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New Year's Eve TV: the stars align for end-of-year revelry

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A host of celebrities including Tom Hanks and Motsi Mabuse join Graham Norton. Plus: Stormzy rings in the new year at Jools’ Annual Hootenanny. Here’s what to watch this evening

The perfect accompaniment to the end-of-year revelry, this year’s BBC lineup is packed with starry turns. Graham Norton’s New Year’s Eve show sees him joined by Tom Hanks to talk about his upcoming film role as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, plus actor Stephen Graham, Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse and Spice Girl Mel C. Then the Ukg stalwart Craig David is at (a scaffolding-covered) Big Ben performing his easily digestible hits before the barrage of fireworks kick in over the Thames. Welcome to 2020. Ammar Kalia
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Motsi Mabuse: ‘People didn't expect black people in ballgowns’

Strictly’s newest judge learned to stick up for herself in apartheid-era South Africa. She talks racism, the ‘rift’ with her sister Oti – and learning to dance amid knife fights

Motsi Mabuse is remembering the rough dance halls of apartheid-era South Africa and the shocking sights she would see as she took her first tentative steps across their floors. “When we had competitions,” she says, “we didn’t have security and people would be drunk and starting fights. We were just kids and we’d watch people with knives running through while we were in the middle of a routine. Compared to that, Strictly isn’t so difficult.”

Mabuse, the newest judge on Strictly Come Dancing, first fell for the glitterball world at the age of nine after watching couples waltz, swing and cha-cha-cha while on holiday in Durban. “What I love about my parents is that they didn’t say: ‘Oh,
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Strictly Come Dancing 2019: the semi-final – as it happened

The Glitterball is within reach! This weekend our couples had two chances to wow the judges. Who waltzed their way to the final?

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And that’s It for this year’s massive semi, and our last Sunday show of the year! All that remains is for us to gather our loved ones round the television for next Saturday’s Grand Final, when we’ll find out whether Kelvin, Karim or Emma will lift this year’s Strictly glitterball. In these times of political madness, we all need shiny things to look forward to.

Thank you all for joining in this weekend – feel free to swing by Twitter @heidistephens and tell me who you think is going to win, or use the convenient comment box provided below. Also Please Vote On Thursday. See you at 7.05pm next week!

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They take to the floor for their final dance,
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Motsi Mabuse to join Strictly Come Dancing judging panel

Mabuse, whose sister Oti dances on the show, will replace judge Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell will be replaced when she steps down as a Strictly Come Dancing judge by Motsi Mabuse, elder sister of Oti, who dances on the show.

The 38-year-old has past form as both a dancer and a judge, having won the South African and German Latin championships in 2009 and 2010 consecutively, and having served on the judging panel of Let’s Dance in Germany since 2011.
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