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Alexandra Burke's "Fake" Emotions On 'Strictly' Defended By Alesha Dixon


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Following criticism of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Alexandra Burke from some quarters of social media for her displays of emotion on the show, one of its former stars Alesha Dixon has stepped forward to defend the singer.

Former winner of ‘The X Factor’ Burke has been performing well on the current 15th season of ‘Strictly’ so far, scoring well routinely by judges, but she’s found herself in the bottom two of the public vote and forced to do the dance-off for the last two weeks. As such, she’s been accused of ‘fake’ displays of emotion as the results have been read out.

However, 39 year old former Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon has defended Burke – and she’s well placed to do so, having won the show in 2007 and then becoming a temporary judge in the seventh series, stepping in for Arlene Phillips.

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Alexandra Burke Recording New Album On Top Of 10-Hour-Per-Day 'Strictly' Rehearsals


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Alexandra Burke has revealed that she’s in the process of recording a new album, on top of dedicating most of her waking hours to training for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ as its season finale inches ever closer.

The 29 year old star might just be the hardest-working celebrity in Britain right now, telling an interviewer that she’s currently in recording sessions for her upcoming third studio album – and managing to fit it in after 10 hours of dancing rehearsals every day.

“We are practising 10 hours a day. They are long days but I absolutely love it. It hasn’t stopped me singing — I’m recording my third album at the moment,” former ‘X Factor’ winner Burke told the Evening Standard on Friday (December 1st).

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Mollie King's 'Strictly Come Dancing' Charge May Be Disrupted


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Strictly Come Dancing’ favourite Mollie King may hit a set-back this weekend in her quest to become the BBC show’s champion this year, after it was revealed that her professional dance partner AJ Pritchard has contracted a nasty illness and may not make this Saturday’s performance.

According to a report in The Sun on Wednesday (October 25th), AJ is worried that he won’t recover from a virus that has left him “bedridden” in time for the weekend’s performances, meaning that Mollie may have to dance with a stand-in, named Patrick.

AJ is on the road to recovery already, but with his temperature refusing to stay stable he is concerned that he won’t have gotten sufficiently better in time. However, he is still occasionally visiting the rehearsal studios to advise.

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Bruno Tonioli To Miss First Ever Episode Of 'Strictly Come Dancing'


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Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Bruno Tonioli is to miss his first episode of the BBC’s Saturday night favourite in 13 years, because of “a very busy work schedule”.

This Saturday’s episode (October 21st) is set to be the first ever show that 61 year old Tonioli will miss in his time on the panel since 2004. A spokesperson for the show said: “As was always the plan, Bruno Tonioli is not on the judging panel this weekend.”

However, he will be back the following weekend for the Halloween episode and is set to be a part of the panel for the rest of the current 15th series.

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Brian Conley Denies Reports He's About To Quit 'Strictly Come Dancing'


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Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant Brian Conley has rubbished recent reports that he is about to leave the show.

The English presenter, comedian and actor found himself in the dance-off on last weekend’s edition of the BBC show, but judges elected to save him and send home Chizzy Akudola instead.

However, a report in The Sun on Thursday (October 5th) suggested that he had been talking with backstage crew about the quitting the show, apparently because he wants to prepare for the upcoming panto season, with Conley having a lucrative deal with a theatre in Milton Keynes.

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Kellie Bright arrives at Kevin & Karen Clifton's first night as Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers and couples perform a selection of routines from various genres at New Wimbledon Theatre, Strictly Come Dancing - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 17th June 2017

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Karen Clifton and Ore Oduba at the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour Photocall held at Birmingham Genting Arena - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th January 2017

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Ore Oduba Wins 'Strictly Come Dancing'


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BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba and his partner Joanne Cliffton have been crowned the winners of this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

The couple beat fellow finalists Louise Redknapp and her partner Kevin Clifton and actor Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse to lift the coveted glitterball trophy during Saturday night's grand finale.

Claudia Winkleman, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly at the 'Strictly Come Dancing' launch held at Elstree Studios, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Laura Whitmore arrives for 'Strictly Come Dancing' rehearsals with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 19th October 2016

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Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice

Daisy Lowe on her way to rehearsals for 'Strictly Come Dancing' in primrose hill, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th October 2016

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Ola Jordan Says Bruce Forsyth Nearly Caught Her Having Sex Backstage At 'Strictly'


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Ola Jordan has revealed that she once dodged a potentially very embarrassing incident with Sir Bruce Forsyth backstage at ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. In her new book, Strictly Ola: My Story, which is being serialised in the Mail on Sunday, the dancer described how she and husband James Jordan once got very passionate in the dressing room, only to be nearly caught by Brucie.

Ola Jordan and James JordanOla and James were nearly caught having sex by none other than Bruce Forsyth

Ola writes that she loved working with the TV legend, describing him as a 'genuine and lovely man'. She said that whenever you bumped into Bruce in the BBC TV Centre corridors, he’d always stop for a chat to ask how things were going, but one day she really wished he hadn’t.

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Is Arlene Phillips Set To Return To 'Strictly Come Dancing'?


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Former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Arlene Phillips could be set to make a long-awaited return to the show, to replace departing judge Len Goodman. Arlene was fired from the show in 2009 and replaced by the much younger Alesha Dixon, which at the time sparked an ageism row at the BBC.

Arlene PhillipsCould Arlene Phillips make a return to ‘Strictly’

But now bosses are said to be eager for Arlene to return, as the replacement for Len Goodman who will leave after the upcoming series. A source told The Sun: “Producers have a limited pool to pick from for Len’s replacement and they know that Arlene would be a shock to the audience but they would love it."

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Sir Bruce Forsyth Pulls Out Of 'Strictly' Christmas Special


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Sir Bruce Forsyth has been forced to cancel his scheduled appearance on the Christmas special of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ because of concerns over his health.

The veteran presenter, 87, underwent an operation on an abdominal aortic aneurysm in mid-November, but his doctors have decided that the filming, due to start to next week, will come too soon for Forsyth “to have made a full recovery”.

The BBC released a statement on Thursday (December 3rd) saying that “Due to the long studio hours, he is unable to host the show, but will still play a part in the production.” The episode itself will be broadcast on Christmas Day on BBC One, and regular host Claudia Winkleman will be taking over Forsyth’s presenting duties for the short special episode.

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Darcey Bussell Opens Up About Her Hip Surgery: “My Body Feels Great Now”


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Darcey Bussell has opened up about her recent hip surgery and how important it is for her to keep fit. The 46-year-old retired from dancing professionally in 2007 and has been a judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2012. Despite having retired seven years ago, Bussell is still coping with the physical strain ballet placed on her body but her recent hip resurfacing has made a huge difference to her life.

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell at the photocall of The Car Man in July 2015.

See Pictures Of Darcey Bussell At The Launch Of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 In September 2015.

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