Michael Vaughan Leaves Strictly – cricketer Michael Vaughan and his dance partner Natalie Lowe became the latest couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing.
Their Samba to Tequila by The Champs failed to impress last night and after only scoring 24 from the judges they found themselves in tonight’s dance-off with Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer.
Both couples danced better the second time around however the judges all agreed that it was Nicky and Karen’s Argentine Tango to Adele’s Skyfall theme that was the better performance of the two.
There is a rumour going round that Nicky and Karen were only given a place in the dance-off so we could all have another look at Karen Hauer in her see-through Argentine Tango dress!
It was a difficult dance-off for the 2 men as they have become the best of friends since Strictly started back in October this year. Michael and Nicky had both encouraged each other when they had ended up in the dance-off in earlier weeks.
Tonight Nicky and Karen’s Argentine Tango was just too strong for Michael and Natalie to beat and Michael seemed quite happy that he had made it so far into the competition. He said: ‘Nicky thoroughly deserved that win, he wiped the floor with me! I’ve had a ball, and the real winner for me is this one [Natalie]. She got me to the ninth week, which is quite remarkable. I’ve had a ball. Nine weeks ago I had never been on a shiny floor, and I’ve got to December.
‘September, October, November and still dancing in December. I’ve drained every ounce of dance ability out of my body because of this lady…everything about this show, the judges and everyone backstage, all the contestants have been great, I’ve got new friends that I’ve made for life.
Michael and Natalie really hit it off during their time in the competition and Natalie said of Michael: ‘Words can’t describe how incredible you are. Thank you so much for making this dream come true. I’m sorry I couldn’t have taken you further.’
With Michael leaving this week that means that there are only 6 celebrities left in the competition with just 3 weeks to go until the Strictly final.
The Original Batmobile Is For Sale – if you ever fancied yourself behind the wheel of the original 1966 Batmobile then here is your chance.
The Batmobile is up for sale at a special auction being held by specialist auctioneers Barrett-Jackson at their Scottsdale, Arizona auction house in January.
The Batmobile was made in 1966 by car designer and customizer George Barris. He based his design on the Lincoln Futura concept car. The Futura itself would have been a rare car but the Batmobile was designed around the only Lincoln Futura ever manufactured. In just 3 weeks Barris transformed the Futura into the Batmobile that graced our tv screens for over 3 years.
Here is a technical description of the Batmobile from George Barris himself: ‘Weight is 5500 pounds and it has completely hand formed steel body. Wheel base is 129 inches; overall length is 206 inches and the top height is 48 inches. Powered by a 429 Ford Full Race engine, Moon equipped, NitroOxide Thrust Front end design characteristic is the face of a bat with the hood scoop extending down into the frontal area accentuating the nose. Right and left eyes extend into the ears with dual 450 watt laser beams installed in amber reflective lenses. Hood scoop follows the front area with a hydraulically operated steel chain and cable cutter blade.
Hidden behind the ears are functional headlights for normal street driving. The grille cavity is the mouth of the bat with the internal mounted rockets. Dual 84 inch rear bat fins are in line with bullet proof steel as added protection for Batman and Robin. Operable red reflective taillights are mounted in the rear of the bat fins. Four 6 inch flared eyebrow bullet proof wheels wells are formed and used as tire protectors. Ten inch wide Rader wheels made of steel and power thrust alloy use traction grip Oval Firestone tires. The rear upper panel has triple rocket tubes and are on an automatic theft control system with shooting colored fire rockets. 360 degree turning is made possible by pulling the emergency bat turn lever that releases and billows the bat impression twin parachutes on a 25 foot nylon cord. Turbine exhaust finned air cooling rear tube is mounted on the V cavity rear grille section with both parachutes installed on each side. Twin aircraft streamlined plexi-glass bubble windshields and top section are made bullet proof and matching in design.
The center safety roll bar arch is made of alloy steel and equipped with operable flashing lights, right and left trouble shooters and miscellaneous warning lights, and then attached to the double bubble top. Twin body contoured air foam bucket seats are formed into the cab compartment of Scottish grain black naugahyde in horseshoe designs, pleats and rolls, black nylon shoulder body and safety belts are fitted for Batman and Robin. The center consul incorporates the power accelerator T arm and the Batman fire extinguisher. Steering wheel incorporates right and left turn indicator buttons made in half aircraft design with all the dials, gauges and speedo installed in center hub.
The dash is equipped with many different Batman innovations such as the Batscope that is hooked up with a revolving closed circuit antenna to bring the Batman full vision plus the Bateye switch for anti-theft control, the antenna is for an information radio wave pickup of messages and computering from the Batcave with an electronic unit installed in trunk. A Detect-a-scope is used to determine the area in which Batman or Robin are in, also the Batray reactors and laser beam button controls, plus many flashing warning lights and directional electronic systems.
Attached to the anti-fire theft control systems are swivel 5-way nozzles that eliminate any fire throughout the vehicle. Ad double cable control exhaust cutout system are used for sound volume. To finish off this different one of a kind vehicle are 40 coats of super gloss black and then is trimmed in an outline of fluorescent cerise.’
The auctioneers are expecting a huge amount of interest in the Batmobile and have said that a price of several millions of dollars is likely.