We entered this week with Peter and Janette at the top of the leader board and the Loveliest Pairing In Strictly History, Carol and Pasha at the bottom. How many times would Georgia and Giovanni refer to themselves as ‘Team GG’? Would Ainsley sneak in a little foodie move this week? And, most importantly, who would be going home? (I’ll be making predictions on Saturday and updating on Sunday with the actual losing pair. IT’LL BE FUN.)
Jamelia and Tristan- Cha cha (Dontcha Wish Your Girlfriend)
It’s always good when the first dance of the show involves a sparkly green fringed mini-dress. She looks like a beautiful Christmas tree. Jamelia’s legs are GORGEOUS, but the judges were able to see her mistakes, which is a shame. I’d definitely say she was more confident this week and I love how you can see everything on her face. I bet she’s a terrible liar.
SCORES: Craig-4, Darcey-6, Len-5, Bruno-6 TOTAL: 21
Daniel and Kristina- Charleston (Let’s Misbehave)
Oh, goody, a stupid HORSE THEMED intro. But I loved the Charleston, it’s one of my favourites. Daniel gave it a good go, but it was… weird. A bit like watching a priest dance or something.But I really, bloody love Daniel and think he’s going against many people’s expectations. Bless him, he gave it a good go and I’d quite like to order a copy of Kristina’s dress (and a lot of Spanx.) Ta.
SCORES: Craig- 5, Darcey-6, Len-6, Bruno-6. TOTAL: 22
Kirsty and Brendan- Salsa (Can’t Touch It)
Always nice to see a dance start with a Vulcan death grip. Salsa is meant to be fun, right? But Kirsty was trying to concentrate and so looked more like she should be dancing a tango at a funeral. Benn commented that there was a lot of skirt ruffling. She definitely needs to be a bit more confident.
Scores: Craig-5, Darcey-5, Len-5, Bruno-5. TOTAL: 20
Jay and Aliona- Waltz (See The Day)
I LOVE JAY, but I do query his judgement in letting Aliona wield scissors near him. Not sold on the haircut. However, his waltz was actually pretty lovely. I wonder if his nerves disappear once he starts- sort of the opposite of Kirsty? I LOVE JAY. I stand by my ‘dark horse’ theory from last week.
Scores: Craig-7, Darcey-8, Len-8, Bruno-8. TOTAL: 31
Iwan and Ola- Cha Cha (Sexy and I Know It)
These two- still dull. Although nice to see Ola using the same training techniques I use on my 2 year old. Iwan’s limbs were as stiff as a board and the music was LMFAO sung by a 48 year old man on the verge of a mid-life crisis. Bruno was right when he said it was the ‘neanderthal approach’- which sums up Iwan so far in the show. Also, he’s not sexy.
Scores: Craig-2, Darcey-4, Len-4, Bruno-3. TOTAL: 13
Not a lot to say, really- it’s a nice waltz and Georgia’s dress is nice. Her professional northerner schtick is getting old, and this is coming from someone who has spent the last ten years being a professional northerner: forcing people to eat black pudding is not. cool.
Scores: Craig- 6, Darcey-6 Len-6 Bruno-7. TOTAL: 25
Ainsley and Natalie- Salsa (Don’t You Touch My Tomatoes)
Oh, joy, let’s start with a market stall, shall we? Also, sexy tomatoes?! I love how much he enjoyed himself and got into the spirit.Overall, fun and- ahem- fruity! Good comments even from CRAIG!
Scores: Craig- 6, Darcey- 7, Len- 7, Bruno- 6. TOTAL: 26
The Lovely Carol and Pasha- Foxtrot (Isn’t This A Lovely Day?)
Ah, the foxtrot. I love the foxtrot. I love these two. Oh, look. Another weather reference. We get it. She’s a weather presenter. Carol does much better in hold and she just looks gorgeous (but then, I guess you would in hold?) Anyway, I LOVE how POSITIVE these two are. They should do promotional speaking or something.
Scores: Craig- 4, Darcey-6, Len-5, Bruno-5. TOTAL: 20
Kellie and Kevin- Cha Cha (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)
More fringing! Kellie has masses of potential and I loved this. It was everything a cha cha should be- fun and light. Not much else to say really, except- NICE. Not sure about the seaside link, mind.
Scores: Craig- 6, Darcey-7, Len-7, Bruno-7. TOTAL: 27
Anthony and Oti- Waltz (If You Don’t Know Me By Now)
Ah, the cute twosome! (Was I the only one slightly disappointed he had a fiancee? Although she seemed LOVELY.) Waltzes are quite hard to write about in a sarky way, there’s not too much in the way of noticeable mistakes and they’re generally not car-crash-y. This was a nice waltz. *shrug* He did his best.
Scores: Craig- 4, Darcey-5, Len-5, Bruno-5. TOTAL: 19
Anita and Gleb- Charleston (Pencil Full of Lead)
I love Anita and I love the Charleston. I did a class a few years back and it’s HARD to make it look effortless. You have to get the right mix of humour and choreography, as well as rembering your steps and where your hands go. A great routine- even Craig’s happy with Anita making the ambitious dance her own.
Scores: Craig-7, Darcey-8, Len-6, Bruno-6. TOTAL: 27
Jeremy and Karen- American Smooth (Happy Together)
Karen makes the least convincing librarian EVER. Mind you, can you imagine Jeremy Vine as a student? This was still in the ‘dad dancing’ category- maybe it’s the facial expressions and the pointing? He’s no Astaire (whatever Darcey says.) Anyway, at least he’s trying. God loves a trier.
Scores: Craig-3, Darcey- 5, Len-5, Bruno-4. TOTAL: 17
Katie and Anton- Tango (Telephone)
I will never get tired of seeing how excited Anton is this series. It’s a really interesting choice to tango-up Telephone by Lady Gaga and an unexpected one… but IT WORKS. Katie is beautiful and elegant and refined. All the things I’d like to be but have not a hope in hell of ever achieving. Beautiful.
Scores: Craig-7, Darcey-7, Len-7, Bruno-7. TOTAL: 28
Peter and Janette- Quickstep (Valerie)
Ooh, this was full of nice and precise footwork and natty dressing. I wish Benn danced ME round the kitchen before he left for work. (Chance’d be a fine thing.) He’s still the bookies’ favourite and it’s easy to see why. Same score as last week.
Scores: Craig-7, Darcey-8, Len-7, Bruno-8. TOTAL: 30
Helen and Aljaz- Cha cha (Uptown Girl)
Ooh, what a fun song for a fun dance- and *cough* we get to see Aljaz in a vest. Dressed Helen in blue- clearly going for the Frozen vote. This is a confident dance and we now know, thanks to that VT, that Helen is COMPLETELY BONKERS. I like her.
Scores: Craig-7, Darcey-7, Len-7, Bruno-8. TOTAL: 29
So, we end tonight with the points from last week and this week combined- PETER is at the top of the leader board and IWAN at the bottom. My favourite dance of the week is definitely Katie and Anton’s tango. Brilliant stuff.
Prediction: Iwan and Kirsty in the bottom two, with Iwan going home.
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See you next week!