Belfast Telegraph

Strictly confirms Blackpool week

Strictly Come Dancing stars are headed to Blackpool next weekend.

The BBC dance competition will air live from the Blackpool Tower on Saturday, November 15 at 7pm in the annual tradition.

Stars such as Frankie Bridge, Jake Wood and Pixie Lott will face the bright lights and the setting of the grand Tower Ballroom with their partners. before being judged by Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

Meanwhile, Alison Hammond is the bookmakers' favourite to leave the show in the upcoming seventh week.

The 39-year-old TV presenter, who emerged victorious in the dance off opposite BBC DJ Scott Mills, is tipped to be voted out, with William Hill offering odds of 15/8.

Despite failing to score highly with the judges, tennis coach Judy Murray - partnered with Anton Du Beke - is expected to survive another week.

Her son Jamie told Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2: "It's been great for her. She's loved the whole experience. She's always loved the show and she's been an avid fan of it.

"I'm not sure of the level of her dancing compared with some of the others on the show," he added.

The former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, 28, said he had voted for his mother and joked that lack of rhythm "potentially" ran in the family.

Jamie also revealed that Judy had consulted her sons before agreeing to do the show: "She told us that she had been approached to do the show and was thinking about it. She didn't ask for advice or anything, but I just told her to go for it."


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