Brendan Cole shared that while he thinks Angela Rippon “can go all the way” to the Strictly Come Dancing final, he predicts “time will play against her” eventually.
The former Strictly professional, 47, gave his verdict on Angela and partner Kai Widdrington’s Foxtrot to You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra. He said that while it was a “pretty dance”, the veteran presenter “wasn’t hitting a particularly wonderful ballroom position”.
He continued to Sky Bingo: “She’s 78 years old. What are we expecting? I think time will play against her in the show because it is very demanding and trying to make two numbers look good is very different to trying to make one number good.
“Half the time on a number can make a number go from being really nice, to really awful. I’ve no doubt that she’ll probably get to week eight or nine and that’d be great, but then once you step into two numbers, and you’ve got show dances and whatever, that becomes a tricky thing.”
Brendan, who was one of the original Strictly pros and remained on the series for 15 years, also said the show’s need for “diversity” will not act in Angela’s favour.
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He went on: “Within Strictly, you need diversity and I’m not talking about cultural diversity, I’m talking about diversity within what you’re doing.
“One number can’t look the same as the last number, and that number can’t look the same as the number before that, you’ve got to continue improving and developing…
“[You have to] keep your audience on side, [you have to] keep developing with the show and that would be my only fear with Angela, because I think what she’s done so far is beautiful. I’ve loved it and I’d love to see her win it.”
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Angela and Kai will return to the ballroom on Saturday for Movie Week and will perform a Quickstep to Do-Re-Mi from The Sound Of Music.
Other performances on the night will include a Jive from Nigel Harman and Katya Jones to Batman, a Samba from Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell to Romeo and Juliet’s Young Hearts Run Free and Layton Williams and Johannes Radebe will Viennese Waltz to Grease’s There Are Worse Things I Could Do.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.20pm on BBC One.
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