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I have to come out of the closet and admit to watching and enjoying the BBC TV programme "Strictly Come Dancing". Not the judges so much, although they are of course a key element of the show and certainly not the insane whooping and cheering of the audience or the booing of the tiniest critical comment. However last night saw something as near to perfection as I have ever seen with a stunning performance of the Argentine Tango by soap actress Kara Tointon and her partner.
It doesn't hurt of course that she is a beautiful woman in a very sexy dance but this performance was superb. I don't know the technical terms, but the way her body shapes in the dance mirrored and complemented those of her partner, the crisp precision of her footwork, the elegance of her movement all added up to sheer poetry. For once even Bruce Forsyth was almost lost for words.
By contrast I thought the higher scoring (by one point) jive by her fellow soap star Scott Maslen was pretty tame, more of a routine from a musical show than a ballroom dance - and don't even think about Anne Widdecombe. Maslen can dance, as can the other top contender, Matt Baker, but taken overall, last nights Tango will take some beating.