Strictly is back on our screens
As the Autumnal weather starts to emerge across the UK, the new season’s television series also make a reappearance. Last night saw the long awaited start of Strictly Come Dancing, with 15 new hopefuls trying to swing their way to the coveted trophy. This years glittering line up are Gregg Wallace, Jennifer Gibney, Tim Wonnacott, Caroline Flack, Pixie Lott, Scott Mills, Steve Backshall, Jake Wood, Sunetra Sarker, Mark Wright, Simon Webbe, Thom Evans, Alison Hammond, Judy Murray and Frankie Bridge.
Introduced by the new all-female presentation pair of Tess Daley and Claudia Winkleman, good old Brucey got the chance to say a final farewell to the show in his own unmistakable style. But rumour has it, he’ll still be making several surprise guest appearances along the way.
As always, we can expect the usual glitz and glam, with the contestants dressed up in unfamiliar sequins, the usual dodgy spray-tans and even some nasty spadex! So the question is… who’s your money on to go in the first round? Ours in on a rather stiff and awkward looking Judy Murray; mother of tennis professionals Jamie and 2013 Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray; who was recently quoted at saying to his Mother she’ll “be absolutely terrible!”. Nothing quite like the support of your family is there!
You can catch all the twists, twirls, flips and occasional falls on BBC One and BBC Two over the coming weeks leading up to Christmas.
X-Factor makes a grand return with some old faces
Fans of ITV’s rival show X-Factor will no doubt be pleased to see the return of the eleventh season of the reality talent show, anchored by popular presenter Dermot O’Leary. Even more surprising is the return of the north of England’s golden girl Cheryl Cole. Back from the proverbial scrapheap, reinvented and with a brand new name that none of us can pronounce; her official new title is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. Try remembering that one!
Gone are three of last season’s judges Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger with Louis Walsh being the only mainstay since the show began in 2004. The high-trousered Simon Cowell has decided to make a return to the show for the first time since 2010 after a long stint as a judge on the US version of the franchise which coincidentally just got axed Stateside. So it makes sense why he’s come home with his tail between his legs.
Even if you’re not a fan of The X-Factor, the early stage auditions are unmissable as a nation of delusional, tone-deaf fame hungry wannabes try to convince the judges they have the talent and appeal that UK audiences crave. In most cases, it’s classic car crash TV so even if you don’t want to watch the high-production value, auto-tuned final stages of the competition, the early days are by far the most entertaining!
Catch all the audition shows before they go across the ITV network on TV, on-demand and online.
F1 is headed for an epic finale!
This weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza proved that the season is far from over. After recent tantrums and bust-ups within the Mercedes camp, Lewis Hamilton produced yet another stunning drive in his less than perfect car to beat World Championship rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg to first and keep the battle for the world title alive.
With just six races remaining and only 22 points separating them, both drivers know that a mistake could cost either of them big time. With Rosberg leading the race, Hamilton just kept on piling up the pressure and on lap 29 the pressure told, as Rosberg broke too late and subsequently overshot the same corner he messed up earlier and allowed the Brit through to take the lead.
Earlier on, Hamilton was advised by him team to hang back and race towards the latter stages of the race to preserve his tyres. He bypassed that advice and decided with fresh tyres that the time was nigh and chipped away at Rosberg’s lead immediately. It was a telling moment.
The young German clearly didn’t like being put under intense pressure and cracked. As Lewis pointed out after the race, “I knew that was the best time to put pressure on him. I did it a couple of races ago and he doesn’t seem to like it so I’ll try it a bit more.”
Was this a significant moment in the championship? All this adds up to what could be a compelling Formula One season finale and with races, points and ultimately time running out, the one to hold their nerve will undoubtedly come out on top. It’s going to be epic.
Catch the build up to all the races and final six grand prix on Sky Sports F1 and the BBC – you’d be a fool to miss it!