So about a month ago, via the Daily Mail, we heard Len Goodman made a $3.3 Million (British pounds) deal to judge Dancing With The Stars Season 23. Not sure if it was true, but, now the Daily Mail is reporting Len won’t be returning to Strictly Come Dancing (the British version of Dancing With The Stars) after the 2016 season. The Huffington Post UK is also reporting this news as well as other British news sources.
The star’s decision to turn his back on the programme won’t come as too much of a surprise as he previously said he felt drained working on both shows and was struggling with the 11-hour commute.
There is as yet no word on who is being lined up to replace the TV favourite on the panel, but names including professional dancer Anton du Beke have been thrown into the mix in the past.
The news will come as a blow to fans following the departure of beloved presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth in 2014, amid fears the show was affecting his health.
Bruce, 88, has since been involved in the Strictly Children In Need and Christmas Specials and there is hope Len might do the same.
Strictly Come Dancing returns for its 14th series this autumn on BBC One.
Aren’t the photos below fun? Last night, “Dancing Pros Live” with Edyta Sliwinska, Alan Thicke, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, and Benji Schwimmer premiered in at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. From what I’m reading at twitter, Cheryl did an amazing job at co-hosting. The show is being described as beautiful, multi-talented & amazing! There was a special mention on Benji which I’m not surprised. When I saw the show last year, he was amazing. Don’t forget you can see “Dancing Pros Live” from February 18th-25th. For tickets and a fun video promo, see this link.
Just a reminder for those living or planning to visit the Niagara Falls area! You can see Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, and Elena Samodanova in “Dancing Pros Live” at the Fallsview Casino Resort from February 18th-25th. For tickets and a fun video promo, see this link. I saw this show last year and I highly recommend it as dancers from all over the world dance in it.
Last night the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour began in Birmingham, England. Below are a few videos that have came out with Gleb Savchenko, Anita Rani, Jay McGuinnes, Aliona Vilani, Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice. If you live or plan to visit Britain in the coming month, be sure to get tickets now at this link.
This rumor keeps surfacing that Strictly Come Dancing in the UK wants Gleb Savchenko’s wife Elena Samodanova to dance in their next season. But, according to OK! Magazine via The Sun, they also want Isabel Edvardsson and Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd. They can pursue Peta all they want, but, I don’t think this is going to happen. I really hope it’s true about Elena though. Keeps fingers crossed.
GLEB Savchenko’s wife Elena Samodanova is wanted as a new professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.
The Russian hunk’s partner is one of a number of international female dancers being pursued by the BBC show to replace Ola Jordan, Kristina Rihanoff and Aliona Vilani, who all quit at the close of the 2015 season.
A source told The Sun: “Elena would be perfect on the show and Gleb really missed her last year.
“Losing three such popular dancers will be a real blow unless we move quickly to sign up the best, most creative and captivating dancers.”
Others being chased as potential new stars are Swedish Isabel Edvardsson, currently on the German version of Strictly, and Peta Murgatroyd from America’s Dancing With The Stars.
The source added: “We want brilliant personalities on Strictly, but also brilliant dancers.
For those who followed our “Strictly Come Dancing” posts this past season, check out these awesome TV ratings for 2015. Brilliant. Like our version of Dancing With The Stars, the UK version is going to be around for a long time to come let’s hope. Thanks to Nathan for sending!!!
What a season this has been for Strictly Come Dancing and it’s the FINALS!! For complete dance information for the remaining four couples, Mr A has listed them all in comments in the former SCD post and we’ve made our predictions. Note too that the show takes place in TWO PARTS today/tonight (depending on when you view it). Times are listed below (I hope I have them correct. If I don’t, let me know).
Finals Show 1st Part (85 minutes)
Saturday Dec. 12th
6:35 GMT, 1:35 ET, 12:35 CT, 11:35 MT, 10:35 PT
Finals Results Show 2nd Part (70 minutes)
9:00 GMT, 4:20 ET, 3:20 CT, 2:20 MT, 1:20 PT
Also, the Group number is looking amazing so far and it’s going to be a touching one too. Note how all the couples are returning for it…
And the cast is ready to party…
Here is Len, Bruno, and Darcy talking on the finals….
LOL! More teasers for the Finals here. Many many thanks to Andrea for all of her recordings this season!
What was it like to grow up in Russia learning to dance? As previously reported, BBC Radio 4 in the UK did a special on it today called “Strictly Russian”. Let’s just say, it wasn’t easy. Dancers Gleb Savchenko, Kristina Rihanoff and more pros comment on it. Thanks to Andrea for recording. This is completely fascinating!
Wow! What a blast this first season of Strictly Come Dancing has been for me. I can’t thank Nathan, Andrea, and Donna more for encouraging me to watch. What’s more….after all their encouragements, it was announced Gleb Savchenko was hired as a Pro. Can you only imagine how this set me over the top? 😯 Then there is ALL of you who have helped, watched, and taken in the show with us to make it even that more fun. Andrea took time out of her busy schedule almost every day and helped to post videos. Mr A, Nathan, Cidra, M8, Vin, and Daniel helped with dance information and Clair helped with her screen caps. Even Heidi (who doesn’t watch the show) covered when I couldn’t be here. Seriously, I can’t thank you all enough. You have made these posts possible and have all helped me to pull through a hard time more than you can know. ((((THANK YOU))))) I know my Dad is smiling in heaven thanking you too…and dancing!
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So, here we are about to take in the Strictly Come dancing Semi-Finals! This week, the couples will be dancing TWO DANCES! Mr A has listed them all in comments in the former SCD post. And get ready. The Group number is looking amazing so far….
As always, let us know on all of your thoughts of the dances in comments. Rank them if you like too. Lastly and more importantly, BE SURE TO VOTE right after the show!
Here are the times and some Live Streams (works the best with a PC).
Week 12 Show 1 (1 hour)
Saturday Dec. 12th
6:50 GMT, 1:50 ET, 12:50 CT, 11:50 MT, 10:50 PT
Week 12 Elimination Show (40 min)
Sunday Dec. 13th
7:20 GMT, 2:20 ET, 1:20 CT, 12:20 MT, 11:20 PT
Watch SCD 1 (works for UK and other International viewers) Watch SCD 2 (works for US viewers and possibly Internationally) Watch SCD 3 (works for US Viewers and possibly Internationally) Watch SCD 4 (works for US Viewers and possibly Internationally) Watch SCD 5 (works for US Viewers and possibly Internationally) Watch SCD 6 (works for US Viewers and possibly Internationally)
ETA: Wow. What a show! I’m freaking out for how close they all are. Well, except for Katie and Anton. More from me in comments with my rankings, etc. In the meantime and thanks to Andrea, below is Gleb and Anita’s Foxtrot.
Another video coming, Stay tuned.
ETA2: And here is Gleb and Anita’s salsa. What a show stopper!!
ETA3: You can view some breathtaking HQ shots of the Semi-Finals here and here. They say it all on the night.
Entertainment Focus also listed their Top 5 favorite dances at this link. I don’t think I would have put Georgia and Giovanni’s Cha Cha at #2. Their V. Waltz was better imo. Yay for Gleb and Anita’s’s show stopping Salsa at #4. Though I would have put it higher. Though note also how Katie and Anton’s dances aren’t part of the top 5 which I agree with.
Also, Claire made some beautiful screencaps. Below is Gleb and Anita shining in all of their glory. Goodness! Thanks Claire! More coming soon here.
Thanks for all of your thoughts so far in comments. Here’s to the Results show later today. Let’s hope the right 4 go on….and in my opinion (and from yours too by the looks of it here and at twitter), that is Kellie and Kevin, Georgia and Giovanni, Anita and Gleb, and Jay and Aliona!!
ETA4: Well, I’m heartsick on the elimination of Gleb and Anita. They deserved to be in the finals before Anton and Katie. But, wow, let’s give it up to them. What a season they both can feel proud of. Not one time did they not challenge themselves and with such entertaining and show stopping dances. I’ll never forget not one of them. I am so proud of them both. Here is the dance off. Thanks to Andrea for recording. Love you, Gleb and Anita!!!
This is such a great interview. Diva Darv talks with Gleb Savchenko and making it to the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing! Gleb also mentions his next plans at the end of doing Ballroom With A Twist in Florida and the Strictly Come Dancing Tour!!!
TV REMINDER: For those living in the UK or if you want to watch it on a Live stream or VPN, don’t forget to watch “Strictly Russian” on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 12th December at 10.30am (UK time). Gleb, Artem Chigvintsev, and more Russian dancers are featured. It will also be available on the BBC Radio iPlayer app. More info at the Daily Mail.