Shirley Ballas chooses between Strictly contestants as she details ‘one to watch’

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Ahead of tomorrow’s third show of the series, Shirley Ballas, 61, appeared on The One Show to discuss the competition. As head judge, she begged viewers to vote to make eliminations “easier” on Strictly Come Dancing as she teased the names of the contestants she believes will be “the ones to watch” as the competition progresses.

“We must talk about this week, it’s movie week,” host Ronan Keating remarked.

“Anyone going to get an early 10?” Shirley replied: “Well, I’m not sure about the early 10.

“I wouldn’t be surprised actually, but we’ve got so much to look forward to tomorrow.

“We’ve got a Strictly meets Bridgeton opening number, choreographed by Jason Gilkison, we have got numbers for grandmas and grandpas, mums and dads and the children.

“And we’ve got a prosthetics person onboard now on the team that’s going to alter the way people look, so we have got everything coming your way tomorrow, lots of surprises and things that we haven’t done on the show before.”

“We want to get head judge’s predictions on a few things,” singer Ronan commented.

“First question – who are the ones to watch?” The ballroom dancer replied: “Well actually it’s one of those series where everyone has been great, as you can tell from week two.

“But I am really enjoying Tilly [Ramsay] – she’s going out there, she’s giving it her all, she’s never danced before.

“And she just looks like she’s loving every single minute of it.

“Last week when she came out I was in complete shock. So I don’t know how you felt, but she quite surprised me.

“And then, of course, we have Johannes [Radebe] and John [Whaite], our same-sex couple that are just absolutely full of class and the way Johannes has choreographed everything – it’s historic and it’s wonderful. So I’m interested to see how far they go.”

“So far, who has done the best dance?” Asked co-host Angellica Bell.

The BBC judge answered: “Well, I have to say it was Sara,” [Davies].

“Going from the bottom of the leaderboard and then suddenly coming back in week two and showing us that Foxtrot that blew me away.

“That takes a lot to do. Beautiful footwork, wonderful timing and shot straight to the top of the leaderboard.

“So that shows you in this series, it’s not necessarily the person that’s staying at the bottom – that leaderboard is going to be all over the place for sure.”

She added: “You must vote – please vote! Make my eliminations easy, please!”

Tomorrow’s movie week is a favourite episode in the annual show.

Shirley revealed the contestants would not only be judged on their dancing but the way in which they get into character and act during their routines.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One, while The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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