Strictly’s Will and Nancy perform the iconic ‘Madchester’ routine

Strictly Come Dancing Pair Will Mellor and Nancy Xu provided one of the semi-final highlights when they performed a dazzling Manchester-inspired routine that served as something of a comeback story for Will.

Each of the five semi-finalists performed two dances on this week’s show, which was moved to Sunday. Will and Nancy’s first performance didn’t go down well with the judges – their Paso Doble only got a 32, with two points out of seven.

However, the other dances were the couple’s choice – and Will opted for a Manchester-inspired routine that combined his love of his hometown with his passion for 90s music, complete with a mix of Stone Roses and Happy Mondays songs and a bucket hat for Will.

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The dance was a treat this time. Anton Du Beke declared that Will “crushed the place”, while Shirley Ballas called it a “dad cool” dance.

Craig Revel Horwood said that he was initially nervous that the performance would look like “Dad Dancing” and that it might not go particularly well. However, he said the dance ended up going “very well.”

Motsi Mabuse highlighted what a great recovery performance this was after his previous dance failed to impress. She praised him for coming back, not letting the negativity of his first routine get to him, and she did a great dance. Will and Nancy received a score of 38.

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The dance also drew strong reactions from viewers, with some loving the “Madchester” vibes and others calling it “Dad dancing, after all.”

One fan wrote: “Will Mellor do a Madchester routine in front of Bez strictly speaking content I never knew I wanted.”

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Another fan loved the glimpse of Bez, who was part of Happy Mondays, in the audience, writing: “Love that Bez is there, with his maracas too! Brilliant dance from Will.”

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Meanwhile, another fan said the dance was the moment they’ve been waiting for.

“I give Will and Nancy a 10! THAT WAS AMAZING! Honestly, this is the moment I’ve been waiting for from you. The first time your dance was absolute perfection for me. Just a Moment! Congratulations!”

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However, some were less impressed.

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Regardless, Will and Nany’s routine was a colorful highlight of the semi-final and one of the most personal dances in the show as it highlighted the passion Will has for his home. It remains to be seen whether that will be enough to take him through to next week’s final.

Only for one week, Strictly Come Dancing broadcast Sunday (December 11) at 7.15pm on BBC One, with the results show on Monday (December 12). Spin-off show Strictly: It takes two broadcast weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows are also streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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