Woman’s Strictly columnist reports from backstage...

Anyone could win

There’s speculation that Ashley Roberts 
and Faye Tozer have a smaller chance of winning because of their previous dance experience, but everybody has a chance. And the judges only have 50% of the vote. The standard is so high at the moment I think the glitterball trophy could be anyone’s!

Blackpool magic

Our Blackpool special was outstanding – I even gave out four 10s! The atmosphere was electric in the ballroom. Joe Sugg was particularly emotional, as his gran was in the audience. She was so sweet.

Feeling festive

I’m really looking forward to the Strictly Christmas special. More Strictly on our screens is always a good thing. I’m very excited to see Anton Du Beke and Ann Widdecombe dancing together again. I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table!

Ashley’s perfect jive

We had our first perfect score of the series in Blackpool week! Ashley’s jive gave us everything, from quality of technique and movement to creativity. Her timing had to be so tight to let that tablecloth be pulled from underneath her feet. It was beyond wonderful!

A sad farewell

It was difficult to say goodbye to Kate Silverton and Aljaž Skorjanec. It was a tough dance-off 
but Graeme Swann was just that little bit 
more clean and his couple’s choice routine was outside the box. The contest is getting tight and we can’t underestimate the power of the public vote.