Opening the show on the second live evening where last week’s votes are carried over to this week’s will see the first elimination on tomorrow (Sunday) night’s results show. Sadly, Brucie was given the night off after having the flu leaving Tess Daly to host with Claudia Winkleman in the auditorium. Tonight’s show was full of improvement, game raising and all things glitz. Read on…
As ever back are the judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Our professional score is also added in brackets alongside.
Susanna and Kevin
Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Good toes pointed to and kept on floor as dragged around floor. Almost fell wrong during sharp back tilt quickly caught by Kevin. Kevin’s re-work of Susanna hid any more possible misses and attempted to recover routine where Susanna hit back with strong finish and leg kicks despite mishap slightly off kiltering them overall. Sharp cover up, however did help, somewhat.
LG – I think you put the go in Tango. Crisp. Frame little bit loose. Loose connection sometimes. Two dances down, so far so fabulous.
BT – Fire, flare attack. Very important in Tango. You have so much attack frame goes a little bit. Add control to your spirit.
CRH – Full of drama nad intent. Rigid. Dance on a whole was very, very good.
DB – Loving your conviction. Left shoulder does lift and merk. So fab to watch you.
7, 8, 8, 8 (7)
Tony and Aliona
It Don’t Mean A Thing (If Ain’t Got That Swing) – Duke Ellington and Irving Mills
Happy to be here Jacklin does the obvious golf set up clad in chequered clobber. Using a club to pair them completely ignoring the premise of show, then sees show off Aliona cartwheel her own way backward leaving Jacklin isolated. Terrible kicks from Jackin whilst constantly carrying partner around to have something to do. Someone get him the caddy. Absolutely rotten.
BT – I don’t know what it swung me but not in place I wanted it to go. [Homophobic Aliona not impressed with Bruno’s swing joke.] Timing off no swing lots of fishing. Wasn’t really a good Charleston was it.
Tess – Oh no, it’s Judge Dread,
CRH – Should be lively energetic, phonetic unfortunately yours was limp lame and lacklustre. Devoid of any real characterisation.
DB – Difference, confidence you hit each lift. Improvement from last week a godsend.
LG – At 69 to dance a very energetic dance I commend you for that. Very character driven. You’re a sportsman not an actor.
2, 4, 4, 3 (1)
Natalie and Artem
If I Aint Got You – Alicia Keys
Mood, tone and graceful connection set ballroom scene beautifully. Good head tilts in turn. Careful footwork smooth. Felt light, breezy and clandestine.
CRH – I was moved, however some occasional gaping. Loved use of skirt. Breath-taking.
DB – You have the quality, the feeling. Beautiful stretch. One to watch.
LG – Loved feel of it. Grace and elegance. Absolutely corking.
BT – Incredible control and confidence for week 2. Fluidity of hands and arms, tell a story with each flicker of your wrist. Dance is a performing art.
Dave and Karen
How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? by Dean Martin and Helen O’Connell
Hairy Baker Dave did a kitchen come dancing set up complete with eggs background sound. Decent lift but felt very horizontal only for Karen. Waits for Karen after spins. Caveman Dave lifts Karen off chair for a lift after she scales it for him. Ends with a glitzy gold American Football helmet and no interest, style or presence and only ‘made it through’ a routine. Dull as dishwater, darling. May be the resident coast through, lovable rogue only. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. Go for it, or go home.
DB – Certainly tamed that excitement. Beautiful long arms but get bit paddly. Actually touch her. Shame you had to use a chair to get into that lift.
LG – Always handy to get a bunk up. Bit bumpy but landed safely and got through it. Appreciated those lovely heel leads. Fun to watch.
BT – Like a disaster movie. Cooking up a storm, you’re cooking up a stink. Got to listen to the music. Sense of musicality. I do appreciate the fun factor but still have to the feet down on the right bit at the right time.
TD – Craig, I hope it gets more than a two from you this week.
CRH – Dancing it by numbers. Lacked style but can build in. Lift a little bit lumberjackish but like Darcey, I do like you.
3, 5, 5, 4 (3)
Patrick and Anya
Beat It – Michael Jackson
Wind up key starts the couple off. Very strong first motion. Joins sharp attack with Anya in hold. Easy guiding along after but hold power of mood still. Decent work around. Powerful couple capable of much more. Showed mechanical skill and style no one else has yet delivered in difference. Patrick ends by freezing partner who awakened him in turn of tables.
LG – Hold could have been tighter. Danced with lot of verve and energy. You’ll be hanging around for weeks.
BT – Strong and gritty. Lost bit of frame.
CRH – Your bottom does stick out a little so tuck it under. Stepping off on ball instead of heel. Timing impeccable.
DB – Strong, masculine. Try use whole back as you change. One to watch.
6, 7, 7, 7 (7)
Deborah and Robin
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Deb goads Dragon Craig between panel bar and dancefloor. Smiley attitude good fun. Little lost in hold into spin around by Rob. Not fully into arm work on flim flam sway arms from up to down motions.
BT – Like a tribute act. Love bubbly, feisty, frivolous personality. Still have to do much more hip action better place of feet.
CRH – Dragon verses drag queen darling, be careful. Great attitude but must straighten legs. Very stompy. Joy to watch.
DB – Loving your zest for performance. Great to watch somebody go for it. Your timing is good.
LG – Cheeky. For complete package got to work on technique.
[Len was supposed to start the comments roll, just to add. :p]
5, 7, 6, 6 (6)
Rachel and Pasha
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Constant prop use could become distraction that becomes costly. In hold weak again. Struts along, Pasha follows on knees. Fair arm through entanglements. Easy fling backs as only interest. Lift (allowed) around leg spin over Pasha to finish with no impact. Forgettable.
CRH – Wriggling around like a slug in salt. Awkward.
DB – Didn’t get that time to it. Push. Bit wishy washy.
LG – Little bit careful again. Come out and really wow us. Good fun.
BT – Gorgeous rag doll. Worst thing of all is your balance. Concentrate, work on your strength ‘cos you’ve got the beauty.
4, 5, 6, 5 (5)
Vanessa and James
Run to you – Whitney Houston
Hard concentration in eyes. Good back leg spin head tilt. Bit empty and safe led mostly by James as a guide into dance. Vanessa needs more of own presence, though not over animated incorporated.
DB – Emotion of romance. Soften the knees and you’ll get more glide to loosen up a bit.
LG – Poignant, romance, bit of a story. Gotta work bit more on the details. Small things to make it into a complete package.
BT – Deeply felt. Connected, involved. By doing so, moving better.
CRH – Definitely comfortable in hold. You’ve done a lovely job, James.
5, 6, 6, 6 (5)
Julien and Janette
Applause – Lady Gaga
Showing strong command as lead. Good in hold, despite stance little wayward. Overall decent hold and guidance of partner. Working floor well. Interest of audience. Rises above Manrara. Was OK for week 2 starter. One of few males who has led during start of competition which is most difficult for all male celeb’s to do so. Most of the male celeb’s are still struggling with that.
LG – Tango is like a Cactus – sharp and spiteful. Bit of an orchid. Did with conviction. Good go.
BT – Didn’t know if I was watching a Tango or a Paso Doble.
CRH – Posture, I’m afraid, is ghastly. Not your best, darling.
Tess asks – “Better than last week?”
CRH – No
DB – Loved the attack, came out with conviction.
3, 5, 5, 5 (5)
Fiona and Anton
Beggin’ – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Good lone dance sass. In hold strong prominence from Fullerton. Enjoying the music and dance. Just concentrate on the move as going along with enthusiasm. Almost slipped back, supported by Anton. Working the legs. Very decent. Anton also stands accused of having a stiffy by eagle eyed viewers who thought he may have got one whilst other claim his partner was too. 😮
BT – No need to beg just need to dance darling. Do it right!
TD – Was it the nerves?
(Fiona agrees) – Yeah.
CRH – Thought you were very good till you kicked Anton in the shin. Nice couple, love watching you dance.
DB – Lose consistency. Very controlled. Lots of promise.
LG – Stuff on your own, right on time. There was the incident. Never recovered after that.
6, 6, 5, 5 (6)
Mark and Iveta
Bom Bom Bom – Sam and the Womp
Channelling Austin Powers. Strong enthusiasm. Keeping character. And crowd. Good kick outs with Iveta spins. Good floor spin round of Iveta. Big boy doing well for dance strength but needed a tad more movement than confined to one spot. Work the floor on occasion.
CRH – Little bit disjointed for me. A crowd pleaser darling. Heavily due to character.
DB – Loved energy. Always take charge and fab performance.
LG – In the darkest clouds a ray of sunshine appears. A party dance, meant to be fun and entertaining. You make me feel good.
BT – Wasn’t a Salsa. But it was fun to watch.
4, 6, 7, 5 (5)
Sophie and Brendan
Good start for Soph. Waxtor came to life. Arms, bounce, kicks sharp. Good somersault off Brendan backwards. Good mirroring of partner in front and behind. When you really try as a professional you can really focus without your attitude clouding routine, Brendan. Dance suits Sophie.
DB – Brilliant choreography Brendan.
LG – Great routine, beautifully danced.
BT – Stylistically perfect.
CRH – Brendan, you were rubbish. Sophie that was fit darling.
9, 9, 9, 9 (7)
Ben and Kristina
What the world needs now – Dionne Warwick
Strolls up heavily. Shaky steps on spin round collecting Kristina. Wait for second on floor before moving. Lost. Daydreaming not great for routine. Very slow and careful footing. Clueless again. Only hunk attitude may carry him along the competition. Only goes so far. No depth showing whatsoever.
LG – Look magnificent but you don’t move much. Lower through. Better than last week.
BT – Drive the music.
CRH – Rugby butt as delicious as it is, doesn’t protrude much. Inject more personality. Just smiling lit up then you looked terrified.
DB – Ballaclase did work. Little more connection between you.
6, 6, 7, 6 (4)
Abbey and Aljaz
Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez
Strong musicality. Strong sways from Aljaz. Abbey slightly lagging behind. Morphed into a wooden Barbie doll. Good leg splits in middle downward. Extremely lost on spin, more a turn around.
BT – Plenty to fancy about Miss. Clancy. You do look fab, natural instinct for the dance. Careful with your freehand. Tiny little stumble at end?
CRH – Free arm very haphazard. Though whole thing very enjoyable.
DB – You can dance, just trust partner and relax when you come out of hold, do you lose that focus. Believe in yourself.
LG – Arms lose little bit of discipline. You’re a good dancer, Abbey.
7, 7, 8, 8 (6)
Ashley and Ola
Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
After the revelations of hunky new daddy for the second time audience DILF Ashley begins.
Very good spin around in hold collection before gliding crane jump off onto dancefloor. Good lift around of Ola (allowed) followed by second flat carousel on shoulders. Very commanding. Good sophistication in face. Arms good. End on back dip down lift atop arms.
CRH – Wrist is broken, so much content in there. Fantastic energy and lifts. Great showman.
DB – Whole thing incredible. One habit, dips. So impressive, you are gonna go far.
LG – You put the ooh in Smooth. Got the dry mouth. Each week be better than before, that’s what you’ve done.
BT – About showbiz Hollywood glamour. What American Smooth is all about.
7, 9, 8, 8 (8)
At this point its pretty much anyone’s game with these few as weakest so far in terms of audience reception and favour. They are Tony, Patrick, Fiona, Julien, Mark and Rachel. However three who could face the voting pitfall are Tony, Julien and Patrick.
This year you can vote up to five times online so spread your votes out for a few of your faves. You have to open an account at BBC’s website though.
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iPlayer is NoPlayer
Fans headed home from all nighters and late night workers without an on demand catch up TV service were appalled and annoyed that the website on the BBC had not uploaded the full show. Even at 1am the show was not uploaded yet feature numerous clips of the evening already put on questioning bad management at the Beeb once again failing to give viewers what they pay for and desire. Rival show X Factor began running its near two hour borefest on national television again yet the BBC lacked any Strictly catch up service, which is exactly what iPlayer is meant to provide. Fans believe the BBC to be dysfunctional in its quality to consumer need, of which is funded by the licence fee of Public Service Broadcasting. The results show with the first vote off is tomorrow evening at 19.20pm on BBC One.
FalseFabs inquired after viewer complaints. The show was uploaded onto BBC iPlayer at 1.54am.
Results to follow…