Spice Up Your Life’ by the Spice Girls 

Louise and Kevin will be dancing the Paso Doble to ‘Explosive’ by Bond

Ore and Joanne will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to ‘That’s Life ‘ by Frank Sinatra

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE? VOTE HERE

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The Blackpool Group Dance Rehearsals

This will get you in the mood for Blackpool Group dance 2015

Strictly Come Dancing is back Saturday BBC One 18.55

Strictly Results Show Sunday BBC One 19.15

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