With the dance competition entering its eighth week, there’s everything to play for. All of the stars have been working extra hard this week after This Morning presenter Alison Hammond was voted off by the judges thanks to a rather lacklustre Charleston, Caroline Flack living to dance another day, but there’s been more going on behind the scenes than the mere tapping of feet and gritting of teeth!
Judy Murray’s incredibly rigid neck has bored viewers for quite some time now, the inanimate headrest confounding dancers and pundits, all of which have been collectively asking “why are you as stiff as the boards you dance upon?” Still, however, Judy remains, but how? The answer is, strangely, a political one. As Andy Murray’s mother and coach has progressed through the competition, the Telegraph has gone as far to say that the player turned dancer has attracted the votes of nationalistic Scotsmen angry with the results of the recent independence referendum! Will this extra support mean a win for Murray? Only time will tell, but if you’re a particularly invested Englishman (or disgruntled Scot) then you could always place a bet on the result! After all, it’s Strictly a popularity contest!
It’s not been all smiles in the Strictly camp, however, as the news that presenter Claudia Winkleman’s daughter Matilda was burnt rather badly when an errant pumpkin candle set fire to her Halloween costume. Matilda’s mother might not be presenting Strictly for a fair few weeks as show bosses have kindly given her as much time off as she requires, and standing in her place will be none other than Zoe Ball. We look forward to the new star’s appearance, plus Claudia’s daughter’s speedy recovery.
Pixie Lott turned heads last week with her ten out of ten foxtrot danced to the tune of The Beatles’ ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ and received deserved praise from Darcey Bussell, but other frontrunner, The Saturdays’ Frankie Bridge, was on the receiving end of some comparatively negative praise. Bridge’s Paso Doble yielded the first score of ten a few weeks ago by guest judge Donny Osmond, but Strictly pro and Celebrity Big Brother Housemate James Jordan was far from jubilant upon hearing the result. Complaining that the judge, who in 2009 won the American version of the show (Dancing With The Stars), was incorrect, Jordan tore into Donny over Twitter, arguing that the judge knew nothing about ballroom or latin whilst simultaneously getting his fans to retweet if they thought even having a guest judge was a bad idea. 1239 people agreed!
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