Strictly be­side the sea­side

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One of the most ea­gerly awaited Strictly shows is the trip to Black­pool and this year it’s on Novem­ber 17.

Trans­port­ing Strictly to the town’s fa­mous Tower Ball­room, the crew travel up the Mon­day be­fore to start lay­ing the hun­dreds of miles of ca­ble, set­ting up lights and build­ing sets.

“We work with an out­side broad­cast truck and ev­ery­thing has to be built from scratch – we have to turn the ball­room into Strictly,” says Nikki Par­sons who has di­rected the show. Strictly celebs and their part­ners ar­rive in Black­pool the day be­fore the show.

Fri­day is cos­tume fit­ting, spray tan­ning and cam­era re­hearsal day and each cou­ple get at least three full chances to do their rou­tine. On Satur­day, the stars ar­rive at 9am and go straight into hair and make-up, then cos­tume be­fore tak­ing to the fa­mous floor. The dress re­hearsal ends around 4.30pm and an hour later, the 1000-strong au­di­ence start tak­ing their seats. The au­di­ence are warmed up, the judges greet the au­di­ence, Clau­dia and Tess do a few pre-recorded items to cam­era then Strictly from the Tower Ball­room, Black­pool goes live...

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