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Strictly Come Dancing – Lisa Riley – A New Dance Star

Strictly Come Dancing – It’s more than dancing for Lisa Riley

Strictly Come Dancing is only a few weeks into the latest series and the show continues to capture our imagination. If you haven’t seen the show Lisa Riley is taking part in this series. If you don’t know who Lisa Riley is, she’s a popular british actress well known for her roles in Emmerdale and for presenting “You’ve been framed”.

More recently we’ve seen Lisa portray a dark character in “Scott and Bailey”. This serious role allowed Lisa to display the full extent of her acting skills and proved for me at least that she is an amazing actress. Seeing her on Strictly Come Dancing you wouldn’t believe it is the same person.

Lisa has perhaps taken the Strictly Come Dancing judges and the public by surprise. Lisa Riley is a plus size lady and few people might have rated her as a having a chance to win the competition. But Lisa is a revelation, she dances very well and easily puts to shame the flawed image generally portrayed by the media that being large somehow means being second best.

Comment about Lisa’s look

Lisa has looked amazing in each of the dances she has done so far. Last night’s Hollywood Theme Night was no exception. Lisa danced the Jive with Robin to “Hanky Panky” tune from the Dick Tracy movie. She wore a short, frilly dress with lace sleeves teamed with sequined tights. Lisa had her hair done in a “Big Hair” style that suited her outfit and the dance perfectly.

Lisa Riley’s dancing

Lisa Riley’s dancing last night on strictly come dancing was no different to the first two evenings. It was exceptional and this is probably the one of the things about the show that people may have been most surprised by. Stereotyped perceptions kick in and people probably didn’t expect Lisa to be able to dance particularly well because she is a large lady. On the contrary, Lisa moved very well and is clearly a good dancer, dispelling this notion. She has excellent timing and rhythm and left us in no doubt about her capabilities as a dancer. Lisa and Robin finished third last night with their Jive. On the overall leader board after three weeks they are joint third with 11 points.

Lisa and Robin on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

Lisa and Robin Dancing The Jive

Views of the Strictly Come Dancing Judges

There is one element of the show I find somewhat irritating. Some of the judges comments have been slightly patronising as if they can’t believe a larger lady is capable of dancing and dancing really well. The fact that Lisa Riley is a larger lady is of no consequence whatsoever and the judges should not continue to draw attention to this.

Lisa’s personality

Lisa’s personality is a huge contributing factor to her ability to be a success in a show of this nature. This was clear in the strictly come dancing training session clips. Throughout those clips Lisa was bright and bubbly and having fun while working through the routines. Her positive attitude carries through to the dance floor and last night she performed with a big smile on her face throughout, clearly enjoying herself.

So who is going to win Strictly this year?

I think Lisa Riley has a very good chance of winning Strictly Come Dancing. However there is stiff competition in the form of Louis Smith. An Olympic athlete, no less. Louis and Flavia performed a dance routine from the film Dirty Dancing. The dance contains quite a challenging lift at the end of the routine. In their training clips much was made of this lift prior to Louis and Flavia’s performance. During their performance they executed the lift flawlessly and with apparent ease, as you’d expect from an Olympic gymnast. The BBC probably added a little drama to make their dance a little more interesting than it was. Having said that, technically their overall dance was excellent and probably deserved more than the 30 marks that put them in second place for the evening.

There are a number of weeks to go and there are plenty of other strong competitors in the mix, but wouldn’t it be special if Lisa goes on to win Strictly Come Dancing? I do hope so. Lisa’s positive approach and obvious ability are currently doing much to combat the negative attention that plus size women get in the UK press. So watch Strictly Come Dancing each week and vote for Lisa Riley, her performances thus far have deserved the votes she and Robin have received.

Joanna

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Who will be your 2012 television style icon?

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Behind everyone’s personal style there’s a number of influences. They could be designers, artists, shops, boutiques, celebrities or people we know. However, increasingly it’s television that is the root of our style choices these days.

Traditionally, we’d pick up a copy of Vogue or other glossy mags to see what is at the cutting edge of style but nowadays other mediums are making a bigger impact on what we wear & how. We are more likely to absorb our fashion intake through music videos, movies and television programmes. It’s a phenomenon that has occurred over the last few decades. Who didn’t sport a pair a legwarmers after watching their weekly dose of The Kids from Fame? No one had ever heard of shoulder pads before Dynasty. A week didn’t go by for a hairdresser to be asked for a ‘Rachel’ cut after Friends peaked in popularity. But now there are shows where fashion is an integral part of the plot.

 

When Carrie Bradshaw made large fabric flowers a feature of her wardrobe in the series Sex and the City, women across the world sported them whilst sipping their new found tipple Cosmopolitans. Not to mention the numerous other designers and looks that particular programme boosted, Manolo Blahnick, Jimmy Choo and Roberto Cavalli to name a few. Ugly Betty is unashamedly a cat-walk wrapped around a drama. Even though Absolutely Fabulous poked fun at the industry, there was still a fair amount of showcasing and name dropping going on.

Nostalgia is playing a big part in our style influence of late also. Mad Men, set in a 1960s New York advertising agency was a welcome glamorisation of women’s natural curves. In the UK, The Hour made 1950s prim popular as well as inspiring some of us to dig up the red lipstick again. We really loved The hour and ladies if you have hips you can recreate some of the look yourself by choosing our merino wool skirts by Bitte Kai Rand! Romola Garai who played the Bel Rowley character wore some fantasic dresses and skirts in the series.

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In a more modern vein on Channel 4, This is England ’86 and ’88 have been playing out a trip down fashion memory lane, from punk to dodgy highlights and dayglo accessories.

What will 2012 have in store? We’ve already had a ultra chic start to the year with the BBC’s We’ll Take Manhattan, a portrayal of Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey’s beginnings at Vogue. You cannot fail to be aroused by the 1960s looks against backdrop of New York City. If anything, that will bring back the pout…..it can only get better from here.

Joanna
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