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Model and dance partner seize trophy after performance described by judge Darcey Bussell as "a joy to watch"
After one of the closest-fought finals in Strictly's history, model Abbey Clancy, the wife of footballer Peter Crouch, and her Slovenian professional dance partner, Aljaz Skorjanec, went home with the Strictly Come Dancing trophy on Saturday. Their final dance was described as "a seamless quickstep and a joy to watch," according to judge Darcey Bussell. "Top of the league," added head judge Len Goodman. "There was a little incident near the end. You took off and Aljaz forgot to. But, listen, I think you are a spectacular dancer."
Clancy was not the only winner this year, with the show itself trouncing its rival The X Factor in the annual ratings battle. As Goodman put it, we've all "got the jitters for the glitters".
The success of Strictly Come Dancing meant the »
- Viv Groskop
Strictly Come Dancing's first camera rehearsals have been taking place in London today ahead of the show's Final this weekend.
Abbey Clancy, Susanna Reid, Natalie Gumede and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are the four competitors in the first ever all-female Final, and will battle it out for the Glitterball Trophy on Saturday night (December 21).
The song choices and dance styles - two dances picked by the judges and couples, and a showdance - have since been confirmed by the BBC.
Clancy and partner Aljaz Skorjanec are set to waltz to 'Kissing You' by Des'ree (judges' choice), quickstep to Katrina and the Waves' 'Walking on Sunshine' (couples' favourite) and perform a showdance to 'Sweet Child o' Mine' by Guns N' Roses.
The model and professional ballroom dancer were seen posing behind a painted beach cut-out board and dancing in a passionate embrace in some of the rehearsal snaps.
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BBC One has confirmed the song choices and dance styles for this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing grand final.
In the first ever all-woman lineup, each couple will initially perform two routines in a bid to win the eleventh series of the show - a former dance picked by the judges and then a showdance.
One couple will then be eliminated from the competition, and the remaining three finalists will go on to dance their favourite routine from the series.
The songs and dance styles in full are as follows:
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec - Waltz to 'Kissing You' by Des'ree (judges' choice); 'Sweet Child o' Mine' by Guns N' Roses (showdance); Quickstep to Katrina and the Waves' 'Walking on Sunshine' (couples' favourite).
Ashley suffered marks-wise from going first, was forced to wear a hideous pink shirt and Dave Arch's band did their best to savage the One Direction backing track in what must have been a secret attempt to subconsciously undermine Simon Cowell and The X Factor. But despite all of this, the Hollyoaks star impressed us a lot with this cheeky cha cha cha.
Bonus marks for an Ola Jordan bum wiggle.
Have you ever drunkenly danced around a club or a bedroom and thought that you were The Man, The Dude, The Sex? Yeah, that. We love you, Dave Myers.
Bonus marks for the repeated Tommy Cooper 'just like that' hand gestures.
The weird Boney M/Russian vibe thing didn't generate much chemistry between Natalie and Artem, but it was about as technically »
This Friday will see kids around the globe pestering parents to see the latest animated effort from Dreamworks Animation. The Croods follows a loveable, prehistoric family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures changing their outlook on the world forever.
The film, written and directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco, features the voice talent of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman. Check out this ‘Daddy Crood’ music video which gives a comic update to Boney M’s classic ‘Daddy Cool’ by international star Faf Larage. You can also read our review of the film here.
- Craig Hunter
With Doctor Who’s history rapidly approaching the fifty year milestone, it’s obvious that there are some villains who have only had one appearance. Occasionally, some do get a second airing such as giant crabs the Macra appearing in Series 3 Episode 3 and the ultimately aborted plans to include sentient cactus Meglos in Series 5 Episode 11.
With any luck some villains like reptilian pantomime horse the Myrka (Warriors Of The Deep) and Bertie Bassett droid the Kandyman (The Happiness Patrol) will never be seen again but there are others that definitely deserve at least a second appearance. So as part two of my monthly countdown to the fiftieth anniversary, here are 10 One-off Villains Who Should Return…
10. The Movellans – Destiny Of The Daleks (1979)
Okay I know they look unbelievably stupid even by the standards of 70s Who but despite looking like the animatronics from a Disneyland ride about Boney M, the android »
- James T. Cornish
Firstly, I cannot convey my utmost excitement for Sajid Khan’s remake of Himmatwala, whether it was the exciting promos that promised a more energized Ajay Devgn or Tamannah Bhatia making her Bollywood debut. However, I did approach with trepidation when the first promos of the iconic Nainon Mein Sapna, which seemed like a by-the-numbers recreation of the multicolored sets or the lack of dance moves in Devgn and Bhatia. Yet it was the music that hooked us all in from the addictive “Tha Thaiya Ta Thaiya ho” and that Sajid and Wajid hadn’t added any overt flourishes to that iconic melody. This album is tons of fun, yet upon Khan’s insistence that they not stray too far from the source material, Sajid and Wajid play it a little safe. What we can appreciate is the ambition of the songs by using artists from the Laximant Pyarelal, Bappi Lahiri »
- Rumnique Nannar
7 items from 2013
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