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 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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Examiner

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 2

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 2

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

 

Thom & Iveta

Salsa

Hot Hot Hot – Arrow

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

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

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

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

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

5, 7, 7, 6 (7)

Jennifer & Tristan

Waltz

Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

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

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

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

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

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

4, 5, 5, 5 (5)

 

Simon & Kristina

Tango

Sing – Ed Sheeran

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

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

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

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

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

5, 7, 7, 7 (5)

 

Gregg & Aliona

Charleston

Hey Good Lookin’ – Ray Charles

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

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

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

Bruno – Lovely fluffy eclair.

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

3, 5, 5, 5 (1)

 

Alison & Aljaz

Foxtrot

I Just Wanna Make Love to You – Etta James

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

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

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

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

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

5, 5, 6, 6 (5)

 

 

Empty moment

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

 

 

 

Jake & Janette

Salsa

Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

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

Bruno – Undiluted, full on fun time!

Craig – Darling that hip action could crack coconuts.

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

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

8, 9, 9, 9 (9)

 

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

 

Judy & Anton

Cha Cha

She’s a Lady – Tom Jones

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

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

Darcey – Shame you went out of sync.

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

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

2, 5, 5, 5 (1)

 

Caroline & Pasha

Tango

Blame – Calvin Harris feat. John Newman

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

Darcey – Fierce. Take effort in shoulders.

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

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

Craig – Well done.

7, 7, 7, 8 (7)

 

Tim & Natalie

Waltz

When You Wish Upon a Star

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

Len – It was charming.

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

Craig – Started beautifully. Did use floor beautifully.

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

5, 6, 6, 6 (6)

 

Sunetra & Brendan

Cha Cha

Million Dollar Bill – Whitney Houston

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

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

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

(Brendan moans, again)

Darcey – One glamorous lady on that floor.

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

6, 6, 7, 7 (6)

 

Mark & Karen

American Smooth

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

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

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

Craig – Arm not connected.

(Bruno disagrees with interruption.)

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

Darcey – Smooth in hold.

Len – Onward and upward.

6, 7, 7, 7 (3)

 

Scott & Joanne

Tango

Stop – The Spice Girls

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

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

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

Len – Light and gentle. better than last week.

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

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

4, 5, 6, 5 (2)

Pixie & Trent

Waltz

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

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

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

Bruno РPrincess Pixie. Strictly devine.

Craig – Does make a fantastic partnership. Beautiful dance.

Darcey – One beautiful performance.

 

8, 9, 9, 9 (8)

 

Steve & Ola

Cha Cha

Treasure  РBruno Mars

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

Bruno – Footwork was bit muddy.

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

Darcey – Working very hard at extending those arms.

Len – Wrapped up in the moment.

3, 6, 6, 6 (3)

 

Frankie & Kevin

Charleston

Happy Days – Norman Gimble and Charles Fox

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

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

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

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

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

7, 7, 8, 8 (7)

 

Best dance of the week?

Jake and Janette

 

Danger Zone

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

Judy, Gregg and Scott

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STRICTLY COME DANCING 2014: WEEK 1, PART 2

Strictly Come Dancing 2014:

Week 1, Part 2

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

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

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

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer

Cha Cha

I’m Your Man – Wham!

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

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

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

Bruno – Energy overrode finesse of steps. Control energy.

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

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

5, 7, 6, 6 (2)

Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec

Cha Cha

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan

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

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

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

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

Darcey – Infectious. Polish that footwork.

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

6, 6, 7, 7 (7)

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan

Tango

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

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

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

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

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

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

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

6, 6, 7, 7 (4)

Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus

Jive

Happy – Pharrell Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

3, 5, 5, 5 (4)

 Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute

Waltz

You Raise Me Up – Westlife

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

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

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

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

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

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

5, 6, 6, 6 (7)

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole

Tango

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

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

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

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

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

(Brendan mouths off again.)

Darcey – Kept energy from beginning till the end.

Len 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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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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