Con­tes­tants aim for a tow­er­ing per­for­mance

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR TV WEEK -

This year’s Strictly Come Danc­ing (Satur­day, BBC1, 6.50pm) has al­ready brought us some re­mark­able sights, whether it’s Eas­t­En­der Kel­lie Bright bran­dish­ing a lightsaber in a Star Wars-themed Charleston, broad­caster Jeremy Vine astride a fake horse for a Western-tinged tango, or An­ton Du Beke at the top of the leader board. How­ever, it seems that could all have been just a warm up as the show makes its now an­nual pil­grim­age to the spir­i­tual home of ball­room, Black­pool. As Strictly Come Danc­ing's ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Louise Rain­bow, says: “Black­pool has been the home to many very spe­cial Strictly mo­ments. Who can forget 2013’s spec­tac­u­lar group per­for­mance with dancers aged eight to 80 toYoung Hearts Run Free? Our an­nual visit to Black­pool really is the time when the com­pe­ti­tion hots up for our cou­ples.” But which cou­ples will be cre­at­ing those magic mo­ments? When the line-up was first an­nounced, bookies and arm­chair dance judges alike tipped Peter An­dre to do well, and he has largely re­paid their faith. Af­ter top­ping the leader board in week one, he’s con­tin­ued to do well, re­cently pick­ing up two 10s for an en­er­getic Charleston. He’s not the only se­ri­ous con­tender for that fa­mous glit­ter ball tro­phy. Jay McGui­ness, of boy band the Wanted, pulled out a block­bust­ing Pulp Fic­tion jive in movie week, and de­spite sub­se­quently stum­bling on his quick­step and be­ing crit­i­cised for a lack of ex­pres­sion in his Ar­gen­tine tango, many fans think he’s now the one to beat. Af­ter a slightly slow start – and a rumba that an­noyed Len Good­man with its lack of tra­di­tional con­tent – for­mer Corona­tion Street ac­tress Ge­or­gia May Foote was the judges’ favourite in Hal­loween week, de­fy­ing the cyn­ics who thought the Ghost­busters theme wouldn’t lend it­self to the mean and moody tango. Call the Mid­wife’s He­len Ge­orge has also im­pressed with a nim­ble quick­step and a samba that saw her dressed as a mummy, Coun­try­file pre­sen­ter Anita Rani has emerged as the com­pe­ti­tion’s dark horse, and Jeremy Vine has charmed the pub­lic, while baf­fling the judges. It’s all just a lit­tle too close to call, es­pe­cially af­ter Kel­lie found her­self in the dance-off in week seven, prov­ing that no one is safe in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Luck­ily, we can guar­an­tee that Tess Daly and Clau­dia Win­kle­man will be making the trip, along with the judges.

All the right moves Tess Daly and Clau­dia Win­kle­man present

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