Article: Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Frankie Bridge now favourite to win after knocking Pixie Lott off the top spot

It’s pop stars, pop stars and former pop stars at the top of the bookies odds

Frankie Bridge is the new favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

The Saturdays singer’s pop star past has put her in pole position to win the BBC One celebrity ballroom dancing competition according to the bookies.

Previous favourite and fellow pop singer Pixie Lott is second in line to win the show, while Blue singer Simon Webbe and telly presenter Caroline Flack have knocked former rugby player Thom Evans into fifth favourite place from his previous position near the top.

Sadly for antiques expert Tim Wonnacott, his knowledge of Clarice Cliff can’t save him from the chop with Ladbrokes giving him odds of 150/1 to win.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Having weighed up all fifteen first dances viewers are clearly keen on Frankie and Mark.

“Thom started off as a show favourite but it looks like he’ll have to up his game to remain a challenger.”

Find out the new Strictly favourites below.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014 winner odds:
1.Frankie Bridge 11/4
2.Pixie Lott 7/2
3.Simon Webbe 5/1
4.Caroline Flack 6/1
5.Thom Evans 6/1
6.Mark Wright 8/1
7.Jake Wood 14/1
8.Steve Backshall 25/1
9.Alison Hammond 401
10.Sunetra Sarker 40/1
11.Judy Murray 40/1
12.Jennifer Gibney 66/1
13.Scott Mills 66/1
14.Gregg Wallace 100/1
15.Tim Wonnacott 150/1

Source: The Mirror

Article: Strictly Come Dancing: Mum of Kevin and Joanne, from Grimsby, tells of her pride at performances

THE mother of Grimsby’s Strictly Come dancing stars was “thrilled to bits” at the superb performances of her sparkling son and daughter, Kevin and Joanne Clifton.

She also loved the style and polish shown by Kevin’s fiancee Karen Hauer – but warned that all three of them still need the votes of their local fans.

Judy Clifton said: “It was a brilliant programme. There’s some really good ones in it. It’s going to be really super.

“I have got one at the top (Kevin) and one at the bottom (Joanne).

It’s an awful feeling – and Karen is in the middle.

“It’s not nice at all but they’re having a ball, all of them.”

Judy, who runs Clifton’s Dance Academy with her husband Keith, was over the moon that Kevin and his dance partner, pop star Frankie Bridge, from The Saturdays, topped the leader board after the first two live programmes.

They travelled down to London to watch the action.

“We are thrilled to bits,” said Judy.

“They only had five days, him and Frankie, because she was on tour all of September – only five days to put it together so ‘wow!’. She’s lovely.

“She followed his every move. He’s overjoyed. He can’t believe it.

“We saw him in the green room after the programme but there were loads of people milling about.

“He was like, ‘I can’t believe it – top of the leader board’.

“Frankie got into the style. He did a nice simple routine and I think it was just great. He’s my baby.

“I thought he put together and choreographed a lovely routine.”

Judy also praised her daughter Joanne, who is new to Strictly Come Dancing this year, for her dance performance with Radio1 DJ Scott Mills.

On Craig’s comments, Judy said: “That was harsh. I don’t think he should have been bottom.

“They are great friends, him and Joanne. They are going to work hard – not that they haven’t worked hard because they have.

“It’s the first week and he’s a complete non-dancer. He’s completely like a dancer who comes in to our beginners’ classes.

“He’s never done it before. He spends all his time sitting down DJ-ing.

“Jo’s working hard with him and they will be fine.

“He put everything in to it – and he was in time.

“The cha cha is a dance that’s really hard for timing but, as soon as they separated and went away from each other, he was in time.”

Judy added: “Jo is a very happy person. She’s very Grimsby. Although she’s been in Italy for a few years, her accent just hasn’t gone away.

“When she lived in Italy, the Italians used to say she speaks fluent Italian with a Grimsby accent.

“She’s never forgotten Grimsby.”

Judy said that Mark Wright, who is best known for his appearances on The Only Way Is Essex and for winning I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here”, was “amazing” during his dance performance with Karen.

“He’s a perfectionist, Karen was saying last night, and everything he does, he really does give it his best shot,” said Judy.

“I thought he was pretty good. He seems a very nice person. We met Michelle Keegan, his girlfriend.

“Karen is lovely. She gave Mark a really good routine. He got it. He put lots of energy and his heart and soul into it. It was brilliant.”

Judy urged everyone in the Grimsby area to vote for Kevin, Joanne and Karen.

“We have all got to get voting if we can,” she said.

“Jo needs the votes but they all need the votes.

“Some people think that if Frankie was good and Pixie Lott was good, they don’t need the votes and so they don’t bother to vote.

“Please, please, Grimsby – vote for all three of them.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly Come Dancing: Sizzling start to new series for Grimsby star Kevin Clifton & Frankie Bridge

GRIMSBY star Kevin Clifton and singer Frankie Bridge were on top of the world after they topped the leader board in a dazzling Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza.

Kevin teamed up with the pop star from The Saturdays to triumph in the second live show of the new series.

The sizzling duo waltzed to the tear-jerking hit Someone Like You by Adele – and they attracted a stream of impressed comments from the notoriously hard-to-please judges.

Frankie later wrote on Twitter: “I’m having the best time! We’re a Strictly family already! Never want it to end!”

She also wrote: “Week 1!!! What an amazing weekend!!!”

Meanwhile, Karen Hauer, Kevin’s girlfriend, wrote on Twitter: “Really proud of @MarkWright_ @bbcstrictly first one down buddy! Had a blast with you out on that dance floor.”

Mark himself wrote: “Having an after show drink!! Glad I got through it tonight. I feel relieved!! Bring on next week!! Loved it.”

Kevin’s sister, Joanne Clifton, did not fare so well, ending up at the bottom of the leader board, but remained positive on Twitter, writing: “Me n @scott_mills will be coming back fighting next week ! #smallbutmighty.”

Her partner, Scott Mills, wrote: “Might need your votes next week! But thanks for all the support so far. Will train hard all week #SCD2014.”

Kevin and Frankie scored a total of 30 points, two points clear of EastEnders actor Jake Wood on 28.

Frankie, looking stunning in a sparkling green dress, took Kevin to see her performing at a Wembley concert recently.

Kevin predicted before their dance: “We could go all the way to the final.”

Presenter Tess Daly told Frankie: “Wasn’t that just beautiful? Absolutely lovely, my darling.”

Judge Darcey Bussell said Frankie was a “major hit” with her performance and told her that there was a “beautiful feeling throughout the dance. You are a joy to watch.”

Len Goodman said: “That without doubt is the best dance of week one.”

Bruno Tonioli said the dance was “deliciously romantic” and added: “I loved every moment of you. You did that very, very well. It was believable all the way through. What a way to start.”

Craig Revel Horwood said the dance was “graceful, elegant and romantic”. He told Frankie: “You followed Kevin’s lead beautifully.”

Afterwards, Kevin told Frankie that she had done a “great job”. She was very emotional because her four bandmates from The Saturdays were in the studio watching.

Meanwhile, Kevin’s fiancée Karen Hauer teamed up with Mark Wright, best known for his appearances on The Only Way Is Essex and for winning I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, to perform the cha cha to the sounds of I’m Your Man by Wham.

Before they danced, Karen said: “I’m over the moon about dancing with Mark. He’s extremely nice. I see a lot of potential in Mark so I’m going to be making him work.”

The couple scored 24 points. Len said the dance started off “very encouragingly” but then Mark “got over-excited”.

Len added: “You have got fantastic potential. I really mean that. You have just got to calm down.”

Bruno said Mark and Karen had “great energy” and he “tried extremely hard”.

Acid-tongued Craig reluctantly praised Mark for his dance with Karen but agreed with Len that “the handstand donkey kick has to go, darling”.

Darcey was more positive: “You have definitely got a future in this competition. You are going to go far.”

Mark admitted it was “just petrifying” but said he was “happy” about his dance performance.

“It has been hard,” he said. “I have never done it. I have got through the dance. I managed to complete it so I’m happy.”

Karen told Mark: “I am so proud of you. I know he was so petrified.”

On Friday night, Joanne and Radio One DJ Scott received just 16 points for their cha cha to the Robbie Williams hit Rock DJ.

Craig Revel Horwood told Scott: “A Zimmer frame has more movement than I saw there. You were lifting your knees sky high, darling, like you were having a tantrum of some description.”

Bruno Tonioli described the dance as “robotic, neurotic, hypnotic” and added: “Your intentions were very good. The entertainment value was there.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: UPDATE: Grimsby star Kevin Clifton is “overwhelmed” by support from fans after he and Frankie go top of the Strictly Come Dancing leader board

GRIMSBY dance ace Kevin Clifton was left “overwhelmed” by the many messages of support after his fantastic performance on Strictly Come Dancing – and he was “incredibly proud” of singer Frankie Bridge.

He revealed his joy on Twitter tonight when he wrote: “Overwhelmed with all the messages of support about me and @FrankieTheSats waltz last night. Incredibly proud of her, she worked so hard. Thank you.”

He also wrote: “I was a bit starstruck when @TheSaturdays came to support me and @FrankieTheSats last night at @bbcstrictly! Thanks girls.”

Kevin, who topped the leader board with Frankie, also praised his fiancée, Karen Hauer and her dance partner, Mark Wright.

Kevin wrote: “Very proud of @MarkWright_ and @karen_hauer last night. Thought their cha cha was awesome. Love it when people are so full of energy.”

Frankie was earlier also on top of the world after she and Kevin finished top in a dazzling Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza.

Kevin teamed up with the pop star from The Saturdays to triumph in the second live show of the new series.

The sizzling duo waltzed to the tear-jerking hit Someone Like You by Adele – and they attracted a stream of impressed comments from the notoriously hard-to-please judges.

Frankie later wrote on Twitter: “I’m having the best time! We’re a strictly family already! Never want it to end!”

She also wrote: “Week 1!!! What an amazing weekend!!!”

Meanwhile, Karen Hauer, Kevin’s girlfriend, wrote on Twitter: “Really proud of @MarkWright_ @bbcstrictly first one down buddy! Had a blast with you out on that dance floor.”

Mark himself wrote: “Having an after show drink !! Glad I got through it tonight. I feel relieved!! Bring on next week!! Loved it #scd.”

Kevin’s sister, Joanne Clifton did not fare so well but remained positive on Twitter, writing: “Me n @scott_mills will be coming back fighting next week ! #smallbutmighty.”

Her partner, Scott Mills, wrote: “Might need your votes next week! But thanks for all the support so far. Will train hard all week #SCD2014.”

Kevin and Frankie scored a total of 30 points, two points clear of EastEnders actor Jake Wood on 28. Jake had appeared on Friday’s programme.

Frankie, looking stunning in a sparkling green dress, took Kevin to see her performing at a Wembley concert recently.

Kevin predicted before their dance: “We could go all the way to the final.”

Presenter Tess Daly told Frankie: “Wasn’t that just beautiful? Absolutely lovely, my darling.”

Judge Darcey Bussell said Frankie was a “major hit” with her performance and told her that there was a “beautiful feeling throughout the dance”.

She added: “You are a joy to watch.”

Len Goodman said: “That without doubt is the best dance of Week One.”

Bruno Tonioli said the dance was “deliciously romantic” and he added: “I loved every moment of you. You did that very, very well. It was believable all the way through. What a way to start.”

Craig Revel Horwood said the dance was “graceful, elegant and romantic”. He told Frankie: “You followed Kevin’s lead beautifully. Well done.”

Afterwards, Kevin told Frankie that she had done a “great job”. She was very emotional because her four bandmates from The Saturdays were in the studio to watch her.

Meanwhile, Kevin’s fiancée, Karen Hauer, teamed up with Mark Wright, who is best known for his appearances on The Only Way Is Essex and for winning I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.

They performed the cha cha to the sounds of I’m Your Man by Wham! – the hit featuring George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.

Before they danced, Karen said: “I’m over the moon about dancing with Mark. He’s extremely nice. I see a lot of potential in Mark so I’m going to be making him work.”

The couple scored a total of 24 points, with five from Craig, seven from Darcey, six from Len and six from Bruno.

Len said the dance started off “very encouragingly” but then Mark “got over-excited” and it all “got a bit quick”.

Len added: “Then you stuck in that silly handstand. I thought that’s a bit daft.”

Glossing over a naughty reference from Len to Free Willy, he then declared: “You have got fantastic potential. I really mean that. You have just got to calm down.”

Bruno said Mark and Karen had “great energy” and he “tried extremely hard”. He added: “Your energy overrode the finesse of the steps.”

Acid-tongued Craig reluctantly praised Mark for his dance with Karen. Mark was “cute” and a “bit cheeky”.

He agreed with Len on the handstand. “The handstand donkey kick has to go, darling,” he said.

Darcey was more positive and told Mark: “You have got definitely a future in this competition. You are going to go far.”

Mark admitted it was “just petrifying” but said he was “happy” about his dance performance.

“It has been hard,” he said. “I have never done it. I have got through the dance. I managed to complete it so I’m happy.”

Karen told Mark: “I am so proud of you. I know he was so petrified.”

On Friday night, Joanne and Radio One DJ Scott received just 16 points from the four judges for their cha cha to the Robbie Williams hit Rock DJ. They were left bottom of the scoreboard that night and remained so after the second programme.

Craig Revel Horwood told Scott: “A Zimmer frame has more movement than I saw there. You were lifting your knees sky high, darling, like you were having a tantrum of some description.”

Bruno Tonioli described the dance as “robotic, neurotic, hypnotic” and added: “Your intentions were very good. The entertainment value was there.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly 2014: Frankie Bridge Steals The Show With The Saturdays, Marvin Humes, And Husband Wayne Bridge Supporting

Go Team Sats!

Strictly Come Dancing may have only kicked off on Friday but it already has a star pupil: The Saturday’s Frankie Sandford (turned Frankie Bridge).

Frankie undeniably stole the show as she gracefully waltzed her way to the top of the leaderboard with pro partner Kevin Clifton.

Whilst the 25-year-old has probably had a lot of dance training thanks to starting young in the S Club Juniors when she was just 12, maybe her HUMONGOUS cheerleading squad also had something to do with her winning performance.

Alongside her proud dad, and older sister, Frankie’s husband Wayne Bridge turned up to show his support alongside all four of her The Saturdays bandmates; Mollie King, Una Foden, Vanessa White, and Rochelle Humes, plus Rochelle’s husband Marvin Humes.

Phew, how were there seats for anybody else with that lot?

As well as taking on the front row at the BBC studio, The Saturdays also took to Twitter to show their support for their girl, Frankie.

Before the show, Rochelle tweeted to her bandmate: “@FrankieTheSats We are so excited to come and watch you tonight You are going to smash it. The loud cheering tonight will be @TheSaturdays”

Mollie added: “So so excited for @bbcstrictly tonight!!!! Come on @FrankieTheSats, let’s see those moves girl!”

And after seeing Franks steal the show Mollie tweeted again: “Ahhh highest scorer @FrankieTheSats on @bbcstrictly!!! Couldn’t be prouder! …So when you gonna teach me those moves frank?”

Vanessa and Una also got in on the Twitter action: “Congratulations to the sis @FrankieTheSats on @bbcstrictly tonight! You were incredible!! Go on girl!!! X”

“So proud of @FrankieTheSats top of the leader board on #scd tonight! And well deserved too X”

N’aw, isn’t it nice to see that they’re all BFFs in real life?

Meanwhile, Frankie shared an adorbs photo of her dressing room prior to taking to the Strictly dancefloor which showed a huge photo of her son, Parker, saying: “Vote Mummy Or Else” alongside a huge bouquet of flowers and a host of Good Luck cards.

Making light of the photo of her eleven-month-old, Frankie aptly captioned the photo with: “I have a very pushy child…”

After the show she also took to Twitter to gush about what an amazing time she is having, writing: “I’m having the best time! We’re a strictly family already! never want it to end!”

We’re not surprised Frankie, being that you’re star pupil and all.

Source: Yahoo! Celebrity