Leap Of Faith

Sep 2, 2016 by

Leap Of Faith

Last year’s series of Strictly earned a profit for readers of +52.4pts. Adding to that profit was series winner Jay McGuinness, a pre-lives pick here at 6-1. If you recall the final, it provided anxious viewing for Jay backers as TPTB appeared to try everything they could to derail a Jay & Aliona victory and push Kellie and Kevin over the line first. Was it the fact they refused to reprise their jive that put producers’ noses out of joint?

Regardless, it was a reminder of the machinations of producers and how Strictly has followed an increasingly manipulated path over the years with some transparent leaderboard ordering often seen in the show’s latter stages to protect those it ideally wants to navigate to the final, but who are failing to harness a strong public vote.

There was a correlation in previous series of the show favouring those celebs that were signed up for the Strictly Tour over those that were not. With Kellie Bright being a non-tourer and the likes of Helen George and Anita Rani touring but both eliminated before the final it was almost as if producers went out of their way last year to try and show the public it was a fair competition.

Ola Jordan had previously come out in the press regarding the show’s dubious scoring while Jamelia also got stuck in claiming the show was fixed, with Len Goodman having to be wheeled out on It Takes Two to stress to viewers there was nothing untoward going on.

This, the 14th series of Strictly, will be Len’s last, and it will still be worth monitoring who is announced for the Strictly 2017 tour and keeping a close eye on who the judges favour with their scoring and who they are punitive with.

It’s the Strictly 2016 launch show on BBC1 tomorrow night but, spoiler alert, courtesy of Digital Spy, we already know this year’s pairings:

Lesley Joseph & Anton du Beke
Naga Munchetty & Pasha Kovalev
Daisy Lowe & Aljaž Škorjanec
Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton
Tameka Empson & Gorka Marquez (pro newcomer, Spanish, Lancer dancer)
Claudia Fragapane & AJ Pritchard (pro newcomer, Latin champion)
Anastacia & Brendan Cole
Laura Whitmore & Giovanni Pernice
Greg Rutherford & Natalie Lowe
Judge Rinder & Oksana Platero (pro newcomer, Ukrainian, Latin dancer)
Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse
Melvin Odoom & Janette Manrara
Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton
Will Young & Karen Clifton
Ed Balls & Katya Jones (pro newcomer, world champion Latin dancer)

It would appear the Beeb has been reading from the crib sheet of past series in casting this one. Big American signing. Anastasia. Tick. Good looking Hollyoaks actor. Danny Mac. Tick. Former British MP. Ed Balls. Tick. Former girlband member. Louise Redknapp. Tick. Male pop singer. Will Young. Tick. Older lady who will endearingly throw herself into it. Lesley Joseph. Tick. BBC Breakfast news presenter. Naga Munchetty, Ore Oduba. Double tick. And as in 2012 (Louis Smith), it has ticked the Olympic box this year courtesy of gymnast Claudia Fragapane and long jumper Greg Rutherford.

2014 winner Caroline Flack previously presented ITV reality spin-off shows I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Now! and The Xtra Factor. The Beeb has duly dug into this same seam again too signing up Laura Whitmore and Melvin Odoom.

Hardly the most imaginative choices but certainly a competitive looking field. It currently stands at 7 male winners and 6 female winners of Strictly. At the show’s outset this year it marginally favours a female winner again on numbers alone with 8 female contestants and only 7 male.

While Claudia and Greg’s presence will see the show spiriting the feel-good factor of Team GB’s Olympic success, which certainly aided Louis Smith back in 2012, Claudia may not be quite such a neat fit as a potential winner.

Yes, she will be extremely nimble but splits and somersaults will only take her so far. 1.37 metres in her stocking feet, even granted a pair of heels…? Not wishing to be heightist but in dance the aesthetics the couple create are critical and while pro partner AJ Pritchard is similarly pint-sized, Claudia is smaller and together they could look somewhat Lilliputian. This may prove visually jarring and a possible barrier to success.

Claudia was installed a surprising market favourite by the bookmakers and is now a best-priced 4-1 joint-favourite with the well-backed Will Young. At series-start some of her rivals certainly appear to have more in their favour.

Four celebs have pro newcomers including Claudia and while first timers have made the final before there is no emotional connection with the public for any of them at series-start which has to be viewed as generally a slight neg.

You sense Greg Rutherford is going to be a proper novice at the outset, but with that all-important ‘journey’ potential. He is paired with Nat Lowe who is undoubtedly one of the best pro dance teachers. While he will be at risk in the early weeks, he will no doubt dedicate himself to the training and could well end up a significant improver. He looks a value e/w proposition at 25-1 with Ladbrokes.

How well Will Young deals with criticism is one aspect worth monitoring recalling his infamous Cowell retort auditioning for Pop Idol all those years ago. He certainly has the right sort of clean cut, Middle England profile to garner a strong vote and his stage school training (including ballet) and stint in musical ‘Cabaret’ should serve him well learning the dances.

Karen Clifton proved a blast in the last series mentoring Jeremy Vine and she is generally very good with her choreo. A potential danger for Will could be setting a high bar for himself in week 1 – table toppers at series start can run out of steam later in the series with little room for improvement.

Danny Mac (paired with the charismatic Oti) may face the same risk but appeals more at current best odds of 10-1. He will likely be as proficient a dancer as fellow Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor-Dawson was back in 2013. Ashley TD wasn’t wanted as a potential winner and found himself on the receiving end of consistent petty criticism before the show succeeded in jettisoning him in the quarter-final.

2013 was the year the show had a clear objective to have a female winner, and ended up with an all-female final Abbey Clancy won. So, maybe, if this isn’t the agenda this year, Danny can hope for fairer treatment and the chance to progress further. Hollyoaks actors have a decent record on the show overall, with Ricky Whittle finishing second to Chris Hollins in series 7, and Ali Bastian making the semi-final that year.

Ore Oduba looks a likely snake hips and it is easy to envisage him having a very good run on the show partnered by Joanne Clifton. Fellow BBC Breakfast sports presenter, Chris Hollins, won the show back in 2009, and Ore’s Beeb profile should aid him as much as his likely dance ability. Presenting at the recent Rio Olympics he came across reasonably well personality-wise.

Tameka Empson from Eastenders, paired with pro newcomer Gorka Marquez, looks a natural for the fast Latin dances and teed up to be this year’s bubbly, Alison Hammond-type character. Lesley Joseph will no doubt throw herself into it and offer plenty of comedy value teamed with Anton. Melvin Odoom (paired with Janette Manrara) will likely be competent having previously worked as a dance teacher. Together with Anastacia and Daisy Lowe he has already endured ‘ringer’ claims from the media.

Judge Rinder (paired with newcomer Oksana Platero) will likely combine witty bon mots, fired back in the direction of Craig following his withering put downs, with a degree of dance acumen but his most likely trajectory may well be one that sees him fizzle out before the show’s latter stages.

It is notoriously difficult for young, glamorous females to win Strictly though they can be successfully pushed all the way to the final like Georgia May Foote last year. It usually requires serious producer intervention to help them win as was the case with Abbey Clancy in 2013 and, to a lesser extent, Caroline Flack the following year, when you sensed the Beeb was trying to stick two fingers up at rival show X Factor, even though Flack ended up returning to XF as a main presenter in 2015.

Daisy Lowe will no doubt be an excellent dancer but will face the same sort of hurdles. Aljaz is well-liked and is a plus for her. Laura Whitmore’s pro partner, Giovanni, is perhaps more of a potential neg recalling the conceit he occasionally exhibited last year, and the fact he has recently split from Georgia MF. Whitmore, from Bray in the Republic Of Ireland, has a touch of the blarney about her, and like Caroline Flack, at least has the media skills to potentially charm in interview but may find herself having to fend off tabloid tittle tattle.

Louise Redknapp is more of a natural fit with voters as an older ‘every woman’ and Kevin is a potential plus for her given he has made the final 3 times previously partnering Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge and Kellie Bright.

Naga Munchetty, who apparently over the last 9 years has become an excellent golfer, seems the type who excels at anything she puts her mind to and Pasha has consistently proved himself a fine teacher. She could have a decent run though her competitiveness might prove a negative a la Gabby Logan (series 5) and Kirsty Gallacher (series 13). On balance, Ore looks the more likely BBC Breakfast contender this year.

Anastasia, paired with Brendan, screams red flags. Brendan has his fans but can be a loose cannon with the verbals while Anastasia could easily comes across as too brash and feisty. At 47 she also doesn’t fit the young age profile of typical Strictly winners but reality tv rules are always there to be broken. She has had Crohn’s disease, breast cancer and a heart condition, which would be a weapons-grade stockpile of back story material if this was X Factor.

Ed Balls (paired with newcomer Katya Jones) may well struggle to muster much of a pv, as a dreaded former MP, even though he looks likely to throw himself into it and not take himself too seriously.

Pre-lives it looks a tricky puzzle this year, and quite open – you can make a case for over half the field – so stakes are advised to be kept to a minimum at this stage but Claudia Fragapane looks a suspect favourite worth taking on.

There are any number of potential back-to-lay contestants in this year’s field including Melvin, Naga, Tameka and Daisy.

Greg is something of an intuitive ‘value’ e/w pick. As a gold medal-winning Olympic sportsman he will hopefully have the tenacity to train hard and get to grips with the required technique and in Nat Lowe he has the best teacher. He could just prove a surprise improver as the series progresses. The risk is, he may start poorly (and even drift further in the odds) and be vulnerable of an early exit.

You can check out the first celeb interviews here. Get ready to peruse BBC iPlayer to check for those all-important early clues during the celebs first outing on the dancefloor at the end of tomorrow night’s show.

Advised:

Ore Oduba – 2pt e/w (a fifth the odds) – 12-1 – Ladbrokes, Coral

Danny Mac – 2pt e/w (a fifth the odds) – 10-1 – Skybet

Greg Rutherford – 1pt e/w (a fifth the odds) – 25-1 – Ladbrokes

Louise Redknapp – Top Female – 4pt win – 100-30 – Stan James (3-1 with bet365, William Hill)

23 Comments

  1. hemsby

    Hi Rob

    Looks like quite a competitive series of SCD this year.Like yourself I’ve been keen to oppose the early favourite in Claudia and my early play has been to back Louise in the OR and for Top 3.

    Not particularly easy to rule many out convincingly at this stage…..the launch show tomorrow may perhaps give us some clues from the group dance.

    Good luck for the series….hopefully some profitable times ahead.

  2. James

    Hi Rob

    It’s great to have Strictly (and your previews) back, and I’m pleased to see that your initial forecasts are broadly in line with mine.

    While analysing the results from previous years, I have noticed a few trends that I thought I would share on your blog.

    Partnerships in which the male celebrity is younger than the female professional are not a common occurrence. To date this has only happened twelve times in Strictly history, and the finishing positions of these partnerships (in sequential order) has been 2, 3, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 8, 12, 4, 2, 1. This year Ore and Greg are both younger than their partners.

    New male professionals have a strong record in their debut series. In the past six years, five debuting male professionals have finished either as winners or runners up. In comparison, Natalie Lowe is the only new female professional to reach the final in their debut season, over the past twelve years.

    Female professionals who finish outside of the top ten in their first series, do tend to perform strongly with their second celebrity partner, achieving an average improvement of 8.6 places. This bodes well for Joanne & Oti this year.

    Where we do disagree, is on the chances of Claudia. For me, she is the celebrity who is most likely to reach the final. She becomes the thirteenth celebrity aged 25 or younger to take part, and sequentially the finishing order of these competitors has been 2, 11, 4, 2, 2, 1, 4, 1, 6, 2, 2, 1. I also suspect that Tess & Claudia W will play up the “isn’t he cute?!” card with baby-faced AJ, and he will quickly gain a lot of support from mothers, daughters & aunties across the country.

    Judge Rinder & Tameka will be two of the bigger personalities this year, and are certain to divide opinion. Actors & actresses from EastEnders tend to outperform initial expectations, and I would not be surprised to see Tameka still dancing at Blackpool.

    As for the first elimination, I will be keeping an eye on Melvin’s odds, as I’m not sure where his votes are going to come from.

  3. M8

    Hi Rob, hope you and all your readers have had a great (and profitable) summer! Great to have your blogs back. A few points I’ve taken into consideration before the start of the series

    I fully agree with you that Greg Rutherford is worth an EW punt. Being an Olympic hero with no dance experience and an all round nice chap he’s a real vote winner. I can see the viewers really getting behind him and the popular Natalie, who is overdue a serious shot at the trophy. It’s a big if, but if Greg is successfully able to learn to dance and go on that “journey” then he has a chance! On a personal note, I’d love to see these two win, I don’t like many of the pros that remain on the show, but I’m a big fan of Natalie and deserves a chance to win, something she hasn’t had since Ricky Whittle.

    Claudia as favourite is an unsurprising move by the bookies. She’s young, sweet seems like a bundle of energy and looks willing to work hard. She has the ability to come up with some showstopping routines with her tumbling abilities. Also you can look across the pond at DWTS where female Olympic gymnasts have a very good record. Take Shawn Johnson for example, who won season 8 of DWTS at the same age as Claudia coming off the back of the Olympics. You also have Aly Raismann of recent “Final Five” fame who made the final when she competed. However as we know both shows are very different and Claudia also has a new young inexperienced pro which could count against her, but I’m sure he’ll be given a lot of silent help behind the scenes with choreography and how to act when on camera. She’s a rightful frontrunner but she can certainly be beaten.

    I agree with James that I have a quiet eye on Melvin’s odds when the first elimination market comes out. He has in my opinion the weakest pro on the show, who contributed to the downfall of Peter Andre. His fanbase looks incredibly weak to me and a low score in week 1 could put him in big trouble.

    I didn’t know Daisy Lowe has dance experience, if so that along with getting arguably the most popular pro on the show should serve her well. I was worried about her originally, wondering where her votes were going to come from. I also worry about Laura Whitmore. She sometimes comes off a little arrogant on camera and certainly doesn’t for me have the natural charm and vulnerability of Caroline Flack. She’s paired with a dodgy partner and also won’t be able to rely on an Irish vote either. Will her famous mates such as Niall Horan, defy Simon Cowell and help her campaign for votes?

    Kevin Clifton getting Louise Redknapp makes me think the producers are pushing the story of Kevin always making the final but never winning. Surely he was due a duffer this year, but yet again gets a very good partner. Finally from me, I also agree with the Ore and Danny Mac covers, Danny has some very dance experience as far as I know and Ore looks to me like that very popular BBC contestant that works really hard comes off as that very likeable average joe presenter that the public likes to root for. Like Chris Hollins, Matt Baker and Anita Rani before him. Tameka is certainly be that Allison Hammond, Lisa Riley level of annoying. I have high hopes for her pro though, Gorka’s smooth Spanish accent and good looks are sure to prove a popular addition to the show.

  4. Bruce

    Let’s hope your amazing Strictly 2015 success can be repeated this year Rob.
    FWIW my main two bets are Ore and Danny so happy to see Ore shortening so much recently, will make later trading that much easier.

    My backup plans at current odds are Laura and Naga, particularly Naga. I was impressed with her group dance performance, her figure with the potential for great ballrooom lines is there and Pasha is a great teacher.I would be in deeper if not for taking a slight dislike to her attitude in that she seemed to want to talk a lot and a be a bit cocky for want of a better word. The record of the BBC employees is obviously a plus also.
    Laura is young, again a good dance figure and will no doubt be an improver as the season progresses. I liked her personality and attitude.

    Can’t be having Will Young in all honesty – didn’t like what I saw in the group dance. My hunch on your headliner, Greg, is that he will be out early as I expect him to be wooden and to lack rhythm but its no more than a hunch.

  5. Rob

    Thanks for the posts one and all 🙂 I think it will be very hard to match last year’s series for the consistency of winners over the weeks but here’s hoping. A shame the bookies haven’t put their heads above the parapet yet & offered 1st elimination betting, as they did last year.

    The drop in Ore’s price has been a pleasing development. I liked what I saw on the launch show & seemingly many others could see plenty of promise too. My main concern with him is how he comes across in interview.

    Interested to see what Ore’s 1st dance is. If it’s a fast Latin number he could well get off to a flyer & his odds might even shrink further. I guess we will get new training footage more or less daily over the next 2 weeks prior to the 1st live show on Sept 23.

    1st up is Lesley & Anton training footage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04774sw

    Daisy & Aljaz: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0479y15

    Danny & Oti: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047c2x0

    Tameka & Gorka: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047bysd

    Ed & Katya: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047mqxp

    Melvin & Janette: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047qst4

    Louise & Kevin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047q624

    Anastacia & Brendan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047tj3w

    Ore & Joanne: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047tg5c

    Claudia & AJ: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047tglf

    Naga & Pasha: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047z5c0

    Laura & Giovanni: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p048ctpj

    Greg & Nat: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p048h71z

    Will & Karen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p048l2jw

    Judge Rinder & Oksana: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p048nszq

  6. Rob

    Strictly celebs 1st steps: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p047q39d/strictly-come-dancing-series-14-first-steps

    Anastacia and Brendan will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘Lady Marmalade’ by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim and Pink
    Claudia and AJ will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ by One Direction
    Daisy and Aljaz will be dancing the Waltz to ‘Unforgettable’ by Nat King Cole
    Danny and Oti will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘Cake by the Ocean’ by DNCE
    Ed and Katya will be dancing the Waltz to ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ by Elvis Presley
    Greg and Natalie will be dancing the Jive to ‘Get Ready’ by The Temptations
    Judge Rinder and Oksana will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘Mercy’ by Duffy
    Laura and Giovanni will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘Venus’ by Shocking Blue
    Lesley and Anton will be dancing the Waltz to ‘What’ll I Do’ by Alison Krauss
    Louise and Kevin will be dancing the Jive to ‘Jump, Jive and Wail’ by the Brian Setzer Orchestra
    Melvin and Janette will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘Loco In Acapulco’ by the Four Tops
    Naga and Pasha will be dancing the Waltz to ‘Run To You’ by Whitney Houston
    Ore and Joanne will be dancing the Tango to ‘Geronimo’ by Sheppard
    Tameka and Gorka will be dancing the Paso Doble to ‘El Gato Montes’ by Ramon Cortez and ‘Y Viva Espana’ by Sylvia
    Will and Karen will be dancing the Tango to ‘Let’s Dance’ by David Bowie

    • James

      Thanks Rob. Five of the last six winners danced a Cha Cha in week one.

      • Rob

        Great stuff, James. Please keep the Strictly stats coming 🙂 Interesting Will Young has been given the Bowie tribute. A sign of producer favour perhaps?

        The DS sleuths think Laura, Will & Lesley are dancing tonight. Maybe one of the Olympians too. Will a potential show closer.

        • James

          Hi Rob

          Will has been singing ‘Let’s Dance’ while touring this summer, which suggests he will have more input in his song selection than other competitors have had in the past.

          If the producers had wanted to make a big thing of the tribute, I suspect Will would have closed the show on Saturday, when the viewing figures are likely to be at their highest.

          Five of the last six winners have either opened or closed the Saturday show, in week one.

          • Rob

            Looks like Will has been bumped to the Sat show. A likely show-closer, you would assume.

  7. stoney

    Long time follower of the site here so decided to post a comment.
    Having had the last 2 winners and having become frustrated by not being able to place more than about 10 pound with most bookies I’ve decided to back Greg Rutherford on the nose with bet fair. For me he either goes out fairly early, or becomes the classic journey man the public love and goes right until the end and possibly even wins.
    Looking forward to your analysis as always.

    • Rob

      Hi stoney. Yep, that’s pretty much how I see it too regarding Greg. Jive in week 1 is a tough assignment. He has looked a little stiff in the hips in early training footage but I am sure Nat Lowe can work her magic on him.

      I am hoping for a respectable effort, qualified praise from the judges, & he can hopefully build from there. 8-1 Greg to be Top Male and 9-2 with WH he finishes Top 3 still looks value to me.

  8. M8

    Danny Mac gets the plumb Cake by the Ocean song for his Cha Cha. I’d expect him to be doing well in training if he’s to be trusted with such a crowd pleasing song. I don’t know whether Greg getting Jive is worrying or exciting. He could go either way, I hope he goes the right way.

  9. James

    It’s worth keeping an eye on the younger celebrities who get a score of at least 27 this weekend.

    In the past six years, 18 celebrities aged under 35 scored 27+ points in week one, and 12 went on to finish in the top three. Sequentially their finishing positions were 5, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1, 2, 1, 11, 4, 2, 1, 6, 2, 1, 6, 2, 1.

  10. stoney

    A positive start for Greg tonight. Looking like they fancy him as a potential winner. Didn’t expect him to start as strongly as that.

    • Rob

      Yes, a very promising start. For a complete novice he showed a lot of potential & natural ability. More importantly, great attitude, throwing himself into it, comes across well, & him and Nat look like they have the makings of a highly popular couple.

  11. stoney

    What does everyone make of Judge Rinder. He is possible threat to Greg as the journey man. I don’t think both of them can go the distance.

    • James

      Hi Stoney. I enjoyed the routine, and on Facebook his video is already at an impressive 2.5 million views.

      There is some similarity with how Jake Wood surprised everyone, at the start of series 12, however I’m not yet convinced that Judge Rinder makes it as far as Blackpool.

    • M8

      Rinder was a reminder as to why I still love this show despite its manipulations and changes that has made it worse off for me. Expected to be rubbish, he went out gave his all and was brilliant. Oksana his pro is one to watch as well, you can tell that she’s come from the DWTS school of teaching with her flashy over the top choreography, no doubt she is a huge factor as to how Rinder has come off so well. She’ll be quite the force if she gets a contender next series.

      Managed to get on Melvin next elimination at 8/1 earlier in the show with Coral, he’s already been backed to 3/1 and lower. I think next week he’s toast personally bar a huge turnaround.

  12. James

    Hi Rob. Obviously it is early days, but your pre-series selections are looking good!

    Previously, 16 celebrities scored 31 or more in their first dance. 12 went on to finish in the top 3, although strangely, only 2 went on to win (Alesha & Abbey).

    It appears that the betting public still don’t believe that Daisy will be any good at Latin. For the week 1 top scorer to be 16/1 to win the show and only 8th favourite is pretty remarkable.

    Like M8, I have bet on Marvin for the first elimination. I can’t see next weeks ballroom dance being memorable enough to pick up many votes. I’ve also had a small bet on Naga for the first elimination, as the odds of 40/1 seemed too high.

  13. Froggitt

    Great ante-post selections. Avoided the two early favourites, both of whom unimpressed and drifted in the market.

  14. Rob

    Thanks guys. Certainly a great start in terms of price movements 🙂 Looking ahead to Sat, what we know so far is:

    Danny & Oti – VW
    Tameka & Gorka – Charleston
    Ed & Katya – Charleston
    Greg & Nat – ballroom, probably tango based on Twitter pics
    Ore & Joanne – Latin, possibly CCC as seen in earlier training VT
    Daisy & Aljaz – Latin, possibly CCC as seen in earlier training VT
    Laura & Gio – waltz, Glamour mag podcast
    Anastacia & Brendan – salsa
    Will & Karen – jive, based on Instagram pic
    Claudia & AJ – waltz

    Should be ballroom for Judge Rinder, Louise & Melvin; Latin for Lesley & Naga, although Anastacia has been given 2 Latins in a row.

  15. Rob

    Anastacia and Brendan will be dancing the Salsa to ‘Sax’ by Fleur East
    Claudia and AJ will be dancing the Waltz to ‘You Light Up My Life’ by Whitney Houston
    Daisy and Aljaz will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘Forget You’ by Cee-Lo Green
    Danny and Oti will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ by INXS
    Ed and Katya will be dancing the Charleston to ‘The Banjo’s Back in Town’ by Alma Cogan
    Greg and Natalie will be dancing the Tango to ‘Jump’ by Van Halen
    Judge Rinder and Oksana will be dancing the American Smooth to ‘Marvin Gaye’ by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor
    Laura and Giovanni will be dancing the Waltz to ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ by Alicia Keys
    Lesley and Anton will be dancing the Cha Cha to the Pussycat Dolls’ version of ‘Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps’
    Louise and Kevin will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to the kd lang version of ‘Hallelujah’
    Melvin and Janette will be dancing the Tango to ‘Moving On Up’ by M People
    Naga and Pasha will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘Fool In Love’ by Tina Turner
    Ore and Joanne will be dancing the Cha Cha to ‘Hot Stuff’ by Donna Summer
    Tameka and Gorka will be dancing the Charleston to ‘Yes Sir, That’s My Baby’ to Firehouse Five Plus Two
    Will and Karen will be dancing the Jive to ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets

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