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(Retired ) 7/10/18 Lee Ryan and Nadiya Buchkova

It takes two Monday week one 24th September 2018


Lee Ryan and Nadiya Buchkova were on tonight’s show

We get a replay of a few seconds of Saturdays dance. Nadiya’s  Emerald Green flowing skirt with fitted diamante gemstones/ glitter bodice stunning. The Pun was given to welcome the couple “All Rise” a previous Blue hit song. But Lee did manage to rise quickly from the slip up on the night, during the performance, on a star decoration, that was on the dancefloor. Thought to be from the previous contestant.  Things to focus on for next week, staying with the beat not ahead. Week 2 Dance JIVE and the music Elvis – ” Blue Suede Shoes.” Does make you think they are linking the tunes to the career of the star. Week one saw hints of this too.

It Takes Two Strictly Week 1 Tues 25th September 2018

Erin Boag Choreography corner


Technique good rise and fall good top line. Did not recover quick enough, Erin said. Demo message was how if anyone makes a mistake, just keep the face like nothing has happened, to look up and keep the strong upper body. Viewers might not have noticed.

Strictly- “It Takes Two” week 1 Wednesday 26th September

Ian Waite in
Waite’s Warm-up.


Jive, Energy not the problem, the analysis suggests, his feet are too loose and turn in. Point stretch instep on the flicks and kicks.


In training comments on camera to viewers that the waltz and Jive “Couldn’t be further apart”, “so much to remember”

Week two Showtime 29th September 2018

Jive   Music ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ by Elvis Presley

Comments before the show, Lee was asking Dr Ranjit if he had any painkillers for feet, and the dr said no because if he did he would be using them. Lee just summed it up by saying “So full on”.


Outfits and Hair

Lee has the dark short back and sides hair to emulate Elvis. He had a dark black and glitter T-shirt, black track loose trousers with a white down the side leg stripe. The Blue suede dance shoes looked the business. Nadiya’s outfit a wow factor short waitress style halter neck dress, that had a fluted hemline to the shirt. Delicate aqua with white and black contrast.

Judges Scoring: Craig (C), Dame Darcey (DD), Shirley (S), Bruno (B)

Scores: C-6       D- 7    S-6     B-7       Total     26
Wk1 + wk 2 scores                               Total     48

Comments from the Judges

Craig (C) ” Lost a bit of time, heavy, laboured, flat-footed, wonderful sense of musicality shines right through.”

Darcey (DD) ” What an opening, what did you do with that broom? Packed full, kicks and flicks were turned in, we can see everything”, referring to the blue suede shoes.

Shirley (S) ” Applaud the kicks, beginning a few mishaps, parts amazing, parts mishaps”.

Bruno (B) ” Very very very, strong, perfect capture of Elvis, when you get it right its brilliant, this was a good Jive”.

Hangerlondon verdict:

We Love a bit of Rock and Roll, very watchable couple, any Elvis track is a going to be a lot to have to live down but we think he did it justice. Not to mention the guy is 1m 80 just under 6ft that’s a lot to pick up kick and flick and keep that going, whilst doing other things.


Strictly – It Takes Two week 2  Monday 1st October  2018


Natalie Lowe strictly dance professional does tonight’s Choreography corner


Natalie “Loves characterisations”, a few mistakes reserve some of his energy a bit more, quality, not quantity, she said. Also, that most of his weight is going on the outside of the foot, feet need to be turned more in.

Strictly – It Takes Two week 2  Tuesday 2nd October  2018

Lee and Nadiya were on Tonight’s show

Middle of the leaderboard, not the best place, they all reflected and how no one wants to be in the bottom two. It took Lee a while to process it, but they are still in the competition. He claimed he was getting stronger and fitter, he really does not want to go and they are working on it. Nadiya was asked about the comments some made that the routine was too hard, she defended to say that he could do it, and has the personality to add and that she had enjoyed doing the routine.  Then the question from Zoe about what went wrong with the voters at home and Lee joked “Bunch of Westlife Fans”. The rival band of blue at the time if people do not know. They moved onto saying how encouraging Craig had been, and how people were as shocked online at home as what the couple were.  There gasps of surprise in the studio when it was announced live on camera.

Next dance Movie week will be CHA CHA –  Music from what we can work out Power of Love Huey Lewis Theme tune to back to the Future.


6th October Showtime movie week 3 2018

CHA CHA –  Music from what we can work out Power of Love Huey Lewis Theme tune to back to the Future.

Outfits and Hair

Lee wore a red puffa style body warmer open shirts denim slim fit jeans. Nadiya had a white fringed dress, and wild crimped almost afro hair to emulate the professor in the film.

The set was great, a wooden built back to the future car. Lee came in on a floating hoverboard in the air.

Judges comments


“No basic, full of camp mincing around”

Dame Darcey

“enthusiastic, the right attitude, leg action missing, issues with the free arm, looks like a jive again


“Good facial expressions, personality, playful, rhythm, not delivering weight transfer from foot to foot, which is what is needed in Latin dances”


“Not a blockbuster, or a flop” Some good positions, wasn’t that bad needs polishing, surprised he was in the bottom two last week”

HangerLondon Verdict

We noticed recently a lot of the male celebs are wearing these types of raised heel dance shoes, lee had them for this back to the future routine too. It cannot be easy for male with no previous dance skills, to walk in this type of shoe let alone do a complicated routine.  Liked the storytelling on the beat and original start with air hoverboard. Lee was unlucky being in the dance-off two weeks in a row,  despite a good jive last week.

7th October The Results show week 3 2018

What a shame, Lee being in the dance-off bottom two again. Then being voted out. Head judge said she did not understand why people had not voted at home. The tips Head judge gave Lee was to use his strength which was his musicality, and he himself knew to straighten his legs more. At least it was mentioned that even the judges did not know why he was in the bottom two last week and it does seem to be a surprise again this week about the other dance off contender Charles too.  Despite the fact, the other judges voted to save Charles in the Dance Off Head judge said she would have voted for Lee on musicality, had she been called upon in a tiebreaker.


8th October It Takes Two week 3 Monday 2018

Lee was not on the show just the professional dancer Nadiya. He spoke on a phone to Zoe. The announcement was he had a prior engagement in Madeira. The Star stated he was taking things with a “Pinch of salt.” Lee appreciated the supporting comments from the public. He stated he was “Very grateful to even be on the show”, “Cup half full”. He stated he always did better in the dance off he thinks, maybe because he works better under pressure he said. Then Zoe said, “We are sending love to you, I know you have a gig tonight”.

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