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Debbie McGee, Rachel Ward and friends lift the curtain on the world's most fabulous dancing competition.

Debbie McGee, Rachel Ward and friends lift the curtain on the world's most fabulous dancing competition.


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The Telegraph


Debbie McGee, Rachel Ward and friends lift the curtain on the world's most fabulous dancing competition.




Dr Ranj on Joe & Dianne, the romance, the upcoming tour, changes for 2019 & winners Stacey and Kevin!

Fan favourite Dr Ranj is with us in the studio as we sum up Strictly 2018 and the new champs Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton! Ranj also gets the lowdown on what to expect from the 2019 Strictly tour from last year’s finalist Debbie McGee, and there’s much discussion about pacing yourself with the inevitable partying… Turns out Ranj lives in the same building at Joe Sugg so had an inkling something romantic was brewing with pro-dancer Dianne... Ranj also talks us through what happened when...


Lauren and AJ plus that Ashley dilemma discussed in full!

Ashley Roberts is still bearing the brunt of whether it’s fair to have those with professional dance experience appear on Strictly and it gets a thorough airing on this week’s podcast. Debbie McGee, host Rachel Ward and the Telegraph’s Jess McAree and Chrissy Amer weigh in with their thoughts as we look ahead to the final four of Ashley, Joe, Faye and Stacey. Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard chat to us backstage at Elstree Studios, reflecting on how they’ve adapted their choreography...


Ore Oduba, Charles Venn and Strictly tour secrets!

Ore Oduba, 2016 Strictly champ, is in the studio to launch the 2019 live tour and came prepared to dish the dirt. Debbie McGee joins us from panto rehearsals, and reminisces with Ore about tour life, room service, massages and all. Charles Venn and Karen Clifton share what makes a Strictly high as well as revealing Charles’ dance nemesis. There’s also the tricks of the trade for when you’re waiting to go out on the Strictly dance floor, and the cheekiness that can happen waiting to dance...


Stacey Dooley, Kevin Clifton, James and Ola Jordan on secrets, danceathons and strong opinions

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton chat to us backstage to reveal their dance nemesis and both tell us something about themselves that we never knew before. If you want to pop on The Cure after listening this week, let’s just say Kevin will love that. Meanwhile James and Ola Jordan have strong thoughts about the Couple’s Choice dances and whether that new category deserves a place on Strictly. Panto rehearsals don’t stop Debbie McGee from being on this week’s panel, alongside host Rachel Ward...


Kate Silverton, Ashley Roberts and a Blackpool ten-fest!

We’re channelling the positivity of Kate Silverton this week; as she bows out with much grace, Kate talks to us about gaining confidence on the show and why she’s a total dance convert now. Ashley Roberts answers her critics who remain unhappy about her past level of dance training as she chats to us backstage at Strictly, plus we celebrate her perfect score of 40, the first of 2018. See, Craig has still got a 10 paddle after all. Debbie McGee is back from sailing the high seas and joins...


Danny John-Jules, Kate Silverton and Ashley Roberts discuss the joy and strain of Strictly

Danny John-Jules tells us what he’s taken away from being on Strictly - he was wearing flip-flops throughout our chat as that’s all his feet could take at this point. Plus Kate Silverton and Ashley Roberts have a deep and meaningful about how vital the support is that they’re getting from the rest of the Strictly gang. It’s all about the hugs you see. Host Rachel Ward looks ahead to Blackpool and the Boyzone Children in Need special with this week’s panel of Jess McAree and Chrissy Amer,...


Dr Ranj, waiting for the loo at Strictly, and tales from the studio

Dr Ranj reflects on his time in Strictly and how his only negative feedback from fans was if his dance came too late on in the show and parents need to get kids to bed. Debbie McGee and host Rachel Ward were in the studio for the weekend’s shows and reveal what it’s really like to be in the Strictly audience with only a juice and a Freddo to keep you going for more than 7 hours. Plus, alongside the rest of the Talking Strictly panel, the Telegraph’s Chrissy Amer and Jess McAree, there’s a...


Faye Tozer, Halloween curses and the end of kissgate

As we kiss goodbye to Seann Walsh (sorry couldn’t resist) his eventful time on Strictly comes under the spotlight with Debbie McGee, host Rachel Ward and the Talking Strictly panel of Chrissy Amer and Jess McAree. Faye Tozer chats to us backstage at the Strictly studios about being partnered with Giovanni Pernice after his stellar year with our own Debbie McGee, and Faye gives us unusual tips for your new shoes and blistered feet involving vodka and eggs. No lie. Just listen. We also get...


Backstage special with Joe Sugg and Vick Hope -- and Craig Revel Horwood returns

Vick Hope was not ready to leave, as we found out by talking to her backstage at Strictly’s Elstree studios, plus she tells host Rachel Ward why spraying perfume on her socks was a thing for a while. Meanwhile Joe Sugg says he’s met his match in the prankster stakes with Neil Jones, Katya’s husband. Craig Revel Horwood tells Debbie McGee and the rest of the Talking Strictly panel how he actually wanted Debbie to win last year rather than Joe McFadden, and delves into his past to show a...


With Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood is with Debbie McGee and Rachel Ward this week, and does not disappoint. Nothing is off limits as he gives his unique take on the Seann and Katya saga, how he hopes the dance of shame drama is over but is still looking forward to seeing their inevitable rhumba on the show. Craig also tells us which celebrities he thinks need help to stay in the competition, why he was impressed with Katie Piper and why the judges will also get to shine when the new couples’ choice dance...


Scandal, salsa -- and special guest Janette Manrara

Strictly pro Janette Manrara joins the Talking Strictly panel this week, and we’re grateful to now have some hints on what to get Aljaz for Christmas. Regular star panelist Debbie McGee shares her thoughts on the Strictly scandal of Seann and Katya sharing a kiss, with host Rachel Ward and the Telegraph’s Chrissy Amer and Jess McAree rounding out some controversial opinions. Plus Janette tells us the unusual tale of how she landed the job at Strictly in the first place, and reveals what...


Anton’s out! Heartbroken.

We all saw it coming but it didn’t make it any easier for Debbie McGee and the Talking Strictly panel to wave goodbye to Anton du Beke, the first pro to be voted out in 2018 alongside his celebrity partner Susannah Constantine. We’ve got the results of our poll on Anton’s choice of partners over the years, and it was a weekend of surprises with Lee and that quiff facing the dance-off (we blame the lack of thumb ring this week) Plus Strictly finally did it, showing same sex couples dancing...


Oh, Susannah...

Flossing, the circle game and 1990s-style thumb rings all get discussed by Debbie McGee and co on this week’s episode - who could have predicted that? But then we didn't expect Anton du Beke to be hiding in Susannah Constantine’s costume either. It was an eventful first live show, to say the least. As well as hot takes on the weekend's action from Debbie and the panel, we also hear from a trio of young Strictly viewers, distraught at how harshly Craig Revel Horwood marked one of their...


Strictly rehearsals: blood, sweat and tiaras

The foxtrot, waltz, jive and cha-cha-cha will all feature in week one of the Strictly live shows, so naturally the Talking Strictly panel has been scrutinising the celebs' progress during this tense rehearsal week. Join us as Jess McAree and Chrissy Amer cast their critical eyes over the short-but-telling training clips that have come out of Strictly HQ so far, and share whether Joe Sugg, Lauren Steadman, Stacey Dooley, Vick Hope, Dr Ranj Singh or Danny John-Jules look like they’ve got...



And they’ve launched! The Strictly pairings are secret no more but have the right celebs been matched with the best pro-dancers for them? Debbie McGee and the Talking Strictly panel weigh in on all the action from the first Strictly of the season. On the menu for this edition of the UK’s leading unofficial Strictly Come Dancing podcast, we hear how excruciating it can feel when you’re waiting for Tess to announce who your partner will be, and whether it’s fair for Anton to always land a...


Will Anton go burlesque in 2018?

The UK’s leading unofficial Strictly Come Dancing podcast springs into action today with a special preview episode looking forward to Saturday’s launch show. On the menu: our star panelist, Debbie McGee, tells host Rachel Ward the story of exactly how producers selected her for the show - and reveals her Saturday night routine now that she’s free to watch Strictly on telly (spoiler alert: it involves mirrorball accessories). It'll be the first of many McGee revelations, as Debbie will be...



Rhinestones and blister gel at the ready - another season of Strictly Come Dancing is upon us... This year, join 2017 Strictly finalist Debbie McGee and the Telegraph's crack team of ballroom experts for a generous helping of Strictly news and conversation, every Monday. We'll be shining a light on the weekend's best and worst performances, meeting competitors past and present, and generally giving the world's most fabulous dancing competition the unofficial podcast that it deserves....