Strictly’s Kevin Clifton exposes Anneka Rice game plan after Cha Cha Cha scores low

The first Strictly Come Dancing saw judges scoring each celebrity’s performance with their professional partner for the first time. And, one of the low scoring routines came from Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton. However, reflecting the dance on It Takes Two, Kevin may have revealed it’s part of their game plan.

Zoe welcomed Anneka and last year’s champion Kevin on to the show this evening to chat about their Cha Cha Cha on Saturday night’s first live show.  

Viewers saw the TV star kick-start her routine with a stunt inspired by her 80s TV show Treasure Hunt, which would see her arriving by helicopter.

The pair earned a score of 14 much to the star’s delight however, they are in the bottom three on the leader board. 

However, as the pair appeared on It Takes Two this evening, Kevin may have just let Anneka’s “game plan” slip following her low score.

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It comes after judge Craig Revel Horwood suggested Anneka was “holding back”.

He told her: “It was very stiff and lacked any hip action whatsoever but you’re better than what you are making out.”

On the other hand, Bruno Tonioli said: “Despite a few wrong turns and a few mishaps and a few obstacles, you got to the end.”

Referring to Craig’s comment, Zoe said that Craig may have suggested that Anneka could be holding something back and then asked the star if it was true.

“Is he implying that I won’t try very hard the first week?” Anneka remarked whilst breaking into a laughter. 

Kevin, smiling beside Anneka, joked: “See, that’s our game plan.”

A puzzled Anneka explained: “I did’t even understand that on the night let alone you mentioning it again now. What on earth does that mean?”  

Zoe suggested maybe he means that she has a lot of potential but is just not letting it out right now. 

Nodding in agreement with Zoe, Kevin added: “Yeh that’s what I think. He thinks there’s a dancer in there and we’re starting to find it.”

Despite one of the lowest scores on the show, can Anneka’s next performance save her from the first elimination? 

Moving on to Anneka’s positivity, Zoe mentioned that the judges were raving about her energy levels despite her low score. 

Video footage was shown of the star in training with Kevin and while she’s continuing to rehearse, Kevin is heard saying: “Anneka’s like ‘cool, let’s do it again’ and I’m like ‘yeah‘” as he gasps for air. 

Imitating Kevin, Zoe remarked the professional was wheezing while struggling to catch his breath before praising Anneka for not even breaking a sweat. 

Fans on Twitter also praised Anneka for her energy and positivity during her performance. 

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Zoe also noted the 60-year-old was very apprehensive about signing up.

“It’s taken me 15 years to say yes to this programme,” the star responded. She went on to add that she felt a little bit “reckless” this year but is excited about where life is taking her. 

The star admitted that it was a breakthrough because it wasn’t about how good she was but rather about “how it makes you feel”. 

Looking at Kevin and squeezing his hand, the star mentioned they started their next routine which is the Waltz, teasing: “It came from the heart rather than my feet. It will never come from my feet.”

Next week Kevin and Anneka will perform the Waltz to Whitney Houston’s song, Run To You. 

It Takes Two airs weekdays on BBC One at 5.15pm. 

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Lizzo Issues Apology After Falsely Accusing Postmates Driver Of Stealing Her Food!

Never tweet on an empty stomach!

Lizzo issued an apology to a Postmates driver she publicly accused of food theft after the driver made it clear that was not the case.

Last week, the Juice singer put Tiffany W. on blast by claiming to her almost one million Twitter followers the delivery driver “stole food.” The tweet (below) came complete with a screenshot of Tiffany’s profile photo:

Tiffany spoke to TMZ about the incident, and she said the days since then have been the worst of her life. Not only is she humiliated and afraid to go to work out of fear someone might harm her, she says Lizzo’s accusation is completely false.

Apparently, the performer’s food was supposed to go to a Boston hotel, but there was no room number listed on the order. On top of that, no one reportedly answered the phone call linked to the account. 

Tiffany said she did all she could to get the customer her order: she hit up the hotel concierge, then went into the lobby to try to contact the customer and heard nothing back.

After waiting for a total of 10 minutes, she decided to leave. As for the food theft claims, Tiffany says the order was seafood, which she doesn’t even eat.

A spokesperson for the company said Tiff followed the rules. She waited at least the required 5 minutes and wasn’t able to reach the customer, so she moved on like she was supposed to. 

The rep added:

“As soon as Lizzo reached out, we looked into the matter and quickly resolved the issue. We apologize to Lizzo for any inconvenience.” 

The Hustlers actress apologized as well. She deleted her original tweet calling out Tiffany and said she won’t call out her Postmates drivers ever again, tweeting:

Tip your Postmates drivers, Perezcious readers! They go through a lot!

This isn’t the only controversy Lizzo’s had to deal with as of late. Earlier this month, we reported Mina Lioness accused the 31-year-old of allegedly swiping the line from her song Truth Hurts — you know, when Lizzo sings “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch” — from the UK artist’s work!

Mina said:

“What I cannot get over is how brazen Lizzo and her team have been in ignoring my whole presence. They’re doing it because they know I have no capital to address her. Now everyone believes those were your words, when in fact they were mine. My creativity, my wit and my comedy.”

We’ll see if Lizzo owns up to these claims like she did with the Postmates snafu.

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Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington Discuss Controversial Game Of Thrones Season 8 And Finale

Season 8 of Game of Thrones, the show’s final season, was its most-watched ever and the fantasy drama took home the Outstanding Drama Series award at the Emmys and set other records. At the same time, the reaction to the final season was mixed to say the least. Actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO show, has now responded to the controversy surrounding Season 8–as has Jon Snow actor Kit Harington, who has not yet watched the show’s final season himself.

At the Emmys, Clarke told Variety that the mixed response to Season 8 was “flattering.” People passionately sharing their thoughts and opinions about Game of Thrones–whatever they might be–shows that people care, and that’s a good thing, Clarke says.

“It was profoundly flattering,” she said of the response to Season 8. “Because when someone cares that much, that they’re ready to make such a noise about how they believe how the characters should have been finished, and how the story should have gone, that’s just enormously flattering. That just shows how much everybody loved it.”

SPOILERS FOR GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 FOLLOW:

In the final season of Game of Thrones, Daenerys becomes the Mad Queen, attacking King’s Landing and killing thousands of innocent people. Jon Snow then kills her.

When Clarke initially read the script and learned the fate of Daenerys, she was taken aback. “What, what, what, WHAT!?” she told Entertainment Weekly about her thoughts upon learning the story. “Because it comes out of f**king nowhere. I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming.”

Kit Harington, meanwhile, said at the Emmys that he hasn’t seen any of Season 8. However, he said he’s proud of the show’s final season, which was incredibly ambitious. He also spoke about how he believed in the final season’s story arc and what happened to the characters.

“I know what it took to shoot it, and it was hard; everyone put all of their love and effort into it,” he said. “Controversy, I think for us, we knew what we were doing was right story-wise. And we knew it was right for the characters because we lived with them for 10 years. Controversy didn’t really affect us.”

Game of Thrones won a record-tying 12 Emmy Awards this year, including Outstanding Drama Series. Tyrion Lannister actor Peter Dinklage won his fourth Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, surpassing Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul for a new record.

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Jared Padalecki to Star in ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ Reboot!

Jared Padalecki is in talks to star in, and executive produce, a reboot of CBS’ former hit show Walker, Texas Ranger!

The 37-year-old Supernatural star’s new show is being shopped around with networks like The CW and CBS showing interest.

According to Deadline, the series will follow “Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a man finding his way back to his family while investigating crime in the state’s most elite unit. Our broken widower and father of two returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years for a high profile case – only to discover that there’s even more work to be done at home.”

Jared‘s current show Supernatural is heading into its final season on The CW. Jared and his co-stars got emotional promoting the show recently!

The original Walker, Texas Ranger aired from 1993 to 2001, and starred Chuck Norris.

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7pm transfer news LIVE: Sterling’s Real Madrid ambitions, Willian to Juventus, Havertz £90m race hots up – The Sun

CLUBS around the world are ramping up their preparations for January's transfer window.

Many of Europe's biggest teams have unfinished business, with Neymar's move to Barcelona falling through in summer – but Arsenal still have £350,000-a-week Mesut Ozil despite only playing once this season.

Get all the latest transfer news and gossip here.

 

  • FORMER Tottenham defender Alan Hutton has blamed Christian Eriksen having “his head turned” for the Spurs midfielder's erratic start to the season.

    Denmark playmaker Eriksen, 27, was linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United over the summer.

    And ex-Aston Villa star Hutton told Football Insider: “Eriksen has had a lot of up-and-down performances.

    “I do believe with all the transfer rumours and stuff he has had his head turned and so he has had a dip in form.

    “He has also been in and out of the side, which does not help.”

  • CHELSEA could reportedly miss out on one of their top transfer targets next year.

    Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj has been on the Blues' shortlist for the last 18 months, and boss Frank Lampard was keen on bringing him in.

    Manchester United, with their own desperate need of improving the squad, were also believed to be interested

    Now, according to The Express, his Italian club are poised to tie their star man down to a longer and much improved contract.

    Chelsea are currently appealing their transfer ban, and so hope to be allowed to move for additions in January.

    Otherwise they will have to wait for the Albanian until at least next summer.

    Chelsea currently have captain Cesar Azpilicueta occupying the right-back role, with rookie Reece James back-up after injury.

    But with Azpilicueta struggling at the start of the new Premier League season, Chelsea fans would be delighted if the club go out for a replacement.

  • PETERBOROUGH have tried to dampen speculation after their red-hot ex-Newcastle strikers Ivan Toney and Marcus Maddison were linked with a double swoop by several Championship clubs.

    TEAM talk suggested Derby County, Middlesbough, Blackburn and Bristol City were keen on ex-Toney, 23, and Maddison, 25.

    Toney is League One's top scorer with eight goals in nine games after 23 in 55 matches last term.

    Aand Maddison, who can play out wide or as an attacking midfielder, has an amazing tally of five goals and six assists from his nine games this season.

    Now Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony has laughed off the rumours when replying to a Derby fan's tweet asking if they had any truth.

    Peterborough chairmanMacAnthony posted: “Best to ignore all transfer talk pal. It’s bloody September 😂. Cheers”

  • TOTTENHAM have reportedly added Fiorentina's Riccardo Sottil to a list of top European youngsters they are scouting.

    The Italy Under-21 winger has burst on the Serie A scene this term.

    And the Daily Express say Spurs travelled to Italy to see the 20-year-old against Atalanta on Sunday night.

    But their plans were scuppered as Sottil remained on the bench throughout the 2-2 draw.

  • JUVENTUS are keeping a close eye on Chelsea ace Willian, according to Tuttosport.

    The source claims the Italian giants could make a move for the Brazilian if he becomes a free agent next summer.

    Willian's Chelsea contract is up then, and there hasn't been talk of him extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.

    That means Juve could begin negotiations with the player in January ahead of a move six months later.

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Chelsea transfer blow as Elseid Hysaj closes in on new Napoli contract with Man Utd also keen – The Sun

CHELSEA could reportedly miss out on one of their top transfer targets next year.

Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj has been on the Blues' shortlist for the last 18 months, and boss Frank Lampard was keen on bringing him in.

Manchester United, with their own desperate need of improving the squad, were also believed to be interested

Now, according to The Express, his Italian club are poised to tie their star man down to a longer and much improved contract.

Chelsea are currently appealing their transfer ban, and hope to win this and be allowed to move for additions in January.

If it fails, they will have to wait until next summer, but the Albanian was on the shopping list regardless.

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Chelsea currently have captain Cesar Azpilicueta occupying the right-back role, with rookie Reece James his back up as he returns from injury.

But with Azpilicueta struggling at the start of the new Premier League season, Chelsea fans would be delighted if the club go out for a new right-back.

Another potential transfer target is Bayer Leverkusen striker Kai Havertz.

The 20-year-old midfielder scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term but has indicated that this could be his last season at the BayArena.

German giants Bayern Munich are thought to be leading the race for the prodigy's signature.

But Borussia Dortmund are also eyeing him as a potential Jadon Sancho replacement if the Englishman is to move on.

Havertz himself is believed to be happy at Leverkusen – but ready to move on next summer.

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Sunderland owner Stewart Donald slams sick fans who sung vile chant about Gary Speed – The Sun

SUNDERLAND owner Stewart Donald has slammed supporters who sang a sick song about Gary Speed.

A video of a group of Black Cats fans chanting about the late Newcastle midfielder’s suicide has been shared on social media.


There have been calls for the supporters involved to be banned from the Stadium of Light for life.

And Donald condemned the footage and has vowed to take action.

The Sunderland supremo tweeted: “It is shocking.

“I have seen it and I am absolutely gutted.

“It is unacceptable, unjustifiable, wrong, hurtful and embarrassing.

“Gary Speed’s poor family deserve support and understanding and to abuse such a tragic event is simply wrong and sick.

'DISGUSTING'

“I’m sorry and I’m on it.”

Speed played for Sunderland’s rivals Newcastle for six years.

And fans from around the country blasted the "disgusting" chants about "legend" Speed – saying they went "far beyond footballing rivalry".

One posted: "I hope the supporters club are calling for a lifelong ban on anyone identified singing this,
bringing shame on a great club and fans. LFC Fan."

Another supporter said: "Horrible song, don't want them type of fans associated with our club."

And also speaking for so many fans was this tweet: "Absolutely disgusting and well, well beyond any sort of football rivalry. I hope they are ashamed."

He was the manager of Wales when he hung himself at home in November 2011.


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Oktoberfest 2019 – where can you celebrate it in the UK and what's the German festival all about?

LEDERHOSEN, low-cut blouses and a shedload of beer… it can only be time for Oktoberfest.

But when is the traditional German festival, what's it all about and how and where can you take part in the UK?

What is Oktoberfest?

It’s that time of year again when pint glasses are left to gather dust and Brits say "guten tag" to giant steins of beer in celebration of Oktoberfest.

The Munich Oktoberfest attracts around six million visitors a year and is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair).

The event is a celebration of Bavarian history and was launched in 1810 in honour of the Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

It wouldn't be Oktoberfest without barmaids in the numerous beer tents being dressed in the traditional dirndl dress and guests donning traditional Bavarian gear including lederhosen.

In 2016, sprint superstar Usain Bolt was seen chatting to some Bavarian barmaids in the city as he tucked into some local brews.

Meanwhile, Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson was seen supping an ale in Munich as he got into the party spirit.

In 2018, action star Arnold Schwarzenegger along with tennis champ Boris Becker were among Munich's celebrity guests.

When is Oktoberfest?

All the frothy fun officially got underway on Saturday, September 21, in Germany and the event sees people drink beer and consume signature German sausages, chicken, giant pretzels and wild oxen.

Celebrations traditionally kicked off with the Mayor of Munich tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer.

After this, parades and drinking tents remain open for two weeks, with the festival ending on October 6.

How can you celebrate Oktoberfest in the UK?

Brits no longer need to shell out on flights and hotels to join in with Germany’s biggest party, as they can get stuck in right here in the UK.

The traditional German festival has gone global over recent years – and in Britain it's more popular than ever.

Beer halls from Edinburgh to Exeter and Belfast to Bristol will welcome thirsty revellers for drinking to the sound of brass band music.

Events in London are taking place from September 28 and will be held in Millwall Park in Canary Wharf and Finsbury Park in Central London.

You can also try London Oktoberfestival, which is located underneath Waterloo station, and will have Oompah bands, live music and beer in a 1,200 capacity spot.

Erdinger Oktoberfest is the biggest ever authentic Oktoberfest event in the UK.

Organisers are shipping more than 250,000 pints of Erdinger and Fischers Hell lager to quench the thirst of up to 5,000 guests each night.

It takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.

 

Edinburgh Oktoberfest lasts for the whole of October through to November 3 and is held at West Prince Street Gardens.

Vale Warehouse in Cardiff is also putting on an event on October 5.

Manchester Oktoberfest is happening a week later from October 16-20 at The Yards at Mayfield.

In Birmingham you can enjoy some beer drinking all month long at Digbeth.

The event is also coming to Mote Park, Maidstone, on October 5.

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Meghan Markle dresses baby Archie in an identical bobble hat to the one worn by a baby Prince Harry in 1985 paying sweet tribute to Princess Diana – The Sun

MEGHAN Markle dressed baby Archie in the same bobble hat Prince Harry had worn as a baby in 1985, paying a sweet tribute to Princess Diana.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Cape Town, South Africa on day one of their Royal Tour with their son being carried in Meghan’s arms.


And royal fans were quick to point out that the hat worn by the five-month-old appeared to be same one once worn by his dad Prince Harry 34 years ago.

During a flight to Aberdeen in 1985 the late Princess of Wales could be seen carrying the then six-month-old who was wearing what is believed to be very same cream bobble hat.

Royal fan account The House of Sussex shared a side by side comparison where the two babies looked strikingly similar.

The Sussexes arrived in South Africa this morning for their first Royal Tour as a family after their commercial flight was delayed by 40 minutes.

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The couple began their 10-day tour by visiting a township to support a charity that helps disadvantaged children.

Their decision to fly with a commercial airline comes after a row over the number of private jets Harry and Meghan were taking while preaching about climate change.

The family have also arrived laden with gifts for the nation's children — presents donated to their son Archie.

Harry and Meghan will give clothes, books and other items to an Africa-based charity that trains and employs women living with HIV as community health workers.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to begin their tour in a township known as the country's "murder capital".

Nyanga, about 12 miles from Cape Town, recorded more murders — 289 — per head of the population than any other area last year.

The royal couple will visit The Justice Desk, a group that teaches self-defence and empowerment to vulnerable children.

Many of the kids have suffered trauma have learned crucial skills in a place where thousands live cheek-by-jowl in a squalid sea of tin and wood shacks, and violence is a daily reality.

Meghan is expected to add her voice to the thousands who have spoken out about the rising violence against women in South Africa, during the tour's first event.

Harry will travel to Angola on Friday, to pay homage to the work of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, campaigning for landmines to be outlawed during a visit she made to the country in 1997.

He will also pay tribute to a British soldier killed by an elephant during anti-poaching operations in Malawi when he visits the country on September 30, to focus attention on efforts to protect endangered animals.

In other royal news, we told you how Meghan's former Suits co-star Patrick J Adams has shared previously unseen pictures of her on the set of the legal drama.

Plus, we shared how the duchess will speak out on gender violence during the tour.

And Meghan this week dazzled in £8,900 Valentino dress as she arrived with Harry for pal Misha Nonoo’s lavish Italian wedding.

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UAE’s first astronaut is issued Islamic guidelines

UAE’s first astronaut is issued Islamic guidelines telling him how to pray in space when he is observing 16 sunrises a day… and how to check he is always facing Mecca

  • Hazzaa Al Mansoori will take off for the International Space Station this week
  • He will become the first man in space from an Arab country since the late 1980s 
  • Dubai’s Islamic officials have advised him to stick to Mecca’s daily timings 

The UAE’s first ever astronaut has been issued with a set of Islamic guidelines which tell him how to practise his faith in space. 

Astronauts on the International Space Station witness 16 sunrises and sunsets a day, making life more difficult for observant Muslims who are expected to pray and fast according to the time of day. 

Hazzaa Al Mansouri, who was selected from more than 4,000 applicants to become the UAE’s first man in space, will take off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday and Dubai’s Islamic Affairs Authority has provided him with the answers. 

According to The National, the advice says he should time his prayers to match the time of day in Mecca. 

Hazzaa Al Mansouri (pictured during a pre-flight examination) will become the UAE’s first astronaut this week when he takes off for the International Space Station 

A previous Muslim astronaut, Malaysia’s Sheikh Muszapher Shukor, was advised to follow the time of day in Kazakhstan where his rocket took off, officials said. 

But Mecca, as Islam’s holiest city, ‘takes precedent’ as there is ‘no point in following the timings of the launch country,’ the UAE booklet says. 

Being in space does not lift the requirements of Ramadan, the official advice says, when Muslims are expected to fast from dawn until dusk. 

‘It is important for the astronaut to know their timings’ during the holy month, the booklet reads. 

However, Al Mansouri is only expected to spend eight days in space, and the month of Ramadan has already happened this year.  

On top of that, Muslims are expected to face towards Mecca when they pray – posing another difficulty for astronauts in zero gravity who are rapidly orbiting the Earth.

The UAE astronaut is advised to face Earth if he can, but pray in any direction if that proves too difficult. 

Hazzaa Al Mansouri, pictured earlier this month, has been advised to follow the daily timings in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, in order to fulfil his prayer requirements 

A Russian Soyuz booster rocket is installed on the launch pad in Kazakhstan today, where Al Mansouri and two fellow astronauts will take off on Wednesday 

Similarly, Dubai officials say Al Mansouri should do his best to observe the ritual of ablution, or washing oneself before prayer. 

However, if water is not readily available, he could use a stone or grain of sand instead, they suggest.  

Al Mansouri will join Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and U.S. astronaut Jessica Meir on the ISS when the rocket launches from Kazakhstan on Wednesday. 

The UAE astronaut will return on October 3 while his two colleagues will return in spring next year, according to NASA. 

‘Our flag will go, our dreams, our passion [for] this country,’ Al Mansouri said after he was selected earlier this year. 

He will become only the third astronaut from an Arab country, and the first since the 1980s. 

Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud flew on an American Space Shuttle mission in 1985, and and Muhammed Faris from Syria joined a Soviet space flight two years later. 

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