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The 10 Hottest Strictly Competitors

Hottest Strictly Competitors – just before Christmas the BBC released a list of the top scoring Strictly Come Dancing competitors since the series started in 2004. With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a list of the hottest looking Strictly competitors to go with it.

A number of those chosen have been picked according to the hits on our site so sorry if we have missed out one of your favourites. We guess you just didn’t look at their articles often enough!

Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha Kaplinsky showing cleavage in low-cut dress. Former BBC newsreader, Sky News presenter and winner of the first series of StrictlyThe hottest looking woman in the first series of Strictly in 2004 was newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky. Ten years ago things were very different for both Natasha and her professional partner Brendan Cole who were considered to have got rather close during their time training together. Some things never change in Strictlyland as this sort of rumour has been the stuff of Strictly gossip in every series since.

Natasha was 31-years old at the time of her Strictly triumph and was co-hosting the BBC’s Breakfast programme whilst she was on the show. Although she looked like she was enjoying herself Natasha revealed some years after her time on the show that she had been forced to take part by the BBC.

She did make a return to the show in the second series but in a different role when she stood in as a co-presenter whilst Tess Daly was on maternity leave.

To see how far the show has come since it first started winner Natasha’s average score throughout the first series was just 33 points which for the last few years would not even have been enough to have got her to the final stages of the competition. The newsreader has admitted herself that she would not have got too far in the competition if she was involved in any of the more recent series of Strictly.

Unusually Natasha’s highest scoring dance came in week 5 when she scored 37 points for her samba. Her top scoring dance in week 8’s final was her quickstep which the judges awarded 36 points.

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Strictly’s Best Celebrity Competitor Is – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 01 September 2014

Emma Bunton sexy open top showing boobs - voted best Strictly celebrityStrictly’s Best Celebrity Competitor Is – a new poll has revealed who the UK public think is the best ever Strictly Come Dancing celebrity dancer and it is not who you might think.

Despite only coming 3rd when she appeared in the 4th Strictly series back in 2006 it is Emma Bunton who is the winner of the public vote to find the best Strictly celebrity.

Just in case you can’t remember the 2006 series it was eventually won by cricket star Mark Ramprakash and his professional dance partner Karen Hardy. Mark became known as something of a Latin specialist with his and Karen’s Salsa getting a maximum score of 40 from the Strictly judges. In one of the early weeks of the competition they made history when they had to restart a live routine after Mark got his stage microphone caught up in Karen’s dress. He gallantly stopped the dance to avoid Karen being splashed all over the media with a live prime time wardrobe malfunction. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Artem Chigvintsev and James Jordan Leave Strictly – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 02 June 2014

Ola Jordan to stay on Strictly as husband James leaves the show

Ola Jordan to stay on Strictly as husband James leaves the show

Artem Chigvintsev and James Jordan Leave Strictly – the BBC has confirmed that James Jordan will not be part of this year’s Strictly series and also announced that Artem Chigvintsev will also be leaving the show.

It had been widely reported that James Jordan would not be part of the new look Strictly Come Dancing and his regular dispute with both management and judges that were played out on social media can have done little to endear the dancer to the show’s producers. It was however a big surprise that Artem is not to be part of the 2014 Strictly series. The Russian born dancer is a big favourite on the show and won the 2010 series (his first) with partner Kara Tointon.

Artem has apparently been drawn by what we imagine is the bigger money on offer for the US version of the format, Dancing With The Stars. There will no doubt be much talk as to the strength of Artem’s relationship with Kara as he will be spending a lot of his time in the US. Interestingly Artem was in a relationship with Dancing With Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba (15 years his senior) from 2006-8.

It will come as some relief to many UK males that despite James leaving the show his Polish born wife Ola Jordan is to remain as part of the Strictly team. She has become a firm favourite over the years she has been a professional although we imagine this next series could prove something of a strain as it will be the first she takes part in without James. No news yet as to what his plans are following his Strictly departure. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Show Line-Up, Miranda Hart’s Sexy Photshoot For Tatler – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 25 November 2012

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Show Line-Up – there are a host of previous Strictly celebrities coming back for the Christmas Special as well as some new faces.

The two new faces this Christmas will be singer JB from JLS and Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers footballer who suffered a heart attack while playing in an FA Cup match against Tottenham in March this year. Fabrice has recently revealed that he turned down an approach from ITV to appear on Dancing On Ice.

Former celebrities returning to the show include newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, the winner of the first Strictly series in 2004 with pro partner Brendan Cole. There have always been rumours that the two were more than a little close during their time training and to avoid any embarrassment they have been paired with other dancers for this year’s Christmas Special.

Other former Strictly celebrities making a return this Christmas will include former runners-up Kara Tointon (no doubt she will be dancing with boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev) and Rachel Stevens who danced with Vincent Simone in the 2008 series.

Also returning to the Strictly dancefloor will be Kelly Brook who sadly had to leave the 2007 series early after her father Kenneth died from lung cancer part-way through the competition. Kelly has been seen dancing in a different style in the last few weeks as she has taken to the stage to perform nude with the French cabaret act Crazy Horse. Kelly obviously enjoyed her time on stage as she has said: ‘My whole Crazy Horse experience was really empowering and I feel really sexy.’

The other competitors this Christmas will include Chris Hollins, who won the 2009 series with Ola Jordan and Chelsee Healey who was partnered by Pasha Kovalev when she was a runner-up in last year’s series. The final celebrity is Colin Jackson who was a runner-up in 2005 when he danced with Erin Boag.

Although it has not yet been officially confirmed the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will almost certainly be shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.

Miranda Hart’s Sexy Tatler Photoshoot – the famously awkward comedienne will shock a lot of people this week when they see her glammed up image in Tatler.

The 6ft 1in comedienne has almost made a career out of the fact that she looks far from glamorous and has often been mistaken for a man in the sketches in her BBC series Miranda.

She has been known to have been on a diet over the last few months and has been seen on a number of occasions cycling around town. She said last year that she aimed to lose around 3 stone during 2012 and it looks from the evidence in the Tatler photos that she has done just that.

Miranda apparently tired of the constant references to her size in the wake of the success of her tv series. She said: ‘As a woman, it seems you can’t just be a comedian, you’re always classed as something else too, whether that’s “beautiful”, “pint-sized”, “larger-than-life” or in my case “Hattie Jacques-esque”, “the giraffe”, “big”. ‘I’m quite a confident person in many ways, but there’s only so much you can hear about being compared to Hattie Jacques.’

For her new Tatler photoshoot Miranda got fully into the whole stylist thing although she did say that she refused to wear heels as with her height they would make her about 6ft 5in tall.

In case you are wondering that is a wig that Miranda is wearing in the photo here as her own hair is much shorter.

Although she must be delighted with the results of the photos Miranda said of her transformation: ‘I think it’s more Claudia Winkleman meets Samantha Cameron meets Princess Anne with added Cher.’

The new series of Miranda (the 3rd) is due to start next month on BBC1 and the edition of Tatler featuring Miranda goes on sale this Thursday.

 
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Dancing On Ice, New Strictly Judge – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 04 January 2012

New Strictly Judge – after the surprise exit of Alesha Dixon to Britain’s Got Talent the race is on to find a new Strictly Come Dancing judge.

A number of names have been mentioned as possibly taking Alesha’s place on the panel between Bruno and Len including Karen Hardy, Kara Tointon, Nicole Scherzinger, Darcey Bussell, Arlene Phillips (the woman who Alesha Dixon replaced), Chelsee Healey, Ola Jordan, Jennifer Grey, Holly Valance, Jill Halfpenny and the outside bet is Russell Grant.

The initial favourite appeared to be Karen Hardy who apart from being a previous winner with celebrity partner Mark Ramprakash, is also very knowledgable on dancing generally and is often seen as an expert commentator on the Strictly weekday programme It Takes Two. She also has a great personality and is easy on the eye. Going against her is the fact that she is 41-years old and the BBC are thought to want someone a lot younger than the other 3 judges on the panel to appeal to some of the X Factor audience that they managed to steal away from ITV during the last series.

Retired ballerina Darcey Bussell also possibly has her age against her as she is 42-years old but as well as her stunning dance career she has in her favour the fact that she has already acted as a guest judge on Strictly during the 2009 series. She would be another popular appointment with many Strictly fans who want another judge appointed with a strong understanding of, and background in, dance.

Yesterday’s favourite if you were watching Twitter activity appeared to be Arlene Phillips although she has not yet said that she would be interested in returning to her old role. The BBC may also not want to appear to be backtracking on their 2009 decision to remove Phillips from the judging panel.

Although Nicole Scherzinger might appear to only qualify on age and looks that is in fact not the case as she was a previous winner of the US version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars, back in 2010 when she won the competition after being paired with professional dancer Derek Hough, the man who Cheryl Cole said had saved her life when she contracted malaria. Nicole may also have an advantage as her appointment would bring extra glamour to the show through her relationship with F1 star Lewis Hamilton.

However according to many bookmakers today the current favourite to take over Alesha’s judging role is Kara Tointon, the winner of Strictly in 2010 with current boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev. Apart from her Strictly link she is also the right sort of age (28) to fit in with the look the BBC are thought to want for the panel. One negative may actually be linked to one of her positives in that Kara lives with current Strictly dance pro Artem and it would surely not be looked on too kindly if she was scoring her own boyfriend on the show.

Other outside bets for the judging role include Claudia Winkelman who has the looks, bags of personality, plenty of fans and also a strong link with Strictly although if you have seen her dancing with Len Goodman possibly not the dance credibility. An even longer odds bet would be comic Miranda Hart who is a massive Strictly fan and would also bring a huge number of devoted fans to the show.

Dancing on Ice – the ITV ice skating show looks like it may turn into something of a car crash this series as a number of the competitors have already needed to visit hospital with one of them already ruled out of the show which doesn’t even start until this Sunday.

1990’s singing star Chesney Hawkes has already had to be replaced by former X Factor contestant Chico as he suffered a fractured fibula and a severe ankle strain whilst practising with his partner Jodeyne Higgins. He said of his early exit:  “I am gutted not to be taking part in Dancing on Ice. I was having a brilliant time and couldn’t wait to finally be skating live on national TV! It wasn’t even a spectacular fall, it was a slight stumble as I practiced with my skating partner. I think my children are the most disappointed they were so excited at the prospect of watching me skate.”

As well as Chesney several other people are said to be struggling with injuries prior to Sunday’s opening programme. Sugababe Heidi Range has been rushed to hospital after she was thought to have broken her wrist in training. Although these fears now seem to be unfounded it has been announced that her professional partner Sylvain Longchambon will be out for at least one programme after he tore a bicep muscle.

Eastenders star Laila Morse was diagnosed with ripped muscles in her shoulder and needs an operation but has decided to wait for this until after the series ends which is not pleasing her doctors. At 66 Laila is the oldest competitor in this series and does not want to miss her chance to appear on the programme.

One of the favourites to lift the title this series is actress Jennifer Ellison and is used to being under pressure in the public eye as she previously took part in Hell’s Kitchen, winning the series in 2004. She has also been suffering in the run up to the opening Dancing On Ice programme and twisted her knee trying to do the splits, ending up in hospital to get her leg strapped up.

Two other competitors have also suffered injuries in training with Rosemary Conley pulling a muscle in her groin doing a high kick and US actress Charlene Tilton, famous for her role as Lucy in Dallas, injuring her shoulder.

The new series of Dancing On Ice starts this Sunday (8th January) on ITV1 at 6.30 p.m.

 
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Kara Tointon, Catherine Tate – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 19 October 2011

Kara Tointon – there has been talk of the romance between Kara and her last year Strictly series boyfriend Artem being on the rocks.

Artem has been spotted leaving the couple’s home, and is apparently staying with fellow pro dancer Robin Windsor.

An unknown source told the Sun “Artem left their new home and skulked off to Robin’s. The stress of the show has been getting to Artem as it’s a tough gig with numerous rehearsals that fill up his day. They’re a very passionate couple so when things flare up, they tend to flare up in a big way. Everyone is worried that the relationship is now doomed. It’s too premature to say they have split — but who knows what will happen?”

This does not fit in with a comment from Kara’s spokesperson who is insisting they are still very much an item.

Since she left Eastenders Kara has been playing the role of Eliza Doolittle in the West End production of Pygmalion to much critical acclaim.

Catherine Tate – the British comedienne is reportedly now dating Take That star Jason Orange.

The pair reportedly struck up a relationship after filming a short feature for Comic Relief which also featured comedians James Cordon as Gary Barlow and David Walliams as Howard Donald. The couple have been spotted on a string of dates in recent days.

A friend of Catherine’s said “they really enjoy each other’s company”. The pair were recently photographed in a Kensington coffee shop, near the Take That star’s home, and Jason was reportedly spotted sneaking out of Catherine’s south-west London residence on a Sunday morning.

Catherine  has a 9-year-old daughter with ex-partner Twig Clark, while Jason is the only member of Take That who has never married. Not yet anyway!

 
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Kara Tointon, Spooks, House Prices – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 18 September 2011

Kara Tointon – Kara may be known to you as Dawn Swann in Eastenders or after last year she may be better known as the winner of the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

As well as winning the Strictly title last year Kara got herself a new man in her dance partner 29-year old Artem Chigvintsev, the Russian professional dancer who specialises in Latin dance routines.

Kara has said that it will not be easy for her watching the competitors in this year’s Strictly saying that she feels envious of them. Although she wants Artem to do as well as he can she has said that she will find it “really weird” watching him dancing on the show without her. She has said that as she works as an actress that sometimes means that she has to do things that might make Artem feel uncomfortable so she must respect the fact that dancing is his job.

She has nor spoken out about Artem’s partner for this series, the lovely Holly Valance was paired with him in last week’s opening show. That will really be a test for those jealous thoughts although she can take some comfort that Holly is also in a steady relationship and with a billionaire as well!

Kara has said that when she was playing the part of Dawn in Eastenders she used “chicken fillet” inserts to make the character appear more busty. Apparently during the filming of one scene she ran arounf too fast and the chicken fillets flew out of her top. She thinks that the scene made it into an outtakes video.

Alesha Dixon has also been talking about the new series of Strictly saying that she hopes like many other series this one provides some romance from the celebrities and professionals. She has said that as the competitors spend so much time together that some sort of affair is almost inevitable at some stage in the series. She aded that she thinks there are no single celebrities this year so that might make things a little different.

Spooks – the 10th, and apparently final, series of Spooks is starting tonight at 9pm on BBC1.

For anyone not familiar with the show it is about a group of MI5 officers working in Thames House in London. The series has become well known for killing off characters that you think are in it for the duration. In fact the only remaining main character from the first series is that of Sir Harry Pearce, the head of Section D (Counter Terrorism Dept) played by actor Peter Firth. Characters that have literally been killed off include those played by Rupert Penry-Jones and Lisa Faulkner. The characters played by Jenny Agutter and Keeley Hawes did not get killed off but were forced to leave the country.

The different series of Spooks have attracted a number of guest actors including Andy Serkis, Anthony Head, Hugh Laurie and Martine McCutcheon. The programmes tend to leave you either with a cliffhanger ending or an unexpected death. Those of you who saw the first series of Spooks will remember that Lisa Faulkner’s character Helen was violently killed using a deep fat fryer. This episode drew 2002’s largest number of complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Commission because of Helen’s killing.

The final series is set to show viewers more about what has made Harry Pearce tick. We will get to see a younger Harry (played by Sam Reid) during his time in the 1960’s dealing with the Cold War. There is also the prospect of seeing an earlier romance in Harry’s life. We are also promised that tonight’s first episode will have a major twist. The 10th and final series is set to have just 6 episodes like the first series.

Spooks has not just attracted great audience figures but has also won a number of award nominations including those from BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009, actually winning the award in 2003.

Take a look at these clips from the new series.

House prices – this is one of the great pre-occupations of the British. We seem to be very keen on monitoring the price of our houses. It seems that a lot of people think if their house rises in value it is the same as having more cash in your bank account. Sadly not, most house price movements just mean more money for solicitors, estate agents and the Government.

Recent news items have shown a drop in house prices although news this week expects prices to rise from this month.

It has been shown that the average deposit required is now £66k. This represents a tenfold increase over the last 20 years. One reason for this is the reduced level of mortgages available now compared to 20 years ago.

You can check the price of housing in your area or anywhere else by visiting nethouseprices.

 
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