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Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing

Sat Sep 7, 6.50-8.10pm, BBC1

By Phil Harrison
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Well, that was underwhelming. Vanessa Feltz. Tony Jacklin. Sophie Ellis-Bextor. One of the hairy bikers. Monday's announcement of the participants for this year's 'Strictly' suggests, as Tess Daly commented in an interview, that the talent pool is getting smaller, especially without the 2012 feelgood factor to feed off.

As usual, ‘Strictly…’ feels like something of a poor relation of ‘The X Factor’ in the Saturday night autumn light entertainment pecking order. Still, if Sharon Osbourne’s getting on your tits over on ITV – and who could possibly blame you if that was the case? – you probably can’t go too far wrong with this, as the participants are paired off with the pros and sent off to learn their first moves of the series.
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