Strictly Come Dancing: Week #8

Morning all. I’m blogging this the morning after the night before, as I was at a fancy dress party last night, drinking gin and lemonade. It’s quite weird writing this the day after, as I’ve sort of seen bits about last night, but I’m going to approach this the way I do if I’m watching live. Except I can fast forward those annoying VTs. We’re over halfway through! Next week is Blackpool! (Never, ever play a shot based game in the week before Blackpool, in which you drink every time its mentioned. You will have a stinking hangover the next day. Ask me how I know. AHA- TESS AND CLAUDIA MENTIONED IT LATER ON! I write my intro before watching, so you can imagine my delight when I saw this skit.) I’m also OBVIOUSLY gutted that The Nicest Man In The World, Pasha, is now longer in the competition.

Enjoy! Or not. I’m not the boss of you.

Anita and Gleb- Quickstep (Don’t Get Me Wrong)

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This is a good song for the quickstep- light and bouncy (and I have a feeling it’s been used before?) I continue to love Anita and feel ambivalent towards Gleb… is it because, in the words of Derek Zoolander, he’s ‘really, really ridiculously good looking’ and he knows it? Perhaps. I mean, what must it be like to go through life with that face? (See also: Aljaz, Artem.) This was pretty, accomplished and lovely to watch- a bit like Anita herself!

Scores: Craig-8 Darcey-8 Len-8 Bruno-8 Total: 32 Mentions of Blackpool: 3

Jay and Aliona- Foxtrot (Lay Me Down)

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Obviously there are high expectations here, as usual. Jay is a good, technical dancer- although I was a bit disappointed by the Argentine Tango last week (not flicky enough for me.) But then, I’m often the only person who thinks this and who cares what I think? Anyway, the choice of song was a bit rumba-y for me- I like a cheery foxtrot, personally- but you could tell Jay was really trying to incorporate the judges’ advice from last week. Benn noticed the trip, but at least Jay was able to recover quickly. His little face though after the dance had finished ­čśŽ Still my favourite though. Also side note: I LOVE IT WHEN DARCEY GETS ALL ANGRY.

Scores: Craig-6 Darcey-8 Len-8 Bruno-8 Total:31  Mentions of Blackpool: 0

Jamelia and Tristan- Samba (A Little Respect)

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I love this song. (Fun fact: after showing my media students the Scrubs episode where the song ‘infects’ everyone and they can’t stop singing it, the same thing happened around the school where I work. I heard snippets of it in the staffroom for WEEKS.) Anyway, Samba doesn’t have a good track record and I was expecting that Tristan would be holding on to Jamelia for dear life. Also, why is she dressed as a three-year-old at a princess party? Do wardrobe hate her? I like that this dance basically told the story of the Wheatus version of the song’s video (geeky lad pulls popular girl.) Not bad for Jamelia, either- a few clunky bits, but overall good- even if, according to Craig, some of the grinding was ‘unnecessary’…!

Scores: Craig-5 Darcey-7 Len-7 Bruno-7 Total:26  Mentions of Blackpool: 1

Helen and Aljaz- Tango (Hold Back The River)

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OK, before watching this, I was expecting high drama and lots Serious Tango Face. This week, Helen is giving serious Jean Harlow vibes (I think it’s the hair.) But why was Aljaz dressed like a room designed by Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen? As expected, a competent tango, although a weird song choice (but then, hey Georgia danced a tango to Ghostbusters, so what do I know?)

Scores: Craig-8 Darcey-9 Len-8 Bruno-9 Total:34  Mentions of Blackpool: 1

Katie and Anton- Rumba (Never, Never, Never)

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Firstly, I’d like to point out I’m not a fan of the picture above. But hey, you get what you’re given. Also, at this stage in the game, I am tolerating the rumba and hoping it dies out quite quickly as everyone ends up having danced it. I just then have to hope that no one chooses it as their choice in the final (unlikely?) However, this is the highest scoring rumba of the series, which shows how annoyingly difficult it seems to be. Anyway, Katie had a definite sexy Audrey Hepburn thing going on and this almost had a bit of a tango feeling (or am I going mad?) I didn’t actually mind this too much, as it wasn’t raunchy and in your face; as Katie and Anton said, it was a grown up rumba. God, I’m such a prude.

Scores: Craig-7 Darcey-8 Len-8 Bruno-8 Total:31  Mentions of Blackpool:1

Kellie and Kevin- Samba (Boom Shake The Room)

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So when I was putting this together, I made sure I didn’t see the scores, but just grabbed pictures from the Strictly feed- I’d guessed that, by this comment it wasn’t Kellie’s best. After her shocking place in the bottom two last week, I wondered whether her confidence was low (and I’ve talked about the awkwardness of having a samba/salsa- the dances of death- the week after a dance off before.) I’m not ashamed to admit that I got it wrong! I love the relationship between these two and their sense of humour was a lot fun to watch, I even found the mauling of the song by the singers funny. I’m pretty sure I had a Barbie dressed like Kellie was last night.

Scores: Craig-9 Darcey-8 Len-7 Bruno-9 Total:33  Mentions of Blackpool:0

Peter and Janette- Viennese Waltz (You’re My World)

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Ooh, I do love an abundance of tuille. After last week’s fun Charleston, these two must have been riding high- has Peter put himself back in the game, I wonder? Based on this dance: quite possibly, but I’m not convinced. We’ll see, eh? This felt a bit ‘modern’ for a Viennese waltz, so I did wonder what the judges would say about it… and yep, more hold seemed to be the main feedback.

Scores: Craig-8 Darcey-9 Len-8 Bruno-9 Total:34  Mentions of Blackpool:3

Georgia and Giovanni- Charleston (Hot Honey Rag)

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OK, I already know that this is the highest scoring dance of the series, beating Peter’s Charleston last week- this year really does feel like year of the Charleston and I love it. This fizzed with flapper-ish energy and pizazz; they made it look easy. LOVED IT.

Scores: Craig-9 Darcey-10 Len-10 Bruno-10 Total:39  Mentions of Blackpool:4

Jeremy and Karen- Quickstep (Going Underground)

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I predicted a couple of weeks ago that Jeremy will probably make it to Blackpool and then leave at that stage; the ‘comedy’ acts usually do as well as that and then afterwards, it gets properly serious as we move towards the final. Karen is basically having fun coming up with more and more outlandish storylines each week, so God knows what she’ll come up with next week if they do make it. I’m not sure how much of this was dance steps and how much was just Jeremy walking/running. Bless him. I liked the ‘Wheels On The Bus’ section especially.

Scores: Craig-4 Darcey-6 Len-6 Bruno-5 Total:21  Mentions of Blackpool:6

So we have GEORGIA at the top of leaderboard and JEREMY at the bottom. Jamelia, Katie and Jay (boo!) are all at risk. If you’d been taking shots, your liver would be shot and you’d be pretty much dead…

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