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 yes pretty certain that Danny is going to be gone after everything that was in the Press. Sad because I really hope that he was a nice guy and that those things were not true.

 it's very difficult for me to watch Oti with anybody else after watching her with Danny haha but I don't think that grahme has been that easy to train just because of what he lacks in natural ability.

I actually don't mind Charles. I think the benefit that I have is that other than a few people on some shows that I watch, I really don't know who most of the contestants are so I don't have any preconceived notions about them from their backstories. I actually don't get the big love for Joe, he's just okay to me and There's Something About Stacey that I cannot connect to.  Honestly for me I don't really have a favorite this season.  I think Stacy will be in the finals and whoever else is with her is a toss-up.

I don't know if the music is given to them or if they choose it, but yes the music for the salsa was really weird. 

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So I am in the other side of the pond and oblivious (sometimes happily) about the shenanigans behind the scenes and on British press. Like I was reading there was controversy with the curly haired guy who apparently kissed his partner, I know he’s been voted off. I am curious as to what Danny said, a quick google search tells me treated Amy badly and she ran out of rehearsals. If he was a jerk to her, then good riddance, I suppose, but it’s always interesting to see what affects voting; if I hadn’t know about that I would have rooted for him to stay.

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6 minutes ago, A.Ham said:

So I am in the other side of the pond and oblivious (sometimes happily) about the shenanigans behind the scenes and on British press. Like I was reading there was controversy with the curly haired guy who apparently kissed his partner, I know he’s been voted off. I am curious as to what Danny said, a quick google search tells me treated Amy badly and she ran out of rehearsals. If he was a jerk to her, then good riddance, I suppose, but it’s always interesting to see what affects voting; if I hadn’t know about that I would have rooted for him to stay.

Supposedly, he was a dick not just to Amy, but to others in the cast and crew as well, and that disappoints me if it's true, because I like Danny and am impressed with his overall ability at his age (although I don't think the Samba was anywhere NEAR being his best dance). But yeah, I think that may have put the viewers off him (it definitely put James Jordan off him, as James admitted on Twitter yesterday), so he could well be out.

1 hour ago, catrice2 said:

Honestly for me I don't really have a favorite this season.  I think Stacy will be in the finals and whoever else is with her is a toss-up.. 

My money is on Stacey and Ashley for the finals, with Graeme or Joe as possible spoilers if either of them makes it past Blackpool.

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I think the truth is probably someone between the BBC version that Danny was a nightmare and the BBC version where it was a run of the mill spat. IMO, the push back would have been stronger if it was all made up. I feel bad for Amy because I’m sure she wanted to show what she can do as a pro, but exiting now is probably for the best.

Both Danny and Seann were at th bottom of the leaderboard when they were eliminated. It’s not like they were both doing spectacular dances while the public abandoned them. I have 0 sympathy for Seann. Not making out with your married dance partner on a public street on your girlfriend’s birthday doesn’t seem like too much to ask. Why would I want to root for that guy? 

I think if Joe improves a little, he could win it all. He comes in with a fan base and doesn’t have the ringer backlash. He’s going to need to do better than this week’s strange samba.

Shirley’s 8 for Faye’s jive seemed low. 

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I think the red tops were on a bit of a hysterical high from the whole Seann and Katya thing and made more of the Danny situation than it probably warranted. I can kind of understand why he doesn't want to rush back. The really interesting thing is waiting to see who the tabloids will pick on next. My money's on Ashley or Faye.

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Danny had a little back and forth with James Jordan on twitter. That's probably the perfect target for him. I'm sure James loved being relevant to Strictly again for 5 minutes. 

I enjoyed a lot of the dances. It was a fun night. The scoring was wacky. I wouldn't mind any of Kate, Lauren, or Graeme leaving. Stacey going wouldn't bother me at all, however I know better than to hope for Kevin to leave at this point. I wouldn't be surprised if Faye or Charles end up in the bottom 2 this week. The 10's make it look like they are safe, but the ties make it easier for them to end up in danger. Right now, I see Ashley or Joe winning it all.

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I think Kate, Lauren and Graeme are all at risk, with everyone else likely to be safe.  I thought Graeme's routine was charming, and Lauren wasn't bad so I suppose I hope Kate goes, insfar as I want anyone to.

Joe's hairstyle tonight made him look a lot older.

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I'm gutted that Graeme's out, even though I knew that realistically, he was a long shot to win, and I knew there was no way the judges would save him once I heard he was in the dance-off with Ashley (which appears to have been a huge shock to the viewers, or at least it was to James Jordan!).  I mean, to me, Graeme is what Strictly and DWTS both are (or ought to be) about, but I can also well imagine the viewer backlash if he had stayed over Ashley.  That is considered grounds for thermonuclear warfare over here when it happens on DWTS -- just look at the reaction when Bobby Bones won over the likes of Tinashe, Milo Manheim, and Juan Pablo DiPace.  So while I will miss Graeme, I really don't blame people for wanting Ashley to stay over him.  I'm just glad that he got to do something he clearly enjoyed doing for as long as he was able to do it, and I hope to see him again in perhaps a future Christmas special.

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10 hours ago, Occasional Hope said:

If not for the lindyhop I think Ashley would be at risk this week.

She is a fantastic dancer but even my mum has picked up on the professional background.

Ironically, I think the Lindyhop is what put her at risk. It made it look like Ashley was at the top of the pack, but it actually didn't change her place on the leader board (she was still third overall). Basically, it made it look like Ashley was safer than she was. This is exactly the time of the season when stronger dancers end up in the bottom 2. 

I'm a little surprise Lauren has avoided the bottom 2 all season long. I guess anyone who likes her and AJ knows they have to avoid the dance off to stay. I feel like Joe/Ashley/Faye/Stacey are headed to the finals. Maybe Lauren or Charles could play spoiler, but I don't see either of them winning. 

I did not like Joe's dance at all and the scoring didn't help matters. Please let this "couple's choice" thing be a one season experiment. I think we're done with it for the season anyway

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Yeah, I loathed Joe's dance - hated the choreography, and didn't think it was performed well either.

When it comes to the final it's all about the public vote, so anyone who makes it to the final can win.  I think Ashley doesn't have the fanbase to win, and Faye might also get a bit of backlash/lack of active support for dance training, putting Joe and Stacey as the realistic favourites to win.  But Lauren is obviously getting a lot of votes atm so I wouldn't rule her out even though she is perhaps the weakest dancer left.

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Joe’s salsa was the campest dance I think I’ve ever seen.  I’m not sure his fans will like it, and imo he could possibly be at risk this week.

 

Poor Ashley is definitely in the danger zone again, despite a lovely light quickstep.

 

I suspect Lauren will escape again.

 

I didn’t particularly like Faye’s dance but she’s the only person definitely safe.

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I loved the theme this week! The musicals lent themselves well to big, crowd pleasing dances. Faye and Gio's Sound of Music was my favorite, even with the Gwen Steani touches thrown in. 

The judge's comments for Stacey were so over the top it was funny. You would have thought Stacey wrote Les Mis based on those comments. The number was so typically Kevin.

Salsa did not suit Joe at all. I don't know why Craig thought he sold the number well, I found his face to lacking in expression. That was Lauren's best dance yet. I thought a bus was heading straight for Charles when I heard he had rumba, but the judges seemed to like it. I find him likable, but they let him off easy for standing around a lot. I thought Karen's hips didn't do the rumba justice either. I agreed with Shirley about Ashley not staying in position, although clearly she is the best dancer overall. Darcy telling Ashley her arm wasn't right, then giving a 10 was strange.

We'll see if Ashley really is unpopular this week. Anyone can end up in the b2 with the ties on the leader board, first place got 6 points but last place only got 3. This really will be about who the audience likes best. A Charles v. Ashley b2 would be my guess, but nothing will surprise me.

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19 minutes ago, Dots And Stripes said:

I loved the theme this week! The musicals lent themselves well to big, crowd pleasing dances. Faye and Gio's Sound of Music was my favorite, even with the Gwen Steani touches thrown in. 

The judge's comments for Stacey were so over the top it was funny. You would have thought Stacey wrote Les Mis based on those comments. The number was so typically Kevin.

Salsa did not suit Joe at all. I don't know why Craig thought he sold the number well, I found his face to lacking in expression. That was Lauren's best dance yet. I thought a bus was heading straight for Charles when I heard he had rumba, but the judges seemed to like it. I find him likable, but they let him off easy for standing around a lot. I thought Karen's hips didn't do the rumba justice either. I agreed with Shirley about Ashley not staying in position, although clearly she is the best dancer overall. Darcy telling Ashley her arm wasn't right, then giving a 10 was strange.

We'll see if Ashley really is unpopular this week. Anyone can end up in the b2 with the ties on the leader board, first place got 6 points but last place only got 3. This really will be about who the audience likes best. A Charles v. Ashley b2 would be my guess, but nothing will surprise me.

But there's no way Charles would survive the dance-off against Ashley.  That's why Graeme lost last week (not that I'm bitter about that or anything!).

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4 minutes ago, legaleagle53 said:

But there's no way Charles would survive the dance-off against Ashley.  That's why Graeme lost last week (not that I'm bitter about that or anything!).

Of course! If it's Charles vs. Ashley, Charles leaves unless Ashley completely bombs (and even then the judges might be torn). 

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the voting system on this show is much much better than the dancing with the stars voting system. it is much more fair and it makes the show much less of a popularity contest. this is something dancing with the stars should take up. it would make the show much better and the ratings higher. 

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18 hours ago, tedd said:

the voting system on this show is much much better than the dancing with the stars voting system. it is much more fair and it makes the show much less of a popularity contest. this is something dancing with the stars should take up. it would make the show much better and the ratings higher. 

It is just as much of a popularity contest, maybe even more so because the tie goes to the viewer votes. The voting system for Strictly has it's own flaws. A three person finale can lead to some odd results when you map everything out. 

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1 hour ago, Dots And Stripes said:

It is just as much of a popularity contest, maybe even more so because the tie goes to the viewer votes. The voting system for Strictly has it's own flaws. A three person finale can lead to some odd results when you map everything out. 

And the dance-off isn't to everyone's liking, either.  Some viewers think that it gives the judges too much power and enables them to thwart the clearly expressed will of the viewers by saving someone who might be technically better but whom the viewers don't like or emotionally connect with the way they do the technically worse dancer.  Viewers don't like having their majority vote blatantly overruled like that.

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I’m not sure my arithmetic is up to it, but with a tie at the top is there’s a chance Ashley and Faye could both be in the dance-off?  I hope not, because they are the best dancers.

Lauren is clearly the weakest left now, and ought to go this week, but has obviously been getting lots of votes so I wouldn’t bet against her making the final.

I enjoyed Joe’s dances This week.  Stacey is very good but I just don’t feel it.

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Two weeks ago, I thought Joe was the front runner. I figured he would be able to dance decent enough and that would combine with his popularity to give him the win. He's had two rough weeks that have made me rethink that. Could this finally be Kevin's year? Stacey seems fairly popular. I liked her Charleston much more than last week's VW where Kevin seemed to hide her. I still want Faye and Gio to win, although I wasn't as wowed by her AT as I was hoping to be.

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The result tonight looks like the dances tonight didn't matter. Kevin blew it with the showdance, but Stacey's popularity made that a non-issue. Gosh Kevin's ego is going to be unbearable. On the bright side, we can stop hearing about how Kevin has been robbed so many times. Can we get Gio a win next series, please?

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Well, Kevin finally got his trophy.  Stacey looked like she was forgotten at the end .

 

Ashley was great in the final, but clearly had no chance.  I was sorry though that there was no pure ballroom from her tonight.

Faye had my favourite show dance, but blew it for me with her last dance.  It also, although she did have ballroom in her show dance, show that these new categories effectively mean you can effectively get two show dances in the finale, which seems unfair.

I honestly expected Joe to win.  Although arguably the weakest in the final, he had the biggest journey, his showdance was a crowd pleaser and I adore his Charleston which is super fun, plus all his YouTube fans.

Kind of meh on Stacey tbh, although I liked her paso tonight. 

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1 minute ago, Occasional Hope said:

Faye had my favourite show dance, but blew it for me with her last dance.  It also, although she did have ballroom in her show dance, show that these new categories effectively mean you can effectively get two show dances in the finale, which seems unfair.

 

They all have the option to reuse their couple's choice dance, so I don't see it as unfair. Besides, the couples all get to play to their strengths with their choice in the last round. 

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Pretty happy with the results. I like Kevin but I fear he’s in a very vulnerable place. Wishing the best for him & that Stacey doesn’t do a “tell all “ about him as he seems to be in a very vulnerable place

Yeah ... what I said twice but meant once.

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On 1/5/2019 at 10:33 AM, Occasional Hope said:

Anyone watch the Christmas special?

I did.  I thought the dancing was good, and the winner most definitely earned it.  And yes, I found the routine by Anne and Anton stomach-churning!

And did anyone catch James Jordan on Dancing on Ice?  I can already hear the screams of "Ringer!" even though he insists that he's really rubbish on ice!

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