Back in the cozy comfort of the Strictly Come Dancing studio (thank god), seven couples shook off the adrenaline of finally escaping Russell Grant’s larger than life shadow and ventured into the false security of Tess’s pit, quietly fearing who will be the next pro on Brendan’s hit list to get into the wars.
Has anyone considered that perhaps the reason why Chelsee Healey’s Argentine Tango lacked the passion Harry and Aliona’s had, was because everyone is so obsessed with this idea that they might get together come the end of the series?
The poor girl cannot be seen to say or do anything with Pasha without the likes of Zoe Ball breathing down her neck. Ball was all too happy to ask Chelsee if there was anything going on between the two of them when they were on It Takes Two this week, and then, when Miranda Hart and co were on, she brought it up again, happily telling everyone she thinks Chelsee fancies him. Maybe she does, who knows, but it’s absolutely none of Zoe Ball’s business, and I certainly don’t think she has the right to go on at Chelsee about it, when it’s so very clearly something that makes the girl uncomfortable.
If she isn’t at all attracted to him, then this must be extremely awkward for her, and she probably feels bad, even though it’s something she can’t force herself to feel. And if she does…why the hell would she want that to become public? I think it was pretty unfair of Kara to be so obvious with Artem when she was already in a relationship with actor Joe Swash, and while I don’t think Chelsee does have a boyfriend, she’s probably very aware of the kind of attention she could get from a relationship, and she certainly wouldn’t want to compromise her position in the competition. And we all know how well it’s going between Kara and Artem now - probably even better after Holly’s seductive little routine, and dress that left very little to the imagination - she’s probably very conscious about putting herself into a position like that when Pasha dances with someone else next year.
Part of me thinks that Chelsee is attracted to him - she is forever touching his hand or his leg when they’re on ITT, and whenever she answers she question, she almost always adds on “innit, Pash?” so that she doesn’t hog the entire interview. But perhaps she’s just a very touchy, affectionate, thoughtful person. There was the tweet that Zoe mentioned, where she said something along the lines of “In a reflective mood. I really really love Pasha” - while I’m sure that even if she is attracted to him, that wasn’t intended as an actual declaration of love, she said herself as soon as Zoe dragged it up that she sharp deleted it. And I know that she spent the entire video saying that she just didn’t find him attractive and she was probably the only girl in the world who didn’t, but it just seemed forced, and completely over the top. I know all the videos are painful, but I wondered if she thought that by “I don’t fancy Pasha” enough times, people would leave it alone? It kind of back fired though and in some ways, made it look like a poor cover-up.
I’d love to see Chelsee and Pasha get together, I really would. I think she’s a genuine, lovely girl and he seems pretty sweet himself. They’re adorable on ITT, and she clearly thinks very, very highly of him. But, if that’s just as a brother, then that should be the end of it. I think if it doesn’t get knocked on the head soon, then the comments about the two of them are going to start affecting their performances; I think that’s why she lacked passion tonight, because she was scared of what everyone would assume (rumours have already flown about Team Hali, especially after theirs). Its a dance competition, not speed dating, and I think if people aren’t careful, they’ll lose sight of what they’re meant to be looking for, in place of what they’re hoping to see.
Chelsee and Pasha are amazing dancers. We shouldn’t forget that!
Dad: Your Mum likes Villeroy and Boch Me: I don’t want to know! Dad: It’s kitchen ware!
She’ll be bloody lucky when a plate costs £35!! However, I’ve a feeling wine glasses are much cheaper, and she does like the old vino! Alternatively, get her a drip for Christmas then she can just fill that up with wine and she’s away…
Even now I remember all the empty spaces You filled with love
Even now Every corner of the world We shared is still filled With love
Even now Not a day goes by When I don’t Ache for you Through my tears I still hear your laughter Even now
Stars still shine When they’re gone Hearts that break Will still beat on Letting go’s the hardest Thing to do 'Cause all those feelings start And time can’t change my heart It all leads back to you
Even now You are in my dreams And in my dreams You always will be Even now You’re the the one true thing That brings my heart Back home here to me When I’m scared I can close my eyes You are there Ever young And somehow I can always find you Even now
From all the memories kept inside To all the dreams we knew The rush of you You’ll always be a part of me
Even now You are in my dreams And in my dreams You always will be Even now You’re the one true thing That brings my heart Back home here to me Even now In my darkest night Still you shine Still the light So I soar Through forever with you Even now
~ Even Now, Linda Eder
I cried the first time I heard this song. I cried the second time I heard it. Several years later, it still makes me cry. No personal reasons attached, it’s just beautiful and heart-breaking…and it’s Linda Eder.
Listening to Tim Minchin’s White Wine in the Sun made me think about how weird it would be to spend Christmas in hot weather…which reminded me of how, when I was little, I used to think that Australia must have had their Christmases in June/July, when their winter was setting in, otherwise it didn’t make sense. So yeah, for a while, I had this brilliant idea that when I grew up, I was going to travel so that I had two Christmases a year.
That’s right, f*ck-tard, bring your homophobia into where I WORK! I was having an alright day until you showed up with your little digs that you think I don’t notice. It doesn’t matter how many times you give me that disapproving look, or hint that I’ll grow out of it, I’m still gay. And the more you do it, the gayer I want to be! If your wife wasn’t in her sixties, I’d kiss her, just to wind you the f*ck up!
Just because you’re my neighbour, and think you have a degree from the School of Life because you grew up in East London in the Sixties, smoked a bit of pot and were a volunteer (NOT EVEN QUALIFIED) Magistrate a million years ago, doesn’t mean you know everything, and certainly doesn’t make you right. It just makes you even more of an arse-hole.
I’m gay, and you’re going to suck it up and grow a pair, or we are going to come to blows, my fine pedo-tashed little friend.
THREE WAYS I AM STILL A KID 1. The last book I read was a fairytale, with illustrations, and I loved it. 2. I want the STEPS: Ultimate Collection album for Christmas. 3. I still read my Jaqueline Wilson books. I’m 21 years old.
THREE WAYS I AM ALREADY OLD 1. I frequently say “things aren’t what they used to be” 2. I watch, and thoroughly enjoy, antique programmes like Flog It! 3. I listen to Vera Lynn at least once a day.
THREE THINGS I WANT TO DO 1. Learn to dance - Strictly style 2. Get a decent job 3. Move to London
THREE WAYS THAT I’M A STEREOTYPICAL “BOY” 1. / 2. / 3. /
THREE WAYS THAT I’M A STEREOTYPICAL “GIRL” 1.I like pink. 2. I like floral patterns. 3. I wear dresses a lot.
THREE NEW THINGS I WANT TO TRY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS 1. Painting a decent picture on a canvas. 2. Moving to London. 3. Learning to cook.
THREE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT MYSELF 1. My hair. 2. My hair. 3. My hair.
THREE THINGS I STRONGLY DISLIKE ABOUT MYSELF 1. How long 2. Have 3. You got?
THREE THINGS THAT SCARE ME 1. The dark. 2. Spiders. 3. That there might not be a heaven.
THREE OF MY EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS 1. Chewing gum. 2. Mobile phone. 3. Music.
THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX (OR SAME) THAT APPEAL TO ME
1. Not stereotypically attractive. 2. Personality 3. Imperfections
1. Robin Windsor 2. Robin Windor 3. Robin Windsor
THREE THINGS I JUST CAN’T DO 1. Dance 2. Sing 3. Play an instrument
THREE CAREERS I’M CONSIDERING 1. Curator in a museum (Though I need previous experience, and previous experience for that previous experience, and more previous…etc) 2. Anything that pays well 3. Anything in London
“I feel it’s a bit unfair to most of the other couples who didn’t do lifts because they weren’t allowed to, and I think if they could the routine would look more interesting. So it’s kind of, you put yourself - like, you have to choose. You want to be in jeopardy for being penalised for it,…
Oh at long, long last the mid-series Strictly spectacle of Wembley Arena - the pre-final target our celebrities have so wholeheartedly worked towards - arrived in a flurry of preppy cheerleaders, dangling acrobats, and rock and roll glamour. Sticking close to your roots there, SCD.
Last night, a 6000+ live Strictly audience (and 12m at home) were treated to more zebra-print pants, hairspray fumes and big show gimmicks than an LSD flashback to Studio 54’s 1978 New Year’s Eve bash. Good times.
I don’t get the whole thing with tweeting “celebrities” with hateful, hurtful or just disrespectful comments, and it seems to happen all the time. No, I’m not talking about death threats received by Selina Gomez because she was seeing Bieber, because they’d have only written it in letters if she wasn’t online, and I’m not talking about a thousand people abusing a sports person because they didn’t save or score a goal. I’m talking about the little things, I guess, that are sent to the less famous people - the people who probably do check all their tweets more often, and do take the personal ones to heart.
There are certain people I don’t like, and there are people who have done things I don’t agree with, and while I may have tweeted about it, I certainly haven’t tweeted directly. I rarely use twitter at all now, it’s more a way of keeping up with people who I’m interested in, but there was a time not long ago where I did use it a lot. I happened to tweet once that I disliked the way that Broadway actress Susan Egan performed Taylor, the Latte Boy, and said that Kristin Chenoweth’s was better. It had nothing to do with the fact that Chenoweth was the “original”, and I actually like Susan Egan, I just didn’t like the tempo of her performance, or the way she sang it. A few days later, I got a rather snooty tweet back from Susan saying that it wasn’t her decision, someone else told her to do it that way, creative license, blah blah, artist’s interpretation, blah blah, she has the right blah…I wasn’t rude - I didn’t have enough characters to be rude, even if I wanted to be - and I certainly didn’t tweet it directly at her. I just wouldn’t do that. So I felt the tone of her reply was a bit uncalled for, when it wasn’t meant to be a direct attack. (And it amused me that not only does she check her tweets, but she also searches herself to see who talks about her, but that’s a different story!)
However, there are people who get directly tweeted with comments that are less than positive, and I think in those situations, they have the right to defend themselves if they want to. With Strictly Come Dancing being about the only decent thing on the telly at the moment, I follow a few of the “celebrities” from that. I noticed instantly that Chelsee Healey doesn’t have fantastic spelling and tweets very much the same way that she talks. Now I didn’t tweet her to tell her to get spelling lessons or to go back to school, but there are plenty that have. It turns out she’s actually dyslexic and has a lot of difficulty with spelling. According to an interview, she had announced this on twitter, but still gets criticised for it. To me, that’s like being hurtful towards someone with another learning difficulty, and I don’t get why people have levels of what can be attacked and what can’t - they wouldn’t be verbally abusive towards someone with autism, because that’s a “big” difficulty, but being dyslexic just means your thick, right? And that’s funny, so it’s okay. Someone recently tweeted her with “Dear England. Mancs don’t all sound like @chelseehealey. Poor representative of Manchester. She can dance though.” I know it wasn’t a really offensive tweet, but when you consider that she probably gets a lot of comments like that, surenly it builds up into something that does hurt quite a lot. I just do not see why they had to tag her in it, rather than just leave it without the “@”. I was pleased to see that Chelsee actually defended herself in a response, but she shouldn’t have to.
People seem to readily forget that these “celebrities” are people too; they have thoughts and feelings just like everyone that works in Tesco, the hospital, transport service, the military, the sports center… and sometimes, those feelings can get hurt too. And what’s more, these people clearly enjoy upsetting others, and hope for some kind of rise, or they wouldn’t tag them.
Can anyone tell me when this became an awesome thing to do? I’m genuinely interested to know if you think this actually makes you a really cool person that everyone wants to be with, or if you realise you’re just exposing yourself as a bit of a tw*t, really? Do you actually get a kick out of knowing you might have upset someone, and there’s little they can do about it?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, you really need to sort your life out.
It was all going so well and then the silly tit cocked it up!
I know it’s immature but I did shriek with laughter when the Superstar lost it on a kick and a flick!
The muck-up aside though, I still wasn’t that impressed by the jive. I found it too repetitive, and I didn’t think his technique was that great.
I think Kristina’s height compared to his is quite restrictive, and as she was wearing trainer-like shoes, she lost about five inches (I’ve read somewhere that she’s something like 5 ft 1 and always has to dance in pretty big heels) and it made the…and here’s where I know no technical names at all…passing over of their hands kind of awkward.
I do agree with the general criticism of Wembley - it was definitely far too big. They could never fill that whole space, but there was still a great deal of pressure on them to do so, and I think everyone’s dances suffered because of it. And then there’s the over 6,000 people situation, and someone like Chelsee (who I thought was just brilliant tonight) is never going to be someone who will get used to things like that. She’s a TV actress, not a stage actress or a huge singer; she’s just about used to small audiences now…not ones that size.
But Jason’s ego got too much for him. I think they were over-confident, utterly convinced that this one was in the bag, and with everyone saying it was going to beat Jill and Darren’s (hardly!), he was so busy lifting that sparkly-warkly glitter ball in his head that he forgot what he was doing.
Clearly, the weeks where he has been weaker haven’t knocked his ego that much, and maybe (doubtful), just maybe, this will be the bringing down a peg or two that he needs.
I did also have a little giggle at the fact that I had said it would be funny if someone like Alex topped him, and then…she did! Good times.
You know, when you put it like that, it does seem painfully painfully staged! I wouldn’t be surprised if they had had some help from the BBC too - I’ve noticed he’s gone from “Star of stage and screen” a few weeks ago, to “stage and screen superstar” - now he’s either paid them a significantly large amount of money to say that or it’s all part of the plan.
Argh it just makes me despise Jason even more! I absolutely love Strictly, but I’d enjoy it far more if he just disappeared. I wish he’d done out after one of his weak performances. It makes the whole thing far less enjoyable.
If Harry or Chelsee happen to nail it even more tonight, I will find some way to celebrate (damn my not drinking!)…all night long.
Or, in a hilarious twist of fate, how brilliant would it be if someone like Alex or Robbie suddenly scored 40? That would wound him. I can but dream…
Tonight’s Strictly will almost certainly see the dramatic start of a Jason Donovan comeback. As AidensManChest stated on Twitter, “pains me to say it but I have the most horrible feeling that The Donovan is going to be VERY good this week on SCD :/”. That horrible feeling is only too mutual,…
Thank you very much for your advice; I want something with meaning - like the Thespis masks - that symbolizes me, myself, I. I agree with you that my passion for Wicked may die within the next ten years; it's why I'm so hesitant to get a tattoo to begin with.
No problem! Didn’t want it to sound harsh but they’re limiting with the characters on replies! Damn Tumblr! I’m liking the Thespis masks idea! If you got a Wicked quote to “commemorate” something like a graduation or a significant birthday, then even if in ten years time you loved, I don’t know, Cheese: The Musical instead, you can still look at that tattoo and think “That symbolises a special moment in my life, and its from a beautiful song in a show that I loved”..if you see what I mean.
There are a few quotes I’m toying with from Elisabeth the musical. It’s not one that I’ve seen, it’s one I’ll probably never see, and it’s in a language I cannot speak a word of, but the lyrics are extremely meaningful, and are ones I don’t think will lose their meaning.
I’m also strongly considering ‘All That Jazz’ - there are lots of reasons why I want that line…and I’ve seen Chicago 17 times so it hasn’t grown old yet!
I have two tattoos and I adore them both, they’re both meaningful to me, and mean nothing to anyone else…which I quite like. They’re addictive, and I’m constantly planning more, but I won’t get it unless it’s meaningful in some way.
As long as you take time to plan it, you won’t regret it :)