Strictly Come Dancing Results: Week 5

Strictly Results: Week 5

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The fourth couple will be leaving the show tonight as Tess and Claudia have the results.

The first couple saved are (in no particular order) – Pixie and Trent. Also safe are Steve and Ola, Sunetra and Brendan, Caroline and Pasha and Scott and Joanne.

The first to fall into the bottom two is – Thom and Iveta.

Culture Club

Karma Chameleon

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Boy George and his Culture Club crew returned to belt out one of their classic tracks. George made an effort to sequin up his hat as the band looked once again outstanding and timeless as a true musical group.

Len’s Lens

More comedy moments were looked at through the lens with Claudia and the judges.

The rest of the results are back. Through to next week (in no particular order) are – Jake and Janette, Frankie and Kevin, Alison and Aljaz and Judy and Anton.

Joining the dance off are Simon and Kristina, leaving Mark and Karen to sail into next week.

The dance off

Thom and Iveta

Cha Cha

It’s My Party – Jessie J

From the start Thom loosens attitude and lets self go in controlled manner well. Fluid and less stiff second time around. More groovy and less concentrating on floor helping dance better than previous attempt. Learning on journey and always developing better. Gave much better performance second time around.

Simon and Kristina

Viennese Waltz

Somebody to Love – Queen

Attempt to work well but wobbly turns. Too rigid, stiff and one dimensional focus, despite effort. Awkward turn around grabs and lacking commanding role as lead. Sadly cannot really progress further. Too big a song for clumsy routine.

The Judges Vote

In the event of a tie, head judge Len Goodman has the casting vote.

Craig – Nasty one cos I like both couples equally. Going to save Thom and Iveta.

Darcey – Also dont think we should choose between both. Couple save is Thom and Iveta.

Bruno – Up to me, both would stay. Most polished of the two were, Simon and Kristina.

Len – Look at footwork and feet. Couple with cleanest footwork, Simon and Kristina.

Sin Binned

Gorgeous couple Thom and Iveta leave as fourth contestants on the out.

Gorgeous couple Thom and Iveta leave as fourth contestants on the out.

Thom said of his experience on the dancefloor:-

Experience exceeded all my expectations. Thom also had a glowing endorsement of partner Iveta.

Thom – Want to thank Iveta. Couldn’t have worked harder. Want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Iveta – You’ve changed so much. Joy to watch that big change. Dancing is not the job its my lifestyle, my love. I love seeing that in you.

Looks like the gays saved loser Scott and instead forgot about losing their hunk of the show. You live and learn. As for Len and Bruno, serious doubt is on them as judges that are credible with voting principals to seem less obvious.

Next week is the Halloween special. Some people could be going under. Stakes are out and higher than ever.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 5

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 5

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The four who score are back as the judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli take to their judging chairs. As ever our scores are in brackets. Next week is the Halloween special so the stakes (hah!) are high.

Jake and Janette

Quickstep

I’m Still Standing – Elton John

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Good start in rush to floor choreography wise. Good trot along. Consistent with musicality. Playful leg along quirks. Good back leg kick out lift of Janette. Great spin around with control. Leading man, but in trouble of becoming too safe and boring. Needs bit of oomph from previous weeks to really buzz back to top.

Len – Hold as it went trough lost a bit. First out sets the bar.

Bruno – Have to watch the top line.

Craig – Using frame to do dancing instead of legs leading it.

Darcey – So much footwork going on there. Wonderful.

7, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Sunetra and Brendan

Vienesse Waltz

Anyone who had a Heart – Cilla Black

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Returning from last week’s mishap as ‘Brendan c**k’ole’ Sunetra attempts to dazzle again. Sparkly frame on wardrobe adds to the grace of movemet around the floor. Good extended footwork. Timid and controlled. Following direction well, but clearly a ‘follow routine’ poise than commanding role. Needs for stomp on confidence as leading lady in partnership. Very well performaded with gracious attitude.

Bruno – Way you placed her. Habit of rising your shoulders.

(Brendan moans.)

Craig – Loved double spin into hold. That takes some doing. Tendency to look down. Extend line little bit ore. Absolutely beautiful.

Darcey – You look very comfortable. It’ only when you come out of hold. Finish those lines.

Len – I thought it was terrific. Kept your poise.

7, 7, 8, 8 (7)

Scott and Joanne

Charleston

Flash Bang Wallop – Tommy Steele

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Tess tries to make Craig crack a smile after Scott will become a photographer for this dance. Great, it worked. Now, can Tess try to be less caricature and less wooden?

Scott takes Joanne’s pic and stands and smiles. Scott stomps his feet up and down to comedy music. Stand on the spot dancing again since first week continually. Scott can’t lift Joanne from ground doing all work around him. Fall back on floor into the oops upside your head house party boat thing. Stupid. Daft over shoulder lift lugging Joanne who kicks leg to music. Pathetic, tame and useless.

Craig – Positively elatious. Absolutely no attempt whatsoever. Feet never came together once. A three year old could have done that better. You put some personality in it.

Darcey – Weirdly pulled this off. Cheeky character. Couple moments you couldn’t pick lovely Jo up.

Len – Got through it. It was fun.

Bruno – Your dance skills are unique. Undefinable. You could be the lovechild of Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant. (Not really, because they both were fun and entertaining, not wishy-washy idiots who don’t try.)

4, 5, 5, 5 (2)

Thom and Iveta

Cha Cha

It’s My Party – Jessie J

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Thom and his brother settled the tips exchange with an arm wrestle and an N-Sync dance off.

Thom starts getting the bum and hips moving well. Good drop down connections with Iveta. Tough transition for Thom to floor as looking bit stiff in dancing. Needs to let it fully go and forget about being judged as losing it on the floor. Good recovery, trying to get into it. Not greatest musicality, to be fair. Still very consistent and improving constantly.

Darcey – Worried you weren’t going to warm in the dance. Difficult dance. Upped your performance.

Len – Occasionally didn’t know what to do with your arms. Having said that, performed it strongly. Lots of hip action.

Bruno – Who wouldn’t party with Thom. Toyboy for every occasion. Your personality becomes more engaging. Looked like a Salsa more than a Cha Cha Cha. Didn’t quite work. Salsa disco.

Craig – Thought it was all pigeon toed. Trying technical side too hard. Rhythm very very good. Quite marvelous at grinding.

6, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Frankie and Kevin

Foxtrot

Daydream Believer – The Monkees

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Good sweet start. Smooth into hold guidance from Kevin. Bit empty and boring in middle of going around floor. Looking little lost. Quite easy out of hold hand moments. Felt too cheap in hold carried by Kevin. Hiding away than dancing effectively.

Len – Floated across floor like butter on a hot crumpet. Work little bit more on getting body away from Kevin. I know he’s hunky.

Bruno – Content in middle was proper foxtrot. Have to arch back. Gives better line.

Craig – Opening very sweet. Wholesome performance. Go for a bit more of extreme in top line. Thought was enchanting.

Darcey – Just looked too comfortable.

8, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Alison and Aljaz

Tango

Addicted to You – Avicii

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Instant character setting tone. Commands Aljaz well as he does her. Very clean footwork. Keeping theme of dance apparent. Smooth and controlled rotations. Good leg extension. Smooth and controlled contemporary tango. Only lacking bit of faster oomph and sharpness, but very well overall.

Bruno – Definitely integed. Put a monumental effort in there. Like watching an Opera. A very technical dance. Got to be much much sharper.

Craig – Quite the opposite to be honest. Lacked drama. Soft around edges. For-ev-err to get into hold. Felt was dance of sections. Don’t think it was your dance.

Aljaz– My fault.

Alison – Like what you’ve got to say, Craig, so will take that on board, Babe.

Darcey – Suited the dance. Strong, determined performance.

Len – Did take while to get started. Pro’s have to get best out of partner. Exactly what you did. Was a bit of drama going on.

5, 6, 6, 6 (7)

Claudia comes dressed for Halloween early with a sheet and fangs. Yet, she still manages to prove the thrill for Strictly. “Put them in!” Claudia yells as she tries to push ’em in Tess’s gob.

 

Mark and Karen

Samba

That’s the way I like it – KC and The Sunshine Band

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Bellend Mark decided to show Karen some moves down Faces nightclub in Essex. You mugs.

Mark wiggles his willie and bum to get some cheap thrills for votes. On floor follows everything Karen does and does not lead. Shows off on sex appeal flaunting own vanity. Sits on floor gyrating crotch. Glad to see we’ve moved on from the ghost of Jimmy Savile. Mark mimicing Karen and not leading at all. Cheap, shaking body and no actual dancing. No surprise they were in bottom two last week. Simply sad.

Craig – Could have done without all that vulllgar dancing.

Darcey – You can give John Travolta a run for his money. (Really?)

Len – Did exactly what had to do when in dance off.

Bruno – You’re a natural. Talk about the way you work your bum.

8, 9, 8, 8 (2) (Over-marking by producers to keep in a ‘favourite’ for finance. Pathetic and systemic.)

 

Simon and Kristina

Viennese Waltz

Somebody to Love – Queen

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You never use a Queen song when you can’t carry it.

Simon smiles as he glides along, with smoke hiding feet as Kristina sings along. Risky, all over the place and completely retarded. Pitiful performance lacking everything necessary to complement a dance and ticked boxes again or fourth week running to get the steps cleared. Lame.

Darcey – Become elegant. Would’ve liked it smoother.

Len – Didn’t think performance was overly classy. Hectic. Lacked lyrical movement.

Bruno – Very very difficult. Don’t bounce it.

Craig – You’re right thumb was up. That said it all darling.

7, 7, 7, 7 (5)

Judy and Anton

Charleston

Varsity Drag – Pasadena Roof Orchestra

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Judy rows a boat then jumps with dancing on the spot with her paddle. Empty. Nothing going on. Swims on Anton’s back, saying it all there. Lifts up by Anton with a star jump. Ends on Anton’s shoulders to mask failures at dancing. No dancing at all. One of her famous sons shown in audience. (Andy’s busy overseas.)

Len – Always having so much fun.

Bruno – Bit like the Titanic of Charleston. (Jumps out of seat) Enjoyed it.

Craig – Fairly decent. Liked swim thing. Wasn’t ounce of swivel. Timing appalling.

Darcey – Shame you got out of rhythm in couple of places.

3, 5, 5, 5 (3)

Caroline and Pasha

Paso Doble

Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings

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Joint cape work to start okay but not thrilling. Yellow and purple UKIP cape Caroline starts moving around the floor well, but freely. Bit watered-down and more about presentation than both that and dance. Bit tacky but fair.

Bruno – Loved passion and drama. I think I’m turning.

Craig – Only but agree. Heavy, used every accent in music to advantage.

Darcey – Detailed fingers.

Len – From Russia with love. Would’ve liked more shaping. Fantastic.

8, 9, 8, 9 (8)

Steve and Ola

Waltz

I wonder why – Curtis Stigers

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Ola walks up to Steve at fountain. Shouldn’t it have been other way around? Steve from behind pulls Ola back and out of way in middle of dance. No connection with partner. Hard concentration causing problems. Shaky moments from spins. Cuddles Ola to end. As pale as Ola’s dress.

Craig – Lovely seeing a gentle soft side to your dancing. Get thumbs down.

Darcey – Not expecting you to understand that grace and elegance. Led Ola effortlessly.

Len – Kept wide frame. Well done.

Bruno – Romantic lead.

7, 8, 7, 8 (4)

Pixie and Trent

Samba

I Yi Yi Yi Yi – Edmundo Ros

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Pixie has literally got flowers in her hair. Channeling Paloma Faith’s fruit cocktail bandanna years ago (which was great) Pix is going all Copa.

Pix flaunts her boobies as she moves to the floor. Flamenco-ish sound was tad juvenile and sounded echoey cheap thrill. Slowed down dance routine. Good arm arounds. Felt bit distilled and empty in places though. Needed more passion and groove. Looked to easy and careless. Flat.

Darcey – Gave it your all.

Len – Full of fun, energy. Terrific.

Bruno – Tooti Fruti extravaganza.

Craig – Still getting over opening look, those shimmy’s. Isolation excellent. Amazing.

8, 9, 9, 9 (7)

Best dance of the night?

For the third week running (and by default) is –

Caroline and Pasha

Danger zone

(in no particular order)

Steve, Scott and Simon

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 4 Results

Strictly 2014 Results, Week 4

Launch Show

Tonight’s third dancing celebrity will leave the competition as the results are in. As ever the judges, Claudia and Tess have the results.

Safe for the next week are, in no particular order, –  Thom and Iveta. Also joining the crew are – Sunetra and Brendan, Caroline and Pasha, Simon and Kristina, Judy and Anton.

The first couple in the danceoff is – Mark and Karen. (Hallelujah!)

 

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

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For the first time on British tele come the amazing duo of Bennett and Gaga. A flawless jazz emsemble from the veteran and the skilled pop diva showing worldcalss vocals tonight. Two of the best in the business of music. Cha Cha for Gaga!

 

Len’s Lens

Some more chatter down Len’s Lens about the acts was next.

 

The rest of the results are revealed now. The rest going through in no particular order are, – Steve and Ola, Jake and Janette, Pixie and Trent, Frankie and Kevin, Alison and Aljaz.

The couple in the bottom two to dance again is Tim and Natalie leaving Scott and Joanne to coast through another week.

 

The dance off

 

Mark and Karen

Quickstep

Tiger Feet – Mud

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Still cheesy, still limp and still slow ploddy feet. Cannot dance and should go but is likely to get saved due to ‘not one of the favourite lookers as a contender’ to go so early to an old bloke with style. No spark to interest in dance.

 

 

Tim and Natalie

Paso Doble

The Best – Tina Turner

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Better footwork, stronger grace. Kept command. Great posture for 64 years old. Has a lot of dance credentials and did more dancing than many ‘favourites’ in the show. Better than Mark and Karen but likely to leave due to age.

 

The Judges Vote

Craig – Mark and Karen.

Darcey – The couple I would like to save is Mark and Karen.

Bruno – White Knight. Mark and Karen.

Len – No time to ask him.

Its a great treat to be on a programme. Cannot tell you what a wonderful thing this whole programme is. Thank You to my lovely Nat. Tim and Natalie bow out gracefully with great attitude.

Bargin bin! Tim and Nat leave the show tonight.

Bargin bin! Tim and Nat leave the show tonight.

 

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Week 4

Strictly Come Dancing, Week 4

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Tonight the Strictly showcase gets underway for the fourth week losing the third couple from the contest following Sunday.

As ever hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are joined by the ever outstanding Dave Arch and his Orchestra. The judges are back to with Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli with their scores below. Ours will be added in brackets.

Frankie and Kevin

Cha Cha

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

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Fair sashay. Arms okay but stagnant. Good movement around floor but too timid still. Shows offs legs, but lack of partnership on floor. Looked like two randoms dancing. Limp ad boring despite steps being there.

Len – Your foot controls your leg, which controls you hip. Little bit loose. But Kevin, Happy Birthday.

Bruno – Have to press through ball of foot.

Craig – Right arm unplaced. Need straighter legs. Expressive hands, I loved it.

Darcey – Sleek and clean. (Darcey dear, don’t copy our critique when you cant carry it for something to say, okay?)

8, 8, 8, 8 (6)

Mark and Karen

Quickstep

Tiger Feet – Mud

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Mark sad he didn’t want to look like a bit of a wussy.

Hobbling onto the floor in desperate attempts to look light weren’t as fluffy as Mark’s white suit. Stand spot and do the steps was boring and empty. Double feet kicked up cheekily off ground. Trying but still very lacking considering was their first attempt at trying an actual dance. Two weeks behind and still terrible.

Bruno – Fancy white knight. Very intricate. (Pfft)

Craig – Sadly lost your top line. Bit tired. Flat hands. Very light of foot. Loved Charleston sections.

Darcey – Have improved in top line, I know boys are complaining. Kept in sync. Very impressive.

Len – Lot of trotting going on at start. Little bit mincyfied. Started to run on empty. Frame much better. Overall, good job.

7, 7, 7, 8 (5)

Judy and Anton

Tango

Jealousy – Billy Fury

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Here we go, the mother whose famous for a son Skype’s her kids for a VT. It was inevitable to flaunt Andy Murray from the enarmoured idiocy on the BBC.

Both try it on with other people at tables as Anton flings Judy across the floor again. Very weak at sharp staccato’s. Great music, no available moments. Trying but just not got it at all. Let your inhibitions go. Jumps into swirl around lift by Anton to be covered again. Should really go home. No improvement. Tons of illegal lifts. Points docked. Cheats.

Craig – Amazing isn’t the word. Thank goodness for all those illegal lifts. Vacant look on your face. Natural stiffness came in very handy. Love the way you threw her like a bowling ball.

Darcey – Wonderful beginning. Wonderful end. So much attack. Soften knees.

Len – Plenty of punch, Judy. Strong, aggression. I know about the lifts, but what you gonna do. (They’re illegal and your a a judge)

Bruno – It actually worked.

4,6,6,6 (0)

Simon and Kristina

Charleston

My Old Man (Said Follow The Van)

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Well if this won’t drop you in the bottom two… Next week, Olly Olly Olly… Biscuits are yummy.

Forced theatrics. No connection. Own performance and not with anyone else. In own world. Flimsy than fun. Got some steps technically well put, but all box ticking again and again. Let go and be less loose. Cool lifts added.

Darcey – I knew there was a star dancer in you. Cheeky style really suits you. I was so impressed.

Len – If you’re in bottom two I’m gonna pickle me walnuts.

Bruno – Simon is back on track. Part of an act.

Craig – Thank goodness. Finally some personality. Great routine.

7, 8, 8, 8 (6)

Alison and Aljaz

Samba

Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child

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Alison gets a solo jiggy groove to the judges which fails to provoke smiles. Vivacious curves and smooth steps. Bubbling personality. Good movement with Aljaz. Strong choreography. Bit lonesome however, and required more something. Full of sparkle though, which was a joy and talented.

Len – Full of fun, rhythm. footwork little bit suspect. Got mojo back.

Bruno – [Bruno does the funky chicken dance or something] Energy is plenty.

Craig – Footwork letting you down on this one.

Darcey – You got it there.

6, 7, 7, 7 (7)

 

 

Scott and Joanne

American Smooth

Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

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Aren’t they doing this with Chloe Jas-balls on X-Factor too? Scott’s celebrity portfolio was brought out again. Scott now brings in his little niece to shamefully get sympathy for bad dancing. Not taking this seriously at all and all for ympathy won’t get you a good dance. Focus.

Awkward sways looking lost. Waits for Joanne to run into standing lift up. Dances on spot gain. Slowed down in amazing power ballad. Waits for Joanne to stand in position to fling leg around. Rotten side steps. Poor presentation.

Bruno – That was supposed to be an American Smooth. So bizarre. How many times it went wrong, I lost count. It really takes some doing.

Craig – Exception to the rule that anyone can learn to dance. It wasn’t smooth, sadly.

Darcey – Slightly out of body experience. Saw some improvement in top line.

Len – Taught routine. Interpret it own way. You look taught. Like painting by numbers. Lacked naturalness. Huge blunder early on. It’s what it is.

2, 5, 4, 4 (2)

Steve and Ola

Salsa

Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte

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Excellent song choice. Cocktail shaking and spilling Ola’s drink awkward. Bad footing very stiff and lumbered. Carry around lifts standard. Weak shimmys. Tired all ready. Start and stop. Lacked rhythm. Tame. All old women of plus size enjoying Steve’s loose nipple out. Shame they could not deliver and ruined song/dance instead.

Craig – Side to side, not what its about.

Darcey – As Craig sad your missing quite a lot of hips. Well done.

Len – Very watchable, that’s what I like.

Bruno – Talk about making most of pecs appeal! Lacked hip action.

6, 7, 7, 7 (4)

 

 

Pixie and Trent

Rumba

Stay With Me – Sam Smith

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Horrible song. Predictable. Good start with Trent. Good leg up pull back glide. Neat under leg floor work. Good arms, swift legs. Bit slow in places. Bit too easy reliance and doing less. Still very connective and clean. Pixie gets emotional and cries herself at end.

Darcey – Would like more physicality and tension through your body. Beautiful lines.

Len – Lovely routine. Lacked bit of fundamental Rumba. Lot of posing. Lovely job.

Bruno – Mood for love. Tonight all the hips are wrong. Intense performance, beautiful.

Craig – Loved split drag at beginning. Performance exquisite. Bit more pressure through the floor. Loved it.

8, 8, 8, 8 (8)

Tim and Natalie

Paso Doble

The Best – Tina Turner

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Tim slips into his fantasy world as a Matador Manuel before in VT land.

Tim lures his bull Natalie to the floor with some good cape action considering his age. Keeping strong frame. Sharp turns and commanding stance. Great music. Could use bit more when flipping Nat around. Decent show and fun filled with a full on trier. Best of the ‘old’ folk.

Len – Well done Tim, you had a go.

Bruno – Too much dust on those sheets. Look like a mildly irritated goat. More spunk.

Craig – Very limp, darling. Lame, lacklustre. All very strange, actually.

Darcey – Improvement from last week. Cleaner. Kept in character. Did miss shaping.

3, 6, 5, 5 (5)

 

Sunetra and Brendan

Salsa

Turn the Beat Around – Vicki Sue Robinson

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Instantly spun around like a clock could have been saved for later. Good stepping but seems to have thrown her off course. Getting back into it with good stomping groove. Bit awkward in arm arounds. Good lift over back of Brendan. Great end though bit offish.

Wardrobe malfunction as Brendan’s bollo**s have fallen loose in his trousers.

Bruno – Went wrong quite a few times. Dragged back in beautifully.

Craig – In all lifts need to be a bit stiffer. Lacked little bit of fluidity. Most enjoyable.

Darcey – Hips were really working. Those arms are fabulous.

Len – To be honest, couldn’t take me eyes of Brendan. Think I saw your bongos. Certainly wasn’t your best. Not your worst.

6, 7, 7, 7 (6)

Thom and Iveta

Foxtrot

Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

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Smooth start with careful, effortless arms. Bit slow in hold to start. Risky of losing audience appeal in walk alongs. Good feet. Clever in hold, not breaking when together moments. Plucked flower given to Iveta cheerily.

Craig – Right hand little bit too high. Enjoyed it. Sweet and cute.

Darcey – Charming. Iveta, well done to you. Held your frame.

Len – Bloomin’ lovely. Be proud of yourself.

Bruno – You can bring my flowers, anytime. But seriously, good to see.

6, 8, 8, 8 (7)

 

Jake and Janette

Jive

All Shook Up – Elvis Presley

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Amazing hips instantly. Strong lead of Janette to the floor. Strong kicks and flicks. Holding own in very difficult man’s dance but lacking halfway through. Tiring out at end but still strong style and groove with Janette.

Darcey – So entertaining. Such strong leh action. Knees came right up.

Len – Posture went over. Full of energy.

Bruno – Admire power and strength. If arm is slightly out of place looks more odd.

Craig – Little bit awkward due to free arm. Energy and performance absolutely ultimate.

8, 9, 8,8 (7)

Caroline and Pasha

Quickstep

We Go Together – Grease

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Good begin keeping bubbly feel. Good around hops in hold. Great feet but rushed slightly almost causing strong slip over. Recover from wobble well. Using floor vividly. Leg ups at end on one foot cheeky.

Len – Lovely. Couple of little moments. Energy terrific. For me best dance tonight.

Bruno – Was going so well. Put foot at angle. Another incident on other side. So hard to do.

Craig – Shame about incident. Lost balance at end. Thought it was gor-h-g-h-ous darling.

Darcey – Cheeky quickstep. Fantastic.

8, 8, 9, 8 (8)

Best dance of the night

(For the second week in a row)

Caroline and Pasha

Danger zone

Steve, Tim and Scott

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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 – 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

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

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 2

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

 

Thom & Iveta

Salsa

Hot Hot Hot – Arrow

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

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

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

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

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

5, 7, 7, 6 (7)

Jennifer & Tristan

Waltz

Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

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

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

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

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

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

4, 5, 5, 5 (5)

 

Simon & Kristina

Tango

Sing – Ed Sheeran

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

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

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

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

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

5, 7, 7, 7 (5)

 

Gregg & Aliona

Charleston

Hey Good Lookin’ – Ray Charles

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

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

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

Bruno – Lovely fluffy eclair.

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

3, 5, 5, 5 (1)

 

Alison & Aljaz

Foxtrot

I Just Wanna Make Love to You – Etta James

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

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

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

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

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

5, 5, 6, 6 (5)

 

 

Empty moment

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

 

 

 

Jake & Janette

Salsa

Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

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

Bruno – Undiluted, full on fun time!

Craig – Darling that hip action could crack coconuts.

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

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

8, 9, 9, 9 (9)

 

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

 

Judy & Anton

Cha Cha

She’s a Lady – Tom Jones

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

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

Darcey – Shame you went out of sync.

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

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

2, 5, 5, 5 (1)

 

Caroline & Pasha

Tango

Blame – Calvin Harris feat. John Newman

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

Darcey – Fierce. Take effort in shoulders.

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

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

Craig – Well done.

7, 7, 7, 8 (7)

 

Tim & Natalie

Waltz

When You Wish Upon a Star

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

Len – It was charming.

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

Craig – Started beautifully. Did use floor beautifully.

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

5, 6, 6, 6 (6)

 

Sunetra & Brendan

Cha Cha

Million Dollar Bill – Whitney Houston

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

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

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

(Brendan moans, again)

Darcey – One glamorous lady on that floor.

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

6, 6, 7, 7 (6)

 

Mark & Karen

American Smooth

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

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

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

Craig – Arm not connected.

(Bruno disagrees with interruption.)

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

Darcey – Smooth in hold.

Len – Onward and upward.

6, 7, 7, 7 (3)

 

Scott & Joanne

Tango

Stop – The Spice Girls

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

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

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

Len – Light and gentle. better than last week.

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

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

4, 5, 6, 5 (2)

Pixie & Trent

Waltz

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

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

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

Bruno – Princess Pixie. Strictly devine.

Craig – Does make a fantastic partnership. Beautiful dance.

Darcey – One beautiful performance.

 

8, 9, 9, 9 (8)

 

Steve & Ola

Cha Cha

Treasure  – Bruno Mars

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

Bruno – Footwork was bit muddy.

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

Darcey – Working very hard at extending those arms.

Len – Wrapped up in the moment.

3, 6, 6, 6 (3)

 

Frankie & Kevin

Charleston

Happy Days – Norman Gimble and Charles Fox

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

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

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

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

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

7, 7, 8, 8 (7)

 

Best dance of the week?

Jake and Janette

 

Danger Zone

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

Judy, Gregg and Scott

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STRICTLY COME DANCING 2014: WEEK 1, PART 2

Strictly Come Dancing 2014:

Week 1, Part 2

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

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

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

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer

Cha Cha

I’m Your Man – Wham!

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

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

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

Bruno – Energy overrode finesse of steps. Control energy.

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

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

5, 7, 6, 6 (2)

Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec

Cha Cha

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan

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

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

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

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

Darcey – Infectious. Polish that footwork.

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

6, 6, 7, 7 (7)

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan

Tango

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

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

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

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

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

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

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

6, 6, 7, 7 (4)

Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus

Jive

Happy – Pharrell Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

3, 5, 5, 5 (4)

 Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute

Waltz

You Raise Me Up – Westlife

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

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

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

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

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

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

5, 6, 6, 6 (7)

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole

Tango

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

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

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

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

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

(Brendan mouths off again.)

Darcey – Kept energy from beginning till the end.

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

5, 6, 6, 7 (5)

Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani

Cha Cha

Hot ‘n’ Cold – Katy Perry

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

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

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

Darcey –  I weirdly liked that.

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

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

3, 5, 5, 5 (2)

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton

Waltz

Someone Like You – Adele

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

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

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

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

Bruno – Full extension, you’ve done it.

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

7, 7, 8, 8 (6)

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff

Jive

Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard

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

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

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

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

Craig – Flat footed. Little more retration on kicks.

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

6, 7, 7, 7 (5)

Best dance of Week 1?

Jake and Janette.

Hostess with the mostest

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

Flaky VT’s

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

Fifth Judge

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

Who to let go?

Aliona, Kristina, Brendan. Ola.  Possibly Pasha.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 1, Part 1

Strictly Come Dancing 2014:

Week 1, Part 1

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

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

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

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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 7 Results

Strictly Come Dancing, Week 7 Results

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This week was spoiled by the BBC and its shoddy iPlayer, so in true fashionable homage to them…

Dave Myers left Strictly.

iPlayer cock up, day 2

The imbeciles at BBC HQ ruined the Strictly experience from a number of viewers providing a huge backlash to the content online. The iPlayer show has yet to be uploaded at 22.53pm. Fans believe the BBC is purposely holding them to ransom with lazy politics of stewing over.

The idiot in control of BBC’s online content decides once again to tell you the ending on the page once again as it front page headline which really pisses fans off. Then the BBC have the cheek to ask how to improve the site and then fail to listen. Sacking ‘Strictly Nora’ seems like a good start.

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Fans are dissatisfied with the BBC backward approach and have lost touch with the Strictly experience wherenumbers say they may leave the show just like X Factor before them. If the BBC are to ever turn a corner it needs to stop being so stubborn, biased and spoil dropping every single time. But, that’s a Tory for you. Lord Patton has an infamous reputation since sweeping the Jimmy Savile sex and child abuse paedophilia scandal under the carpet for decades since the 1970s with a ‘groupie gets abused’ culture in dressing rooms. Incompetent Lord Patten had been called to MPs over the BBC scandal over the past two years involving millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money being spent on payoff’s for incompetent directors.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Week 7

SCD Week 7

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Next week is the prestine glamour that is the Blackpool arena. All couples are so desperate to reach the heights of the sparkly tower, week seven now begins, tougher than ever.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the week with the most at stake outside of the glitterball trophy.

Natlie Gumede was taken ill and wont dance on the show this evening. See the positive. It gives someone an opportunity to cacth up with the public.

Ben and Kristina

Jive

Jump Jive an’ Wail – Burn the Floor Orchestra

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This week Ben is decisding to tick the ‘get the gays’ box again by dressing as a stereotypical sailor, which doesn’t contradict his bullying foundation one iota does it? Gay men do not like being stereotyped as one way and this is feeding back into that and labelling them as dirty gays which the community links we have to are not impressed with.

Smiley and wavey Ben on steps. Kristina lone dances. Ben then trampolines onto the floor. Feet very spaky side to side peddling. arms awful in air wafting about aimlessly. Out of ync pin with partner off somewhere else. Pair do a lift with jump at same time. Slow legs back and forth like a wheel cycle. Awkward leg over Krstina’s face showing thigh into her face. Ben chases her to ruffle her dress. Kristina shoves Ben back onto floor which is a second lift to fall down on his back. There was no pace, two lifts, weak movement, steps too rigid and sleeze appeal for women and gays. It was shambolic. It wasn’t a Jive, what-so-ever.

Len – You need to work on your feet.

Bruno – Had irresisable urge to join the navy. Bit wobbly at the bottom. Jive is alll about sharpness. Stay on your toes and sharp on feet. Otherwise, as always, very impressive.

Tess – Do you agree?

Craig – No I dont as a matter of fact. I thought best part of it was the back somersault. Too leden, too laboured as expected.

Ever predicatable Len interrupts – Thats your trouble you exepected thatand so in your mind you were gonna get it.

Craig – That is so untrue. Obvioulsy I know your carrying heavy muscles there.

Infatuated Bruno adds – Nothing wrong with that.

Craig continues – Difficult to keep up pace. Despite your best seamen efforts that is, a, failure.

Hormonal Darcey screams – I disgaree! I disagree! I disagree. (Claps ring from the audience in a glorified pantomime of the dancing show based on fancy votes and lack of skill.)

Comedy frowning sympathy vote Ben hugs gay Bruno.

Darcey finishes off – You proved us wrong. Great attack, great energy. I enjoyed it.

Kristina – OMG he’s gonna put us down…

4, 7, 8, 7 (3)

Fiona and Anton

Paso Doble

Song 2 – Blur

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Fiona working cape around waist strongly. Good arm around extentions. Keeping up well with Anton and holding her own in routine. Keeping stance and charcter well throughout. Great spin around on end with Anton for glamour girl Fiona.

The greatness of the Dave Arch Orchestra was recognised.

Bruno – I like your dark side. When you go spunky and dark and aggressive. Crnky with the skirt. Timing was actually better than his. You ket it going when something went wrong. Well done.

Craig – Thoughtyou had a good use of skirt darling. Timing precise. However do lose your neck. Pull shoulders back. Little bit indifferent. Little bit vanilla. Adequate but have to say, forgetable.

Biased Tess leaps into the comments – Darcey tell ‘im ‘es’s wrong!

Darcey – Very nice shapes of the arms. Like to see it come from the back.

Len – Element of Falmenco in there. I thought you could have given it a bit more of a firs. Bit more wow. Would have liked you to have stepped up a notch. Well done.

5, 7, 7, 7 (6)

Abbey and Aljaz

Charleston

Cabaret – Liza Minelli

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After the BBC have failed to invite me out of my room to the live studio (your problem, not mine) Abbey and Aljaz had strong presence but step and arms were a little flighty and sweet lacking sharp attack. Good spin around lift onto Aljaz. Good sass but run of the mill. Very ordinary and though she may be saved this wee from dance off depths, has affected her with a timid entry. Abbey gave a good performance and while we think she’ll get the votes this week, it wasn’t mesmerising and could be in the bottom two soon next week if her game isn’t raised with more going for it style than a laid back approach in the routine. That’s advice.

Craig – Stylisation. Enourmous attention to detail incredible. Did not Charleston quietly. Loud. It was proud.

Darcey – To have a hat and do all those things with it. That monkey step at the end, great. Well done Aljaz, you have made a true dancer out of Abbey.

Len – That is AA. That isnt a breakdown at all. Saty in that car, get up the M1, I’ll see you next week in Blackpool.

Bruno – Abey the it girl. Had a bossy influence. Very unsual and very exciting.

9, 9, 9, 9 (8)

Mark and Iveta

Rumba

Goldfinger

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Blofeld. Iveta seduces the dark and cold chair swirling villian Benton. Good arms and effort but still ‘on the spot’ dancing. Very slow and not playing strenght to dark music. Waits for Iveta to fall into arms. Very empty and throw away, which is a shame for effort given.

Darcey – Mmm, well. Rumba is a dance of love. If only you have drove the floor as you did your wifes pussycat… Bit too bitty for me. Always create an interesting story.

Len – Got gold in your fingers bit of lead in your bum. Rumba is a very diffciult dance for men. Get balance right is tricky business.

Bruno – You tried goldfisnger, look like a fish finger darling. Characterisation spot on. Movement didn’t flow.

Craig – My point is your arms. Hands need shaping. Beautiful arms acheived gorgeously, but hand like spatulas. Concept that actually saved this dance.

Claudia looking like a condom cum femidom now.

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5, 6, 7, 5 (5)

Susanna and Kevin

Waltz

You Light Up My Life – Whitney Houston

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While getting into back to front hold with Kevin behind Susanna leading into twirl around floor gracefully. Smooth but minimal pace. Good and strong rotations. Tidy footwork. Good pull tiptoe glide into lovely spin round end. However was a little empty in parts.

Len – You lit up this ballroom. Fabulous.

Bruno – Timeless. It was beautiful.

Craig – I could not agree more. Brought that frock to life. Hesitation moments beautifully held. I loved it.

Darcey – The boys totally right. So many turns, beautifully done. Love you to strecth a little firther the length in your legs.

9, 9, 9, 9 (8)

Dave and Karen

Tango

I’m Gonna be – The Proclaimers

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Slow and uneventful star and hold in what should have been a sharp thrust together at start. Turns not sharp or interesting. Like watching a puppet moving. Slow tiny one pace steps are unforgivable disaster. Standing there as Karen jiggles shoulders. Given Strictly Myles flag to hold up. Pathetic.

Bruno – Oh Dave. It wasn’t any Tango at all. Stomping around like beast of burden. No passion. It was walked. You look like a crab.

Craig – Little rough around the edges, lets say. Very stompy.

Darcey – So much more dance content than any other dance you’ve done.

FF – (You sure about that?)

Len – Needed a bit more Irn-Bru.

4, 6, 6, 4 (1)

Natalie and Artem

Jive

Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner

Bye. Gumede granted week off due to illness in training.

Bye. Gumede granted week off due to illness in training.

Artem spoke to Claudia after the explaination of the bye for Natalie after she had collapsed in training. The rules were clarified considering her health. As above, it gives everyone else a chance to up their game in the contest. We wish Natalie well as did Tess and the Strictly team and professionals.

Ashley and Ola

Quickstep

Are You Gonna Be My Girl? – Jet

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Strong arms into routine on point. Into hold for contemporary hop along movement held well. Good twirl out of Ola in hold followed with consitent movement around floor. Feet bit careful. Bit timid clicking heels together after. Strong speed towards end jump up on Judges table, collapsing on their slab.

Darcey – Origins come from Jazz era of 1920s. Consistent all the way through. improvement int he angle of your head and top line.

Len – Kept your energy up throughout the dance. Taylor Made.

Bruno – A bit of spit and polish and the sparks are flying. Contorol all over. Your frame was better, Footwork and Timing better.

Craig – Frame and posture is fixing, now have to fix all the gapping. Fantastic energy. Occasionaly took your footwork into your upper body. I thought it was amazing.

8, 9, 9, 9 (9)

Sophie and Brendan

Argentine Tango

Sweet Dreams – Tanghetto

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Strong begin. Timid follow through. One leg movement on gauucho. Walking around with Brendan. Intimate stare. Brendan’s favourite lift spins around Bextor. Flatline afterward. Sits down on chair picked by Brendan. Ends on minor hold down. Nothing over than legs, pout and walking. All hype, barely no action. And before Snotty Grotty Brendan moans and fails to listen, we are impartial, not biased. Look, we even have all of Sophie Ellis Bextor’s albums. So stick yer moany beak elsewhere. Thanks.

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Len – Loved the story of it. Great lifts.

Bruno – Relase the fire. Needs more tregth and variety.

Craig – Few unstable moments.

Brendan again cuts in and mocks critique for no jusitfiable reason other than childishness.

CRH – Holding yourself so solid, thought you were gonna fall over.

Darcey – Magic position, beautiful lines.

8, 8, 8, 8 (6)

Patrick and Anya

American Smooth

It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Junior

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Good working around floor but no engagement to influence people again. Needs to capture people fromt he off. Great lift and style with partner. Excellent charisma. Powerful up shoulders lift swirl around down of Anya. Ends strongly. Hwoever, missing key element to grab pepole’s instant attention for votes.

Bruno – So hard to do back in then out.

Craig – Exquisite, exciting. You are the best male celeberity in this comeptition.

Darcey – You ooze style. Perfection. Showed no weeknesses.

Len – As Henry VIII would say, take him to the tower.

(Someone read our mind earlier in the week, then :o)

9, 10, 9, 9 (9)

iPlayer Abuse yet again

Disgruntled fans of the show were miffed as the BBC specifically chose to make the decision not to put the iPlayer show up yet and keep people waiting to mess about with media reports on purpose. The BBC are playing a dangerous game with public opinon. The website has uploaded all the details, backstage gossip and important things to itself even showing the next broadcasts of the show but no Week 7 broadcast. Fans are fed up with the abuse from the BBC website, where clips are uploaded, even now. Many have hit out at the failings of the horrid and ghastly looking website which fails with mismangement. No-one cares either for the ‘backstage’ coverage on the website, which the BBC can never manage correctly. They are too stubborn to listen to advice or people who can make it successful. That’s the abusive bigotry on offer at the Beeb.

The BBC continues to remain backward in failing to give the public, who fund the BBC through taxes from the licence fee, their fundamental right to view content the player is designed for. This is a constant malpractice by the Beeb. iPlayer is a worldwide service.

The BBC are still reeling from failing to handle the Jimmy Savile child abuse case where the pedophile hero of the BBC in the past still dominates the covered up failings by the organisation to deal with a crisis nor give the public what they are paying for.

21.51pm – At this time I send the tweet out explaining its failure to the public. “#BBC #Iplayer is yet another cock up. They are losing huge support from everyone over the abuses to not upload #SCD

21.58pm – BBC upload the content of the week 7 show now.

It always amazes me that just AFTER I tweet, the show is then uploaded.  You can thank me later. And dont ever question my authority again. I have pull.

Danger zone

Who are the top three dancers that could fall into the bottom two?

Fiona, Mark and Susanna

Results to follow…

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