Contestants aim for a towering performance
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