Chandeliers hang over the vast space of Birmingham’s indoor arena, twinkling with fairy lights. The set design pretends to evoke a ballroom, but really represents a television studio, all lit up with Saturday night sequins.
Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba showed he still has some fancy footwork as he kicks up a storm for Strictly Come Dancing - just months after retiring from the pitch after his "death".
The former Emmerdale actress will appear in the show directed and written by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood
Former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne became the latest star to slide off the Strictly Come Dancing stage but said the experience had been "so much fun".
Louis Smith accidentally gave away the result of the Strictly Come Dancing elimination when he fired off an online message offering his commiserations to ousted Sid Owen.
One, two, three … it shouldn't be that difficult, should it? Certainly not for a master maths mentor. But in rehearsals for the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing last week, Johnny Ball got his sums all wrong as he pulled his partner, the professional dancer Aliona Vilani, in the wrong direction, twisted her leg awkwardly, and left her in hospital with a hairline fracture to her ankle. Maybe it's because they were trying an eight-count tango rather than the "one, two, three" waltz. Maybe it's just that he was determined to get fractions into the show.
He was the 1980s golden boy who won all our hearts. Then his career tailspinned as drugs and scandal took hold. Now Jason Donovan is back in the hunt for pop glory again, he tells Craig McLean.