Ola Jordan

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Ola Jordan
Born Aleksandra Grabowska
(1982-09-30) 30 September 1982 (age 31)
Nasielsk, Poland
Occupation Dancer
Spouse(s) James Jordan (2003-present)

Aleksandra "Ola" Jordan (née Grabowska; born 30 September 1982[1]) is a professional Latin dance specialist best known for her appearances on the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing. After winning a championship event in her native Poland, Ola moved to England and began a new partnership with James Jordan. They were married on 12 October 2003.[2]

Dancing career[edit]

Jordan has been dancing since the age of twelve when her school advertised for a dance club. Before dancing with James Jordan, she had danced with Przemek Lowicki in Poland. She won Poland’s Open Championships in 1999 and went on to take 12th place in the following year’s World Championships.[2]

The first recorded dance by Ola Grabowska and James Jordan as a partnership was in the Dutch Open in 2000, [3] though they did not turn professional until 2003. The couple withdrew for a while to teach Latin American dancing in Hong Kong, though they turned professional again in 2005, after missing competing.[4][5] In May 2006, the couple came second in the Blackpool Professional Rising Stars Latin event,[6] and in November they came third in the British Championships for Professional Latin.[7]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Jordan first appeared on Strictly Come Dancing during the show's fourth series in 2006, partnering DJ Spoony. They were eliminated in the third round, a result which disappointed some of the audience. In series five she danced with Scottish rugby player Kenny Logan while her husband James danced with Kenny's wife, TV presenter Gabby Logan. Kenny was voted out of the show on the ninth week[8] while Gabby Logan was voted out earlier, in the fourth week.[9] Jordan was knocked out of series 6 in week seven of the competition, with her partner GMTV presenter Andrew Castle.

In January–February 2009 Jordan danced with Kenny Logan on the Strictly Come Dancing Tour and in series 7, she partnered reporter Chris Hollins, reaching the final and beating rivals Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe to become the 2009 champions. Their prize was a Strictly Come Dancing glitter ball. Jordan and Hollins became affectionately known as "Team Cola" by viewers and on the show, with Cola being a portmanteau of "Chris" and "Ola".[10] Jordan partnered magician Paul Daniels in the eighth season of the show; they were the second couple to be voted off. For Children in Need 2010, Jordan partnered Harry Judd from McFly for a one-off Strictly special, dancing a Paso Doble. The couple won, beating Rochelle Wiseman of The Saturdays and her partner.

In the ninth series of the show she was partnered with former Wales international footballer Robbie Savage. They were the ninth couple voted out on 4 December 2011.[11]

In September 2012, during the show's tenth series, Jordan was partnered with EastEnders actor Sid Owen. The couple were eliminated on Halloween week in October 2012.

For the eleventh series in September 2013, Jordan competed with former Hollyoaks actor and singer Ashley Taylor Dawson.

DJ Spoony[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha /"Kiss" 5 7 8 7 27 Safe
2 Tango /"" 6 7 7 7 27 Eliminated

Kenny Logan[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Waltz /"Are You Lonesome Tonight" 4 5 6 6 21 Bottom 2
3 Tango /"Call Me" 6 6 7 6 25 Safe
4 Samba / "Mujer Latina" 3 4 6 5 18 Safe
5 Paso Doble / "Take Me Out" 4 5 6 6 21 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz / "Flower of Scotland" 5 7 8 6 26 Safe
7 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Billie Jean" 4 5 7 6 22 Safe
8 American Smooth / "How Sweet It Is" 6 8 8 8 30 Safe
9 Foxtrot / "They Can't Take That Away From Me
Rumba / "Fields of Gold"
7
4
7
5
8
7
8
7
30
23
Eliminated

Andrew Castle[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Mercy" 4 6 7 6 23 Safe
3 Tango / "20th Century Boy" 4 6 7 5 22 Safe
5 American Smooth / "You Know I'm No Good" 3 4 5 5 17 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz / "Annie's Song" 5 8 7 7 27 Safe
7 Samba / "Ain't It Funny" 4 5 7 5 21 Eliminated

Chris Hollins[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Bussell* Goodman Dixon Tonioli
1 Tango / "Sharp Dressed Man" 6 - 7 7 6 26
Rumba / "Don't Know Much" 7 - 8 8 7 30
3 Quickstep / "Dancing Fool" 5 - 6 6 6 23
4 Salsa / "Micaela" 6 - 7 6 6 25
5 Jive / "Roll Over Beethoven" 5 - 6 6 5 22
6 American Smooth / "Jimmy Mack" 7 - 7 7 7 28
7 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Shake Your Groove Thing" 7 - 8 7 7 29
8 Foxtrot / "I Could Have Danced All Night" 8 - 9 9 8 34
9 Paso Doble / "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" 6 - 8 9 7 30
10 Viennese Waltz / "A New Day Has Come" 7 - 7 8 7 29
11 Charleston / "Fat Sam's Grandslam" 8 - 8 9 9 34
12 Waltz / "At This Moment" 8 8 8 9 8 41
Samba / "Cuba" 8 8 8 8 7 39
13 Rumba / "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 7 7 8 8 8 38
Argentine Tango / "Bust Your Windows" 8 8 9 9 8 42
14 Foxtrot / "I Could Have Danced All Night" 9 9 9 10 9 46
Lindy Hop / "Sing Sing Sing" 8 9 9 9 9 44
Charleston / "Fat Sam's Grandslam" 10 10 10 10 10 50
Showdance / "Do You Love Me" 9 9 9 10 9 46 - Winners
  • Darcey Bussell joined the judging panel for the last 3 weeks of the show.

Paul Daniels[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Could It Be Magic" 2 5 5 4 16 N/A
2 Foxtrot / "Lady Luck" 4 6 6 5 21 Safe
3 Rumba / "Take a Bow" 2 5 5 4 16 Eliminated

Robbie Savage[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Bad Boys" 2 6 6 5 19 Safe
2 Foxtrot / "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" 7 8 7 7 29 Safe
3 Tango / "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
4 Jive / "Love Man" 5 8 7 7 27 Safe
5 Paso Doble / "Bad" 4 7 8 7 26 Safe
6 Waltz / "Love Ain't Here Anymore" 6 8 8 7 29 Safe
7 American Smooth / "Sway" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
8 Salsa / "Let Me Entertain You" 5 7 7 7 26 Safe
9 Samba / "You Sexy Thing" 5 7 7 6 25 Safe
10 Quickstep / "Little Green Bag" 7 7 8 8 30 Eliminated

Sid Owen[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Waltz / "I Won't Give Up" 6 6 7 7 26 Safe
2 Salsa / "Hips Don't Lie" 6 6 5 5 22 Safe
3 Tango / "Here I Go Again" 4 4 5 4 17 Safe
4 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Ghostbusters" 2 5 5 5 17 Eliminated

Ashley Taylor Dawson[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "What Makes You Beautiful" 5 6 7 7 25 Safe
2 American Smooth / "Beyond the Sea" 7 9 8 8 32 Safe
3 Samba / "Love Is in the Air" 8 8 7 8 31 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "Angel" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
5 Jive / "Johnny B. Goode" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
6 Tango / "Beautiful Monster" 8 9 8 8 33 Safe
7 Quickstep / "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
8 Paso Doble / "You Give Love a Bad Name" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
9 Waltz / "I Will Always Love You" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
10 Rumba / "A Whole New World" 8 9 9 9 35 Bottom 2
11 Salsa / "Conga" 8 9 9 9 35 Eliminated

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Other television appearances[edit]

Ola and James Jordan took part in a celebrity version of television programme Total Wipeout which was broadcast on 26 December 2009. She and Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman appeared as a team in BBC TV's Bargain Hunt in 2010 for the benefit of the Children in Need appeal. Ola and James Jordan also took part in the judging panel on the television show Dancing on Wheels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ola Jordan Biography". 
  2. ^ a b The News. "Strictly Come Pole Dancing". Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ Dance Plaza. "Dutch Open". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  4. ^ BBC. "Withdrawal from Professional Dancing". Retrieved 2009-05-31. [dead link]
  5. ^ James and Ola Jordan (dance couple WS). "Partnership news". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  6. ^ Dance Sport Info (network). "Partnership news cont'd". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  7. ^ http://www.danceplaza.com/index.tpl?style=results&action=couple&what=6417
  8. ^ "Kenny Logan foxtrots off Strictly". BBC News. 2007-12-02. 
  9. ^ "Gabby Logan sambas off dance show". BBC News. 2007-10-28. 
  10. ^ BBC. "Team Cola - Your true fans messages". Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  11. ^ "Robbie Savage leaves Strictly". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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Preceded by
Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup
Strictly Come Dancing Champion
(with partner Chris Hollins)

Series 7 (2009)
Succeeded by
Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev