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Strictly Frocking: callmemadam’s rules

I’m getting really sick of hearing, on Strictly It Takes Two, frex, how wonderful the wardrobe department is. This year too many of the dresses have been regrettably vulgar and/or unfit for purpose. Already we’ve had Nancy’s menacing boa, the dress a tearful Chelsee thought she’d fallen out of and two dresses which the unfortunate celebs have caught their heels in. These clothes cost a fortune and are designed for dancing; surely they should work? Mesdames the costumiers seem to have it in for Holly. She’s a glamorous woman but she’s not thin, yet twice now they’ve put her in outfits which cut her in half: first that awful dress with the nude top then Saturday’s Charleston get-up, which looked like school PE kit with sequins on. No wonder she’s gone out. Don’t let’s spare the presenters, either. The dress Claudia wore for Sunday’s show would have looked cute on an eight year old and Tess's wasn’t much better. No one over eight should wear puffed sleeves!

Only one woman left in the competition now, so let’s hope those designers concoct something better for Chelsee than the purple and turquoise effort she wore for the Tango, which I thought didn’t suit her at all. I’ve warmed to this girl. Jason dances well but is drearily pompous with his endless talk about ‘the incredible journey’ (wonder if he’s read the book)? Harry started brilliantly and is obviously the judges’ favourite. But I think we’re seeing the Chris Hollins factor at work with Chelsee v. Harry. Being technically perfect isn’t everything; it matters how much people just enjoy watching you. Like Chris, Chelsee doesn’t seem to realise how good she is and also like Chris, dances with a joie de vivre which Harry just doesn’t put over. Saturday will be interesting.

Chelsee & Pasha training, picture BBC


So agree with you on the fashion! Also some of the hairstyles this year have been a shambles. And yes it's a joy to watch Chelsee dance. And of course the poor girl is "vertically challenged" which additionally endears her to me!
I'm surprised they make 'short' sound like a problem because Ola and Flavia are both 5'2" and they're professionals. Craig was praising her of course, saying that she managed to create long lines with short limbs. Hmm, wish I could!
Chelsee is *tiny* in the flesh. One of the smallest people I have ever seen.
Of course, you went to a recording, lucky girl. If she's as small as all that, she's even more of a marvel than I thought. It helps to have a partner like Pasha.
I really like Pasha. He comes over as really nice and he's created a space for her to get over her initial nerves and truly shine. I'd love her to win, although I suspect Harry will.
Pasha is very cute. Boy, those Russians can dance.
Yes, but they are really different. Artem is all about edge and Pasha is all about precision.
I am quite hard to shock, and I haven't been watching it long enough to be aware of how it's changed, but I was a bit taken aback by Kristina's costume (or lack thereof) for the Argentine Tango. Superb dance though.
I agree. And when Ola wore a suit and tie Len complained that she was overdressed!
Bruno made the same comment about Harry :-)
Poor Harry seems to find Bruno's attentions embarassing!
I'd feel the same way.
If you were in the jury I'd certainly watch :-)
Dunno about the dancer's frocks, I think Tess Daly has worn some frightful concoctions.

I like Harry and I always enjoy his performance. I do think the right three are in the final. I don't really want Jason to win. I'd be okay with Chelsee or obviously Harry. Both are natural dancers.
I'd be happy with either Chelsee or Harry winning. We'll have to see who the great British public goes with.