Strictly Come Danc­ing

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Af­ter what must have been quite a stress­ful week for Seann Walsh and Katya Jones, fol­low­ing the pic­tures of them kiss­ing, de­spite both be­ing in long-term re­la­tion­ships, that were printed in last week­end, they could have blown it on Strictly last night.

It would have been easy to blame any dis­ap­point­ing moves on the dis­trac­tions of the week. But, with huge grins plas­tered on their faces through­out, they man­aged to im­press the judges and score a re­spectable 28 points for their Charles­ton.

It took a while to get there. First, Clau­dia Win­kle­man and Tess Daly opened the show with a quip about it be­ing “a quiet week … other than the odd head­line”. This light-hearted men­tion was the least-veiled ref­er­ence to the scan­dal, but the awk­ward­ness was tan­gi­ble through­out the show.

The BBC’s shame­less sched­ul­ing was bla­tant – know­ing ex­tra view­ers would be tun­ing in just for the car crash fac­tor, Seann and Katya ended up be­ing the penul­ti­mate cou­ple to per­form, with all that jolly danc­ing and ban­ter that we nor­mally en­joy now feel­ing like un­sat­is­fac­tory fore­play ahead of the main event. Or per­haps we’re be­ing cyn­i­cal and they popped them on late so that most kids would be in bed on the off-chance that they went to sec­ond base on live TV.

And then, fi­nally, it was time. Putting us beaky-nosed gos­sips in our place, Daly in­tro­duced the duo with the words “it’s been quite a week but tonight it’s all about the danc­ing”, and on the en­su­ing VT of re­hearsals footage, it was strictly busi­ness too, with both Walsh and Jones clearly work­ing as hard as ever on their chore­og­ra­phy and tak­ing the show

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