Strictly Come Dancing 2012
Week 10: Dance Fusion
This week’s theme was a brand new concept of Dance Fusion. Mixing two dance styles fused as one. Intertwining a Ballroom and Latin style dance was intended and carried out, but how would the couples fare melding both intuitively?
Below are judges scores from Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, along with our professional score with constructive critique.
Denise and James
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
Denise hopes it won’t be a “Dance confusion” after last week’s mishap. Having fun at themselves aside the dance began with James idea of a Jive into quickstep instead of half and half routine.
Cocktail mood, good start of spritey fun, bit more character than dancing at start. Into good round quick spins on floor. Out to hand jiving with a fantastic trumpet back legs lift. Awkward leg knee rise from Van Outen. Jump over head of Denise from James then followed by cartwheel adding routine fun but slightly disconnected from dance for a second. Good arms around twirl on spot, flowing dress turns. Ends well. Good pacing, as Brucie now adds. Held a competent showing with exceptional Jiving as now renowned for. Quickstep was awkwardly matches with this dance, however, was a good in-fusion despite the mis-match initially. Kept momentum. Mishap with shoe caught in dress hole didn’t completely destroy routine. Continued excellent recovery two weeks in a row, showcasing a full professional attitude. Should have stuck with two halves, but took a respected risk.
Bruce humorously adds “If I did that id need a trans-fusion.”
Len said “Fusion, real challenge, not only for pro’s but also celebs. Different techniques. Allowed one lift. Go and show. Proper fusion. Technique in kicks and flicks. Little slip up. Enjoyed it much. Good start to evening.
Bruno begins “Morphing into lively quickstep. Superb. Jive was incredible. Accuracy outstanding.”
Craig added “Agree, Jive part was incredible. Kicks ‘n’ flicks fantastic. Quickstep bit bouncy. Proficient. Fused beautifully. Thank you for remembering routine (to James.) Finished tad late.”
James informs he “Choreographed it that way.”
Sir Bruce tell him “Nice try.”
Darcey says “Strength is Jive, action and attack. Little too much bounce in Quickstep. Love your determination. You go out there and want to perfect every move. Well done.
8, 9, 9, 9
Lisa and Robin
Voulez Vous – ABBA
Tango/Cha Cha Cha
Continual round and round flow, losing slight edge. Bit slow and off in attack. It was good but no sustainable impact as such. Fab-ba expressions. Second half with skirt play coming alive with exuberance.
Bruno said “love expose, glitzy. The Cha Cha suits to a tee.” He felt the Tango “needed better toplines,” though much stronger overall in the Cha Cha, “is you” he added.
Craig went on with “Cha Cha Cha works. Top line failing in Tango and ballroom.” Though enjoyed the characters.
Darcey disagreed “Tango was stronger. Topline improved. Cha Cha loose. (You) Always give your all.”
Len finished with “entertainment is infectious. Went wrong in the Cha Cha Cha. Too predictable.” Though ended with a jolly note claiming Lisa was the entertainment “king!”
Artem chicken fillets chest hair alert! Many viewers have missed these.
7, 8, 7, 8
Likeminded, Darce and Bruno gave a high five. Where’s mine!? (Waves virtual hands left to Darce and right to Bruno. Ooph!
Nicky and Karen
Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida – Troublemaker
Sit in chair prop. Karen now takes the chair duties in a musical exchange. Twirl on floor. Into American Smooth hold. Hop over chair by Boyish Byrne. There was no point to it. Slow lurching step along hold. Fair lift, not exceptional, slide and shimmying half-heartedly a bore. Twirl carousel of finger cheesy. Sit down. Wasn’t really entertaining, all showman, no showbiz talent shown.
Craig mentioned it “needs bounce in Samba” Truly dreadful. Haphazard. Adoring Bruno chipped in “how cruel” Honestly? Can no-one handle the truth and lose their own perspective on who they fancy? Come on, retain your dignity.
Darcey brought reality back “is true” shoulders let you down. Extend arms. Was safe.
Len said to fuse together is greatest challenge. Tough call. Samba terrific. Mix good, lifts good. Good job.
Bruno over eccentrically adds “heroic effort. Two dances different.” Adding he gave 110% (you can only do 100% of anything) “don’t overestimate what you cannot do.”
5, 7, 8, 7,
Dani and Vincent
Happy Feet – Paul Wightman
Good start with fun attitude. Slight loose hands fluttering. Very good back heel kick out. Good tilt around spins. Cheeky fun Charleston. Tad slow on leg crossover hands placement. Good steps in place crossing around followed. Lost some momentum. More of a Charleston but pleasing all the same.
She then received an audience standing ovation. This meant nothing and is now adopted from the X Factor fans that have diverted from channel ‘overseas’ surfing. Please remove this hypocrisy instantly if order to maintain show outlook favourably. Last thing the show needs to destroy credibility.
Darcey felt the dance was “extraordinary, shining in and out. Cheeky, fun and sweet.”
Len said she was “happy with feet.”
Bruno added “like two sides of same coin. Brilliant, stylistically – absolute perfection. Whole sequence delight.”
Craig finished “choreography brilliant. Fantastic work.”
Still stuck in top tier of eights. Needs to push forward with further drive to move to nines. Overzealous ludicrously with marks from judges though.
9, 10, 9, 10
Louis and Flavia
With or Without You – U2
Filled with loose women jokes, fainting and playing up to girls fancying Louis as his only reason for being in the show, the fusion finally began shrouded in shortcomings.
After previous weeks of not bothering to dance, could he actually turn this around? It wasn’t enough. Rumba was a sterotype. All about fancy, not dancing. Lame.
Spin into hold, then meandering hopelessly. Crouching tiger hands as Flav dances. Step back and arm up occasionally. Into fast lift with no essence for a moment to seem interesting to all girls in love everywhere based on no dance merit. Tango then say circling around only. Was looking around where to go. Needed a signpost. Still lost on the floor. Was also very boring, no dance aptitude with no passion whatsoever. No thrill. Became empty dance once again. Tragic.
Len praised with “each end of dance spectrum. Pulled it out. Great.”
Infatuated cartoon Bruno said “soft and sensuous to climax at end. Keep it Up!”
Craig added “Danced with effortless dexterity. Your Thumb was up in the Tango.”
Beaming Darcey went on “emotion perfect, arms delicious. Crisp. One of your best.”
There was nothing “crisp” involved, no dexterity wasn’t pulled off, and was boring not sensuous. The bull****-ometer is cranked up to overdrive. Effortless = lazy. Still hasn’t danced.
Does this mean Strictly is due to die after adopting an X Factor / Big Brother style of adoration?
9, 9, 9, 10
Kimberley and Pasha
Cha Cha Cha /Tango
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Rule number one. NEVER open an umbrella indoors.
Strong start with legs. Steps a little cautious, good attitude. Though not dark enough, still smiley in Tango. Good kick out and smiles in change of dance. Was an OK dance. Not exceptional, not lowly.
Bruno commented “nuclear fusion. Imaginative, inventive, dance of the season. (This is the problem with American jet hopping.)
Pleased Craig adds “That is dancing.”
Darcey chips in “Fabulous pout in smile. Made it your own. Fabulous.”
Len concluded “Join the audience. Well done” as Len copied the crowd and stood and clapped in a tedious showing which should have kept seated than add hypocrisy to the ovation/Cheryl Cole/ X Factor likeness that crippled part for the show’s credibility.
Much more vast over estimations and lunacy in the scores follow.
10, 10, 10, 10
Nicky and Karen, Lisa and Robin, Denise and James
Results to follow.