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 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

Kevin and Frankie’s Week 5 dance and song choice confirmed!

So as we found out on Monday’s It Takes Two, this week our fave dancing couple will be performing a Foxtrot. Frankie has really been looking forward to this dance and seems to be enjoying training for it.

The song they will be dancing to is ‘Daydream Believer’ by The Monkees – another great choice! We think they’ll smash it again with their first ballroom since Week 1!

Article: Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer are to choreograph first dance at wedding of TOWIE’s Mark Wright and actress Michelle Keegan

Grimsby Strictly favourites Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton will choreograph the first dance at her partner Mark Wright’s wedding to actress Michelle Keegan next year.

The couple have revealed they are helping Mark to surprise Michelle with a show stopping routine.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Kevin, of Waltham – who is partnered with The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge on the BBC One celebrity dance contest – said he was “excited” about helping out.

Karen added: “Mark and I always tend to talk about wedding plans. I always ask a lot of questions because they’re a bit further on than we are.

“We’ve met Michelle quite a few times, both Kevin and I, and hopefully we’re choreographing their first dance. That will be really nice.’

Kevin, 32, also said Mark has asked him and Karen to include some trickier moves to impress Michelle.

He said: “They want it to be as romantic as possible but also a crowd-pleaser. They want a couple of lifts.”

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Source: Grimsby Telegraph