• The real reason Karen Clifton was crying on Strictly Come Dancing

    Strictly pro Karen Clifton and her dance partner Charles Venn wowed the judges and audience at home on Saturday night after dancing the Samba in the famous Blackpool ballroom. And following their performance, the couple couldn’t believe their luck when they were awarded nines from Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell, and tens from Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli. The pair were ecstatic, and Karen leapt into Charles' arms as they took in the news that they had received their highest score in the series so far. However, it all got a bit too much for Karen, who started

  • Brendan Cole on Strictly: Gloria Estefan, extra dancers, cheese and sparkle! The perfect Blackpool but a major error in judgement

    I think I'm going to find it difficult to be negative about this one! Blackpool week is a favourite on the Strictly calendar for all taking part and of course the Strictly masses…the fans! Big viewing figures will be expected and nothing but cheese and glitter will burst through our screens. I for one am not a fan of cheese on my telly (don't mind a little glitter) but on this occasion it works and it probably wouldn't work without it. Quite the coup to get the real 'Queen of Latin' Gloria Estefan! She's had hit after hit that

  • Ant McPartlin breaks silence on Holly Willoughby replacing him on I'm A Celebrity

    It was a bitter-sweet day for Ant McPartlin on Sunday, as he celebrated turning 43 in the UK, rather than Australia, where he has marked his birthday since 2001 while presenting I'm A Celebrity. But Ant wanted to make sure that his replacement, Holly Willoughby, and best friend Declan Donnelly, have a great start to the series, which commences on Sunday night. Taking to Ant and Dec's official Twitter account, Ant wrote: "All the very best of luck little fella and @hollywills for the show tonight. Lots of love from the big fella! A. I'm A Celeb. X." Fans

  • Strictly's Joe Sugg's mum and sister Zoella speak out after his emotional dance at Blackpool

    Joe Sugg joined Strictly Come Dancing with the hope that he would make it to Blackpool so that he could dance in the very same venue as his grandmother Phyllis – who used to be a regular at the ballroom there. And so on Saturday night, the YouTube star was overwhelmed with emotion after receiving three tens for his Quickstep with dance partner Dianne Buswell. While Joe's grandmother proudly watched on from the audience, his family were just as impressed while viewing the show from home. The 28-year-old's mum was close to tears as she wrote in the on

  • Strictly's Shirley Ballas shows support for Ashley Roberts after fans question her full marks in Blackpool

    Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev were the first couple on this year's Strictly Come Dancing to receive full marks on Saturday night's special Blackpool show. And while many viewers at home adored her performance as much as the four judges did, some were quick to accuse her for having an unfair advantage due to her previous dance training. Ashley had taken to Twitter to share her excitement, but was quickly greeted with mixed reactions. One wrote: "Yes you danced well but it's unfair to the rest of the contestants who had no previous dance experience," while another said: "It's

  • Aljaz Skorjanec emotionally praises Kate Silverton's parenting after leaving Strictly

    Aljaz Skorjanec has praised celebrity dance partner Kate Silverton after the pair were voted off Strictly Come Dancing at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Sunday evening. Aljaz called Kate an "incredible woman" and an "incredible mother" after performing on the show for the last nine weeks together. They faced Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse in the dreaded dance-off, but the four judges unanimously voted to save Graeme and Oti. Describing her time at Blackpool to presenter Tess Daly, 48-year-old Kate said: "I got to dance twice, went up in a hot air balloon twice, and I loved it twice."

  • The Crown cast recreate extraordinary moment Charles became Prince of Wales - see photo

    Olivia Coleman has been spotted looking very serious recently while filming for The Crown in her new role as the Queen, but she was all smiles as she recreated a milestone moment with Josh O'Connor who plays her on-screen son Prince Charles. The cast were photographed at Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd, Wales, on Sunday while recreating Charles' investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969. The pair were spotted standing on Queen Eleanor's Gate, where the Queen presented her son to the public nearly 50 years ago, with Toby Menzies who plays Prince Philip stood behind them. Olivia and Josh