Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 8: Blackpool
This week’s dancing special comes from the ‘Las Vegas of the North’ Blackpool. Back are hosts Tess Daly and Zoe Ball, standing in while Claudia Winkleman spends time with her family since an incident over Halloween.
Scoring again are Craig Revel-Horwood, the over scoring extras Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Our scores is given in brackets with honest and real scoring advice among the lunacy of in-house favouritism/bias ruining the show.
After a magical start with Iveta and the rest of the dancers, the BBC centered a child singing fr the group performance. Allowing every little girls dream to be crushed proves insensitive given the BBC’s paedophilic sex scandal led by Sir Jimmy Savile. The BBC’s arrogance to be humble is ever disgraceful, despite the carefully constructed group number to seem genuine.
Iveta’s magical rising dress overlooking the floor was however a beautiful boost to start the show in Blackpool from the professionals.
Frankie and Kevin
A Town called Malice – The Jam
To prepare Kevin proved genius and got Frankie down the arcade on the good old dance mat. 🙂
Kevin starts dancing with the wrong lady before choosing Frankie. A bit too long getting going but on floor worked well with bounce. Bit timid and still seeing Frankie hold back instead of really go for it. Seems more focused on smiling than stunning the floor. Needs to let it go to be serious contender. Good footwork but tad too empty in effect. Needs to connect further. Decent overall but not exceptional.
Len – Excited to watch that. That was fast. Light and bright as Blackpool illuminations. Your best dance.
Bruno – They flew across that dance floor. You did not put a foot wrong. You are the leader of the gang.
Craig – Used floor brilliantly. Did lose frame occasionally. Feet don’t always come together when they should. Bright. You are a fantastic dancer.
Darcey – Controlled and calm. Fun.
8, 9, 10, 10 (Oh here we go…) (8)
Jake and Janette
Feelin’ Good – Hal Mooney
Instant sharpness from Jake as Janette is led by her beau from the dinner table. Strong posture in hold around the floor in tune with the music. Amazing lift of Janette throw to the air caught by Jake. Proof of leadership from Jake smashing the atmosphere. Commanding Janette constantly. Great style, skill, grace and smooth footwork. Will need votes to stay in though.
Bruno – Bad ass and sassy. Be careful in turns and lifts. Back in the game big time. (He never left it.)
Craig – Some artistry in your hand. Herculean performers of an American Smooth. Brilliaint. You know the value of stillness.
Darcey – Stylish, sophisticated. Very classy. Back on top.
Len – You put the oooh in moody. Such a twist on what I was expecting. Jake, you’re back. (He never left, you cast him down due to production values of saving favourites who can’t dance.)
9, 9, 9, 9 (9)
Sunetra and Brendan
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
Sunetra enjoys a cocktail with the girls as Brendan shakes his groin and shimmys with the chicks. Sunetra eventually joins him. Over eager on turns. Good kicks and sass. Still little timid but good feeling attached. Tad watered down feeling though. Lots of errors. Should have more oomph less comedy shizz. Otherwise Sunetra may be out very soon. Needs a strong number.
Craig – Disconnected, loose, non specific. Felt you were struggling.
Darcey – Improvement. Vibrant, flamboyant. Plenty of energy in steps. Weakness in the footwork.
Len – Most energetic and most vibrant I’ve seen you in Latin dances. Go for it. Well done.
Bruno – I love the bouncing bunnies. Thank You for bringing the Playboy bunnies to Blackpool. Sexy.
Brendan – Shout out to all the production. (Ever a crawler, save my job please…)
6, 8, 8, 8 (7)
Simon and Kristina
El Tango de Roxanne – Moulin Rouge
Start sharp and controlled single moment. Joins Kristina. Bit lost in crossover feet. Concentrating on doing all footwork ticking box mentality than a dance which always ruins his performance. Too awkward and stiff in trying to ‘do it’ than dance it. Doesn’t seem to learn. Minor moments in middle easy and lacking impact. End lift okay but all for show not technical. Good guy but doesn’t seem to be able to adapt to change.
Darcey – Wow! Worried you’d make it a showdance. Got better and better. Accuracy between leg action. I can’t shut up.
Len – Winner winner! Chicken dinner!
Bruno – Dark Lord. So masterful. Game of action. So predictable. Climax at the end spectacular.
Craig – In two minds. Little bit stiff in places. Need to be freer and looser. It’s just advice darling. I did love it.
8, 10, 10, 10 (Oh get real!) (8)
Judy and Anton
Let’s Go Fly a Kite – Mary Poppins
Both fly a kite into the floor. Ironically it leads them. Anton dances with an ice-cream as Judy wanders off. Back together the pair stand on the spot and do side to side arm sways. Stand and plank point arms for Judy now. Better just walking it instead. No effort, no attempt, all a joke. Judy then gets flown to the sky by balloons. Please let poetic justice prevail. Not a Viennese Waltz at all.
Len – Bit sticky in places. That is your best so far.
Bruno – It was actually recognisable as a Viennese Waltz. You did a dance!
Craig – All went horribly wrong. Posture appealing. In and out of lifts, you had a good fifteen seconds. Definitely your personal best.
Darcey – Softer lady. Anton got you turning. Still have to keep working on that top line.
4, 6, 7, 7 (2)
Mark and Karen
We Speak No Americano – Yolanda Be Cool
Mark says its “back to being cheeky Mark” Or dumbass bellend who doesn’t care, in translation. The pair are made for each other, all teeth and no substance Karen turned Mark into a magician. Mark claps his hands and turns the magic box holding Karen around, Standing on the spot dancing Mark does some paltry hand movements. Lame lift over back of Karen. Horrible arm crouch shoulder sways. Karen rolls herself into a floor grab flashing her knickers. She dips down on Mark’s chest to pout as he stands and holds. Mark walks along with head on Karen’s ass. Sad, empty and lonesome. All teeth and no substance, literally.
Bruno – Can’t believe how fr you’v come. Swift on your feet, comical. Fantastic. (Just ask him for a shag and get lost.)
Craig – I’m starting to fall in love, actually. Mark desperately kisses Craig for the gay vote. Love it, love it, love it. (Pathetic.)
Darcey – Light, sweet action. I love it.
Len – I’ll sum it up, everything these have said with knobs on. (Cock-a-hoop, then?)
9, 9, 9, 9 (7)
Pixie and Trent
The Eve of War – Jeff Wayne
Down from the sky comes Trent as Pixie lures him toward with cape wafting. Joined by two hunky Gladiators Trent takes hold of Pixie. Strong arm extensions and fierce attitude form Pixie. Good spins but missing extra whoosh. Good leg out arch around. Very good atmosphere and style. Could lose the nicey-nicey attitude in order to boost higher, but still smooth and strong.
Craig – Indomitable force in this competition. Full of skill, almost invincible on tht floor. Quite extraordinary.
Darcey – Some animal in you. Watch legs.
Len – That was, Trent great job in choreography. Loved it.
Bruno – PIXIE! The dominatrix! She had three to fight over, very greedy can I borrow one? (In reference to the male dancers.) Perfection. (Lunatic sex pest.)
9, 9, 10, 10 (9)
Steve and Ola
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Steve stands in center waiting for Ola to charge in. Lift early on with no feeling. Air capes fill the floor detracting from dance. Steve walks along with arm horizontal and tepid. Awkward and awful move around floor with Ola. Lift spins around. Spins on floor. Flips Ola onto shoulders for finish. Empty and sad. Nothing dance.
Darcey – Really kept your cool. Well done.
Len – Showed your gentler side. Lifts right in character with flow of dance. Like a small man at the urinal, got to get up on your toes. (Disgusting pervsions from old man on BBC, no change then.)
Bruno – So much impotence. Control strength and energy. Well done.
Craig – Len’s analogy little to be desired. Cool, calm, collected. Obviously in touch with your feminine side. Lacked little flair. Beautiful routine.
7, 8, 8, 8 (6)
Caroline and Pasha
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Caroline dances in Union Jack dress in front of immovable guard Pasha. Pasha breaks code and dances with groovy Caz. Great kicks and flicks. Good arm extensions. Bit of character. Bit slow for a Jive. No-one can beat Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett. Caroline nicks Pasha furry muff hat. Okay but not amazing.
Len – Jive’s about kicks and flicks. Class, fast and built to last.
Bruno – Yes! Caroline flies the flag for Strictly! Rule Britannia, thank you Blackpool. (Shut up you loon.)
Craig – Absolute fire.
Darcey – Fast springy girl is back. Perfect for a Jive.
9, 9, 9, 10 (There’s always one.) (9)
Best dance of the night?
Pixie and Trent
(in no particular order)
Jake, Sunetra and Judy