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Strictly, 2017

Postby Pepper Pig » August 11th, 2017, 10:52 am

I know he's very Marmite but I adore Rev Richard Coles.

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby suffolk » August 11th, 2017, 10:56 am

Oh so do I ... he's a complete star!!! Lovely chap :D We saw him earlier in the year (I think it was this year :? ) on Cromer pier, on a Friday evening drinking a pint before doing the Saturday Live from the pier theatre :D Just being a nice chap, saying hello to those who said hello to him :D
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby aero280 » August 11th, 2017, 11:00 am

I've heard of him. Never heard of the others, so far.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Busybee » August 11th, 2017, 11:23 am

I love him. Intelligent, witty, polite - what's not to like.

I do hope he does well and isn't the comedy act. I read both his books recently, he has certainly lived life! Both a good read.

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby StokeySue » August 11th, 2017, 11:44 am

Can't really see him as a great dancer, even in his pop days he sat still at the keyboard and let Jimmy do the gyration, but he will be fun

The rest not exactly a stellar line up, my money on Mollie from the Saturdays so far, hope some more intersting names to come
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Pepper Pig » August 11th, 2017, 3:36 pm

I know two people who cannot abide him. :o

Agree about the books BB. Graphic but excellent.

He's very good value on Twitter especially when he meets up with his mum. :lol:

He's vicar of the parish next to my mum's.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 11th, 2017, 4:01 pm

I won't watch Strictly as I can't deal with these sort of celebrity shows but agree with BB, what is there not to like? He is so interesting to watch and to listen to.
I now have the Strictly theme tune stuck in my head! :lol: From the ads not from watching it!
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Cheezy_Jazzy » August 11th, 2017, 8:28 pm

I was only thinking earlier today that Strictly will be on soon, that will be my Saturday night's viewing sorted. :D

I thought I recognised Rev Richard Coles but wasn't sure from where.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby MagicMarmite » August 12th, 2017, 8:09 pm

I read today that Aston from JLS is in it?
I'm not a huge Strictly fan, but do usually put it on and do my half watching, no contestants so far really interest me but, then I said that a couple of years ago and absolutely fell in love with Jay McGuiness who I knew nothing about despite owning one of his groups albums!
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Re: Strictly, 2017

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby MagicMarmite » August 13th, 2017, 2:42 pm

I think he's great.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby StokeySue » August 13th, 2017, 3:14 pm

Well, at least he's foodie!
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Busybee » August 13th, 2017, 3:36 pm

I think it could turn out to be a great series........looking forward to seeing both Simon and Rev Richard Coles. The reveal on Sunday Brunch was rather funny when they brought on a can of fake tan and a colour chart!

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby cyprusmoira » September 10th, 2017, 5:47 am

How did we enjoy last nights episode introducing all the contestants.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Ratatouille » September 10th, 2017, 9:53 am

Good start. I loved the rev's glittery vicar's outfit. I'm another fan. I like him on the painting programme too. lot

Mr R wouldn't admit it to anyone but he loves strictly - don't tell him I told you. He thinks it spoils his desire to be seen as intellectual :evil: :lol:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 11th, 2017, 8:09 am

I love Strictly, but always find this first programme a bit tedious ... so I watch it on delay ... then ff through the bits I find boring ... I do though love the pro's opening dance and the celebs first dance at the end :tu: I reckon the little lad with the chin strap beard (no idea who he is ;) ) stands a good chance of winning.. after all he already does street dance in his act doesn't he ? I hope Jonnie Peacock does well though - how brave is he to do this :) :tu: My Fitsteps instructor ( being an ex professional ballroom dancer too) knows Shirley Ballas very well .. but then she also knew one of the 'favourites' for head judge very well too - Gary Edwards .. he is her Ex ! His tv interview was excruciating ! :(
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby cyprusmoira » September 24th, 2017, 5:53 am

At over two hours the programme was far too long.
I think that Brian Conley will be first to go.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 24th, 2017, 8:27 am

I think you may be right Moira ... How good was Debbie McGee ? I think her talent took everyone by surprise.. and as I guessed, the lad who was on last also showed that he may be a favourite too... (Aston ???)
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby hickybank » September 24th, 2017, 8:32 am

Must be a bloke thing but I cannot stand the programme, but the true boss in the house watches it so I am relegated to the PC.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Ratatouille » September 24th, 2017, 9:43 am

It was a bit tedious but there were some suprises weren't there? Debbie was amazing for example.

I was impressed by Shirley Ballas very positive and helpful I thought.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby scullion » September 24th, 2017, 9:54 am

i must be a bloke then.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Busybee » September 24th, 2017, 11:30 am

My firm favourites are Susan Calman and the Rev, their sheer joy in taking part was infectious. Debbie was a surprise in some respects but not in others, she was once in a ballet corps, but what a shot across the bows of the younger contestants?

I’m afraid I adore Anton, but Ruth is destined to be a bit rubbish. I love everything about strictly - it’s just a joy.

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 24th, 2017, 11:34 am

A great way of spending a Saturday evening in my book ... I love dancing as you all probably know (I could bore for England on the subject of Zumba and Fitsteps ;) so no surprise there) .. Quite often in the Fitsteps class I ask out loud " where is Anton when you need him ?" ;)
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 24th, 2017, 6:07 pm

I have it on good authority that Debbie Mcgee is a trained dancer ! My Zumba instructor was in the same dance troupe under the direction of Dougie Squires back in '70's ! I suspect she has been keeping up her dance classes ever since ..... :rolleyes:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby hickybank » September 24th, 2017, 7:30 pm

scullion wrote:i must be a bloke then.

Well at least I have one ally.
Is it perhaps more of a female type entertainment than male.
Down my local if you mentioned strictly you would be thrown out :lol: :lol:
As a matter of interest, it is obviously a very popular programme, how many of your OHs watch it with you & genuinely enjoy it.
Just a thought :td: :tu:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » September 24th, 2017, 11:31 pm

This was forced upon me yesterday at a family gathering. I couldn't get the horribleness of it all, including the theme tune, out of my head until my nephew found a Postman Pat play toy that played much better tunes. Simon Rimmer should stick to food! I felt embarrassed for him!
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Ratatouille » September 25th, 2017, 12:30 pm

hickybank wrote:
scullion wrote:i must be a bloke then.

Well at least I have one ally.
Is it perhaps more of a female type entertainment than male.
Down my local if you mentioned strictly you would be thrown out :lol: :lol:
As a matter of interest, it is obviously a very popular programme, how many of your OHs watch it with you & genuinely enjoy it.
Just a thought :td: :tu:


Mine and my son enjoys it too! but they are/were both very good dancers.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Pepper Pig » September 25th, 2017, 12:48 pm

I watched it with my 83 year old husband and my 80 year old ex lover. Does that count? :o ;)
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Ratatouille » September 25th, 2017, 12:51 pm

Absolutely :lol: :lol:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Pepper Pig » September 26th, 2017, 1:38 pm

Meant to say that I have an insider working on Strictly. My niece is a researcher on the programme and her name comes up on the credits. Look out for Laura Fairbank. :P ;) :lol: Until they go to Blackpool it's all filmed at Elstree which isn't far away from here.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Cheezy_Jazzy » October 1st, 2017, 6:27 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:I have it on good authority that Debbie Mcgee is a trained dancer ! My Zumba instructor was in the same dance troupe under the direction of Dougie Squires back in '70's ! I suspect she has been keeping up her dance classes ever since ..... :rolleyes:


There was a programme a few years ago, forget which channel which was a fly on the wall following Debbie McGee launching something to do with dancing or ballet.

I always record Strictly so that I can fast forward the training bits, makes it so much quicker to watch :D
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby cyprusmoira » October 2nd, 2017, 4:57 am

Cheezy_Jazzy wrote:
PatsyMFagan wrote:There was a programme a few years ago, forget which channel which was a fly on the wall following Debbie McGee launching something to do with dancing or ballet.
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I remember that programme too, it was a small company performing at small theatres, she was not dancing but was involved with the management. Paul Daniels made some of the effects, I remember a swan

Nevertheless I have been very impressed by her

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby StokeySue » October 3rd, 2017, 9:11 am

Cheezy_Jazzy wrote:always record Strictly so that I can fast forward the training bits, makes it so much quicker to watch

Me too

Loved Susan Calman channelling her inner Betty Boop :D

No real idea who will win yet, there are a few you can't dismiss, but supporting Alexandra as she is my nearest neighbour (Islington). Did you know her mother died on August Bank Holiday?
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » October 3rd, 2017, 12:31 pm

Debbie McGee is certainly flying the flag for the over 60's :bounce: and I loved Alexandra's Pasa Doble ... what a fantastic dress too ;) :tu:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby suffolk » October 3rd, 2017, 6:19 pm

Thought Debbie was 58 ;)

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Ratatouille » October 3rd, 2017, 6:32 pm

Me too. Doesn't detract from her wonderful movement though does it?
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby suffolk » October 3rd, 2017, 9:16 pm

Absolutely not! :kneel:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » October 4th, 2017, 3:36 pm

suffolk wrote:Thought Debbie was 58 ;)

Edited to add : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_McGee


You're totally right ... In my mind I was giving her the same age as my Zumba instructor who is 61 this year and doesn't look it either. They were in the same dance troupe :tu: :bounce:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby MagicMarmite » October 6th, 2017, 4:46 pm

I have the most inappropriate crush on AJ :oops:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby StokeySue » October 6th, 2017, 5:01 pm

Unfortunately, so does AJ :lol:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby StokeySue » November 5th, 2017, 8:39 pm

Sunday 5th November, results show

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 5th, 2017, 10:46 pm

Me neither ... others were worse than those 2 couples :( :o :cry: :td: Can't believe Ruth is still in -- she hasn't got an iota of rhythm in her ! :rolleyes: :!:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby StokeySue » November 5th, 2017, 10:58 pm

While I think we usually do end up with right finalists, it has always seemed to me that at least until Blackpool people don't necessarily vote for the best dancers, but for who they want to see next weekend, and people want to see Anton and Ruth.

I thought Mollie was rather dull, but clearly the judges thought she was technically pretty good. I think Aston was hampered by being given a poor choice of song, if they'd given him something more obviously a formal waltz he'd have done better, not the first time that's happened
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Cheezy_Jazzy » November 5th, 2017, 11:29 pm

One of my brothers in law tried to tell me who had been voted off this morning, then he wonders why his FB newsfeed gets filled full of wooden spoons :lol: :twisted:

Has anyone got any predictions for the final three? Mine are:

1. Debbie
2. Alexandra
3. Davood
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby StokeySue » November 6th, 2017, 12:36 am

I'm not sure if Davood would pip Joe to the final?
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 6th, 2017, 9:25 am

I had Aston for a front runner until this week-end ...Debbie and Alexandra for sure though :tu:
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby Busybee » November 6th, 2017, 11:38 am

Whilst Aston is undoubtedly a good dancer, and I did think he would make the final, I don’t think he would have won.

Strictly winners are rarely established dancers, they are usually the journey contestant. However, I do think Debbie MaGee may prove my theory wrong.

I’d love her to win, her whole career she has been the sidekick. I’d love her to win something as the star, also for a mature lady she is awesome!

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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby suffolk » November 6th, 2017, 11:56 am

Busybee wrote:I’d love her to win, her whole career she has been the sidekick. I’d love her to win something as the star, also for a mature lady she is awesome!


It's so lovely watching her blossom ... she always seemed quite shy. I remember seeing her on that Canal holiday programme ... she came over as such a kind person with a real sense of fun, but lacking in confidence ... great to see her really enjoying herself and doing stuff 'for her'. :D
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby cooksalot » November 8th, 2017, 12:06 pm

suffolk wrote:
Busybee wrote:I’d love her to win, her whole career she has been the sidekick. I’d love her to win something as the star, also for a mature lady she is awesome!


I think Debbie is doing really well but I can’t help thinking it’s harsh for the others that a trained professional dancer is competing in the show.
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Re: Strictly, 2017

Postby suffolk » November 8th, 2017, 1:48 pm

Aston used dance in his act, so is limber and has rhythm and useful transferable skills. His Wiki entry describes him as a dancer and says " ...Aston Iain Merrygold (born 13 February 1988) is an English singer-songwriter, dancer and television personality.............In 2013, Merrygold became a judge on the British dance talent show Got to Dance.

Debbie did ballet ... very different from ballroom and latin, not just the steps are different but the way your position yourself and use your body is very different too ... she may have had a place at the Royal Ballet School, but so did a friend of my son's and he ended up being an electrician ... Debbie once toured with the Iranian National Ballet ... hardly the Bolshoi ;) and then did Summer Show end of the pier type stuff and toured with the likes of Chris de Burgh but that was at least 30 years ago. She may have run her own ballet school ... but so do many people ... the Miss Goddard who taught my daughter included, but you wouldn't say she was a potential Strictly competitor :shock: ;)

She's the right build, has kept herself incredibly fit and supple and works like a Trojan ... good for her. I've no gripes with her doing well.

Alexandra Burke has also had dance training, starting when she was very young and also has lots of transferable skills and is of course, considerably younger than Debbie, which is a huge advantage when suppleness, fitness and stamina are involved.

Wiki says " ...It was announced on 8 January 2016, Burke would be taking over the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier in an all new UK tour production of Sister Act The Musical. Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood...." :!:

I've a feeling the final will be between Alexandra and Debbie.

I don't think any of the competitors ever expect it to be a level playingfield ... there's always going to be some who have more relevant experience, natural ability or physical suitability than others ... that's the way life is and anyway, it's only a tv show :D

No one ever complains that people in quiz shows may have had a better education or a job that involves the accumulation of knowledge of one sort or another do they? ;)

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