Martina Hingis: Coke-head! The first to get booted

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  Martina Hingis: Coke-head! The first to get booted


Hingis, 29, returned back to professional tennis following the end of her ban for cocaine abuse. Perhaps inspired by Martina Navratilova’s success in reality television on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. Hingis decided to try her luck on the dance floor.


Martina's progress

Week 1 - Show 1: Martina danced a Waltz and scored 22 out of 40.

Week 1 - Show 2: Martina danced a Rumba and scored 24 out of 40.

Week 1 - Show 2: Martina and Matthew were in the dance off with Rav Wilding and it was left to the judges to decide their fate. Alesha Dixon and Craig Revel Horwood voted for them to leave the competition and Head Judge Len Goodman's decision to save Rav Wilding sealed their exit. They were the first couple to leave from Strictly Come Dancing 09.


After her and Matthew’s elimination, Martina said: "It was a great experience, I learnt so much and while I wish it could continue here we are, but maybe I’ll come back to London for some more lessons.”


Matthew Cutler “Martina worked really hard and we had great fun together. And I learnt something about tennis from her and I’m gutted that I’m going to miss out on that now!”


Martina Hingis is voted off Strictly Come Dancing

It was game, set and match on the set of Strictly Come Dancing overnight for fallen tennis star Martina Hingis, who was the first celebrity contestant to be voted off the show.


After the first public votes had been cast, the phone votes were added to the judges' scores and the two pairs with the lowest score – Hingis and her partner Matthew Cutler, and Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding and his partner Aliona Vilani - had to dance their rumba again to try to save themselves.


The judge’s casting vote eventually went against the 'Swiss Miss' of tennis, who admitted afterwards that she may need more dancing lessons.


The Judges' Comments

  1. Craig Revel Horwood: "Both couples actually improved dramatically in that dance off so it made that decision very, very difficult. But for me the best couple on that dance off was Martina and Matthew."

  2. Alesha Dixon: "Again, I do think both couples came out with fighting spirit but for me the best was Martina and Matt."

  3. Bruno Tonioli: "Very difficult, very close because it’s right, they’re both right, they both improved. For me though, it’s Rav and Aliona."

    Head judge Len then had the deciding vote:

  4. Len Goodman: "Unlike Craig, they were very close during the competition, but here in this dance off I thought one did improve and one under-performed. And the one I’m saving is Rav and Aliona.”

Hingis what went wrong?

Alesha had told her during the show: "I think you really need to work on your arms more, for me they're a bit flyaway... the way you dance, there's a sensuality you brought to that, there's a connection between you."





Martina Hingis Waltz (aired Sept 18, 2009)

Martina Hingis Rumba


Illustration from Clyde Mendes column at  MetroSexual LA



Comment on this post

Porcha 10/07/2009 10:46

I like to watch. Alas, I do not have the body of a dancer. I've always been an hourglassy chunketta with short widdle legs. I'm envious of women with long, gorgeous, thin giraffey legs that look
amazing when they terminate in a pair of Manolos.

Daniella 10/07/2009 10:45

I'm lying about the Argentine blood...but the Argentine Tango...whew!!!!!!!!!

ya know peeps just dance it on the streets down there....just grab a passing partner and let loose....i wanna go!!!!!

Sasha 10/07/2009 10:39

I like the latin dances too, Fish. And sometimes I watch that show. But I'm more into this one:

If I'm not mistaken, I think the above vid was our first glimpse of Joshua and Katie. Joshua went on to win the competition. The dancing on that show is brilliant, showcasing the work of the finest
choreographers working. It's won a number of Emmys already for those performances, and doesn't show any sign of slowing down. Probably the most famous routine to date is this one:

...created by Tyce DiOrio, for a friend who has cancer. Blows me away every time I see it.

Caroline 10/07/2009 10:32

I love Latin-style dancing. I can’t be bothered watching fox trots, waltzes, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers bore me to death. But give me a tango, a samba, a mambo, and I am entranced. Antonio
Banderas dances the tango in Take The Lead. Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez dance the tango in Shall We Dance. Ooh laa laah.

Like most people my age, I grew up dancing. There was so much great music to dance to, lots of great radio stations and deejays, and there were shows on television that were all about music and
dancing. As a young woman, I went dancing with my friends a few times, but I was too busy at the time trying to earn a living to get seriously into the club scene. Then about ten years ago, I
really got into going to the clubs; at first a lot of different clubs, then one club. I had a group of girls I went with and we would spend the whole night dancing.

Like in everything else, a lot of people had a gimmick. Some women dressed and danced together very seductively. Some liked to do group dances, like the Electric Slide. I used to copy dancing I’d
seen on television, like Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, would do bits of it when I danced. Some people would only dance to a certain style music, if they only liked hip-hop, that’s what they would
dance to, if they only liked Latin, or trance, or slow, that’s what they danced to. One girl taught me how to do cha-cha, and a little salsa, and we would partner up because she loved to do
cha-cha; she was a lingerie model and had a great body, cha-cha dancing really showed her off. I already knew how to do cumbia from my teenage years, that’s the dance Selena made famous in America.
Any kind of Latin beat is great to dance to, but my girlfriends and I would dance to any kind of music. As long as it had a beat. There’s a lot of music that in itself might be objectionable,
gangsta rap, for example, but that has a great beat to dance to. There are songs that are spiritual and you can dance to. There are songs you would never think of as dance music, but they’ve been
remixed to be danceable, like Madame Butterfly or I Love Lucy. Reggaeton is pretty popular right now. You get the idea what reggaeton is about when you watch videos of Daddy Yanqui or Wisin,
basically it’s all about moving the body, Latin style. To me, that’s what dancing is all about, when I used to dance. The song Cyclone talks about a girl moving her body like a cyclone. Well, yeah.
Otherwise, why are you out there?

I haven’t danced in years, but when I used to go to the clubs, all the girls were about moving their bodies in ways that would make men look at them. It wasn’t about art, it was about making men
look. I remember this one club I used to go to, the Mariner’s Club on the Navy Base, there was this skinny white girl who used to dance like she’d been a trained dancer and she’d be all over the
floor twisting herself this way and that, and we basically laughed at her; men didn’t look at her, no man ever approached her. Most women dressed and danced to show themselves off to men. At my
favorite club, the tables, the booths and the bar, were all facing the dance floor. There was a rail men leaned against, and there were windows men could look through from the pool hall side, and
there was an elevated platform, all where men could stand and watch the girls on the dance floor. When the club got crowded, the men would stand around the edge of the dance floor and watch the
women dance. I danced for pure enjoyment and laughter, laughing with my girlfriends; If men joined us, great, if not, that was great too, we were there to have a good time. But to say the truth, I
can’t think of one night we were there men didn’t join us, and other women. Who wouldn’t want to be with us? We were lots of fun.

Now, most men don’t like to dance for the sake of dancing. They dance with women as a means to an end. And even then, they have to get a few beers in them first. They watch, they drink, they watch.
They watch. Then they choose. Then they ask. Then they dance. Then they spend a lot of time dancing, and then they walk a woman to her table. Then they offer to buy them a drink. Then they ask if
they can sit with her. Then there is more dancing, more conversation. Eventually, there is the last dance, slow and sweet.