Strictly Come Dancing, Week 4
Tonight the Strictly showcase gets underway for the fourth week losing the third couple from the contest following Sunday.
As ever hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are joined by the ever outstanding Dave Arch and his Orchestra. The judges are back to with Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli with their scores below. Ours will be added in brackets.
Frankie and Kevin
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Fair sashay. Arms okay but stagnant. Good movement around floor but too timid still. Shows offs legs, but lack of partnership on floor. Looked like two randoms dancing. Limp ad boring despite steps being there.
Len – Your foot controls your leg, which controls you hip. Little bit loose. But Kevin, Happy Birthday.
Bruno – Have to press through ball of foot.
Craig – Right arm unplaced. Need straighter legs. Expressive hands, I loved it.
Darcey – Sleek and clean. (Darcey dear, don’t copy our critique when you cant carry it for something to say, okay?)
8, 8, 8, 8 (6)
Mark and Karen
Tiger Feet – Mud
Mark sad he didn’t want to look like a bit of a wussy.
Hobbling onto the floor in desperate attempts to look light weren’t as fluffy as Mark’s white suit. Stand spot and do the steps was boring and empty. Double feet kicked up cheekily off ground. Trying but still very lacking considering was their first attempt at trying an actual dance. Two weeks behind and still terrible.
Bruno – Fancy white knight. Very intricate. (Pfft)
Craig – Sadly lost your top line. Bit tired. Flat hands. Very light of foot. Loved Charleston sections.
Darcey – Have improved in top line, I know boys are complaining. Kept in sync. Very impressive.
Len – Lot of trotting going on at start. Little bit mincyfied. Started to run on empty. Frame much better. Overall, good job.
7, 7, 7, 8 (5)
Judy and Anton
Jealousy – Billy Fury
Here we go, the mother whose famous for a son Skype’s her kids for a VT. It was inevitable to flaunt Andy Murray from the enarmoured idiocy on the BBC.
Both try it on with other people at tables as Anton flings Judy across the floor again. Very weak at sharp staccato’s. Great music, no available moments. Trying but just not got it at all. Let your inhibitions go. Jumps into swirl around lift by Anton to be covered again. Should really go home. No improvement. Tons of illegal lifts. Points docked. Cheats.
Craig – Amazing isn’t the word. Thank goodness for all those illegal lifts. Vacant look on your face. Natural stiffness came in very handy. Love the way you threw her like a bowling ball.
Darcey – Wonderful beginning. Wonderful end. So much attack. Soften knees.
Len – Plenty of punch, Judy. Strong, aggression. I know about the lifts, but what you gonna do. (They’re illegal and your a a judge)
Bruno – It actually worked.
Simon and Kristina
My Old Man (Said Follow The Van)
Well if this won’t drop you in the bottom two… Next week, Olly Olly Olly… Biscuits are yummy.
Forced theatrics. No connection. Own performance and not with anyone else. In own world. Flimsy than fun. Got some steps technically well put, but all box ticking again and again. Let go and be less loose. Cool lifts added.
Darcey – I knew there was a star dancer in you. Cheeky style really suits you. I was so impressed.
Len – If you’re in bottom two I’m gonna pickle me walnuts.
Bruno – Simon is back on track. Part of an act.
Craig – Thank goodness. Finally some personality. Great routine.
7, 8, 8, 8 (6)
Alison and Aljaz
Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
Alison gets a solo jiggy groove to the judges which fails to provoke smiles. Vivacious curves and smooth steps. Bubbling personality. Good movement with Aljaz. Strong choreography. Bit lonesome however, and required more something. Full of sparkle though, which was a joy and talented.
Len – Full of fun, rhythm. footwork little bit suspect. Got mojo back.
Bruno – [Bruno does the funky chicken dance or something] Energy is plenty.
Craig – Footwork letting you down on this one.
Darcey – You got it there.
6, 7, 7, 7 (7)
Scott and Joanne
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Aren’t they doing this with Chloe Jas-balls on X-Factor too? Scott’s celebrity portfolio was brought out again. Scott now brings in his little niece to shamefully get sympathy for bad dancing. Not taking this seriously at all and all for ympathy won’t get you a good dance. Focus.
Awkward sways looking lost. Waits for Joanne to run into standing lift up. Dances on spot gain. Slowed down in amazing power ballad. Waits for Joanne to stand in position to fling leg around. Rotten side steps. Poor presentation.
Bruno – That was supposed to be an American Smooth. So bizarre. How many times it went wrong, I lost count. It really takes some doing.
Craig – Exception to the rule that anyone can learn to dance. It wasn’t smooth, sadly.
Darcey – Slightly out of body experience. Saw some improvement in top line.
Len – Taught routine. Interpret it own way. You look taught. Like painting by numbers. Lacked naturalness. Huge blunder early on. It’s what it is.
2, 5, 4, 4 (2)
Steve and Ola
Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte
Excellent song choice. Cocktail shaking and spilling Ola’s drink awkward. Bad footing very stiff and lumbered. Carry around lifts standard. Weak shimmys. Tired all ready. Start and stop. Lacked rhythm. Tame. All old women of plus size enjoying Steve’s loose nipple out. Shame they could not deliver and ruined song/dance instead.
Craig – Side to side, not what its about.
Darcey – As Craig sad your missing quite a lot of hips. Well done.
Len – Very watchable, that’s what I like.
Bruno – Talk about making most of pecs appeal! Lacked hip action.
6, 7, 7, 7 (4)
Pixie and Trent
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Horrible song. Predictable. Good start with Trent. Good leg up pull back glide. Neat under leg floor work. Good arms, swift legs. Bit slow in places. Bit too easy reliance and doing less. Still very connective and clean. Pixie gets emotional and cries herself at end.
Darcey – Would like more physicality and tension through your body. Beautiful lines.
Len – Lovely routine. Lacked bit of fundamental Rumba. Lot of posing. Lovely job.
Bruno – Mood for love. Tonight all the hips are wrong. Intense performance, beautiful.
Craig – Loved split drag at beginning. Performance exquisite. Bit more pressure through the floor. Loved it.
8, 8, 8, 8 (8)
Tim and Natalie
The Best – Tina Turner
Tim slips into his fantasy world as a Matador Manuel before in VT land.
Tim lures his bull Natalie to the floor with some good cape action considering his age. Keeping strong frame. Sharp turns and commanding stance. Great music. Could use bit more when flipping Nat around. Decent show and fun filled with a full on trier. Best of the ‘old’ folk.
Len – Well done Tim, you had a go.
Bruno – Too much dust on those sheets. Look like a mildly irritated goat. More spunk.
Craig – Very limp, darling. Lame, lacklustre. All very strange, actually.
Darcey – Improvement from last week. Cleaner. Kept in character. Did miss shaping.
3, 6, 5, 5 (5)
Sunetra and Brendan
Turn the Beat Around – Vicki Sue Robinson
Instantly spun around like a clock could have been saved for later. Good stepping but seems to have thrown her off course. Getting back into it with good stomping groove. Bit awkward in arm arounds. Good lift over back of Brendan. Great end though bit offish.
Wardrobe malfunction as Brendan’s bollo**s have fallen loose in his trousers.
Bruno – Went wrong quite a few times. Dragged back in beautifully.
Craig – In all lifts need to be a bit stiffer. Lacked little bit of fluidity. Most enjoyable.
Darcey – Hips were really working. Those arms are fabulous.
Len – To be honest, couldn’t take me eyes of Brendan. Think I saw your bongos. Certainly wasn’t your best. Not your worst.
6, 7, 7, 7 (6)
Thom and Iveta
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Smooth start with careful, effortless arms. Bit slow in hold to start. Risky of losing audience appeal in walk alongs. Good feet. Clever in hold, not breaking when together moments. Plucked flower given to Iveta cheerily.
Craig – Right hand little bit too high. Enjoyed it. Sweet and cute.
Darcey – Charming. Iveta, well done to you. Held your frame.
Len – Bloomin’ lovely. Be proud of yourself.
Bruno – You can bring my flowers, anytime. But seriously, good to see.
6, 8, 8, 8 (7)
Jake and Janette
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
Amazing hips instantly. Strong lead of Janette to the floor. Strong kicks and flicks. Holding own in very difficult man’s dance but lacking halfway through. Tiring out at end but still strong style and groove with Janette.
Darcey – So entertaining. Such strong leh action. Knees came right up.
Len – Posture went over. Full of energy.
Bruno – Admire power and strength. If arm is slightly out of place looks more odd.
Craig – Little bit awkward due to free arm. Energy and performance absolutely ultimate.
8, 9, 8,8 (7)
Caroline and Pasha
We Go Together – Grease
Good begin keeping bubbly feel. Good around hops in hold. Great feet but rushed slightly almost causing strong slip over. Recover from wobble well. Using floor vividly. Leg ups at end on one foot cheeky.
Len – Lovely. Couple of little moments. Energy terrific. For me best dance tonight.
Bruno – Was going so well. Put foot at angle. Another incident on other side. So hard to do.
Craig – Shame about incident. Lost balance at end. Thought it was gor-h-g-h-ous darling.
Darcey – Cheeky quickstep. Fantastic.
8, 8, 9, 8 (8)
Best dance of the night
(For the second week in a row)
Caroline and Pasha
Steve, Tim and Scott