Article: Strictly dance-off scare as pair foxtrot into semi-final

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WALTHAM’S Joanne Clifton survived a Strictly dance-off scare as she waltzed into the semi-finals of the competition along with brother Kevin.

At least one of Grimsby’s dancing stars will feature in the Strictly Come Dancing final a week on Saturday, after both Kevin and Joanne Clifton booked their place in the last four.

Tonight Judge Rinder became the eleventh contestant to leave Strictly as he faced Joanne and her partner Ore Oduba in the dreaded dance off.

The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ vote to decide the two lowest scoring couples to face each other in the dance off.

Ore and Joanne were forced to perform their Foxtrot, to the tune of Pure Imagination from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, again for the judges as they fought for their Strictly survival.

To their relief, the judges voted unanimously to save the couple in favour of Judge Robert Rinder and his professional partner Oksana Platero.

Meanwhile, Kevin and his partner Louise Redknapp continued their impressive run in the show and sailed into next week’s semi-final show.

The pair performed a quickstep this week, based on the very popular musical Calamity Jane and the judges scored them 37.

With both Cliftons making up the final four, Keith Clifton is hoping that the Glitterball might finally be heading back to Grimsby.

He said: “We are absolutely over the moon.

“Obviously the people are loving what they are doing and are supporting them.

“I hope that everyone in the area gets behind them both so that we can bring the trophy back to Grimsby.

“I thought the judges were a little harsh on Ore and Joanne because their dance was difficult.

“But they were excellent again. Everything has improved.

“Kevin and Louise were fantastic and did a really good job.

“I’m really happy. Roll on the semi-finals.”

If Kevin does make it to the final it will be his fourth appearance in the series-finale.

Speaking after the dance-off, Craig Revel Horwood said: “I would like to save the couple that had the better technique and that couple is Ore and Joanne.”

Darcey Bussell, said: “I just have to say you both did wonderful performances tonight and it was such a pleasure to watch you both, I know how much hard work goes into it.

The remaining four couples will return to the dance floor for the semi final on Saturday December at 6.50pm.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: ‘I can’t go through with this’: Strictly’s Louise Redknapp reveals she nearly quit the show on the first day over her fellow ‘confident’ female stars

She’s won the nation over with her show-stopping ballroom performances.

Yet Louise Redknapp admitted she nearly quit Strictly Come Dancing on the first day after she doubted about her ability to compete against the other talented girls in the competition.

Speaking to the Mirror, the 42-year-old revealed she was overwhelmed by the female talent – which included Laura Whitmore, Daisy Lowe and Claudia Fragapane – as she arrived for their first group rehearsal.

Fearful: Louise Redknapp admitted she nearly quit Strictly Come Dancing on the first day after she doubted about her ability to compete against the other talented girls in the competition

Fearful: Louise Redknapp admitted she nearly quit Strictly Come Dancing on the first day after she doubted about her ability to compete against the other talented girls in the competition

She said: ‘That first day they were all just so gorgeous and confident and they had their dresses on and they were all tight and short and I just remember thinking “I can’t do this, I can’t go through with this, I can’t compete with these girls. I don’t want to”.’

The Eternal singer – who was awarded 37 out of 40 for her quickstep on the BBC show tonight – admitted she lost her confidence after she put her career on hold to concentrate on raising her two boys – Charley, 12, and Beau, eight.

She explained: ‘Twenty years ago this would have been right in my comfort zone. When I was 23-24, oh yeah, I would have been embracing it wholeheartedly.

‘But as a 42-year-old with two children who has been a mum for quite a few years, it’s very easy to forget how it feels to be on stage and have the confidence to do it.’

MailOnline have contacted Louise Redknapp’s reps for comment.

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Frank: The Eternal singer - who was awarded 37 out of 40 for her quickstep on the BBC show tonight - admitted she lost her confidence after she put her career on hold to concentrate on raising her two boys - Charley, 12, and Beau, eight.

Frank: The Eternal singer – who was awarded 37 out of 40 for her quickstep on the BBC show tonight – admitted she lost her confidence after she put her career on hold to concentrate on raising her two boys – Charley, 12, and Beau, eight.

Despite her confidence issues, Louise – who is married to former footballer Jamie Redknapp – is one of two remaining women in the competition.

Wowing on the ballroom week after week, Louise was sure to do the same on Saturday night’s musical themed show.

Joined by her dance partner Kevin Clifton, she performed the quickstep to The Deadwood Stage from Calamity Jane, receiving rave reviews from the judges.

Yeeeehawww! Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton's quickstep to The Deadwood Stage from Calamity Jane received rave reviews from the judges

Yeeeehawww! Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton’s quickstep to The Deadwood Stage from Calamity Jane received rave reviews from the judges

Strutting her stuff: Louise scored 37 out of 40 thanks to Bruno's 10

Strutting her stuff: Louise scored 37 out of 40 thanks to Bruno’s 10

Darcey Bussell enthused: ‘You were clean, you were light, I so enjoyed the routine.’

Bruno was typically over the top, saying: ‘From where I’m concerned you too whipped that routine into perfect shape.’

Major Tim Peake OBE was watching in the audience and Claudia Winkleman revealed he was also a big fan of the dance.

Louise Redknapp tells This Morning of baby girl hopes
'Fertility king': Meanwhile, Louise recently joked that she's feeling the pressure to get pregnant as her Strictly partner is the 'fertility king' 

‘Fertility king’: Meanwhile, Louise recently joked that she’s feeling the pressure to get pregnant as her Strictly partner is the ‘fertility king’

Meanwhile, Louise recently joked that she’s feeling the pressure to get pregnant as her Strictly partner is the ‘fertility king’.

Appearing on This Morning, she discussed the fact Kevin’s previous dance partners Frankie Bridge and Kellie Bright went on to get pregnant by their husband’s after being paired with the pro.

After clarifying that the babies were indeed conceived with their partners and not Kevin, she added: ‘I mentioned in an interview that I’d really like a girl. I’m feeling the pressure. I’m having a baby after as well now (laughs).

‘It’s one of those things fertility. I didn’t have my first son easily, it took four years. My second one, four weeks. It’s not something I’ll rule out, if it happens we’ll see.’

Fancy footwork: Appearing on This Morning, she discussed the fact Kevin's previous dance partners Frankie Bridge and Kellie Bright went on to get pregnant by their husband's after being paired with the pro (pictured with her husband Jamie)

Fancy footwork: Appearing on This Morning, she discussed the fact Kevin’s previous dance partners Frankie Bridge and Kellie Bright went on to get pregnant by their husband’s after being paired with the pro (pictured with her husband Jamie)

Source: Daily Mail

Article: Waltham’s Cliftons light up the ballroom again in this week’s Strictly quarter final

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It was musical night at Strictly Come Dancing this week

It was musical night this week on Strictly Come Dancing as the pairs performed themed dances from some of the UK’s favourite West End shows.

The Grimsby contingent of Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton, and Kevin Clifton and Louise Redknapp were hoping that their performances this week could get them into next week’s semi-final, which would make it four in a row for Kevin and a first for Joanne.

Kevin and Louise performed a quickstep this week, based on the very popular musical Calamity Jane, which saw them take to a wild west themed folk park in order to get ready, where Kevin unveiled his alter-ego ‘Cowboy Kev’ that had Louise concerned that he might have gone a bit crazy.

However when it came down to do the dance, the couple wowed the judges with an elegant performance, receiving a score of 37.

 

Craig Revel Horwood said: “I love the routine, the ideas were fantastic, and I loved how you managed to mix in so many different genres into your routine.”

Darcey Bussell said: “Yeehaa Louise, you not only got into character, put oozed Calamity Jane.”

Len Goodman said: “That could go on a West End stage as the dance captured the spirit of the musical.”

Bruno Tonioli said: “That was a great tribute to the wild west, Broadway style!”

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton, performed the foxtrot this week, to the tune of Pure Imagination, from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which for Ore was simply “a dream come true,” feeling his 9 year-old self would have been over the moon at the chance to be Wllie Wonka, one of his favourite childhood characters.

In preparation for the dance, Joanne took Ore to meet the lead in the West End production of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, an experience that Ore appeared to absolutely love.

On the night the couple danced very well, even if there was a couple of mis-steps.

Bruno Tonioli said: “that was a classic, proper foxtrot, very stylish, very nice.”

Craig Revel Horwood said: “there was swing, sway, very elegant and classy.”

Darcey Bussell said: “gliding with style again, it is just easy with you, Ore you have such control, you captured the essence of the character.”

Len Goodman said: “Delicious, elegant, stylish, Willie Wonka was a stonka!”

The overall leader on the night was Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse, and there was also a bonus group performance based on the Oscar winning musical Westside Story.

Check back here tomorrow for a full round-up of the results of this weeks quarter finals.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Interview: Louise Redknapp: I nearly quit Strictly on the first day because I didn’t think I could compete with the other girls

The former Eternal singer said she lost her confidence after putting her career on hold to become a mum

Keith Clifton’s SCD column: Will the Cliftons waltz into Strictly Come Dancing semi-final?

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Kevin and Louise and Joanne and Ore

It’s Strictly Saturday again!

We’ve barely got over Ed Balls’ departure from the dancefloor and it’s time to do it all again!

It’s Musicals Week and the Cliftons will be doing their very best to get through to next week’s semi-final.

Can Kevin make it four in a row? Can Joanne make her first semi-final?

Kevin and his partner, ex-Eternal singer Louise Redknapp will be dancing the Quickstep to ‘The Deadwood Stage’ from Calamity Jane and Joanne and her partner, presenter Ore Oduba, will be dancing the Foxtrot to ‘Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Here’s what their dad Keith, of Waltham, has to say about it all.

“In a normal competition in this country, in what we call the ‘Open Circuit,’ the couples are whittled down to a final of six by a process of accumulated marks from the adjudicators. In the final they mark comparatively from first to sixth. Placings are worked out by The Skating System which is based on a majority of the place you are looking for ie with nine judges if you receive at least five first placings you are placed first etc. This system is, and always has been difficult, particularly so because you can’t look at everybody at the same time and the ranking of each judge is not accountable. In that fateful moment of being looked at you may be doing something brilliant or not so good. If you do the maths a judge has 90 seconds to look at, assess and place six couples; including the time you look at them all at the beginning and end and also write numbers down. Five or six seconds for each couple is not really sufficient, but that is the long-standing method used in this country.

“Incidentally, most other countries have adopted a finite system, approved by the International Olympic Committee, whereby couples dance individually in a final and receive marks out of ten (think diving or gymnastics) with invigilators, who question the judges marks if they seem strange. Finalists have to practice to be brilliant for every second out on the dance floor.

“Well done to Louise and Kevin in the Cha Cha Challenge for maintaining a high quality of performance throughout the dance, approved by consensus of the Strictly judges whose main focus is, naturally, the consistent quality of the dance. Ore and Joanne’s third place was also highly commendable. Having danced many finals I’ve experienced the demands of dancing on packed floors and also having judged World and British Championships I know how arduous and demanding judging is.

“I keep saying it, I know, but Louise and Ore’s dances were exceptional. Louise and Kevin’s waltz was tender and compelling with all the right technical ingredients. Ore and Jo’s Paso was daring and unconventional, yet brilliant, and that’s just what the judges said. I know for sure that they would all dearly love to dance in the final, especially so because I’m sure their Showdance routines would be spectacular and memorable.

“With so little time left before the final and the prize in sight, the best dancers are now on show and are left to fight for the spoils. These celebrity dancers are bringing their best technique as well as showmanship and entertainment to the ballroom floor. Each has made their own personal journey to get to the quarter final and I’m sure that they will all be giving one hundred percent to make those last agonizing efforts to reach the Semi and Final. What a great Series this has been, with probably the best still to come. We are so grateful for your support and hope you can still continue voting for them.”

The live show is on BBC1 tonight at 7pm and the results show is tomorrow at 7.20pm.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph