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Strictly week 13 – The Final

The Glitterball is within reach

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Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison. Couples still in the competition in blue.

Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta ——————- ——————- —————- —————– ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ——————– ——————- —————- —————– Dance off in week 2
ELIMINATED in week 3
Simon and Kristina Judges pick -Charleston My Old Man 9,10,10,10=39
M 9
After 1st dance – joint 2nd
After 2nd dance – 2nd
After 3rd dance – 2nd
Dance off in week 3
Dance off in week 5
Dance off in week 11

Three good dances, but the AT was outstanding.
Finalists, joint runners up.
Showdance A Little Less Conversation 9,10,10,10=39
M 9
Couple’s favourite dance -Argentine tango Roxanne 10,10,10,10=40
M 10
Gregg and Aliona ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 2
Alison and Aljaž ——————- —————— —————- ———————– Dance off in week 6
ELIMINATED in week 7
Jake and Janette ——————- ——————- ——————- ——————- ELIMINATED in week 12 (semi final)
Judy and Anton ——————- —————— —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 8
Caroline and Pasha Judges pick -Cha Cha Can You Feel It 10,10,10,10=40
M 10
After 1st dance – 1st
After 2nd dance – 1st
After 3rd dance – 1st
Dance off in week 7
Great routines, all.
****** WINNERS *******
Showdance Angels 10,10,10,10=40
M 10
Couple’s favourite dance -Charleston Istanbul (not Constantinople) 10,10,10,10=40
M 10
Tim and Natalie ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 4
Sunetra and Brendan ——————– ——————- —————– —————————- Dance off in week 8
Dance off in week 9
ELIMINATED in week 10
Mark and Karen Judges pick -Cha Cha I’m Your Man 8,9,9,9=35
M 8
After 1st dance – 4th
After 2nd dance – 4th
No 3rd dance
Dance off in week 4
Dance off in week 10
Dance off in week 12
Fun and frenetic but not technically great.
Finalists, 4th place
Showdance Don’t Stop Me Now 8,9,9,9=35
M 8
Couple’s favourite dance – Samba That’s The Way I Like It not performed due to elimination
Scott and Joanne ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 6
Pixie and Trent ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 11 (quarter final)
Steve and Ola ——————- —————— —————— ————————- ELIMINATED in week 9
Frankie and Kevin Judges pick -Samba la Bamba 9,10,10,10=39
M 9
After 1st dance – joint 2nd
After 2nd dance – 2nd
After 3rd dance – 3rd
Showdance and Paso doble were their best dances.
Finalists, joint runners up.
Showdance Get Happy 9,9,10,10=38
M 9
Couple’s favourite dance -Paso Doble America 9,10,10,10=39
M 9
* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.
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Strictly week 12 – Semi Finals

Close but no cigar for one couple

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Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison. Couples still in the competition in blue.
Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta ——————- ——————- —————- —————– ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ——————– ——————- —————- —————– Dance off in week 2 ELIMINATED in week 3
Simon and Kristina Samba I Like to Move It 6,9,8,7=30 M 7 after first dance =4th Dance off in week 3 Dance off in week 5 Dance off in week 11 Samba could have been brilliant, but made some mistakes and the music wasn’t really suitable. Foxtrot was excellent. He really is best in the ballroom.
Foxtrot My Guy 9,10,10,9=38 M 10 after second dance 3rd
Gregg and Aliona ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 2
Alison and Aljaž ——————- —————— —————- ———————– Dance off in week 6 ELIMINATED in week 7
Jake and Janette Cha Cha Boogie Shoes 6,8,8,8=30 M 6 after first dance =4th All his Latin dances are looking the same now. Poor footwork in Cha Cha. V.W. was the better dance, but footwork still not great. ELIMINATED in week 12
Viennese waltz When a Man Loves a Woman 7,8,8,8=31 M 7 after second dance 5th
Judy and Anton ——————- —————— —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 8
Caroline and Pasha Foxtrot Diamonds 8,9,9,9=35 M 9 after first dance 1st Dance off in week 7 Foxtrot was almost a foxtrot fusion with a rumba, due to the music. Caroline always dances emotionally. Salsa was very good but it didn’t quite wow me for some reason.
Salsa Maria 10,10,10,10=40 M 9 after second dance 1st
Tim and Natalie ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 4
Sunetra and Brendan ——————– ——————- —————– ————————– Dance off in week 8 Dance off in week 9 ELIMINATED in week 10
Mark and Karen Viennese waltz I Got You Babe 8,8,9,8=33 M 8 after first dance 3rd Dance off in week 4 Dance off in week 10 V.W. had an American Smooth feel about it, not quite enough standard rotations in it for me. I’m not a fan of contemporary dance and there weren’t many standard rumba basics in it as Len said, but I expected to not like this, but I did! Dance off in week 12
Rumba Fields of Gold 9,8,8,8=33 M 8 after second dance 4th
Scott and Joanne ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 6
Pixie and Trent ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 11
Steve and Ola ——————- —————— —————— ————————- ELIMINATED in week 9
Frankie and Kevin Rumba Somewhere Only We Know 7,8,9,10=34 M 9 after first dance 2nd I’m not keen (pun intended!) on this song, but they did a sweet take on this as a rumba and I liked it. Absolutely loved their Argentine tango. Difficult music but coped admirably.
Argentine tango Beethoven’s 5th 9,9,10,10=38 M 10 after second dance 2nd
* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.

Save Our Zoo

I learned earlier today that the BBC have decided not to commission a second series of Our Zoo. This new drama aired in September this year and was, for me, not only drama of the year but quite simply one of the best dramas the BBC have ever produced.
This is what the BBC said
We are very proud of Our Zoo and would like to thank all those involved,” the spokesperson said. “However, in order to create room for new shows and to keep increasing the range of BBC One drama we sometimes have to make hard choices and it will not be returning for a second series.”
This is a very familiar response as I have heard this phrasing from the BBC before when cancelling other dramas. I think they used it when Ripper Street and The Crimson Field got canned. Just insert name of show in “We are very proud of < insert show name here >” blah blah blah, “create room for new shows” blah blah “hard choices” blah blah.

Strictly week 11 – Quarter Finals

So who was a shooting star and who plummeted to Earth?

Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison. Couples still in the competition in blue.

 

Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta ——————- ——————- —————- —————– ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ——————– ——————- —————- —————– Dance off in week 2
ELIMINATED in week 3
Simon and Kristina American Smooth Heartache Tonight 8,9,9,9=35
M 8
before waltzathon
=3
Dance off in week 3
Dance off in week 5

Good effort with not the best music. Lifts executed well.
Dance off in week 11
Waltzathon The Last Waltz 3rd Final position
=3
Gregg and Aliona ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 2
Alison and Aljaž ——————- —————— —————- ———————— Dance off in week 6
ELIMINATED in week 7
Jake and Janette Charleston Entry of the Gladiators 9,9,10,10=38
M 8
before waltzathon
2
Did well once again with not the best music choice. His footwork wasn’t the best, but the lifts and tricks were very good.
Waltzathon as for Simon and Kristina 6th Final position
=3
Judy and Anton ——————- —————— —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 8
Caroline and Pasha Argentine tango La Curparsita 9,10,10,10=39
M 9
before waltzathon
1
Dance off in week 7Dramatic dance but she slightly lost balance on a couple of moves.
Waltzathon as for Simon and Kristina 4th Final position
1
Tim and Natalie ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 4
Sunetra and Brendan ——————– ——————- —————– ————————– Dance off in week 8
Dance off in week 9
ELIMINATED in week 10
Mark and Karen Foxtrot L-O-V-E 8,9,9,9=35
M 9
before waltzathon
=3
Dance off in week 4
Dance off in week 10A very enjoyable routine, and had the feel of an American Smooth but without the lifts.
Waltzathon as for Simon and Kristina 5th Final position
6
Scott and Joanne ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 6
Pixie and Trent Cha Cha Love Shack 9,9,8,9=35
M 8
before waltzathon
=3
Not Pixie’s best dance but the music didn’t help giving it a stop and start and disjointed appearance. Her musicality was very good though.
ELIMINATED in week 11
Waltzathon as for Simon and Kristina 1st Final position
2
Steve and Ola ——————- —————— —————— ————————- ELIMINATED in week 9
Frankie and Kevin Salsa Work 8,9,8,9=34
M 8
before waltzathon
6
Enjoyable routine with some good lifts but technically not quite as good as some of her other routines. Kevin had been ill this week though.
Waltzathon as for Simon and Kristina 2nd Final position
=3
* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.

Strictly week 10

This is now the completed post for Week 10
Around the world week

So who flew first class and who forgot their passport?

Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison. Couples still in the competition in blue.
Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta ——————- ——————- —————- —————– ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ——————– ——————- —————- —————– Dance off in week 2
ELIMINATED in week 3
Simon and Kristina Waltz Edelweiss 9,10,10,9=38
M 9
=2 Dance off in week 3
Dance off in week 5
Beautifully danced waltz.
Gregg and Aliona ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 2
Alison and Aljaž ——————- —————— —————- ———————— Dance off in week 6
ELIMINATED in week 7
Jake and Janette Argentine tango Zorba the Greek 5,8,8,8=29
M 7
6 Coped very well with unsuitable music. Also, see backing dancers, below.
Judy and Anton ——————- —————— —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 8
Caroline and Pasha Charleston Istanbul not Constantinople 9,10,10,10=39
M 9
1 Dance off in week 7
Enjoyable Charleston with lots of swivel, energy and well executed lifts.
Tim and Natalie ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 4
Sunetra and Brendan Rumba The Girl From Ipanema 5,7,8,7=27
M 7
7 Dance off in week 8
Dance off in week 9
Not technically great but was acted well and elegant as always. Craig was over harsh IMO in score and comments.
ELIMINATED in week 10
Mark and Karen Salsa Viva Las Vegas 7,8,9,8=32
M 6
5 Dance off in week 4
Dance off in week 10
All tricks, slides and very little salsa. The lack of training time showed.
Scott and Joanne ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 6
Pixie and Trent Viennese waltz Tulips from Amsterdam 9,9,10,10=38
M 8
=2 A decent VW when they got into hold. The backing dancers were very distracting.
Steve and Ola ——————- —————— —————— ————————- ELIMINATED in week 9
Frankie and Kevin Jive Surfin’ USA 9,9,9,9=36
M 9
4 Good jive, but again ruined by the theme
Kudos to Frankie for jiving on a surfboard in heels!
* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.

Strictly week 9

So who was Number 1 and who failed to chart?

Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison. Couples still in the competition in blue.
Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta ——————- ——————- —————- —————– ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ——————– ——————- —————- —————– Dance off in week 2
ELIMINATED in week 3
Simon and Kristina Salsa Let’s Hear It For The Boy 9,9,9,9=36
M 9
4 Dance off in week 3
Dance off in week 5
Great salsa with lots of “armography” and continuous movement.
Gregg and Aliona ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 2
Alison and Aljaž ——————- —————— —————- ———————— Dance off in week 6
ELIMINATED in week 7
Jake and Janette Samba Macarena 9,10,10,9=38
M 8
=1 Fun routine with great musicality but not many samba steps.
Judy and Anton ——————- —————— —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 8
Caroline and Pasha American Smooth Mack the Knife 7,8,9,9=33
M 7
5 Dance off in week 7
Not enough in in hold for me. She did well to recover from the stumble at the beginning though.
Tim and Natalie ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 4
Sunetra and Brendan Waltz Last Request 7,7,8,8=30
M 7
7 Dance off in week 8
Charming waltz but with a few mistakes.
Dance off in week 9
Mark and Karen Tango Love Runs Out 8,8,8,8=32
M 8
6 Dance off in week 4
Enjoyable, dramatic tango, but not quite polished enough.
Scott and Joanne ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 6
Pixie and Trent Charleston Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend 9,9,9,10=37
M 9
3 Frenetic and packed with content but bad music choice and a Charleston it wasn’t.
Steve and Ola Jive Little Bitty Pretty One 4,7,6,6=23
M 5
8 Poor jive action but good on lifts as usual.
ELIMINATED in week 9
Frankie and Kevin Viennese Waltz What’s New Pussycat? 9,9,10,10=38
M 9
=1 Great Viennese waltz with loads of rotation.
* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.

Strictly week 8 – Blackpool

So who illuminated Blackpool and who was all at sea?

Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison. Couples still in the competition in blue.
Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta ——————- ——————- —————- —————– ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ——————– ——————- —————- —————– Dance off in week 2
ELIMINATED in week 3
Simon and Kristina Argentine Tango El Tango de Roxanne 8,10,10,10=38
M 8
=1 Dance off in week 3
Dance off in week 5
Good routine with good lifts but not enough flicks and not staccato enough.
Gregg and Aliona ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 2
Alison and Aljaž ——————- —————— —————- ———————— Dance off in week 6
ELIMINATED in week 7
Jake and Janette American Smooth Feeling Good 9,9,9,9=36
M 8
=5 choreography relying on “cool hard man image again”. Lifts were good but lacked time with them together and in hold for me.
Judy and Anton Viennese Waltz Let’s Go Fly a Kite 4,6,7,7=24
M 5
9 When in hold with Anton she actually managed some waltz steps. It didn’t last long though!
ELIMINATED in week 8
Caroline and Pasha Jive Crocodile Rock 9,9,9,10=37
M 7
=3 Dance off in week 7
Have to disagree with judges here. I thought she was out of time and the kicks and flicks weren’t sharp enough.
Tim and Natalie ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 4
Sunetra and Brendan Samba I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ 6,8,8,8=30
M 6
8 Not her best effort. Out of time and lacked bounce.
Dance off in week 8
Mark and Karen Charleston We No Speak Americano 9,9,9,9=38
M 9
=5 Dance off in week 4
Great routine with plenty of personality. My favourite of theirs.
Scott and Joanne ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 6
Pixie and Trent Paso Doble The Eve of the War 9,9,10,10=38
M 9
=1 Danced well but could have got extra oomph from better music.
Steve and Ola American Smooth Rolling in the Deep 7,8,8,8=31
M 7
7 Steve is improving. Danced well but could have done better with more appropriate music.
Frankie and Kevin Quickstep A Town Called Malice 8,9,10,10=37
M 9
=3 Fast, energetic dance with good musicality.
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* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.

Strictly week 7

So who hit it out of the park this week and who dropped the ball?

 

Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison.

Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta ——————- ——————- —————- —————– ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ——————– ——————- —————- —————– Dance off in week 2
ELIMINATED in week 3
Simon and Kristina Quickstep I Got Rhythm 7,9,9,8=33
M 9
2 Dance off in week 3
Dance off in week 5
Great routine. Great energy and travel across the floor.
Gregg and Aliona ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 2
Alison and Aljaž Charleston Friend Like Me 6,7,7,7=27
M 5
=8 Dance off in week 6
Poor footwork again. All show and no technique.
ELIMINATED in week 7
Jake and Janette Rumba Strangers in the Night 6,7,7,7=27
M 6
=8 A bit flat and stiff. Acted well though.
Judy and Anton Paso Doble I Fought the Law 3,5,5,5=18
M 3
10 Same again, stiff as a board. Good at being lifted and can do jumps and acting but dancing is poor.
Caroline and Pasha Waltz Three Times a Lady 7,8,8,8=31
M 7
=4 Dance off in week 7
Not enough actual waltz. Almost a rumba waltz. Beautifully danced spins and acted well.
Tim and Natalie ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 4
Sunetra and Brendan Foxtrot All Of Me 7,8,8,8=31
M 8
=4 Charming routine, elegant and danced well but she and the judges said she missed a bit. Still good though.
Mark and Karen Waltz Weekend in New England 7,8,8,8=31
M 7
=4 Dance off in week 4
Another waltz beautifully acted but lacking in travel across the floor.
Scott and Joanne ——————- —————— —————— ————————– ELIMINATED in week 6
Pixie and Trent Foxtrot When I’m Sixty Four 9,10,8,9=36
M 9
1 Great routine with plenty of character.
Steve and Ola Paso Doble Use Somebody 6,8,7,7=28
M 7
7 Power but not much finesse.
Frankie and Kevin Samba La Bamba 7,8,9,8=32
M 8
3 Enjoyable but lacking a little bit of oomph!

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* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.

Tess and Zoe

Zoe (left) standing in for Claudia again. I join them in sending their best wishes to Claudia and her family for the recovery of her daughter Matilda after her Halloween costume got set alight by accident.
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Strictly week 6

 

It’s Halloween week, so who will escape the horror and who will eaten by the undead?

 

Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison.

Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta ——————- ——————- —————- —————– ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ——————– ——————- —————- —————– Dance off in week 2
ELIMINATED in week 3
Simon and Kristina Paso Doble Poison 6,8,7,8=29
M 7
=5 Dance off in week 3
Dance off in week 5
Coping well with the terrible music, before he forgot a move in the middle. Lacking a bit of style.
Gregg and Aliona ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 2
Alison and Aljaž American Smooth Wuthering Heights 5,7,7,7=26
M 5
=8 Boring. An American Smooth without lifts (for obvious reasons).
Dance off in week 6
Jake and Janette Paso Doble Black Betty 6,7,8,8=29
M 7
=5 Good routine. Another one struggling a bit with the paso and the music didn’t help.
Judy and Anton American Smooth Cruella de Vil 3,6,6,5=20
M 3
11 I take it back, she isn’t improving. This dance showed her still stiff as a board. She spends the routine being lifted, led by Anton in hold.
Caroline and Pasha Samba Le Freak 7,8,8,9=32
M 8
4 Liked the disco/samba fusion. Good energy and very rhythmic.
Tim and Natalie ——————– ——————- —————- ———————— ELIMINATED in week 4
Sunetra and Brendan Jive Tainted Love 6,7,7,7=27
M 7
7 A bit flat footed. Not much jive in it. A lot of faffing with the bed. A lot of play acting. Still entertaining though.
Mark and Karen Jive Little Shop of Horrors 8,9,9,9=35
M 8
2 Dance off in week 4
Good bouncy jive with plenty of energy.
Scott and Joanne Foxtrot The Addams Family theme 3,6,6,6=21
M 5
10 Maybe I was distracted because I love the Addams Family theme, but I enjoyed this more than Judy’s this week. As Len, said great choreography.
ELIMINATED in week 6
Pixie and Trent Tango Danger! High Voltage 8,8,8,9=33
M 8
3 For me. Pixie’s best dance yet.
Steve and Ola Charleston Dem Bones Dem Bones 5.7,7,7=26
M 5
8 Rather a subdued Charleston. He forgot some moves and wasn’t in sync with Ola. The lifts other the last one didn’t work too well. I think the face make up didn’t help this because it masked their expressions a bit.
Frankie and Kevin Tango Defying Gravity 9,9,9,10=37
M 8
1 Strong tango, but I still don’t think it fitted the music, which I do like, but not as a tango. Despite that, great showstopping ending though.

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* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.

Opening number

Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf, pros and celebs with Anton as Count Dracula flying in on wires. Good stuff.

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Strictly Week 5

Strictly week 5. So who reached the summit and who didn’t leave base camp?

Keeping the couple order for the table as for week 2 rather than change the order every week, to make ease of comparison.

Couple Dance Song Scores (see *) Leaderboard Position Comment
Thom and Iveta Cha Cha It’s My Party 6,7,7,7=27
M 6
9 This looked more like a salsa. A bit stiff in the legs.
ELIMINATED in week 5
Jennifer and Tristan ———— ———– ———— ————— Dance off in week 2
ELIMINATED Week 3
Simon and Kristina Viennese Waltz Somebody to Love 7,7,7,7=28
M 8
8 Pleasant VW. Kept rotation going.
Dance off in week 3
Dance off in week 5
Gregg and Aliona ———— ———– ———— ————— ELIMINATED Week 2
Alison and Aljaž Tango Addicted to You 5,6,6,6=23
M 4
10 As I suspected, this didn’t suit her. Her poor footwork was highlighted here. Not sharp enough.
Jake and Janette Quickstep I’m Still Standing 7,8,8,8=31
M 7
5 A bit frenetic and not quite polished enough.
Judy and Anton Charleston Varsity Drag 3,5,5,5=18
M 4
12 She is improving, but slowly. The skipping bit in the middle was good and she managed the lifts reasonably well. Yes, Anton did the main work, but she did help him.
Caroline and Pasha Paso doble Live and Let Die 8,9,8,9=34
M 8
2 Good routine with plenty of attack and did well to do the paso to the music.
Tim and Natalie ———— ———– ———— ————– ELIMINATED Week 4
Sunetra and Brendan Viennese Waltz Anyone Who Had a Heart 7,7,8,8=30
M 8
6 Very pleasing VW.
Mark and Karen Samba That’s The Way I Like It 8,9,8,8=33
M 8
3 Another dodgy music choice, but Mark did very well and it was a good routine.
Dance off in week 4
Scott and Joanne Charleston Flash Bang Wallop (What a Picture) 4,5,5,5=19
M 2
11 Spent most of the routine walking,sitting and trying to lift Joanne. He managed some comedy faces and mimed photo taking, but very poor.
Pixie and Trent Samba I Yi Yi Yi Yi 8,9,9,9=35
M 8
1 good rhythm and body movement but lacked some bounce.
Steve and Ola Waltz I Wonder Why 7,8,7,8=30
M 7
7 Steve could be a ballroom boy, not a Latin one. This suited him very well indeed.
Frankie and Kevin Foxtrot Daydream Believer 8,8,8,8=32
M 8
4 Very enjoyable routine. A foxtrot can be boring, but Kevin’s showbiz ending lifted it at the end.

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* Scores: 4 numbers showing the scores from Craig, Darcey,Len and Bruno in order with total. The next number shown as M is my score.

Dance of the Week

I enjoyed a lot of the dances this week. Contenders were Sunetra’s and Brendan’s Viennese waltz, and Frankie and Kevin’s foxtrot, but I decided to go with the top of the leaderboard for Caroline and Pasha’s paso doble. The music wasn’t the best for a paso but they did an excellent job, so kudos to them for that.

Dress of the Week

Quite a few candidates for this and I can’t choose between them so here is Frankie’s and then Ola’s. Frankie and Kevin danced a very nice foxtrot to Daydream Believer then Steve and Ola did a lovely waltz to I Wonder Why.

Lovely hairdos, makeup and accessories of the week!

I don’t normally comment on this, but I thought Frankie and Sunetra in particular had lovely hair, makeup and accessories this week.

Sunetra danced to Anyone Who Had a Heart and the 60s theme was carried though to Sunetra’s hair. Her earrings were beautiful too!

Most Inappropriate Music of the Week

Caroline and Pasha dancing a Paso Doble to Live and Let Die. The changing time of this tune made this a difficult job but they did very well indeed and used the drama of the piece to great effect, making them top of the leaderboard.

Not really inappropriate per se, but Jake and Jannette did a quickstep to “I’m Still Standing”. For me this music will forever be associated with series 2 winners Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett, for whom it was their signature jive dance. There aren’t that many signature dances but this is one, so I would have preferred the producers to choose something else.

Claudia and Tess

It seems that Claudia’s sense of humour irritates some people, and that the Halloween piece annoyed some. Well not me, I love her quirky sense of humour and I feel that she and Tess really get on. In the Halloween skit, Claudia appeared in a white ghost sheet behind Tess. Tess informed her that it was Halloween next week. She took off the sheet, and then the camera focussed briefly on he next couple to dance. When the camera came back to Tess, Claudia had her vampire teeth in, which she took out, looked sheepish for a moment and then proceeded to try and get Tess to put them in!

Thom goes on the charm offensive

After saying that his Mum was in the audience, queue camera to show Mum, Thom told Claudia “You look lovely, by the way”. She looks embarrassed then says “It goes on”, followed by a look to camera. It was embarrassing and endearing at the same time!

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Scott and Joanne’s Charleston

The Charleston is a gift to those with who haven’t many dancing skills, and bottom table stalwarts Scott and Judy both got this dance this week. First up, Scott and his pro partner Joanne, who did a routine to Flash, Bang, Wallop (what a picture). Pro Joanne created a routine which involved as little dancing as possible for Scott! They did lots of miming taking photographs, lifting, sitting and walking. Joanne’s gurning was turned up to level 10!

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They rowed a boat on the floor…

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Scott attempts to lift Joanne.

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I know this one looks like a lift gone wrong, but it was actually meant to look like this!

Judy and Anton’s Charleston

Next Judy and her pro partner Anton. They danced to Varsity Drag, which was a good song for a Charleston. The theme was boating, so they started in a boat.

They got out, did some dancing using the oars, then got down to some lifting, jumping and such like.

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Judy does a swimming motion

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Anton throws Judy about

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Judy did show potential though, and it was an entertaining dance. Scott’s was just painful.
Results Show

Not quite sure why we got a cowboy themed pro dance to kick off the show, but it was entertaining enough. I was wondering who the new bearded pro was when he suddenly got out his lasso! It seems that this was Jimmy Johnston, who is an actor who has appeared in musicals, notably Oklahoma and is rather handy with a lasso! After doing a solo lasso piece, the musical number ended with him lassoing Tess and Claudia to the centre of the stage.

In the “Len’s lens” segment of the show, Claudia showed us something that we the viewers didn’t see just after she and Tess did their introduction.

Here is Jimmy, focussing on the lovely Tess and Claudia… He then didn’t look where he was going, and walked and tripped over the hay bale, feet flying into the air and then scrambling over the top! Claudia and Tess hadn’t reacted and we at home had been unaware of Jimmy’s unintentional comedy exit!

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So long Jimmy

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Jimmy walks away

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Jimmy going too fast to stop at hay bale

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Jimmy walks into hay bale

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Jimmy legs go up

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Jimmy collapses

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He drags his legs over

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Jimmy’s head appears!

Culture Club
Culture Club were on singing Karma Charmeleon. For a start, I didn’t know they had reformed. A quick internet search revealed they are on tour in the UK in December. Well, on the evidence of this performance if I had tickets I’d be a bit worried. This was rather a lacklustre performance and Boy George’s voice seems to have deteriorated. This is a shame if it is permanent because in my opinion he had one of the standout voices to come out of the 80s music scene. Below pros Aliona and Tristan and Karen and Kevin do their best to distract the audience from Boy George’s singing.

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The One Two That Got Away

Below, the moment that Scott and Joanne showed their shock at getting though to the next week. The nation shared their shock too.

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The wooden gang got away with it again. Bruno said Scott was the love child of John Sergeant (series 6 2008) and Ann Widdecombe (series 8 2010) .To be fair though, John Sergeant wasn’t that bad, particularly when it came to ballroom. To those who have watched Strictly from the start, I think we’re talking Chris Parker (series 1, spring 2004) and Quentin Willson (series 2, autumn 2004) levels of left footdom here. Quentin was voted off in week 1 but Chris Parker got to the final, eventually losing to worthy winner Natasha Kaplinsky.

Judy also managed to avoid the dance off, as did Alison who produced a flat footed and lacklustre tango.

Right Couples in Dance Off?

Well, duh, no!

Well Thom tried it all. Having his almost identical looking brother in the VT, waving at his Mum who was in the audience, having his shirt open down to the waist, complimenting Claudia. All to no avail. You were trying too hard Thom, if you’d just danced like a plank of wood from week 1 you’d have been fine. You don’t have One Direction on speed dial either.

Simon did a very nice Viennese Waltz, but it still didn’t stop him for being in the dance off again after just two weeks.

For the first time this series, the judges were not unanimous in their decision. At first, it looked like curtains for Simon because judges Craig and Darcey voted for Thom, but then judge Bruno voted for Simon, forcing head judge to have the casting vote. Len, being a stickler for footwork and a tendency to support ballroom. saved Simon and that was it, goodbye Thom. As all the judges said, it was very difficult to choose between Simon and Thom as both were good but in different ways. I gave Thom dance of the week last week, and I stick by that. I thought it was a was good dance, and it is a shame he has gone so soon. Who would I have picked to save? Probably Thom on balance (pun not intended!) but it was a difficult choice.

Below, Iveta and Thom say their thanks and have their final dance to I try by Macy Gray, its chorus being …

“I try to say goodbye and I choke
I try to walk away and I stumble
Though I try to hide it, it’s clear
My world crumbles when you are not near
Goodbye and I choke
I try to walk away and I stumble
Though I try to hide it, it’s clear
My world crumbles when you are not near”

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Random Comments

  • Why did they interview Babs Windsor and Jaime Murray in the audience? Other celebs have been in the audience before and haven’t been interviewed.
  • Following on from previous Abba and Elvis punathons, Claudia launched into a Queen punathon after Simon and Kristina danced to a Queen song. “Everyone tonight is Under pressure because tomorrow night Another one bites the dust. Don’t let it be Simon.” listening to ear piece, “What’s that? Don’t stop me now. I’m having such a good time. I’m having a ball. The show must go on. Tess to Claudia “What you do Is a kind of magic“.


Next Week

It’s Halloween week but the real nightmare scenario would be a final consisting of Alison,Scott and Judy.

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