Demands and diva’s as Strictly Come Dancing 2011 returns

Last weekend as Strictly Come Dancing salsered back onto our screens, host Tess Daly pushed out the fashion style stakes. Wearing a caped backless short Roksanda Ilinicic purple dress for her first night appearance, Tess carefully teamed the look with high street favorites – Kurt Geiger heels, adding in a certain accessibility that allows fans to also purchase the same style from their local stores.

Competition wise this was also the night we saw Holly Valance and Anita Dobson hit the dance floor and swoop up matching scores on the leaderboard with an impressive 28. Nerves were apparent on Valance, but who wouldn’t show them in front of nasty judge Craig Revel Horewood as he noted that she required ‘sharper arm placement throughout.’ Ouch.

As for 1960s icon Lulu she sadly forgot her steps making it up as she went along with dance partner Brendan Cole, who slung the petite singer over his back for their finale. Fun to watch but horrific for her to hear the feedback. Robbie Savage fared no better from the judges taking an attack full on which left him with an unimpressive score of just 2 from Craig also.

For Saturday night the mood was again set for a night of fun and Tess switched to a more statement piece wearing a design by French fashion house Carven. This black asymmetric stretch-satin gown (priced at £550 from with T-shirt sleeve was paired with Jimmy Choo heels and SAHANI and Martine Wester jewellery. Taking a gamble Tess also tried out statement red lips (Girogio Armani shade 009) and a 1940s inspired pin wave curl which produced a fabulous screen siren look reminiscent of Jane Russell and Marlene Dietrich.

Dance wise Jason Donovan swept the floor with his routine racking up an impressive 32 overall, but his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff, as well as James Jordan (who is partnering The One show’s Alex Jones) were told by BBC bosses to tone down the routines beforehand moving away from such raunchy routines for the first live shows.

More drama ensued with ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s former girlfriend Nancy Dell’Olio demanding her own Harrods hairdresser for the show hours before she danced with partner Anton Du Beke. Dell’Olio apparently threatened to quit the show if her demands were not met. She already has been allowed specially made shoes which give her an extra 2 inches of heel height alongside a chauffeur-driven car with blacked out windows. However, this time the BBC did now bow down to her diva demands reminding Dell’Olio she is in fact under contract on their flagship winter show until Christmas.

Aside from the SCD buzz presenter Tess is also very excited as she has just written her first fiction based novel based on a model-turned-TV-presenter. The book is set to launch soon and has a fabulous array of characters which will definitely make you laugh out loud.



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