Kate Silverton in the dance-off
Newsreader Kate Silverton and her pro partner Alijaz Skorjanec are consigned to the dreaded dance-of for the first time. She finished second from bottom on the judges’ scoreboard, so perhaps not a shocker.
Who’ll face Swanny in the dance-off?
Dancing spotlight of doom again. Joe Sugg is through. Nanna Phyllis will be delighted. Stacey Dooley is safe too. So it’s either Kate Silverton or Faye Tozer...
Up to the Tower Ballroom’s temporary Clauditorium now for the weekly feature formerly known as Len’s Lens. Dear old Mr Goodman always loved it up in Blackpool. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Take That and Blackpool party
Musical interlude now, with “manband” Take That singing their new single Out Of Our Heads. It’s a jaunty little Sixties pop pastiche, with monochrome choreographic accompaniment.
They still don’t look right as a three-piece, do they? Come back, Robbie and Jason, and rescue us from the polonecks of doom.
Pasha’s Plaice, anyone?
Apron-clad pro dancer Mr Kovalev tells Claudia Winkleman that he might open a real fish and chip shop. Salt and vinegar and sequins on those?
Graeme Swann in dance-off
Cricketer-turned-pundit Graeme Swann and his partner Oti Mubuse will face the dreaded eliminator for the third time. He survived against Seann Walsh and Danny John-Jules. Can he do it again?
Time for the spotlight of doom. Safely through are a relieved and emotional Charles Venn. And Ashley Roberts, unsurprisingly. Pasha will be relieved he can remove that apron. And Lauren Steadman. Wow, she was bottom of the scoreboard by some distance.
Charles Venn in no vest
His six-pack got everyone a-flutter. Reminds me, I must do some sit-ups. I’ll start tomorrow.
Saturday’s show rewound
Last night’s live show gets recapped. Blackpool bonkersness! Craig and Darcey’s waxworks! Ashley Roberts’ 40-point jive! Gloria Leicester Fan! Giant sticks of rock!
Here come our co-hosts, so time for another seaside edition of our traditional fashion face-off. Claudia Winkleman’s in flouncy leopard print. Tess Daly’s back in metallic, this one a long-sleeved, boat-necked rose gold number. I think it’s a rare Tess double win this weekend.
It’s Italian dancefloor war
We open with a group dance from the Strictly professionals. It’s an epic showdown between the two Italian pros, . Graziano Di Prima and Giovanni Pernice.
Set in Gio’s bar, Graziano makes moves on his girlfriend Luba and 1940s-style Sicilian dance battle ensues. The dramatic routine incorporates elements of lindyhop, quickstep and jive.
And we’re off!
Roll clapalong credits. The Blackpool lights are about to go out for one of these couples.
And then there were seven
Tonight’s elimination will leave just seven celebrities standing in Strictly 2018. Less than half the field who started back in September. We really are in the home stretch now. Five minutes to wait…
Take That board the Blackpool bus
Musical guests tonight are Mancunian “manband” Take That. There’s also a razzle-dazzle group routine from the pro troupe.
Just 10 minutes until we go over to the Tower Ballroom…
Lauren Steadman looks most at risk
Paralympian Lauren Steadman was left propping up the Blackpool leaderbaord last night, cut five points adrift at the bottom.
She’ll be praying that viewer votes lift her clear of the bottom two because a dance-off could prove a dis-as-tah for her Strictly dreams. Fifteen minutes ’til showtime…
Who’ll be Blackpool’s dancing donkey?
Tonight sees the eighth elimination of Strictly 2018, as our eight surviving pro-celebrity pairs find out who has made the magnificent last seven and who’s doomed to face the dreaded dance-off.
On Saturday night’s Blackpool special, Ashley Roberts jived to the top of the leaderboard with the first perfect 40-point score of the series. In second spot, there was a three-way tie between Joe Sugg, Charle Venn and Faye Tozer .
At the foot of the scoreboard was Lauren Steadman after her Argentine tango flopped, with Kate Silverton second from bottom after a lumpy, bumpy American smooth.
The judges’ scores will be combined with the public vote tonight and the bottom two pairs will dance for survival – but will viewers agree with the judges? If not, Graeme Swann or even Stacey Dooley could come into choreographic contention.
The results show airs at 7.20pm on BBC One. We’ll be liveblogging from 7pm, providing build-up, rolling coverage, analysis and backchat from the cheap seats, so do join me and watch along with this blog.
And please join in too – you can email me on [email protected] telegraph.co.uk, tweet me on @michaelhogan or leave comments at the bottom of this blog. I’ll keep an eye on them all and report the highlights here.
Nearly time to staaaaart seaside eliminating!
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