Article: Town’s three amigos still in Strictly show after dance showdown

Safely through: Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge

Saved: Karen Hauer and Mark Wright were saved by the Strictly Come Dancing judges after finding themselves pitted against Bargain Hunt’s antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and his partner Natalie Lowe in the dance-off.

KEVIN Clifton’s fiancee Karen Hauer and her dance partner, TOWIE star Mark Wright were saved by judges after finding themselves in the bottom two on last night’s Strictly Come Dancing.

In a bizarre twist of events, the pair found themselves in the bottom two after the public vote, despite judges giving the duo 29 points the night before when they performed a Quickstep to Tiger Feet, by Mud.

But once the judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes, they joined with Bargain Hunt’s antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and his partner Natalie Lowe in the dance-off.

After both sets had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts. Craig, Darcey and Bruno all voted to save Mark and Karen.

Reflecting on the result Tim said: “It’s a great treat to be on a programme like Strictly.

“For an old geezer like me, who comes along in his 64th year and he’s slightly portly, and he thinks he’s a bit over the hill, this last month, with this delightful teacher, has taken me to a very special place.

“Thank you very much, and thank you to my lovely Nat.”

Waltham’s Kevin and his dance partner, Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, were safe with their impressive Cha Cha to Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepsen, which scored four eights from the judges.

Also through were his sister Joanne Clifton and radio DJ Scott Mills, who scored just 15 from the judges in Saturday night’s live show.

Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph after the show, Kevin and Joanne’s dad Keith Clifton said: “It was shock, it was a difficult night. To have Karen and Mark in the dance-off was a shock and the way the marks work on the show, nobody is really that safe. If you’re in the middle of the leaderboard before the public vote, you’re still in trouble of ending up in the dance-off, you need to be in the top four to nearly be safe.

“They didn’t dance in a way that suggested they should be in the bottom.”

Keith said he was also shocked that Joanne and Scott managed to avoid the dance-off.

Scott, who was a complete dance novice before starting the show, was given some fairly harsh comments after his performance this weekend.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood said Scott was the exception to the rule, that everybody could learn to dance.

Keith added: “Scott really struggled. He knows he did but the public saved the pair of them and thankfully Grimsby’s three amigos are still in the competition.

“All Scott and Joanne can do is take things one dance at a time but we’re very grateful that they are receiving support from the public.

“It’s still a very open contest, you need to remember that Abbey Clancy was in the dance-off in week three and went on to win it, perhaps Kevin and Frankie will be in the dance-off next week – you never know.

“If a different dance comes along, your fortunes could change all over again.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Countdown to the Strictly Come Dancing results – who will be in the dance-off tonight?

Despite a great effort by everyone on last night’s Strictly Come Dancing, no celebrity is safe and they will all have butterflies in their stomachs before the results show later on.

Will Grimsby’s three amigos avoid the dreaded dance-off? on tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing?

Waltham’s Kevin Clifton, his sister Joanne, and fiancée Karen Hauer all had mixed fortunes it’s fair to say and now all will be nervously awaiting the public vote announcement which will decide which two couples have to compete in the dance off – the loser of which will be kicked off the show.

Kevin and his partner Frankie Bridge scored 32 and finished third on the leaderboard with their Cha Cha to Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Sadly Joanne and her partner Radio One DJ Scott Mills endured a tough evening as they did an American Smooth to Total Eclipse of the Heart – only scoring 15, putting them at the bottom of the pack.

But Karen and her partner Mark Wright, from TOWIE, were given 29 for their Quickstep to Tiger Feet by Mud.

Tonight’s show is on BBC One at 7.20pm. Follow us on Twitter @grimsbytel throughout the show and check the website for updates afterwards.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly Come Dancing: Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge wow with their cha-cha-cha but Joanne Clifton and Scott Mills are not so American Smooth

IT was another great night of dances on Strictly Come Dancing but perhaps it is fair to say that Grimsby’s very own Clifton siblings had mixed fortunes.

Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge got the off to a great start with their opening Cha Cha to Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.

The VT in the build up to their dance showed Grimsby train station and the pair eating some fish and chips in Cleethorpes, and Kevin was also presented with a birthday cake.

On the dancefloor Frankie wore a blue fringed dress and Kevin had a matching shirt, it was the first dance of the night and the first standing ovation.

After their dance, head judge Len said: “You came out and and went for it full on.

“Kevin, happy birthday and I tell you what, with Frankie you’re going to have many happy returns on Strictly Come Dancing.”

Bruno said he the loved the “cheek” in the routine and that Frankie was a “good dancer”.

Of Frankie, Craig said: “You have the most expressive hands, they really are beautiful.”

All judges gave the pairing an 8, meaning they had a combined total of 32 which was not a bad way to follow up being top of the leaderboard last week – placing them third overall.

Karen Hauer and former TOWIE star Mark Wright were up straight afterwards with their Quickstep to Tiger Feet by Mud.

Both were elated afterwards with Mark relieved that he did not forget any steps.

He said: “I’m just so glad I did it – I did it.”

Karen was clearly emotional and proud of her partner.

Bruno referred to Mark as a “white night” and said the dance had intricacy and “flourish”.

But Craig said Mark had “flat hands when out of hold”.

Darcey commented on how much he had improved and said his development was “very impressive”.

Len said: “I liked it overall; plenty of energy early on.”

Craig gave the pair a 7, same as Darcey and Len but Bruno went one better and gave Mark and Karen an 8 – a total of 29, which sits them comfortbaly in the middle of the pack.

Final Grimsby pair was Joanne Clifton and her BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills

They did an American Smooth to Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Scott clearly struggled with his steps and looked relieved when it was all over.

Bruno said instead of it being an American Smooth, it was more like an “American tragedy” and that he lost count of how many times Scott went wrong.

Craig stuck the knife in deeper saying that Scott was the exception to the rule, that everybody could learn to dance.

Darcey said she saw improvements in his “top line”.

Craig gave Scott and Joanne a 2, which was very harsh; Darcey gave them a 5, Len said 4 and Bruno held up 4 also – a total of 15, meaning Scott and Joanne need all the public support they can get.

Who will survive the dreaded dance off? Are Kevin and Frankie assured of safety? Will Scott have to dance again to stay in the show?

You will have to find out tomorrow night when the results show airs, 7.20pm on BBC One.

The results will also appear here after the show.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin Clifton & Frankie Bridge waltz into Grimsby & Cleethorpes

STRICTLY stars Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge danced their way through Grimsby yesterday on a flying visit.

The duo, who are dancing together on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, were seen filming in a variety of locations in the town for this weekend’s show.

They were spotted by shocked passers-by at Grimsby Town Railway Station, before taking in a spot of fish and chips by the promenade in Cleethorpes and visiting Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.

Adam Wood, from Bradford, was visiting the resort with his young child when he came across Kevin and Frankie by the promenade.

He tweeted the picture saying: “Nice to see you Kevin and Frankie. Thanks for the picture and good luck for Strictly.”

Fellow Twitter user Larissa Cowen added: “Much excitement! Bumped into Kevin Clifton and Frankie Bridge filming at Grimsby Town Railway Station. Yay for Strictly!”

It comes after the duo topped the judges’ leaderboard last week on what his dad Keith described as one of Strictly Come Dancing’s best ever weekends.

They scored the first ten of the series – awarded by guest judge Donny Osmond – as they racked up an impressive 45 points on Saturday night’s show.

It was enough to ensure their safe passage through to this weekend’s programme, alongside Kevin’s sister Joanne Clifton and his fiancee Karen Hauer.

This is not the first time Kevin – or “Kevin from Grimsby” as he has come to be known – has been to Grimsby to film for the hit BBC show.

He visited 14 children from Clifton’s Dance Academy last year with his celebrity dance partner Susanna Reid. The children were left starstruck as the duo – who made it to last year’s final – performed one of their dances.

The pair travelled to town by train – Kevin from London and Susanna from Manchester – accompanied by a Strictly film crew.

The visit was supposed to be hush-hush, but Kevin let the cat out of the bag by posting on social networking website Twitter that he was visiting his home town.

Kevin, from Waltham, also showed TV presenter Susanna where he used to dance – the studios in Abbey Road, Grimsby, and where he used to play snooker at Cue World.

Kevin also celebrated his 31st birthday on Monday in style, having dinner with Frankie and fiance Karen, as well as meeting up with former dancing partner Susanna.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Strictly’s weekend dances revealed as Frankie Bridge struggles with the Cha Cha

SHE may have received great scores for the past few weeks, but Frankie Bridge has admitted she’s struggling in rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing this week.

The 25-year-old singer will take to the floor and attempt the Cha Cha this Saturday night with her partner Kevin Clifton, but practising the routine hasn’t been easy.

Speaking to Zoe Ball on Strictly spin-off show ‘It Takes Two’, The Saturdays star said: “I’ve been really nervous about doing the Cha Cha for ages and now it’s actually here, it’s really hard.”

She continued: “It’s so technical… I just don’t get it – all the straight legs… It’s driving me mad.”

Kevin added: “Like the Paso, it’s a dance that she’s struggling with. Every week it’s not like Frankie just comes into training and goes, ‘Oh yeah, I can do that.’

It’s a real process to get to Saturday night and it’s the same now, we’re in a phase where Frankie’s going, ‘I don’t know if I can do this’.

“But I’m starting to have some real faith in Frankie, especially after Saturday.”

The couple will be performing the famous routine to Carly Rae Jepson’s hit song ‘Call Me Maybe’.

Meanwhile, Steve Backshall and his partner Ola Jordan are tackling the Salsa to Harry Belafonte’s ‘Jump In The Line’.

The naturalist admitted that even though he has well-built arms, he’s still struggling to get through the lifts: “The first time I did a lift I was like, ‘Boom, I could own this, she’s really light,’ and the second time I was like, ‘Argh!’

“By the time you’ve done it 20 or 30 times you are wasted.”

He added: “My arms are too tired for armography. I’ve been lifting her 40 times a day, I can barely lift a cup of tea.”

Ola went on to say that they were feeling a bit nervous about the routine following Jake Wood’s fantastic performance last weekend.

“I think it’s very hard to come back after Jake and Janette’s Salsa because it was such an amazing dance that it’s going to be very hard to come back and top it, but we’re going to give it a go,” she told Zoe.

Other dances this weekend will include Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec dancing the Samba to Destiny Child’s ‘Bootylicious’, Jake and Janette’s Jive to Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ and Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev doing the Quickstep to ‘We Go Together’ from ‘Grease’.

Source: Express