Shooting star Russell still in a Strictly whirl

ALTHOUGH I am no longer dancing the light fantastic with the rest of my friends, this has been a far from quiet week.

Monday evening saw me once again on the couch with Zoe for It Takes Two and a chance to talk about Saturday night’s show.

The Golden Shot from the big cannon and my flight through the air on what felt like a very small tea tray! Big hugs, big kisses. I love Zoe and I enjoyed every minute of our time together on the show.

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Later in the week I was signing the new Strictly Come Dancing book in a West End bookshop and we were all amazed by the sheer numbers of people who turned out to snap up a signed copy.

More interviews, more photo-shoots and I think you'll be amazed by some of the stuff the glossy celebrity magazines had in store for me.

I spent time with the Daily Mail who wanted to talk to me about my career and all the wonderful things I have done in the theatre over the years. It really is amazing when I pause for breath and look back over the years and think of all the wonderful people I have met, the places I have seen and the things I have been up to.

One of the wonderful things I simply have to mention is the number of children who have sent me their drawings of Flavia and I strutting our stuff. It’s so kind of everyone to send those lovely drawings in especially as they all show Flavia and me getting 10 points from all the judges! They are all on my fridge (I have a very big fridge!)

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Lots of texts and calls from the gang on Saturday afternoon. Everyone is being very nice and saying how much they miss me, but Strictly is a competition and the standard is soaring to stratospheric levels that only the very best can hope to achieve and maintain.

So what did you think of Saturday's show? Just as good as ever, in fact it just gets better and better doesn't it?

I loved Alex's cheeky Charleston and thought Holly was just mesmerising. Robbie and Ola pulled off an exciting samba in more than one way while Chelsee delighted us all with a wonderful performance. What can I say about Harry and Jason? They are just so good, such great energy and movement, such entertainment. Just marvellous.

I thought Anita and Brendan's cha-cha-cha was simply spectacular. Anita is such a lovely person her exit from the show will leave heart-shaped hole in the Strictly line up. Nevertheless, it is the nature of the show that one couple must leave the competition every week.

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I am meeting all the gang again next week because we are all starting our rehearsals for the Strictly Christmas Special. It will be fabulous to see everyone again and it will definitely be a Must See in everyone's Christmas viewing schedule.

Thanks for being there and KEEP DANCING!



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