STRICTLY COME DANCERS

As ‘Strictly’ con­tes­tant Laura Whit­more writes for LIFE mag­a­zine (see Page 18), Pat Fitz­patrick has a look at some mem­o­rable stars of the show

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It can’t be easy for some­one from a rugby back­ground to go on The make-up and cos­tumes and thinly veiled ho­mo­eroti­cism — and that’s just the end-of-sea­son party at the rugby club. Ben spilt from his wife af­ter meet­ing dancer Kristina Ri­hanoff on the 2013 show. Ap­par­ently Kristina asked to be paired with Daniel O’Don­nell last year, to shed her rep­u­ta­tion as a maneater. We’re not sure how Daniel felt about that. But we doubt his re­sponse in­cluded, “That’s great now, so it is”.

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How come Daniel didn’t write a song about get­ting voted off Se­ri­ously, he’s a coun­try-mu­sic star who had just ex­pe­ri­enced heart­break and a shat­tered dream. The only thing miss­ing was a bro­ken-down truck. Some felt Daniel would have gone fur­ther if he had used rou­tines that fea­tured in his own live shows. Others felt the judges were un­likely to give points for click­ing your fin­gers and wink­ing at a group of pen­sion­ers in the front row.

3 BEN CO­HEN DANIEL O’DON­NELL Strictly? NANCY DELL’OLIO

Nancy de­parted the com­pe­ti­tion in 2011, but not with­out leav­ing her mark. On part­ner An­ton’s toes. She is proof that you can’t beat the Ital­ians on the sexy front. Her name means Nancy Of The Oil back at home. Over here, it means ‘I find her a bit hot even though I know she had sex with Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son.’ He was that man­ager who failed to achieve any­thing with the Eng­land foot­ball team. Although that hardly nar­rows it down.

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Forty-five-year-old Zoe was snapped snog­ging 22-year-old boy­band singer, Tay­Tay Starhz, last year. That must be so em­bar­rass­ing, go­ing around all day with a name like that. It’s like some­thing your mother would say if you came home with a boy­band. “Tay tay, stars?”, says she. “Go on sure, have a cup in yeer hand. Who’s for a Co­conut Cream, now lads? Come here to me, the next time ye see Louis Walsh, tell him stop feck­ing about with his hair.” You’d be morto all the same.

5 ZOE BALL ANN WIDDECOMBE

Ann was de­scribed by one of the judges as ‘a danc­ing hippo’, when she ap­peared in 2010. Any­one who watched her per­for­mance would agree that was a bit harsh. On hip­pos. Even if they do have two left feet. (Think about it.) Some felt Ann might have trou­ble fit­ting in at what with all the high camp, bitch­ing and sex scan­dals. Others wor­ried that she might have found it a bit tame af­ter her time in the Tory party.

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