It seems the whole nation is in love with Strictly Come Dancing, even the fashion elite (and one of our favourite designers) Bruce Oldfield, pictured.

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The BBC's popular dance programme now in its ninth series has been pulling in millions of viewers each weekend and thousands more for Strictly - It Takes Two, the backstage gossip and review programme.

Delivering their fashion judgement were star guests Oonagh O'Hagan and leading fashion designer Bruce Oldfield.

When asked Bruce what he most enjoyed about appearing on the show: "Meeting all of the dancers and celebrities - it was quite interesting because they are very different from what you expect. The women especially, they look so frail and slight on screen but in the flesh they are actually quite strong and muscular. So it was very interesting."

"The costumes on the show are fantastic. It is all done for effect, they're telling stories of tangos and jibes and American smooth - so there is always that aspect of it. It's not fashion, but it is very entertaining. What is amazing is that they produce them in a week. So the notion that there is someone slaving away over a sewing machine, with beads and things is a total lie - these costumes are made very quickly and are built for purpose. They are very clever in how they construct them and they look fantastic."

When asked if he had a favourite dancer, Bruce admitted to quite liking the accident-prone Nancy Dell'Olio, the latest celebrity to dance her way off the show: "She looks good and she walks the walk and talks to the talk, but doesn't dance the dance. She's wonderful though."

To tune in and see the latest swinging moves and outstanding outfits of the celebrity dancers including Robbie Savage, Holly Valance and Jason Donovan, tune in to Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday at 6:30pm on BBC One.

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