Strictly Come Dancing, Week 3 Results

Strictly Results 2014, Week 3

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The results are in. The couples saved for next week in no particular order are Pixie and Trent, Jake and Janette, Alison and Aljaz, Mark and Karen, Sunetra and Brendan and Tim and Natalie.

The first couple in the dance off is – (Shock!) It’s Simon and Kristina.Not really shocking to be honest. Over-concentration on routine and missing it as well as losing out to the other hunks like Mark Wright, why would they vote for him? Can’t expect tame performances to carry through.

 

Donny Osmond

Moon River

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I thought he was judging? That’s over now, so time to flog a new album with a performance. It was good, but if this is the judges place for a plug of album, what’s the point.

Len over salivating over Frankie’s shaping. Darcey looked back on Simon’s non-risky Rumba. Craig re-assessed the lunacy of Mark Wright’s playground antics on the floor. Of course, Scott’s silly lobster and Steve cheesy chimping around was reviewed. We also saw Anton’s power scream as he rotated Judy. Whatever gets you going. Don’t do a Fiona Fullerton mid-dance. ūüėģ

The results are back, in no order. Safe again are Caroline and Pasha. Also through are sympathy vote Scott and Joanne. Coming back are Frankie and Kevin, Steve and Ola and Thom and Iveta.

The couple in the dance off are Jennifer and Tristan leaving lousy Judy and Anton safe to next week.

Jennifer and Tristan

Foxtrot

Mamma Mia – ABBA

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If only new dancing hot stuff Tristan took his clothes off, he might have got through a few more weeks. It’s shamefully how the audience vote now.

Simon and Kristina

Rumba

Take my breath away – Berlin

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The Judges Vote

 

Craig – Simon and Kristina.

Darcey – Couple like to save. Simon and Kristina.

Donny – Simon and Kristina.

Bruno – I agree. Simon and Kristina.

Len – I do indeed, Simon and Kristina.

Jennifer and Tristan became the second couple to graciously leave the show.

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Jennifer thanked Tristan “like one of the family.” Tristan had a good craic about Jen and added it “was a pleasure.”

For all those who didn’t get a chance here’s one of Trist formerly on the US version, Dancing With The Stars.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 3: Movie Week

Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 3: Movie Week

Tonight the second elimination week begins on Strictly. As ever the judges scores from Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussel, guest Donny Osmond, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli are given to the performances with ours in brackets.

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There’s a new judge in town! No, not FalseFabs, BBC were too useless to spot a great opportunity, but Donny Osmond instead. Osmond, popular for his singing family career, will join the judges as a guest judge tonight. To make matters worse, its a themed ‘Movie Week.’ Expect some Cuban Pete boots tonight? Definitely expect idiotic song choices based on the celeb’s ‘personalities.’ Chance will be a fine thing. This is getting as bad as X Factor now. Therefore, job failed.

Up first this evening are ….

Alison and Aljaz

Jive

Footloose

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Tonight it’s Ali-Jazz hands. Spritey number with great kicks and exuberance. Another fair act, with middle table regions. Is doing okay with a hit and miss approach, but now requires something else to boost her up a notch. Aljaz’s feet very super fast and exposed Alison a tad, but she kept up with them very well, all the same. Enjoyable, but missing some bits here and there. Tough dance to command.

4, 5 , 7, 6, 6 (6)

Steve and Ola

Quickstep

I wanna be like you – The Jungle Book

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Leopard skin top and a swing on a Jungle vine. Boyish. Juvenile. Awkward and stiff. Unrelaxed. Steve cannot find his place.

Bruno – Difficult footwork and only three mistakes.

No time for Len’s comment.

6, 7, 6, 7, 8  (5)

Jennifer and Tristan

Foxtrot

Mamma Mia – ABBA

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Doesn’t look relaxed at all. Was fair for second elimination dance but needs to improve drastically in future. Too stiff and awkward in concentration of the steps than doing the dance. Singing along to tune to help might relax her routine but routine suffered as result.

Craig – Haphazzard and all over the place.

Donny – Nice and safe.

3, 5, 5, 5, 5 (5)

Simon and Kristina

Rumba

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

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Simon takes his glasses off as he stares at camera. Silly girls woo with love over no start. Lame audience. Kristina arrives in white shirt and open body portion frills. The dance became no frills with slow and empty dance, watered down. No feel of romance involved. No love or connect between pair. Nothing in there.

Darcey – In constant pursuit of Kristina all way through, just beautiful. Wanted that to carry through. Broken up a little too much.

Donny – All about the hips. Make them work a little bit more. When Kristina went down and grabbed your thighs! Ohhh!

Len – You have got so much as a dancer. Your thinking about whats coming next. You lose few leads early own. Good line, nice feeling. Could have more hip action. Look at what your doing, come back something else.

Bruno – I’m gonna be tough on you. I want the hips to do the talking. Have to go behind the meaning of the word.

Craig – Didn’t really see any hips to be frank. Cold of passion. Only my opinion.

4, 6, 7, 6, 7 (4)

Judy and Anton

Quickstep

Don’t Rain on my Parade – Funny Girl

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Trying to get rhythm at start with hip sway. Stands on floor waiting to minor step with Anton. Walking around in hold. Feet loosely all over place. Couple of walking twirls. Little lift up spin by Anton for public cheer. Simply has not got it. No dance aptitude but will get granny votes to stay in for weeks. Illegal lift inserted. Rule breaks not allowed, either. Loss of point. Cheating is bad.

Donny – Felt a little unrehearsed to me.

Len – Judy you were fine. Anton you’ve gotta improved.

Bruno – Once you start to put a foot wrong you become rigid. Control it more. He can’t do it all for you.

Craig – One foot to remain on floor all times. So pleased you put an illegal lift in, was best part of dance. Rigormortis, darling.

Darcey – You look like a glamourous film star. Looks like you had fun.

3, 5, 5, 5, 5 (2)

Tim and Natalie

Charleston

Cabaret theme

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Very good start and move to the floor. Bit slow, but is second dance for votes. Good lindy hops from Natalie but not from Tim. Good feet togetherness but too much concentration in fast moving dance. Too many key elements missed.

Len – Not finest moment but came out and gave it a go.

Bruno – Threw all money into character and lost technique. Has to be on time. That’s all.

Craig – No amount of money darling will change what just happened. Liked stylisation, character. Into Charleston, complete and utter disaster.

Darcey РSurprisingly nimble. Lot character not a lot dance. Cleaner and more precise. Free dance, but has to have some technique.

Donny – Very charming. More like comedy routine than Charleston.

2, 5, 5, 5, 5 (4)

Tess avoids Claudia trying to feed her some comical treat with popcorn. The unexpected hilarity saw Claude throw a piece of popcorn at Tess, landing down her cleavage. Surprisingly good.

Caroline and Pasha

Rumba

I Don’t Want to miss a thing – Aerosmith

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Pasha might be good at dancing, but leave acting to others, bud. American astronaut Pasha flaunts open chest with a flowing, draped glitzy Flack. Good beginning with decent hold together. Good spins around. Decent level of romance. Always easier for females to stand and shimmy. Still good. Could be more refined and less about the steps box ticking. Very good performance all the same. Finest dance of Flack, but fairly easy in regard.

Bruno – Steaming baby. Connection and intention. Never faultering. Almost perfect. Tiny little stumble.

Craig – Though little bit punchy. Transitions could be little bit smoother. Being picky. Loved it.

Darcey – Supported promenades. Well done.

Donny – Yeah baby! Didn’t break attitude once.

Len – For me, absolutely terrific. Needed more hip action. Very accomplished performance.

Tess – Off to the Claudeatorium. (Predictable.)

8, 8, 9, 8, 9 (8)

Scott and Joanne

Samba

Under The Sea – The Little Mermaid

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Wishy washy BS. He’s not taking this seriously. Comedy song wont win big. Cheese fest.The Hoff came to the rescue as Scott phoned him out of the blue. Hoff was out first week on the US version.

Scott plods along as a lobster in make-up to pick up Ariel Joanne. Walks around with open arms as Joanne works around him. Scott jitters long with feet as if walking down the street. Horrible shake of shoulders. Again repetitive centre facing camera, side by side, dance. Never going to get any better. Same ol’ hoorah. Empty. Wardrobe malfunction, lobster falls off for Scott.

Craig – Lobster on acid. Can’t think of any other words to describe that.

Darcey – Too flat footed. Bit ploddy. Didn’t look like a Samba.

Donny – I don’t care, I loved it. Dancing was all over the place.

Len – Something fishy about that technique. Fun, entertaining.

Bruno – The crab is off menu. Wobbly. All over the place.

2, 5, 7, 5, 6 (2)

If Donny had any credibility, it sure was ruined now.

Frankie and Kevin

Paso Doble

America – West Side Story

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Brought to floor from prop was lift. Loss of point. Good into hold around floor. Bit all too Kevin at this point in move around. Requires both. Frankie has good skirt sways, but that’s her only main focus to cover up flaws. Not much dancing from Frankie, despite over enhanced people liking her as a personality. Timid.

Darcey – You’re on fire. Didn’t think you had it in you to be fiesty woman.

Donny – Remake? You are the perfect Maria.

Len – Best done, well done.

Bruno – Combined all correct recipes. Never lost Paso Doble style. Stance. Beautiful job.

Craig – Completely and totally agree with the panel. Absolutely dynamic. Brilliant.

8, 9, 10, 9, 9 (6)

Okay Donny, you can leave now.

Jake and Janette

Waltz

The Godfather Waltz

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Good start. Careful and smooth interactions into hold. Tone set perfectly. Captivating all eyes on pair. Made to be seamless. Great little moments of movement from Janette to seem easy. Powerful connection. Could use bit more from Jake though, as felt missing something more compared to other dances.

The BBC’s pathetic handling of its accounts for years and weeks, most noticeably its Twitter, has decided to not post pics of Jake dancing. It’s like they actually enjoy scuppering themselves for daft own make up pics. We don’t care, we’ll find another pic, but it makes BBC look ridiculous and sad. Typically it’s a young, inexperienced teen girl behind the account. Oh well.

Donny– Posture. Thought great performance.

Len – Make you offer you can’t refuse. Get sway. Waltz is a big flowing dance. Lacking. Good footwork, no mistakes.

Bruno – I like Waltz filled with darkness. Played it like an Argentine Tango. Power behind character. More flow. Loved quirky feel.

Craig – Completely with Bruno on that one. Pleased it was theatrical. Too much spring and sway would’ve taken that away.

(Len) It was a Waltz, has to have rise and fall.

Craig -I loved it.

Darcey – Incredible and deadly Waltz. So hard to control. Get into character so naturally. Shoulders, when pivot and turn, watch that.

8, 8, 8, 8, 8 (8)

Interval

Tess is now front row with Denise Van Outen and (oh, again) Nick Grimshaw.

Pixie and Trent

Quickstep

Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast

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Very good start from Trent with Pixie travelling along. Pixie starts to gain flow soon after, adding to partnership. Good feet and bobbing along. High kicks. Bit too fast for feet in part, but up-kept well. End on floor decent. Very good overall, but more showy than technical. Thanks to Trent for not dressing up like a stereotypical idiotic beast costume.

Len – Was my cup of tea.

Bruno – Really captured the beasty magic.

Craig – Amount of detail is extraordinary. Loved double pirouette. Light and bright. Out of time, sadly.

Darcey – Long feet, gotta point them.

Donny – Wonderful job.

7, 9, 9, 9, 9 (7)

Nine’s? What lunacy is this?

Tess: Seven?!

Stop the caricature, luv. It’s not good to be ‘everyone’s favourites’ with no real grace or buzz to carry off.

Thom and Iveta

Charleston

New York, New York – On the Town

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Iveta: Thom looks great as a Sailor.

Sailor Thommy Boy joins the frolics on the floor with good character and hand movements. Could be bit more sharper than throwaway, but decent enough. Good footing. Playful arm sways. Fun bench works. Great double lift up, kick extensions. Smooth and fluid arms in fast pace pick up. End on high note tilt catch lift. Fab-u-lous!

Bruno – Thom. Let’s sail away. I feel the tide is turning. Got to see personality tonight. Timing was almost good, until end, went on wrong foot. Totally believable, appropriate. Best performance yet.

Craig – Lot of difficult rhythm changes in dance. Brilliant throughout. Nice little ab workout on the bench. Very good.

Darcey – Wasn’t expecting that. Determination. Only thing distracts me is the mouth. Don’t be cute. You’re a man, dance like one.

Donny – Straighten up. Hunched shoulders, lose balance. Great performance.

Len – Week 1 got a 6. Week 2 got a seven. Week 3. Wait and see.

7, 8, 7, 8, 8 (8)

Sunetra and Brendan

American Smooth

The Way you look tonight – Swing Time

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Good start with arms into hold. Too long on one instance though. Good swing up legs lift. Fair character with feet together well. Great spin around lift in air showcasing gold shoes. Brendan loves cheeky lifts. Needs more focus on Sunetra as less parade to camera and more in connection with partner in dance.

Craig – Smooth and confident. Beautiful arms. Body contact. Terrific.

Darcey – Light, controlled it, glamourous.

Donny – Had a smile on my face. Smooth and silky. Little Ginger Rogers in you tonight.

Len – Style with a smile. Class and sophistication.

Bruno – Movement was great. Right amount of elegance. Have to watch underarm turn. Think about it.

7, 8, 8, 9, 8 (8)

Mark and Karen

Paso Doble

Superman theme

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We want to say something good about Karen, but we can’t seem to find it. Her choreography is very stupid, childish and pitiful. Always a ‘thing’ and not a dance. This week, it’s Supermaning a moron like Mark Wright.

“HELP!” Karen is falling off a building ledge. Mark changes in a London phone box as Karen falls to floor. Running around in a cape like a goon with a symbol on the front, Mark stands and watches Karen move around him whilst holding her to seem like he’s dancing with her. She falls around the floor. Mark in a tee-shirt and jeans again, flings Karen and nearly falls over the floor. Then he stands on the stage to be lifted up in a smoke burst. Pathetic. Strictly really is losing its edge to be more ‘X Factor’ idiocy.

Darcey – Weirdly enjoyable. Sadly not too superhero for me tonight. Only saw two pelvic… Bit odd. In hold, gapping wasn’t convincing.

Donny – I don’t care. You are Superman! I loved it.

Len – Came out full on. Gotta be aggressive. Went bit over the top.

Bruno – Tight pants or Kryptonite. Paso-nice. For some strange reason I quite liked it.

Craig – Bit stiff, lacks any sort of shaping.

6, 6, 9, 7, 7 (3)

Okay Donny, GTFO!

Strictly’s guest judge thing did not work. Was it because of Donny, or was it because of the BBC trying to show off? Either way we’ll see if another can be better or not. Should’ve been us.

Best dance of the Week?

Caroline and Pasha

Danger Zone

(In no particular order)

Tim, Judy and Scott

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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 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 РFelt 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 Р 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 РMajor 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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