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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ 3 episode 2 recap: It’s all balls, bikes and babies as the queens get fit in ‘Dragoton’

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ 3 episode 2 recap: It’s all balls, bikes and babies as the queens get fit in ‘Dragoton’
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” is back and after an iconic second season, the queens of season 3 are pulling out all the stops to live up to their predecessors. In last week’s premiere, River Medway left host RuPaul Charles in stitches as she shimmied down the runway with a traffic cone on her head pretending to be a famous pointing statue from her hometown Medway. Ru didn’t select River as one of the top queens of the week though–instead hailing fashion darling Krystal Versace and the first Afab queen in series history Victoria Scone as the best of the bunch. Krystal beat Victoria in a first ever top 2 showdown lip sync, followed by a traditional Lsfyl between the bottom 2 that resulted in Elektra Fence sending Anubis home.

On today’s second episode, the 11 remaining queens serve body-ody-ody as instructors in Ru’s latest business venture, Dragoton, a virtual fitness company.
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‘Two Popes’ Actor Jonathan Pryce, ‘Great British Bake Off’ Judge Prue Leith Recognized in Queen’s Birthday Honors

‘Two Popes’ Actor Jonathan Pryce, ‘Great British Bake Off’ Judge Prue Leith Recognized in Queen’s Birthday Honors
The Two Popes” actor Jonathan Pryce, “The Great British Bake Off” judge Prue Leith and “Strictly Come Dancing” judge Arlene Phillips are among those in the arts named to Britain’s Queen’s Birthday honors list.

Pryce, an Oscar and BAFTA nominee for “The Two Popes” (2019) and Cannes best actor winner for “Carrington” (1995), has been knighted for services to drama and charity. He was previously a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Cbe). Pryce played the “High Sparrow” in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and will next portray Prince Philip in the upcoming two seasons of Netflix’s “The Crown.”

Leith, who is also a restaurateur, was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to food, broadcasting and charity.

Phillips has choreographed West End and Broadway productions including “Flashdance,” “Grease” and “We Will Rock You,” and was also a judge
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BAFTA Prepares Television Sessions 2021 With Nominees Steve McQueen, Jodie Comer – Global Bulletin

BAFTA Prepares Television Sessions 2021 With Nominees Steve McQueen, Jodie Comer – Global Bulletin
In today’s Global Bulletin, BAFTA prepares online sessions for several top 2021 TV nominees; Modern Films picks up global rights to “Lady Boss”; Mise En Scéne Company adds “Anchorage” to its Marché du Film slate; Abacus Media Rights will distribute “The Masked Dancer U.K.” abroad; Amazon launches miniTV in India and sets “Sherni” premiere date; Head Gear and Big Wave Productions make key hires in the U.K.; Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson gets animated in Sky Kids’ “Dodo”; Strawberry Blond opens offices in Glasgow; and MTV U.K. partners with The Open University on a digital series for promising alumni.

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Jodie Comer, Steve McQueen, Hayley Squires and Waleed Zuaiter are a few of the stars headlining BAFTA’s The Television Sessions 2021, an annual event series — held online for the second year in a row — featuring BAFTA-nominated shows and talent. Taking place May 18 through June 4, the five panels
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ITV Unveils ‘The Masked Dancer’ After Hit Show ‘The Masked Singer’

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ITV Unveils ‘The Masked Dancer’ After Hit Show ‘The Masked Singer’
ITV is donning the mask again. Following the success of “The Masked Singer,” the U.K. broadcaster has commissioned “The Masked Dancer.”

Produced by the Argonon Group’s Bandicoot Scotland, the seven-part show will see 12 celebrity contestants perform unique dances, clad in extravagant costumes and masks, leaving the viewers and star panel to guess their identities.

The show will be hosted by comedian Joel Dommett, and panelists will include dancer Oti Mabuse (“Strictly Come Dancing”) alongside Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall.

The final of “The Masked Singer” attracted a consolidated audience of 10 million viewers for ITV.

The Masked Dancer” was commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s head of entertainment commissioning and Joe Mace, commissioning editor. Executive producers are Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton and Claire Horton.

Rawcliffe said: “ ‘The Masked Singer’ is a huge hit for ITV and our viewers can’t get enough of this colorful guessing game.
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ITV Orders ‘The Masked Dancer’ Following The Success Of ‘The Masked Singer’

ITV Orders ‘The Masked Dancer’ Following The Success Of ‘The Masked Singer’
ITV is doubling down on masked entertainment shows. Following the soaraway success of The Masked Singer in the UK, the commercial broadcaster has ordered The Masked Dancer.

Bandicoot Scotland will make a seven-part series based on the spin-off show for late spring, meaning it will help fill a giant Britain’s Got Talent-shaped hole in ITV’s schedule after the Simon Cowell talent series was abandoned this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Twelve celebrities will perform unique dances, while covered from head to toe in extravagant, colorful costumes and masks, leaving viewers and a star panel to guess their identities.

Those doing the guessing in the studio will include Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan, and Davina McCall, who already feature on The Masked Singer. They will be joined by Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse. Comedian Joel Dommett hosts.

The Masked Dancer has been commissioned by ITV head of entertainment
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Bill Bailey: 'I dreamed I was cha-cha-cha-ing between the stones at Stonehenge'

Bill Bailey: 'I dreamed I was cha-cha-cha-ing between the stones at Stonehenge'
This year’s Strictly winner on bringing heavy metal to the Beeb, finding an unlikely fan in Janet Jackson and inspiring older dancers

Bath-born Bill Bailey, 55, is an award-winning comedian and classically trained multi-instrumentalist who incorporates music into his standup performances. Last week, with dance partner Oti Mabuse, he won the 18th series of Strictly Come Dancing, becoming the BBC contest’s oldest ever winner.

How has life been since winning Strictly?

I’m enjoying just pottering at home. Normally I’d be in my training gear, jumping up and down on one leg, wearing some weird contraption to perfect my posture, with Oti going, “No! Again! Again!”. I’m missing it, obviously, but I’m allowing myself to be slightly lazy for a while.

The Show Must Go On isn’t just an anthem about the devastated live arts scene. It's a rallying cry to get through this

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Strictly Come Dancing final watched by more than 13 million viewers

Strictly Come Dancing final watched by more than 13 million viewers
BBC One show in which Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse lifted the Glitterball trophy was most watched across all channels

A peak audience of 13.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the comedian Bill Bailey lift the 2020 Strictly Come Dancing Glitterball trophy on Saturday night, the BBC has said.

Bailey, 55, the oldest Strictly contestant to win in the history of the BBC One show, described his victory as “surreal”.
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The Guardian view on Strictly Come Dancing: a glittering oasis | Editorial

The Guardian view on Strictly Come Dancing: a glittering oasis | Editorial
Stuck at home, prohibited from human contact outside our bubbles, TV audiences have found solace as well as gaiety in this year’s series

Cometh the hour, cometh the tango danced to Metallica’s Enter Sandman by comedian Bill Bailey and his partner Oti Mabuse. Other highlights of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020 have included the touching chemistry between TV presenter Ranvir Singh and her partner Giovanni Pernice, and the deadpan verdict “G-o-a-t” delivered by judge Craig Revel Horwood. Strictly has long occupied a prized spot in the nation’s home entertainment schedule. But with this series, its 18th, the show has surpassed itself. With viewing figures topping 10m, and cinemas, parties and theatres all out of reach, the show has been an oasis of glitter in a desert of a season.

The physicality of Strictly has always been part of its appeal, and this has been strengthened under pandemic conditions.
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BBC Cancels Simon Cowell’s ‘The Greatest Dancer’ After Two Seasons

BBC Cancels Simon Cowell’s ‘The Greatest Dancer’ After Two Seasons
The BBC has canceled Simon Cowell’s dance format “The Greatest Dancer,” produced by Syco and Fremantle, after two seasons on air.

“The Greatest Dancer” sees previously undiscovered dance acts perform live weekly for dance captains Cheryl Tweedy, Oti Mabuse, “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison and Todrick Hall and a studio audience in a competition to win £50,000 and a chance to perform on “Strictly Come Dancing.” The series was hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, and aired on flagship channel BBC One.

Despite appealing to younger audiences, the second season struggled in the ratings, drawing a reported 2.8 million viewers for its final month. The dance show also faced stiff competition from ITV hit “The Masked Singer” on Saturday nights.

A BBC spokesman confirmed the cancellation to Variety in a statement: “Whilst there are no plans for a further series of ‘The Greatest Dancer,’ we are proud of the show and
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Simon Cowell’s ‘The Greatest Dancer’ Canceled By The BBC After Two Seasons

Simon Cowell’s ‘The Greatest Dancer’ Canceled By The BBC After Two Seasons
Simon Cowell’s dance competition series The Greatest Dancer has been canceled by BBC One after two seasons.

The Syco and Fremantle show sees dancers competing by performing a routine in front of a mirror, which opens up to reveal the audience if they secure enough votes.

It was hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, and featured Glee’s Matthew Morrison as a dance captain alongside Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse and singer Cheryl Tweedy.

The first season rated well and was quickly handed a recommission, but it failed to hit the same highs on its return this year and was regularly thrashed by ITV’s The Masked Singer.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Whilst there are no plans for a further series of The Greatest Dancer, we are proud of the show and would like to thank everyone involved in bringing so many memorable moments to BBC One.
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‘Doctor Who’ Star Jodie Whittaker, David Attenborough & Danny Dyer Become Teachers For BBC Eduction Push

‘Doctor Who’ Star Jodie Whittaker, David Attenborough & Danny Dyer Become Teachers For BBC Eduction Push
Jodie Whittaker, David Attenborough, Danny Dyer, footballer Sergio Aguero and professor Brian Cox are to help the BBC educate children during coronavirus pandemic.

With schools out during the Covid-19 crisis, the BBC has been stepping up its education tools to help parents homeschool their kids. Now, the corporation has enlisted a stellar cast of teaching staff.

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TV stars will collaborate with real teachers to host Bitesize Daily episodes, which will be made available to British children aged 5-14 on streamer iPlayer and offer 14 weeks of curriculum-based learning.

Whittaker will drop into daily
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Justin Timberlake on That Time He Dodged Flying ‘Bottles of Urine’ on Stage (Video)

Justin Timberlake on That Time He Dodged Flying ‘Bottles of Urine’ on Stage (Video)
Justin Timberlake subscribes to the philosophy that “the show must go on”… even when plastic bottles filled with urine are being chucked at him.

The “Mirrors” singer recounted on “The Graham Norton Show” Friday one particularly traumatizing concert performance around the beginning of his solo career that went horribly wrong after Mick Jagger had asked him to join a festival lineup that included rock legends like The Rolling Stones and Acdc in Toronto, Ontario.

Timberlake was on stage, singing his heart out when things got… messy.

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“All of a sudden, bottles of urine were then thrown on the stage,” Timberlake said, as fellow guests Anna Kendrick, Oti Mabuse and Alan Carr listened in horror. “I was trying to at least remember lyrics that I actually wrote to the first song I’m singing. I still have a lot of trauma.
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Strictly Come Dancing 2019: week 10 results – as it happened

Six couples survived Blackpool. But who didn’t make it to next week’s quarter-final Musicals special?

7.59pm GMT

Saffron and Aj take to the floor for their last dance, to ‘Last Dance’ by Donna Summer, because it’s their last dance.

So that’s it for another week on Strictly! Thanks for joining in, and thanks again to Alex for facilitating my Elstree jaunt yesterday – he’s @alexneedham74 on Twitter, and I’m @heidistephens. Next week is Musicals Week, which is basically Movie Week with considerably fewer dances. Curtain up is at 7.10pm, so I’ll see you then! Have a great week, Hx

7.56pm GMT

We get a highlight of Saffron and Aj’s best bits - it’s very clear that Strictly has been a huge deal for Saffron, and she should be hugely proud of how far she’s come.

I do worry that she might
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Strictly's Oti Mabuse: 'I still wear £5 leggings – I work for the BBC!'

She conquered Strictly while still living in a bedsit. Now the dancing multi-linguist and trained engineer is making the leap into musicals – where she’s planning to ‘go crazy’

Glamour is often an illusion. When Oti Mabuse relocated to London in 2015 to work on Strictly Come Dancing, she moved into a bedsit. “Not even a one-bedroom flat,” she says. “It was like a little single bed with a mini fridge and half a cupboard and everybody sharing the same shower.” But come Saturday night, there she’d be at the centre of TV’s glammest show, doused in sequins, shimmering across the dancefloor, queen of everything – then it was back to that tiny bedroom to choreograph the next week’s routines, like Cinderella doing the cha-cha-cha.

Mabuse, the champion Latin dancer from South Africa, won over Strictly audiences with her effusive warmth and whip-cracking coaching style. She pulled off the
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The disturbing racial bias of The Greatest Dancer

From Strictly to Big Brother, race issues have blighted TV talent shows before. But is this the most egregious example yet?

Russian-trained ballet dancer Yassaui Mergaliyev steps up to perform. For two minutes, he does a staggering routine of superhuman spins and mid-air split jumps to try and wow the studio audience of BBC’s The Greatest Dancer. The presenters, Jordan Banjo and Alesha Dixon, have their jaws on the floor. The celebrity dance captains Cheryl, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison are screaming themselves hoarse: “You have to vote for this guy!” But the Kazakh dancer does not get enough votes to go through to the next round. Someone in the crowd yawns. “It just wasn’t that exciting, was it?” another audience member whispers to her neighbour.

The BBC’s latest Saturday night competition has a unique twist: it hands the “power to the people” (and we all know
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‘Glee’s Matthew Morrison To Star In Simon Cowell’s BBC One Entertainment Format ‘The Greatest Dancer’

‘Glee’s Matthew Morrison To Star In Simon Cowell’s BBC One Entertainment Format ‘The Greatest Dancer’
Glee’s Matthew Morrison is to star in Simon Cowell’s British entertainment format The Greatest Dancer.

The American actor, who has starred in a number of Broadway hits including Finding Neverland, will present the series alongside former Girls Aloud star Cheryl Tweedy and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse. The trio will make up the panel of Dance Captains in the BBC One show, which is hosted by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo.

Auditions for The Greatest Dancer, a co-production between creator Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia’s Thames, are taking place in Birmingham ahead of its launch in 2019.

The show marks Cowell’s first co-pro for the BBC, having launched a number of shows on rival ITV. The broadcaster has ordered eight episodes of the entertainment format for Saturday night. The series will feature a host of talent from across the world of dance as they give the performances
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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: the launch night – as it happened

Glitter gang, unite! Strictly is back and there’s a whole new batch of ballroom stars waiting to be paired with their partners. You joined us for every sparkling second

8.41pm BST

So that was the first instalment. There might not have been any big stars, but there was charm, glitter and great moves by the bucketful. Thanks very much for joining me. Here’s a final thought from sojomo.

I had forgotten how long it goes on.

Legs crossed time.

Must remember for the coming weeks: really shouldn't have so much to drink.

8.36pm BST

So judging by the group dance to Kenny Loggins’s Footloose, Chizzy is a useful mover, Debbie McGee can dance, Charlotte Hawkins has all the animation of a fossil and the hip-thrusting Rev is this year’s Ed Balls.

8.34pm BST

So that’s it, everyone’s paired off and Strictly 2017 can commence. Bruno
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Strictly Come Dancing: week seven – as it happened

Did Ed Balls live to boogie another week? We followed every step as another couple left the Strictly dancefloor

7.58pm GMT

So that’s it for another Strictly week! We’ve made it past the half way point of the series, and things are starting to hot up on the Strictly dancefloor.

I’m sorry this weekend has been a bit...alternative, but I’m in the liveblog chair every week now until the very end. So that’s pre-Blackpool, Blackpool, post-Blackpool, quarter-finals, semi-finals, Grand Final. Thank you as ever for joining in, have a brilliant week, and I’ll see you at 6.55pm next Saturday!

7.57pm GMT

Laura and Giovanni take to the floor to shaggy-haired 80s crooner Michael Bolton’s ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?’ Think of the lie-ins, Laura.

7.54pm GMT

All the judges vote to keep Ore and Joanne, which means Laura And Giovanni are out of Strictly.
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Strictly Come Dancing: Daniel O'Donnell and Kristina Rihanoff are the third couple to exit

Daniel O'Donnell and his professional partner Kristina Rihanoff have become the third couple to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing.

The pair found themselves in the dance-off against Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole, after the judges' scores were combined with the viewers' votes.

Strictly Come Dancing Week Four: All the scores and judges' comments

O'Donnell and Rihanoff performed their American Smooth to Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me To The Moon', while Gallacher and Cole did their paso doble to U2's 'Beautiful Day'.

Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli all voted to save Gallacher and Cole, sending O'Donnell and Rihanoff home.

Head judge Len Goodman said he agreed with his fellow judges' decision.

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After his elimination, O'Donnell stated that he had "absolutely" enjoyed his time on the show.

"What I have given [to the show], I have received tenfold,
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Strictly Come Dancing star Natalie Lowe announces engagement

Strictly Come Dancing's Natalie Lowe has announced that she is engaged.

The professional dancer will tie the knot with company director James Knibbs, and told Hello! that she is "very excited, happy and proud".

Natalie is currently competing in this series of Strictly Come Dancing, and is paired with Ainsley Harriott.

The couple found themselves in the bottom two in yesterday's show, but survived the dance-off against Anthony Ogogo and Oti Mabuse.

Natalie only had good things to say about Ainsley, calling him "full of beans".

"He is 58 - the oldest in the competition - but he's given the young 'uns a run for their money," she said.

Strictly Come Dancing airs next weekend on Saturday, October 17 at 6.30pm and Sunday, October 18 at 7.15pm on BBC One.
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