Kevin and Frankie’s Week 6 (Halloween Week) dance and song choice confirmed!

So for Halloween week, Kevin and Frankie will be dancing the Tango.

They will be performing to ‘Defying Gravity’ from the musical ‘Wicked’.

After their passionate Paso, we think Frankie can definitely pull off the more ‘aggressive’ dances like the tango, and we can’t wait to see the whole theming – will they paint her pretty face green, for example?!

Remember to tune into It Takes Two tonight when Team Clifton Bridge will be chatting to Zoe – we may well get some hints!

Article: Strictly Come Dancing: Joanne Clifton and Scott Mills sit second bottom but there is cheer for Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer

Strictly Come Dancing duo Joanne Clifton and Scott Mills face another battle to make it through despite impressing judges on Saturday’s show.

The pair sit second bottom on the leaderboard ahead of Sunday’s show where another duo will be axed.

There was more cheer for Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge who scored 32 points, leaving them fourth, while Karen Hauer and Mark Wright put last weekend’s disappointment of finishing in the bottom two behind them with 33 points and third place.

Scott and Joanne performed the Charleston to Flash Bang Wallop by Tommy Steele.

Before the dance Scott Mills said he felt like the duo were “back at square one” after struggling last week.

Joanne said of the Radio 1 DJ: “I’m really proud of the effort Scott is putting in this week.”

Craig Revel Horwood said the dance was “positively elatious”, but added: “It was heavy, laboured. I think a three-year-old could have done that better.”

But he said the duo had personality and said the dance was Scott’s best of the series so far.

Darcy Bussell said: “There were worries when you couldn’t pick Jo up. But it is perhaps your best dance.”

Len Goodman added: “It was fun, it was entertaining and you gave it plenty of welly. What I like it that you came back and gave it your all.”

Bruno Tonioli told Scott: “Your dance skills are unique and unforgettable. You could be the lovechild of Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant!

“You made me laugh and cry. What more do you want?”

The judges awarded the pair 19, an improvement on the previous week, but the score leaves their place in the series in doubt ahead of Sunday’s show.

Kevin, who turned 32 last week, danced a foxtrot with dance partner Frankie Bridge to Daydream Believer by The Monkees, scoring 32 from the judges.

Judge Len Goodman told them afterwards: “You floated across that floor like butter on a hot crumpet.”

Bruno Tonioli praised the duo on a “proper foxtrot” while Craig Revel Horwood described the dance as “enchanting”.

Darcy Bussell offered some advice on Frankie’s technique, but praised an otherwise flawless dance.

Last week Kevin Clifton’s fiancée Karen Hauer and her celebrity partner Mark Wright found themselves in the dreaded dance-off with Bargain Hunt’s flamboyant Tim Wonnacott and his partner Natalie Lowe, but survived.

This week they shot to the top three with their Samba to That’s The Way I Like It by KC and the Sunshine Band.

Darcy told them: “From all the dances you’ve done I’d never have believed you would be so assured in a Samba.”

But will our three survive tomorrow night’s show and make it to week six?

Sunday night’s 40-minute results show kicks off at 7.20pm on BBC 1.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: PREVIEW: How will our dancers fare in this weekend’s episodes of Strictly Come Dancing?

Will Grimsby’s three amigos make it through to the next round of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend?

Last week Kevin Clifton’s fiancée Karen Hauer and her celebrity partner Mark Wright found themselves in the dreaded dance-off with Bargain Hunt’s flamboyant Tim Wonnacott and his partner Natalie Lowe.

But it was Wonnacott and Lowe who were given the chop.

Tonight Kevin and dance partner Frankie Bridge, and sister Joanne Clifton and dance partner Scott Mills will once again be trying to wow the judges to make it through to the next show.

Scott and Joanne will be performing the Charleston to ‘Flash Bang Wallop’ by Tommy Steele while Frankie and Kevin will be performing the Foxtrot to ‘Daydream Believer’ by The Monkees.

Mark and Karen will be performing the Samba to ‘That’s The Way I Like It’ by KC and the Sunshine Band.

Follow the show live with our coverage via our Twitter account @GrimsbyTel – and see our website for a report from the show afterwards.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly Come Dancing: Trials, tribulations and knee-trembling moments for Grimsby trio

It’s Saturday again! Time for Strictly and our weekly column from Keith Clifton, the proud father of professional dancers Kevin and Joanne Clifton, and father-in-law to be of Karen Hauer.

THE one thing that never ceases to amaze me about Strictly is that it never ceases to amaze me.

There are so many stories, issues and points of interest that it’s no wonder it holds more people’s interest than a simple singing competition on Saturday nights.

For instance, how can a couple in the middle of the leader board, having danced really well, getting three sevens and an eight be in the dance-off?

How can a couple at the bottom of the leader board live to dance another day?

The mechanics of the scoring system allows these anomalies to happen.

If it was just the couple with the lowest score from the judges is eliminated it would not be so fraught and not so interesting.

At the end of the day we still contribute three professionals out of the remaining 12.

Who knows what will happen this week?

Will Scott and Joanne’s Charleston be a blast?

Will Karen and Mark’s Samba be a showstopper?

Will Kevin and Frankie’s Foxtrot be as good as their waltz?

Hopefully they can all get through to Halloween Week, which is always a joyfully themed programme.

I’m continually asked if Kevin, Karen and Joanne enjoy it with all the trials, tribulations and knee-trembling moments.

Of course they do. They are all experienced choreographers and artistes and have taught at all levels and performed on the West End stages and in front of thousands.

They each have different agendas with their respective partners and they enjoy the challenges, the ovations, the pro dances, the guest singers and even the borderline pantomime jibes from the judges.

It’s all part of the tapestry of the “glitterbubble” that is Strictly Come Dancing, the nation’s favourite light entertainment programme, given massive accreditation last week by the appearance of the legend that is Tony Bennett and the brilliant Lady Gaga.

Do the celebrities enjoy it? Yes, but in a masochistic kind of way. It’s like achieving glory and emotional ecstasy through pain and suffering, like finishing a marathon.

Each celebrity has their own personal threshold of pain, level of need to get it right, physical capability, barrier to scathing criticism and starting point in their own personal learning curve.

They are all different in their own way. It’s a similar feeling of achievement, for say Scott, to improve his hold and Pixie to do a splits drag.

Pixie showed her enjoyment by crying, through being emotionally charged by her performance and rightly so.

Kevin and Joanne have similar memories when they danced competitions, achieving a combined level of technical excellence and creative storytelling and reacting in a similar way

Our kids want to win, so do the other professionals, so do the celebrities, but one thing is for sure, they all enjoy the ride and all are very appreciative of everyone who votes for them.

As for us, you can only begin to feel what we go through!!

ON THE WEB: Log onto http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk after the show tonight and the results show tomorrow for results and reaction.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly duo Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge second favourites to take Strictly Come Dancing crown

Strictly Come Dancing duo Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge have been named second favourites to win this year’s BBC series.

Kevin, from Waltham, and Saturdays singer Frankie, pictured, have wowed judges with their performances so far this series.

The duo are currently 11/4 second favourites to win, behind Eastenders actor Jake Wood and dance partner Janette Manrara.

Judy Murray and Anton du Beke are favourites to be given the boot tomorrow night, with Kevin’s sister Joanne and dance partner Scott Mills second favourites for the chop at 2/1.

Watch the action unfold on Saturday night at 6.30pm on BBC One and follow us on Twitter @GrimsbyTel for updates.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph