The professional couples have been paired with their celebrity partners for the Autumn dance supershow.
The show opened with a traditional BBC black and white gimmick talking about the Wimbledon victory for Andy Murray, the Ashes win in cricket, (which no one watched) and now the title for Stircitly was up for grabs. It was not necessary and added nothing to the show. Was it in no way current, either.
Bruce got the show going already ticking off our Strictly Bingo card (uploaded later) with a funky dance move tapping his way on set energetically.
Strictly Come Dancing will allow the couple’s three weeks to train with their pro. The list of pairings is below.
Sophie Ellis Bextor pairs with predicted Brendan Cole.
Deborah Meaden bulks up with beefy Robin Windsor.
Natalie Gumede shimmy’s with Artem Chigvintsev.
Rachel Riley pairs up with Pasha Kovalov. High rumours began beforehand of no secret James Jordan wanted Riley. His visible face was a tad disappointed.
Jessie J – It’s my Party
Jessie J returned to belt out her new hit on the kick off show. The track is too bassy and ultrasonic in parts. The composition doesn’t really fit together ultimately, but is a feel good song for one time. Not sure how much it cost taxpayers to invite a ton of raver extra’s on the set though. They weren’t needed in such high quantity waving their glow sticks. Why confetti was dropped for a song at the end was beyond belief.
Patrick Robinson beats alongside Anya Garnis.
Ashley Taylor Dawson collapsed in joy after bagging Ola Jordan. Taylor also acknowledged his boy band days in pop group All Stars. We knew the band was allstars but left a red herring in our previous post for the Beeb. We have to make them do some jounralism instead of plagiarisng us constantly, don’t we?
Julien Macdonld will dance with Janette Manrara. Interestingly, after Julien was asked by hostess Tess as Julien talked about getting all the sequins. and dancers he replied “Give me them all” with extravagance, as both professional dancers Aliona Vilani and Kristina Rhianov showed there distaste and appalling levels of homophobia. (See Ben Cohen below.) The BBC edited this out of their iPlayer footage.
Tony Jacklin bunked up with Aliona Vilani.
Abbey Clancy was overjoyed to nab hunk Aljaz Skorjanec.
Fiona Fullerton snared her own Bond beau Anton DuBeke.
Vanessa Feltz joined James Jordan.
Susanna Reid took the new boy Kevin Clifton.
The judges were asked on the pairings for their thoughts. Craig Revel Horward added they were “reasonable”. He also added James Jordan may need to pray for a miracle whilst working with Vanessa Feltz.
Rod Stewart – Can’t Stop Me Now
Icon Stewart performed with a great rendition of his latest hit. Afterwards Brucie asked Rod when he would be donning the sequin top and glitzy shoes. Rod said he would “love to” participate in the dancing contest. Which then begs the question, why haven’t the BBC asked him yet? There’s always next year.
Louis and Flavia re-performed their winning dance from last year if the Charleston. They should have just left it alone. Flavia won’t be joining the show this year due to preganncy but plans to return next year. Please do not flaunt the farce that is money stain and inept dancer Louis all over the show and in audience, please.
Dave Myers chaperoned Karen Hauer.
Ben Cohen scored Kristina Rhianov. BBC made some good pairings, mostly predictable, on the show, but faces a challenge in name worth of celebs. Pairing beefy stud Ben Cohen with sexy siren Kristina was a dumb choice based on a couple that look sexy together for the BBC. It’s ironic that the BBC booked a man who campaigns for gay rights was joined by a homophobic dancer, They really thought that one through, didn’t they? They should have paired him with Iveta. The BBC can fire them next series, unless it likes creating more crisis. The ghost of Jimmy Savile still haunts the BBC after failing to take any direct action on the matter years on.
Mark Benton took Iveta Lukosiute.
It was interesting to see the prominent unmovable reaction guy in the background of Tess and Bruce from the Channel 5 Big Brother production team and phone room staring into the hard camera.
This year see’s two new males join the show and last year’s stand-in Iveta Lukosiute who became a new addition last year after replacing an injured pro dazzled on the show. She makes her full on signing this year. Technically its her second series but first in major prominence as a Strictly signee.
Five in total are the newbie professionals featuring Iveta Lukosiute, Anya Garnis, Janette Manrara, Kevin Clifton and Aljaz Skorjanec.
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have departed from the show alongside original Erin Boag. Natalie Lowe injured her ankle two weeks before the show devastating producers who promptly rehire recently sacked star Aliona Vilani.
Let’s just hope they clarify the rules on whether lifts will be allowed or not. Lifts unspecified often lose points as a rule break with certain judges.
The show also upgraded to a brand new arena capable of seating more audience members, according to the BBC. But will they allow anymore in?
The show commences on the 27th September and the following evening in a two parter starter.
Craig also gave the hopefuls crucial advice to “listen to their professionals, accept critique and don’t answer back.”