Kevin and Frankie’s Week 10 (Around The World Week) dance and song choice confirmed!

So as many suspected from the VT on Sunday’s results show, Frankie and Kevin will be performing a USA- themed Jive this weekend! Judging by their Charleston in week 2 (which was more a jive fusion), this should really suit them, especially as Frankie’s footwork has improved since then!

They will be dancing to ‘Surfin’ USA’ by the Beach Boys – a very fun song to jive to!

‘American’ themes (‘Happy Days’ and the Paso spring to mind) seem to be their thing, as does having fun on the dancefloor, so this should be another top Team Clifton Bridge dance! We can’t wait for Saturday!

Article: Grimsby’s Kevin Clifton and fiancée Karen Hauer through to the next round of Strictly after tense results show

Waltham-boy Kevin Clifton and his dance partner Frankie Bridge waltzed their way into next week’s Strictly Come Dancing after a chart-topping performance.

Kevin’s fiancée Karen Hauer and her celebrity dance partner Mark Wright also eased their way through to week ten, after TV presenter Steve Backshall was booted off the show.

Mark and Karen had to endure a gut-wrenching wait when it was between either them or Steve and his dance partner Ola Jordan as to who would face the dance-off.

Many bookmakers are tipping Kevin and Frankie to lift this year’s Strictly trophy and after their show-stopping Viennese Waltz to the Tom Jones’ classic What’s New Pussycat?, it wasn’t hard to see why.

They scored a total of 38/40 for the dance, putting them joint top of the leaderboard with Eastenders’ star Jake Wood and his professional dance partner Janette Manrara.

Kevin and Frankie received 10s from head judge Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, along with 9s from Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood.

Bruno declared the performance left him “purring with pleasure”, while Darcey described the performance as “absolutely beautiful.”

Elsewhere Karen Hauer and The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright demonstrated their credentials with an accomplished Tango to OneRepublic’s ‘Love Runs Out’.

That scored them 32/40 which put the couple three places off the bottom.

Reflecting back on his Strictly experience and on working with his professional dance partner Ola Jordan, Steve said: “I’ll be gutted to go but the first thing I have to say is to this extraordinary lady, walking out on Blackpool Ballroom floor with all that nostalgia and history, with a dancer of your calibre, being taught to dance by you is an experience I’ll never forget and I am so, so privileged by that.”

For a full round-up of tonight’s show, plus reaction from Kevin Clifton’s dad, Keith Clifton, read tomorrow’s Grimsby Telegraph.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Have Grimsby’s Kevin Clifton and fiancée Karen Hauer done enough to stay in Strictly Come Dancing?

Grimsby’s Kevin Clifton and his fiancee Karen Hauer impressed both the judges and the audience with their performances last night, but has it been enough to send them through to next week’s Strictly Come Dancing?

That is the question on everyone’s lips and it will be soon be answered during this evening’s Strictly Come Dancing: The Results on BBC One from 7.15pm.

Kevin and The Saturdays singer Frankie proved why many are tipping them as favourites to win the competition after scoring 38/40 for their Viennese Waltz to Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussy Cat?’

Karen Hauer and her celebrity dance partner Mark Wright, star of The Only Way Is Essex, also demonstrated their credentials with an accomplished Tango to OneRepublic’s ‘Love Runs Out’.

They scored 32/40 which put them three places off the bottom.

But has it been enough to impressive the viewers back home?

Tune in tonight to find out.

Keep checking grimsbytelegraph.co.uk for a full round-up of the results and follow @GrimsbyTel on Twitter for live updates tonight.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Grimsby’s Kevin Clifton and dance partner Frankie Bridge top the leaderboard after “beautiful” performance on Strictly

After the high scoring show at the Blackpool Tower ballroom last weekend, the pressure was on our two amigos to come out fighting again tonight.

And they certainly didn’t disappoint as Grimsby’s Kevin Clifton and his dance partner Frankie Bridge topped the leaderboard with a score of 38 out of 40 on tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Karen Hauer and her celebrity dance partner Mark Wright also did well, scoring a respectable 32.

The show began with an emotional looking Claudia Winkleman receiving a rapturous applause from the audience.

The presenter has been absent from the show for the last few weeks after her daughter was involved in a freak Halloween fire accident.

Karen and Mark were first up with their Tango to OneRepublic’s ‘Love Runs Out’.

The pair were forced to rehearse in Tenerife this week due to Mark’s work commitments with ITV’s dating show Take Me Out.

The travelling didn’t seem to affect their performance too much though as they scored 8s from each of the four judges for their enigmatic performance.

Judge Bruno Tonioli likened Mark’s performance to Julius Caesar and Craig Revel Horwood said the TOWIE star was “like a feral dog with rabies.”

Kevin and Frankie were up next and they proved while they’re hot favourites for the crown after wowing both the judges and the audience with a grand, swooning Viennese Waltz to the Tom Jones’ classic ‘What’s New Pussycat?’

They received 10s from head judge Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, along with 9s from Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood.

Bruno declared he was “purring with pleasure”, while Darcey Bussell described the performance as “absolutely beautiful.”

That gave them a combined score of 38, which meant they went joint top of the leaderboard with Eastenders’star Jake Wood and his partner Janette Manrana.

Visit our website tomorrow evening for a report of the results show.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Kevin Clifton and Strictly stars will welcome back Claudia Winkleman tonight

CLAUDIA Winkleman will be welcomed back to Strictly Come Dancing this evening after pulling out when her daughter was left seriously injured on Halloween.

The 42-year-old presenter broke her silence on Twitter yesterday to express her gratitude to the doctors and nurses who have helped eight-year-old Matilda after she suffered burns when her Halloween costume was set alight by a candle.

She tweeted: “Hello Twitter. Firstly, a huge thank you to the incredible NHS doctors and nurses who are being extraordinary.

“We are bowled over by their kindness and brilliance. Matilda is doing well and although it will be a long road to recovery, she is getting the best possible care.

“Thank you so much for your lovely messages – they meant everything. I’m coming back to Strictly this weekend but am out of practice so please bear with me.”

Claudia presents the BBC dance show alongside Tess Daly. During her absence, she was replaced by spin-off show It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph