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Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool: Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal open the show

Strictly Come Dancing returned to screens on Saturday night for it is ninth reside show, as the show returned to Blackpool Tower for the first time in three years for the programme’s iconic annual journey to the coastal city.

The show opened with a efficiency from the show’s skilled dancers, as they had been surrounded by neon indicators which learn: Blackpool is Back’ – earlier than judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke took to the stage to affix in on the dance. 

Fleur East stole the show together with her penultimate efficiency, which noticed Craig award his first ‘ten’ of the season – which means a full 40 out of 40 factors for the singer as the different judges adopted swimsuit.

While Tyler West and Dianne Buswell made a comeback as they landed in the center of the leaderboard with 35 factors, after discovering themselves in the dance-off final week in opposition to Tony Adams, who pulled out of the competitors resulting from harm and saved the radio DJ. 

Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool: Tearful Fleur East blows judges away with a Destiny’s Child efficiency as she luggage the first full marks of the collection as Tyler West and Diane Buswell make comeback after touchdown in dance-off

Before taking to the stage, Fleur spoke emotionally on her late father, sharing that he would have ‘burst with pleasure’ if he was right here to see it, including: ‘Everything I’m doing right here, I’m doing for him.’ 

The X Factor star went on to share that her mum and sister can be in Blackpool to assist her, after she and associate Vito Coppola topped the leaderboard final week with 39 out of 40 factors.

The pair took to the stage in sequin ensembles their Couples Choice efficiency to Destiny’s Child, which permits the superstar to carry out a dance model of their selection as soon as throughout the collection.

Glitz and glamour: The pair took to the stage in sequin ensembles their Couples Choice performance to Destiny's Child, which allows the celebrity to perform a dance style of their choice once during the series

Glitz and glamour: The pair took to the stage in sequin ensembles their Couples Choice efficiency to Destiny’s Child, which permits the superstar to carry out a dance model of their selection as soon as throughout the collection

High energy: The performance certainly wasn't short of energy, as Fleur and Vito got the crowd going with their array of moves

High energy: The performance certainly wasn't short of energy, as Fleur and Vito got the crowd going with their array of moves

High power: The efficiency definitely wasn’t in need of power, as Fleur and Vito received the crowd going with their array of strikes

Full marks: The performance saw Craig give his first 'ten' of the season, meaning a full house for the pair as they recieved 40 out of 40 points from the judges, kicking Helen Skelton, who scored 39 points earlier in the show, from the top spot

Full marks: The efficiency noticed Craig give his first ‘ten’ of the season, which means a full home for the pair as they recieved 40 out of 40 factors from the judges, kicking Helen Skelton, who scored 39 factors earlier in the show, from the high spot

Overjoyed: And as they learnt their scores, Vito scooped Fleur over his shoulders into a firemans lift as they were overwhelmed with joy - before the camera panned to Fleur's mother, who was tearing up.

Overjoyed: And as they learnt their scores, Vito scooped Fleur over his shoulders right into a firemans carry as they had been overwhelmed with pleasure – earlier than the digicam panned to Fleur’s mom, who was tearing up.

Jumping into Vito’s arms and wrapping her legs round the professional following the efficiency, Fleur was emotional following the routine – with Motsi and Shirley providing a standing ovation.

Craig merely kicked off the feedback with: ‘One phrase, three syllable’s starting with ‘F’, Fabulous!.’ 

While Shirley agreed: ‘It was an iconic routine that may go down in historical past, you had been completely phenomenal.’

The efficiency noticed Craig give his first ‘ten’ of the season, which means a full home for the pair as they recieved 40 out of 40 factors from the judges, kicking Helen Skelton, who scored 39 factors earlier in the show, from the high spot.

And as they learnt their scores, Vito scooped Fleur over his shoulders right into a firemans carry as they had been overwhelmed with pleasure – earlier than the digicam panned to Fleur’s mom, who was tearing up.

Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool: Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal opened the show with an American Smooth

Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool: Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal opened the show with an American Smooth

STRICTLY COME DANCING: WEEK 9 SCOREBOARD

Fleur East and Vito Coppola dancing their Couples Choice: 40 out of 40 factors 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Márquez dancing a Quickstep: 39 out of 40 factors  

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystał dancing an American Smooth: 38 out of 40 factors 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu dancing a Jive: 35 out of 40 factors

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell dancing a Salsa: 35 out of 40 factors 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu dancing a Samba: 35 out of 40 factors 

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima dancing a Paso Doble: 33 out of 40 factors 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe dancing an American Smooth: 31 out of 40 factors

Wow! The show opened with an extravagant performance from the professional dancers as they took to the Blackpool stage

Wow! The show opened with an extravagant efficiency from the skilled dancers as they took to the Blackpool stage

Professionals: Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova were among the dressed up pro dancers, putting on a show-stopping performance

Professionals: Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova had been amongst the dressed up professional dancers, placing on a show-stopping efficiency

Earlier in the show, Hamza Yassin was the first to carry out at the iconic ballroom together with his associate Jowita Przystal, as the pair took on an American Smooth to Frank Sinatra’s iconic 1979 hit New York, New York.

And it was a powerful begin for the pair, as Shirley dubbed the wildlife photographer the ‘one to beat’ as he stepped out in a tailcoat and bowtie ensemble.

‘Hamza, you shone brighter than all the baubles and beads and bangles in the world. You give Blackpool such respect, your footwork, you may have devoted your self to tiny particulars. Even although it is Blackpool, you are as cool as a cucumber. You’re the one to beat for me,’ stated the head decide.

While Anton was prepared to leap on stage with them, as he stated: ‘People ask if I miss the dancing, that is the dance that I’d’ve wished to have carried out. Welcome to Blackpool everybody, excellent.’

And whereas Craig sometimes had some vital suggestions, he did dub it ‘spectacular’, sharing: ‘I wasn’t keen on your solo jazz part, however the timing, the footwork and the strikes was completely spectacular.’

‘It does not matter what they throw at you, you carry out with excellence, It exhibits that you’re in full management fo yourseld, your associate and this ballroom,’ echoed Motsi.

Opening the show: And it was an impressive start for the pair, as Shirley dubbed the wildlife photographer the 'one to beat' as he stepped out in a tailcoat and bowtie ensemble

Opening the show: And it was a powerful begin for the pair, as Shirley dubbed the wildlife photographer the ‘one to beat’ as he stepped out in a tailcoat and bowtie ensemble

Looking smart: Jowita looked gorgeous in a feather lined baby blue gown, while Hamze spun her around the stage in a tailcoat

Looking smart: Jowita looked gorgeous in a feather lined baby blue gown, while Hamze spun her around the stage in a tailcoat

Looking good: Jowita seemed attractive in a feather lined child blue robe, whereas Hamze spun her round the stage in a tailcoat

Impressive: Hamza managed to bag a score of 38 as both Craig and Motsi awarded nine points, while Shirley and Anton gave ten

Impressive: Hamza managed to bag a rating of 38 as each Craig and Motsi awarded 9 factors, whereas Shirley and Anton gave ten

And after Hamza described the efficiency as ‘an absolute honour’, he managed to bag a rating of 38 as each Craig and Motsi awarded 9 factors, whereas Shirley and Anton gave ten. 

Molly Rainford and associate Carlos Gu had been subsequent to the dancefloor with a Jive to American Bandstand (Bandstand Boogie), as Claudia stated they ‘nailed it’.

Anton was fast to agree: ‘Absolutely large. It’s clear, it is completely timed. Keep going like that, nice dance – nicely carried out.’

‘It must be somewhat bit lighter, clearly you are dancing subsequent to knowledgeable. But what I really like about you is that you simply completely promote the dance,’ stated Craig.

Time for a jive: Molly Rainford and partner Carlos Gu were next to the dancefloor with a Jive to American Bandstand (Bandstand Boogie), as Claudia said they 'nailed it'

Time for a jive: Molly Rainford and associate Carlos Gu had been subsequent to the dancefloor with a Jive to American Bandstand (Bandstand Boogie), as Claudia stated they ‘nailed it’

Bright: The pair were dressed in matching bright pink ensembles, as it was both of their first times performing at the Blackpool show

Bright: The pair had been wearing matching vivid pink ensembles, because it was each of their first instances acting at the Blackpool show

Positive comments: 'Absolutely tremendous. It's clean, it's perfectly timed. Keep going like that, great dance - well done,' said Anton

Positive comments: 'Absolutely tremendous. It's clean, it's perfectly timed. Keep going like that, great dance - well done,' said Anton (right)

Positive feedback: ‘Absolutely large. It’s clear, it is completely timed. Keep going like that, nice dance – nicely carried out,’ stated Anton (proper)

Motsi and Shirley additionally had constructive feedback for the pair, with the latter sharing: ‘I hope that all of us recognize simply how nicely carried out that jive was.’

Backstage after the dance, Molly informed Tess: ‘We go to Elstree each week and it seems like a TV show, however right here it simply seems like we’re meant to bop,’ stated the star, who’s the youngest contestant in the competitors, whereas associate Carlos dubbed the efficiency a spotlight of my life’.

Craig awarded Molly an 8, whereas she bagged 9 factors from every of the different judges – placing her behind Hamza with 35 factors.

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima then took on a Paso Doble to a cover of Rihanna’s We Found Love, with the cleaning soap star beautiful in a vivid purple robe as the stage was stuffed with confetti falling down.

The dance noticed the actress have a solo second at the high of a set of stairs, after dancing with a number of male dancers on the stage along with Graziano.

Powerful performance: Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima then took on a Paso Doble to a cover of Rihanna's We Found Love, with the soap star stunning in a bright purple gown

Powerful efficiency: Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima then took on a Paso Doble to a cover of Rihanna’s We Found Love, with the cleaning soap star beautiful in a vivid purple robe

Time to shine: The dance saw the actress have a solo moment at the top of a set of stairs

Time to shine: The dance saw the actress have a solo moment at the top of a set of stairs

Time to shine: The dance noticed the actress have a solo second at the high of a set of stairs

Light: 'When you were alone you were so powerful, you brought power, you brought light. There's a transformation that's happening,' Kym was told by judge Motsi Mabuse

Light: ‘When you had been alone you had been so highly effective, you introduced energy, you introduced gentle. There’s a change that is taking place,’ Kym was informed by decide Motsi Mabuse

Craig kicked off the feedback with some critique, telliong Kym :’I believed you possibly can’ve stepped it up extra, your proper shoulder retains coming out somewhat bit. But the approach you danced from man to man to man, I actually liked it, nicely carried out.’

While Motsi stated: ‘When you had been alone you had been so highly effective, you introduced energy, you introduced gentle. There’s a change that is taking place.’

‘I felt such as you had been in warrior mode. But if you’re in body, every part ought to be behind the arms. Going ahead, maintain working in your posture,’ advised Shirley.

Agreeing together with her was Anton, who informed the star: ‘I really like your dancing as a result of it is so dynamic and you set such a great dynamic and maintain it by the dance. The women are completely proper and it comes from stress, so work on stress since you are good.’

The pair scored eight from Craig, Motsi and Shirley – bagging a 9 from Anton as they ended with a rating of 33, with Graziano saying he was on ‘cloud 9’ following the dance.

As traditional, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman placed on a glamorous show, with Claudia donning a feather bust jumpsuit whereas co-presenter Tess opted for a vivid inexperienced, fitted dress.

Motown twist: Tyler West and Dianne Buswell were next to take to the dancefloor with a salsa to KC and The Sunshine Band's That's the Way (I Like It), with the radio presenter sporting an afro wig for the performance

Motown twist: Tyler West and Dianne Buswell had been subsequent to take to the dancefloor with a salsa to KC and The Sunshine Band’s That’s the Way (I Like It), with the radio presenter sporting an afro wig for the efficiency

Difficult: Their dance featured a slew of difficult lifts, with Shirley jesting for viewers 'not to try this at home'

Difficult: Their dance featured a slew of adverse lifts, with Shirley jesting for viewers ‘not to do that at residence’

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell had been subsequent to take to the dancefloor with a salsa to KC and The Sunshine Band’s That’s the Way (I Like It), with the radio presenter sporting a motown model ensemble and afro wig for the efficiency.

Motsi described the dance, which featured a slew of massive lifts, as ‘stunning and wonderful’.

While Shirley was fast to applaud the tough lifts, jesting for the oublic to not strive them at residence. The head decide added a tip for the radio DJ as she defined: ‘Keeping engaged on these transitions, as a result of you’re a star’. 

But regardless of the different judges praising his motion, Craig stated he wished to see ‘extra actions in the hip’, to the diagreement of his fellow panel. 

With an eight from Craig and a 9 from the different judges, Tyler bagged 35 factors out of 40 – placing him on par with fellow contestant Molly.

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe had been subsequent up with an American Smooth to Cilla Black’s You’re My World, wanting extremely elegant in a cream dress with diamanté detailing.

The romantic dance ended with Ellie lookup over the stage from above in a transferring ring, earlier than being lowered again down to listen to feedback from the judges.

Elegant: Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe were next up with an American Smooth to Cilla Black's You¿re My World

Elegant: Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe had been subsequent up with an American Smooth to Cilla Black’s You’re My World

 

All the way above: The romantic dance ended with Ellie lookup over the stage from above in a moving ring, before being lowered back down to hear comments from the judges

All the approach above: The romantic dance ended with Ellie lookup over the stage from above in a transferring ring, earlier than being lowered again down to listen to feedback from the judges

Beauty: Ellie looked ultra elegant in a cream dress with diamanté detailing

Beauty: Ellie looked ultra elegant in a cream dress with diamanté detailing

 Beauty: Ellie seemed extremely elegant in a cream dress with diamanté detailing

Bottom of the board: Ellie failed to top the so far running lead, scoring a seven from Craig and an eight from the other judges, resulting in 31 out of 40 points

Bottom of the board: Ellie didn’t high the thus far working lead, scoring a seven from Craig and an eight from the different judges, leading to 31 out of 40 factors

Both Motsi and Shirley agreed that the comic wanted to place some extra emotion into her performances, with the latter explaining: ‘I want to see just a bit bit extra coronary heart. So what you do is you place every part and it is fantastically positioned, however I wish to see extra soul.’

Anton described her as ‘the belle of the ball’, however suggested the star to regulate her head position whereas dancing, earlier than Craig stated her arms had been ‘barbie doll like and wanted extra motion.’

Ellie didn’t high the thus far working lead, scoring a seven from Craig and an eight from the different judges, leading to 31 out of 40 factors. 

Helen Skelton was over the moon to be in Blackpool, sharing that she typically takes her youngsters to the seaside city, which brings ‘wonderful childhood recollections’. 

Tartan clad: Taking to the stage to dance a quickstep to Amy Winehouse's Valerie was Helen Skelton with partner Gorka Marquez, she looked sensational in a tartan puffed-out gown

Tartan clad: Taking to the stage to bop a quickstep to Amy Winehouse’s Valerie was Helen Skelton with associate Gorka Marquez, she seemed sensational in a tartan puffed-out robe

Impressed: And bagging a standing ovation from both the audience and judges Motsi and Shirley, with Anton saying: 'That is why we come to Blackpool, for that reaction'

Impressed: And bagging a standing ovation from both the audience and judges Motsi and Shirley, with Anton saying: 'That is why we come to Blackpool, for that reaction'

Impressed: And bagging a standing ovation from each the viewers and judges Motsi and Shirley, with Anton saying: ‘That is why we come to Blackpool, for that response’

Taking to the stage to bop a quickstep to Amy Winehouse’s Valerie with associate Gorka Marquez, she seemed sensational in a tartan puffed-out robe.

And bagging a standing ovation from each the viewers and judges Motsi and Shirley, with Anton saying: ‘That is why we come to Blackpool, for that response.’

But as Craig gave some critique, Shirley received out of her seat to dispute the feedback, together with her decide saying ‘Shirley sit down’, as she replied: ‘Not in any respect’.

Craig introduced his feedback again with a constructive spit as he dubbed Helen’s footwork as ‘excellent’, whereas Shirley admitted that she was left ‘speechless’ by the efficiency. 

Talkng backstage, her associate Gorka saved rubbing his eyes as Helen jested: ‘It’s not that emotional’, whereas the professional replied: ‘No, it is sweat’.

And the quickstep catapulted the Countryfile presenter to second on the leaderboard with 39 out of 40 factors, bagging a ten from each decide besides Craig, who gave a 9.

Last but not least: Will Mellor and Nancy Xu closed the show by performing a Samba, with Anton describing the dance as 'hypnotic' and 'brilliant'

Last however not least: Will Mellor and Nancy Xu closed the show by performing a Samba, with Anton describing the dance as ‘hypnotic’ and ‘good’

Bright: The actor donned an electric blue shirt and bright pink trousers for the energetic samba, which is a notoriously difficult routine

Bright: The actor donned an electrical blue shirt and vivid pink trousers for the energetic samba, which is a notoriously tough routine

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu closed the show by performing a Samba, with Anton describing the dance as ‘hypnotic’ and ‘good’.

The actor donned an electrical blue shirt and vivid pink trousers for the energetic samba, which is a notoriously tough routine.

And Craig made a dig at Tyler in his feedback, telling Will: ‘I’m nonetheless reeling from that hip motion, I feel you must go backstage and train Tyler a factor or two.’ 

Scoring an eight from Craig and a 9 from every of the different judges, Will joined Molly and Tyler with 45 out of 40 factors.

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

KYM MARSH

Age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they’ve! I’m an enormous fan of the show and cannot imagine I’m going to go from watching at residence in my pyjamas to really dancing in entrance of the judges in a glittery dress.’

ELLIE SIMMONDS 

Age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be requested to be a part of the Strictly household is simply so thrilling and I can’t wait, it should a lot enjoyable.’

TYLER WEST 

Age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show which means a lot to me and my household and I can not wait to noticeably shake a leg on that shiny dance flooring… with a facet of sequins.’

ELLIE TAYLOR

 

Age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in faux tan and roll me in sequins! I’m completely over the moon to be part of Strictly 2022!’

TONY ADAMS MBE 

Age: 55 

Profession: Retired footballer and supervisor

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the name of the salsa has me swapping my battered previous soccer boots for a set of Strictly comfortable footwear’

WILL MELLOR

Age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I do know will probably be an enormous problem however that is what life is all about. This can be my Mum’s favorite show and she’s had a very powerful few years so I’m doing that is for her as nicely. Bring it on!’

 MOLLY RAINFORD

 Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it is gonna be an expertise of a lifetime and I can not wait to fulfill the remainder of the Strictly household I’ll be sharing it with.’

FLEUR EAST

Age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to be taught new abilities and I wish to take in each second of this magical expertise.’

 HAMZA YASSIN

Age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I’m completely over the moon to be becoming a member of Strictly 2022. Never in one million years did I feel I’d be on such a cool show.’

HELEN SKELTON

Age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m actually excited to get caught right into a enjoyable journey. My household and buddies have at all times liked the show and cannot anticipate me to get began’

 

 

 

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