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Strictly: JJ Chalmers drives Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car

He’s hoping to dazzle judges as he performs the Charleston to the tune of 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s title song on Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing.

And JJ Chalmers was seen getting into character on Friday, as he got behind of the iconic car from the classic movie, ahead of showing off his moves for Musicals Week.

The former solider, 33, cut a dapper figure in retro gear as he steered the distinctive open-top vehicle with dance partner Amy Dowden, 30, by his side.

JJ, take the wheel: J Chalmers was seen driving the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car on Friday, as he prepared for Strictly Come Dancing’s Musicals Week

And while they both looked stylish, the pair were left soaked during their preparations, thanks to the inclement winter weather sweeping across the UK.

Undeterred, JJ and Amy appeared to be having a good time, laughing and chatting with one another as they got to grips with imposing prop ahead of their routine.

The famous story they’re set to retell in the ballroom is about inventor Caractacus Potts transforming an old Grand Prix car into a magical flying vehicle that teleports him and his family to a kingdom ruled by the evil Baron Bomburst. 

At the start of the week, bosses of the hugely popular BBC ballroom show released details of the routines each of the six remaining pairings would be taking on.

Dapper: The former solider, 33, cut a dapper figure in retro gear as he steered the distinctive open-top vehicle with dance partner Amy Dowden, 30, by his side

Dapper: The former solider, 33, cut a dapper figure in retro gear as he steered the distinctive open-top vehicle with dance partner Amy Dowden, 30, by his side

Rain, rain, go away: And while they both looked stylish, the pair were left soaked during their preparations, thanks to the inclement winter weather sweeping across the UK

Good times: Undeterred, JJ and Amy appeared to be having a good time, laughing and chatting with one another as they got to grips with imposing prop ahead of their routine

Rain, rain, go away: And while they both looked stylish, the pair were left soaked during their preparations, thanks to the inclement winter weather sweeping across the UK

And this Saturday’s episode of the dancing competition will not disappoint, as the Musical Week will see the remaining six contestants light up the floor. 

Set for high drama, Bill Bailey and his partner Oti Mabuse will perform the Argentine Tango to the Phantom Of The Opera, while Maisie Smith and her dance partner Gorza Marquez will storm the stage to Little Shop Of Horrors.

Last Sunday, fans said goodbye to DJ Clara Amfo, 36, and her pro partner Aljaz Skorjanec, 30, after they lost out in the dance-off to Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing, 32, and pro Karen Hauer, 38, in a tense episode. 

In this week’s episode, Maisie and Gorka are set to perform the Jive to the tune of the Little Shop Of Horrors from Little Shop Of Horrors, a 1986 Musical/Horror film about a bookish florist who purchases a blood thirsty plant. 

An enduring favourite: Dick Van Dyke (second right) is seen in the 1968 classic musical, which has remained an enduring favourite

An enduring favourite: Dick Van Dyke (second right) is seen in the 1968 classic musical, which has remained an enduring favourite

Storming the stage: JJ Chalmers and Amy are hoping to dazzle judges and fans as they perform the Charleston to the tune of 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's title song

Dazzling: The famous story is about inventor Caractacus Potts transforming an old Grand Prix car into a magical flying vehicle that teleports him and his family to a kingdom ruled by the evil Baron Bomburst

Storming the stage: JJ Chalmers and Amy are hoping to dazzle judges and fans as they perform the Charleston to the tune of 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s title song

After many successful weeks, Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice will dance the Viennese Waltz to She Used To Be Mine from the West End and Broadway hit Waitress, which is based on the 2007 movie of the same name.

Bill and Oti meanwhile will dance the Argentine Tango to the Phantom Of The Opera, from the 1986 musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber of the same name.

YouTuber HRVY and Janette Manrara will storm the dancefloor to the American Smooth as they dance to One (Singular Sensation) from A Chorus Line.

The 1975 musical features music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante and is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre, the musical is centred on 17 Broadway dancers.

Woo! This Saturday's episode of the dancing competition will not disappoint, as the Musical Week will see the remaining six contestants light up the floor

Woo! This Saturday’s episode of the dancing competition will not disappoint, as the Musical Week will see the remaining six contestants light up the floor

Amazing! Maisie Smith and her dance partner Gorza Marquez will storm the stage to Little Shop Of Horrors

Spooky! Their dance is inspired by the 1986 Musical/Horror film about a bookish florist who purchases a blood thirsty plant

Amazing! Maisie Smith and her dance partner Gorza Marquez will storm the stage to Little Shop Of Horrors

Jamie and Karen are set to pull off the Jive to the song Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from the 2017 musical of the same name.

The musical features music by Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae and is inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 directed by Jenny Popplewell.

Meanwhile, JJ recently revealed he is set to have surgery to remove shrapnel from his leg following the Strictly Come Dancing finale. 

The TV presenter, who previously served as a Royal Marine, revealed his limb becomes inflamed and leaves him with a ‘tender, stinging pain’ whenever he trains with professional partner Amy Dowden. 

Wow! Bill Bailey and his partner Oti Mabuse will perform the Argentine Tango to the Phantom Of The Opera

Film: Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler pictured in the 2004 Phantom Of The Opera movie

Wow! Bill Bailey and his partner Oti Mabuse will perform the Argentine Tango to the Phantom Of The Opera

The public speaker admitted that while he hasn’t gone a year without surgery since 2014, he won’t his injury ‘slow him down’ as he prepares to go under the knife in January.

JJ, who was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2011 and sustained damage in the warzone, said: ‘My body is covered in scars and it’s full of shrapnel and frag and stuff from Afghanistan, which can sit quite happily for many years without any real issues. 

‘But the problem is, this one has been exacerbated. Unfortunately, what it does is it looks for the quickest way up to the surface of your skin, which is where the scar is. So it’s about a six-inch scar that’s pretty inflamed. It’s a very tender, stinging pain.  

‘When Amy presses up against it, it’s not a nice thing to poke at. Since 2014, I’ve not gone a year without a surgery, so it’s a pretty routine thing for me, unfortunately. But, as I say, I’m not going to let it slow me down. It’s amazing what you can get used to.’

Jazz hands! After many successful weeks, Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice will dance the Viennese Waltz to She Used To Be Mine from the West End and Broadway hit Waitress, which is based on the 2007 movie of the same name

Stage: Katherine McPhee, pictured in Waitrose in the West End in February last year

Jazz hands! After many successful weeks, Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice will dance the Viennese Waltz to She Used To Be Mine from the West End and Broadway hit Waitress

The Invictus Games star added to The Sun that he’s currently nursing his injury with antibiotics and virtual medical appointments with his surgeon.  

JJ initially revealed his leg became infected last month, telling The Mirror: ‘Whilst there’s a level of pain and sensitivity with it, it’s not anything I’m not used to… These are just the genuine side effects of being alive, that’s the simplest way I can put it.

‘Until it gets to you know, an unbearable point or a really discomforting point, I’m not going to allow it to stop me doing what I love doing. And right now that’s dancing. 

‘But on the flip side, it might seem quite alarming to people that I’ve done most of this competition with an infection in my leg but that’s just the reality of what happens with this particular piece of shrapnel until they remove it.’

All singing and dancing: Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer are set to pull off the Jive to the song Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from the 2017 musical of the same name

Performers: The musical features music by Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae and is inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 directed by Jenny Popplewell

All singing and dancing: Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer are set to pull off the Jive to the song Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from the 2017 musical of the same name

The Scottish ex-Royal Marines Commando’s military career as a reservist ended in 2011 when he was caught up in a bomb blast aged 23 in Helmand, Afghanistan, which killed two of his comrades. 

 The Lance Corporal suffered a broken neck, lost two fingers and both arms were nearly wrenched off, with one elbow mangled. Holes were blown in his leg. He also suffered a crushed eye socket and shattered eardrum.

He went on to have 30 operations over four years and had to learn how to walk again, dress and feed himself.

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday at 7.25pm and Sunday at 7.30pm on BBC One. 

Wow! YouTuber HRVY and Janette Manrara will storm the dancefloor to the American Smooth as they dance to One (Singular Sensation) from A Chorus Line

The 1975 musical features music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante and is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theater, the musical is centered on 17 Broadway dancers.

Wow! YouTuber HRVY and Janette Manrara will storm the dancefloor to the American Smooth as they dance to One (Singular Sensation) from A Chorus Line

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