Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 6: Halloween

Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 6: Halloween

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This week’s horrific spell in Horrorwood began with the queens of Strictly, skeletous Daly and the one that should have won in Series 3, glitzed up Zoe Ball, sitting in for Claudia Winkleman.The stakes are high and out in full force tonight as the BBC ballroom battle continues.

Doing the judging this week are the judges as ever in the form of the frightful four. Cadaver Craig Revel-Horwood, Bizarre ballerina Darcey Bussell, oranged onion loving count Len Goodman and the horrid hobgoblin Bruno Tonioli. Our frightfully honest score are in brackets to add clarity to the disenchanted lunacy unfolding with overmarking mist.

 

Sunetra and Brendan

Jive

Tainted Love – Gloria Jones

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Tess made her first gruesome joke with no punch. Brendan will be channeling (hah!) a ghost but said he would not get a drink in the bar, as they don’t serve spirits.

‘Creepy’ Cole creeps out from under the bed as Sunetra joins him on the floor. Impish Sunetra was led by unnerving Brendan. Brendan jumps over the bed and runs over the dancefloor. Sunetra doing standard but left on own as The Brendan Show not helping her be shown at all. Basic turn arounds and minor hands adding no real feel outside of rigormortis dar-h-ling. Weak, empty, punitive. What can we say she did? Not much. A shame for Sunetra who tries hard but in serious trouble with danceoff.

Len – Lost your way as it went along.

Bruno – Rumba in middle slowed pace down a little.

Craig – Felt little laboured. Brendan your so naughty. Lacked punch and dynamic.

Darcey – You are happier in the ballroom. Good effort but not your dance.

(Brendan moans, yet again.)

6, 7, 7, 7 (5)

 

Alison and Aljaz

American Smooth

Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush

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Alison is air lifted down in an elegant white wing drop well. Taking on a Heathcliffe character Aljaz worked well with Alison and her feet but took bit of time starting. Good in-hold turns and elegance continuing. Very strong from Alison but danger of being too timid. No lifts in an allowed lift.

Bruno – Like a wind turbine. Be careful when you go in hold. Become ketchy.

Craig – Was one of the campest entrances. Ethereal and angelic until you got to the floor. Wafty arms bit too much, but tribute to Kate Bush. Well done.

Darcey – Fabulous seeing you enjoy everything. You slightly get carried away.

Aljaz – No.

Darcey – It was beautiful.

Len – I’m with Darcey. So masculine coming across the moors. Once in hold, needs bit more movement.

5, 7, 7, 7 (6)

 

Simon and Kristina

Paso Doble

Poison – Alice Cooper

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Poison chalice Kristina and Simon returned after loony Len saved them from their second dance off claiming they had the best footwork. The same footwork frightfully concealed by a misty smoke screen for at less one quarter of their routine. Tonight Black Widow Kristina is becoming a spider. Not for the first time then after Kristina sleeps with most of her partners and breaks up others.

“Rotten” Rhianoff tries to stick Simon in her web as Simon stands and does some acting with his hand. Simon gallops along like he’s down the shops. No attack in drop down spins. Through spins lacking any quality. Pathetic jump of Simon which is a lift. Through legs launch of Kristina daft. Simon kicks leg back and breaks ruling borderlines again. Cheats to win and fails to be of any interest. What a quality save again BBC.

Craig – Ferocious. Lines need accentuating. Commanding performance. Little Haywire darling. (Vocab provided by FalseFabs, obvs.)

Darcey – Conviction. Luckily you saved it. Impressive and very skilled.

Len – For me did enough last two times in dance off. Didn’t deserve to be there. Lacked finesse. Givin’ it plenty? You certaintly did.

Bruno – That’s the way to do it, prove everyone wrong. (That’s the idea.) Put so much power in it. (Backside, mouth, engage.)

(Here comes the over-marking to try and save a failing BBC favourite.)

6, 8, 7, 8 (4)

Tess – What could possibly go wrong with live dancing dogs. What an irony.

 

Steve and Ola

Charleston

Dem Bones Dem Bones – Kay Starr

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Grisly gallivanter and spritey stupidity saw Ola get scared and screamed when numpty Steve said they would venture inside a Museum. Scary being cultured and educated from systemic perversions.

Both pop out in comedy fashion from behind Ancient Egyptian masts, in bones. Very loose and having no oomph or style. Pair stand side by side and move a bit every second. Silly waving jazz hands ruining lunacy. Almost drops Ola on lift. Nothing involved at all and very empty. There was nothing in there except on the spot moments. Sad.

Darcey – Was worried, couple of lags going wrong. About being cheeky, fast and fun. I know you’ve got it in you. (How do you know this?)

Len – Was quirky. Little things, missed it. Fun, enjoyable and nice to watch. (Really?)

Bruno – Your charm. Felt bit held back. I’m sure you’ll be back to dazzle us my darling.

Craig – Lifts very messy. There were, actually, Darcey. Timing completely out. One section went beautifully.

5, 7, 7, 7 (4)

The week of over-marking always exists under Louise Rainbow, so called Executive Producer. Her excellent hits were, if you remember it, The Farm. All her shows have failed since. Keep a favourite in marks ruin any credibility of the BBC. X-Factor styling is why its failing. Sack her and get an actual professional who knows what to do. Though BBC are very bitter at being told how to succeed. All they needed to do was sack a few people in time of a crisis, instead they failed and the Sir Jimmy Savile sex scandal was upon us, revealing how the BBC allowed convicted multiple sex peadophile Sir Jimmy Savile to operate his abuse on the BBC’s door. You cannot remove a knighthood from some when when they die. Sir Jimmy Savile was given unprecedented access to be allowed to attack millions and BBC worker turned a blind eye to the BBC icon.

 

 

Pixie and Trent

Paso Doble

Danger! High Voltage – Electric Six

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Petrified elven Pixie was as frozen as her core. Pumpkin princess it was not.

Pixie gets her hair frizzed in the malfunctioning hair steamer. Good work to the floor and close connection with Trent but lots of over-reliance on Trent. Can’t seem to work on her own and playing routine too safe. Neat footwork and grace with transitions. Failing to boost star quality though.

Len – Loved your verve and energy. Your right arm, kept doing weird things. Loved the number.

Bruno – Listen. Bad Hair Day can’t stop you. Loved quirky details in dance. Don’t forget to condition darling, you’re worth it. (Will BBC be paying L’Oreal extra for that Advert?) (No Product Placement logo shown.)

Craig – Completely full of detail. Fantastic steps. Partnership extraordinary. Fantastic.

Darcey – Fierce and strong. So exciting to watch.

8, 8, 8, 9, (8) (There’s always one.)

 

 

Judy and Anton

American Smooth

Cruella de Vil – 101 Dalmatians

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What is she on? Oh look its BBC infatuation time with tennis ace Andy Murray. Judy’s claim to fame for a successful gene pool couldn’t make BBC’s show any more awkward. Jaunting and daunting, Judy….

Judy rides in on a air car as Anton loses control of two real Dalmatians. Goodness sake. Anton picks Judy up into hold and Judy again talks around like every week previously. Anton lifts her up and around. Still stiff and devoid of any emotion. Not in terms of character. Was lugged around by Anton and did no dancing at all. Has never improved once. Will get the granny votes again.

Bruno – You’re confusing American Smooth with American Stiff. Deliver whats expected from you, nothing.

Craig – Those dogs at beginning had more grace and style. Like dancing with a mannequin.

Darcey – You looked amazing. (Waffles on again.)

Len – Captured the character. Don’t listen to the Warlock over her (meaning Craig) (Yes Len, say all the stuff from the earpiece. Poor Judy, so hard being useless)

Zoe – Sharon Stone is following your progress! (Oh, BBC like celebrity followers instead. They cannot fathom why the show is such a failure now.)

3, 6, 6, 5 (1)

 

Jake and Janette

Paso Doble

Black Betty – Ram Jam

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Jack-o-lantern cape cruiser wizard working darkly magical mystery. Bats fly out of the cape on CGI. Why? Good move to floor. Strong footwork. Commanding role with footwork together and Janette under control. Leading man of Janette. Amazing one leg on floor spin around by Jake with other of Janette’s up to his shoulder.

Craig – Was disappointed. Bit stilted. Steps didn’t seem to connect. wasn’t your best one, sorry.

Darcey – I feel little bit the same. Too upright. I know you have so much ability and know you’ll come back. (

Len – I don’t agree. Get right into the character of the dance. Shaping more exaggerated.

Bruno – As a performer, brilliant.

Nice try BBC, trying to pick on someone we gave praise to unbiasedly as the show and you think its one of our favourites which is not the case. We’ve critiqued fairly and couldn’t care less but BBC think it shall attack ‘our favourites’ to prove an inside point of not liking such critique. Only people you’re ruining are yourselves. We don’t have any. Though you do. Systemic much? Even trying to get Len to sound good after last wee’s wrongful boot off won’t save you from BS.

6, 7, 8, 8 (8)

 

 

Caroline and Pasha

Samba

La Freak – Chic

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Curdling minx Caz and party prince Pasha shake a shocking Samba spirit.Caroline struts her stuff from around the graveyard. Out of the coffin comes, not Sir Jim, but Pasha. They work to the floor well but lacking some real buzz. Watered down and timid than groovy oomph. Like a rehearsal playing to no-one than a crowd. Not best music on this week either. Great track, wrong time. Mismanaged.

Darcey – Mad Hairstyles. Controlled and clean. Sometimes lose the vibe of the dance.

Len – Wasn’t best but wasn’t worst.pasha

Bruno – Hot favourite. never forget it.

Craig – Little phonetic and clean, but I loved it.

7, 8, 8, 9 (7)  (There’s always one. Again.)

 

 

Scott and Joanne

Foxtrot

Addams Family Theme

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Creepy, kooky and plain kack comes Scott Mills. Around and around like a windmill Scottie goes. Someone beam him up to the mothership. He could use a less rigid probe. Should have come out like chuckles the clown. “With Craig, I edit out” Failure to listen is a pathetic quality that get you nowhere fast. The gays can’t save you forever on a poor gay man sympathy vote.

There’s a hand out of a coffin table. Now then… Scott comes to the floor and literally walks around and then lifts arms up in zombified stupidity. He runs around Joanne as his prop to cheesy sounds. Walks around on floor with nothing. Lumbered, cheap and rigid. No dancing on the spot whatsoever. What a poor disgrace for TV. Literally did no dancing. Shameful.

Len – It was fun and entertaining. It was your best.

Bruno – If this was called Strictly No Dancing, you would win. I like you. Was really good fun.

Craig – Sadly, hasn’t really helped you. Anyway…

Darcey – You were terrific. (Someone just boot her off, now.)

3, 6, 6, 6 (0)

 

Tess – A three from Craig?! That was great. What did you think (Asking coffin hand) Is that you Donny? Get back in your box.

Looks like the ghost of Sir Jimmy Savile is still lurking.

 

 

Mark and Karen

Jive

Little Shop of Horrors Theme

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If you’ve ever seen this classic, you might want to turn off. Goon Mark and Karen seem intent on spoiling classic themes every week for a bit of a laugh. There are more laughs in an uphill Mausoleum with this dance application. Mark didn’t show us another episode of his super excellence of ‘Holllywood Nights’ Muhahahhahaa!

Karen gives Mark a glitzy box. The pair then dance on spot and do some aeroplane arms for cheap thrill. Laboured approach. Karen jumps in the dance on her own. Pair accentuate their crutches again. That’s vagina and penis regions, to you and me. Trotting along horse Mark runs over the dancefloor, forgetting what a Jive.

Karen – Gobs off about Mark unfairly. “Everyday he works and works.” Please donate to the Mark Wright bellend continues to dance charity, please.

Bruno – Feed Me! Best dance yet.

Craig – Bravo darling. (How much you getting paid?)

Darcey – Suppleness with those legs, I could go on and on. Got high hopes for you now, babe.

Mark – I don’t expect to do a good dance. (If you want Honesty, listen up, it wasn’t good. Standard and cheesy penis thrusts wont save you from lame steps.)

Len – (Said something brief.)

8, 9, 9, 9 (5) (So the BBC love in continues with systemic, corrupt marking relayed from the top bosses. Yeah that was a world class dance, wasn’t it, BBC? Do you even care about your worldwide reputation? Are you purposely sabotaging yourself for a laugh? You need real PR management. And not David Cameron’s corrupt interventions.)

 

Frankie and Kevin

Tango

Defying Gravity – Wicked

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A contemporary Tango which was a bit lacking and safe with swift in turn saves from Kevin. Keeps spinning around in hold around the center. Cannot dance without Kevin. Leaves him to pick up a broom and be airlifted to the sky to raise a green curtain. Empty and had nothing but Kevin flying around the floor. Really needs to start dancing.

Craig – One Word. FAB-U-LOUS.

Darcey – That was so beautiful. So taken away with your performance.

Len –  That was a spectacular number. (Oh here we go.)

Bruno – Nearly brought me to tears. Technique was superb.

These decisions never help these ‘types’ longterm by getting favours to the final. She won’t win. This performance made that happen with the judges self-loathing for a ‘pretty little girl.’

9, 9, 9, 10 (7)

(The’s always one. Again. This year’s Wagner off X-Factor has landed. Looks like Strictly is about to lose viewers. How clever. Audiences don’t like this sort of lunacy. Neither does Sir Bruce Forstyh, who quit the failing show under Rainbow’s command.)

 

Danger zone

(in no particular order)

Steve, Sunetra and Alison

Best dance of night?

Jake and Janette

 

For the BBC trying to meddle with the show and think no-one ever notices was yet another arrogant behaviour just like the Sir Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal. The ghost of Sir Jim still lies firmly in the BBC’s broom cupboard. Telling the judges to over-mark and save the favourites proved the BBC and its Strictly production team are way out of their depth. At this rate nothing will save it if BBC fails to improve. Trying to rig it to save the faves from the boot, maybe you should not have hire idiots like Scott, Judy and Mark. Strictly used to be respected for its talent and skill. Not any more. Email me to save your backside. You need it more than ever. Strictly’s curtain is coming fast.

What BBC d to do now is sack a number of people. Adding us would also benefit, obviously, but are the BBC too bitter to listen and make a positive because it thinks it is the be all and end all? The licence fee is in serious jeopardy, that’s for sure.

BBC need to sack Rainbow and equally loser producers. Darcey Bussell and Bruno the loono need to go. Just because ‘rival’ Simon Cowell is trying to eye up Bruno for Britain’s Got Talent as his new best friend in secret meetings wont hurt BBC. Very ungracious, too. Len is passable but questionable. Craig is the only saving grace. Karen Hauer needs the sack. Sorry Kevin, but its true. Tess Daly could easily be binned as well. She’s had her chances. The whole comedy ‘how could you, so bad, oh no’ attitude has failed. We gave her a lot of praise. Keep Zoe Ball and Claudia as the new hosts. If Anton is only there to help the aged, then stop hiring oldies and send Anton on his way. It’s not working. Get Anya Garnis back. Why she was dropped was ridiculous. She’s a pro.

BBC aren’t putting on a show anymore. Strictly has now become about how rotten it is from the inside core and needs severe fixing pronto. FalseFabs is also available for consultations. Hit the contact tab and send an email. Put your pride aside and save your brand, or suffer the fallout and rip it apart instead. It’s your choice and the public wont bail you out any longer for further failures. For audiences Strictly has not become fun or entertaining any longer and shadows a sickening perversion of abusing the public trust. Pick those socks up.

 

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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.

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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.

7, 6, 7, 7 (6)

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, 2013, Week 9 Results

Strictly Come Dancing, Week 9 Results

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Strictly opens with Bruno and Craig “baking a cake” as the professional dancers enter a sweet, fluffy candy blast, complete with Artem, Aljaz and Kevin baking in oven mitts. James and Anton wheel on the cake as out pops Tory baker Mary Berry. (She wouldn’t let a black female win the baking contest in BBC’s Great British Bake Off.) There were also no tips from Chancellor George Osborne on how to bake a cake.

Tess and Claude pop on with a muffin and full bake get up on Claudia. After pretending to eat the cupcake with no bite made and a recap of the backstage goss (which hasn’t been shown this properly for nine weeks!) the results are revealed.

The first couple saved into next week, in no particular order is Natalie and Artem. Also going through is Ashley and Ola and Susanna and Kevin. The first couple facing the dance off is Mark and Iveta.

Il Divo

*Unspecified song by BBC and Media*

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Opening with a string Orchestra the suited quartet of dapper chaps belted a powerful emphasis of classical sound upon Strictly. It was a first class performance as is often the case of Il Divo and their outstanding falsettos.

Len’s Lens

Down the lens we go. Mark was under scrutiny as Len give a masterclass of standing sway for extra tips.  Darcey commented on Ben and Kristina. We saw Ben in slow motion flexing his muscles once again. That’s his only selling point, like, ever. “Like someone having a draw string in his back” Craig said of Ashley dancing. Darcey spoke again as Bruno pulled faces. Bruno’s 10 mark handed to Natalie was discussed.” We want the dancing to be spectacular and I will NOT give a ten until absolutely perfect.” Craig responds as Len nods in agreement as the contest gets serious.

The votes are back in as we discover who else is joining week 10. Going through is Patrick and Anya and Abbey and Aljaz. The second couple dancing again is Ben and Kristina, leaving Sophie and Brendan to sail through to the next week.

“I think I’ve been on borrowed time” Ben adds after receiving some tips from Bruno for the danceoff.

The dance off

Mark and Iveta

Foxtrot

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Still a little slow but now making full use of the floor in a good use of steps and sway.

Ben and Kristina

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Ben’s muscles and weight flexing become the selling point again. Smiley Ben’s steps are rather kak-handed despite effort, has no rhythm.

The Judges Vote

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It’s a tense vote of equal tension.

Craig begins – Both made mistakes but I’d like to save Ben and Kristina.

Darcey – Couple I would like to save based on tonight’s performance is Mark and Iveta.

Bruno – Both endearing. Mistakes very obvious so I have to save Mark and Iveta.

Len – Did both go wrong, one small mistake, other two blatant. On this performance I have to save Mark and Iveta.

Been a great experience. Don’t get to dress like this everyday. Kristina’s been great.

Make me so proud. Had most rewarding time as Rihanoff wells up.

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Pants. Ben poses in white briefs for fans.

We’ve got nothing against Big Ben, but the media hypocrisy from the BBC with the levels of over-sexualisation branding people, especially the gay community, something he says he works in, as dirty and objectified as leering predators as his only selling point is not supportive to his cause. It leaves many to be ‘left out’ or misrepresented and the only gay community work Ben has done is posed for a calendar and be ‘gay friendly’ supporting equal rights. This is fine, but do not pledge you do so much when you do minimal and only strip off then say a couple of words. This is the unheard voices of the gay community to which we have strong links, as with many other community sources. His skills at dancing were often over-hyped and caused daft comments. If Ben ever wants a chat, our door is open. Of course, mainstream media will pounce in the only way they know how which adds nothing to your causes. Ben wants to participate in next year’s gay games. No doubt there will be a 2014 calendar, too. For now, that is all.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Week 9

Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Week  9

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Week 9 of the comeptition begins with the final looming nearer. Time to get stronger and better. No place for error without reprimand now.

Beginning the evening is,

Susanna and Kevin

Cha Cha

Hound Dog – Smokey Joe’s Cafe

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Susanna gave a good performance with leggy moments and a little sass, but is it enough for anyone to go out of their way to save her. It seems as though Reid is reaching her peak as she consistently enters a score of 7s -8s every week now from early stages of dazzling performance. Needs more gusto. Give a bit of oomph, style and swift sass. Decent but standard.

The Judges are back to give their comments with Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli with our professional score in brackets.

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Len – We’re getting down to the nitty gritty. Standard is high. Things overlooked in past, we’ll be picking up on. That’s what I’m looking for. Liked timing, mix of steps. Problem was leg action. Acceptable, gotta be much crisper.

Bruno – Your performances fly off the shelf like mince pies at Christmas. Wasn’t as pronounced as it could have been. Really get these hips going.

Craig – Really liked vampy beginning. Did not pop, sing, need to think about hyper extending your body. Little bit mumsy, darling.

Darcey – Just that technique. Difficult dance, just wasn’t yours tonight.

Wow SCD starting to be as professional as us? Shock. Susanna was decent but too safe.

7, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Ashley and Ola

Waltz

I will always love you

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Ashley and No-la

Strong start with romance in sway. Bit too daft staring as moving into eyes by Ashley over animated. Neck and face too stiff and focus on westerly air point. Decent music kick in spin, with good spin of Ola. Feet placed well. Arm average on spin, bit higher, maybe. Ends romatically well.

Bruno – You glided through it with incredible poise. Elegant.

Craig – Coped well with cross braising. Expressions very good. Your head driving me abso mad. Inclining to the right. Got to sort that out.

Darcey – So slick. You glided effortlessly. Craig’s right, when you tense up on turn, you do little tilt. Just relax.

Len – Like your initials, Attention To Detail. I thought you did a terrific dance. Head things little thing you gotta work on a tad.

8, 9, 9, 9 (7)

Natalie and Artem

Tango

Where Have You Been – Rihanna

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Good setting scene. Bit long getting into hold. Kept momentum of dance tension. Consistent attack in head turns. Keeping up with Artem well. Strong style and charisma. Sharp focus. Musicality could have been little better for contemporary Tango. Still very workable. Great leg through end.

Craig – Going to be really picky. Left hand facing up. Missed drama.

Darcey – Over exaggerate and push away further in top line. Only thing, would be perfection.

Len – You look like my favourite quality street. Lowered your head a little bit. Fabulous, well done.

Bruno – You set off like the Tango express. Fabulous!

9, 9, 9, 10 (9)

Mark and Iveta

Foxtrot

It’s a Beautiful Day – Michael Buble

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Good elegant start and style. Bit timid on spot. Needs more movement. Slowly walking back and forth. Good dip of Iveta bit lacking punch. Good pirouette from Iveta. Graceful pink flamingo with Mark a joy, but just very tame.

Dracey – Charming. Top line has improved. Would have liked to see more flow and travel.

Len – You’ve been trained but never tamed. Cheeky moments I like. Like a Dalek. You moved but no swing. Always fun to watch.

Bruno – Rise and shine. Bringing sun on Strictly. Kind of stopped a little bit in hold. Jolly and pleasant.

Craig – Missing -flow, movement, swing, sway. Too much side by side.

6, 8, 7, 7 (6)

Sophie and Brendan

Rumba

Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Amy Winehouse

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Watch out, Brendan doing a Rumba. Now he wants romance? He’s famed for Raunchy Rumbas, and sneaky lifts…

Shiver wen touched by stalking Brendan from behind. Cringeworthy Brendan whisks into hold spin around with tame and slow steps forward. Sophie spins into Brendan on spot again. Again outward and back. Legs off ground on toe spin technically a lift despite effort. Sophe spins around side to side again and again and again. Plain, empty and weak.

Len – tircky dance. Lacked little bit of flair.

Bruno – Totally agree. So pretty. I like my Rumba a bit raunchier.

Brendan – People think Rumba is about sex… It’s about a beautiful story.

Craig – Did like double spin. Found it a bit cold. Odd moments when you smile come away. In and Out.

Brendan moans as Sophie accepts critque.

Darcey – Missed sensuality. Looked a little shy.

Brendan moans again. I don’t want filthy, dirty Rumba’s master politician of Strictly Brendan adds. The man famed for making it raunchy to begin with.

7, 8, 8, 8 (6)

It was lacking with judges and yet overmarking succeeds.

It was a proper performance and that was a Rumba performance! Brendan do us all a favour and shut yer trap! Accept critique when it doesn’t work. Only reason you stay is because of your gracious celeb partners.

It’s “Big Ben time” Brucie utters once more. Ben is dressed in braces and already flexed his muscles at the start of the show for the gay and girls vote. Will the shame ever end?

Ben and Kristina

Charleston

No Diggity – Blackstreet

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Flexing muscles, Ben lifts weights as Kristina hops along and Ben robotically moves his arms with one step across to her. Lifts her weirdly. Horrid feet problems in steps. Lacking huge momentum and dull as dishwater. Almost drops Kristina on lift. Pushes Kristina along on splits floor after standing on spot. Moves muscles a bit more. Ends trampled on by Rihanoff.

The strongest man on earth! Has to be extremely sharp and tight. Could be little bit sharper. Guy of your size is wonderful what you do.

Craig – Wasn’t most electrifying. My heart bleeds for you darling. Lack any freedom of movement. This is what its about, quirkiness.

Darcey – Looked careful on you. Attack into those lifts was brilliant.

Len – Right on time. Swivel and lifts great. Needed bit more zuzz going on.

Tess – Come on Ben, show us your guns!

 

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(Poster boy Ben flexes as the caricature he is.)

6, 7, 7, 7 (5)

 

 

Abbey and Aljaz

Paso Doble

You Got The Love – Florence and The Machine

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Good start with Aljaz mirrored behind. Commanding role from Aljaz as Abbey supports well. Good dip down in corner. Strong, fast arm through followed by up point spin sharply. Circling Aljaz teasing with skirt waft. Good arm/elbow fight. Great contemporary Paso where sound of pin could be heard. Engaging, commanding but little stagnate in parts.

Craig – Thought your free arm was little loose. Little bit cutsey, loved the dance.

Darcey – Very difficult Paso. Would’ve liked stronger woman. Nice shapes. Wanted to see something different. More dramatic.

Len – On occasion you just lost a bit of control. Enjoyed dance., would like to see a little bit cleaner.

Bruno – Some things you did for a non dancer, really working incredibly hard. Cos of a few slips you put yourself down.

8, 8, 8, 8 (8)

 

Patrick and Anya

Viennese Waltz

A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion

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Windswept Anya quickly caught by Patrick in flurry of smooth, slow and tender spins. Very good connection. Leading Anya incredibly well. Great extend and pull into hold of Garnis by Patrick. Tidy feet. Stylistic poise in spin and dips of Anya. Taking strong attention to keeping feet on ground when pulled by Patrick. First class.

Darcey – I expect so much now. Pull it out next time please.

Len – Good movement, bad standing spins. Didn’t like ending thing. Ugly. Rushed. Not best but not worst.

Bruno – Shaming at end you crash landed. Such a shame. Messed up whole effect. wasn’t in dream anymore.

Craig – Never disappoint rhythmically. Unfortunately feet came off the floor and that became a lift, sadly.

Feet didn’t come off the floor as Anya is confused of. Ola and Iveta agree she had feet grounded.

8, 8, 8, 8 (9)

 

Danger Zone

Mark, Ben and Patrick

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Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Week 8 Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Week 8 Results: Blackpool

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Tonight’s glitzy results come live from the Blackpool Tower. The first couple making it through is – Susanna and Kevin. Also joining the show next week is – Abbey and Aljaz, Ashley and Ola. The first to grace the danceoff is – Mark and Iveta.

Andre Rieu

Music of the night

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Added with a tender routine with Anton and Iveta, Andreu Rieu gave yet another stunning performance without one note improper with his own orchestra. Flawless once again.

Len’s Lens

More round up came from the protruding lens. Nothing of interest was seen.

 

The rest of the results are revealed now by Tess. Making it through in the second batch of results is – Patrick and Anya, Sophie and Brendan and Natalie and Artem. The couple joining the bottom two for the danceoff is Fiona and Anton leaving Ben and Kristina homefree to next week.

 

JLS

Billion Lights

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The fourpiece boyband gave an extremely shouty and awkward song added with Marvin’s awful miming on offer. It was off key, had weird staging and was trying so desperately to have an electric sound which should not have been attempted. The R’n’B pop band should not do something they can’t handle. They are then overexposed as now. It didn’t work. Oh. And that Marvin is presenting Series three of The Voice UK soon. Now it become all so clear why they were there.

The dance off

Mark and Iveta dance off against Fiona and Anton. Both performances were once again the same as their performance earlier, however both looked more at ease this time round.

The vote has put both couples on equal par. It’s a tough call as to who should go. Fun with Mark or give Fiona another chance.  All in all, we would choose Fiona, ultimately to stay but its tight. To improve she needs to really go for it without too much seriousness in step approval.

The Judges Vote

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The judges now vote. In the event of a tie head judge Len, as always, will have the casting vote.

Craig – Couple I would like to save, Fiona and Anton.

Darcey – Like to save is Mark and Iveta.

Bruno – Couple like to save is Mark and Iveta.

Len – (Now has the deciding vote) – Very close thing. Gave them both 8’s. Danceoff you up your game or nerves. For that reason I’m going to save Mark and Iveta.

Bond Girl and Author Fiona Fullerton flutters away from the show. Fiona said of her parting ways the show was “like being a guest at the best party in the world.” She tanked Anton for being “unbeleivably patient.”

Anton gave praise to his golden-eye. “This show is made fun by the people we get to dance with. Lovely.”

Fullerton left with a grateful and cheerful end to the Strictly experience.

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Strictly Come Dancing, Week 8: Blackpool

Strictly Come Dancing, Week 8, Blackpool

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This week is the extravaganza build up that is Blackpool. Last year was Wembley, this year it’s back ‘upt north.’

Opening the floor with a loud pink and blue sass fest were the professionals and some young ballroom dancers to lift the mood of Strictly fun fest for its eighth week. With so much on the line who will raise their game and be booted off the tower? Get ready to catch the donkey ride home.

The BBC decided to spend much more of the taxpayers money on the celebrities being wheeled in on a platform and Sophie Ellis Bextor (among the other females) in a putrid green peacock costume. Was it really worth that much?

Out stroll our glam hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly to get the ball(room) rolling.

First up this week is…

Sophie and Brendan

Quickstep

The Lady Is A Tramp – Shirley Bassey

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The first thing we see is Sophie’s mum (again) wheeled out by the BBC for some tips on how to dance. Thanks for that unimportant tidbit.

Sophe begins stepping down the table to join Brendan in hold. Good start on the floor, carried by Brendan somewhat still. Little off time in middle of song. Stops slow for a moment in routine costing time. Runs around out of hold from Brendan only into arms of three human male props. Having multiple dancers to hide flaws is no level of success.

The judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussel, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli give their comments and scores, along with our professional mark in brackets.

Len – Full of intent. Hair wafting out. absolutely spot on.

Bruno – This lady definitely is not a tramp. You’re a tease. Full of character. Really, really nice. Check the top line.

Craig – I really loved the story. However, your top line thought you lost. Bit loose, jaggered. Storytelling absolutely phenomenal.

Darcey – You came alive. It was so beautiful.

7, 9, 9, 9 (6)

Brucie explains about the Shakespearian tragedy MacBeth. Funny, we send a Macbethian tweet of dialogue out two weeks ago. BBC are so clever aren’t they? As well as contradictory with their systematic levels of abuse. Anything spring to mind now then, now then?

Patrick and Anya

Samba

Copa Cabana – Barry Manilow

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Helped by two feather babes. Joins Anya quickly into strong hold. Shame of awkward malfunction slightly in hold from Garnis clothing with Patrick. Recovers quickly from Patrick. Leading well with Anya into spin around arm groove. Good rhythm. Strong presence on own as well as with Anya. Great show but a tad awks.

Dave Arch and his fabulous Orchestra were introduced for providing the excellent evening’s live sound.

Bruno – A blistering hot Samba. Captured the flavour so well. Variety of steps. Rhythm. Close to perfection except mess up and tiny incident. Stop me to give it the perfect score. One of the best male Samba dancers we ever had.

Craig – Think you are one of the best, just unfortunate it went horribly wrong. That could have been dazz-a-ling, darling.

Darcey – Extraordinary difficult dance. No gimmicks. Tiny, tiny fault. It was superb, well done.

Len – That’s not a Samba, it’s a Wamba! You just messed up one step. It was fantastic. You are a terrific dancer. Believe me.

8, 9, 9, 9 (8)

Tess – Go Coconuts!

It’s Big Ben time, Brucie informs. Smiley Ben is shown. Should he dance with his shirt off? Any ladies here? Bruce continues to pander the audience who predicatble reply with a slut fest with tongues hanging out letching. How sad of a common denominator are you?

Ben and Kristina

American Smooth

Fallin’ – Alicia Keys

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Ben’s preparation involved a game of Buckeroo and Twister. Saddle up, then.

Kristina was thrown forward by three males as Ben dances on spot to side movement only. One move Ben catches Kristina after the three other dancers lift her onto him. Ben carried by Kristina into arm flip around. Rihanoff runs into lift as Ben only stands and hoists up. Weak, lackluster and empty. As well as cheating with dancers there was no skill on offer here though Ben did however tick a couple of feet boxes in right place.

Craig – Big Ben is back. Very quick Viennese. Would’ve licked bit more out of hold. Vast improvement.

Darcey- Air and flow. What a tentative partner you are. Think about what your gonna do. Brilliant.

Len – Honestly, last week, I thought your Jive was fabulous.  When you’re out of hold gets bit too wimpy.

Bruno – Aw, Ben. Had such warmth. Most difficult part was a Viennese Waltz, which you did very well. Well done.

Of course, this week was the sympathy vote in the national press after Ben did the rounds stating he would dedicate this week to his late father and to ‘get the gays’ talking about wearing only his pants. Again. We don’t do any bull here. We are not here to tell biased accounts on sympathy. Everyone has a hard life. Cut the crap. Be a professional. If you impress on skill and merit, you will get the credit. But most media apart from us is too scared to be honest and professional, isn’t it?

8, 8,8, 8 (3)

Ashley and Ola

Paso Doble

You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi

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Slow in hold standing there only behind Ola. Focus on Ola skirt wafting only. No prominence. Slow legs crossover looking empty. Stamp of feet up on floor a lift. Naughty naughty. Another foot lift afterwards. Empty and nothing eventful whatsoever. Cowboy with open shirt will secure votes. Contemporary calamity with Paso Bore-ble.

Darcey – Had strong lines. Just would have loved a little bit more drama.

Len – I thought you got stronger and stronger. Speed and the stillness. Whip it and wait.

Bruno – Lone ranger is back with a vengeance. Plenty of thrust. Never lost the focus. I disagree with them. Thought you were on it. Could not take my eyes off you.

Craig – Cowboy defending himself with a cape doesn’t really do it for me. Idea bit bizarre, am into bizarre and extraordinary, and that was extraordinary.

8, 9, 9, 9, (4)

Looks like Len has forgotten the cheeky lifts observation from two weeks ago. Say something nice on Blackpool week, aye?

Fiona and Anton

American Smooth

Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

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After charismatic Anton stops shmoozing other female dancers, lifts Fiona into soft glide lift decently. Arms bit wayward. Kicks good. Clean lift flying skirt around by steps. Good partner work. Held own in end lift too, despite minor awkwardness. Fair, hard effort and elegant.

Len – Lifts, little bit economy. Had an air of style and class about it.

Bruno – VIP lounge! Elegant, very proper, dainty. When you change direction, you go ‘Ooh where’s my handbag?’ Anton is there. I thought you looked really good.

Craig – Liked to have seen bit smoother throughout. Last pivots, getting into last lift utter disaster as we all managed to witness. First class element – the soft shoe in the middle. Gorgeous.

Darcey – Lovely little details. Create nice lines. Only a couple of those things. Looks a little bit unfinished.

6, 7, 8, 8 (6)

Abbey and Aljaz

Quickstep

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

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In hold feet sweet. Good turns and in hold head pivots with arms. Kept up with run along trot strongly. Good hops on spot let down a tad with leg extension bit low. Recovered with strong symmetry legs bicycle kicking with Aljaz. Ends well on deck chairs.

Bruno – Champagne for Abbey! Unbelievable

Craig – Lot of gaping throughout. Frame loose throughout. Let it go completely. In Charleston sections dancing with both arms. These are minor details, I absolutely loved it.

Darcey – It was beautiful. You travelled with control.

Len – If you were a stick of Blackpool rock, you’d have talent in the middle. Speed, clarity of movement. That was good.

7, 10, 10, 10 (8)

This, of course is the week, in which Strictly votes its performers up to keep them in the contest for its preferred final from executives behind the scenes. Which, also costs them public votes in response. People are not that thick. It will also hurt Abbey as a dancer when further along.

Mark and Iveta

Jive

You Can’t Stop the Beat  – Hairspray

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Fast bouncy number gets mood going. Mark in hold with Iveta well for start. Hands and character keeping stead well. Fun shimmy’s along with style. Bit stalling though. Gets crowd clapping along well. Good walk around with Iveta. Spins of Iveta toward Mark good but not fully done by Benton.

Craig – little bit flat footed and stompy. Looked like you had flippers on end of your legs. Really looking for bit more technique. Loved Hairspray sector. Brilliant.

Darcey – Show stopping performance. Tried really hard. So much content.

Len – It was fun. Joy in performance. Big. Brash. Noisy and fabulous to watch.

Bruno – What you gave us is a fantastic ride. Feel good factor through the roof. Kicks and flicks could’ve been sharper.

5, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Susanna and Kevin

Paso Doble

Los Toreadors – From musical Carmen

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Foot stomping of matador Kevin slowly guides bullish Susanna to the floor into hold as the action begins. Strong start with spins and character. Bit timid in middle side to side with Kevin. Wafts skirt bit too much. Ends strong on arm swift interlocks before covered by huge red cape. Very strong skill but lacking a tough fire to get top marks.

Darcey – I loved it. You ate up the dance floor. The drama, the dynamics.

Len – Full of tasty morsels all the way through.

Bruno – Isssss Car-men! It was just… FAN-TAS-TIC!

Craig – Absolutely Fab-u-lous!

9, 10, 10, 10 (8)

BBC anchor Susanna said “I’m not a ten person.” You are in Blackpool, dear.

Natalie and Artem

Charleston

Bang Bang – will.i.am

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Natalie’s blackouts were explained after last week’s dramatic turn of events saw Natalie gain a bye for the week.

Gaining secret access, Artem struts up to podium sweetie Natalie. Working the funky footwork on the floor together with strong kick around head legs of Artem from Nat. Into hold well, but little stalling. Clearly week has affected confidence a little. Roll through from over shoulder of Artem very clean and tidy with consistent end.

Len – Spectacular.

Bruno – Your party could go on forever.

Craig – Loved modern twist. sen-sa-tion-al.

Darcey – Always beautiful details. Added something new, character and personality. Joy to watch.

9, 10, 10, 10

Ever predictable considering the over-marking but if this is the theme for a Blackpool/Wembley arena show, then what is the point? Keep it simple or just don’t bother as it dips into how your seen by others as a good show or not.

 

Danger zone

Who could face the bottom of the pack this week?

Fiona, Mark and Patrick

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Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Results, Week 6

SCD Week 6 Results

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The ever glam Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the results to reveal which dance couples will leave the show this week.

Revealed in “no particular order” the first couple safe is Patrick and Anya. Joining them to next week is Sophie and Brendan, Fiona and Anton, Ben and Kristina.

The first couple to fall into the dreaded dance off is Abbey and Aljaz.

Madness

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The dark and stylish Camden crew were called upon to give a spooky indie themed performance. As usual, it was a classic show from Suggs and the band to add to the professional dancers’ wacky Beetlejuice monochrome dwindling tunnel.

Len’s Lens

It’s time once more to peer down the all-seeing lens of Len, capturing all the unseen, juicy extras. Craig made it up the stairs this week with a sparkly crutch. Instantly shown was Ben Cohen’s naked chest body with the crowd screaming like a slut fest orgy.

Len commented on the lift abuses in Sophie and Brendan’s routine. Womaniser Brendan was shown trying to pounce on Darcey with his claw as she recoiled in horror telling him he had no chance.  Darcey and Bruno were shown with their congratulations of awarding the first ten to Natalie and Artem. (As did False Fabs.) Craig added she “wobbled” a bit which knocked her getting a ten. We agree with Craig, certain critique must be adhered to, but in this case her effortless rendition was deserving compared to the rest of the failing pack. Rachel was under the microscope with Craig who felt she earned her seven.

The results are back now as we find out who else has made it through to next week. Going through is Susanna and Kevin, Mark and Iveta, Natalie and Artem and Ashley and Ola.

The final couple facing the dance off is Rachel and Pasha leaving Dave and Karen to stride through to the lucky week number seven.

The dance off

Abbey and Aljaz

Rumba

Stay – Shakespeare’s Sister

It was clearly another near fautless performance from Abbey. The majority of the steps were touched and in a structured level as the previous evening.

Rachel and Pasha

American Smooth

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ – Jay Hawkins

Rachel gave a similar and good performance, with improvement from the evening, but cannot rely on this to carry her through on the final crucial vote off.

Judges Vote

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Craig – I would like to save Abbey and Aljaz.

Darcey – Both couples performed even better tonight. Couple I have to save is Abbey and Aljaz.

Bruno – Very difficult. I would like for Abbey and Aljaz to stay.

Len – Agreed. I would have saved Abbey and Aljaz.

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Times Up!

Talking of her time Rachel said “I haven’t cried until now. Really enjoyed tonight. Abbey’s just gorgeous. No shame in going out to her.” She also thanks Strictly for her experience. Pasha said “it was amazing to work with you. It’s been an absolute pleasure Riley responded to dance pro Pasha. Riley clocks off from the competition with praise from her fellow Strictly ‘family’ friends.

Reflection

On reflection we gave Abbey a 7 and Rachel a 6 which means that the pair of them were fairly equal performances on the night. But none of them were overly fascination or capturing audience imagination which has cost them votes in light of elderly grannies voting for Fiona, Gays and Women shameless voting for Ben, the comedy act Dave garnering fun votes ‘for a laugh’ and Sophie gaining the housewives sympathy votes of their ‘fantasy daughter.’ These are the problems that cost Strictly its reputation in terms of audience because it paves the way for such stupidity, most recent with Dave and Cohen. It’s time for the audience to start voting carefully on the dances and the competition instead of an ‘XFactor’ favouritism that Strictly is meant to avoid for fans.

Strictly Bingo!

Into Week 6 and our Bingo card is shaping up nicely. Come on Strictly, we need them all! Get a move on. Ben will be gone soon, so give us the shirt.

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