Gorka Marquez, the renowned professional dancer, is set to dazzle the audience during the Strictly Come Dancing results show on Sunday by embodying Ken, the iconic character from the popular Barbie movie. Embracing the theme of movie week, Marquez paid homage to Hollywood superstar Ryan Gosling in a recreation of the ‘I’m Just Ken’ music scene from the 2023 comedy. His striking ensemble featured a white fluffy jacket, a bare chest, black sunglasses, a bandana, and the classic blonde Ken hairstyle.
A sneak peek into Marquez’s preparation was shared on social media, where the 33-year-old dancer was captured miming the lyrics of the song. He was joined by his fellow Strictly professionals, each portraying different Ken dolls from the film. Among the standout outfits, dancer Vito Coppola donned the vibrant roller-skating attire, while Graziano Di Prima and Neil Jones shimmered in sparkling disco outfits.
The official Strictly Instagram account teased the upcoming extravaganza with a post that read, “Movie Week is right around the corner, and we can’t get Kenough of it. This Sunday’s Results show sees our Pros bring Barbie to the Ballroom #Strictly.”
In response to the post, Marquez light-heartedly commented, “When you don’t know the lyrics,” accompanied by laughing emojis. The performance earned admiration from various quarters, including professional dancer Amy Dowden, who is bravely battling breast cancer. She expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “This number is amazing! LOVE IT.” Coppola chimed in, humorously acknowledging, “All of us pretending to know the lyrics.”
Nikita Kanda, Marquez’s celebrity partner, was clearly impressed, exclaiming, “Omg looking exactly like Ken in the film.” Diane Buswell, another professional dancer, confessed her obsession with both the outfits and the video.
Marquez’s transformation into Ken promises to be a highlight of the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing episode, adding a touch of movie magic to the ballroom. With his spot-on portrayal and the collective energy of the Strictly professionals, viewers can anticipate a delightful and entertaining performance that pays homage to the beloved Barbie movie. Stay tuned this Sunday to witness the glitz, glamour, and creativity as Barbie comes to life on the Strictly dance floor.