Strictly Come Dancing Week 2

Strictly Come Dancing 2012

Week 2

With the revelation hat the “dreaded dance off” will return and co-host Tess Daly exclaiming reminiscence to “Ben Hur in the ballroom” our glitzy gladiators took to the dance arena.

Nicky and Karen

Cha Cha Cha

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

Venezuelan Karen seemed eager to impress as the new dance professional on the show after last weeks criticism.  The pair’s dancing had open alone performance once more. Slow side stepping. Takes time getting used to finding some rhyhtym. Byrne was slow and lacking of energy, too much alone dancing than with partner, which was minimal, with no big ending. Learning ropes to be pro dancer. Lookers won’t wash with me, “darling.”

On that note, Craig noted the dance reminded him of a Zumba exercise class. Hip rotation was pleasing, however. Commitment was there though confidence and attitude were debatable. Darcy shared her isolation’s. Said it was “going in right direction.”

Scores – 4, 5, 4, 5

My Score – (4)

Colin and Kristina

Viennese Waltz

Kiss form a Rose – Seal

Tone. Extension in arms and hands good. Trying with posture positively. Decent spin. Slow in parts. Week 2, of course. Sweet. Embrace. Elegant. Romantic.

Dave arch orch.

Bruno – nice extends. More drive and musicality needed. Not so involved. Detracted. Double hand flick like fly swatting was acknowledged. Dancing to height was understood. Darcy  – elegant frame, stooping. Len said it was “Sophisticated.”

6, 6, 6, 6


Dani and Vincent


Mamma Do the Hump – Rizzle Kicks

The salt n pepper pot Dani came to shake. Should have danced to Harry Belafonte’s Shake Shake (Jump in the line.) The song from Beetlejuice for all thinking of song.

Lift off onto the floor counts as lift. Cardinal Sin. Good drop down. More confidence. Sizzle shakes, doing the maracas. Few twirls. SECOND lift.

Craig claimed it had a “dismount splat” though a brave forward manoeuver. Full on, flat out Len said. Blossomed and great content were added.

7, 6, 7, 7


Fern and Artem

She’s always a Woman – Billy Joel

Viennesse Waltz

Instant connection in partnership with charismatic tone.

Skirt wafting may be a confidence booster, but eventually you’ll need to have the confidence without it. Do not rely on it every week to mask insecurity. Graceful.

Darce delved in with a “beautiful feeling.” Though Fern needed “belief” as Len mentioned  stronger posture needed. Improvement. Doing the dusting Bruno laughed but was pleased with follow through and fantastic floor.

6, 6, 6, 6


Richard and Erin

Cha Cha Cha

Love Shack – B52s

Personality needed last week. Had it in abundance this week, and OMG, what a quiff! Working the dancefloor with confidence and joy. Animated cheese. End sways good. Slow and patchy. Flamboyance.

Exuberance. Props not really necessary. Little Mermaid / arm up bubbles ripples were a laugh.

Blissfully barmy. Bruno barked in joy as Darcey, who received a kiss liked the “weird enjoyance.” Relaxed, but, create arm tension, she added. Must lead her. Bouts of energy. OTT but fun.

3, 6, 5, 5


Victoria and Brendan


Moondance – Van Morrison

Lively start, feet lift. Concentrating on steps too much was visibly apparent. Awkward turn around Brendan. Awkward spin back into hold. Fair outing.

Clean classy and confident from Len. Vast Improvement. Rigid. Quicker in turns. Craig responded. One point worthy for remembering routine he added. *Wink* Thanks “Darhhling.”

To break away, you must disband but maintain connection in partnership. This will be how they develop if intending to remain in show.

6, 6, 7, 7


Michael and Natalie


This Ole House – Shakin’ Stevens

Ot Oh! A Jive! Good luck with that on week 2. Regardless, Vaughny took to a country jive which set a good feeling. Good hip and into it flow. Good turn drop downs with Nat. Fast swifts. Good kicks, rapid pace, Darcey interaction. And wheeling Nat in her cart. Taking the horse to water…

Toughest dance and a very good performance of THAT dance of a male dancer leading, though some comedy moments. Timing bad but made up in content and style.

Oddest jives ever. Bizarre. Hips awkward. The judges noted.

Not often I like comedy routines, but this supported the dance to a good level than the usual bad bounce around the floor. Apparently judges did not agree.

2, 5, 4, 4


Louis and Flavia

Viennesse Waltz

Puppy Love – Donny Osmond

Flav Ca-catch-ay!

Topiary fluffed daisy Flavia flittered round the floor like a blooming nightingale led by Louis. With dignified elegance. Bussel felt that it however lacked emotion.

7, 7, 8, 8,


Denise and James


Tutti Frutti – Little Richard

Sprouting back from injury in the week, Denise dazzled with a jovial Jive. Exhausting demand. James chatting up audience member started Denise off. Excellent symmetry and kicks. Cartwheels. Tooty Fruity arm flings. Swift and powerful in spins. Near perfect transitions. Character. Talent. Slowed towards end, but still kept intensity.

Best jive for a long while, most certainly.

Denise the goer on turbo Bruno expressed. “FAB –U LOUS!!!!” said Craig.

8, 8, 8, 8


Johnny and Iveta


Everything – Michael Buble

Telling the Cinderella tale with Iveta gliding around the floor, and an amazing spin from Iveta, this woman proved a hearty professional to the show with commitment to helping Johnny Ball lead. However, slightly off in leading, Ball needed more dominance in himself, as lacking some confidence, possibly due to being the eldest contestant. Just go for it and give it some. Hire Iveta.

Len enjoyed the enthusiasm. Out of hold nice lines, in hold stiff, Bruno felt. Decent effort Craig mentions.



Sid and Ola


Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira ft Wycleff Jean

Sid was following Ola. Needs to lead her. Waiting for her to join him in hold. Few shimmys from Sid in sparkle sequins. Handstand was technically a lift.

Bruno – lack of technique. Haphazard – CRH.

Routine good though missed the point of it with the content and just using the dazzle with leggy Ola.

Handstand constitutes as a lift? No? 1 point deduction.

6, 6, 5, 5,


Kimberley and Pasha


Someone like You – Adele

Shaky steps dipping, mostly together. Lovely twirls. Stumble among them. Turned into unstable nearing a car wreck. Take more care. Needs further focus, though had a fair concentration. Pat Evans (Butcher) earrings.

Darcey focused on gapping. Good lines. Len  – limp, no conviction. Dazzle, not decline. Len is right, got to do better than just coast through. Bruno added it was “pretty.” Commendable effort.

Wayward in places, but fair, overall.

7, 6, 6, 7,


Jerry and Anton


Pennies from Heaven – Frank Sinatra

Slow process. Spark competitive edge to ‘light firecracker up her.’

Good twirl into hold, eye contact and smile, feel of romance. Tense step after. Style and a touch of class. Light as her feathered dress, though will take longer to raise this swan. Needs passion to s-ignite the competition. Longer you wait, longer you risk elimination, and the moment you’re ready to ‘start’ may be moment it ends.

Len – content, heel turn, mix of steps, probably too vertical as the problem. Stretch and move to be developed by Anton, who didn’t want to reveal everything in first few weeks. Yes, but waiting will cost.

Only as good as your last performance. Can’t expect to be carried.

Craig caught a one liner. “Preying mantis posture” in his garden, he felt.

3, 5, 5, 5,


Lisa and Robin

Viennese Waltz

Never Tear Us Apart – Paloma Faith

Robin’s protruding nipples! Yes, the big girls can dance. Partnership. Bit more connection though needed. Storytelling included. Meant to have been Cinderella themed.

Needs to be refined Bruno spoke. Craig was impressed with her dexterity.

Allow leadership of her.

7, 6, 6, 6


Results to follow.


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