- Jenny Murray couldn’t take part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing
- UK-based columnist has turned hip, scoliosis, sciatica and a dodgy ankle
- Says BBC should persuade everyone to get vaccinated and tested again and again
- Check out the latest Strictly Come Dancing 2021 news here on the 30 judges, dancers and contestants of the series
When I was asked to join Strictly Come Dancing at the beginning of the year, how I longed to say yes. I imagined I was being swept on the floor by a handsome, handsome man who must have spent hours trying to make me play the hard part in the partnership—after all, the woman has to dance backwards in heels.
I had a Zoom meeting with the producers and tried my best to talk to myself. I told them how my dad and I used to walk and chat when I was little. How I was sent to ballroom lessons at age eight and spent two years learning what my mom thought was an essential skill for any woman.
I explained how much I loved dancing at parties and balls as a young woman, and how I participated in Stravinsky’s ballet The Right of Spring at university under the direction of a dance teacher Kay Tartar. I was supposed to have a good sense of rhythm.
I wouldn’t mind a candidate being flamboyant or joking. It was bound to be fun just participating.
Jenny Murray says later events show that she was lucky to have failed the fitness test for Strictly. Pictured: Tom Fletcher with his dance partner Amy Dowden
But then, oh dear, physiotherapist. Before they are allowed to do so, everyone will have to undergo a fitness test.
I came clean I mentioned my changed hips, my scoliosis and sciatica, my dodgy ankles—heels would be out of the question. I could feel their enthusiasm wavering rapidly like a creature. It was not to happen.
Subsequent events reveal that I am lucky to have survived. I am amazed that three non-vaccinated professional dancers have been allowed to participate, while the risk of COVID infection is still so high. Tom Fletcher of the McFly Band and his partner Amy Dowden, a couple who performed brilliantly last Saturday, have tested positive for the virus.
There’s no suggestion that those vaccines were refusal, but their hopes of getting high on the leaderboard have been dashed. They won’t be able to come this weekend.
When I attended The Real Full Monty on Ice last year there was no vaccine available – it only came up for my age group this year.
The test was harsh, as I’m sure it has been on Strictly, but it feels selfish to hold another person as close as possible without realizing it’s your duty to be yourself and theirs in the most obvious way possible. Protect – get the jab.
Jenny (pictured), who has been a Strictly fan from the beginning, said the BBC should persuade all participants to get vaccinated
I told myself that I will not watch the show this year. I would be very jealous of the glitz, glamour and skill of all those who made it past Physio.
In the end I couldn’t resist. I’ve been a fan since it started in 2004, despite autumn’s moans from the men in my family, ‘Oh no, strictly not again!’
Frankly, based on the standard, I’ve had another lucky escape. No joke is candidate. For the first show, the high level of performance was phenomenal. I could never compete.
I hope actor Greg Wise does well. I’ve always loved his wife, Emma Thompson, and I want him to be proud of her.
But my money is on two people – John White and Johannes Radebe. His rhythm and enthusiasm are well known. So clever of Johannes to jump off the cake to meet his partner. So campy and appropriate as John is, of course, a great British baker. His tango was beautiful. It was originally danced by two men as the ‘Tango of the Compadron’, so the choice was correct.
Now, please BBC, make sure the Covid-19 is sent packing and doesn’t turn into a sneaky, aggressive fellow. persuading everyone to get vaccinated; test, test and test again; And pray that Tom and Amy get on the dance floor as soon as possible. As the nights come we need the color of the show, so take care of your stars and your audience.
ageism? pah, they’re just pointless
Dame Eileen Atkins, 87, (pictured) said her fellow veterans, who complain about the lack of spares for older women, are in vain and cannot recover from the loss of the great beauty they possessed. bar was
Don’t you just love Dame Eileen Atkins, who, at 87 and still working, has chosen to make her fellow veterans complain about no part for older women?
She calls them in vain and says that they cannot recover from the loss of the great beauty they once had.
“There are a lot of parts,” she says, “if you’re ready to make yourself look cheesy.” She looks very good to me.
against! petrol! And paranoia!
Wouldn’t it be nice to spend the last few weekends of this Indian summer by the sea? This was not to happen and I can barely express how angry I am.
My trips to my family home on the coast include the North Circular, A40, M40, M25 and M3. You must be guessing why I’m so furious that I didn’t dare to take the risk of trying to get there.
I’m all for combating climate change, but hasn’t it happened to those idiots who are blocking M25 that you don’t get people’s sympathy for your cause by making people’s lives miserable? Take the train, someone said. It’s not easy two…