From 'lame canary' to late star's 'perfect' performance - The best ever Strictly Come Dancing moments from Blackpool Week
18.11.2023 - 20:03
The annual trip to Blackpool's Tower Ballroom is one of the most anticipated traditions for Strictly Come Dancing viewers. Blackpool Week usually takes place during the second half of the competition, showcasing the strongest contestants still left with a chance of lifting the Glitterball trophy.
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom has been the home of ballroom dancing in Britain for more than a century, with the BBC filming at the opulent venue intermittently since the show started in 2004. Since 2009, Blackpool Week has become a regular fixture in November, with the iconic setting adding an extra sprinkle of glamour and razzle dazzle to the performances.
Talking about why dancers feel extra pressure on Blackpool week, former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Bruno Tonioli, said: "There are so many special times in Blackpool because there's such a sense of occasion which creates an incredible atmosphere.
"Far more members of the public can fit into the Tower Ballroom compared to the studio in London, so you have to really sell your performance ten times more - you can't just go through the motions."
With the return of Blackpool Week, we've looked back at some of the memorable performances through the years - the good, the bad, and the iconic.
One of the most memorable moments from Blackpool has to be Ann Widdecombe being pulled around the ballroom floor by professional dance partner Anton Du Beke. The pair were both dressed in bright canary yellow outfits, with Anton spinning Ann around the floor with arms flailing.
The judges compared the former Tory MP to haemorrhoids and a 'lame canary' that night. The pair received the lowest score out of all the contestants at 13 out of 40. The performance drew gasps and laughs in equal
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