Womans Strictly columnist reports from backstage…

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (9313904ae) Shirley Ballas 'Loose Women' TV show, London, UK – 10 Jan 2018 Do you know your 'swole' from your 'woke'? Are you more 'peng' or 'turnt'? And did you start your 2018 totally 'gassed'? If you haven't got a clue what we're on about, make sure to tune in and discover the buzzwords we'll all be using this year.

Anyone could win

Theres speculation that Ashley Roberts 
and Faye Tozer have a smaller chance of winning because of their previous dance experience, but everybody has a chance. And the judges only have 50% of the vote. The standard is so high at the moment I think the glitterball trophy could be anyones!

Blackpool magic

Our Blackpool special was outstanding – I even gave out four 10s! The atmosphere was electric in the ballroom. Joe Sugg was particularly emotional, as his gran was in the audience. She was so sweet.

Feeling festive

Im really looking forward to the Strictly Christmas special. More Strictly on our screens is always a good thing. Im very excited to see Anton Du Beke and Ann Widdecombe dancing together again. I cant wait to see what she brings to the table!

Ashleys perfect jive

We had our first perfect score of the series in Blackpool week! Ashleys jive gave us everything, from quality of technique and movement to creativity. Her timing had to be so tight to let that tablecloth be pulled from underneath her feet. It was beyond wonderful!

A sad farewell

It was difficult to say goodbye to Kate Silverton and Aljaž Skorjanec. It was a tough dance-off 
but Graeme Swann was just that little bit 
more clean and his couples choice routine was outside the box. The contest is getting tight and we cant underestimate the power of the public vote.

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