Archive for the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Category

Bruce Forsyth and Louis Walsh capture valuable headlines with pointless feud

Friday, September 14th, 2012

With X Factor struggling in the ratings and the new series of Strictly Come Dancing launching tomorrow, both shows need is to grab as many tabloid pages as possible to increase ratings. If only there was some way that they could do that. What’s that you say? There is? Wonderful.

Apparently, a couple of years ago, Strictly host Bruce ‘Brucie, nice to see you, good game, what do points make, not in this game, I’m in charge, hands off the wig’ Forsyth had some kind of war of words with X Factor ‘judge’ Louis ‘Louis, Louis, woah, we got to go now’ Walsh and they have decided to reignite it just in time for both of their programmes to get a tabloid boost. What fortuitous timing.

We won’t spoil your tea by going into too many details but it seems Louis thinks Bruce should retire and Bruce thinks Louis is a bizarrely coiffured idiot who’s over-reliance on botox has left him looking like a shiny-faced weirdo. Or something like that. We’re paraphrasing, obviously.

Who’s right, who’s wrong, who cares, what will happen next in this facile, manufactured war? Find out in the next exciting episode of TV Scoop.

Is Nicole Scherzinger set to replace Alesha Dixon on Strictly Come Dancing?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Is Nicole Scherzinger set to replace Alesha Dixon on Strictly Come Dancing?

Nicole Scherzinger is being lined up to replace Alesha Dixon on Strictly Come Dancing. Show bosses are reportedly hoping to poach the US X Factor judge – who won Dancing With The Stars, the American version of the BBC One series, in 2010 – from Simon Cowell, after he lured former panellist Alesha to Britain’s Got Talent with a lucrative pay packet.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: “Nicole is young, sexy and knows what she’s talking about. Having already won the US dance show, her credentials are good. And taking her off Simon would be great .

“Alesha leaving could end up being a great move for the show.”

However, Nicole isn’t the only star in the running to take over the Strictly judging role.

Previous winner Kara Tointon – who is dating professional dancer Artem Chingvintsev – is currently favourite to replace Alesha, while Karen Hardy, a consultant on the BBC One show, is also said to be keen to bag the job.

Meanwhile, Arlene Phillips – who was axed from Strictly in 2009 to make way for Alesha – has reportedly been considered for a return to the panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

Writing on her twitter page, she told fans: “Gosh twitter followers and friends. I am overwhelmed by your incredible tweets campaigns and facebook messages so much love and thanks. (sic)”

Harry Judd’s disastrous Strictly Come Dancing rehearsal

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Harry Judd feared he would not win Strictly Come Dancing after a “disastrous” dress rehearsal.  The McFly drummer – who beat off competition from Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan, who finished second and third respectively, to win the Glitter Ball trophy on Saturday night (17.12.11) – nearly dropped his professional partner Aliona Vilani during the dress run and was on the “verge of crying all day” because he was so nervous.

He explained to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I forgot some moves. The dress run was pretty disastrous. I almost dropped Aliona. And then in the Argentine tango I tripped her up and we had to miss a whole section. Everyone was reassuring us, ‘Don’t worry, bad dress run, good show.’ It has been very emotional and I was on the verge of crying all day.

“The night before the final I was with my girlfriend Izzy in a hotel room and I started to work myself up a bit. I was feeling pretty anxious. Thankfully I passed out and next thing I knew the alarm was going off.”

The 25-year-old star has put part of his success down to giving up drinking alcohol, which helped him fully concentrate on rehearsals without a hangover.

He added: “I don’t drink any more. I stopped last year and it’s been a good thing for me on Strictly – I’ve had no hangovers and been able to focus.

“The tough thing is there is an amazing crew on Strictly and the guys have been saying, ‘We’ll have a drink tonight, Harry’. How am I going to explain that one?”

Alesha Dixon backs Chelsee and Harry to win Strictly Come Dancing

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Strictly Come Dancing: Chelsee Healey is one of Alesha Dixon's favourites to win the contest

Alesha Dixon is backing Chelsee Healey and Harry Judd in tomorrow’s (17.12.11) Strictly Come Dancing final.

The panellist – who judges the BBC One show alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood – admitted while the Waterloo Road actress is a “brilliant dancer”, a lot of women have a “soft spot” for the McFly drummer.

With Jason Donovan also appearing in the Strictly final, Alesha said: “It will either be Chelsee or Harry. Chelsee is a brilliant dancer but I think a lot of women have a soft spot for Harry.”

The Strictly judge also admitted there has been a spot of sexual tension between some of this year’s finalists and their professional partners, which she “loves”.

Speaking on tonight’s (16.12.11) Graham Norton Showon BBC One, she explained: “You can just tell. When they are right in front of you, you can read the way they look at each other and the chemistry. I love that bit of it.”

With Strictly Come Dancing beating ITV1 rival The X Factor in the ratings battle for the first time this year, Alesha put the success of the show down to it being “warm and fluffy”.

She explained: “It’s a combination of everything and it’s warm and fluffy. It’s escapism and it’s not too deep. We need nice shows to make us feel good.”

Strictly Come Dancing: Ola and James Jordan axed from Strictly tour – by email

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The professional dancers – who have appeared on the live shows every previous year – are furious after receiving the informal notification telling them they would “not be needed” for the live tour.

James – who partnered Alex Jones during this year’s series – tweeted: “Myself and Ola will definitely NOT be doing the ‘Strictly’ tour. Just received an E-MAIL to say we are not needed.”

Show insiders claim the couple were axed because bosses have become tired of James’ outspoken behaviour and criticisms of the judging panel after he clashed with head judge Len Goodman on screen on a number of occasions.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “His behaviour has got worse and worse. Bosses thought he needed a reality check.”

Ola was partnered by former footballer Robbie Savage this year, who also took to his twitter page to comment on the news. He wrote: “Ola was the best partner ever but… no one is bigger than the show!”

A show spokesperson insisted there was nothing untoward about their dismissal.

They said: “It’s not possible to take everyone.”

Russell Grant leaves Strictly Come Dancing

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Russell Grant: voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Russell Grant was given his marching orders from Strictly Come Dancing last night (20.11.11).

The TV astrologer – who lost 10 stone in weight prior to appearing on the BBC One show – and his professional partner Flavia Cacace were voted off the series after landing in the bottom two alongside former ‘Neighbours’ actress Holly Valance and Artem Chingvintsev.

However, the 60-year-old star admitted he owed the competition his “life”.

Speaking after the verdict was announced at London’s Wembley Arena – where a Children In Need special episode was filmed on Saturday night (19.11.11) – Russell said: “Every show I’ve done has been a highlight. It’s been fantastic.

“The public have been great, the audiences have been great. I’ve learnt from the judges, I’ve listened to the judges . but most of all I’ve had the most fantastic partner in Flavia Cacace.’

“‘Strictly’ has saved my life, absolutely. I owe this show so much and I’ve got my life back. I only wish this had happened to me 30 years ago, but there’s a time and a place for everything.”

An emotional Flavia added: “I completely agree with everyone out there who absolutely loves you because you are a true inspiration. It has been an absolute pleasure and joy partnering you.”

The ‘Strictly’ judging panel – Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Alesha Dixon – praised Russell for his hilarious entrance on Saturday night, which saw him fired out of a cannon and earned him a standing ovation from the Wembley audience.

However, Bruno admitted he was lacking in technical ability.

He said: “For total unashamed entertainment, Russell is right there at the top. But technically he is far below some of the others. If he has to go I really will miss him.”

Russell Grant to quit Strictly Come Dancing?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Russell Grant could be forced to quit Strictly Come Dancing because of his knee injury.

The astrologer – who has become the fans’ favourite on the BBC One show – has been told by doctors he should undergo keyhole surgery to repair the tear in his knee lining.  However, if he does, it could see him out of action for a month and show rules state that celebrities are only allowed one week out of the contest if they are ill or injured, meaning he would have to leave the competition altogether.

But if Russell, 60, continues to dance without the operation, his problem with his knee could invalidate the show’s insurance and he would have to leave anyway. An insider told The Sun newspaper: “Russell is really in two minds about what to do. He spent a whole day yesterday without any problems at all. His knee seems to be getting better thanks to the care and attention of the physios he has been seeing and the anti-inflammatory medication he’s taking.

“Russell is a huge reason why Strictly is doing so well in the ratings at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Audley Harrison’s wife reportedly had a huge row with his dance partner Natalie Lowe.  The boxer was in the bottom two this week and his spouse Raychel – who had flown from the couple’s home in Los Angeles – blamed the Australian beauty for his jive getting such low marks.

A source said: “Raychel was furious that she had come all this way to watch Audley and he was in the bottom two. She blamed Natalie’s choreography and had a stand-up row. Those who saw it were amazed. Natalie was pretty gobsmacked by it all.”

Pics of the Day: Bruce Forsyth get his knighthood – at last

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Didn’t he do well? Sir Bruce Forsyth gets his knighthood from the Queen at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.  Brucie, who started in showbusiness at the age of 14,  has spent nearly 70 years entertaining on stage and screen. The Strictly Come Dancing host got his knighthood after years of campaigning by fans. Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Arise Sir Brucie!

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Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia arrive at Buckingham Palace where he will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Edwina Currie first contestant to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Edwina Currie voted out of Strictly Come Dancing

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 sleep.” Edwina’s foxtrot was criticised by the judges at the weekend and the politician thinks she would have fared better in the contest if she had been given sexy Latin routines instead.

She added to The Sun newspaper: “I’d have liked more dances like the tango, the salsa, the rumba – lovely. Ballroom drove me round the bend.” Edwina also laughed off claims of tension between herself and Nancy Dell’Olio, who avoided the bottom two on viewer votes, despite being ranked last on the judges’ scores.

She said: “Nancy’s fine, I’m happy for her. She’s having a ball and that is lovely. There is not a smidgeon of rivalry. It’s all complete fabrication -as far as I know.”

However, Nancy is said to have gloated over Edwina’s departure and is now determined to win. She reportedly told pals: “It’s one down and 12 more to go. I couldn’t be happier.”

A source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “She’s delighted to have escaped the chop – she was a bit worried when the judges scores came up.

“She has been determined to beat Edwina throughout and never saw her as a major threat in the competition.

“But now she’s gunning for the rest of the celebrity dancers – she’s had a few unlucky outings but behind the scenes she believes she has got what it takes to go all the way.”

Autumn reality TV shows not to miss: The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Big Brother

Monday, October 10th, 2011

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The nights are drawing in, the leaves are changing colour and The X-Factor is back. This can only mean one thing: autumn is officially around the corner. Your Saturday nights are sorted until Christmas, but have you sorted your TV Licence so that you can make the most of the best reality TV shows this autumn?

The X Factor

The most high-profile singing competition in the UK is back, with a fresh panel of judges and the promise of delivering the next global superstar.

After endless dramas surrounding the future of the nation’s sweetheart, Cheryl Cole, and the departure of TV mogul Simon Cowell, the new judging panel has already made its mark. New mentors, N-Dubz’s Tulisa, Take That’s Gary Barlow and former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland have taken to their new roles like ducks to water.

Although the format has not changed since last year, there is a fresher, trendier vibe to this year’s show and the polls indicate that public opinion has been largely in favour of the summer shake-up. When the new judges were announced in the tabloids, there was concern that nobody would be able to fill Simon, Cheryl and Danni’s boots but so far, so good for the new judges.

After years of sob-stories and silliness, the auditions stage also seems to have switched focus to the search for talent – the novelty acts that previously had audiences roaring with laughter have been shown little sympathy by both the judges and the audience.

Big Brother

Big Brother has made a shock return to the small screen after Channel 4 announced that the hit series would come to an end last year. Just 12 months later, the show that follows housemates living together, under the constant surveillance of TV cameras, has been revived by Channel 5 and is now occupying the weekday evening slot under the supervision of former winner, Brian Dowling.

This year, the show kicked off in style with Celebrity Big Brother, which was won by Paddy Doherty, star of Channel 4’s compulsive documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. In early September a stream of glamorous, young contestants entered the house and this year’s show has already been hailed by the tabloids as the ‘sexiest Big Brother ever’. The first night went with a bang as housemates were introduced to their new roommate, Baywatch legend Pamela Anderson and it looks like plenty of surprises and shenanigans will unfold in the coming weeks.

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC One favourite Strictly Come Dancing has also taken up its annual Saturday evening slot and the show kicked off with all the customary glitz and glamour we’ve come to expect. The show, which involves celebrities teaming up with professional dancers to take on the gruelling yet exhilarating challenge of learning a host of well-known ballroom and Latin dances, is scheduled to run until Christmas.

This year, the shows are more accessible than ever before and you need never worry about missing an episode, as you can catch up online, record the show and watch it later or even watch it on your mobile phone. If you are planning to watch live TV online or on your mobile, remember that the law relating to TV Licensing stays the same, so make sure you have a valid TV Licence.

After an exciting summer, the autumn is closing in and the return of the nation’s best-loved reality TV shows has got many of us looking forward to snuggling up on the sofa and enjoying nights in front of the television; with The X Factor and Big Brother back on our screens, it’ll be Christmas before we know it.

Strictly Come Dancing: Nancy Dell’Olio turns ‘Miss Marple’

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Nancy Dell'Ollio is turning Miss Marple

Nancy Dell’Olio has turned into a self-styled “Miss Marple” in a bid to solve the Strictly Come Dancing saboteur mystery.  The Italian lawyer – who is the ex-girlfriend of former England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson – is “determined” to track down the culprit who ripped the hemline of her gown and drenched the frock with water just minutes before she took to the stage for Saturday night’s (01.10.11) show.

After discovering a stray sequin outside the door to her dressing room and a suspicious shade of fake tan on one of her pashminas, Nancy thinks she could have found “crucial” pieces of evidence.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Nancy is determined to track down whoever did this. There are a couple of leads she will explore – she is calling herself Miss Marple.

“She’s been really hurt by the whole affair and would hate to think someone is deliberately trying to hamper her chances. While the BBC are confident the dress tampering was an accident – and the person responsible is simply too ­embarrassed to come forward – Nancy feels otherwise.

“After the show she found fake tan streaked into her pashmina that was less orange than the one Nancy favours. She wants to discreetly match the shade to its owner. The sequin could also be crucial.”

However, Nancy’s fellow contestant Robbie Savage claims to know who the ‘Strictly’ saboteur is.

Writing on his twitter page, he said: “Who’s the sabatoer!!?? Who knocked over the bottle of water?? I know who it was! (sic)”

It is believed the BBC have declined Nancy’s request for a bodyguard.

Strictly stars told to ‘tone down’ raunchy routines

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Strictly has had to tone down raunchy dance routines

Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers have been ordered to tone down their raunchy routines.

Bosses of the BBC One show were stunned with the sexy moves planned for Alex Jones and Jason Donovan by their respective partners James Jordan and Kristina Rihanoff, so they were asked to change them as they felt it was too much for early evening viewing.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Strictly has made a name for itself with its raunchy costumes and sexy routines. But bosses felt things had gone too far this year and stepped in before the show aired to get some of the moves clipped.

“They were concerned viewers might be shocked at some of the more sexy moves planned for the first two live shows. Dancers could get away with more on Friday’s show (30.09.11) because it aired after the 9pm watershed.

“But Saturday’s went out at 6pm when a lot more families were watching. Going forward, that will be the time it normally airs, so you have to be careful about these things.”

Alex and James scored 22 out of 40 while Jason and Kristina and Jason and fared a lot better after getting an impressive 32.

Bosses weren’t the only ones concerned with the raunchy routines, as Audley Harrison’s wife Raychel also asked for his for his moves with partner Natalie Lowe to be toned down as she feared they were too much.

An insider said: “Raychel was worried about some of the moves planned and told him so. Natalie didn’t mind toning it down at all.”

Other stars to have impressed over the weekend included Anita Dobson and Holly Valance.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Alesha Dixon hoping for Strictly romance

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Alesha Dixon is hoping for a romance on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The 32-year-old singer – who is a judge on the BBC One show – thinks there will be a relationship between at least one celebrity and their professional dance partner like in other years because they spend so much time together.

She told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: “I’m sure there will be a romance because there has been every year. The dancing is so intense and passionate it just happens.

“I don’t know who it will be but I’d bet money that there is some sort of affair. You spend so much time with each other it always seems to happen.

“The thing is, I don’t think anyone is single so that could make an interesting show.”

Last year’s winner Kara Tointon, Ali Bastian, Matt Di Angelo and Joe Calzaghe are just a few of the celebrities to have fallen for their partner in previous series.

However, Alesha doesn’t think Kara – who is still dating Artem Chigvinstev – has anything to worry about even though he is dancing with sexy Holly Valance.

She said: “People are saying Holly and Artem look great together but I don’t think it will be them. Artem is so loved-up with Kara and Holly has her billionaire boyfriend so she won’t be going anywhere.

“But it will still be hard for all the celebs’ partners to watch.”

Strictly will be a holiday, says Nancy Dell’Olio

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Strictly will be a holiday, says Nancy Dell’Olio

Nancy Dell’Olio says Strictly Come Dancing is going to be like a “holiday”.

The Italian property lawyer – who famously dated former England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson – believes the BBC One talent show, which she is due to start training for on Monday (08.09.11), will be like “taking time off” to do something she enjoys.

She said: “It will be like having a real holiday for myself. I will be focused on something I like doing so it’s going to be like taking time off for me.”

The 50-year-old beauty admits it would be a “thrill” to win the competition – which features retired footballer Robbie Savage, McFly drummer Harry Judd and The One Show presenter Alex Jones in the line-up – but she is more interested in “having fun” than being crowned the champion.

During an appearance on ITV1 programme Loose Women, she added: “I’m not doing it to win, I’m not competitive. Of course it would be exciting and a thrill to win, I would love to but it’s going to be a journey, an experience I want to enjoy. It’s a TV show so we’re going to have fun.”

Nancy does have previous dancing experience from doing some classical ballet, which will give her some “basic foundations” to take into the competition.

She said: “I’ve danced before, I’ve done some classical ballet, but I’ve never done any ballroom. I will have the basic foundations, but it’s different from dancing on the TV with a partner.”

See this year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up in the gallery below:

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Robbie Savage ready to get sexy Strictly Come Dancing partner. Wonder what his wife thinks?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Robbie Savage says the best thing about starring on Strictly Come Dancing is that he gets a “free pass” to get close to a sexy woman.

The retired footballer – who is married to wife Sarah – is really looking forward to the start of the ballroom dancing show because he knows he will be paired with a gorgeous professional.

He said: “The only positive is, really, it gives you a free pass to get close to another woman, doesn’t it? It’s brilliant. You go out at night as a footballer, you get a few girls throwing themselves at you and you think, ‘I can’t do this.’

“The free pass is really, well, get in there. My wife is brilliant and supportive. It must be hard for her, I wouldn’t like my wife dancing with a fit bloke.”

Robbie is yet to find out who he will be partnered with, but he is keen on two ladies in particular.

In an interview with Radio 1, he said: “I find out who I’m dancing with tonight (07.09.11) in front of a live audience. I know who I want. I’d like to get Natalie Lowe or Aliona Vilani.

“But Natalie’s the tallest girl so I think she’ll get Audley Harrison.”

Meanwhile, bosses on the hit show are keen to pull in ratings for the final by screening it in 3-D cinemas across the country.

A source said: “This is going to be an amazing stunt.”

Among the other stars joining Robbie on the BBC One series are Holly Valance, Lulu, former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, astrologer Russell Grant, One Show presenter Alex Jones and McFly star Harry Judd.

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Strictly Come Dancing line-up. Including Robbie Savage, Alex Jones and Rory Bremner. Pictures

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

It’s the usual motley crew of assorted Z-list celebrities (Nancy Dell’Olio, Chelsee Healey, Russell Grant??!!) , ex MPs (Edwina Currie), comedians/presenters (Rory Bremner, Dann Lobb, Alex Jones) and ageing sports people (Audley Harrison, Robbie Savage) – all looking to supplement their income. Sorry impress us with their dancing skills.

One Show presenter Alex Jones admits she has no natural rhythm and Robbie Savage is more used to getting sent off a football pitch than staying on a dance floor, but then he seems to be everywhere at the moment since hanging up his playing boots.

Says the 36 year old former Leicester City player – onced regarded as one of the dirtiest player in football: “One thing my mother taught me is to respect your elders and respect people who know what they are doing…If the judges dis me who am I to tell them what they’re doing? I’d never argue off the field, it’s not who I am.”

The quality of the ‘celebs’ may not be the highest this year (and let’s face it, it never is), but Strictly Come Dancing is sure to excite a certain type of reality TV fan when it returns to BBC1 this Saturday, presented of course by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly.

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Ricky Hatton to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, but only if he can wear gloves!

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Boxer Ricky Hatton is considering an offer to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.

The 32-year-old sportsman – who announced his retirement from boxing yesterday (07.07.11) – revealed he has been approached by the dancing contest and its ITV1 ice skating rival Dancing On Ice to be a contestant, but would opt for the BBC1 programme if he had to make a choice.

He said: “I’ve been asked to do the dancing and the skating, but my footwork is not as good on the ice as it is in the ring.

“I’ll pick Strictly on the condition that they let me wear my gloves. It’ll make me feel at home a bit more.”

Ricky admitted he has been approached by the programme several times but this is the first time he has been able to give the offer serious consideration.

He added: “I’ve always been that bit too busy to fit it in. But now I’ve hung up my gloves, it’s more of a reality.”

The former boxing champion also insisted he wouldn’t worry about donning the Lycra and sequins costumes if he took part.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: “A world champion boxer wearing Lycra and sequins – it’s not very fitting is it?

“But if that’s what you have to do, I’ve always been up for a laugh.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 in the autumn.

Zoe Ball to front Strictly Come Dancing spin-off

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Zoe Ball: Obsessed with all things Strictly

Zoe Ball is set to be the host of Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two.

The 40-year-old presenter, who finished third in the dance contest when partnered with Ian Waite in 2005, will take over on the daily talk show from Claudia Winkleman, who is due to give birth to her third child weeks before the BBC show is due to return to screens.

Zoe said: “I am quite literally beyond elated. There has been quite a hullabaloo at home with the news.

“I’m giddy with glee and I may even have slipped into a celebratory cha-cha-cha, although technically not a very good one.

“Having been a contestant myself and hosted the Strictly Come Dancing tour, it would be fair to say I’m obsessed.

“I love everything Strictly – from watching the partnerships blossom and bloom to the tricky footwork, the frocks, the shock exits and, of course, the judges.”

Zoe is believed to have beaten off competition from Denise Van Outen and Natasha Kaplinsky to land the job.

Producer Moira Ross said: “With Zoe’s first-hand experience of the series, she’s the perfect person to give viewers all the insider knowledge, gossip and news from this year’s show

Claudia will still present the Strictly Come Dancing results show with Tess Daly on Sundays.

Pippa Middleton to appear on Strictly Come Dancing?

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Pippa Middleton at the wedding of her sister to Prince William

Pippa Middleton has been offered a five-figure sum to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

BBC One bosses are reportedly willing to go to “any lengths” to have the 27-year-old, who shot to fame after showing off her shapely physique in a figure-hugging bridesmaid’s dress at sister Kate’s wedding to Prince William, appear on the upcoming series celebrity dancing show.

Furthermore, it is hoped having Pippa appear in a number of skimpy costumes could help Strictly to win the ratings battle against ITV1’s The X Factor.

A BBC insider explained: “Pippa has become almost as famous as Kate since the wedding. It would be a huge coup to get her and give the show global appeal.”

While Pippa is said to be a huge fan of Strictly and keen to appear on the show, she is, however, determined not to “embarrass” her royal sister.

A friend added to The Sun newspaper: “She’s a bit overwhelmed by all the attention and is considering her next move very carefully. She is conscious that her sister is going to be queen one day and is determined not to do anything embarrassing.

“But she loves Strictly and if she was sure her appearance would be handled correctly she’d be keen to slip into sequins.”

Strictly Come Dancing professional Erin Boag recently admitted she is keen to perform alongside Prince Harry in the new series of the BBC One show.

She said: “I wouldn’t mind Prince Harry as my dancing partner. I tried phoning him the other day but he must have been busy.”

Gregg Wallace keen to take part in Strictly Come Dancing

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Gregg Wallace: Would love to appear in Strictly Come Dancing

MasterChef star Gregg Wallace is desperate to take part in Strictly Come Dancing – so much so that he isn’t even bothered about being paid for his appearance.

He said: “I’d like to do it so you wouldn’t have to pay me. I just need the time. I’m a great dancer.”

While Gregg may be confident of his dancing abilities, his ‘MasterChef’ partner John Torode is under no illusions about his skills, but would also be willing to take part. He said: “Gregg’s a far better dancer than I am but I’d love to learn.”

Gregg added to Radio Times magazine: “John’s the chef but I’m the one with rhythm. John’s only got rhythm if he’s beating an egg.”

If Gregg does take part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing he could face competition from none other than royalty, as acid-tongued judge Craig Revel Horwood recently revealed he is keen for Prince William or Harry to take part in the show.

He said: “I’d like to see royalty on the show, like Wills or Harry. I think they would be absolutely fabulous.

“William must have a million waltzes up his sleeve now.” Somehow I think he might be busy don’t you?