Article: Susan Calman: Strictly Come Dancing is helping my depression

The show has boosted the comedian’s self confidence.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017
Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Strictly Come Dancing star Susan Calman has revealed competing in the show has helped in her fight against depression.

The Scottish comedian has quickly become a fan favourite after five weeks of competition alongside partner Kevin Clifton.

She said the show had “undoubtedly” boosted her self confidence as well as helping her to think more positively.

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“I’m a great believer in exercise helping depression,” Calman said.

“The absolute joy I am getting from performing on a Saturday night, it is helping without question, helping my mood and how I feel about things.”

She added: “I’m not 6ft tall, I suffer from self-confidence issues like a lot of women and men and I’m kind of doing it to show you can put yourself out there and you can have fun doing it.

“I’ve gone out and danced live in front of nearly 11 million people on a Saturday night and people seem to be enjoying it so my self-confidence is going up.”

Asked whether she thought that was helping her to connect with viewers, Calman said: “Anything that helps people is a fantastic thing and if me doing it is helping people then that’s great.

“I’ve always been very positive about my depression and it doesn’t need to be as horrific if we talk about it and are open about it.

“The great thing about Strictly is there are millions of people who had absolutely no idea who I was and are simply responding to someone really trying their best to do a Cha Cha.

“I’m exactly like everyone who is sitting at home. Last year I was sitting on my sofa with a takeaway and a bottle of wine watching Strictly and now I’m doing it.”

She revealed last week’s impressive quickstep had led to her and Clifton being chased round the supermarket near their training base in Glasgow by fans offering compliments.

“It really does change things but in a really good way because the absolute wave of love and joy we got after Saturday night was incredible,” Calman said.

Source: Irish Independent/Press Association

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Article: Susan Calman Survives Strictly Come Dancing Vote

Susan Calman has survived the vote and stays in Strictly Come Dancing for another week.
Instead entertainer Brian Conley and his partner Amy Dowden were voted off.
The public vote landed Conley and Dowden the Dance Off against Simon Rimmer and his partner Karen Clifton. Judges Craig and Darcey chose to save Simon for another week running, automatically sending Brian home after five weeks in the competition before Head Judge Shirley had to make her decision.
When casting the deciding vote, Darcey said: “This is incredibly difficult with these two fabulous men and it’s not easy at all to choose between them. But I am going to save the person who had a more finished performance which was Simon and Karen.”
The next show has a Halloween theme and Calman has hinted on Twitter that there may be a Game of Thrones element to her next routine with Kevin Clifton.

Article: That was a cha-cha-challenge

That was a cha-cha-challenge | Susan Calman comes bottom of the Strictly leaderboard© BBC

Susan Calman comes bottom of the Strictly leaderboard

Susan Calman came joint last on Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard.

However, she was not selected to take part in Sunday night’s dance-off, so lived to dance another week.
She and professional partner Kevin Clifton scored 16 out of 30 – down from the usual 40 maximum as judge Bruno Tonioli was away.
The pair danced the cha-cha-cha to Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix, which the comedian confessed to having trouble mastering. ‘I’m frustrated that I can’t get it. I just can’t get it,’ she said in the filmed introduction to their live dance.
As usual, they played out a mini-drama with Kevin calling on a depressed Susan at home in her dressing gown – apparently down after a break-up with judge Craig Revel Horwood – before cheering her up with the dance.
Host Tess Daly said: ‘It’s like a soap opera when you dance.’
Revel Horwood said: ‘I thought something was going to split when you went into that split. I love your energy and I love your performance.
‘I really do have to mark you technically.  There was no hip action to speak of. Technically it wasn’t great.’
He awarded a four out of 10
Fellow judge Darcey Bussell gave a seven said: ‘It was packed with dance content… but you step up too much and then the technique suffers, so keep it tight so you can manage it better.
‘Not your best dance but you sold it – which you always do.’
Shirley Ballas gave five points and said: ‘I love you and I would never break up with you. I think you bring cheeky to the cheeky cha-cha-cha.’
And she said Calman’s commitment to the dance ‘sometimes came at the sacrifice of technique’.
Afterwards, Calman said: ‘Clearly I’ve never been dumped. I had to channel someone who might have been dumped.’
The bottom of the leaderboard was a four-way tie between Calman, Simon Rimmer, Brian Conley and Ruth Langsford.
In the end,  Brian Conley and his partner Amy Dowden were voted off.

Source: Chortle

Article: Star MOCKS head judge Shirley Ballas after tough critiques

STRICTLY COME DANCING star Kevin Clifton poked fun at Shirley Ballas in a hilarious social media video yesterday.

The 34-year-old Grimsby-born dancer had his Strictly Come Dancing partner Susan Calman, 43, in fits of laughter as he did his best impression of the head judge.

Putting on a Merseyside accent, Kevin intimated the 57-year-old’s Rumba advice which she gave Ruth Langsford during Movie Week, saying: “There are seven different types of Rumba walk and you did four of them.”

As Susan burst into giggles, he continued: “It’s your quality from foot to foot. It was a classy, quality performance.”

Laughing at his impression, Kevin joked about the accent he had attempted, quipping: “So that’s Janette from The Krankies.”

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Kevin Clifton did his best impression of Shirley

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 mocks Shirley BallasTWITTER

The Strictly professional had his partner Susan Calman in hysterics

Shirley appeared to love the lighthearted impression, which was shared on the official BBC Strictly Twitter, retweeting the clip to her 20,000 followers.

In tonight’s show, Susan and Kevin will attempt to impress the judges with their Cha Cha to Shout Out To My Ex by Little Mix.

Ahead of their Week 5 performance, the pair appeared on It Takes Two with Zoe Ball, 46, last night to discuss their routine.

Susan told the host: “It’s not about winning the competition, but it’s how fabulous you are when you’re in it.”

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Kevin also spoke out to say that Strictly was about fun and not about winning

After one social media user commented: “Of course it’s about winning,” Kevin responded insisting that he and Susan are focusing on having fun on the much-loved BBC dance programme.

“No,” he hit back. “Technically it’s a competition but I’ve never thought dance or any art should be about winning.

“It’s not a sport, it’s about expression,” he added.

Source: Daily Express

Article: Strictly’s Susan Calman escapes the dreaded dance off with partner Kevin

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Week six here our duos come!

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Week six here our duos come! (Image: BBC – Guy Levy)

Comedian Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton may not have charmed the judges but they certainly made the right impression on the voters, as they ease through to week six of Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Despite ending Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing show in the bottom half of the leaderboard, with three other couples tied on 16 points, Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton are safely through to next week’s show.
The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the two couples facing the dance off. This weekend, it was chef and TV presenter Simon Rimmer and his partner Karen Clifton; and comedian and actor Brian Conley and his partner Amy Dowden.

Both couples performed their routines again, Simon and Karen performed their Charleston to Fit As A Fiddle (And Ready For Love) by Gene Kelly and Brian and Amy did their Jive to It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton danced their way out of trouble with the charleston (Image: BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy)

Craig Revel Horwood chose to save Simon and Karen and said: “Well both couples actually made mistakes in that, one fell-over and then the other one blanked before they went into a back-drop so it made it a really, really difficult choice.

“But the couple I am going to save just for that little bit of swivel is Simon and Karen.”

Darcey Bussell also chose to save Simon and Karen and said: “This is incredibly difficult with these two fabulous men and it’s not easy at all to choose between them.

“But I am going to save the person who had a more finished performance which was Simon and Karen.”

Head Judge Shirley Ballas agreed with her fellow judges and said she too would have saved Simon and Karen. Brian Conley is the fourth celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing after facing Simon Rimmer in the dreaded dance off.

Bruno Tonioli was not on the judging panel this weekend due to a very busy work schedule. He will be back as normal for next week’s Halloween special.
When asked by Tess if he had enjoyed their time on the show, Brian said: “I have loved everything about this, I truly have. It’s one of the greatest shows, it’s a family show.
“And you know what, there has been someone by my side all the way through this journey who has been just there every moment and that is… Aston!
“I love him and I am really going to miss him.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Kevin Clifton and Susan Calman found their groove
Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Kevin Clifton and Susan Calman found their groove (Image: BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy)

Brian continued: “I want to say something about this lady here. Amy, if I was only thirty years younger… and not fussy!
“Me and you, I am not kidding! I love this lady and I want her to be on this show for ever and ever because I want everyone out there to know how special this lady is because she is a star and I love her to bits.”
Amy added, “I have had the most amazing time, I’ve got not just Brian but his entire family as friends for life and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Sunday’s Results show also featured a musical performance from Irish rock band, The Script.

The remaining eleven couples will take to the dancefloor again next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns on BBC One for the spookiest event in the Strictly Come Dancing calendar, the Halloween special.

Speaking after tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing results show, Keith Clifton said: “I’m happy they got through – onwards and upwards!

“It’s Halloween next week so there will be a few fancy costumes and the chance for them to develop their characters and a chance to perform.

“Very happy with the performances, you can always agree to disagree with the judges, it’s personal opinion. Dance teachers look for technical aspects of the dance and other people look for character and things like that. Different people see different things at different times.

“You just take it and move on and be happy you got through – the next dance is different from the ones before.

“It was a difficult week for Susan and Kevin because Kevin couldn’t get to Glasgow because of the weather so he wa a day late, they had less time to do the dance.

Keith Clifton is pleased to see the couples through to week 6
Keith Clifton is pleased to see the couples through to week 6

“Cha cha is notoriously difficult for getting a huge audience response from, it’s more technique orientated.

“It’s proved she’s trying to dance better, she’s not trying to be funny, she’s trying to dance as well as she possibly can and get the best experience of every week they are in for.

“There’s no reason why they can’t go further if they try hard to impress the judges.
“It would be brilliant if Simon or Susan manage to make Blackpool – fingers crossed they can get another two or three weeks out of it. People can be fickle but anything can happen!
“It gives everybody a chance, it’s not clear cut at all. If they keep working and make sure they listen to the judges and take on their points of stretching legs and pointing toes and listen to their professionals.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph