Tweet Hee Hee: Episode 6

Good morning everyone, and happy Monday! Time once again as always to start your new week with a laugh with Tweet Hee Hee, our weekly round up of all the funniest bits from social media this week just gone.

So buckle in and get your laughing gear ready for a brand new week…

A NEW REMAKE OF ‘MOMMIE DEAREST’ IS COMING TO CINEMAS…

The infamous ‘No wire hangers’ scene is to be replaced with a rant against the hipster of the fruit world: 

I HEAR YOU’RE IN GREEN DAY NOW, FATHER

Reports of the legendary US punksters Green Day starring in a new series of the hit Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted, set in Parochial House on Craggy Island, are unconfirmed – although the cover for their new greatest hits album is giving the game away a little: 

See what I mean? 

NEWS READERS OF THE 80S IN UNLIKELY GET-UPS, PART THE 586

Michael Beurk dressed as a parrot. Yes, you read that correctly. Michael Beurk dressed as a PARROT.

Or at least, that’s what you think it is: 

UNLIKELY LOOKALIKE OF THE WEEK

A wheelie bin resembling well…I’ll let Michael Moran do the Tweeting: 

HOLLY MAKES A WILLOUGH-BOOBY AGAIN

Now, Holly Willoughby and her erstwhile colleague Phillip Schofield often make a slip up and descend into fits of giggles on This Morning – and trying to introduce BBC Weather man Tomasz Schafernaker was one such instance: 

RADIO GA-GA

Our former #SongoftheWeek ‘Too Much to Ask‘ is still so good, even Niall Horan has to remind himself of who did it: 

POSE WITH ME TONIGHT

If you’re wondering how Olly Murs gets his best ‘intense pouts’ on for photoshoots, one look at this shot of him and his mum Vicky-Lynn may hold all the answers… 

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#StrictlyLiveBlogging Week 5: Fourth Live Show Results

Welcome back one and all to the second half of this weekend’s #StrictlyLiveBlogging! 24 hours have passed since the latest live Saturday night show of BBC One celebrity ballroom series Strictly Come Dancing and tonight, we’re about to find out who’s going to become the latest victim of the dreaded dance off in the results show.

We’ll have a warm up with a recap of all of last night’s action at 6:30pm, and a look back at some classic Strictly dances, before we go live with the results show on BBC One at 7:15pm. Make sure you swipe down or press F5 to refresh to get all the dance off news as it breaks – and don’t forget to leave your comments below or Tweet us with your thoughts using the hashtag #StrictlyLiveBlogging. Hope you enjoy it!

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6:30pm

Welcome one and all! So last night, all thirteen couples danced again in the fourth live show. After being awarded the first three 10s of the series, Alexandra and Gorka came top of the leaderboard for their Jive with a total of 39.

Just behind them on 35 points were Gemma and Aljaz with their well received Paso Doble, with Aston and Janette completing the top 3 with 32 for their quickstep. Down at the bottom end of the leaderboard, both Charlotte and Brendan and Simon and Karen both scored 19 a piece for their Jive and Samba respectively.

6:35pm

Tonight, as always, the two lowest scoring couples will dance again in the dance off – after which the judges will cast their vote that will decide who follows Chizzy and Pasha and the Reverend Richard and Dianne off the Strictly 2017 dancefloor.

The professional dancers will also open the show tonight with a dramatic, Paso Doble inspired ‘Dark Underworld’ themed routine. Plus jazz and blues legend Gregory Porter will perform a track from his new album live in the studio, with Pasha and Dianne performing a routine to it.

6:40pm

Going back to last night – it would appear both Alexandra and Gorka are still on a high from their Jive last night…

Anton’s also very proud of Ruth following her well received Tango…

And Aston had a little visit from another of his JLS bandmates…

6:50pm

25 minutes to go! Whilst we wait for the results show, let’s look back at week 4 dances from years past – starting with Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani’s dazzling waltz on series 9 in 2011:

6:55pm

20 minutes to go! Our next week 4 flashback is from exactly 10 years ago on series 5 in 2007, when Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler did their superb American smooth:

7:00pm

15 minutes to go! Our third and final flashback to Week 4 takes us back to last year’s series, to the dance that made this gentleman the one to beat – it can only be Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton with their Jive! *sings Runaway Baby with wild abandon*

7:05pm

10 minutes to go…!

7:10pm

5 minutes to go…!

7:15pm

It’s time…Shirley’s ready – are you? 

7:17pm

Interesting group number tonight – this almost should’ve been saved for Halloween week! Props to Aljaz, Giovanni and Kevin dancing barefoot, that must be a killer! Didn’t have Anton down as a bad king, mind…

7:21pm

Claudia said she hasn’t had that much fun in a dungeon since Blackpool! I’m inclined to agree with her!

7:27pm

Here comes the first lot of couples who are safely through to next week:

  • Susan and Kevin!
  • Jonnie and Oti!
  • Ruth and Anton!
  • Alexandra and Gorka!
  • Simon and Karen!

And the first couple in tonight’s dance off are…Davood and Nadiya! Quite surprised about that.

7:34pm

Time now for a live performance from Gregory Porter, singing his version of ‘Smile’ from his new album ‘Nat King Cole & Me’. Such a lovely voice he has! Loving Pasha and Dianne’s beautiful routine to this as well!

7:34pm

Yep, us too Claudia. We thought 10 second rule was to do with food! 

7:40pm

The next lot of couples through to next week are in:

  • Brian and Amy!
  • Debbie and Giovanni!
  • Aston and Janette!
  • Gemma and Aljaz!
  • Mollie and AJ!
  • Joe and Katya!

Which means Charlotte and Brendan are in the dance off. Not surprised with this!

7:50pm

It’s dance off time. Davood and Nadiya are up first to dance their Viennese waltz again. I think they’ve got the deal sealed here. It’s just as good as if not better than last night, the intensity and the technique is on point here!

7:52pm

And now dancing their Jive again it’s Charlotte and Brendan. It’s a bit better than last night in terms of her enjoyment of it but the footwork is still off with the flicks and kicks.

7:54pm

It’s now time for the judges to vote for who they’re saving…

  • Craig is saving Davood and Nadiya…
  • Darcey is also saving Davood and Nadiya…
  • Bruno is saving Davood and Nadiya too…

Which means Charlotte and Brendan are the third couple to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2017 – Shirley would have voted for Davood and Nadiya too.

7:57pm

So it’s bye bye to Charlotte and Brendan – and indeed another weekend of #StrictlyLiveBlogging. We’ll be back next Saturday with our warm up at 6pm and live blog at 6:35pm – and as always, in the meantime, keeeep live blogging!

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#StrictlyLiveBlogging Week 5: Fourth Live Show

Hello one, hello all! Saturday is upon us again, which for fans of BBC One celebrity ballroom contest Strictly Come Dancing, means it’s time once again for another installment of #StrictlyLiveBlogging.

We’ll be here as always tonight bringing you all the action from the dancefloor as it happens – as always we’ll have our warm up at 6pm, looking ahead to tonight’s dances, before we go live with the main BBC One show from 6:45pm.

Don’t forget to ensure you swipe down on your phone or tablet or press F5 to rehash on your laptop or PC to get all the updates live as they happen – and you can also leave your comments below or Tweet us using the hashtag #StrictlyLiveBlogging.

Here’s to another great night – and weekend – of dancing ahead!

Alex

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6:00pm

Fourth live show already! Where did that go? Last week of course, saw the return of Movie Week, as the 14 remaining couples took to the floor to perform dances inspired by some blockbusting greats.

Reverend Richard Coles and his partner, Dianne Buswell, however, sadly didn’t manage the impossible with their Flash Gordon inspired Paso Doble, and became the second couple to be eliminated after a dance off with Sunday Brunch co-host Simon Rimmer and his partner Karen Clifton, who did a quickstep inspired by Toy Story.

Thirteen couples now remain and will perform again tonight. Here’s the dances they’ll be dancing and which songs they’ll be dancing to courtesy of the BBC Strictly Twitter: 

And here are all the couples after finishing dress rehearsal today (or at least, nearly all of them. Look the other way, Gorka! Honestly): 

6:10pm

We have to tell you, before we go any further, about our slightly bizarre Strictly dream we had during the week readers. And the pressure we are now feeling from the newly evicted Revvo as a result…

6:25pm 

Crazy Strictly dreams aside…it looks like everyone is excited for another show tonight:

Warm up time @gorka_marquez

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In charge of the fringe @amz388 @sineadmckeefry @debbiedannell #orange @bbcstrictly on soon #roland

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6:30pm

15 minutes to go! It’s also a special show tonight because Grimsby’s finest and partner of comedian Susan Calman, Kevin Clifton celebrates his 35th birthday today! Happy birthday from us Kevin!

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6:35pm

10 minutes to go…

6:40pm

5 minutes to go…

6:45pm

Here we go! Time to dance…

6:47pm

Nice to see Anton and Brendan come out before the couples appear! Very fitting with Tess and Claudia…

6:50pm

Kicking things off tonight it’s Debbie and Giovanni – they’ve got a Cha Cha Cha this week, so how will they get on with their first Latin dance?

6:52pm

Nice package pun there! Great synchronicity from Debbie and Giovanni – and they’re dancing to one of my favourite songs ever by Cher! I’m starting to sway to them being in the final now.

Our score: 8. Sassy and super fun Cha Cha Cha from Debbie!

6:54pm

Shirley says that Debbie looks gorgeous and that she’s a lady when she dances but needs to get an earthy approach in with the Cha Cha Cha. Bruno says Debbie always delivers – her timing’s exact and efficient and that she’s dainty and clipped. Craig said it looked like a Barbie doll dancing and a bit stiff and straight, and to see a bit more cheek in this kind of dance. Darcey said her intent and focus is excellent and that her arm was overextended but that the dance showed her cheeky side.

6:57pm

Here comes Debbie and Giovanni’s scores:

Craig: 6

Darcey: 6

Shirley: 7

Bruno: 8

Total: 27

6:58pm

Loved those Cher style T&Cs! Brian and Amy are next tonight – they’ve got a Paso Doble this week. Will they be able to keep up the good will from last week’s American Smooth?

7:00pm

Hmmm. Whatever magic Brian had last week has rather worn off with this dance. The Paso’s meant to be quite a strong fiery dance and this is well…a bit camp. Quite wooden legwork as well again.

Our score: 5. And not in the good sense like last week guys!

7:03pm

Bruno said it was a ‘Punk-o Doble’ – Brian meets Johnny Rotten, and that he went for the shapes but they went to pieces! Craig said he was dancing by numbers and was very stompy but he tried to do the shaping and he was proud of him for that. Darcey said he beat out his flamenco heels at the beginning but saw the improvement this week. Shirley said he had nice Paso moves and a beautiful oval shape when he side stepped. Mixed bag overall!

7:06pm

Scores for Brian and Amy:

Craig: 4

Darcey: 6

Shirley: 6

Bruno: 5

Total: 21

7:07pm

Mollie and AJ are next tonight – her Saturdays bandmate and former Strictly 2014 classmate Frankie Bridge is in the audience cheering her on tonight – how will she get on with her Salsa?

7:09pm

Swit-swoo at you Mollie! Definitely working it and looking hot in the dress! Spicy and full of punch like a good Salsa should be – great choreography from AJ too!

Our score: 8. Marvellous Mollie can shake it like no other!

7:11pm

Craig said the footwork was sloppy and that their needed to be more hip rotation but that he loved the lifts. Darcey said Mollie was definitely saucy but there was balance issues. Shirley said it was challenging for Mollie but she was 100% in the commitment but to make sure she doesn’t do parallel feet for future Latin dances. Bruno loved the way she went for the dance and that the lifts bordered on Cirque du Soleil! 

7:14pm

Mollie and AJ’s scores are in:

Craig: 6

Darcey: 7

Shirley: 7

Bruno: 7

Total: 27

7:15pm

Coming up next tonight it’s Davood and Nadiya. After a mixed reaction to their Samba last week, they’re back in the ballroom with a Viennese Waltz…

7:17pm

Aaah. Plenty of romance and grace from Davood and Nadiya this week. His footwork is on point here too, as is his head positioning in this.

Our score: 7. If this doesn’t Craig’s pavelboards above 4 being used, I don’t know what will!

7:19pm

Darcey said the intensity and focus he had was unusual but that it was very nice and he now has control in his dancing. Shirley said he was pure sophistication this week and that he executed simple steps effortlessly and outstandingly. Bruno said there was a heatwave in Vienna(!) and that he was impressed by the romantic rapport Davood had with Nadiya. Craig said he was out of hold too long and that it was trying too hard to please the crowd too hard.

7:23pm

The scores for Davood and Nadiya are in:

Craig: 6

Darcey: 7

Shirley: 8

Bruno: 8

Total: 29

7:24pm

Charlotte and Brendan are next with a wedding inspired Jive. Will they make it all the way to the Chapel of Dance that is Strictly?

7:27pm

Good from Charlotte again. Only thing I’d say she needs to do is lift her feet for the Jive and also to let go a bit and enjoy it because all the criticism really seems to be getting to her!

Our score: 7. Fun but could be even funner yet!

7:29pm

Shirley said only a few mistakes and a big improvement. Bruno said she had a lot more fun with the dance this week and that she is going the right way making a lot of progress. Craig said it was a bit laboured but that he was surprised in a good way and liked a lot of it. Darcey said she had a lot more confidence this week in her eyes.

7:31pm

Charlotte and Brendan’s scores then:

Craig: 4

Darcey: 5

Shirley: 5

Bruno: 5

Total: 19

7:32pm

Joe and Katya are next tonight – they’ve got a Cha Cha Cha involving a door(?) – hopefully a door opening to even better things!

7:33pm

I think Joe is trying a bit too hard this week compared to last week. The feet and hips definitely need work for this dance. Not his best dance.

Our score: 5. A Cha Cha Cha that chuffed out of steam.

7:36pm

Bruno says it was frantic and that he needed to keep his legs together and that the speed let him down. Craig says he hadn’t quite mastered the action in the hip and leg department and that he looked like he’d got off a horse. Darcey says he didn’t do a bad job with such a challenging amount of content. Shirley says she loved the music choice but that Joe missed the mark on a lot of his technique.

7:38pm

Here come Joe and Katya’s scores:

Craig: 5

Darcey: 7

Shirley: 6

Bruno: 6

Total: 24

7:39pm

Time now for Ruth and Anton – they’ve got a Tango this week. Will her acting be more on point than with her Rumba last week?

7:41pm

Ooh. Liking the mask-ography this week! Definitely helping Ruth get more into character as a result. Nice traditional tango – OK, the head needs to be worked on a bit more but for me, her best dance yet!

Our score: 7. Ruth’s got her dancing mojo back!

7:43pm

Craig said that was a bit more like it! Darcey said Ruth’s determination was there and that her frame needs fixing but she loved her lower body work. Shirley said it was a 100% improvement and that she came back fighting. Bruno said she didn’t go wrong once and can’t believe it!

7:45pm

Ruth and Anton’s scores are in:

Craig: 6

Darcey: 6

Shirley: 6

Bruno: 6

Total: 24

7:47pm

Aston and Janette are next tonight – they’re back on the ballroom this week with a quickstep – will it step them back up to the top of the leaderboard again?

7:48pm

He makes it look easy doesn’t he? So much lightness and energy he’s bringing to this – and brilliant choreography from Janette again! Good music choice too.

Our score: 9. There’s no stopping Team MnM!

7:51pm

Darcey says it was crazily fast but that he was pigeon footed a bit in his lines. Shirley says she agreed with Darcey with the footwork and he was good with the frame. Bruno says the sky was the limit for them in terms of the sway and the interpretation of the song and very impressive. Craig said it lacked a bit of elegance but he loved the routine and that his energy and agility was outstanding!

7:53pm

Aston and Janette’s scores are in:

Craig: 7

Darcey: 8

Shirley: 8

Bruno: 9

Total: 32

7:55pm

Simon and Karen are next, hoping to avoid the dance off with a Copacabana inspired Samba…

7:57pm

Karen looks gorgeous! Like a bird of paradise! Such a shame that Simon is very stilted and wooden again with his legwork. If they are in the dance off again I wouldn’t be surprised.

Our score: 5. Copacabana? More like Bognor Regis. Sorry Simon!

7:59pm

Shirley said he made a few mistakes but that he also did a lot of Samba steps and it was a great try. Bruno said it was more Benidorm than Brazil but that he tried hard to put a lot of content in. Craig said he lost balance and that it was a mess which was a shame as he thought it started well. Darcey said it was a sweet party and not a cracker – a little disappointing.

8:01pm

Scores for Simon and Karen:

Craig: 4

Darcey: 5

Shirley: 5

Bruno: 5

Total: 19

8:02pm

Gemma and Aljaz are next up – how will they get on with their Paso Doble?

8:04pm

Wow. So much attention and detail from Gemma, the focus is nailed on here! Beautiful flamenco arms as well – and this dare I say is up there with Alexandra and Gorka’s a few weeks ago!

Our score: 9. Passionate and focussed Paso to beat from Gemma!

8:06pm

Bruno said she is becoming a polished gem week by week and that her technique gives him goosebumps! Craig said it needed to be more sharper and dynamic and take command of the space but that she took ownership when in hold. Darcey said it was a gorgeous performance but that she needs to work on pivoting her chin when creating the Paso mood. Shirley said it was powerful but sensual and said Gemma is here for the long run!

8:09pm

Here comes Gemma and Aljaz’s scores:

Craig: 8

Darcey: 9

Shirley: 9

Bruno: 9

Total: 35 – they’re top of the leaderboard!

8:10pm

Alexandra and Gorka are next tonight with a Tina Turner inspired jive. Will she be the diva of the dancefloor?

8:12pm

Not as many flicks and kicks as I would’ve liked in a jive, but Alexandra does capture the musicality and energy of the dance so well – and that counts for a lot for me!

Our score: 8. Plenty of energy from Alexandra and Gorka there – but personally I think needs a bit more attack!

8:14pm

Craig said it was incredible and she created a nuclear reaction. Darcey praised how she kept with Gorka and that it was absolutely stunning. Shirley said nevermind Proud Mary, she was Proud Shirley. Bruno said he worked with Tina Turner as a choreographer, and that Alexandra captured the quality of Tina’s performance and that she would have loved it! I sense 10s coming…

8:16pm

Alexandra and Gorka’s scores:

Craig: 9

Darcey: 10

Shirley: 10

Bruno: 10

Total: 39! First 10s of the series and top of the leaderboard!

8:18pm

Jonnie and Oti are next tonight with another character led dance – this time an American smooth set in an old school nightclub. Will he play the part this week?

8:20pm

Wow. Greatly executed lift there! Definitely an improvement from Jonnie here compared to last week – smooth, classy and definitely in character!

Our score: 8. Jonnie’s back and being good all over again!

8:22pm

Darcey said there was so much going right and that she enjoyed it from beginning to end but that he needs to work on his hold. Shirley said he had a good fleckle and nice turns and good footwork and that it was a definite improvement. Bruno said it worked well for him and his character and he made it work and musically he was correct. Craig said he stopped acting when he went into hold and to get some acting lessons as it will help and that he loved it.

8:25pm

The scores for Jonnie and Oti:

Craig: 7

Darcey: 8

Shirley: 8

Bruno: 8

Total: 31

8:27pm

Finishing up tonight, it’s Susan and Kevin with a Morecambe and Wise inspired quickstep. Will they bring the sunshine to the dancefloor? (So jealous they went on the Caledonian Sleeper BTW. Always wanted to do that!)

8:29pm

This quickstep totally plays to Susan’s strengths, it’s very light and joyful and makes you feel good watching it! Definitely her best dance yet I’d say!

Our score: 8. Bought me sunshine, love and much more besides!

8:30pm

Shirley said it was such a way to close the show – great music and so nostalgic! Bruno said she was like a box of delights and that she comes out every week with a surprise! Craig said she flew around the floor like a fiend and that it was her personal best. Darcey said it was bright and breezy and beautiful and that she wanted to hug her!

8:32pm

Here are Susan and Kevin’s scores:

Craig: 7

Darcey: 7

Shirley: 8

Bruno: 8

Total: 30

8:36pm

And that’s it – some really great dances again tonight! The vote’s now open and we’ve cast ours – what did you think?

Make sure you join us back here again tomorrow night at 6:30pm for our warm up and recap of tonight, and then at 7:15pm for our live blog of the results when we find out who’s following Chizzy and the Reverend into the dance off and off the Strictly dancefloor! See you all then!

#BlastfromthePast: Radio 1’s Official Chart (The Mark Goodier Years)

This week’s blogging DeLorean hop comes via the recent celebrations that it’s 50 years since the BBC Light Programme on the radio was split into two new stations: Radio 1, for a younger audience and Radio 2 for an older one.

As part of these celebrations, weekend before last saw the broadcast on digital radio and iPlayer of Radio 1 Vintage, three days of retrospective programming covering a wealth of highlights, including original breakfast DJ Tony Blackburn hosting a breakfast show with current Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw, and Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley reunited for a look back at their Evening Session show.

But of course, no retrospective lineup of Radio 1 would have been complete without a look back at probably it’s most widely recognised show: The Official Chart. Hosted by the show’s current host Greg James, he was joined by the show’s longest serving host of that slot by far – Mark Goodier. Having joined Radio 1 in 1987, on aggregate he spent about 10 years counting backwards from 40-1, but it was from 1995 onwards that he did it full time.

Mark’s reappearance also meant that it allowed for this bit of radio gold – both he and Greg counting down that week’s top 40 using the old jingle package from the 90s. And as Popjustice rightly pointed out on Twitter – he’s still got it, hasn’t he?

I said myself on Twitter that even listening to that familiar voice, that was such a huge part of my early pop music loving DNA and childhood Sunday afternoons, and hearing him say things like ‘Down 4 at number 9, CNCO and Little Mix with Reggaton Lento’ elicited some kind of Pavlovian/nostalgic desire to huddle round my radio as if I were 7 again. Because that’s how old I was when I started listening to the Official Chart. In fact, in the YouTube playlist I compiled for today’s blog, the rundown from the very first one I remember listening to is preserved here: 28th April 1996.

By this point, Mark had been doing it for a year, having taken over from Bruno Brookes. It was an interesting moment in time to start following the charts, even as a 7 year old. Take That had just split up, but the Spice Girls were still a few months away from launch, and the likes of Oasis, the Manic Street Preachers and the Bluetones were flying the Britpop flag high, whilst George Michael (then on his ‘Older’ era of his career) and Gina G’s Eurovision smash were top of the charts. Suddenly I was being exposed to this huge variety of music from all genres in a three hour timeslot, far beyond anything in my parents or sisters’ record collections.

It was to be another year – as already documented in this blog – before I became a singles buyer myself full time, and thus started contributing to the weekly singles countdown without even realising (yes, it did take me that long to work out that a visit to Woolworths did result in what happened on the chart that week). But by this point, Sunday afternoons from 4-7pm were entirely my own time, huddled round the nearest mini system I could find to ensure I was tuned in to find out who was number one – and who wasn’t.

Mark’s style of hosting was the one to beat – professional and consummate, a mix of excitement and avuncular, but never at the expense of the records. One of several features his hosting of the show bought in was the sourcing of chart stats from Alan Jones’ weekly commentary for industry bible Music Week.

This was particularly useful for historic chart moments like in March 2001, when Hear’Say, the (short lived) winners of the first ever series of Popstars, learned in a simulcast of the show with ITV that they had scored the fastest selling debut single ever with sales of over half a million copies of debut hit ‘Pure & Simple’ in its first week on sale alone.

If the opportunity was there, Mark would also talk to the act behind that week’s number one single on the phone before their record got played to the nation as the UK’s new chart topper – in my playlist above, there’s a particularly lovely instance of this with Melanie C, on discovering she’d hit number one as a solo artist for a second time with ‘I Turn to You’.

Mark was host at a time when single sales were at an all time high, with a regular turnover of number ones. In 2000, there was 43 to be exact, a record that still hasn’t been topped to this day. But as the 90s gave way to the 00s, new technologies were emerging that would change the way music would be consumed by the majority forever. Single sales and interest in the charts began to take a direct hit as a result.

You can even hear the mild fatigue in Mark’s voice in a clip I’ve included in my playlist from about September 2001, when he realises he’s having to introduce Bob the Builder as the nation’s favourite that week, saying that it had become a ‘news programme with music’. Something was going to have to give, clearly.

In previous years, he’d had his own weekend show, as well as hosting the Breakfast Show and the Evening Session at various points. By this time however, the Official Chart was the only show he was tied to. Mark’s final show came just as the Official Chart celebrated 50 years, on 17th November 2002.

I remember his last show fondly, and it felt like an end of an era for me at that time. My listening to Radio 1’s weekly rundown became less and less after that as the years wore on – only really bothering to tune in when an artist I liked or cared about was charting. Not to mention that the format of the show changed beyond all recognition of what I’d grown up with, as it became increasingly less and less about the chart and more about pumping it with irrelevant rubbish like celebrity gossip and DVD charts, and hosted by a succession of DJs for whom the chart was entirely an afterthought.

In fact, in the fifteen years since Mark left the show, Greg James is probably the one DJ who has been closest to his style of hosting it, even with the reduced timeslot on Friday afternoons from 4-6pm that the top 40 now occupies in the Radio 1 schedule. So it seems quite fitting then, that they hosted the Radio 1 Vintage show together. It was a bit like the passing of a baton to another in radio – and pop music – form.

Here’s then, to Mr Goodier. The fastest and most accurate host of a unique slot of music radio broadcasting.

The Official Chart ‘best of’ show with Greg James and Mark Goodier on Radio 1 Vintage is available to listen to again on BBC iPlayer Radio until 31st October.

What are your memories of this week’s #BlastfromthePast? Tweet me now @ThePensmith10 using the hashtag #BlastfromthePast and I may feature some of your Tweets in next week’s blog!


Why the BBC stopped getting primetime pop music shows right

Much of the music industry is a-buzz at the moment regarding the autumn TV schedules. The reason? BBC One is putting pop music back at the heart of Friday night telly for the first time in 12 years, with a new six part series, Sounds Like Friday Night.

Hosted by BBC Radio 1’s current Chart Show host Greg James, and Dotty from BBC 1Xtra, and produced by Fulwell73, the production company that James Corden partly owns and is thus behind the incredible success of The Late Late Show in America, the press release for the series promises live studio performances and interviews, and a different guest hosting each week.

All sounding good, until you read further. There’s talks of ‘sketches’ with the stars. There’s promises of ‘keeping in touch with music fans across social media streams’. And then suddenly any hope I have towards this project is rapidly diminishing, and the first episode doesn’t air for another two weeks yet. I shall elucidate henceforth.
Now of course, the BBC’s ability to drop a ratings clanger in a hype of pre-publicity without any semblance of reality of how it’s more likely to actually succeed or fail with viewers is well documented – Eldorado, anyone? – but there’s something about this that feels curiously like history repeating, and for that, one has to cast their minds back to the early 00s.

Top of the Pops, the Beeb’s longest running flagship chart music programme was, at the start of the millennium, ‘still number one’ as per the tagline delivered by Jayne Middlemiss / Jamie Theakston / Zoë Ball / whoever else happened to be available to host it that week. But with the rise of CD:UK, ITV’s Saturday morning pop show hosted by Ant and Dec with Cat Deeley, and then Channel 4’s brilliant Popworld with the deliciously witty golden odd couple of Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver arriving on the scene to better ratings and rave reviews, TOTP‘s ratings and kudos went into freefall somewhat.

What also came was a series of harried and excitement free rehashes of the format, culminating in the one that stone cold killed off a once great show. The final mutation of TOTP was helmed by former Broom Cupboard reprobate Andi Peters. A legend of kids TV, who’d masterminded Channel 4’s phenomenally successful teen strand T4 on Sunday mornings, which helped launch the careers of Dermot O’Leary, Nick Grimshaw and Jameela Jamil to name a few, he seemed like the man for the job, and the one that would get Top of the Pops out of the ratings dumper it had slid into.

The man he chose to front his relaunch was MTV VJ Tim Kash, who proclaimed upon being signed up for the job of having an encyclopedic knowledge and love of 50 Cent (then one of Radio 1’s artists du jour) and a hatred of Gareth Gates. OK, Gareth wasn’t the greatest pop star of that time, but he certainly wasn’t the very worst. A quick scan of the press release for the then All New Top of the Pops from November 2003, with promises of new, exciting content and features, reveals some worrying parallels with it’s now 2017 equivalent in Sounds Like Friday Night. And a view of the one video on YouTube that exists of the relaunched TOTP from that fateful Friday evening in November 2003 confirms why viewers hit their ‘off’ buttons in droves before it was finally pulled from the schedules for good in July 2006.

There are music writers and lovers from that time who wrote about this sorry state of affairs far better than I ever could, notably, William B Swygart of the renowned 00s music blog Stylus Magazine (his review of the show thankfully preserved by the Wayback Machine). He particularly hits the nail on the head here with what has been the BBC’s approach to pop music full stop since the early 00s:

‘…[it’s an] utterly hollow construction, clearly designed by people who believe that ‘pop’ is cheap crap to be foisted upon the young people and is only of any use for selling stuff. Hence the repeated cries of ‘live’, the attempt to imply that because they are singing live that means they are somehow ‘proper music’…

…Perhaps this shouldn’t be so annoying. After all, as Popjustice.com points out, CD:UK is better than this, and we can just watch that instead. But I can’t help but be angry. The previous incarnation of Top Of The Pops was crap, and this should have been a golden opportunity to rectify matters, to try and introduce new ideas. Instead we have a facsimile of other people’s ideas, thrown together with a few glace cherries on top in the hope that ratings are boosted by virtue of it being in a superior timeslot to the programme it’s ripping off. It failed to bring across CD:UK’s most important idea, though – the idea that pop matters.

This idea of pop being ‘cheap crap’ didn’t end at the Beeb’s televisual output, mind. It also extended to the corners of the Radio 1 schedules that tied in neatly with TOTP, namely the Official Chart Show, which, still in its Sunday afternoon 4-7pm slot, had struggled greatly to retain listeners or interest at a time when its longest running and best host Mark Goodier had vacated the show (more on whom later this week, readers) and when single sales in the pre-download/streaming age had hit the skids. Their answer? A series of bumbling or ill suited replacements came and went in Mark’s place, fronting versions of the weekly top 40 singles rundown that again, focussed on ‘content’ and mind numbing features like ‘celebrity gossip’ and ‘DVD charts’ and made a point of laughing at or talking all over the top of new entries or records that weren’t on the Radio 1 playlist and were thus ‘not cool’. JK and Joel, I am looking at you.

Everything about Sounds Like Friday Night already has parallels with fourteen years ago for all the wrong reasons. The focus on ‘exciting features and content’. The unswerving reliance on social media and the commodification of viewers or listeners. The sure-to-be blatant copying of already good TV shows that are just as easily obtainable on YouTube – the Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late Late Show for one – and the idea that pop will start and end with lowest common denominator, Radio 1 playlist only approved artists. Jason Derulo and Liam Payne are the first guests on the first two shows, for crying out loud.

The ratings that the annual Christmas Day edition of TOTP still gets year in year out since it was axed as a full time weekly show – and even the BBC Four reruns of the show on Thursday evenings – proves that there’s life and interest out there for a straight ahead pop music show that just focusses on performances and pop music, plain and simple, which is what the show was really good at. Trying to make a show of the same calibre look exciting with a load of unnecessary bells and whistles isn’t helping anybody’s case, quite frankly. And when this gets beaten in the ratings, as it is likely to in it’s 7:30pm slot against Coronation Street on the other side in two weeks’ time, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

World Cup of Boybands

So. You may remember last week I launched a World Cup of Girl Groups – which the Spice Girls comprehensively won after over a thousand votes were cast – in honour of Richard Osman’s brilliant new book The World Cup of Everything.

Such was the success of this, that we felt it only fair the boybands got in on the act too – and last night, we launched the World Cup of Boybands. Much like last week, this process of elimination contest will decipher once and for all, via Twitter votes, who the greatest all male five or four piece to walk the earth ever is.

The rounds work much the same as last week – here’s a reminder in case you missed it:

  • First Round – Five groups of four. Highest two from each of these goes through to second round.
  • Second Round – Five groups of two. Highest one from each of these goes through to the quarter final.
  • Quarter Final – One group of three and one group of two. Highest two from the first group and highest one from the second group goes through to semi final.
  • Semi Final – One group of three. Highest two from this goes through to the final.
  • Final – The highest voted boyband is the winner.

Voting for the first round is now open until 5:20pm today. The groups for the first round and the links to vote are below. Have fun and happy voting!

GROUP A

  • East 17
  • Westlife
  • The Wanted
  • Hanson

GROUP B

  • One Direction
  • Busted
  • Jackson 5
  • Backstreet Boys

GROUP C

  • Take That
  • McFly
  • Boyzone
  • Another Level

GROUP D

  • JLS
  • Five
  • New Kids on the Block
  • 911

GROUP E

  • Blue
  • *NSYNC
  • A1
  • Bros

Tweet Hee Hee: Episode 5 (Olaf Falafel Special)

Happy new week everyone! Time as always to start your Monday with a smile with Tweet Hee Hee, our weekly round up of some of the funniest bits from social media – and it’s another special edition this week.

A regular (OK semi regular) feature with his Tweets on Tweet Hee Hee since we launched it a month ago, comedian and writer Olaf Falafel is one of our new favourite funny people we’ve started following on Twits of late – his humour is a witty mix of the surreal and the observant. 

Having just completed an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival in August, Sweden’s eighth funniest comedian (his words, not ours) has also had his first picture book for kids, Old MacDonald Heard a Parp, published, with a festive sequel Father Christmas Heard a Parp due for publication soon.

So let’s get your Monday started with a laugh from some of Olaf’s funniest Tweets to date…

PACKING PANPIPES

I’m so doing this the next time I get the cardboard innards of wrapping paper…

HERB BASED PUNS

Obviously someone has too much thyme on their hands…

COMEDY NAMES ON FACEBOOK

This is up there with the DJ Luck/Trudy Knight meme of 2015…

WELL THIS CAR IS AUTOMATIC…

Greased lightning, go greased lightning etc…

NESSUN HRRRRNNNNKKKMA

Because why should Lesley Garrett et al get all the redub fun? 

MICHAEL STIPE: GREAT ROCKSTAR, TERRIBLE AT HIDE & SEEK

One could say he’s losing his round-again… *scrapes barrel of comedy dry*

BLONDES? NAH MATE, BEARDS HAVE MORE FUN…

And wouldn’t you?

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WITH THE PRESIDENT

I literally cannot unsee this.

#StrictlyLiveBlogging Week 4: Movie Week Results

Welcome back to our second installment for this weekend’s #StrictlyLiveBlogging – coming to you on this, Movie Week of the hit BBC celebrity dance show Strictly Come Dancing. Tonight we’ll be here live blogging once again, as the results of the second public vote come in, and we find out which couple won’t be returning for a sequel next week in the second dance off of the series.

We’ve got our warm-up starting at 6:30pm with our look back at last night’s dances, and a look ahead to tonight’s show, before we go live at 7:15pm with the results show on BBC One, breaking all the dance off news as it happens.

Don’t forget as always to swipe down on your phone or tablet or press F5 on your laptop or PC to refresh to ensure you’re getting all the updates, and you can also leave your comments below or by Tweeting us with the hashtag #StrictlyLiveBlogging.

6:30pm

Welcome to tonight’s live blog! Let’s firstly take a recap of last night’s action…

Last night was an annual tradition in the Strictly calendar, as all fourteen couples performed dances inspired by popular films as part of Movie Week. And it was good news for Aston and Janette, as they came top of the leaderboard for the second time in this year’s series so far with their Trolls inspired Cha Cha Cha to Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’, scoring a total of 35 points.

Alexandra and Gorka finished second on the leaderboard with a total of 33 for their American smooth inspired by My Fair Lady, whilst Joe and Katya also impressed with 32 for their Viennese waltz from Dr Zhivago. However, The Reverend Richard and Dianne had a tough night of it, finishing at the bottom of the leaderboard for a second week, only scoring 14 for their Flash Gordon take on a Paso Doble. 

Also down at the bottom end of the leaderboard were Ruth and Anton with their James Bond take on a Rumba, and following Brendan’s heated row with head judge Shirley that sent social media into a frenzy, he and Charlotte Hawkins came away with 17 for their Top Gun style Tango, failing to draw much better positive comment after last week’s Cha Cha Cha slip up.

6:45pm

Tonight, the two lowest scoring couples following the public vote will dance again in the dance off, before the vote is cast by the judges to send the second couple of the series home. 

Also on tonight’s show, there’s a Disney themed opening group dance from the professional dancers, and actress and singer Sheridan Smith will perform a track from her self titled debut album live in the studio:

6:50pm

25 minutes to go! Before tonight’s results, let’s take a look at how the great and good on social media reacted to last night’s dances…

Bestselling author and self confessed Strictly superfan Marian Keyes has had the repeat button on Aston and Janette’s Cha Cha Cha…

…and she also made a startling observation on Simon Rimmer’s Buzz Lightyear get-up from his quickstep last night:

6:55pm

JK Rowling also voiced her dissatisfaction at the undermarking of Jonnie and Oti’s Paso Doble…

Whilst Eamonn Holmes rallied the troops to ensure his wife Ruth (and Anton) got through another week of the public vote:

And birthday girl and last week’s dance off casualty Chizzy Akudolu (happy birthday if you’re reading this Chizzy) felt the love and happy returns from her fellow class of 2017:

7:00pm

15 minutes to go!

7:05pm

Who do we think’s going home then? I have a sneaking suspicion Charlotte might be in trouble after the standoff between Brendan and Shirley last night…possibly The Reverend and Dianne too. We’ll find out very soon!

7:10pm

5 minutes to go…

7:15pm

Here we go people…

7:17pm

Wow…loving the combination of the professionals dancing with the actual animations from Aladdin, The Lion King and Frozen!

7:19pm

Karen is an absolutely beautiful Ariel! Loving the dance to ‘Be our Guest’ as well!

7:24pm

We did love Brian and Amy’s reaction to their 5 from Craig!

7:26pm

Here we go with the first lot of couples who are through to next weekend’s show:

  • Gemma and Aljaz!
  • Alexandra and Gorka!
  • Charlotte and Brendan!
  • Brian and Amy!
  • Joe and Katya!
  • Aston and Janette!

And the first couple in the dance off are…

…Simon and Karen!

Bit shocked to see him here if I’m honest!

7:32pm

Time now for a performance by Sheridan Smith, performing her cover of ‘My Man’ from her self titled debut album, out next month. Giving us all the Elaine Paige teas in the process! Nice professional dance from Chloe and Giovanni accompanying it too!

7:41pm

The next six couples safely through to next weekend are in:

  • Mollie and AJ!
  • Jonnie and Oti!
  • Debbie and Giovanni!
  • Davood and Nadiya!
  • Ruth and Anton!
  • Susan and Kevin!

Which means Reverend Richard and Dianne are joining Simon and Karen in tonight’s dance off! Gonna be a tough one tonight as we love both these two!

7:48pm

Here we go with the second dance off…Simon and Karen are going first again with their Toy Story inspired quickstep.

7:49pm

Oh dear. Simon’s letting the side down again with his footwork. Maybe it’s because he knows he’s in this position? Either way it’s not having the same impact as last night for me.

7:51pm

The Reverend Richard and Dianne are next again with their Paso from Flash Gordon. Definitely a lot more conviction if not just as much with the framing than last night. He’s kept his hands together as well like the judges said!

7:53pm

It’s now time for the judges to vote again…here goes…

Craig has voted Simon and Karen…

Darcey has voted Simon and Karen…

Bruno has also voted Simon and Karen…

…which means The Reverend Richard and Karen are the second couple to be voted off this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. It’s bye bye to the Beauty and the Priest!

7:56pm

That’s it for this weekend of #StrictlyLiveBlogging. Thanks as always for reading along and hope you enjoyed it. We’ll see you back here next Saturday and Sunday for our next edition…in the mean time…keeeep blogging!

Alex

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#StrictlyLiveBlogging Week 4: Movie Week

Get your popcorn ready, because here comes Strictly Live Blogging for another weekend! And not just any regular live blog this week, ah-no-no-no. Tonight and tomorrow, we are bringing you all the action from MOVIE WEEK of the BBC’s hit dance show Strictly Come Dancing.

We’ll be bringing you all the action and letting you know our thoughts on the Academy award winning performances – and the occasional box office flop for good measure. We’ll get going as always with a Warm-Up – or “Coming Soon to a Blog Near You” as we’re calling it for this week – at 6pm, then we go live at 6:35pm with the live show on BBC One.

Don’t forget as always to leave your comments below or Tweet us with the hashtag #StrictlyLiveBlogging at any time tonight, and to hold and swipe down on your phone or tablet or press F5 on your laptop or PC to ensure you’re getting all the action as it happens.

Hope you enjoy tonight’s feature ladies and gentlemen!

Alex

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6:00pm

Welcome one and all to our preview before tonight’s main Movie Week feature! Let’s firstly have a quick recap of what happened last week…

All fifteen celebrities and their professional partners danced again – and in another storming weekend of dancing, radio host and magician’s assistant Debbie McGee and her partner Giovanni Pernice came top of the leaderboard following their Viennese waltz.

But last weekend was also the first public vote, and Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu and her partner Pasha Kovalev became the first dance off casualties this series. Now fourteen couples remain, and they’re getting their glitz on for a series of dances inspired by the movies, including the first sambas and rumbas of the series. 

Here’s a rundown of tonight’s dances from the BBC Strictly Twitter and what they’ll be dancing to:

And here’s everyone after completing dress rehearsals today:

6:05pm

Everyone’s getting quite excited. Tess in particular seems to be quite excited about Susan Calman being Wonder Woman:

Mollie however, seems to be taking the concept of Movie Week quite literally:

6:10pm

Elsewhere, over on the Instagram stories for BBC Strictly, Aston, Brian and Joe amongst others have been getting their DubSmash on and into the Movie Week spirit with some classic lines: 

And Simon is getting into character for his Toy Story inspired quickstep: 

6:15pm

20 minutes till our main feature starts! Whilst we wait, let’s flash back to Movie Weeks in years gone by…starting with Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton’s American smooth from Singin’ in the Rain… 

6:20pm

Who could forget Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani’s Pulp Fiction inspired jive? 

6:25pm

10 minutes till our main feature starts! Get the popcorn and drinks in now!

6:35pm

And now, ladies and gentleman, our main feature…MOVIE WEEK!

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6:38pm

Loving this opening number! Very Gene Kelly-esque! The Reverend rocking the piano at the start there too!

6:40pm

Tess and Claudia looking blockbusting as always! Bruno and Craig looking dapper in their white tuxes also!

6:43pm

Dancing first tonight it’s Simon and Karen with their Toy Story inspired quickstep!

6:45pm

We are loving Simon and Karen’s Buzz Lightyear and Jessie costumes! Much better dance from him this week – light and joyous like a slinky spring!

Our score: 7. Simon’s best dance to date!

6:48pm

Shirley said what a way to start a show and that he has one of the best frames in the competition! Bruno said he was reaching for the stars but ran out of rocket fuel and that it was wobbly. Craig thought his frame was loose and it was lumpy with a lack of swing. Darcey said he was the rocket that started the show but that he has a weird habit of kicking his heels up and that he’s trying too hard. Quite divisive all round!

6:51pm

Here comes Simon and Karen’s scores:

Craig: 3

Darcey: 5

Shirley: 6

Bruno: 5

Total: 19

6:52pm

A Jaws inspired terms and conditions! Just when you thought it was safe to vote again…

Ruth and Anton are next with a James Bond inspired first rumba of the series – will it be a performance for our eyes only?

6:54pm

Surprisingly elegant and precise rumba from Ruth here! Looking like a great lost Bond girl from the 70s that never was.

Our score: 6. The name’s Ruth. Rumba Ruth!

6:56pm

Bruno said Ruth pushed the concept of cool to a new level but needs to work on her hips. Craig also said it lacked hip action and that the acting wasn’t as good as it could have been. Darcey said Ruth’s look was to die for but that she has balance and transition issues. Shirley said she needs to focus on the rumba walks and beats but that it was a good try from Ruth.

7:00pm

Ruth and Anton’s scores are in:

Craig: 3

Darcey: 5

Shirley: 3

Bruno: 4

Total: 15

7:01pm

Mollie and AJ are next up with their American smooth from The Sound of Music. Hopefully this’ll be one of our favourite things…

7:03pm

Mollie’s channelling all the Julie Andrews as Maria vibes right now! So graceful and elegant but with a touch of loveliness!

Our score: 8. The hills are alive with the dance of greatness!

7:05pm

Craig loved the lifts this week but said the landing from them needed to be a bit smoother but that the routine was fantastic. Darcey praised the sustaining of her control of the lifts and that she has so much potential. Shirley said Mollie made her night and it was just lovely. Bruno said it was uplifting and fresh as crisp mountain air and that their chemistry is getting better each week!

7:07pm

Mollie and AJ’s scores are in:

Craig: 7

Darcey: 7

Shirley: 8

Bruno: 8

Total: 30. Their highest score to date!

7:08pm

It’s Reverend Richard time! He and Dianne are dancing a Flash Gordon inspired Paso Doble. Will it be the dance of the impossible?

7:10pm

Wow. The Reverend’s certainly the Paso arms and face down! The footwork is letting him down a little bit but his musicality and feel for the music is serving him well again!

Our score: 6. An action packed Flash of a Paso Doble and his best dance yet!

7:12pm

Darcey said it was strangely powerful and that his conviction was extraordinary! Shirley said his commitment can’t be faulted but that she wasn’t sure if he was knitting with his flamenco arms. Bruno said it was out of this world and a Paso Doble in alien form! Craig said he was stamping around like a 3 year old and that his hand shaping was peculiar.

7:15pm

The Flash Reverend and Dianne’s scores:

Craig: 2

Darcey: 4

Shirley: 4

Bruno: 4

Total: 14

7:16pm

Current leaderboard queen Debbie and Giovanni are next with their quickstep to ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’ from Shall We Dance…let’s hope there’s no need to!

7:19pm

I think it’s safe to say Debbie is fast turning into a contender based on this dance! Has proper Fred and Ginger pizzazz to it!

Our score: 8. To-may-toes, to-mah-toes, whatever way you look at it: brilliant!

7:21pm

Shirley said she had nice scatter chasses, and that she needs to imagine she’s a beautiful swan. Bruno said he loved the classic Hollywood style and that Debbie got it spot on! Craig said she broke a ten second rule out of hold and that he has to mark her down. Darcey said the quality of her moves are effortless.

7:23pm

The judges have their scores for Debbie and Giovanni:

Craig: 6

Darcey: 8

Shirley: 7

Bruno: 8

Total: 29

7:24pm

Time now for Brian and Amy. They’re hoping to avoid the dance off again with an American smooth inspired by The Wizard of Oz

7:27pm

Loving Amy’s red shoes! A surprise improvement from Brian this week. He definitely suits this dance the most compared to previous weeks. A good scarecrow too!

Our score: 6. He’ll be following the Yellow Brick Road to a much higher score!

7:29pm

Bruno said if they cast for the scarecrow, Brian would get the part, but that he has to be more expressive in his body. Craig said he wanted to see more ballroom and drive in his heel leads but it’s an improvement from last week. Darcey said his musicality and timing was good but to challenge himself with lifts. Shirley said his character and musicality was good and that he came back strong from the dance off.

7:31pm

Brian and Amy’s scores are in:

Craig: 5

Darcey: 5

Shirley: 6

Bruno: 6

Total: 22

7:32pm

Gemma and Aljaz are taking us to another Disney classic with a Charleston from The Jungle Book – will we wanna be like them after this dance…?

7:34pm

Aljaz looks more koala bear than Baloo the bear! This really suits Gemma and Aljaz, it’s fun and energetic, lots of good Charleston content!

Our score: 7. Gave us the bear necessities and more!

7:36pm

Craig said it lacked a basic Charleston swivel but that overall it was brilliant. Darcey said her frame and timing of the lifts was perfect. Shirley said congratulations on an amazing and entertaining routine and she was surprised by the energy. Bruno said he wants to take them home and that they were adorable and that it had jazz elements in it.

7:39pm

Here come Gemma and Aljaz’s scores:

Craig: 7

Darcey: 8

Shirley: 8

Bruno: 8

Total: 31

7:41pm

Seven more dances left to come. Also hoping to make a strong comeback with a Top Gun inspired tango it’s Charlotte and Brendan…

7:43pm

Now this is more like it from Charlotte. She’s got the attack and energy of the tango down perfectly. She looks amazing too!

Our score: 7. Charlotte’s not in danger of entering the danger zone. She’s got her mojo back!

7:45pm

Darcey said there was a clear difference in improvement this week but that her transitions need to be clear. Shirley said it was a little bit better than last week but that she needed to lose the rise and fall – although Brendan is begging to differ that there was any. Bruno said there were still too many mistakes. Craig said Charlotte did amazingly well but needs to work on her hold.

7:47pm

Charlotte and Brendan’s scores are in:

Craig: 4

Darcey: 5

Shirley: 4

Bruno: 4

Total: 17

7:49pm

Jonnie and Oti are up next with an Indiana Jones flavoured Paso Doble…will they be raiders of the lost ballroom?

7:51pm

Wow. A lot of attack and conviction but almost I hate to say this at the expense of the footwork. Good Paso arms though which make up for that.

Our score: 7. Not his best dance but enough to break even at the box office!

7:53pm

Shirley was impressed and praised Oti’s choreography but suggested for Jonnie to work on his hip line. Bruno said Indiana Jonnie could take him anywhere! Craig said it was a bit square and that it lacked body shaping but a brilliant job. Darcey said his full routine had amazing concentration.

7:55pm

The judges have their scores for Jonnie and Oti:

Craig: 6

Darcey: 6

Shirley: 7

Bruno: 7

Total: 26

7:57pm

Now this we’re looking forward to…Susan and Kevin are next with the first Samba of the series…dancing for her rights in her Wonder Woman satin tights!

7:59pm

WONDER WOMAAAANNN! Such fun and energy from Susan here! A true leading lady with plenty of entertainment!

Our score: 7. A performance worthy of Lynda Carter in 1977!

8:01pm

Bruno said he was spinning and that she was in charge throughout! Craig’s laughing (!) and said that it was a lot of fun but that it missed a bit of bounce required. Darcey said she had to straighten her back leg but she gave 100% performance. Shirley said she covered four timings out of nine in her Samba and that it had great commitment!

8:03pm

Susan and Kevin’s scores are in:

Craig: 4

Darcey: 5

Shirley: 5

Bruno: 6

Total: 20

8:05pm

Joe and Katya are next with a Dr Zhivago inspired Viennese waltz…will it be what the doctor ordered?

8:07pm

Beautiful like a falling snowflake in Russian winter! This dance is playing to Joe’s strengths as he is very light on his feet which always helps in a dance like this!

Our score: 7. Joe and Katya beautifully captured the romance and grace of this dance.

8:08pm

Craig said it got the thumbs up from him! Darcey praised how traditional it was! Shirley also praised it and that the tempo was well executed. Bruno said it was close to the book as possible with plenty of storytelling!

8:10pm

Here comes Joe and Katya’s scores:

Craig: 8

Darcey: 8

Shirley: 8

Bruno: 8

Total: 32

8:11pm

Aston and Janette are next with their Trolls inspired Cha Cha Cha. Will they be able to not stop the feeling of good will from the judges?

8:13pm

Brilliant almost comedic dance from Aston and Janette! Really suits their personalities and they really got into the character from the film too!

Our score: 9. I’ve got this feeling in my body that they’re set for greatness again!

8:15pm

Darcey said they’re made for each other and that she didn’t want the dance to stop. Shirley praised the improvement on his sickled feet and she praised Janette’s good mix of dance and content. Bruno said they were deliciously cartoonish and it was like watching HD 3D – pin sharp and clear. Craig said he was very good, daah-ling!

8:17pm

Aston and Janette’s scores are in:

Craig: 8

Darcey: 9

Shirley: 9

Bruno: 9

Total: 35 – and they are top of the leaderboard!

8:18pm 

Alexandra and Gorka are next to dance. Will they have a ‘love-rley’ American smooth from My Fair Lady?

8:22pm

American smooth? East End delight from Alexandra I say. She’s got the theatricality of this dance down but her arm work isn’t quite there for me on this. Eliza Doolittle in both dance and character in that respect!

Our score: 7. Graceful but with some charming edges around the moves!

8:24pm

Shirley said she needs to concentrate on the details between regular foxtrot and American smooth moves. Bruno said she was flawless as a performer. Craig said her free arm needed a lot of work and the intention of it but said her hold work was gorgeous. Darcey said she understood the musicality week after week and really loves her, calling her one to watch!

8:25pm

Alexandra and Gorka’s scores are in:

Craig: 8

Darcey: 8

Shirley: 8

Bruno: 9

Total: 33

8:26pm

Closing the show tonight with a case of Saturday Night Fever for their Samba, it’s Davood and Nadiya…

8:29pm

Davood is king of the discotheque! Plenty of hip action and Latin feel to balance it out as well.

Our score: 8. He and Nadiya will be stayin’ alive in the competition for some time yet!

8:30pm

Bruno said Davood was a beast of fun with what looked like a ferret in his pants! Craig said his hip wiggles and gyrations were crowd pleasers but not necessarily Samba moves. Darcey said he doesn’t hold back but has to contain his enthusiasm a little. Shirley said he was much better than last week but he has to work on his posture.

8:32pm

Here are Davood and Nadiya’s scores:

Craig: 4

Darcey: 7

Shirley: 7

Bruno: 7

Total: 25

8:35pm

Well that’s all folks, as they say in Looney Tunes! A blockbuster of a show for Movie Week with plenty of award winners for us! We’ve voted for our favourites but have you?

We’ll see you here again tomorrow evening at 6:30pm for the warm up and then we go live again with the results show as another couple prepare to get sent to the director’s cutting room floor in the dance off. See you all then!

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#SongoftheWeek: Marvin Humes and A-Minor – ‘Girls on the Floor’

  • ARTIST: Marvin Humes and A-Minor
  • SONG: Girls on the Floor

SO ALEX, WHY IS THIS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK?

So whilst Aston Merrygold storms the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom, JB Gill tends to another turkey flock/films for his CBeebies farming show Down on the Farm and Oritsé Williams beavers away on new material, where art thou Marvin Humes? Well, aside from DJing in Ibiza, and hosting the Big Top 40 every Sunday for the Global Radio network, he’s releasing a new single, that’s what.

Following a string of top 20 hits a couple of years back with his dance collective LuvBug, the boybander turned DJ, producer and TV host – hell he’ll probably add fire eater to that list by the time this blog is published – is back with another barnstorming floorfiller, aptly titled “Girls on the Floor”.

Taking it’s cue from some of the greatest dance anthems ever – more specifically, we were reminded of the Armand van Helden mix of Tori Amos’ “Professional Widow” and Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor”, “Girls on the Floor” is seriously addictive and guaranteed to raise the roof at clubs from Manchester to Miami this autumn.

Click here to listen to the full length version of “Girls on the Floor” over on the Mixmag website.

“Girls on the Floor” is available to download and stream from 27th October via LuvBug Recordings. Twitter: @MarvinHumes

Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts of my song choice this week on my Twitter using the hashtag #SongoftheWeek!