Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Musicals Week, review – superb Helen Skelton let down by partner Gorka’s puerile protest

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) on a Friday somehow felt slightly wrong. It was like a Sunday roast on a Tuesday. Or, indeed, a football World Cup in winter, which is how the BBC schedules got upended in the first place. Happily, a dazzling show compensated for any diary-based disorientation. The twinkle-toed contest had reached … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Blackpool Special results, live: Ellie Taylor could be in trouble

It was raining 10s in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom last night – with even Craig Revel Horwood finally unleashing his seldom-used paddle to reward Fleur East’s explosive Couple’s Choice number. The singer should certainly be through to next week (and may even have secured her place in the final) after that perfect-scoring dance, while Helen … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing, Blackpool review: seaside special sees first perfect 40 but camerawork lets it down

Head judge Shirley Ballas hailed him as “the one to beat” but beaten he was by Skelton’s thrilling quickstep, which raced around the floor with real panache. Not even a dreadful pleather outfit could take the edge off her best dance yet. With East, Yassin and Skelton rising to the top, have we got our … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week seven results, live: Tony Adams and Ellie Taylor are in danger

It was all about the dancing on Saturday night, with no theme and a fascinating variety: each couple performed a different style. Without the distractions of silly costumes and dubious music choices, it was a high standard too (although the same can’t be said for the erratic judging). Hamza Yassin picked up three 10s for … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week four results: Matt Goss is out

It might have looked like order was restored in the Strictly ballroom on Sunday night, with the celebrity at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard – Matt Goss – becoming the latest to exit the show. But voters also delivered another shock, dropping Kym Marsh, who was fifth on the leaderboard after her highly praised … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week four live: Fleur East does the series’ first Argentine tango

Can Strictly recover from last week’s shock exit? We’re only four shows in, and already recriminations are flying: the judges blame the voting public for putting the wrong two celebrities, Richie Anderson and Fleur East, into the dance-off, while the public blame the judges’ own erratic scoring and the producers for choosing to stick Anderson … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Movie Week results: Richie Anderson makes a shock exit

Dismayingly, there has been a shift over recent years from more adult choices to Disney fare or cartoons – last series alone saw Sleeping Beauty, Shrek, The Muppets, Frozen, Moana and Spider-Man, and previous series have scraped the bottom of the barrel with Gnomeo and Juliet, Pokemon, Kung Fu Panda, and Despicable Me 2. Not … Read more

Topless Tony Adams to avoid red card on Strictly’s Movie Week

“It’s never too early for a 10 from Shirley.” Well, except when it is. Two maximum 10s and seven near-perfect nines in only the third week of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) was too much, too soon. As head judge Ms Ballas and her fellow panellists whipped out their highest scoring paddles, it was the … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week three live: prepare for a Jurassic Park rumba in Movie Week

Lights, camera, quickstep! Yes, it’s Strictly’s annual tribute to the silver screen, so get ready for even more bonkers styling than usual and lots of earnest talk about understanding your character’s motivation…before someone comes out dressed as a dinosaur. No, really: Hamza Yassin, whose wildlife expertise surely doesn’t go this far back, is giving us … Read more