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: Blackpool Special, live: Helen Skelton quicksteps to Amy Winehouse

We’ve finally made it: we’re back at the glamorous home of ballroom. Strictly last made the trip up to Blackpool in 2019, and Covid has kept the show away since. But can our remaining celebrities rise to the challenge of conquering this mammoth space, and of hanging onto the spotlight as the producers fill that … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week eight results, live: can Tony Adams make it to Blackpool?

He kicked, he kicked some more, and he did a bunch of roly-polys – but Tony Adams’s jive is looking like an own goal, stranding him at the bottom of the leaderboard after Saturday night’s show. Still, the people’s champ has always sailed through thanks to viewer votes: will they ensure he’s on the bus … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing, week 8 review: Too many tears and not enough technique but who’ll get to Blackpool?

Strictly Come Dancing? Strictly Come Sobbing, more like. This was the most emotional episode of the BBC hoofing contest’s current series, perhaps even longer. The Elstree ballroom was so awash with tears that its famous glitterball was at risk of rusting over. Pass the twinkly tissues and a sequin-spangled mop. Blub-ew-lous, darling. As the competition … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing, week 7 review: Hamza and Helen impress but judges steal the show for all the wrong reasons

What is going on with the judging on Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)? Shirley Ballas suddenly whipped out two pairs of tiny shoes to demonstrate her footwork quibbles. It was like she’d spent Saturday afternoon raiding the children’s department at Clark’s. Meanwhile, her colleague Anton Du Beke seems so intoxicated by his status as fan … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week seven, live: Tony Adams does a salsa to Pitbull

And breathe. After two weeks of theme madness (BBC 100 and Halloween) it’s a return to relative normal in the Strictly ballroom, thank goodness. The focus should be back on the dancing – and it’s an interesting week, with every single couple doing a different style, from Charleston and jive to salsa and Argentine tango. … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022, Halloween Week results: EastEnders actor James Bye is out

He’s been languishing near the bottom of the Strictly leaderboard for a while now, and on Sunday night EastEnders actor James Bye finally made his dramatic exit from the ballroom. Actually, to be accurate, it was more like a subdued shuffle off the floor, which rather summed up Bye’s extremely forgettable time on the show. … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022, Halloween Week, live: Tony Adams does a devilish quickstep

There’s no respite from the Strictly dressing-up box, but let’s at least hope that this week’s Halloween special is bloodcurdling in all the right ways – unlike the sheer horror that was the BBC 100 celebration.  Helen Skelton is looking to maintain her momentum after topping the leaderboard for the first time, dancing a Red … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Celebrating BBC 100 results, live – who will leave after a chaotic show?

The only thing worse than that bizarre BBC 100 night we suffered through on Strictly is the ensuing hangover. Unfortunately, we’ll have to revisit two of those ill-conceived routines in the dance-off, and one celebrity’s journey will come to an end in distinctly undignified fashion – possibly while wearing an ill-fitting wig or a golf … Read more

Strictly’s BBC centenary special was a self-indulgent damp squib

The BBC slapped its own back so hard, it nearly knocked over one of its flagship shows. Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) marked the corporation’s 100th birthday with an embarrassingly awkward, frequently nonsensical themed episode which did the dancing no favours at all. This centenary special saw our 12 surviving pro-celebrity pairs hoofing through Auntie’s … Read more