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Audley Harrison sixth out of 'Strictly Come Dancing'

13 November 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Audley Harrison has become the sixth person to leave Strictly Come Dancing. The heavyweight boxer was eliminated from the competition along with professional partner Natalie Lowe when viewer votes and judges' scores for their cha cha cha yesterday were combined. The pair were joined in the bottom two by EastEnders icon Anita Dobson and her partner Robin Windsor. Harrison had finished in the danger zone on three previous occasions, staying in the competition over Edwina Currie, Nancy Dell'Olio and Lulu. Asked by hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman for his Strictly highlights, Harrison replied: "There have (more) »

- By Daniel Sperling

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I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here takes a more mature approach

11 November 2011 4:09 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Decision to cast six contestants over 50 in latest series of the ITV programme hailed as an 'incredible breakthrough'

For a medium that prizes youth above all else, it is a most unlikely trend. But reality television is suddenly smitten with the over-60s.

With a lineup that includes three competitors pushing 70, ITV's new series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is following the lead of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1, which has this year seen ratings rise in line with its contestants' ages.

The X Factor's young and over-styled finalists have found themselves under pressure from Strictly's collection of (mostly) light-footed actors, presenters, musicians and sportsmen – despite more than half of Strictly's original lineup being over 40.

I'm a Celebrity's producers will be hoping for similar success as they serve up this year's gruesome bush tucker to a cast including 60-year-old Lorraine Chase plus »

- Vicky Frost

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The Measure | Fashion

14 October 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Thumbs up: Mel & Sue, Henry Hopper (and the new Van Sant movie), gold ice buckets (yes, really). Thumbs down: Edwina Currie on Strictly, Chelsea boots and knitting

Going up

Henry Hopper Lead in the new Gus Van Sant film Restless, which has a very fashiony trailer, including amaze sunglasses on Hh and Mia Wasikowska in an animal-print coat

The statement earring Our numero uno style takeout from Milan fashion week

'I'll have a salad – and a side of macaroni cheese' The fashionable dinner order overheard at Gordon Ramsay's new Bread Street Kitchen

Gold ice buckets Latest interior crush. Particularly Ralph Lauren's "Montgomery"

Monica Vinader's Fiji bracelets Breast Cancer Awareness month is the perfect excuse to add a silver-and-pink version to your wrist-stack

Mel & Sue Will surely be inundated with TV offers after The Great British Bake Off?

Going down

Knitting This winter's ironic craft of choice is crochet. »

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Edwina Currie branded 'smutty' by Widdecombe

11 October 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ann Widdecombe has blasted Edwina Currie for being too "smutty" for 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The outspoken former MP - who was a surprise hit with viewers last year - thinks Edwina, who was voted off the programme on Sunday (09.10.11), failed to appreciate the family appeal of the BBC One show after making several comments about her sex life and even exposing her underwear during a dance. Ann fumed: "Edwina completely misread the programme and the audience. All her talk was very smutty - it's a family show. A large part of the audience is children. Anything that's going to make parents »

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Edwina Currie takes swipe at 'Strictly Come Dancing' judges

11 October 2011 8:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Edwina Currie has taken a swipe at the Strictly Come Dancing judges, following her elimination from the BBC One ballroom show at the weekend. The former Conservative MP claimed that the panel - Alesha Dixon, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood - had been unfair in marking down her foxtrot performance for storytelling. "I thought the judges' comments were very harsh," said Currie on It Takes Two. "I think the comments they made about our little turn could have been about all of the others. "I don't think we spent too much time on the story. Others did exactly the same and got much higher marks." When asked whether (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Edwina Currie voted off Strictly

10 October 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Edwina Currie has become the first contestant to be voted off `Strictly Come Dancing'. The 64-year-old former MP insists she wasn't upset that she and professional partner Vincent Simone had to leave the competition after receiving fewer votes than fellow bottom-ranked couple Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe - because she had banned sex with husband John as training had left her so tired. She said: "I always feel sexy. I don't have a problem with that. The problem in the last couple of weeks has been at the end of the day, I've been so tired all I want to do is »

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Edwina Currie first to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing'

9 October 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Edwina Currie has become the first celebrity to leave this year's Strictly Come Dancing. The ex-mp and her professional partner Vincent Simone were eliminated from the ballroom contest tonight after finishing bottom of the leaderboard when judges' scores were combined with viewer votes. Currie and Simone landed in the danger zone alongside boxer Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe after failing to impress with their cha cha cha and foxtrot performances over the last two weeks. Asked by hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman to sum up her exit, Currie stated: "Well I feel sorry for Vincent, because he has worked very hard. He's been a terrific teacher, he really, really has. Anything that we did wrong is entirely (more) »

- By Daniel Sperling

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'Strictly's Nancy Dell'Olio demands private backstage area

8 October 2011 6:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Strictly Come Dancing star Nancy Dell'Olio has reportedly demanded a private backstage area after her dress was 'sabotaged' last week. The Italian's costume was found soaking wet and ripped just minutes before last Saturday's performance and she wants to prevent the same thing happening this week. Fellow contestant Edwina Currie is said to have become unhappy with Dell'Olio's backstage demands, although Dell'Olio herself has denied rumours of a feud between the pair. "I didn't give a lot of importance to it but it is still upsetting," Dell'Olio told The Sun. "It was just ten minutes before I went on so I had to go downstairs for the dress to be dried and one side, which (more) »

- By Colin Daniels

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'Strictly Come Dancing's Nancy Dell'Olio denies Edwina Currie 'feud'

4 October 2011 11:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nancy Dell'Olio has refuted allegations that she dislikes fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Edwina Currie. According to reports last month, Dell'Olio clashed with the former Conservative MP for not being "glamorous enough". However, the Italian lawyer insisted to This Morning that she "had no idea" what the media were referring to. Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, she said: "I have been living in this country for ten years now and I know the game that the media play. "So this was created probably for the audience... I have no idea what they are talking about, I would never say something like that. I think it's not fair on Edwina. "I am currently meeting and getting to know her. She's a wonderful person. Of course [I didn't say those things], this is not my style. I am perfectly (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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'Strictly' Craig Revel Horwood: 'Edwina Currie like granny at wedding'

4 October 2011 9:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood has taken a swipe at Edwina Currie, following her disappointing cha cha cha performance at the weekend. Currie and Vincent Simone failed to impress the judges with their Latin routine on Saturday, only scoring 17 points. Horwood hasn't held back on his criticism of the ex-Conservative MP, describing her dancing as like "a granny at a wedding". "I think the producers were wise to cut out my comments [on Saturday]. She was writhing around to no sort of effect. It was all a bit granny at a wedding," he told Zoe Ball on It Takes Two. "She has some movement, but it's all landing in the wrong places at the moment. I do hope she improves. I hope it's less spanking and more dancing." He also blasted (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Edwina Currie wants sexier Strictly routines

4 October 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Edwina Currie wants sexier routines on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 64-year-old former politician has asked professional partner Vincent Simone to make the choreography raunchier because she doesn't want to become a comedy character like Ann Widdecombe was last year. A source told The Sun newspaper: "She may be one of the older contestants but Edwina certainly doesn't intend to act like one. She's seen younger contestants make their dances as sexy as possible and wants to do the same. "She's been a bit upset that he hasn't been sexing up the choreography as much as she wants. Vincent is normally a very flamboyant »

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Nancy Dell'Olio threatened to quit 'Strictly'

2 October 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Edwina Currie wants sexier routines on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 64-year-old former politician has asked professional partner Vincent Simone to make the choreography raunchier because she doesn't want to become a comedy character like Ann Widdecombe was last year. A source told The Sun newspaper: "She may be one of the older contestants but Edwina certainly doesn't intend to act like one. She's seen younger contestants make their dances as sexy as possible and wants to do the same. "She's been a bit upset that he hasn't been sexing up the choreography as much as she wants. Vincent is normally a very flamboyant »

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TV review: Strictly Come Dancing

1 October 2011 2:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Russell Grant's star is in the ascendancy without him putting a foot right

There can be no finer Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1) entrance. Emerging from between two enormous, glittery lilac seashells and dressed in rhinestoned head-to-toe white satin, Russell Grant staked his claim to the Ann Widdecombe role in this year's competition. Except Grant, the former official royal astrologer – a position wrong on so many levels that I don't quite know where to begin – didn't just look like he was enjoying Strictly, he looked like he was born for it. And that despite rarely putting a foot right.

Not all Grant's competitors seemed as comfortable on the dancefloor. On the first night of the competition, it is traditional for some dances to look ropey. Lulu managed to perform a cha-cha-cha that consisted of walking and sass, the dance steps apparently awol. The judging panel had some advice. "You cannot »

- Vicky Frost

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Strictly Come Dancing 2011: who will be this year's dancefloor diva - and disaster?

30 September 2011 4:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With the celebrities set to step out for the first time, can you predict the series' shining stars, horror stories and comic turns?

In pictures: The Strictly 2011 line-up

It's been three long weeks since the launch show, during which our celebrities have been frantically honing their dancing skills and buffing their fake tans, but tonight we'll finally see them take to the floor with their professional partners for the first time. It's an odd scheduling choice for the launch of a family show, but seven of our couples will perform at 9pm tonight, with the remaining seven dancing at 6pm on Saturday. There is no elimination or public vote – but the judges' votes will be carried over to next week.

So that's the official details over with, now let's get down to business. Who's going to be the most brilliant, the most annoying and the most hilarious? Who will carry »

- Heidi Stephens

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Edwina Currie: Strictly is like childbirth

28 September 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Edwina Currie thinks rehearsing for 'Strictly Come Dancing' is like childbirth. The former MP - who is partnered by Italian professional dancer Vincent Simone - regards having a baby as the "only experience" she's had that comes close to the effort required to train for the BBC One show. Speaking on ITV1's 'Loose Women', she said: "The only experience I've had a bit like that at all relevant was child birth. "I've been doing the dance moves in my sleep. I wake up and I find my fingers are on the pillow acting them out." Edwina showed off the skills she has picked »

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Harry Judd suffers Strictly injury

26 September 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Strictly Come Dancing' hopeful Harry Judd has hurt his foot. The McFly drummer - who is partnered with Aliona Vilani - is already suffering from the intensive training required for the show, despite the fact it hasn't hit screens yet. He tweeted: "My heel is really sore which sucks. (sic)" However, Harry isn't the only contestant having problems, with 'Waterloo Road' actress Chelsee Healey also suffering. She replied to his tweet, posting: "Hazza, my feet are in bits! (sic)" Meanwhile, Nancy Dell'Olio, 50, reportedly sparked a row with Edwina Currie after refusing to stand next to the former politician during the programme's launch show - »

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'Strictly Come Dancing' Nancy Dell'Olio: 'Edwina Currie not glamorous'

26 September 2011 2:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nancy Dell'Olio has reportedly criticised fellow Strictly Come Dancing contestant Edwina Currie for not being more glamorous. The Italian lawyer and former Conservative MP are among the famous faces who will compete in the new series of the BBC competition, which launches this weekend. According to The Mirror, the incident is said to have taken place earlier this year, with bosses now fearing the duo could clash again. Dell'Olio allegedly told staff at the filming: "I don't want to be next to her. She's not glamorous enough." A source told the paper: "First Nancy didn't know who Edwina was and when (more) »

- By Ryan Love

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Chris Patten: 'The BBC is a moral force'

18 September 2011 4:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In his first major interview since being appointed chairman of the BBC Trust, Chris Patten talks about the 'marvellous television' he has been watching and why BBC staff should stop moaning about moving north

When Lord Patten was appointed chairman of the BBC Trust earlier this year, he was interviewed – "grilled", in tabloid parlance – by the MPs who sit on the culture, media and sport select committee. For licence fee-payers, the people whose interests he would be safeguarding for the next four years, watching this encounter was not a particularly pleasing sight. On the plus side, at least he was honest. "I watch the programmes that you'd expect somebody of my background to," he said. "That's who I am: I'm 66, white and well-educated." Not for him a focus-grouped insistence, a la Gordon Brown, that he likes Strictly Come Dancing. His idea of a really fun show was a documentary called Mud, »

- Rachel Cooke

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Strictly Come Dancing: Grace Dent's TV Od

16 September 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'While we wait for the Scd celebs and their hard-bodied dancing partners to finish rehearsals, it's time to take the show's subtext out for a twirl'

Following last Saturday's spangly Strictly Come Dancing launch show – featuring a youthful Dolly Parton (who resembles an albino velociraptor in HD) – we must wait a further two rehearsal weeks to see the actual show. For those in the dark about Strictly, the series always begins with Bruce Forsyth (a tap-dancing octogenarian boasting a hairpiece made of finest skinned meerkat) lining up the chunky, wobbly celebs and the hard bum-cheeked professional dancers, and then pairing them up. Typically, naughty Bruce reads out each dancing duo while hinting heavily that tons of illicit sex will be going on. Everyone in the audience loves this and guffaws loudly, aside from the celebs' hapless, long-suffering, soon-to-be upgraded partners, who rictus grin into their plastic tumbler of putrid BBC boxed chardonnay. »

- Grace Dent

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Strictly Come Dancing: Ann Widdecombe takes swipe at dancers | Media Monkey

14 September 2011 2:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former belle of the ball Ann Widdecombe has delivered her withering verdict on this year's Strictly Come Dancing stars – and it's the leading ladies that come in for the most flak, according to the Daily Express. Nancy Dell'olio is "silly" for reportedly demanding 4in heels – "instead of the standard and safe 2in ones supplied by the BBC" – and Edwina Currie is looking "frumpy" in those ballroom gowns. Such sour grapes. Is someone feeling left out?

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