Strictly Come Dancing: Week 11- Musicals Week

I have a general mistrust of musicals. Despite the fact that my sister and I were brought up to the greatest hits of Andrew Lloyd Webber (and I could probably still sing ‘Magical Mister Mistoffelees’ perfectly), I personally just don’t really think most modern musicals are much cop. I may make an exception for Chicago and I did enjoy Moulin Rouge, but you would have to pay me quite a lot of money to watch Les Miserables; if you’re a musical fan, I’m not knocking you- it’s just not for me.

Anyway, so last week we lost Peter and now is the time that those who have been excellent start dropping like flies; it can be quite hard to predict who will win, although apparently Jay is still favourite. We’ll see.

Shall we proceed? I have mulled wine and I’m ready to GO.

Georgia and Giovanni- Foxtrot (Beauty & The Beast)


It’s customary for the youngest female celebrity to dress as a princess, preferably Disney-based, at some point in the competition and so it’s Georgia’s turn. She has brown hair, so I guess it makes sense she’s Belle?  I’d be miffed if I was a dancer paid to stand there dressed as a teapot though. Awks. (She looked quite murderous, mind, which cheered me up NO END.) Pretty dance, though, even if it was on the slower side for a foxtrot.

Scores: Craig- 9 Darcey- 9 Len- 9 Bruno- 9 TOTAL: 36

Anita and Gleb – Argentine Tango (Cell Block Tango)


I have vague recollections of this song being used for a tango/Argentine tango in the past and it’s a good fit (if a little predictable?) Last week, Gleb was criticised for not sticking to the rules, but the Argentine Tango should be right up his street; his choreography is passionate and he likes to challenge Anita. I loved Gleb’s camp guard at the start and this definitely had brilliant elements of an Argentine Tango- even if I did think there was too little in hold (for me) and that Anita was a bit TOO smiley at points! Also, Len’s using weird compliments again: two weeks after comparing Jamelia to a tram, he compares Anita to a cowpat…

Scores: Craig- 6 Darcey- 8 Len- 9 Bruno- 8 TOTAL: 31

Kellie and Kevin-Viennese Waltz (Oom Pah Pah)


These two have had a bad few weeks and the comments on the Strictly blog were saying that this is a really weird choice for the Viennese Waltz (I’ve only ever seen snippets of Oliver!) I did enjoy the Victorian Barbara Windsor impression and the whole thing felt like a raucous party at a gin palace in 1880. I thought it was a good job, considering it was more in your face than a usual light-and-airy Viennese Waltz. A working class cockney Viennese Waltz, if you will. HUGE FUN. (Although, Craig was all “It’s common as muck!” and then Darcey complimented Kevin on producing a dance that suited Kellie’s personality… ha!)

Scores: Craig- 9 Darcey- 9 Len- 9 Bruno-  9 TOTAL: 36

Jay and Aliona- Rumba (Falling Slowly)


Brilliant. Another rumba. Fabulous.



I mean, I’m not sure how many rumbas are performed in jeans. I do think Jay’s getting better at expressing his emotions though, so that’s nice. As an interesting aside, I *think* this goes down as the highest scoring rumba ever.

Scores: Craig-9 Darcey-10 Len- 10 Bruno- 10 TOTAL: 39

Katie and Anton-Foxtrot (Maybe This Time)


I reckon Anton is THRILLED to have got this far, but I’m not sure that he and Katie will make it to the final; as a pairing they have been a bit too inconsistent and, of the two couples doing foxtrot tonight, they are the perhaps the weakest. This was fine, as it goes, but there was a lot of faffing about at the start. Still, it’s nice to see Anita’s Ghost wig make its third appearance this series. I predict that next year it’ll be dancing with Aljaz as a contestant in its own right.

Scores: Craig- 8 Darcey- 9 Len- 9 Bruno- 9 TOTAL: 35

Helen and Aljaz- Paso Doble (At The End Of The Day)


When I saw that Helen was doing a paso, I did wonder if she could channel all that passion, anger and sexuality needed to do a really good job. I’ll also confess that I did wonder if it might be the dance that led her to the dance-off. I felt that she looked a bit forced and in pain at times, but then I didn’t go to drama school, so then who knows. It was so busy that I didn’t actually enjoy watching it, which is a shame

Scores: Craig- 8 Darcey- 8 Len- 9 Bruno- 9 TOTAL: 34

So we end with JAY at the top and ANITA at the bottom, but my money’s on Katie and Helen in the dance off… Disagree? Let me know!




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