Thursday 22 August 2019

Shirley Ballas performs a rumba with funnyman Will Ferrell

The Queen of Latin is used to a more polished dance partner.

Shirley Ballas.
Shirley Ballas.

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas performs a rumba with a difference – with funnyman Will Ferrell.

The pair demonstrate the routine when they appear as guests on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show.

And it appears that Anchorman star Ferrell, 50, is not quite the accomplished dancer that the Queen of Latin is used to.

Graham Norton Show – London

Aside from showing off the dance move, Ballas, 57, tells the BBC One show that she gets “butterflies” before she appears on Strictly.

“Going from being a dance teacher to suddenly being the head judge was a little overwhelming, but it’s amazing and thrilling,” she says.

Graham Norton Show – London

Asked whether favourite Debbie McGee could win this series, she replies: “It’s an unpredictable year.”

Comedian Ferrell tells how his children could not believe their eyes after he and co-star John Lithgow – who plays his father in Daddy’s Home 2 – had to do 30 takes in a kissing scene for the film.

“My kids were on set for a whole week and I had to do a scene with John where I kissed him on the lips. We had to do 30 takes, we just kept kissing and my kids were slack-jawed!” he says.


Mark Wahlberg, who also stars in the movie, says: “It was very funny. I could tell Will was slightly uncomfortable so I just kept encouraging them to kiss more. It made me very happy!”

Meanwhile, fellow guest Mel Gibson, who also stars in Daddy’s Home 2, says that he was “surprised” to be accepted back in Hollywood after “digging a ditch for the past 10 years”.

And he jokes of a future Lethal Weapon movie: “We could call it Flaccid Weapon or Lethal Haemorrhoids!”

The Graham Norton Show airs on Friday at 10.35pm on BBC One.

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