Strictly Update: 18 November 2018

. unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Danny & Amy last week

. Monday was the beginning of Week 9 Blackpool Special training

. Zoe ball announced the songs and dances each couple would be performing for Week 9 on Tuesday

. The line up for the Strictly Christmas Special was revealed and its going to be a cracker of a show! With the parings also announced

Anita Rani & Neil Jones

Ann Widdecombe & Anton Du Beke

Caroline Flack & Gorka Marquez

Aston Merrygold & Janette Manrara

Jake Wood & Luba Mushtuk

Michael Vaughan & Nadiya Bychkova

. AJ took part in Celebrity Hunted this week and won the competition !

. The children in need special also took place this week with the band Boyzone all taking part. Congratulations to Shane & Luba for winning !

. Strictly Saturday – as the show returned to the tower ballroom in Blackpool, everyone was in high spirits and eager to perform on that noouriously bouncy floor. Stacey came down on a stick of rock, Giovanni played the drums with fire, nana Phylis was there and of course Ashley & Pasha got the first 40 of the series. What a show it was.

. Dancer of the week – Joe – a fantastic routine with not a step wrong or out of time. With the Quickstep you can always tell when something goes wrong but not a step was out of place and he was in sync with the backing dancers as well which is what impressed me the most