Strictly Come Dancing 2018 – Week 12 (Semi Final) Discussion/Poll

Here we are at the semi final and the final elimination of the series (and therefore the final spoiler) will be happening in a few hours. But before that the couples have 2 more dances to perform for your votes and earn a place in next week’s final.

Who deserves a place in the final? And who should have their place so cruelly snatched away from them by losing in the final dance off? You can let me know your thoughts about that or anything else to do with tonight’s show by getting involved in the comments section below.

Or why not head on over to Facebook or Twitter and let me know your thoughts about tonight’s show on those networks. On Twitter please remember to tag @davejthorp in your comments and include #StrictlySpoiler.

Whilst you all wait for the final spoiler of the series to come in a poll will open right here once all the couples have danced twice. This time I am asking for your winner and you can select just one option.

Who do you want to win Strictly Come Dancing 2018 (After Semi Final) - Select ONE option only

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Strictly Spoiler 2018 Thanks

Well here we are at the end of another spoiler season with the final spoiler of the series due to land later tonight. And those of you who have been around for the last few years know this is the point where I like to say a few words of thanks.

Firstly I want to thank those of you reading this. I’m fully aware that the majority of visitors to this site come, read the 2nd paragraph of the spoiler post and then go away again. You people reading this are the people who actually read and engage with my content and help make the communities here, on Facebook and on Twitter what they are.

Next I want to talk about donations. The donations button was introduced last series as a way of allowing me to experiment with a number of hosting solutions to try and find something that could cope with the site’s growing needs that had outgrown everything I could afford to throw at it. Traffic to this site has skyrocketed over the last few years and over the course of this series the site has received 3.8Million views (an increase of 52% from 2017) from 770k individual people (an increase of 39% from 2017). At its busiest weekend the site received 675k page views from 220k individual people in a 24 hour period

This is a lot of page views and dealing with it has been a unique challenge but one that I have met. With the exception of two small 10 minute periods one of which I quickly adapted to and the other was down to human error over the last couple of weeks the site has remained up at peak times throughout the entirety of the 2018 series and this is the first series since 2014 I can say that.

A lot of that is thanks to you guys. My hosting costs (which vary depending how much power I have to throw at the site and how many of you come to visit the site) for the whole of the 2018 series will approach £1000 but the donations button helped towards these costs. I just want to add that I’m not getting rich from the donations button. If everyone who visited the site donated £1 then yes I would be getting very rich but it hasn’t been used anywhere near that much but I am very grateful to everyone who has donated and I’ve received donations varying from 1p (which whilst I am grateful for I should add that paypal claimed the whole of that donation in fees) to £100 and I am thankful to each and every one of you who donated to help cover my spiralling site costs. If you want to get a last minute donation in you can use THIS LINK or the button below

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Next up it’s sources and things have worked a little differently this series compared to previous ones. I wont lie, previous series I’ve taken the spoiler that’s published elsewhere if you know where to look and reproduced it on this site. It’s not something I set out to do but something that got accidentially thrust on me when I gained search ranking for the spoiler in 2014 and I’ve been riding the wave ever since. But this series has been very different. I’ve been working very closely with a couple of other spoiler sources and we’ve worked together this series sourcing moles, providing each other with the spoiler when we’ve been struggling for sources and this series more than any series it has felt more like being part of a community that we have all contributed towards. All the sources I work with have the same ethos as me that the spoiler should be available to those who seek it out but kept away from those who like to wait for the not live results show

Finally I just want to thank those of you who supported me in the press attention last month. I posted the children in need spoiler for those who wanted to know and in spite of me taking steps to prevent the inevitable news articles claiming I could be taking revenue away from Children in Need those articles still arrived because it was a slow news day on Remembrance Sunday apparently. I was in a bad place after them as I really don’t like being the centre of attention in the way this job has thrust upon me nor do I like being made out to be something I’m not and a lot of your positive comments helped get me through that, then sock it to the press when I wrote the Christmas special spoiler and that resulted in fewer news articles about the Christmas Special Spoiler. Guess they all found newsworthy articles about Donald Trump or Brexit to write about instead.

Well that’s all the thanks done so what is left is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019 when The Strictly Spoiler will be back. If the BBC don’t do something crazy like a live results show. Which they probably won’t!

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 – Week 12 (Semi Final) Songs/Dances

Just two (or possibly 3 if they land in the final Dance Off) dances now separate the remaining 5 couples from a place in the final and a chance to lift the Glitterball. With double the dances there is double the chance of putting a foot wrong and ending up in the final spoiler post of the series. The BBC have just released details of the semi final dances and I can reveal that……..

  • Ashley and Pasha Paso Doble to ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ Florence + The Machine and American Smooth to ‘Ain’t That a Kick In The Head’ by Dean Martin
  • Faye and Giovanni Samba to ‘I Go To Rio’ by Pablo Cruise and Argentine Tango to ‘La Cumparsita’ by Machiko Ozawa
  • Joe and Dianne Argentine Tango to ‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Viennese Waltz to ‘This Year’s Love’ by David Gray
  • Lauren and AJ Tango to ‘Nutbush City’ by Limits Tina Turner and Samba to ‘Rock The Boat’ by The Hues Corporation
  • Stacey and Kevin Charleston to ‘Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue’ by Spike Jones and Viennese Waltz to ‘You’re My World’ by Cilla Black

Complaints to the BBC

What do you think of the song choices? As always you can let me know your thoughts right here in the comments section or over on Facebook/Twitter using the links above.

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You can still vote in this week’s poll and tell me who your finalists are. You can select 4 options

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 - Who Do You Want In The Final? (select 4 options)

  • Stacey and Kevin (26%, 20,511 Votes)
  • Joe and Dianne (23%, 18,222 Votes)
  • Faye and Giovanni (21%, 16,755 Votes)
  • Lauren and AJ (12%, 9,420 Votes)
  • Ashley and Pasha (11%, 8,337 Votes)
  • Charles and Karen (7%, 5,903 Votes)

Total Voters: 25,977

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