Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 5
The four who score are back as the judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli take to their judging chairs. As ever our scores are in brackets. Next week is the Halloween special so the stakes (hah!) are high.
Jake and Janette
I’m Still Standing – Elton John
Good start in rush to floor choreography wise. Good trot along. Consistent with musicality. Playful leg along quirks. Good back leg kick out lift of Janette. Great spin around with control. Leading man, but in trouble of becoming too safe and boring. Needs bit of oomph from previous weeks to really buzz back to top.
Len – Hold as it went trough lost a bit. First out sets the bar.
Bruno – Have to watch the top line.
Craig – Using frame to do dancing instead of legs leading it.
Darcey – So much footwork going on there. Wonderful.
7, 8, 8, 8 (7)
Sunetra and Brendan
Anyone who had a Heart – Cilla Black
Returning from last week’s mishap as ‘Brendan c**k’ole’ Sunetra attempts to dazzle again. Sparkly frame on wardrobe adds to the grace of movemet around the floor. Good extended footwork. Timid and controlled. Following direction well, but clearly a ‘follow routine’ poise than commanding role. Needs for stomp on confidence as leading lady in partnership. Very well performaded with gracious attitude.
Bruno – Way you placed her. Habit of rising your shoulders.
Craig – Loved double spin into hold. That takes some doing. Tendency to look down. Extend line little bit ore. Absolutely beautiful.
Darcey – You look very comfortable. It’ only when you come out of hold. Finish those lines.
Len – I thought it was terrific. Kept your poise.
7, 7, 8, 8 (7)
Scott and Joanne
Flash Bang Wallop – Tommy Steele
Tess tries to make Craig crack a smile after Scott will become a photographer for this dance. Great, it worked. Now, can Tess try to be less caricature and less wooden?
Scott takes Joanne’s pic and stands and smiles. Scott stomps his feet up and down to comedy music. Stand on the spot dancing again since first week continually. Scott can’t lift Joanne from ground doing all work around him. Fall back on floor into the oops upside your head house party boat thing. Stupid. Daft over shoulder lift lugging Joanne who kicks leg to music. Pathetic, tame and useless.
Craig – Positively elatious. Absolutely no attempt whatsoever. Feet never came together once. A three year old could have done that better. You put some personality in it.
Darcey – Weirdly pulled this off. Cheeky character. Couple moments you couldn’t pick lovely Jo up.
Len – Got through it. It was fun.
Bruno – Your dance skills are unique. Undefinable. You could be the lovechild of Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant. (Not really, because they both were fun and entertaining, not wishy-washy idiots who don’t try.)
4, 5, 5, 5 (2)
Thom and Iveta
It’s My Party – Jessie J
Thom and his brother settled the tips exchange with an arm wrestle and an N-Sync dance off.
Thom starts getting the bum and hips moving well. Good drop down connections with Iveta. Tough transition for Thom to floor as looking bit stiff in dancing. Needs to let it fully go and forget about being judged as losing it on the floor. Good recovery, trying to get into it. Not greatest musicality, to be fair. Still very consistent and improving constantly.
Darcey – Worried you weren’t going to warm in the dance. Difficult dance. Upped your performance.
Len – Occasionally didn’t know what to do with your arms. Having said that, performed it strongly. Lots of hip action.
Bruno – Who wouldn’t party with Thom. Toyboy for every occasion. Your personality becomes more engaging. Looked like a Salsa more than a Cha Cha Cha. Didn’t quite work. Salsa disco.
Craig – Thought it was all pigeon toed. Trying technical side too hard. Rhythm very very good. Quite marvelous at grinding.
6, 7, 7, 7 (7)
Frankie and Kevin
Daydream Believer – The Monkees
Good sweet start. Smooth into hold guidance from Kevin. Bit empty and boring in middle of going around floor. Looking little lost. Quite easy out of hold hand moments. Felt too cheap in hold carried by Kevin. Hiding away than dancing effectively.
Len – Floated across floor like butter on a hot crumpet. Work little bit more on getting body away from Kevin. I know he’s hunky.
Bruno – Content in middle was proper foxtrot. Have to arch back. Gives better line.
Craig – Opening very sweet. Wholesome performance. Go for a bit more of extreme in top line. Thought was enchanting.
Darcey – Just looked too comfortable.
8, 8, 8, 8 (7)
Alison and Aljaz
Addicted to You – Avicii
Instant character setting tone. Commands Aljaz well as he does her. Very clean footwork. Keeping theme of dance apparent. Smooth and controlled rotations. Good leg extension. Smooth and controlled contemporary tango. Only lacking bit of faster oomph and sharpness, but very well overall.
Bruno – Definitely integed. Put a monumental effort in there. Like watching an Opera. A very technical dance. Got to be much much sharper.
Craig – Quite the opposite to be honest. Lacked drama. Soft around edges. For-ev-err to get into hold. Felt was dance of sections. Don’t think it was your dance.
Aljaz– My fault.
Alison – Like what you’ve got to say, Craig, so will take that on board, Babe.
Darcey – Suited the dance. Strong, determined performance.
Len – Did take while to get started. Pro’s have to get best out of partner. Exactly what you did. Was a bit of drama going on.
5, 6, 6, 6 (7)
Claudia comes dressed for Halloween early with a sheet and fangs. Yet, she still manages to prove the thrill for Strictly. “Put them in!” Claudia yells as she tries to push ’em in Tess’s gob.
Mark and Karen
That’s the way I like it – KC and The Sunshine Band
Bellend Mark decided to show Karen some moves down Faces nightclub in Essex. You mugs.
Mark wiggles his willie and bum to get some cheap thrills for votes. On floor follows everything Karen does and does not lead. Shows off on sex appeal flaunting own vanity. Sits on floor gyrating crotch. Glad to see we’ve moved on from the ghost of Jimmy Savile. Mark mimicing Karen and not leading at all. Cheap, shaking body and no actual dancing. No surprise they were in bottom two last week. Simply sad.
Craig – Could have done without all that vulllgar dancing.
Darcey – You can give John Travolta a run for his money. (Really?)
Len – Did exactly what had to do when in dance off.
Bruno – You’re a natural. Talk about the way you work your bum.
8, 9, 8, 8 (2) (Over-marking by producers to keep in a ‘favourite’ for finance. Pathetic and systemic.)
Simon and Kristina
Somebody to Love – Queen
You never use a Queen song when you can’t carry it.
Simon smiles as he glides along, with smoke hiding feet as Kristina sings along. Risky, all over the place and completely retarded. Pitiful performance lacking everything necessary to complement a dance and ticked boxes again or fourth week running to get the steps cleared. Lame.
Darcey – Become elegant. Would’ve liked it smoother.
Len – Didn’t think performance was overly classy. Hectic. Lacked lyrical movement.
Bruno – Very very difficult. Don’t bounce it.
Craig – You’re right thumb was up. That said it all darling.
7, 7, 7, 7 (5)
Judy and Anton
Varsity Drag – Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Judy rows a boat then jumps with dancing on the spot with her paddle. Empty. Nothing going on. Swims on Anton’s back, saying it all there. Lifts up by Anton with a star jump. Ends on Anton’s shoulders to mask failures at dancing. No dancing at all. One of her famous sons shown in audience. (Andy’s busy overseas.)
Len – Always having so much fun.
Bruno – Bit like the Titanic of Charleston. (Jumps out of seat) Enjoyed it.
Craig – Fairly decent. Liked swim thing. Wasn’t ounce of swivel. Timing appalling.
Darcey – Shame you got out of rhythm in couple of places.
3, 5, 5, 5 (3)
Caroline and Pasha
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings
Joint cape work to start okay but not thrilling. Yellow and purple UKIP cape Caroline starts moving around the floor well, but freely. Bit watered-down and more about presentation than both that and dance. Bit tacky but fair.
Bruno – Loved passion and drama. I think I’m turning.
Craig – Only but agree. Heavy, used every accent in music to advantage.
Darcey – Detailed fingers.
Len – From Russia with love. Would’ve liked more shaping. Fantastic.
8, 9, 8, 9 (8)
Steve and Ola
I wonder why – Curtis Stigers
Ola walks up to Steve at fountain. Shouldn’t it have been other way around? Steve from behind pulls Ola back and out of way in middle of dance. No connection with partner. Hard concentration causing problems. Shaky moments from spins. Cuddles Ola to end. As pale as Ola’s dress.
Craig – Lovely seeing a gentle soft side to your dancing. Get thumbs down.
Darcey – Not expecting you to understand that grace and elegance. Led Ola effortlessly.
Len – Kept wide frame. Well done.
Bruno – Romantic lead.
7, 8, 7, 8 (4)
Pixie and Trent
I Yi Yi Yi Yi – Edmundo Ros
Pixie has literally got flowers in her hair. Channeling Paloma Faith’s fruit cocktail bandanna years ago (which was great) Pix is going all Copa.
Pix flaunts her boobies as she moves to the floor. Flamenco-ish sound was tad juvenile and sounded echoey cheap thrill. Slowed down dance routine. Good arm arounds. Felt bit distilled and empty in places though. Needed more passion and groove. Looked to easy and careless. Flat.
Darcey – Gave it your all.
Len – Full of fun, energy. Terrific.
Bruno – Tooti Fruti extravaganza.
Craig – Still getting over opening look, those shimmy’s. Isolation excellent. Amazing.
8, 9, 9, 9 (7)
Best dance of the night?
For the third week running (and by default) is –
Caroline and Pasha
(in no particular order)
Steve, Scott and Simon