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Ever seen ballroom dancing to AC/DC on TV? No? Then prepare to be Thunderstruck

Genuine “ballroom notoriety” at last for AC/DC, as contestants on popular Saturday night TV show Strictly Come Dancing perform a Paso Doble to Thunderstruck



Well I’m upper upper class high society. God’s gift to ballroom notoriety. And I always fill my ballroom, the event is never small. The social pages say I’ve got the biggest balls of all.”

So sang the late Bon Scott in a typically mischievous mood on the smirkingly smutty Big Balls, track two, side two on AC/DC‘s 1976 album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Who would have imagined back then that one day the Aussie bad boy boogie crew would serve as the soundtrack to actual ballroom dancing on prime-time Saturday night television? Not us. 

That’s what happened tonight, September 30, however, when Jody Cundy, a multi-world championship-winning British athlete who has represented his country at both swimming and cycling in the Summer Paralympics, danced a Paso Doble – a Latin dance for those unfamiliar with ballroom dancing – with his partner Jowita Przystał on the BBC’s hugely popular dance competition Strictly Come Dancing.

We’ll not spoil the magic by dissecting this historic cultural moment in-depth for you, but the clip is below:

It turns out that this is the second time a rock classic has featured on this series of Strictly, as it’s known to its million of viewers, for last week, we’ve now learned, actor Nigel Harmon and his dance partner Katya Jones danced a Paso Doble to Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.

In 2020, as you’ll doubtless be aware, comedian Bill Bailey danced his way into the affections of the nation, or something, by performing a tango to Metallica’s Enter Sandman in the semi-finals of the dance competition: Bailey went on to win the competition outright.

Here’s that seminal moment once again for your entertainment. 

Tune in to Strictly next week, to watch much-loved TV presenter, actor and comedian Les Dennis dance the Charleston to the Anti-Nowhere League’s So What. Possibly.