Strictly Come Dancing 2017 will be airing its final episode on Saturday (December 16) on BBC One at 6:30pm.BBC presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will host the final as the last remaining dancers and their partners will be put through their paces and a winner is crowned.
Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Live A total of 15 celebs started off at the launch show on September 9 when they were paired with their professional dance partners, they have since danced their way through 12 gruelling live shows with someone eliminated each week.
Alexandra Burke is having a great run on Strictly Come Dancing, garnering regular praise and high scores from the judges and now through to the semi-finals. But the former X Factor star hasn’t had quite such a positive reception from all quarters, with viewers having voted her into the dance-off in the last two weeks and a minority taking to Twitter to question the veracity of her emotional reactions on the show, and in some cases simply to hurl abuse. Speaking in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, the 29-year-old star, whose mother passed away just prior to the start of Strictly, tells us “my joy and my tears were 100 per cent genuine” and admits she is having a hard time dealing with the “hurtful” comments. “I have struggled with some of the public’s reaction,” says Alexandra.
“I’ve had my fair share of negative press since winning The X Factor nine years ago, but I’ve never experienced anything like this. “Twitter seems to have given people permission to be incredibly hurtful. They don’t seem to realise that I have feelings and get upset. “The saddest thing is that I started the show completely myself – my joy and my tears were 100 per cent genuine, however much people said they were fake – but I’m now so self-conscious, I try not to react at all in case people say, ‘Oh, look, here are the fake tears again’.” She told Radio Times: “
In some ways it’s amazing that Strictly’s got [Shirley] because she is so technical. But being so critical – and so technically critical – straight away with everybody, it just puts a little bit of a downer on the whole show. “If the Head Judge is really technical, the others are sort of following suit a little bit. The judges have gone really technical, and that is a good thing. But they also have to motivate and be a bit more positive.” The 34-year-old, whose brother Kevin is still on the show, added that Shirley was a “great replacement” for former head judge Len Goodman, but admitted she sometimes missed his positivity.
“I love Shirley,” Joanne continued. “She used to teach me, she is a more than qualified judge and she is a great replacement for Len Goodman – although very different to Len. He did have that bit more positivity about him. “If Gemma and Aljaž came out last year and did that Quickstep, Len would’ve got everybody in a great mood and gone, ‘What a way to start the show! What a cracker of a number!’ But Shirley is so focussed on technique, which is kind of a good thing. Kind of a good thing…” Joanne concluded that Shirley “does know her stuff” but thinks she should be more balanced in her approach. She said:
“She probably is one of the most knowledgeable dancers in the ballroom world but it needs to be balanced a little bit with positivity and motivational stuff. “And I’m not saying you have to undermark or overmark, it’s just the comments – don’t go so technical, also because people don’t understand unless it’s explained on It Takes Two. I thought Len was perfect at that – he gave the balance of knowing his stuff but at the same time it was really positive.”