Welcome back one and all to the second part of our Blackpool weekend shenanigans of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing right here on #StrictlyLiveBlogging. Another 24 hours have passed since the eight remaining couples rocked the Tower Ballroom. But tonight, one of them is about to fall foul of the next milestone (the final) and face the dance off – but who will it be?
We’ll have our warm up as usual at 6:30pm with a recap of all of last night’s action, and a look ahead to tonight’s dance off, before we go live with the BBC One results at 7:15pm. Don’t forget to swipe down or press F5 to refresh for all the dance off news as it breaks, and to leave your comments below or Tweet us using the hashtag #StrictlyLiveBlogging. Hope you can join us!
Evening everyone! So last night, Blackpool was well and truly rocked as the eight remaining celebrities and their professional partners took to the iconic Tower Ballroom floor.
And quickstepping their way to the top of the leaderboard were Alexandra and Gorka, scoring three 10s and a total of 39 for their Quickstep. Gemma and Aljaz also scored their first two 10s to land second place for their American Smooth to ‘Downtown’, whilst Davood and Nadiya’s Bond inspired Paso Doble rounded off the top 3 on 35 points.
Susan and Kevin found themselves at the bottom half of the leaderboard though, with 25 for Kevin’s dream Strictly Ballroom inspired Paso Doble, with Jonnie and Oti second from bottom with 26 for their futuristic style Tango.
Tonight, as always, the two lowest scoring couples following the judge’s scores and public vote combined will dance again in the dance off, and eight couples will become seven.
Also on the show tonight, there’s another group number from all the couples and some special guest dancers in a tribute to Northern Soul nights…
…plus there’s also live music performances from 80s pop legends Tears for Fears, and the chart topping Alfie Boe and Michael Ball.
Blackpool has proved to be as eventful as ever in the Strictly calendar this year. Here’s some of the best Instagram snaps from this weekend from Claudia Winkleman, Janette Manrara and Mollie King…
25 minutes to go! Time for the first of two special videos for you before tonight’s results show. If you missed Children in Need on BBC One on Friday evening (which raised a record £50m on the night – well done guys!), here’s your chance again to see Blue Peter presenters past and present taking part in a group Jive with the pros to raise money – which none other than Mark Curry with his partner Amy Dowden won! A future 2018 star? We think so!
15 minutes to go! The second must-see video from Children in Need on Friday sees current reigning Strictly champ Ore Oduba absolutely smashing his song and dance tribute to the legend that is Gene Kelly – you gotta dance to this one!
5 minutes to go – don’t forget to leave your comments below and let us know who you think is going home (and who you’re loving)!
Here we go with the Blackpool results people!
Brilliant group dance this! Feel like I’m at a proper Northern Soul night at a Wigan casino (are there any casinos in Wigan? If not I’ve invented them now)…
Time now to find out the first lot of couples returning to the dancefloor next weekend – here they come…
- Gemma and Aljaz!
- Susan and Kevin!
- Davood and Nadiya!
And now the first couple in tonight’s dance off are…
…Debbie and Giovanni! I totally called that!
Time now for the first music performance of the night, from 80s pop legends Tears for Fears singing their classic hit single ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’! We love this song!
Time to find out the second lot of couples safely through to next week…here they come!
- Alexandra and Gorka!
- Mollie and AJ!
- Joe and Katya!
Which means for a second week Jonnie and Oti are in the dance off. So not deserved!
Proof that the Strictly production team is one of the best around!
Time now for Michael Ball and Alfie Boe performing their version of the Frank Sinatra classic ‘New York, New York’. As dynamic a duo as you could hope for! Beautiful dance from Nadiya and Brendan too!
Time now for the dance off. Debbie and Giovanni are up first to dance their Spice Girl Samba again – even though it’s pretty much agiven they’ll be back in anyway…oops. Did I say that out loud?
Yep, this is still her worst dance to date. Moment though to talk about what a great Sporty Spice pro dancer Chloe Hewitt is?
Jonnie and Oti are dancing their Tango again now. This was brilliant last night, still brilliant tonight. They’re against Debbie anyway but them potentially going out on one of their best dances is just so not fair!
The judges are now voting for who they’re saving…
- Craig is saving Debbie and Giovanni (shock horror)…
- Darcey is also saving Debbie and Giovanni…
- Bruno is also saving Debbie and Giovanni…
Which means Jonnie and Oti are now out of Strictly Come Dancing for 2017. So not deserved!
We’ll miss Jonnie. A thoroughly lovely guy who was so gracious throughout!
That’s it for all the Blackpool weekend action. Thanks again to everyone who read along and commented this weekend, we’ll see you again next Saturday and Sunday for the next editions of #StrictlyLiveBlogging – see you then!