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.
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
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
I wanna be like you – The Jungle Book
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
Mamma Mia – ABBA
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
Take My Breath Away – Berlin
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
Don’t Rain on my Parade – Funny Girl
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
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 – Surprisingly 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
I Don’t Want to miss a thing – Aerosmith
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
Under The Sea – The Little Mermaid
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
America – West Side Story
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
The Godfather Waltz
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)
Tess is now front row with Denise Van Outen and (oh, again) Nick Grimshaw.
Pixie and Trent
Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast
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?
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
New York, New York – On the Town
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
The Way you look tonight – Swing Time
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
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
(In no particular order)
Tim, Judy and Scott