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Strictly Come Dancing (TV)

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  Strictly Come Dancing (TV) Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
4.00 /10
Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood
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Directed by: Nikki Parsons, Alex Rudzinski and others
Written by: Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood , Arlene Phillips, Alesha Dixon, Shirley Ballas, Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth, Claudia Winkleman , Zoe Ball and many dancers and “celebrities”

Released: 2004
Origin: UK
Length: 0

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The affection Strictly commands is often attributed to its relative kindliness. Fronted by 82-year-old Bruce Forsyth, peddling patter cheesier than a fondue, the show is capable of laughing at itself. Unlike its ratings rival The X Factor, it doesn’t resort to ritual humiliation. Even John Sergeant, variously described by the judges as “a ballroom prancer”, and “the dancing pig”, left the dance floor with good grace. The only time the halo slipped was last year, when executives replaced Arlene Philips, a veteran choreographer, with Alesha Dixon, a comely former winner, on the judging panel. Ballroom dancing may have a faintly stuffy image, bedecked with bouffant hairdos, bow ties and layers of rustling taffeta, but sex lies at its heart, and Strictly plays to it ruthlessly. The entertainment comes as much from the subliminal tension.
(William Langley, Daily Telegraph, 2010)
I fear for my beloved Strictly... It’s not just that Brucie has gone and been replaced with Tess Daly, a woman with the intellect of an ironing board and a charisma lobotomy... No, the real difference is that all the Strictly pre-show gossip has been about sex, sex, sex. First we have professional man-eater Kristina Rihanoff, who has proved herself incapable of keeping her hands out of the trousers of almost any man she tangoes with — and revels in the attention it has brought her. Joining her is Russian pro-dancer Gleb Savchenko, a part-time model who freely admits: ‘It could get sexual . . . it depends who I am partnered with and what kind of chemistry there is.’ Which must come as a bit of a shock to his wife of nine years, Elena... What has happened to Strictly’s timeless charm? And above all, how did our much-loved family show turn into Strictly Come Cheating — a contest to see who’ll break their marriage vows first?
(Amanda Platell, Daily Mail, 2015)

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