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06/11/2018 14:00 GMT

'Strictly Come Dancing' Week 8 Songs And Dances Confirmed

Blackpool is in sight...

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ bosses have confirmed the songs and dances the contestants will be performing to this weekend.

We’re now over halfway into the competition and the remaining nine couples will be pulling out all the stops for a chance to perform in Blackpool next weekend (17 November).

Saturday’s live show will see them taking on a range of dance styles, with modern tunes from the likes of Sigala and Calum Scott mixed with classics from Jackie Wilson and Audrey Hepburn.

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This week it’s Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev’s couple’s choice, and they’ll be performing a contemporary routine.

Here’s the full rundown of what to expect…

  • Ashley and Pasha will be dancing Contemporary to ‘Unsteady’ by X Ambassadors
  • Lauren and AJ will be dancing a Viennese Waltz to ‘You Are The Reason’ by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis
  • Stacey and Kevin will be dancing a Waltz to ‘Moon River’ by Audrey Hepburn
  • Faye and Giovanni will be dancing a Jive to ‘Reet Petite’ by Jackie Wilson
  • Kate and Aljaz will be dancing a Quickstep to ’I Want You To Want Me; by Letters To Cleo
  • Danny and Amy will be dancing a Samba to ‘Feels Like Home’ by Sigala
  • Charles and Karen will be dancing a Charleston to ‘No Diggity’ by Minimatic
  • Graeme and Oti will be dancing a Salsa to ‘Follow The Leader’ by Soca Boys
  • Joe and Dianne will be dancing a Samba to ‘MmmBop’ by Hanson

Last week Dr Ranj Singh became the sixth celebrity to leave this year’s series.

The ‘This Morning’ medic left the BBC ballroom competition during Sunday’s results show after facing ‘Casualty’ actor Charles Venn in the dance-off.

After the result was announced, Dr Ranj told host Tess Daly: “I can’t express how much this has meant to me. I have made friends for life. I’ve done something that I only could have dreamed of. I just want to say to anyone who ever dreams of this you can, you really can, ’cause I’m here and I’ve done it.”

Meanwhile, six ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ ghosts of Christmas past have been confirmed to be hitting the floor for this year’s festive special.

Airing on Christmas Day, former champion Caroline Flack will be strapping on her dancing shoes once again for the special episode, where she’ll be joined by Aston Merrygold and Anita Rani.

Also competing for the Silver Star trophy in this year’s Christmas special, which will have the theme of “fairy tales and making dreams come true, will be ‘EastEnders’ actor Jake Wood, former cricketer Michael Vaughan and Ann Widdecombe.

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  • Jay McGuiness's Jive
    This was the moment the former Wanted singer cemented himself as the favourite to win the 2015 series, and it was only week three (!)
  • Jake Wood's Salsa
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    EastEnders' used car salesman Max Branning turned into an overnight sex symbol with this Samba to 'Mambo No. 5' in 2014. It was just a pity his partner lifted the choreography from her stint on 'So You Think You Can Dance?'
  • Alesha Dixon's Cha-Cha-Cha
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    When Alesha Dixon performed his show-stopping routine on series five, we were convinced she was about to become the next Beyoncé. Instead, she later became the next Arlene Phillips, replacing the veteran on the panel.
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor's Charleston
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    The Charleston was a fairly new dance to 'Strictly' when S.E.B took it on in 2013. And despite it only being week two of the competition, she and partner Brendan Cole bagged a whopping 36 points for the routine.
  • Danny Mac's Samba
    Danny and Oti's 2016 routine still makes us come over a bit funny. Let's put it this way - if it was any hotter, it would have been on literal fire. 
  • Abbey Clancy's Waltz
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    2013 champ Abbey wowed the judges with this beautiful waltz in week one of the competition, and brought it back for the final, where they scored a perfect 40 and lifted the glitterball trophy.
  • Jill Halfpenny's Jive
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    If you can remember as far back as series two in 2004 (!), you'll no doubt remember this knockout performance from Jill and partner Darren Bennett.
  • Lisa Riley's Samba
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    We don't think anyone has ever had as much fun as Lisa and Robin Windsor did performing their Samba on the show in 2012.
  • Caroline Flack's Charleston
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    Cazza's Turkish interpretation of the Charleston cemented her as the favourite to win in 2014. She also performed the dance again in the final, which eventually saw her crowned winner.
  • Kara Tointon's Argentine Tango
    Given the sexual tension in this performance, it's no wonder Kara and Artem Chigvintsev announced they were an item shortly afterwards.
  • Louis Smith's Showdance
    Not only did Louis Smith capture a lot of attention with his toplessness, but his dancing was pretty good in this too.
  • Matt Di Angelo's Salsa
    Matt went from Dean Wicks to snake hips with his performance of the Salsa in series five in 2007.