Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Week 5

Strictly Come Dancing 2015:
Week 5

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Back are the regular hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman with the four judges Craig, Darcey, Len and Bruno. FalseFabs will once again score in brackets with honest, accurate and non over-marking lunacy in brackets.

The fabulous orchestra of Dave Arch are providing the live music as great as ever.

Georgia and Giovanni

Salsa

You Make Me feel (Mighty Real) – Sylvester

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Flat start with a good beat lost. Giovanni trying to encourage movement which is tad clumsy. Cheap lift for show only after lacking buzz. No hips. Bad spin transitions and weak sluttisim relied on with boobs twirling on the spot. Disgusting. One dimensional lads vote attempt won’t save her forever and lacks real class. No actual skill and ruined chances to give it some wellie. Lost opportunity.

Len – Terrific routine.

Bruno – You are a gorgeous little scrumpet. Didn’t know where to look. Lifts incredibly ambitious.

Craig – Thought legs little bit uncontrolled. Little bit wobbly. Outward-ness is poor. Could see every lift coming. Make it freeflow dance.

Darcey – It was all there. (Are the teeth grinding? How much they paying you?)

7, 8, 8, 8 (6)

Carol and Pasha

Viennese Waltz

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Seal

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Slow entering dance at start. Very walking on the spot and not yet into hold too long being lost. ried but was so weak and poor at moving around here and there a bit with no speed. Tepid. Lacking any oomph or skill. May look elegant and try charm offensive but utterly weak and empty.

Bruno – Tried a lot of content. Romance of a cleaning session. Participate. Kind of blandish. Come on Week 5. (Bout time you spoke some sense.)

Craig – That was nasty Bruno. Arms never quite reached destination. Much safer in hold. Can see some light.

Len – You’ve had no dance training whatsoever. (Yeah, but it’s Week 5 now. That was a week 2-3 performance. Unacceptable when NO improvement at all. Don’t lose your mind, please.)

4, 6, 6, 5 (4)

Anita and Gleb

Tango

Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap

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Strong start with personality and style. Good into hold but bit slow to get going. Good side steps in hold down aisle but looking too intense in face. Good back swivel kicks and smooth and classy glide circle before end well. Another compact performance but needs to boost connection, lose inhibitions and sex appeal to grow further as a pair.

Craig – Really loved. Sharp, focused. Loved it.

Darcey – Unusual Star Trek contemporary feel. Impressive. You’ve got the others fighting for a place.

Len – Liked the darkness of it. Clean. Very, very good.

Bruno – Queen of the Klingons! Loved the arrogance. Played with disdain. I liked that. Withheld aggression. Whose gonna win? You did very well.

8, 8, 8, 8 (8)

Peter and Janette

Rumba

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

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Good sway frame at start. Not too overdone and slow build up works for them but needs bit more something there if doing that. Good posture and arms but not very leading of Peter as man must always lead a Rumba. Could use more that sappy, loved up charmer this week. Usually good and decent form but lacked something missing. Always tough for male celeb’s. Not tonight’s dance.

Darcey – I believe you have a lot more to give. Still very good Rumba. Difficult.

Len – Realise how difficult for male celebrities it really can be. I thought you pitched it pretty damn good. Little bit more fluidity through footwork.

Bruno – Love your commitment to character. Give everything you got. Continuous motion. Have to caress it.

Craig – Lack a certain resistance and pressure on floor. Think that’s what everyone is getting at. Loved way you presented it. (Gives props to Janette.)

7, 7, 8, 7 (7)

Kirsty and Brendan

Viennese Waltz

This Year’s Love – David Gray

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Bit awkward on first spin into hold. shouldn’t have started at top of stairs. Too long and awkward getting down them. Awkward hobbles on the floor in hold. Tender spins but cameraman focusing on Kirsty’s face and not feet to cover up lies on feet. Feet together but clumsy on next spin transition. Very bumpy footwise and quite limp as a dance despite effort. Tried but off.

Len – Took longer to get down them stairs than me on one leg and a cruthch. When you got fdown you pulled it off big time. (Pfft.)

Craig – Actually dancing tonight., that’s one fgood thing. Shoulder up, little softer hands.

Darcey – I know how dizzy you became. Well done.

(Crank up the bu**s**t-ometer.)

7, 7, 8, 7 (6)

Ainsley and Natalie

Jive

Shake, Rattle and Roll – Bill Haley and the Comets

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To train ANt gave Ains a light reaction device. Should have done the dance mat. 🙂 Good character in th Striclty cafe., more like a diner. Really good back hold shaking at start. Enjoying the dance but bit limp in hands. Need bit more refinement. Really good partnership with Natalie once more in light, fluffy and tasty routine. Great fun but needed more speed and technique to be a full on Jive. Always another difficult dance for a male celeb.

Bruno – You make me laugh. You were trying really to keep on time.

Craig – Does need to be more technical at this point. Everything haphazard.

Darcey – If you can be slightly cleaner and crisper.

Len – Bit shake, rattle and roll and a bit Shake ‘n’ Vac. (It’s all you have to do!!) Fun, rhythm, entertainment.

4, 6, 6, 5 (5)

Jamelia and Tristan

Foxtrot

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

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Princess Jamelia leaves the horse carriage to join Tristan in a tender start with good arms, frame and grace. Feet bit slow and worrying. Great musicality. Strong spins with Tristan and Jamelia’s bums sticking out. Would like more connection between the two than just Tristan leading to show off their partnership more. Play to that strength to be more powerful. Dishy Tristan proposes over a tea set.

Craig – End went horribly wrong. Need to bring feet together at least once.

Darcey – Beautiful feel, held on to top line. Lost confidence. Great improvement in ballroom.

Len – More comfortable with Latin. Uptight in Ballroom. Not all bad.

Bruno – Very pleasant. Went wrong. Don’t just stop.

5, 7, 7, 7 (6)

Katie and Anton

Salsa

It Had Better Be Tonight – Michael Buble

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Anton channels the Man from Del Monte this week. Good start with Katie rubbing his leg from behind with hers. strong shimmy and personality. Good work arounds with speedy, style and passion. Great music fits the dance and their rhythm. Smooth and cheeky with a real dance aptitude. Great lifts and ending spin in Anton’s arms longways out. FAB-U-LOUS! Lose inhibitions more., feel fully comfortable with Anton and dance. Forget whose watching and go for it.

Darcey – Just messy in places, sadly. Latin isn’t your strength. (Well at least she disagreed with something for once, built was wrong-ish about some of it.)

Len – Gotta get your bum in this.

Bruno – Work on grounding it. (Swivel’s hips)

Craig – Little bit sticky in places. Falling out of turns. Right about hip action. No Figure 8 whatsoever. Basic. Sadly was just a shimmy. Dreadful, dreadful Salsa. (It had something though, didn’t it?)

4, 6, 6, 5 (6)

Jeremy and Karen

Waltz

She – Elvis Costello

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Feet very slow and boring but controlled for what its worth. Okay drag of Karen pointing toe on ground along. Standing on the spot and not extending enough as Karen does it around him. Too rigid once again, but kept a cheap and stable performance to look good. Probably his best even though was cheaply hiding lacking technique. Why is it just so boring and mundane?

Bruno – A book that went out of publishing 50 years ago. Zombified grin in you. Didn’t drive it for me.

Craig – Shapeless, ploddy, gaping all over place. Looked like you were dragging a log. Series of still pictures for me.

Darcey – Absolutely charming.

3, 5, 6, 4 (3)

Helen and Aljaž

Quickstep

You Can’t Hurry Love – Diana Ross and The Supremes

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Dainty start with feet full focus for all to judge. Finally in hold getting speed going well. Good feet and sweet trots along. Fancy feet kicks out. Hoppy, sweet but needs more oomph. Bit too pretty and needed some rough and powerful parts to fully connect further. Go for it.

Craig – One word darling. FAB-U-LOUS! (Who knew?)

Darcey – Loved it.

Len – Little bit of gaping. Could have extended out top more. Right on track.

9, 9, 8, 9 (8)

Jay and Aliona

Paso Doble

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

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Wrong music. Horrible start and stand on spot theatrics. Weak pull apart moments and like a mannequin in shop window posing with hands at sides with music timing. Lacked rhythm and lost fluidity. Felt more like a battle between the pair to grab and hold one another. Flings Aliona around floor for some cheap buzz. Failry empty as a dance and will be highly over-marked with BS. Producers are desperately trying to fix the show for the former dance trained student.

Craig – Could have had more menace. Great lines. Great dance.

Darcey – Best male arms I’ve seen from male celebrity. (Yeah….)

Len – Can’t agree. It was okay. They were good. Don’t make a thing about it everyone. Had your haircut and gone from strength to strength.

Bruno – Yeah! It was the bull’s BOLLOCKS!

Tess apologises for language as Len looks disgusted and Darcey holds her hands in her head. (All a load of bulls**t isn’t it?)

Jay is soo sexy. He should win. He’s sooo sexy. Let’s make a win out of a plain nobody that isn’t that sexy and can’t fully dance well, despite cheating with dance training and a fix from producers to win. Aliona did this a few years back with then stud Harry Judd and Matt Baker. Both were not seen as enlightening to Aliona’s credentials.

8, 9, 8, 8 (7) (It must be menopause week.)

Kellie and Kevin

Jive

One Way or Another – One Direction

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Wrong musicality. Can’t work a Jive on this tune. It shows. Kev waves a top secret newspaper around. Kellie takes time to come on and pick up a briefcase. They clap a bit. The hat and the sparkly dresses look terrible. The musicality did not work for the Jive and loose jumps all over the place. Messy stamps and very clunky. Looked like cabaret on heat. Watch out Liza! Unflattering and empty. Forgettable dance. Can you remember it and relay it right now? Nope. Are they taking the mick or just plain juvenile?

Bruno – Victory!

Craig – Bit more retraction in leg, but brilliant.

8, 9, 9, 9 (7) (What lunacy is this?! Juvenile Producers.)

That was it. The end has happened and voting begins.

As always we list the three who could be likely to leave, in no particular order, based on the performances.

Danger Zone

Katie, Ainsley and Carol

Results to follow.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Week 4, (Unofficial) 80’s Week

Strictly Come Dancing 2015,

Week 4: (Unofficial) 80’s Week

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This week is a glorious (or pitiful depending on how you look at it) attempt at recreating the (unofficial) 80’s magic, on the Strictly dancefloor. Flares, glitzy sequins and shaggy perms were all the rage back in the day and tonight Strictly, in pure comedy season, let us down once again. Cheap and tacky cocktails with sad interactions did not shine a glittering light on this series as yet.

Tess and Claudia return in what could only be described as Edward Scissorhands let loose on the wardrobe department. A loss of dress structure to look, err, different (?) certainly achieved it. Halloween Week is in two weeks.

Back are the four judges Craig, Darcey, Len and Bruno, along with FalseFabs, (in brackets), giving their honest and insightful critique online. We keep it real from the lunacy of over-marking that ruins the show entirely.

Dave Arch and his crew of singers and percussionist perfections are on hand to help Orchestra.

Anita and Gleb

Samba

Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira

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The first of the series for the Samba. Anita! Anita! Gleb is a groovy DJ this week as Anita gets some good wiggling sass on her shimmys. Fun filled dance and music set the mood. Feet were decent but a little lacking this week. Great attempt with lots of enthusiasm. Still a hot partnership, but needs to get more passionate together and lose confidence blockers.

Craig said it was a little stiff as Len noted it took some time to get started. Darcey felt Anita’s determination but was sidetracked by gorgeous Gleb. He has some interesting white trousers, which looked totally cool. He lost his shirt in the auditorium, nicknamed the Claudeatorium in honour of Claudia.

6, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Daniel and Kristina

American Smooth

Fly Me to The Moon – Frank Sinatra

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On the fourth week Kristina gave troubled Daniel a spot of cheap puns again. He’s now a pilot to fit the music piece. Lacking smoothness and attack. Dry and tepid. No action, weak arms and basic steps. Not good enough for this week’s standard. Should be much more improved than baby steps.

Darcey enjoyed the take-off and landing lifts. Who wouldn’t? (That’s sarcasm, if your guessing.)

5, 6, 6, 6 (3)

Kirsty and Brendan

Paso Doble

Beautiful Day – U2

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A modern Paso which lacked skill, style or passion. Blergh! Just as nauseatin as her dress colours. Kirsty attempts to try but her trying is simply trying, on us. No connectivity, no sharpness, no oomph. A wet lettuce strained to the ringer. Dull, useless and all over the place. Shoddy arms and all a bit choppy. Embarrassing.

Craig – As much shape as a broomstick. (Brendan is the knobs on, bit then? :o)

Len – Like paella. Tasty in places but not others.

4, 6, 6, 5 (3)

Georgia and Giovanni

Quickstep

Reach – S Club 7

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The disturbing relationship between these two with Lothario Giovanni fawning over bubblegum pop come sublime tart Georgia is somewhat distasteful. Regardless, their dance was weak. Too much skips which were off and footwork was adequate but not fantastic. Looked very amateurish. Too much based on vanity and looks than actual dancing to carry their votes loses their dance aptitude. Oh, and I do love how they listened to one tweet of ours. After commenting we would keep rival show X Factor’s ‘Italian with wings on’ tonight Giovanni, an Italian, is wearing wings!

Darcey was in typical gush mode. She said it was a dream to watch and lied through her teeth again. If this continues, then what is the actual point of her being on the show? To fancy ever cheap bloke thrown at her? Classy Darcey Len said last week. More like Tarty Darcey.

She added Georgia lost her shoulders.

Len said it was more drab than fab. So how can you constitute the mark you are about to give?

Craig said she needed to smile more. (Both are way too serious.)

Bruno blabbed about something which was not really translatable. Bruno and Giovanni, sitting in a tree… (I don’t think he is your ‘type’ Bruno and he would not hesitate to punch you down.)

7, 7, 9, 8 (6)

Jeremy and Karen

Jive

Splish Splash – Bobby Darin

scd 15 jeremy 5This was utterly horrendous. Jeremy looking like rigormortis on the floor with the pure definition of creep. It was disturbing and not dance thrills. It was scary, hobbling and clunky with feet, shoulders and lunges. Karen dressed up in rehearsals as a Fraggle. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! At least she did something good. Fraggle Rock. Though the incorporation in the dance ruins all the fun. He just as not, got, it. We are trying to see something good, but where is it?

Len said he was not the most consistent dancer but most fun.

Bruno reckoned it was artistic. Maybe you want to visit a museum with Caravaggio, Picasso or Michelangelo? Are you purposely taking the p*ss?

Craig said it was like watching a stork dancing being struck by lightning.

3, 6, 6, 5 (3)

Kellie and Kevin

Foxtrot

Dream a Little Dream – Mama Cass

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Kellie used her grandparents love story as inspiration in a touching tale on the floor tonight. Good posture, strong feet and decent frame. Strong partner in lovable Kevin helps connection further. A gorgeous routine and great content with moderate run through despite minor bits not being completely perfect. It is Week 5, so plenty to aim for. Has capability to do so but must get closer to Kevin and let go and feel the party spirit.

Bruno said it was nostalgic, like watching a documentary on BBC4. He meant it as a compliment but was lost on many of the audience who don’t know what that actually is. Nostalgic? Any old word will do now?

Craig said it was clean and confident.

8, 8, 8, 8 (8)

Jamelia and Tristan

Charleston

Straight Up – Paula Abdul

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Jamelia didn’t look too classy with her get up. Less ragtime more shagtime with a Pretty Woman / Julia Roberts wig on. Her dress wasn’t too grand. Ah well, here we go. Strong spins and turns from Jamelia but little dizzy coming out of them and has habit to lose herself from Tristan’s swift flings. Many might feel that way looking at him. Amazing lifts with classy feel and great rhythm.

Craig thought it was Jamelia’s dance.

Len added it was her best dance with knobs on. (Tristan looks better than Brendan at this point.)

Bruno said she was right on it, the ultimate flapper. (Thank goodness he didn’t mean fluffer.)

8, 8, 8, 8 (8)

Jay and Aliona

Quickstep

My Generation – The Who

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After last week’s seriously over-marked Jive which was only worth a seven, Jay has been put on a mega pedestal. It was revealed last week that Jay has had dance training and he choreographed routines for his defunct boyband. This week was horrible and really exposed how not great he actually is. Both start by running on the dance. Once in hold, used as protection, was basic. Strong gallops and patchy footwork did not look great. It was a total mess and completely collapsed in the middle to end. What a shambles. Such a good idea to mark high for producer’s ego’s to outdo the previous Jive of Jill Halfpenny, which is Strictly’s best ever.

Darcey could not lie anymore and said there were too many mistakes.

Len thought it was very fast and Jay’s brain could not handle the steps.

Bruno said his bum was sticking out.

Craig finished with too many mistakes.

5, 7, 6, 7 (4)

Carol and Pasha

Paso Doble

Espana Cani – Trad

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Where to begin. This was much better than all her previous non-dances, but used the Paso as an opportunity to cover up taking it easy. This far in the competition, Carol must deliver something. Her arms were too animated and limp. Lacked sharpness, but had some tension. Was still a dance on the spot thing, but moved a tad more than before. Better but still not good enough.

5, 6, 6, 5 (4)

Ainsley and Natalie

Waltz

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

scd 15 ainsley 5After being saved last week, Ainsley proved his weight. An endearing, smooth and serene working across the floor in hold with Natalie. Grace, elegance and style. As a natural smiler, clear to see Ainsley enjoying the dance and feeling the Strictly bug. Beautiful.

Bruno said it needed more arm extension, but good intention.

Craig enjoyed the frame and posture but pointed out losing the end routine a tad.

Len added he lost his hold but had no mistakes and great footwork.

6, 7, 7, 6 (7)

Helen and Aljaz

Salsa

Doctor Beat – Miami Sound Machine

scd helen 5For training Aljaz takes her up the shard. Lucky her. Doctor Aljaz gets it going as Helen gets lots of splits and flicks in. Some of her knickers were flashed, but unlike others, kept it as a classy way to incorporate into the dance and keep feel. Lacked some finer content and could have used her body more with shakes and jhuzzh. Using her legs to advantage, where feet were well utilised.

Craig wanted to see Helen “earth the grind” (If you can figure out that one. We do. :D)

Darcey loved the list at the end and enjoyed Helen’s spicy side coming out.

Len wanted to have a knee replacement in their hospital.

Bruno said she was a saucy nurse.

8, 8, 8, 8 (8)

Peter and Janette

Tango

Blue Monday – New Order

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The pair stop playing cards and launch into a vibrant and freshly fast Tango. Lots of interesting thrusts and strong musicality. Giving it full enthusiasm and channeling dark but entertaining rhythm. Bags of style and smooth action. Janette doing another great job on content. Tight and tender.

Darcey loved Janette’s choreography. Had focus and belief she added.

Bruno said what Darcey said.

Craig felt it was dynamic and had real purpose. Exactly what was needed from a Tango.

8, 8, 8, 8 (8)

Katie and Anton

Viennese Waltz

If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley

scd 15 katie 5Anton truly does have a partner this year that is going along with him for the ride and not stumbling at the first block. Little stumbles and timing off in places but fantastic rotations throughout on every one. Really good and consistent. God content. Smooth grace. Anton is actually in a dance contest this year. He must be chuffed to bits.

Len said it was light and fluffy.

8, 8, 9, 8 (8)

So who might be likely to leave? As ever we list three who might be going based on their dances. Falling into the danger zone in no particular order, of course, are…

Danger Zone

Kirsty, Carol and Daniel

Results to follow.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015, Week 3: Movie Week

Strictly Come Dancing 2015:

Week 3, Movie Week

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The second elimination week continues as Strictly Season rages on. Tonight’s glam hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the spectacular with the scoring judges Craig Revel-Horwood, DarecyBussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. FalseFabs will also professionals score in brackets without the over-marking lunacy producers employ on the show. The show also comes alight with the excellent house band Orchestra, led by Dave Arch.

Oh no… It’s the terribly cheesy themed weeks, starting off with Movies. Look out for Kevin swishing his light-sabre. Strictly always makes its star look foolish with these childish ways to make “entertaining” dances. It’s not. /there is a difference in putting on a show and making it a complete farce. Producers have been making these mistakes for years and need the boot. It’s pathetic and does nothing for the show. They even used the Strictly stars of this year as on-stage props in a group dance which underminded the dancers opening the show.

Carol and Pasha

Quickstep

Wash That Man – South Pacific

Standing on spot and side to side shuffle of self not interesting. In hold wth Pasha weak and no real dance steps achieved. Improved footwork than last week but still no momentum or passion.Nothing else except being carried around floor by Pasha.Weak and useless.Lovely lady but no dance skills. Should go soon but gets granny votes.

Bruno complimented her frame but panned the shuffling. Len said it was lovely to watch.

Craig added “Lame and Lacklustre” as the honest critique is. The pantomime boo’s from audience made further laughing stock of the show.

3, 5, 5, 4 (3)

Anthony and Oti

Paso Doble

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Anthony decided once more to be the Strictly stooge and play up to being a boxer. Tonight’s dance inspiration is Rocky III. How unpredictable. Tw*t. He begins by punching the camera air. Oti charges in looking stunning in her cape wafting. Anthony too rigid and wooden. Limp and distilled movements. All about smoke screen props going off and o dancing. Jumped over Oti.Simply a stick insect with widened arms at this point.Oti made great content once again. Shame she is partnered with a terrible partner.

Listen to music Bruno said. It was “all over the place” he added. Anthony piped up to defend his weak actions in boyish fashion.

Craig – While every effort is being made, lacked a bit of purpose.

Tess – Get him off the ropes Darcey. (She did.)

Darcey – It was your best dance so far. (Zzzzzz)

4, 6, 5, 4 (4)

Katie and Anton

Cha Cha Cha

Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

Pretty Woman inspired with gentlemanly Anton not exactly Richard Gere, but hey, were on a budget. Long time getting into dance with walking to floor.Great twirls and ffet together.Composed until Anton jumps around the floor as Katie stands alone.Unnecessary. Good on the spot swishes. Cheeky fun but lacked enthusiasm. Needed oomph.Despite good technique.

Craig – Very stiff, no hip action. Lack of content.

Darcey – You so look the part.Had high expectations.Didn’t follow through.

Len – This was a disappointment. Everyone has a bad dance.

Anton took the blame for lack of content as a pure gentleman. Smoothly done but just be careful not to overdo it. Could lose votes this way.

4, 6, 5, 5 (4)

Kellie and Kevin

Charleston

Star Wars Theme

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The pair brought some thrill to the floor and used the sabres well but turned it all into a cheesy, jolly old knees up which did not suit the theme. Bit wet I areas but general good steps and moves around floor. Decent lift but tepid. Average. Might have been better off “Losing their heart to a Stormship Trooper.”

Darcey – Brilliant.

Bruno – I could feel the force.

Craig – Thought was clean, tight, precise. Cane work absolutely fan-tastic.

8, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Ainsley and Natalie

Cha Cha Cha

Happy Feet theme

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Ains is a Penguin in a suit this week. Great enthusiasms from start. Hot partnership and lone action coped well with. Captivating rhythm and entertainment. Hilarious Penguin shimmy was not a joke and done well with choreography. Great content from Natalie too.

Len did not wish to talk about the technique.

Bruno mocked the hips and said he forgot the footwork.

Craig – A Cha ChaCha dis-as-tah!

3, 6, 6, 5 (6)

Georgia and Giovanni

Rumba

The Writing’s on the Wall – Sam Smith

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Cripes! Could Giovanni be anymore serious? Loosen up mate. Georgia wants to be a Bond Girl. Good luck darling. A double whammy with a rubbish Bond song for this Bond’s generation.Bad musicality. Giovanni strolls on slowly as Georgia stands waiting haplessly. Weak shimmys grinding Giovanni behind her. Go for the lads vote girl. Very easy and cheap choreography or look interesting. A few moves and not much else dancing.Being flung around doesn’t count as a dance. She ended on the floor, on her back. Oh, and the movie isn’t even released yet. Epic fail.

Bruno – Rumba has to flow through the body.

Craig – Agree with Bruno.

Darcey literally gushed. Her f*nny must have got a bit of air up it, you know? Please…

Len – Too much posturing and laughing. Doesn’t constitute a Rumba in my world.

7, 7, 6, 7 (5)

Helen and Aljaz

Foxtrot

I Wanna Be Love By You – Some Like It Hot

Good strat by slow. Greatt leg lines and dainty joy. Sweet and tender with all the steps but lacked a fuller attack in the dance, where subtly needed. Still captivating but needs more push.

Crag – You were clawing Aljaz. Thought was absolutely gor-gh-ous!

Darcey – Beautiful gliding.

Len – Elegance. That is just what I got.

8, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Daniel and Kristina

Cha ChaCha

Summer Nights – Grease

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Oh Happy Days. Danny is doing Zuko from Grease. Forgettable and useless. Even trying to look radiant, maneater Kristina still looks pale and empty. No real dance and just a play on Grease for votes. More like Danny Poo or Puke-o.

Darcey – Bit soft on the edge. Wasn’t crisp enough.

Bruno – You don’t skip on the Cha Cha Cha He’s a cocky… Oh sorry… He’s a cocky guy. You went wrong.

Craig – Very stompy. You remembered the choreography.

4, 6, 6, 5 (4)

Kirsty and Brendan

American Smooth

Lady and the Tramp theme

Apart from being dressed up like a dog’s dinner, Kirsty started awkward step backs with frame, posture and feet. Walking around was boring and not embracing. Cheap lifts one after another lost whatever momentum was there. An empty dance that could have been explosive and propelled Kirsty up the board.Looked very uncomfortable in lifts.

Len – Second lift went a bit… Improvement on last week.

Craig – Needed lot more flow and grace. Some balance issues. Arms quite devoid of emotion.

5, 6, 6, 6 (4)

Peter and Janette

Paso Doble

Pirates of the Caribbean theme

Paso Pirate Peter. Janette hollered for help as Pirate Pete swung in on a rope to save the day. Cheesy start aside, musicality strong and powerful to a passionate Paso. Captivating with steps and power. Good attack and crisp performance. Oodles of content to muse over. Dance of the night without a doubt. Amazing entertainer for week 3.

Craig – Full of aggression. Congratulations.

Darcey – So much conviction and drama. Bit lumpy.Still very god performance.

Len – I must congratulate all the pros. It was great, I enjoyed it.

7, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Claudia pulled out items from a magic hat including a pink lightsabre, a baguette and string of sausages among others which was senseless but hilarious as Tess introduced our next couple.

Jamelia and Tristan

Samba

Heaven Must be Missing an Angel – Charlie’s Angels theme

Light and bright start into a groovy floor partnership. Good speed and rhythm looking more comfortable. Flung on the floor spin well.Tricky turnarounds minor blip and decent. Good use of legs but needs more focus not to get lost or dizzy in spins. Coped well in fast dance and felt the music thrill.

Craig – Bit rough around the edges. Get the hips going. Keep legs together if doing a lift. Just advice.

Darcey – Ooze rhythm. Natural selling point.Much better.Confident.

Len – Much more energy, full of enthusiasm. Came out and went for it.

6, 7, 6, 6 (6)

Jeremy and Karen

Charleston

Top Hat, White Tie and Tails – Top Hat

Rigid block, on the spot with awkward smile pushing hands out was not appealing. Terrible steps in hold with Karen. Too stiff but tried with decent synchronised motions. Like rigormortis on heat. Dire.

Bruno –The king of funny walks.

Craig – It was bizarre. Operated by strings.Dancing by numbers also.

3, 7, 7, 7 (3)

Total over-marking lunacy has arrived again. This show really lets itself down here. Producers backstage don’t care. So why pay for a Licence Fee? Everyone at Strictly needs sacking or end the show. Tony Hall is useless right now. Fix it.

Anita and Gleb

American Smooth

Unchained Melody – Ghost

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Both looked radiant and beautiful tonight. Clandescent and smooth interludes.Great working to the floor. Graceful crane spins from Anita. Perfect spin through and drop down floor chasing. (A Gleb special he calls it) (Tess thinks it will have everyone queuing for one. Might be right.)Rapid, clean and classy.Sheer elegance. Dance of the night now.

Craig – Did lack finesse. To do with arms. Extend lines lot more. Love contemporary Viennese nature.

Darcey – Liked the lifts coming out of it. Looked so easy.Understood quality and feel of the dance.

6, 8, 8, 7 (9)

Jay and Aliona

Jive

Misirlou/You Can Never Tell Medley – Pulp Fiction

Didn’t someone on Strictly do this exact number before, only better? Tasteless BBC.Aliona strolls on ungracefully looking like a poor attempt at Uma Thurman. Any wig won’t do. Jay’s spins and fast-ist steps were a tad weak and lacked style. Arms were paltry and unefforted. Silly galloping on spot when music kicked in was poor. Little kick sway legs to cover disjointed dance. Will be highly over-marked despite being less than average.

Bruno – Outdance Travolta. Best dance EVER! (Yeah,….)

Craig – A level of technique never seen ever!

Darcey – Coolish guy in this competition.So much sexy appeal.

Len – That is best dance so far this season.

Total lies from the production crew on their ‘favourites’ can easily be smelt as BS. This show is jokes. Get real. It was average.

9, 9, 9, 10 (7)

Lunacy.

And just like that the show is over.

Danger zone

(In no particular order)

Carol, Ainsley and Kirsty

Results to follow.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015, Week 2: Beginning

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

 Week 2: Beginning

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Back for the second week after its introduction ceremony is the Strictly showdown. one couple will leave the dancefloor after tonight’s performances. The challenge has officially begun.

As ever the judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will score as will FalseFabs (in brackets) with honest and constructive critique.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman continue the hosting duties.

Jamelia and Tristan

Cha Cha Cha

Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls

Good start, bit of rhythm. Continued partnership developing. Could be dynamite if too let loose and feel the connection. Lose all inhibitions. Good feet but gaps noticeable in places. Fire up the chemistry.
4, 6, 5, 6 (5)

Daniel and Kristina

Charleston

Let’s Misbehave – Cole Porter

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Easy and simple. Kristina not too fussed to bother with old crooner O’Donnell who is trying hard and giving Strictly his all. Tad clunky and disjointed in places. Bit boring. Needs work with less concentration on steps and take a more natural approach to dance. Will be in for a few weeks from the grannies.

5, 6, 6, 6 (4)

Kirsty and Brendan

Salsa

Can’t Touch It – Ricki Lee

Bit of a mess, really. Looking good won’t outdo flinging around the floor as a showoff with Brendan, who opened his shirt to show some flesh for votes. Be careful. This one could be a Gabby Logan. Kirsty was too leggy and her trying efforts did not connect well with dance aptitude. All over the place. Messy, with no control. Juvenile.

5, 5, 5, 5 (4)

Jay and Aliona

Waltz

See the Day – Dee C. Lee

The pair gave a smooth and controlled swirl of decent steps. The footwork was calm and movement adequate. Aliona again risked it all by being too showy and loves to dance on her own on the spot in twirls and leave her partner isolated. Despite this, overall, for once, it was considerably sound.

7, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Iwan and Ola

Cha Cha Cha

Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO

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A weak soundtrack and taught frame did not help either here. Iwan played up to the desperation further by ripping open his shirt to get some ‘sex votes’ with tattooed man boobs. If you need this on the first week of voting, what does that truly scream for you? It wasn’t well incorporated and was just slutty. The dance lacked steps, rhythm and skill. LMFAO? More like PMSL. Poor Man’s Sashay Limp. It was not funny. When the beat kicked in, Iwan stood still and Ola shook her bum a bit. Flawed. Dull as dishwater, d(h)arling!

It was stompy, unrhythmic. – Craig.
2, 4, 4, 3 (2)

Georgia and Giovanni

Waltz

Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles

This one was easy and simple. Georgia winged it and much of her footwork was average. Simple, easy and not very enlightening. It felt cheap and looked empty. It will need more than ‘looking good’ which this pair of lookers are banking all their hopes on. Steps were not fully interesting and was a wasted dance.

Top line kind of spoilt your picture – Bruno.

No rise and fall. (Needs) Drive through on all Waltz/Foxtrot. You look gorgeous. Work on the technique. – Len

6, 6, 6, 7 (5)

Ainsley and Natalie

Salsa

Don’t Touch My Tomatoes – Josephine Baker

Good in hold. Natural partnership. Vibrant and saucy. Nimble movements and good work on the floor. Bit of butt shimmying from Ains a crowd pleaser. Great flip of Nat for Week 2. Perfect ending tilt down on Ainsley lifting Natalie. What joy and class. Decent footwork and moves. Huge effort and smooth starts.

Len said – Brilliant job. completely suits your personality. Didn’t make excuses. You did some bits wrong but with style. Juicy and delicious and you were cooking on gas!

6, 7, 7, 6 (7)

Carol and Pasha

American Smooth

Isn’t This a Lovely Day

Carol had Pasha pick her up from the Strictly bus stop with a cheesy umbrella get up. It’s bad luck to open a brolly indoors mate. It was a drizzly start and a boring walk around on the spot in hold. The music was too dreary than classic and calm. Puns aside, this was no warm front. There was no dance and just a turn with Pasha holding. Dry spout wasn’t good enough. No effort.

Len gave his critique – Gotta be more exaggerated in the movements of the dance.

Craig added it – Lacked a bit of movement.

4, 6, 5, 5 (1)

Kellie and Kevin

Cha Cha Cha

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John and Kiki Dee

Speccy stunner Kevin took Kellie to the seaside, in London. The theme is set. After trying to pinch one another’s chips on the stage the dance began. Good lines and warm embrace. Composed turns and walkway hold struts by both. Cheeky twirls and fun filled. Needs more skill and passion though to fully drive harder as challengers.

Bruno – Don’t over clip it. You lose some hip movements.

6, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Anthony and Oti

Waltz

If You Don’t Know Me By Now

Too stiff in concentration. Great fluidity from Oti. Anthony looking a little lost on the floor. Empty stares to Oti. No emotion in face. Hard to translate on floor. Simply a Strictly checklist to get through the dance, than truly perform well.

Rise and fall too forced. Jagged – Bruno

Better? Tess asked Craig.

Craig – No. Work on finesse of dance. You’re really exposed out of hold. Did well with what you’ve got.

Darcey – You don’t look comfortable in Waltz. You have to lead the lady.

4, 5, 5, 5 (3)

Anita and Gleb

Charleston

Pencil Full of Lead – Paolo Nutini

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Robber Gleb falls to the Strictly floor through a sequined tape door as Anita grabs him into a dance. Good synchronicity side by side. Cheeky lift and kicks in Gleb’s arms. Fun double play with lifts and Gleb leapfrogging Anita. Strong feel of fun and 1950s vintage swing. Hard to keep up with Gleb at times showing but overall fantastic effort and compact performance. Great fun.

Ambitious. You’ve pulled it off. -Craig

Loved contemporary feel. – Darcey

Needed bit more Charleston content but full of energy. – Len.

Lost sync. – Bruno.

7, 8, 6, 6 (7)

Jeremy and Karen

American Smooth

Happy Together – The Turtles

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Prancing around with a Strictly schoolbook he then took a long time getting into hold and gaining stride. Kicks and flicks on spot weak. Limp music was wrong suit for dance tempo. Stood on spot and extended Karen. Cheap lift on end was not appealing in slightest. Bland. Immovable and tepid. No dancing at all.

You have the look and frame. It wasn’t produced. – Darcey.

Like a paranormal phenomena. Very, very odd. – Craig.

“I’m hearing lots of boos in your defence” said irrelevant host Tess Daly, where there were no boos. Don’t be a joke Tess.

3, 5, 5, 4 (1)

Katie and Anton

Tango

Telephone – Lady Gaga

Dark and dangerous suited well but took a while for her to get a move in. Great twirls and focus in face. Really trying hard. Good steps with pace and caressing the floor. Minor gallop of feet could constitute as lift. Take more care not to get lost in dance. Classy and cool but needs more depth to work up the board. Pleasing.

You had that little mistake. – Len added. Still fantastic, he finalised.

Bruno – So alluring. Try not to wobble.

Craig – Loved the drama, false finish. Lovely. Shame about the stumble.

7, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Peter and Janette

Quickstep

Valerie –  Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse

Hold, posture and footwork are Len’s tips for a great Quickstep.

Smooth, swift and captivating start. Good in hold connection. Bit flat in feel, could use more dance oomph. Great bounce and kicks. Controlled and careful footing. Dainty and sweet.

Bruno – Crisp, clear. Very imaginative. Good storytelling.

Darcey – So light on your feet.

Len – You could have moved more. You’ve got more to come.

7, 8, 7, 8 (7)

Helen and Aljaz

Cha Cha Cha

Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

Aljaz is all greased up to emulate Billy Joel in dungaree slacks with bulging biceps. Past his beaming smile and sheer talent Helen’s start was a good beginning to the floor with shimmy and lone skill. In hold good but proved can work on own and project a level of confidence. Has potential to grow higher. Bit slow in middle of performance so needs more oomph there. Good steps, cheeky fun and strong solo with hips.

Sleek, fun and plenty of confidence. – Darcey.

You’re leg far too straight all the time. Look a little wooden. Full of go. Enjoyed.

7, 7, 7, 8 (7)

All performers have now sealed their fate. On will leave the contest on Sunday’s results show. Below is the dreaded Danger Zone where we name the top three, likely to face the empty Strictly Stiletto and get the boot instead.

Danger zone

(in no particular order)

Carol, Iwan and Jeremy

Results to follow.

*Correction*

Last week we said Joanne Clifton was gone. However, as seen on the show this evening she was sitting this year out. Excellent Aussie Pro Trent Whiddon was booted with talented dancers Robin Windsor and Iveta Lukosiute. She is not sacked but not competing.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015, Week 1 – Introduction

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Week 1 – Introduction

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Over the weekend on Friday and Saturday the Strictly spectacle returned with some rather interesting results. It was the first week of dancing and the looming elimination beckons this coming weekend, losing one celeb dancer from the pack.
The opener had its fair portions of glitz and glam and the odd cack-handed gallop.

As ever, FalseFabs will give their true and honest score in brackets below, next to the judges scores from Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Buseell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

Joining the line up are three new dancers. Russian looker Gleb Savchenko, who was hyped for his so called attractiveness, overly vain Italian heart throb Giovanni Pernice and petitely stunning demographically sourced black female South African Otile (Oti) Mabuse. Gone are Iveta Lukiosute, one of Strictly newest and best dancers, Kevin Clifton’s sister Joanne Clifton, and recently out gay favourite Robin Windsor. The decision were announced over the Summer and complete shock to all who have been described as ‘working their a**es off’ for Strictly. Strictly had been under pressure to fire man eating dancer who sleeps with many of her celeb partners Kristiana Rihanoff, who also displayed homophobic tendencies with Aliona Vilani, described as all t*ts and nothing else. Troublemaker Ola Jordan and temper tantrum Brendan Cole survived once more as fans call for them to all be sent away as they have no appeal and are simply abusive. Len Goodman once said “There’s no loyalty at the BBC” when Arlene Phillips was sacked as a judge over ageism for then celeb dancer turned judge Alesha Dixon, now on a rival show instead.

BBC soapie Kellie Bright bumped her way up the board out the starting blocks first with lovable pro Kevin Clifton. Kev’s jumps and bops were a bit flat to the theme with Kellie standing on the spot. She tried to impress and it was okay. She did well considering but needs more oomph and movement to get going. More a steps check list and too much concentration took away from the joy of it. Moderate.

Second out was Anthony Ogogo, an Olympic boxer still clinging on to his loose fame from 2012 which wasn’t all that impressive. Got to get some ‘hard men’ on the show innit? Anthony Ogogo, some random boxer there to bump up ‘the black vote’ and ‘get the girls interested in any old thing’ vote was a shameful approach by the Beeb, who had been under increasing pressure to interest and add in ‘more black faces’ to a closed off BBC. He provided his no mark status with a thrill. He ripped his trousers in his performance. Please. Not another ‘knickers in the air over someone who isn’t remotely attractive’ vote once again. Strictly is so poor it thinks its unnoticeable and invincible. A sixty something old woman produces the show and is usually bitter and nasty to honest critique. How sad for the show. BBC executives have now faced a Licence fee query after its failure to act on the not so fulfilling programming decisions at the top. BBC never act on its own stuff. It never learns.The bronze medallist did a Jive. Eek. This was all over the place and those kicks were limp. It had no enthusiasm and was plain boring despite Oti’s attempts to include great content. It was a jolly tea time granny house ensemble that wasn’t fulfilling.

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Hunk. Ogogo ‘aving a go.

Helen George from a BBC show called Call the Midwife, (?) gained her celeb status (?) joining hunky, joyous funseeker and former winner Aljaz. She took the lead on Friday’s showcase. For the first week footing it was awe inspiring, graceful and breathtaking. She really put the effort in and Aljaz always works his magic. Stunning start.

Carol Kirkwood’s cloudy performance thundered to the bottom few. Her poor start took too long to get started with a stupid weathergirl map reading and her over-plushed hooters taking centre stage. Again it was all about puns. She had last year’s champ by proxy Pasha Kovalev. Her legs, stalled time, distance and empty moments did not please.

Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell, the granny favourite, took to the floor with maneater Kristina Rihanoff, playing the victim after her tempestuous unprofessionalism sleeping with many ex-partners from the show. She is now dating last year’s contestant Ben Cohen, who split from his wife since. Strictly have not acted at all in reprimanding her. O’Donnell’s performance was noticeably weak and diluted. It lacked key ingredients and the toll on Kristina’s professional choreography showed. Without a stunning beau, she couldn’t be bothered. It was boring and mistimed.

Presenter Anita Rani from BBC’s Countryfile and One Show but not Four Rooms threw herself into the competition with great enthusiasm. Her Cha Cha was refreshing and vibrant. Bruno agreed. Some mistakes were obvious, but for a first start, and no hanging back, Rani could work her way up. She’s happy to get gorgeous Gleb and will need to not be embarrassed by closer working body contact with the fairly okay floppy haired stunner. There’s definitely worse to look at.

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Saturday brings the remaining celebs to the floor for their first performances. First up is Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani. He’s an singer from a boyband that collapsed after failing the big-time. I know you were scratching your heads. Their Cha Cha to Reach Out I’ll Be There was nervous, stiff and unnatural.

Some old bird who used to be sports presenting gold in Kirsty Gallagher followed with Brendan Cole. They chose the Waltz to break in their first week easy. Her hands were nimble and considerably efforted but lacked some strong rise and fall. Nerves but composed. Finish out of hold was wayward choice and another ‘cheat’ mechanism Brendan often employs in underhand tactics once more.

Up next are stick insect ‘take the stick out man’ Jeremy Vine and “all teeth and no substance” Karen Clifton nee., Hauer. Ooh, she finally got married to Kevin. Well done to Kev but on Strictly she has been less than to be desirable. Let’s see what this series brings. Jeremy portrays a wooden, disjointed, rigid performance which sees judge Craig agree. “Disjointed, flat-footed” were among his critique. The rest of the judges lied through their teeth. It was not good enough.

Time to swoon over Strictly’s obsessed new hunk Giovanni Pernice. (Ugh) It seems Strictly are more in love with him than anyone else. Not much room for objectivity, is there? He’s joining soap sexpot and pint sized looker Georgia May Foote. There was no-one else really. They are bravely attempting a Jive. In week one! Giovanni lived up to his disgrace by “looking up her skirt” in the jarring performance. Real nice BBC. Slutty perversion on prime time tele and family entertainment with kids watching? They tried to have fast energy among their flirtatious showmance. It felt more tacky than technical and the steps were clunky. Darcey was predictably in love with the hunk. Get a grip, love. If ever there was a poster girl for hot flush menopause.

Up next is the people’s star of the night, good time chef and all round lovely Ainsley Harriott and partner Natalie Lowe. A Tango to Voulez-Vous gave some pouts and spouts from the cooking pro. Simple choreography for a starting performance complemented well and gave Ainsley decent showtime to impress as a novice. Ains went a bit off key with some energetic oomph towards the end, which was a good time booster. No one is eliminated this week so a cheeky insert it may be. It pleased the crowds. Len said it “captured the flavour if not always the technique.”

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BBC proms presenter Katie Derham is dancing with housewives favourtie Anton Du Beke. They too are going with a Jive. She made the best of her legs, adding bounce and rhythm but lacked a finer finesse. Decent but loose. She tried.

So called athlete of the past and ever changing his sexuality, Iwan Thomas is dancing with leggy sprite Ola Jordan. Thomas is heterosexual at this time. A Tango to Keep On Running is the predictable song choice. Thomas chose to act all manly and bravado with something more than dance aptitude to prove. This one has issues. He forgot the essence of dance and went too forward with sharp attack with attitude. It really was hit and miss. It looked poor. Was he running a Strictly marathon on the floor? Craig once more provided the honest critique with FalseFabs in spirit. “gappy, lumpy and his bottom was projecting.” Anything for the votes, Craig. Bruno gave a fun critique of Iwan as “plodded through it like an oxen with a heavy load” with disgusting sexual undertones as per usual.

Saving the best for last. Strictly’s two most likely winners in Jamelia and Peter Andre. Jamelia went first with hunky Irish stud Tristan McManus. Do Right Woman by soul goddess Aretha Franklin was a perfect choice to start. A few footing problems arose but was moderately impressive with grace and slow, careful dance incorporation. It had a smooth feel, despite some noticeable errors. It’s week one, those are allowed when performing well with increased effort and care.

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Happy couple.

Brace yourselves ladies and some gents. Peter Andre is closing the show. He’s given the pocket rocket dynamite footstepper Janette Manrara. These could be our deserving winners. Ain’t No Other Man’s Cha Cha was cheeky, lots of steps and motions and fun to watch. There was a buzz and a natural appeal to both. Their partnership was red hot. Janette once more proved how much a pro she is. Strictly will probably do like Iveta and sack her next year. They fire all the good ones. Pete and Janette are capable of leaner stuff and proved flexible enough to deliver in coming weeks. We shall see. Impressive start.

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For its first night back, Strictly wasn’t better than its line-up last year. It has only two standouts the show is built around and is poorly sourced by BBC luv-ins and a few spares. None of them look impressive and is all about BBC showing off once more. The sad and pathetic ‘Hunk votes’ rear their ugly heads again which puts Strictly and the BBC back into a sad state of nothing about dancing or entertainment. What part of entertainment is loosely filled on sex appeal only, and a lacking attempt at that? BBC admitted the show is nearing its end. The 60+ granny making the show may have advanced that further and the BBC are to blame for taking no action to find suitable and accurate replacements even when FalseFabs was available. BBC is hammering its own nails. It might be over with soon enough. It was not one bit about the dancing or entertainment. It was still better than cruddy X Factor though! Changes need to be made or BBC and Strictly are finished.

Scores

Kellie and Kevin – 6, 7, 7, 7 (6) – 27

Tango, You Really Got Me – The Kinks

Anthony and Oti – 4, 5, 6, 6 (4) – 21

Jive, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Helen and Aljaz – 7, 7, 7, 8 (7) – 29

Waltz, With You I’m Born Again – Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright

Carol and Pasha – 2, 5, 5, 4 (2) – 16

Cha Cha Cha, Thunder In My Heart – Leo Sayer

Daniel and Kristina – 4, 6, 6, 7 (4) – 24

Waltz, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling – Bing Crosby

Anita and Gleb – 6, 7, 7, 7 (7) – 27

Cha Cha Cha, Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

Jay and Aliona – 5, 8, 7, 7 (5) – 27

Cha Cha Cha, Reach Out I’ll Be There – Human Nature

Kirsty and Brendan – 4, 5, 6, 5 (4) (Point docked for cheating) – 20

Waltz, Vincent – Don MacLean

Jeremy and Karen – 2, 6, 6, 5 (2) – 19

Cha Cha Cha, September – Earth, Wind and Fire

Georgia and Giovanni – 6, 7, 7, 7 (5) – 27

Jive, Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor

Ainsley and Natalie – 4, 5, 6, 5 (5) – 20

Tango, Voulez-Vous – ABBA

Katie and Anton – 6, 6, 7, 7 (5) – 26

Jive, Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry

Iwan and Ola – 3, 5, 5, 4 (2) – 17

Tango, Keep On Running – The Spencer Davis Group

Jamelia and Tristan – 4, 6, 6, 5 (5) – 21

Waltz, Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – Aretha Franklin

Peter and Janette – 7, 8, 8, 7 (7) – 30

Cha Cha, Aint No Other Man – Christina Aguilera

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 2, Results

SCD Week 2 Results

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The first set of results are in. With the votes carried over from last Week’s introduction two couples will be voted into the bottom two tonight, leaving one to be eliminated by the judges vote.

Tess and Claudia are back, as are the judges to gear up for the first elimination of the series.

 

Results are in

First safe, in no particular order are Frankie and Kevin. Strictly have finally figured out from us after years that there is no ‘is’ in couple. The second safe ARE Simon and Kristina. The remaining couples safe are Tim and Natalie, Caroline and Pasha, Thom and Iveta, Judy and Anton.

The first couple in the dance off is Jennifer and Tristan. (Looks like Ireland wasn’t voting.)

The dancers now perform a very cool group dance to animated movie Frozen.

 

Len’s Lens

Claudia takes a peek down the lens now. We now look back at Steve and Ola’s Cha Cha Cha with Len. He was not impressed with the footwork. Darcey spoke of Jake and Janette’s sizzling Salsa. The amazing lifts and limbo love was appealing. Craig talked about Pixie and her ‘renderjean.’ That’s how people say it, so deal with that. Scott and Caroline’s contemporary Tango’s were looked at by Bruno who had a good laugh about it all.

The results return with Tess to reveal the remainder who are safe. Still in no particular order, safe are Jake and Janette, Pixie and Trent, Alison and Aljaz, Steve and Ola, Mark and Karen, Sunetra and Brendan.

The next couple in the dance of are Gregg and Aliona, leaving Scott and Joanne to be saved for next week.

 

Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum tinkled his ivories as some guy sang. Aljaz and Iveta gave an amazing sultry performance around the floor too.

 

The dance off

 

Gregg and Aliona

Charleston

Hey Good Lookin’ – Ray Charles

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Was it any different from first performance? No, but was there more precision or cleanliness? No. Gregg tried a little more to be better, but it just wasn’t changing anything from the original walk around comedy routine, with no real skill.

 

Jennifer and Tristan

Waltz

Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

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Jennifer’s second dance was more connective and smooth. Managed to keep personality in place. Kept elegance. Still bit slow, but kept routine together.

 

The Judges Vote

 

Should there be a tie, leading judge Len Goodman will have the casing vote

Craig – Both improved enormously. Saves Jennifer and Tristan.

Darcey – Enjoyed both. Couple I save is Jennifer and Tristan.

Bruno – Have to go with most accomplished as a whole this evening. Jennifer and Tristan.

Len – I would have agreed, It would have been unanimous.

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Caked off!

Gregg thanked Aliona for her patience with his dance capabilities as the pair leave the show. Aliona also crashed out first, two series in a row. Ouch.

Next week fifth judge Donny Osmond will join the judging panel.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 2

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 2

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The second week of the Strictly sequin battle is on. Tomorrow will see the very first dancing enthusiast leave the series after last week’s carried over judges votes added to the viewers votes tonight. The results will air on Sunday evening. The judges Craig, Darcey, Len and Bruno are back to score as well as ours in brackets also.

 

Thom & Iveta

Salsa

Hot Hot Hot – Arrow

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Lifeguard Thom jumps down to instantly groove feet well, good shimmy rhythm. Keen but tidy keeping dance together. Nifty arm flow through spins. Hips swaying with personality. Risky one arm lift of Iveta well done. Loose moments in spins afterward. Very good spin ending strong with passion and sway.

Len – You were hopping like buttons on a tight shirt. Danced right on the edge, no playing safe. Odd little mishap. That’s the way to go.

Bruno – There is no denying your easy on the eye. Nearly blew the thermostat. All about momentum. You went for it wasn’t quite as clean and disciplined as should be.

Craig – Should be fluid. Didn’t happen. stopping and starting through. Got to keep salsa going. Lift little bit ill prepared. Very ambitious. Good to attempt. Loving the hips, darling.

Darcey – Wishing you were directing those shimmy’s to me. Like that you took risks. Fast, exciting. For tall man to be that subtle. Brilliant.

5, 7, 7, 6 (7)

Jennifer & Tristan

Waltz

Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

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Smooth and gentle begin into hold. Tint of charisma shining through. Good spin around feet in hold. Good arm backward sway to sky. Slow but careful steps well moved through. Graceful dance for beginning series. High improvement.

Bruno – Not quite home run yet. Started to engage emotionally. Loved relationship there (with Tritian. Technique let you down. Stepping in the right way.

Craig – Posture at beginning showing some sign of promise. All went to pot. Lot of gaping. Arms need sorting out if your going to way them above. Not look at the floor.

Darcey – Some much more improvement. Cleaner. Still nerves there. You are getting there.

Len – Nerves got to you. Messed up, come out well. Just enjoy it.

4, 5, 5, 5 (5)

 

Simon & Kristina

Tango

Sing – Ed Sheeran

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Arms at start bit cheap and simple. Slow get into hold. Decent turn throughs with eye contact. Awkward step away move alongs after. Trying to tick boxes causing dance to suffer better breakthrough. Good sways and sashays for first week that counts. Modern Tango with bad musicality despite popular song.

Craig – Didn’t set the world on fire. Sharp staccato moves. Out of time at beginning.

Darcey – So much dace content. Odd moment, did lose confidence. Keep the character within the dance.

Len – On pivots right leg goes straight. Peculiar moment. Overall, well done.

Bruno – Efficient, cool, clinical approach. Wanna see that animal magnetism coming out. Got do these steps right, Not just sequence of steps.

5, 7, 7, 7 (5)

 

Gregg & Aliona

Charleston

Hey Good Lookin’ – Ray Charles

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Aliona whips the cream on cake suggestively, before Gregg grabs in hold. Trot on the spot moments. Big Aliona kick only. Gregg alone on spot again with no movement. Very watered down rhythm wise. Aliona chases cake holder Gregg, who places on judges desk and dips face into.

Darcey – Lovely to see you got rid of nerves. Watch your direction.. Choose direction your kicking. Did actually see some dancing.

Len – You dance like I cook. Chuck it all in and hope for the best. Enjoy yourself.

Bruno – Lovely fluffy eclair.

Craig – No swivel whatsoever on supporting leg. Some sort of out of body experience. Possess double hop.

3, 5, 5, 5 (1)

 

Alison & Aljaz

Foxtrot

I Just Wanna Make Love to You – Etta James

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Executive business woman (in character) Alison shows good swivel with frame. Jazz hands thrown in. Minimal travel along with Aljaz but still carefully held together. Push back of Aljaz technically a jump off ground to a lift. Slow tilt backs. Alsion catches overworked Aljaz in hold cuddle back. Great potential.

Len – Your trump card is latin American. Once into hold, not as refined as should be. Great entertainment.

Bruno – Foxtrot requires very smooth flow. Got to work on that in Ballroom. Got the personality.

Craig – Thought attitude very good. Hips swings created a solid boom.

Darcey – Could have traveled a lot more. Never going to get bored of you.

5, 5, 6, 6 (5)

 

 

Empty moment

Tess had a quick introduction sat next to Ian Beale off Eastenders and rival show X Factor’s gormless puppet Olly Murs. There was no need to show them, no chat with them and don’t tout them for the next series. Makes BBC so pathetic.

 

 

 

Jake & Janette

Salsa

Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

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Great start into swivel hips and groove passion. Quick, smooth and strong partnership in arm move throughs. Controlled lift back cartwheel over body of Janette. Good dip down single hand hold. Amazing limbo dancing power-play by both. Huge buzz, fantastic drive. What oomph.

Bruno – Undiluted, full on fun time!

Craig – Darling that hip action could crack coconuts.

Darcey – One of best Salsa performances I’ve seen for a long time.

Len – Spank me gently with a wet shammy. Your timing… Fantastic.

8, 9, 9, 9 (9)

 

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Now Strictly have decided to Open the Strictly public judges. You have to nominate someone. clearly a stolen tactic from us, but I guess thats’s the perverted BBC for you. Never changes when it has a real chance since the Paedophilic sex scandal involving child abuse with Sir Jimmy Savile among other scandals. Juvenile.

 

Judy & Anton

Cha Cha

She’s a Lady – Tom Jones

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Judy starts by hitting a tennis ball then looking around lost. Critical time lost to dance. Anton flies around the floor instead. Judy starts to move side to side in hold, then moves to a towel with Anton. Standing on spot again doing nothing and pushing Anton back along. Walks around to pick up racket again to hit another ball. Dreadful and wasteful.

Craig – Fighting the floor a little bit. Body as tight as newly strung racket. Very stiff and tense.

Darcey – Shame you went out of sync.

Len – Few foot faults here. Just like Gregg, enjoy yourself.

Bruno – More court 18 than centre court. Practise. Blank all the time.

2, 5, 5, 5 (1)

 

Caroline & Pasha

Tango

Blame – Calvin Harris feat. John Newman

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Seated Tango to a contemporary feel. Good flip rounds in hold. Almost fall on sharp back down tilt. Too bassy for middle music moment. Good turns with staccato’s. Flat in middle of song. /Not very Tango’ey now. Pasha picks up suitcase to leave. Good start, flat middle, pointless end. Stilettos and staccato, but not much else.

Darcey – Fierce. Take effort in shoulders.

Len – Full on routine. No easy bit where relax a little. Get a bit tight hera and there.

Bruno – Full of gutsy physicality. Put your full being into it. Amazing legs, luv.

Craig – Well done.

7, 7, 7, 8 (7)

 

Tim & Natalie

Waltz

When You Wish Upon a Star

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Smooth interaction into hold. Graceful and careful footing done well. Good movement around holds gliding long. Very good movement diagonally to full floor elegance. Huge improvement. Sweet and stylish.

Len – It was charming.

Bruno – Went for a different angle this week. Very endearing. Couple of mistakes. As dance progresses you deflate. Beginning very very good. Maintain that.

Craig – Started beautifully. Did use floor beautifully.

Darcey – Created right mood, right quality. Travel and glided all the way through.

5, 6, 6, 6 (6)

 

Sunetra & Brendan

Cha Cha

Million Dollar Bill – Whitney Houston

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Sunetra emerges from a globe chair to get to the floor. Good solo shimmy’s and work of the floor. Good back and forth leg working. Too flashy from Brendan leaving Sunetra isolated to fail at certain points. Good overall feel.

Bruno – Sultry Sunetra. Really enjoyed the moment. Push through your legs. Great performance.

Craig – Natural all round feel for thi dance. Good hip rotation. Problem, straightening of the legs.

(Brendan moans, again)

Darcey – One glamorous lady on that floor.

Len – What they saying Brendan is quite true. Just be better than you were the week before.

6, 6, 7, 7 (6)

 

Mark & Karen

American Smooth

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

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Cheesy start from Mark in a jumper and jeans. First easy lift to get from corner to floor. Feet quite clumsy and gallopy. Very careless and cheap focus on character portrayal of cheese than dance. Laboured and empty. No drive, passion, style, charisma or oomph. Flat and watered down lily in garden of misfortune.

Bruno – Pleasantly surprised. Went wrong couple of times. I really enjoyed it, my darling.

Craig – Arm not connected.

(Bruno disagrees with interruption.)

Craig (continues)  – You have to work on that because it looks terrible.

Darcey – Smooth in hold.

Len – Onward and upward.

6, 7, 7, 7 (3)

 

Scott & Joanne

Tango

Stop – The Spice Girls

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How can you ever think this will be great? A Spice Girls Tango to Stop? Still in the Brother/Sister friend zone with extra cheese. Surprise. BBC get the typical lazy ‘get Nick Grimshaw on’ moment from in-house DJ’s of BBC. Systemic much?

The pair get ready in their bedroom before meeting each other. Stand on spot with no movement before stick bum out badly. More solo work from Joanne with Scott failing to do much. Walk back on feet terrible. Walk backs very empty again. One thing dance moment all way through making retitive and boredom filled. Out of depth.

Darcey – Jo has been working you hard. Keeping in character would really help. Keep eye focus going.

Len – Light and gentle. better than last week.

Bruno – Was it a dream Was it a nightmare? I don’t know. Felt a little bit weird and laboured.

Craig – Right hand way too high. Right foot pigeon toed. Probably why you tripped over. Lacked any style.

4, 5, 6, 5 (2)

Pixie & Trent

Waltz

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

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Good tender start but too long to get in hold. Strong posture up-kept. Strong sense of direction. Good presentation and smooth swirls. Partnership seemingly perfect. Romantic end. Beautiful dance.

Len – No messing, no stressing. Lovely routine. Gorgeous.

Bruno – Princess Pixie. Strictly devine.

Craig – Does make a fantastic partnership. Beautiful dance.

Darcey – One beautiful performance.

 

8, 9, 9, 9 (8)

 

Steve & Ola

Cha Cha

Treasure  – Bruno Mars

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Slow waiting for Ola at treasure chest. Loose hands. Awkward dad danceing moments with side to side elbowing. Dip down of Ola decent. Very slow walk around of Ola before penis bumping her to the floor in another over-sexualised moment by BBC by the BBC children’s presenter. Weak ending. Not fun, more goofy.

Bruno – Footwork was bit muddy.

Craig – Like being in some terrible disco in Soho, darling. Jumped Ola and threw her. Hips made of MDF.

Darcey – Working very hard at extending those arms.

Len – Wrapped up in the moment.

3, 6, 6, 6 (3)

 

Frankie & Kevin

Charleston

Happy Days – Norman Gimble and Charles Fox

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Strong start and happy arms. Good partnership and strong synchronicity. Good central kick out spins. Cheeky aeroplaning fun moments. Bubbly fun and good grooving.

Craig – Jive and Charleston fusion bit out. Worked brilliantly. Dont have any swivel whatsoever. Little bit more goofy and quirky. Good job.

Darcey – Terrific. Weird mix, I like that. High energy.

Len – Awkward because had Rock ‘n; Rolly feel. Bit funny in lift. Next week is movie night. Frankie Goes to Hollywood,

Bruno – Took a great twist. You early dropped her, not your fault. I really enjoyed it.

7, 7, 8, 8 (7)

 

Best dance of the week?

Jake and Janette

 

Danger Zone

Who is the most likely after tonight’s performances to be booted out from the public? We’ll give three (in no order) who could be in trouble of the danger zone.

Judy, Gregg and Scott

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STRICTLY COME DANCING 2014: WEEK 1, PART 2

Strictly Come Dancing 2014:

Week 1, Part 2

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Spread over two nights, the second evening would continue the introduction to the dancefloor competition.

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman begin the glitzy Saturday evening drama.

The judges, Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli are back to score the dances. Our score is in brackets as well to add clarity to the sometimes biased or disillusioned scoring in the past.

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer

Cha Cha

I’m Your Man – Wham!

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Failed TV prospect Mark Wright, whose constant on-off relationship with partner and TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex) girlfriend Lauren Goodger dominated their ‘showmance’ tactics to become a celebrity. Now engaged to one of soap opera’s finest babes, Michelle Keegan, bell-end Mark plans to dazzle with his goofy ganshers and good looks. (So he thinks.) He even signed Goodger, who earlier last month went on Celebrity Big Brother, into a non-disclosure contract of their relationship. What has this (already known on TV) cheating scumbag got to hide?

Slimy and cheesy start with lack of interest in arms. Routine doing lots of ‘ticking boxes’ with no enthusiasm and for the sake of it. Tacky lift. Stumble on back heels. Focused on showing off and did a sad caterpillar. Empty and full of nothing.

Len – It started off very encouraging. Went a little bit quick. (Crowd boo) It’s the truth. Stuck in silly handstand. Bit daft. Fantastic potential. Calm down. Keep on time.

Bruno – Energy overrode finesse of steps. Control energy.

Craig – Stilted. Hands very flat. Shoulder front over the top. Arms dodgy all way through. Did love the caterpillar.

Darcey – Loved the showman. You’re gonna go far.

5, 7, 6, 6 (2)

Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec

Cha Cha

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan

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The big girl with a bubbly attitude has landed last year’s winner Aljaz Skorjanec. Filled with fun and joy can Hammond show diversity on the dancefloor after the fun and frolics are over? This however, was meant to be The Bodyguard/Whitney Houston version.

Strong start getting into groove. Good passion, great enthusiasm. Good partnership. Good body closeness. Bit tiring in middle on steps. Strong through lift drop finish from Alison.

Bruno – Viva La Diva! Got the moves. Uplifting radiance. For the future, try go on the balls little bit more.

Craig – One of most confident performances for first time. Little bit flat footed. Instinctive gift for rhytm and dance. Joyous experience.

Darcey – Infectious. Polish that footwork.

Len – My type of girl. Big, bold and bouncy.

6, 6, 7, 7 (7)

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan

Tango

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

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After her vocal neglect towards the show that made her a star after her equally abusive husband James Jordan, who admitted he was too old for dancing now, was sacked by the show months ago. Ola who is likely to go next because she is past her prime, has added she might quit instead. Doors over there, luv. Ungracious and gobby Ola, known by some as ‘Dolly’ Jordan for her legs only, will be judged accordingly on her performance and nothing else. Whether she takes it personally is her own attitude she needs to review. Her partner for this series is the BBC’s in-house zoologist Steve Backshall, who goes on crazy missions with marine life to see how scary they can be. Thrilling.

Starting seated on a bike for no reason, Steve then did a flip over it to get to the floor. Loose into hold. Lost and dazed on spin around begin. Waiting for Ola to lead. Not very fierce in sharp arm movements. Trying too hard to be tough. Musicality didn’t suit routine. Ends with Ola lifting leg up on floor as Steve holds arm up. Pitiful.

Craig – Muscles for me were a slight distraction. Didn’t point feet. Lost frame slightly.

Darcey – Definitely your dance. You’re a strong man. Couldn’t take my eyes off your arms.

Len – Not quite a triaumph. All about expectations. Clean and crisp. Lost your frame.

Bruno – So difficult leading the dance, you did very well. You got great qualities.

6, 6, 7, 7 (4)

Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus

Jive

Happy – Pharrell Williams

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New Irish fancy Tristan MacManus partners with Mrs. Brown’s Boys sitcom actress Jennifer Gibney. A popular favourite, can Jennifer enjoy and dazzle at the same time?

Fluid, compact beginning onto the floor. Bit lost in part, minor. Good little riverdance, despite a lift technically. Good back leg tilts sways. Fair little number for starting dance with grueling, physical dance.

Darcey – Such a difficult dance. So much energy, you gave it.

Len – Kicks and flicks could have been tad sharper. As song said, I was happy. Got through it with spirit and verve.

Bruno – All the steps he gave you, they were there. You did it. Bit more presentation.

Craig – Arms were all over the place. Got to be aware of free arm. Little hunch of back. Build stamina a little bit more.

3, 5, 5, 5 (4)

 Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute

Waltz

You Raise Me Up – Westlife

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Rugby hunk and model Thom Evans has joined the sequined starlight with exceptional dancer Iveta Lukosiute. After pairing up three weeks ago and revealing they had fallen for each other genuinely as singles the pair were “smitten” with one another. Will the pair be able to become Strictly’s top acts? They both certainly have the capability to go the distance. Can their dancing do the talking?

Resplendent beginning of fluid serenity. Tender and charismatic turn steps. Bit flimsy on walking outward. Good rotations. Strong poise. Clear to see concnetration makinga little stiff. Very delightful effervescent ending. Quite magical.

Len – Frame good. Little mistake. Atempted to do footwork well, which I appreciate.

Bruno – So kind, caring. Treating her like she was made of glass. Almost moving. More impotence, more drive. More sexy. Come on.

Craig – Man’s job to keep lady on balance. Feel you overbalanced her. Not impressed with your thumbs at all. I did love it.

Darcey – Was expecting you to lead the ballroom. Open those shoulders and stick those pecs out.

5, 6, 6, 6 (7)

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole

Tango

Bad case of loving you (Doctor Doctor) – Robert Palmer

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Bad boy and nuisance dancer Brendan Cole, who constantly rubs producers and judges up the wrong way by taking personal critique failing to see failures on the floor, often ruins any partners’ chances. Sunetra, who is in the BBC’s drama show Casualty, took the stereotypical Doctor song. She was also a nurse in Channel 4’s No Angels show, years ago, when Channel 4 used to be an excellent channel now marred by political disgrace.

Good connection and connectivity from Sunetra. Very slow thereafter. Walk around turns devoid of interest. Weird head to head swirls. End on patient bed. Was not any instance a Tango. Too Timid.

Bruno – Firecracker of a Tango. A little bit wobbly. Control your assets. Great promise.

Craig – Great sense of rhythm. Frame is what its all about and you just did’t have it, sadly.

(Brendan mouths off again.)

Darcey – Kept energy from beginning till the end.

Len – Felt there was far more right than wrong. Back next week.  Look forward to seeing ya.

5, 6, 6, 7 (5)

Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani

Cha Cha

Hot ‘n’ Cold – Katy Perry

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Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace has accepted going “into their world” and expecting critique from the dancing world. At least he is trying to take it on the chin. In the past Wallace has dished out a good portion of negative comments for Craig Revel-Horwood. Saucer of milk, table two please! Unfortunately for Gregg he was lumbered with the vile Aliona Vilani, who also showed her homophobic side last year with Kristina Rihanoff over Julien MacDonald enjoying being part of the show. Vilani vocalised her disappointment with Gregg. She was first out last year after disgruntled spats backstage. Producers kept her around this year to give her another chance. She should have gone two series ago. Both will be judged accordingly.

Once again Aliona makes it all about herself in a solo act to camera. Left alone, Gregg tried to dance with connection but filed as a result. Finger pointing and legs apart walking very cack-handed like John Wayne. Spins by Aliona only for self interest. Lack of connection with partner. Stiff dance by Gregg.

Craig – Sub zero darling. I’m going to be nice and tell you the truth. Like a wind up toy out there. Very camp. Iron that out, Aliona. You should have seen that in the mirror. Hope that you get better.

Darcey –  I weirdly liked that.

Len – Bit small, neat and dainty. Practice so hard, forget the flair. Give it some grrrr.

Bruno – Brings me to mind a mince pie with a soggy bottom.

3, 5, 5, 5 (2)

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton

Waltz

Someone Like You – Adele

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Singer of girl group The Saturday’s Frankie Bridge steps onto the floor with Kevin this year. After a highly successful debut last year, Clifton stormed to success with newscaster Susanna Reid. Can the pair achieve greater success?

Solo start with arms okay but too long alone. Good back arm tilt drop of umbrella. Good but way too slow moving along in hold. Good steps with minor stumble. Ticked the boxes but very dry. It’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors. Decent and beautiful but timid and empty in places.

Darcey – Major hit. Beautiful feeling throughout the dance.  A joy to watch.

Len – Without a doubt, best dance of week one.

Bruno – Full extension, you’ve done it.

Craig – Like to see heavier heel. Graceful, romantic. Well done.

7, 7, 8, 8 (6)

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff

Jive

Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard

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This year, Strictly’s promiscuous maneater Kristina Rihanoff was banned from married partners. Last year Rihanoff, who showed her homophobic side with Vilani, paired lovable rugby activist Ben Cohen. Ben, a so called ‘gay icon’ who worked with foundations to tackle homophobia, was seen with Rihanoff prior to week’s leading to the show over the last month. Since his split from his wife, Cohen was seen beforehand in public with Rihanoff in romantic poses and took off his wedding ring as well. He placed it back on afterward when it broke with the media. Rihanoff has also slept with and romanced whilst on the show, in her job, unprofessionally, with dancer Vincent Simone and boxing partner Joe Calzaghe. None of her relationships have lasted. Why she is still employed makes the BBC an entire joke. Though she will be judged accordingly, can she and Simon work together and focus to make magic on the floor?

Playing the piano up Kristina’s legs not thrilling. Stand on spot moves then slide through legs. Comedy moments adding nothing to dance routine. Spin around on one leg lift not technical. Double dip down hand touch fair. Lame ending missing spark.

Len – Plenty of kicks, flicks. Just came out and danced. Well done.

Bruno – Like a frisky bunny. Loved rockk ‘n’ roll feel.

Craig – Flat footed. Little more retration on kicks.

Darcey – I liked it a lot. Could see you getting a bit tired.

6, 7, 7, 7 (5)

Best dance of Week 1?

Jake and Janette.

Hostess with the mostest

The new line-up of Tess and Claude is a workable and fair decision. It is also too quick to judge before it began as some critics did so. So far, both have had good chemistry together and made the show watchable by bouncing off one another’s dialogue.

Flaky VT’s

The problem is the VT over-animated questions, catchphrases and stereotyped lunacy. Stop the puns and make it great again. Exec producer Louise Rainbow has come from a ‘watered down background of Realtiy TV’ opting for a bubblegum pop approach than a professional one. I can take over at any time if you wish, BBC. It simply isn’t good enough. But it may just be about demographics. She’s a woman, of certain age and that’s a rarity that the BBC have been criticised for. Hiring the wrong people for the sake of it, however, makes the show a laughing stock instead. Many see the show as an ‘over-sexed’ all woman run, who fancy a bit of sexy blokes they can never get idea. Good way to ‘put women back in the kitchen’ rhetoric.

Fifth Judge

Rumour has it, and has been revealed, that there will be a fifth judge, but vague details were given. Donny Osmond is expected to fill the role as a ‘Guest Judge’ which will see a new one each week. Sounds a bit unstable to us, but BBC have often rushed certain parts of the show, which make it good and bad. If they thought things through with the correct public advisers than simple ‘fans from X-Factor’ who add pantomime boos at every turn for the sake of nonsense, they could really boost their ratings with a respected outlook. Here we sit, and there BBC fail.

Who to let go?

Aliona, Kristina, Brendan. Ola.  Possibly Pasha.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 1, Part 1

Strictly Come Dancing 2014:

Week 1, Part 1

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Strictly Come Dancing returned for its glitzy new series. After its legendary host Sir Bruce Forsyth choose to retire from the hosting event only hosting at specials and charity versions of the show instead, he handed the reigns to a new presenter.

Joining leading lady Tess Daly is the smoothly charismatic Claudia Winkleman. Dry, different and contrasting, Claude adds a new touch to the precedings. Can it survive on a two lady presenting format? Time will tell, however there have been some critics of the same sex duo formation.

Beginning the show is the first set of celebrity dancing stars over Friday and Saturday. Votes will be carried over to the next weekend after this formal introduction to the dancefloor for the unwitting celeb trotters.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014

The four wide eyed judges are back and will score the shows tonight and tomorrow, which will roll over to the next week, where eliminations begin. Judging once again are Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Our score will also be given in brackets.

 

Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev

Cha Cha

Can You Feel It? – Jackson Five

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Man-eating unprofessional minx Caroline Flack used to present SCD’s rival show, The X Factor‘s sister show, Xtra Factor. She also slept with some of the guys from the show, including One Direction’s teen star Harry Styles.  Now she’s with Pasha, who is in a relationship with last year’s partner Rachel Riley.

Decent start with arms and movement. Good back shoulder shimmy. Bit sexual with groin thrusts. Little lost in spin partner return. Not bad overall but slow, on the spot introduction to dance. Good opener.

The fantastic Dave Arch Orchestra received a warm introduction too.

The Judges had their say.

Len – One little mistake. Sweet Caroline. Terrific.

Bruno – It’s Caroline FLASH! I felt something. Great debut, Bit more hips, but very promising.

Craig – Very good musicality. Fantastic groove. Bit more hip action. Something changed after you came up here. All went a bit wrong, still, fantastic job, darling.

Darcey– Those legs pretty good in a Cha Cha. Well done.

Judges scores –  6, 7, 7, 7 (6)

Tim Wonnacott & Natalie Lowe

Cha Cha

Shop Around – Captain & Tennille

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Setback with injury just before live shows last year, Natalie Lowe was ready to step up again. This year she was given antiques expert Tim Wonnacott. At 61, Tim is actually looking quite decent on paper as a lively trier, but is it enough?

Concentration of foot steps good but causing posture problems looking somewhat stiff. Good drop down spin of Nat. Good personality shining through but seemed a bit old fashioned. Must make it more modern to survive extra weeks. Was still a great fun filled foot thrill.

Bruno – Appreciate your sense of confidence. Technique is difficult to define. Needs a little bit of work. I really enjoyed it.. I’m crazy. so you know…

Craig – Stiff of hip. Knees bent throughout. Be aware of free arm. Not very good start.

Darcey – Dance is about being entertaining. So entertaining. Cheelly, fun and surpsingly, umm… entertaining.

Len – Mustn’t step forward on you heel in the Cha Cha Cha. Full on with personality and gave it everything. Well done to you.

 3, 5, 5, 5 (4)

Jake Wood & Janette Manrara

Tango

Toxic – Britany Spears

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Surprise pairing Jake and Janette looked like a great couple with enthusiasm. Dazzling in her debut last year, Janette took to the floor with Jake. Would the skill match the partnership? Jake wanted a parter with “No nonsense.” Janette added ” I dont liek to fluff around.”

Timid start with theatrics. Good in hold spins. Tight body connectivity. Smooth diagonal sways. Good finish. Very pleasant overall for first week.

Craig – Well, I’m impressed, actually. Took control. Full of intent, purpose, one to watch.

Darcey – It was cool. Looked so comfortable in that Tango.

Len – That was far better than expected. Great body contact. Had spirit. Thought it was terrific.

Bruno – Tough, strong. Would like to see your softer side as well.

7, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Judy Murray & Anton DuBeke

Waltz

Mull of Kintyre – Wings

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Up next is celebrity Judy Murray. Who? You know her. Not seen on any television show, drama or media. Though her son, Andy Murray is a tennis player and Judy gave him some coaching tips. So, ‘Tennis coach’ Judy is with us this evening/series. Anton DuBeke doing his traditional role of Samaritan in Help The Aged. Since the Scottish referendum, Judy and Anton got into tartan clothing with Anton in a kilt.

Good spin round, held by Anton. Man on bagpipes gets a clap taking away from dance. Slow, empty steps as Anton talks to Judy. Lost and labored now. Awkward turn around. Easy spin around again. Walks over to rock to sit on. Will no doubt get sympathy votes from the grannies for a few weeks.

Darcey – The Waltz is about moving effortlessly. Nerves were coming through. Bit edgy. You shook a little bit all way through.

Len – (Jokes about Anton’s kilt raised) Footwork Mull of Posture more Mull of katorny. Its only a witticism. Don’t start all that. (To crowd) Don’t worry Murray, Cha Cha next week.

Bruno – You look absolutely beautiful. New experience, got the taste, enjoy, next week be better.

Craig – Was on edge of my seat. Dragging Judy around a little bit. Arms out of hold need serious attention. Posture is really appalling. You came out and gave it ago though. Well done on that.

3, 4, 6, 5 (3)

Scott Mills & Joanne Clifton

Cha Cha

Rock DJ – Robbie Williams

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Stereotypical DJ Scott Mills danced to a trade specialty. Being a DJ, it was only natural. Did it rock? Paired with a new dancer on the show, also the sister of Kevin, Joanne Clifton adds enthusiasm. Robbie is also Scott’s friend! Whatever.

Robotic symphony with cheap and empty arm movements. Horrible feet starting. Clumpy. Sneaky Jump up lift unnecessary. Easy spin around of Joanne. Slow on the spot turns from Scott. Through legs slide of Joanne set up by herself. Great start from Joanne, but terrible for Mills.

Len – Scott, listen. Footwork poor. Little hip action. Cha Cha is about ryhtym and fun. (Oh gawd. ) as silly crowd boo as pantomime.

Bruno – Got the club vibe going. Robotic, neurotic, the euphoric. Vibe was there. Didn’t travel down to the feet. Ryhtymicality of the timing.

Craig – A zimmerframe darling has more movement. Stompy. Like having a tantrum. Dont think its going to be a dance for you, quite frankly.

Darcey – Maybe on a nightclub, not a ballroom.

2, 4, 5, 5 (2)

Pixie Lott & Trent Whiddon

Jive

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

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Starting the show was young singer Pixie Lott and a new Strictly professional Australian Trent Whiddon. The blonde duo began by travelling to London Fashion Week.

Good spritey beginning but loose tittering around. Looks like both are dancing two different dances. Very watered down. Good spin around on floor. Too amateurish and juvenile even if it is week one.

Bruno – Loving the sixties look. Like Lolita does the jive. Work on sharpness.

Craig – Really enjoyed that. Timing great, energy. Working floor too hard. Slight hesitation in center there. Something odd. It was great.

Darcey – Armography great. Could have sold it bit more to me.

Len – Lot of energy, kicks and flicks, content. Lots of marks.

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The show continues tomorrow, where the rest will dance. We will also give our view on all things Strictly.

Sin Bin

Injured dancer Robin Windsor was removed from the line-up as a result and gave Trent a starring role.

Mr. Chicken Fillets Artem Chigvinstev left the show after a visa application expired in the UK. He has since been snapped up by the US version of the show, Dancing with the Stars.

Anya Garnis. who joined last year has also left the show.

Tomorrow’s show will feature the other nine celebrities, Thom Evans, Simon Webbe, Mark Wright, Gregg Wallace, Steve Backshall, Frankie Bridge, Alison Hammond, Sunetra Sarker and Jennifer Gibney.

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Strictly Come Dancing Results: Week 2

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Opening the show were Tess and Claude including the dreaded dance off and Len’s Lens.

Results are in…

In no particular order the first couple going through is Patrcik and Anya. Other returnees will be Deborah and Robin, Natalie and Artem, Ben and Kristina, Susanna and Kevin, Mark and Iveta.

The first couple heading up the danceoff is Tony and Aliona.

The rest of the results will be announced again shortly.

Matt Goss

When will I be famous

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This one was a Rat Pack version of Bros classic when will I be famous. It was a good chance to see something different, but, of course, fans will only ever love the up tempo original more. It was a decent Strictly tone of the song.

Len’s Lens

Returning is the “detailed, tiny little nuggets” up for discussion with Claudia and the judges. Up for chat was Susanna’s Viennese cakes, Natalie’s swan neck, Bruno’s conductor skills with counting along where revealed. Mark’s groovy style praised by Craig for personality. Final shot was of Craig having a snazzy dance with Darcey towards the end of the live show. Groovy, darling!

The results are back and going through to next Saturday are Ashley and Ola, Abbey and Aljaz, Dave and Karen, Rachel and Pasha, Sophie and Brendan, Fiona and Anton.

The second couple joining the dance of is Julien and Janette, leaving Vanessa and James safe to next week.

The dance off

 

 

Julien and Janette

Tango

Applause – Lady Gaga

A good second performance with leading qualities despite slowness in tune with tempo of Tango requirements.

Tony and Aliona

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It Don’t Mean A Thing (If Ain’t Got That Swing) – Duke Ellington and Irving Mills

Dancing around golf club again showed no sustained improvement at all and only show off Aliona once more.

The Judges Vote

If there is a tie then head judge, Len, will have the deciding vote.

Craig – I’d like to save Julien and Janette.

Darcey – The couple I would like to save is Julien and Janette.

Bruno – I would like to see stay, Julien and Janette.

“I’m a tough pupil” Tony mentions as trying to pitch for unsophisticated Aliona in a graceful appeal.

Len – You’ve been one of my golfing heroes all my life, but would have gone with Julien and Janette.

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BBC iPlayer goes wrong again

Catch up service BBC iPlayer once again made a huge error, as always, this time giving away the result and image on the front of its results catch up episode spoiling the show for viewers. Everyone in television knows and follows the convention that it is cardinal sin to reveal a result before paying the clip/s.

Why is it so difficult for anyone to do the simplest of tasks efficiently? It is not rocket science. Fans felt the BBC once again proved it is incompetent at finding talent to proceed, direct or helpful run the ideas correctly with its own practices of entertainment on offer. The BBC is funded by the taxpayer, without choice of an opt in / out service.

It’s a demanding job, but you’ve gotta get it right, darling.

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