Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Musicals Week results: the judges are split over who to send home

Speaking to Tess Daly after their elimination, Marsh gave credit to Di Prima for getting her this far, and said that Strictly “shows you things about yourself you don’t know.” She added that her dad, who was in hospital last week, “has been so proud and it’s kind of kept him going.” Di Prima, in … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Musicals Week: Helen Skelton tops the standings with her fabulous Fosse

Dressed as a flapper, with Renée Zellweger’s wig from the Chicago movie, Rainford opened the show with a slick, crisp Charleston to the Hot Honey Rag. She did a great job with the swivel action and the precise jazzy style, and held her own against the excess professional dancers (as ever, the irritant of Musicals … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week 10 results, live: Helen Skelton and Ellie Taylor are in danger

The week after Blackpool is generally a bit of a comedown – but this was quite extreme even by Strictly standards. Last night saw Craig Revel Horwood resorting to his 5 paddle (twice), plus several irritable spats among the panel. I landed somewhere in the middle: I felt Revel Horwood was plain cruel to several … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week 10: The judges go to war over Hamza Yassin

Hurrah, that’s more like it. What an impressive rumba from Fleur East – it was clear just how much attention they’d given to every technical element of this most exposing dance. Almost too much, perhaps? It almost felt like East was tensing up while taking an exam, rather than performing. I love how disciplined she’s … 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: 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