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Jo Brand on Strictly, strippers and… staying safe

Jo Brand on Strictly, strippers and… staying safe

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Jo Brand is a woman with staying power - she's been on our radar for the best part of three decades and the media have cast her as everything from man-hater to national treasure during that time.She's no man-hater, of course. And she'd prefer to "maintain a decent taint of national disgrace" than be a national treasure.The comedian recently hit the headlines when she rebuked Have I Got News For You panellist Ian Hislop for not taking sexual harassment seriously enough.Brand, who was hosting the show, said: "As the only representative of the female gender, it doesn't have to be high level [harassment] for women to feel under siege in somewhere like the House of Commons. And for women, if you're const...
Scandal-hit Strictly couple stay for another week

Scandal-hit Strictly couple stay for another week

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Strictly contestant Seann Walsh and his professional partner Katya Jones have remained in the competition, despite days of controversy after they were photographed kissing in the street. Jones is married to another dancer on the show, and Walsh was in a relationship at the time.They finished in the top half of the leaderboard on Saturday night after receiving 28 points from the judges for their Charleston.It was one of the highest scores of the night, putting them in fourth place overall.Those points were then combined with votes from the public.Katie Piper and her professional partner Gorka Marquez became the third couple to leave the show this year.Following the cheating revelations, Walsh was publicly dumped by his long-term girlfriend.Rebecca Humphries released a statem...
Should Seann and Katya stay on Strictly?

Should Seann and Katya stay on Strictly?

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It started with a kiss... Strictly contestant star Seann Walsh and dance partner Katya Jones hit the headlines after being caught kissing in public.Walsh, who had a long-term girlfriend, Rebecca Humphries, and Jones, married to Strictly professional Neil Jones, both tweeted an apology.Humphries has since accused Walsh of "inappropriate and hurtful behaviour" during their relationship.Walsh has yet to comment but what does this mean for such a big TV show?Entertainment reporter Caroline Frost told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I think the Strictly producers can't really lose here, it's a huge story. "If they [Walsh and Jones] don't go by lunchtime, every viewer in the country, even the ones who weren't tuning in for the first three weeks of ...
Strictly star's ex-girlfriend: 'I'm not a victim'

Strictly star's ex-girlfriend: 'I'm not a victim'

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The girlfriend of Strictly star Seann Walsh has dumped him on Twitter, saying she is "no victim" after he was pictured kissing his dance partner. Rebecca Humphries released a statement after the stand-up comedian and Katya Jones issued apologies for their behaviour on a "drunken" night out.She started the statement insisting she is "not a victim" and ended it saying: "I'm not sorry I took the cat, though."Ms Humphries explained that the pictures were taken on her birthday, while she was at home alone.Throughout the post she mocks the spelling of his name, writing it with one 'n', and accused him of "controlling" behaviour. Image: Rebecca Humphries said Walsh cheated on her birthday The comedian and Mrs Jones, are partn...
Strictly Come Dancing: Katie Piper announced as first contestant

Strictly Come Dancing: Katie Piper announced as first contestant

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The first contestant to be announced for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing is Katie Piper.The television presenter appeared on BBC Breakfast, where it was confirmed she would be taking part in the show.The 34-year old former model claimed she lacked "natural rhythm" and said it was "a bit daunting" to be taking part in the programme.She also admitted that when she told her husband about it, "he just thought I was joking".Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will return to hosting duties, with Shirley Ballas heading up the panel of judges.Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood complete the line-up of experts.On Sunday, Tess and Claudia revealed each of this year's contestants had been given names of a type of cheese as a codename - to p...