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National Television Awards 2018: See The Full List Of Nominees

The shortlist of nominees for this year’s National Television Awards has been revealed and as of today (Tuesday 9 January), fans can cast their vote to decide who wins. 

Returning for their 23rd year, the NTAs celebrate reality television, dramas, talkshows and soaps, and remain one of the very few places where ‘Game Of Thrones’ goes up against ‘Call The Midwife’. 

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‘Love Island’, ‘The Great British Bake Off’, ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ are also among the nominees, while Ant and Dec lead the TV Presenter category – one they have triumphed in for 16 years in a row. 

The duo’s programme ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ is also one of five shows nominated for the inaugural Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award.

Dermot O’Leary is returning to host the event, which will take place at London’s O2 on Tuesday 23 January. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV. 

See the full list of nominees below and cast your vote to decide who wins here… 

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Love Island
The Great British Bake Off

Line Of Duty
Little Boy Blue

Britain’s Got Talent
Strictly Come Dancing
The Voice UK
The X Factor

Call The Midwife
Doctor Foster
Game Of Thrones

Ant & Dec
Bradley Walsh
Holly Willoughby
Phillip Schofield

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy
Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

David Tennant, DI Alec Hardy, Broadchurch
Jenna Coleman, Queen Victoria, Victoria
Sheridan Smith, Julie Bushby, The Moorside
Suranne Jones, Gemma Foster, Doctor Foster
Tom Hardy, James Keziah Delaney, Taboo

All Round To Mrs Brown’s
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Celebrity Juice
The Graham Norton Show

Coronation Street

Barbara Knox, Rita Tanner, Coronation Street
Danny Miller, Aaron Dingle, Emmerdale
Lacey Turner, Stacey Fowler, EastEnders
Lucy Fallon, Bethany Platt, Coronation Street

Peter Kay’s Car Share
Still Open All Hours
The Big Bang Theory

Danny Walters, Keanu Taylor, EastEnders
Nathan Morris, Milo Entwistle, Hollyoaks
Ned Porteous, Tom Waterhouse, Emmerdale
Rob Mallard, Daniel Osbourne, Coronation Street

Loose Women
The Chase
The Jeremy Kyle Show
This Morning

David Walliams, Britain’s Got Talent
Paul Hollywood, The Great British Bake Off
Simon Cowell, Britain’s Got Talent / The X Factor, The Voice UK / The Voice Kids

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Final: Bruno Tonioli Falls Off His Chair Amid Finale Excitement

Just a few weeks ago, Craig Revel Horwoodfell off his chair while doing an impression of his fellow ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Bruno Tonioli.

Well, it turns out it was somewhat of a premonition, as during Saturday (16 December) night’s final, it happened for real. 

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“It was quiet, it was small, it was understated, it was classy, it was elegant. In fact it was everything Blackpool is not, darling,” he said. 

The next moment, a giggling Bruno was seen crashing towards the floor

Bruno fel off the judges podium as he got over excited about the grand finale of the BBC ballroom show. 

Craig was in the middle of critiquing Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec’s Blackpool-themed American Smooth, when he made a quip about the seaside town that had Bruno in stitches. 

“I knew this was going to happen!” he shrieked as his fellow judges fell about laughing. 

Host Tess Daly also joked: “It didn’t happen all series and now Bruno falls of his chair during the final.” 

After picking himself up, Bruno revealed he had snapped one of the cables attached to the judges’ desk, before waving it around for those at home to see.

While this series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ may be over, there’s still a festive helping of the show to enjoy, airing on Christmas Day at 6.30pm on BBC One.

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Final Odds Predict Joe McFadden Will Lift Glitterball Trophy

Joe McFadden will emerge as this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ winner, according to the latest bookies odds. 

The former ‘Holby City’ actor is the firm favourite to be crowned the 15th winner of the BBC ballroom show on Saturday (16 December) night. 

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Joe and his professional partner Katya Jones are currently pegged at 8/11 to life the Glitterball Trophy with bookmakers Ladbrokes. 

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice follow in second place at 9/4, while Alexandra Burke and partner Gorka Marquez are at 5/1. 

Gemma Atkinson and pro Aljaž Škorjanec are the outsiders, with odds of just 20/1 to win. 

However, there have been surprises in ‘Strictly’ history before now, so don’t count on it being a done deal just yet. 

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Saturday’s final will see the contestants taking on three dances in an attempt to win viewers’ votes. 

As previously revealed, there will be no vote-off part way through the show, meaning each pairing will perform their Showdance, a dance from the series picked by the judges, and a dance from the series of their own choice. 

Bosses are keeping one element of the final a surprise by not revealing which routine each couple has picked to do again, though. 

Take a look at the dances they have revealed below…

The Judges’ Pick

  • Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice will perform a Salsa to ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ by Boys Town Gang
  • Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez American Smooth to ‘Wouldn’t It Be Lovely’ from My Fair Lady
  • Joe McFadden and Katya Jones will Viennese Waltz to ‘Somewhere My Love’ from Dr Zhivago
  • Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec dance the Paso Doble to ‘Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay


  • Debbie and Giovanni will Showdance to ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ by Vaults
  • Alexandra and Gorka will Showdance to ‘There’s No Business Like Showbusiness’ by Ethel Merman
  • Joe and Katya will Showdance to ‘You Make My Dreams’ by Hall & Oates
  • Gemma and Aljaz will Showdance to ‘Show Me How You Burlesque’ by Christina Aguilera

The ’Strictly Come Dancing’ final airs tonight at 6.30pm on BBC One. 

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’: Mollie King Voted Off In Semi-Final Results Show After Gemma Atkinson Dance-Off

Mollie King narrowly missed out on a place in the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ final after being voted off on Sunday (10 December) night. 

The Saturdays singer and her partner AJ Pritchard became the 11th couple to be eliminated after facing Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Škorjanec in the dance-off. 

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Both couples found themselves in the bottom two following Saturday’s semi-final, which saw all of the remaining five pairs perform two dances. 

Mollie and AJ chose to perform their Waltz to ‘Angel’ by Sarah McLaughlin again for the judges, after it picked up 32 points, compared to the 24 points they scored for their Samba to ‘Whenever, Wherever’ by Shakira. 

Gemma and Aljaž did their Tango to ‘My Sharona’ by The Knack, which scored 32/40 on Saturday, compared to their Rumba to ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ by Labrinth, which they were awarded 30 points for. 

After both couples had danced again, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas voted unanimously to save Gemma and Aljaž. 

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Speaking to host Tess Daly after the result was announced, Mollie said: “Firstly congratulations to Gemma and Aljaž because they danced their socks off and totally deserved to be there and congratulations to all the finalists, they’re so incredible and good luck, I can’t wait to watch you all, so go out there and get it!

“I have so many thank yous. Thank you to everyone who has voted us through to the semi-finals, it’s so far beyond what we ever thought that would happen; I’m so so grateful for that.

“Thank you to all the professionals, you have been so much fun and so encouraging.

“Thank you to the judges, you have just been unbelievable and I will forever remember everything that you said and I will take it on board when I’m dancing at home or wherever I’m dancing.

“And to Tess, Claudia and Zoe, you have been amazing, you have been so so just lovely and above all, AJ, you have been just incredible and you have been my hero for the last couple of months so thank you so much. I couldn’t have done any of it without you.” 

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AJ added: “I want to say thank you so much for being in training and literally spending all the time working so hard and always willing to try everything and performing every single night as if it’s your last.”

Gemma and Aljaž will join Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez, Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice, and Joe McFadden and Katya Jones in next week’s final, in a bid to be crowned winner of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2017. 

The ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ final airs on Saturday 16 December at 6.30pm on BBC One. 

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’: Mollie King And AJ Pritchard’s Rumoured Romance Becomes Subject Of ClaudianWinkleman Skit

Strictly Come Dancing’s Mollie King and AJ Pritchard have got the whole nation asking ‘Are they? Aren’t they?’ as rumours of a secret relationship continue to swirl – something which Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman couldn’t help but joke about on Saturday’s (9 December) show. 

The presenting duo branded Mollie and AJ’s so-called secret romance “the elephant in the room” as they shared a laugh on the BBC ballroom competition.

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Introducing their “romantic Waltz”, Claudia then said: “I think it’s about time we all addressed the elephant in the room.”

“What?” Tess asked. “If Mollie and AJ are a couple or not?” 

“No,” Claudia responded. “I mean that elephant in the room,” pointing off camera before an elephant noise was heard and the audience burst into laughter. 

While the pair have insisted they are not a couple in numerous interviews, various reports have still claimed they are enjoying a romance behind the scenes. 

It is not the first time the topic of their relationship has been address on the show either, as last month, their co-stars chanted for them to kiss after one performance. 

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Mollie’s The Saturdays bandmate Rochelle Humes has also spoken out about the rumours, telling the Mirror: “I think that’s what comes with the territory of the show, they do it to married people so they’re going to do it to a single girl, that’s just how it goes.

“They look so lovely dancing together that everyone wants it to be true. When you go on that show you know they do it, oh the Strictly Curse.

“Whether you bring it on or not it’s an easy rumour to make up.”

However, it is looking likely Mollie and AJ’s ‘Strictly’ journey could be in danger, after they landed bottom of the leader board during Saturday’s semi final. 

They picked up just 24 points for her Samba to ‘Whenever, Wherever’ by Shakira, before bouncing back slightly to get 32 points for their Waltz to ‘Angel’ by Sarah McLachlan.

Find out who will just miss out on a place in next week’s final on Sunday’s results show, airing at 7.20pm on BBC One. 

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‘Striclty Come Dancing’: Ore Oduba Blasts ‘Shameful’ Press Treatment Of Alexandra Burke

Reigning ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ champion Ore Oduba has hit out at the press’s “shameful” treatment of Alexandra Burke. 

The BBC sports presenter felt like he “had to say something” in the week that Alexandra admitted the negative press she has received has been affecting her mentally.

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Posting a statement on Twitter, Ore wrote: “I genuinely cannot believe some of the articles, comments and messages I’ve read, targeting certain members of this year’s cast. It’s hurtful and to be honest it’s shameful.

“How can a show that is unique in how it spreads joy, brings people together and celebrates a beautiful art produce so much bile and vitriol towards anyone?”

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He continued: “Strictly has always had the power to spark a national conversation. I love that. It’s a programme so dear to so many hearts.

“But that ownership doesn’t entitle us to abuse it or forget that every week people are giving their all for our entertainment and that there are real emotions at stake. 

“Even a positive force of nature like Strictly can’t protect against all of the ugliness that’s being thrown around. In the end it takes its toll on the whole team, not just a few people.

“Let’s not spoil it for anyone, or everyone,” he added. “I’m writing as a Strictly fan, but I know how – especially at this stage – it should be the experience of a lifetime. So enjoy it!!

“Strictly has the best, most supportive fans around. Let’s keep it that way. Keep dancing.”

Ore’s sentiments were echoed by the show’s Head Judge Shirley Ballas, who retweeted him and added her own message. 

She wrote: “Beautifully said Ore. To all out there Be kind , caring , and loving this Christmas season. It costs nothing to be nice.”

Alexandra has faced many accusations of diva behaviour, a feud with co-star Debbie McGee, fall outs with her dance partner Gorka Marquez and furious backstage meltdowns in recent weeks. 

The former ‘X Factor’ winner penned written an open letter to The Sun’s showbiz editor, Dan Wootton to address these “lies” she claims the newspaper has printed about her during her. 

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“I’m finding it very hard to read all of the lies that you have published about me,” she wrote. “I’ve tried my best just to be strong and brush it all off but mentally it’s taking its toll. 

“It hurts so much to read another fake story when all I want to do is enjoy this journey on Strictly. Please spread love… life is just too short for all of this.”

The star has found herself in the bottom two twice in the last two weeks of the competition, and will be going head-to-head with Mollie King, Joe McFadden and Debbie McGee in Saturday’s semi final in a bid to win a place in next week’s final. 

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ continues on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One. 

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Bosses Dismiss Claims Karen Clifton’s Days On The Show Are Numbered


Speculation first began about Kevin and Karen’s marriage when he publicly thanked her for “putting up with” him throughout this year’s series.

Addressing this, she later admitted that they were “working on” their relationship, stating: “We’re just a regular couple, we’ve been together for seven years and like any other relationship you have your ups and downs and nothing is ever perfect so you make it work.

“We just need to keep pushing… and relationships take work, it’s not as easy as you think, especially being in a job like ‘Strictly’.”

Karen left the show fairly early on this year, having been partnered with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, while Kevin fared a little better in his partnership with comedian Susan Calman.

One more couple will leave the ‘Strictly’ dance floor for good in tonight’s semi-finals, with this year’s winner being crowned live on BBC One next week.

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Alexandra Burke Admits She’s Now Too ‘Self-Conscious’ To Show Real Emotions On ‘Strictly’ After ‘Fake’ Accusations

Alexandra Burke has admitted that the negativity she has been on the receiving end of during her time on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has led to her bottling up her emotions.

The singer says she’s now too self-conscious to show how she’s really feeling after she was repeatedly accused of being “fake” by some viewers on social media.

In her weekly ‘Strictly’ column in Radio Times, she admits that while she’s loved her time on the BBC dance show, some of the abuse levelled against her has taken its toll.

She says: “I’ve had my fair share of negative press since winning The X Factor nine years ago, but I’ve never experienced anything like this.

“Twitter seems to have given people permission to be incredibly hurtful. They don’t seem to realise that I have feelings and get upset.

“The saddest thing is that I started the show completely myself – my joy and my tears were 100 percent genuine, however much people said they were fake – but I’m now so self-conscious, I try not to react at all in case people say, ‘Oh, look, here are the fake tears again’.

“I feel I’ve got to lock my emotions away, where before I used to wear my heart on my sleeve.”

Despite the negativity online and in certain sections of the press, the 29-year-old goes on to reveal that the show has also been her “lifeline” after her mother died just before this year’s series kicked off.

“Losing her just before the show started has made the whole experience bittersweet, but it has also been my lifeline,” Alex explains. “Having something so positive for me, and my family, to focus on at such a sad time has been incredible.”

The former ‘X Factor’ winner also praised her dance partner, Gorka Marquez, who she says has become a “friend for life”, despite reports in certain tabloids that they don’t get on.

“I’m so grateful to him for putting up with everything I’ve been going through, emotionally and psychologically,” she says.

“Our relationship has been more intense than other partnerships and I’m sure he’s felt that strain, but he is always there for me and has never, ever made me feel bad.”

Read Alexandra’s full column in this week’s Radio Times, out now.

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Star Alexandra Burke Admits Media ‘Lies’ Are Taking Their Toll In Open Letter To The Sun

and claims she and partner Gorka Marquez don’t get on behind the scenes.

Last month she told HuffPost UK: “I’m telling you, every single [report] isn’t true. It’s laughable.”

Speaking about the so-called feud she had with Debbie, which they had already denied on Twitter, Alexandra continued: “Debbie and I were doing an interview not too long ago, just before it came out that we had a feud. When it came out, I was like ‘Are you serious? What?!’. I don’t even know where it comes from.

“It’s just a shame really because, like at Blackpool, people see us having fun and having a great time, but people don’t want to write that stuff.”

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’: Tess Daly And Claudia Winkleman Join Ed Balls For Hilarious ‘Gangnam Style’ Reprise

It has been a full year since Ed Balls made ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ history with his ‘Gangnam Style’ routine, but it seems he hasn’t lost it over the last 12 months.

The former Labour MP reprised the infamous dance as he returned to the ballroom as a member of the studio audience. 

And this time, he was joined by two special guests – ‘Strictly’ hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. 

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In a behind-the-scenes video Claudia shared with viewers on Sunday’s (3 December) results show, the pair could be seen joining Ed on the floor just moments before they went live on Saturday night’s Musical Week. 

After riding their invisible horses in a recreation of Psy’s video, Ed then made a shock glide in between Tess’s legs, before pretending to run at her for a lift. 

Fans of the show will remember his performance with professional partner Katya Jones was one of the stand-out moments of last year’s series, and while it didn’t score highly with the judges, it proved to be a huge talking point. 

Sunday night’s ‘Strictly’ also saw another celebrity leave the competition, ahead of next week’s semi-final. 

‘EastEnders’ actor Davood Ghadami and his partner Nadia Bychkova were voted off after landing in the dance-off alongside Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez. 

The five remaining couples will perform two dances at the weekend, in a bid to win a place in the grand final later this month. 

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ continues on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One. 

Jay McGuiness’s Jive

This was the moment the former Wanted singer cemented himself as the favourite to win the 2015 series, and it was only week three (!)

Jake Wood’s Salsa

EastEnders’ used car salesman Max Branning turned into an overnight sex symbol with this Samba to ‘Mambo No. 5’ in 2014.

It was just a pity his partner lifted the choreography from her stint on ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’

Alesha Dixon’s Cha-Cha-Cha

When Alesha Dixon performed his show-stopping routine on series five, we were convinced she was about to become the next Beyoncé. Instead, she later became the next Arlene Phillips, replacing the veteran on the panel.

Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Charleston

The Charleston was a fairly new dance to ‘Strictly’ when S.E.B took it on in 2013. And despite it only being week two of the competition, she and partner Brendan Cole bagged a whopping 36 points for the routine.

Danny Mac’s Samba

Danny and Oti’s 2016 routine still makes us come over a bit funny. Let’s put it this way – if it was any hotter, it would have been on literal fire. 

Abbey Clancy’s Waltz

2013 champ Abbey wowed the judges with this beautiful waltz in week one of the competition, and brought it back for the final, where they scored a perfect 40 and lifted the glitterball trophy.

Jill Halfpenny’s Jive

If you can remember as far back as series two in 2004 (!), you’ll no doubt remember this knockout performance from Jill and partner Darren Bennett.

Lisa Riley’s Samba

We don’t think anyone has ever had as much fun as Lisa and Robin Windsor did performing their Samba on the show in 2012.

Caroline Flack’s Charleston

Cazza’s Turkish interpretation of the Charleston cemented her as the favourite to win in 2014. She also performed the dance again in the final, which eventually saw her crowned winner.

Kara Tointon’s Argentine Tango

Given the sexual tension in this performance, it’s no wonder Kara and Artem Chigvintsev announced they were an item shortly afterwards.

Louis Smith’s Showdance

Not only did Louis Smith capture a lot of attention with his toplessness, but his dancing was pretty good in this too.

Matt Di Angelo’s Salsa

Matt went from Dean Wicks to snake hips with his performance of the Salsa in series five in 2007.

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