Strictly stars struggle after partying ridiculously hard in Blackpool, says pro

Brendan Cole suggested contestants will struggle after “partying ridiculously hard in Blackpool”.

Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed that this week’s edition will take the remaining contestants to Blackpool.

The annual event sees them head to the spectacular Blackpool Tower ballroom, which has hosted countless competitions in its long history.

But the professional dancer, 47, said their time in Blackpool can be detrimental to the competition.

Speaking to Sky Bingo Brendan said: “Ultimately, Blackpool is a big show. Everyone works their backsides off from morning to night trying to get the big routine together for the big Blackpool floor.

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“I know from doing it for many years, it’s a really hard week. Then next Sunday they will all be travelling back home with massive hangovers (because you do party ridiculously hard when you go to Blackpool).”

He added: “It can be detrimental to the competition as you are physically and mentally fatigued but it won’t stop them. They will have an amazing weekend but come Monday they will be back down to earth with a new week and a new challenge. The home straight is close.”

Blackpool is typically reserved for the ninth week of Strictly.

It comes as the show producers were forced to halt Blackpool Week for two seasons due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, it did make an official return in 2022.

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The remaining seven contestants’ Blackpool songs and dance routines have been revealed with Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington performing an American Smooth to Tea for Two by Ella Fitzgerald, while Angela Scanlon and dancer partner Carlos Gu will perform an Argentine Tango to Back To Black by Amy Winehouse.

Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe take on an American Smooth to Unchained Melody by Benedetta Caretta, Bobby Brazier and Diane Buswell take on a Jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go by Wham!

Finally, Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola will perform a Charleston to Love Machine by Girls Aloud, Layton William’s and Nikita Kanda take on their Couple’s Choice routine to Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera while Nigel Harman and Katya Jones will do a Quickstep to It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing by Duke Ellington.

Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool Special returns to the Tower Ballroom on Saturday 18th November at 6.40pm, with the results show on Sunday 19th November at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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