Monday, September 28, 2009

Strictly Come Dancing: Viewers outraged by tiny and 'tatty' dresses that are cheapening the show

It's still too early to make a proper judgment on their moves. But one verdict is in on the Strictly Come Dancing contestants - their costumes are a little too... little.

Viewers have complained that the wardrobe department is coming up short. Far too short, apparently.

They describe the frocks as 'tat' and 'dishcloth grey' and in some cases 'embarrassingly revealing'.

Though ballroom dancing is known for sexy costumes, viewers point out that these should be toned down for family viewing.
Last week professional dancer Ola Jordan took to the stage in an outfit which one viewer compared to a 'cobweb'.

This week, actresses Laila Rouass and Zoe Lucker were in little more than leotards and fringing, and professional dancer Katya Virshilas was similarly exposed.

Even Jo Wood, one of the older contestants, was in a dress which barely reached the top of her thighs.

It is unclear if the tiny dresses are an attempt to sex up Strictly or if the BBC is simply addressing its (ahem) bottom line.

There is speculation about budget cuts in the wardrobe department.

But ratings show Strictly closed the gap on X Factor this weekend, with the difference in peak audiences falling from two million last week to 1.4m last night.

The X Factor's audience peaked at 10.1m, compared with 8.7m for Strictly.

Speaking about the revealing dresses one viewer said: 'I wish Ola and the other girls would remember that young children often watch the show.

'They should wear clothes that are elegant rather than suitable for an adult- only show.'

Another viewer commented on another fan site: 'Even one of the new pro-girls said her dress was embarrassingly short.'

Another complained: 'Most of the dresses this year look like tat thrown together from bits of material draped any old how along the side of the dress.'

One fan said: 'The wardrobe department seem to be using a fair amount of dishcloth grey.

Another said: 'I'm sorry to say the show looks like it has taken a massive budget cut and it shows in the dresses.'
On Saturday night's show, Richard Dunwoody lost a dance-off against Coronation Street star Craig Kelly.
The former jockey, who was partnered with Lilia Kopylova, said his time on Strictly had been 'an unbelievable experience'.

Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle is the bookies' favourite to win after topping the judges' scoreboard last night.

Ladbrokes today cut the odds on Whittle from 6/4 to 5/4 after head judge Len Goodman told him: 'You are the one to beat.'

Monday, September 21, 2009

Blooming beautiful: Heidi Klum's enormous bump takes centre stage at the Emmys

She’s just weeks away from giving birth to her fourth child in five years, and it was Heidi Klum’s bump that took centre stage at the Emmys last night as the supermodel hit the red carpet in a stunning black dress.

The 36-year-old, who wore her hair tied back in an elegant bun, was glowing as she posed for photographers outside the Nokia Theatre alongside singer husband Seal.

She later told reporters that there was a major benefit to being pregnant at the event, she didn’t have to worry about sucking her tummy in.
‘The great thing about being pregnant and going to these things is that I don’t have to suck my stomach in,’ she said. ‘It’s fabulous! I can let it all out.’

Klum was wearing a Marchesa gown designed by Georgina Chapman, but said she hadn’t put much thought into her attire।
‘It wasn’t really hard for me, but it was hard for the woman that designed a dress for me,” she told

‘She started about two or three months ago and that’s kind of difficult…It’s black because I figure, at eight-and-a-half months, black is better! I think it’s elegant and it’s slimming.’
‘It wasn’t really hard for me, but it was hard for the woman that designed a dress for me,” she told

‘She started about two or three months ago and that’s kind of difficult…It’s black because I figure, at eight-and-a-half months, black is better!The Victoria's Secret star, who was nominated for best reality show host for Project Runway but lost out to Survivor presenter Jeff Probst, has attended the prestigious awards show five consecutive times in the last five years, and has been pregnant during three.

Last night she had firefighters worried that she might give birth on the red carpet.

'Hey, did you see Heidi Klum? She's like 8 months pregnant. So you be ready, you might have to deliver,' fire Inspector Jim Fisher was overheard telling colleague Craig Hancock as they and other authorities brought the VIPs into the Nokia Theatre.I think it’s elegant and it’s slimming.’
The German born model - who has three children, Leni, 5, from her relationship with Flavio Briatore, Henry, 3, and Johan, 2, - insists her fourth baby will be her last.

She says: 'We're outnumbered... four is perfect - three is a lot, but four? It's a lot of work.'

The couple are yet to settle on a name for the baby.

'Because we know it's going to be our last baby, it's way harder. We've never had this back and forth before,' said the star, adding they hope 'the light bulb will come on' when they see their new daughter.