Strictly Come Dancing 2015, Week 2: Beginning

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

 Week 2: Beginning

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Back for the second week after its introduction ceremony is the Strictly showdown. one couple will leave the dancefloor after tonight’s performances. The challenge has officially begun.

As ever the judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will score as will FalseFabs (in brackets) with honest and constructive critique.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman continue the hosting duties.

Jamelia and Tristan

Cha Cha Cha

Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls

Good start, bit of rhythm. Continued partnership developing. Could be dynamite if too let loose and feel the connection. Lose all inhibitions. Good feet but gaps noticeable in places. Fire up the chemistry.
4, 6, 5, 6 (5)

Daniel and Kristina

Charleston

Let’s Misbehave – Cole Porter

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Easy and simple. Kristina not too fussed to bother with old crooner O’Donnell who is trying hard and giving Strictly his all. Tad clunky and disjointed in places. Bit boring. Needs work with less concentration on steps and take a more natural approach to dance. Will be in for a few weeks from the grannies.

5, 6, 6, 6 (4)

Kirsty and Brendan

Salsa

Can’t Touch It – Ricki Lee

Bit of a mess, really. Looking good won’t outdo flinging around the floor as a showoff with Brendan, who opened his shirt to show some flesh for votes. Be careful. This one could be a Gabby Logan. Kirsty was too leggy and her trying efforts did not connect well with dance aptitude. All over the place. Messy, with no control. Juvenile.

5, 5, 5, 5 (4)

Jay and Aliona

Waltz

See the Day – Dee C. Lee

The pair gave a smooth and controlled swirl of decent steps. The footwork was calm and movement adequate. Aliona again risked it all by being too showy and loves to dance on her own on the spot in twirls and leave her partner isolated. Despite this, overall, for once, it was considerably sound.

7, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Iwan and Ola

Cha Cha Cha

Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO

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A weak soundtrack and taught frame did not help either here. Iwan played up to the desperation further by ripping open his shirt to get some ‘sex votes’ with tattooed man boobs. If you need this on the first week of voting, what does that truly scream for you? It wasn’t well incorporated and was just slutty. The dance lacked steps, rhythm and skill. LMFAO? More like PMSL. Poor Man’s Sashay Limp. It was not funny. When the beat kicked in, Iwan stood still and Ola shook her bum a bit. Flawed. Dull as dishwater, d(h)arling!

It was stompy, unrhythmic. – Craig.
2, 4, 4, 3 (2)

Georgia and Giovanni

Waltz

Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles

This one was easy and simple. Georgia winged it and much of her footwork was average. Simple, easy and not very enlightening. It felt cheap and looked empty. It will need more than ‘looking good’ which this pair of lookers are banking all their hopes on. Steps were not fully interesting and was a wasted dance.

Top line kind of spoilt your picture – Bruno.

No rise and fall. (Needs) Drive through on all Waltz/Foxtrot. You look gorgeous. Work on the technique. – Len

6, 6, 6, 7 (5)

Ainsley and Natalie

Salsa

Don’t Touch My Tomatoes – Josephine Baker

Good in hold. Natural partnership. Vibrant and saucy. Nimble movements and good work on the floor. Bit of butt shimmying from Ains a crowd pleaser. Great flip of Nat for Week 2. Perfect ending tilt down on Ainsley lifting Natalie. What joy and class. Decent footwork and moves. Huge effort and smooth starts.

Len said – Brilliant job. completely suits your personality. Didn’t make excuses. You did some bits wrong but with style. Juicy and delicious and you were cooking on gas!

6, 7, 7, 6 (7)

Carol and Pasha

American Smooth

Isn’t This a Lovely Day

Carol had Pasha pick her up from the Strictly bus stop with a cheesy umbrella get up. It’s bad luck to open a brolly indoors mate. It was a drizzly start and a boring walk around on the spot in hold. The music was too dreary than classic and calm. Puns aside, this was no warm front. There was no dance and just a turn with Pasha holding. Dry spout wasn’t good enough. No effort.

Len gave his critique – Gotta be more exaggerated in the movements of the dance.

Craig added it – Lacked a bit of movement.

4, 6, 5, 5 (1)

Kellie and Kevin

Cha Cha Cha

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John and Kiki Dee

Speccy stunner Kevin took Kellie to the seaside, in London. The theme is set. After trying to pinch one another’s chips on the stage the dance began. Good lines and warm embrace. Composed turns and walkway hold struts by both. Cheeky twirls and fun filled. Needs more skill and passion though to fully drive harder as challengers.

Bruno – Don’t over clip it. You lose some hip movements.

6, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Anthony and Oti

Waltz

If You Don’t Know Me By Now

Too stiff in concentration. Great fluidity from Oti. Anthony looking a little lost on the floor. Empty stares to Oti. No emotion in face. Hard to translate on floor. Simply a Strictly checklist to get through the dance, than truly perform well.

Rise and fall too forced. Jagged – Bruno

Better? Tess asked Craig.

Craig – No. Work on finesse of dance. You’re really exposed out of hold. Did well with what you’ve got.

Darcey – You don’t look comfortable in Waltz. You have to lead the lady.

4, 5, 5, 5 (3)

Anita and Gleb

Charleston

Pencil Full of Lead – Paolo Nutini

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Robber Gleb falls to the Strictly floor through a sequined tape door as Anita grabs him into a dance. Good synchronicity side by side. Cheeky lift and kicks in Gleb’s arms. Fun double play with lifts and Gleb leapfrogging Anita. Strong feel of fun and 1950s vintage swing. Hard to keep up with Gleb at times showing but overall fantastic effort and compact performance. Great fun.

Ambitious. You’ve pulled it off. -Craig

Loved contemporary feel. – Darcey

Needed bit more Charleston content but full of energy. – Len.

Lost sync. – Bruno.

7, 8, 6, 6 (7)

Jeremy and Karen

American Smooth

Happy Together – The Turtles

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Prancing around with a Strictly schoolbook he then took a long time getting into hold and gaining stride. Kicks and flicks on spot weak. Limp music was wrong suit for dance tempo. Stood on spot and extended Karen. Cheap lift on end was not appealing in slightest. Bland. Immovable and tepid. No dancing at all.

You have the look and frame. It wasn’t produced. – Darcey.

Like a paranormal phenomena. Very, very odd. – Craig.

“I’m hearing lots of boos in your defence” said irrelevant host Tess Daly, where there were no boos. Don’t be a joke Tess.

3, 5, 5, 4 (1)

Katie and Anton

Tango

Telephone – Lady Gaga

Dark and dangerous suited well but took a while for her to get a move in. Great twirls and focus in face. Really trying hard. Good steps with pace and caressing the floor. Minor gallop of feet could constitute as lift. Take more care not to get lost in dance. Classy and cool but needs more depth to work up the board. Pleasing.

You had that little mistake. – Len added. Still fantastic, he finalised.

Bruno – So alluring. Try not to wobble.

Craig – Loved the drama, false finish. Lovely. Shame about the stumble.

7, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Peter and Janette

Quickstep

Valerie –  Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse

Hold, posture and footwork are Len’s tips for a great Quickstep.

Smooth, swift and captivating start. Good in hold connection. Bit flat in feel, could use more dance oomph. Great bounce and kicks. Controlled and careful footing. Dainty and sweet.

Bruno – Crisp, clear. Very imaginative. Good storytelling.

Darcey – So light on your feet.

Len – You could have moved more. You’ve got more to come.

7, 8, 7, 8 (7)

Helen and Aljaz

Cha Cha Cha

Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

Aljaz is all greased up to emulate Billy Joel in dungaree slacks with bulging biceps. Past his beaming smile and sheer talent Helen’s start was a good beginning to the floor with shimmy and lone skill. In hold good but proved can work on own and project a level of confidence. Has potential to grow higher. Bit slow in middle of performance so needs more oomph there. Good steps, cheeky fun and strong solo with hips.

Sleek, fun and plenty of confidence. – Darcey.

You’re leg far too straight all the time. Look a little wooden. Full of go. Enjoyed.

7, 7, 7, 8 (7)

All performers have now sealed their fate. On will leave the contest on Sunday’s results show. Below is the dreaded Danger Zone where we name the top three, likely to face the empty Strictly Stiletto and get the boot instead.

Danger zone

(in no particular order)

Carol, Iwan and Jeremy

Results to follow.

*Correction*

Last week we said Joanne Clifton was gone. However, as seen on the show this evening she was sitting this year out. Excellent Aussie Pro Trent Whiddon was booted with talented dancers Robin Windsor and Iveta Lukosiute. She is not sacked but not competing.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015, Week 1 – Introduction

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Week 1 – Introduction

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Over the weekend on Friday and Saturday the Strictly spectacle returned with some rather interesting results. It was the first week of dancing and the looming elimination beckons this coming weekend, losing one celeb dancer from the pack.
The opener had its fair portions of glitz and glam and the odd cack-handed gallop.

As ever, FalseFabs will give their true and honest score in brackets below, next to the judges scores from Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Buseell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

Joining the line up are three new dancers. Russian looker Gleb Savchenko, who was hyped for his so called attractiveness, overly vain Italian heart throb Giovanni Pernice and petitely stunning demographically sourced black female South African Otile (Oti) Mabuse. Gone are Iveta Lukiosute, one of Strictly newest and best dancers, Kevin Clifton’s sister Joanne Clifton, and recently out gay favourite Robin Windsor. The decision were announced over the Summer and complete shock to all who have been described as ‘working their a**es off’ for Strictly. Strictly had been under pressure to fire man eating dancer who sleeps with many of her celeb partners Kristiana Rihanoff, who also displayed homophobic tendencies with Aliona Vilani, described as all t*ts and nothing else. Troublemaker Ola Jordan and temper tantrum Brendan Cole survived once more as fans call for them to all be sent away as they have no appeal and are simply abusive. Len Goodman once said “There’s no loyalty at the BBC” when Arlene Phillips was sacked as a judge over ageism for then celeb dancer turned judge Alesha Dixon, now on a rival show instead.

BBC soapie Kellie Bright bumped her way up the board out the starting blocks first with lovable pro Kevin Clifton. Kev’s jumps and bops were a bit flat to the theme with Kellie standing on the spot. She tried to impress and it was okay. She did well considering but needs more oomph and movement to get going. More a steps check list and too much concentration took away from the joy of it. Moderate.

Second out was Anthony Ogogo, an Olympic boxer still clinging on to his loose fame from 2012 which wasn’t all that impressive. Got to get some ‘hard men’ on the show innit? Anthony Ogogo, some random boxer there to bump up ‘the black vote’ and ‘get the girls interested in any old thing’ vote was a shameful approach by the Beeb, who had been under increasing pressure to interest and add in ‘more black faces’ to a closed off BBC. He provided his no mark status with a thrill. He ripped his trousers in his performance. Please. Not another ‘knickers in the air over someone who isn’t remotely attractive’ vote once again. Strictly is so poor it thinks its unnoticeable and invincible. A sixty something old woman produces the show and is usually bitter and nasty to honest critique. How sad for the show. BBC executives have now faced a Licence fee query after its failure to act on the not so fulfilling programming decisions at the top. BBC never act on its own stuff. It never learns.The bronze medallist did a Jive. Eek. This was all over the place and those kicks were limp. It had no enthusiasm and was plain boring despite Oti’s attempts to include great content. It was a jolly tea time granny house ensemble that wasn’t fulfilling.

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Hunk. Ogogo ‘aving a go.

Helen George from a BBC show called Call the Midwife, (?) gained her celeb status (?) joining hunky, joyous funseeker and former winner Aljaz. She took the lead on Friday’s showcase. For the first week footing it was awe inspiring, graceful and breathtaking. She really put the effort in and Aljaz always works his magic. Stunning start.

Carol Kirkwood’s cloudy performance thundered to the bottom few. Her poor start took too long to get started with a stupid weathergirl map reading and her over-plushed hooters taking centre stage. Again it was all about puns. She had last year’s champ by proxy Pasha Kovalev. Her legs, stalled time, distance and empty moments did not please.

Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell, the granny favourite, took to the floor with maneater Kristina Rihanoff, playing the victim after her tempestuous unprofessionalism sleeping with many ex-partners from the show. She is now dating last year’s contestant Ben Cohen, who split from his wife since. Strictly have not acted at all in reprimanding her. O’Donnell’s performance was noticeably weak and diluted. It lacked key ingredients and the toll on Kristina’s professional choreography showed. Without a stunning beau, she couldn’t be bothered. It was boring and mistimed.

Presenter Anita Rani from BBC’s Countryfile and One Show but not Four Rooms threw herself into the competition with great enthusiasm. Her Cha Cha was refreshing and vibrant. Bruno agreed. Some mistakes were obvious, but for a first start, and no hanging back, Rani could work her way up. She’s happy to get gorgeous Gleb and will need to not be embarrassed by closer working body contact with the fairly okay floppy haired stunner. There’s definitely worse to look at.

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Saturday brings the remaining celebs to the floor for their first performances. First up is Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani. He’s an singer from a boyband that collapsed after failing the big-time. I know you were scratching your heads. Their Cha Cha to Reach Out I’ll Be There was nervous, stiff and unnatural.

Some old bird who used to be sports presenting gold in Kirsty Gallagher followed with Brendan Cole. They chose the Waltz to break in their first week easy. Her hands were nimble and considerably efforted but lacked some strong rise and fall. Nerves but composed. Finish out of hold was wayward choice and another ‘cheat’ mechanism Brendan often employs in underhand tactics once more.

Up next are stick insect ‘take the stick out man’ Jeremy Vine and “all teeth and no substance” Karen Clifton nee., Hauer. Ooh, she finally got married to Kevin. Well done to Kev but on Strictly she has been less than to be desirable. Let’s see what this series brings. Jeremy portrays a wooden, disjointed, rigid performance which sees judge Craig agree. “Disjointed, flat-footed” were among his critique. The rest of the judges lied through their teeth. It was not good enough.

Time to swoon over Strictly’s obsessed new hunk Giovanni Pernice. (Ugh) It seems Strictly are more in love with him than anyone else. Not much room for objectivity, is there? He’s joining soap sexpot and pint sized looker Georgia May Foote. There was no-one else really. They are bravely attempting a Jive. In week one! Giovanni lived up to his disgrace by “looking up her skirt” in the jarring performance. Real nice BBC. Slutty perversion on prime time tele and family entertainment with kids watching? They tried to have fast energy among their flirtatious showmance. It felt more tacky than technical and the steps were clunky. Darcey was predictably in love with the hunk. Get a grip, love. If ever there was a poster girl for hot flush menopause.

Up next is the people’s star of the night, good time chef and all round lovely Ainsley Harriott and partner Natalie Lowe. A Tango to Voulez-Vous gave some pouts and spouts from the cooking pro. Simple choreography for a starting performance complemented well and gave Ainsley decent showtime to impress as a novice. Ains went a bit off key with some energetic oomph towards the end, which was a good time booster. No one is eliminated this week so a cheeky insert it may be. It pleased the crowds. Len said it “captured the flavour if not always the technique.”

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BBC proms presenter Katie Derham is dancing with housewives favourtie Anton Du Beke. They too are going with a Jive. She made the best of her legs, adding bounce and rhythm but lacked a finer finesse. Decent but loose. She tried.

So called athlete of the past and ever changing his sexuality, Iwan Thomas is dancing with leggy sprite Ola Jordan. Thomas is heterosexual at this time. A Tango to Keep On Running is the predictable song choice. Thomas chose to act all manly and bravado with something more than dance aptitude to prove. This one has issues. He forgot the essence of dance and went too forward with sharp attack with attitude. It really was hit and miss. It looked poor. Was he running a Strictly marathon on the floor? Craig once more provided the honest critique with FalseFabs in spirit. “gappy, lumpy and his bottom was projecting.” Anything for the votes, Craig. Bruno gave a fun critique of Iwan as “plodded through it like an oxen with a heavy load” with disgusting sexual undertones as per usual.

Saving the best for last. Strictly’s two most likely winners in Jamelia and Peter Andre. Jamelia went first with hunky Irish stud Tristan McManus. Do Right Woman by soul goddess Aretha Franklin was a perfect choice to start. A few footing problems arose but was moderately impressive with grace and slow, careful dance incorporation. It had a smooth feel, despite some noticeable errors. It’s week one, those are allowed when performing well with increased effort and care.

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Happy couple.

Brace yourselves ladies and some gents. Peter Andre is closing the show. He’s given the pocket rocket dynamite footstepper Janette Manrara. These could be our deserving winners. Ain’t No Other Man’s Cha Cha was cheeky, lots of steps and motions and fun to watch. There was a buzz and a natural appeal to both. Their partnership was red hot. Janette once more proved how much a pro she is. Strictly will probably do like Iveta and sack her next year. They fire all the good ones. Pete and Janette are capable of leaner stuff and proved flexible enough to deliver in coming weeks. We shall see. Impressive start.

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For its first night back, Strictly wasn’t better than its line-up last year. It has only two standouts the show is built around and is poorly sourced by BBC luv-ins and a few spares. None of them look impressive and is all about BBC showing off once more. The sad and pathetic ‘Hunk votes’ rear their ugly heads again which puts Strictly and the BBC back into a sad state of nothing about dancing or entertainment. What part of entertainment is loosely filled on sex appeal only, and a lacking attempt at that? BBC admitted the show is nearing its end. The 60+ granny making the show may have advanced that further and the BBC are to blame for taking no action to find suitable and accurate replacements even when FalseFabs was available. BBC is hammering its own nails. It might be over with soon enough. It was not one bit about the dancing or entertainment. It was still better than cruddy X Factor though! Changes need to be made or BBC and Strictly are finished.

Scores

Kellie and Kevin – 6, 7, 7, 7 (6) – 27

Tango, You Really Got Me – The Kinks

Anthony and Oti – 4, 5, 6, 6 (4) – 21

Jive, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Helen and Aljaz – 7, 7, 7, 8 (7) – 29

Waltz, With You I’m Born Again – Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright

Carol and Pasha – 2, 5, 5, 4 (2) – 16

Cha Cha Cha, Thunder In My Heart – Leo Sayer

Daniel and Kristina – 4, 6, 6, 7 (4) – 24

Waltz, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling – Bing Crosby

Anita and Gleb – 6, 7, 7, 7 (7) – 27

Cha Cha Cha, Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

Jay and Aliona – 5, 8, 7, 7 (5) – 27

Cha Cha Cha, Reach Out I’ll Be There – Human Nature

Kirsty and Brendan – 4, 5, 6, 5 (4) (Point docked for cheating) – 20

Waltz, Vincent – Don MacLean

Jeremy and Karen – 2, 6, 6, 5 (2) – 19

Cha Cha Cha, September – Earth, Wind and Fire

Georgia and Giovanni – 6, 7, 7, 7 (5) – 27

Jive, Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor

Ainsley and Natalie – 4, 5, 6, 5 (5) – 20

Tango, Voulez-Vous – ABBA

Katie and Anton – 6, 6, 7, 7 (5) – 26

Jive, Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry

Iwan and Ola – 3, 5, 5, 4 (2) – 17

Tango, Keep On Running – The Spencer Davis Group

Jamelia and Tristan – 4, 6, 6, 5 (5) – 21

Waltz, Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – Aretha Franklin

Peter and Janette – 7, 8, 8, 7 (7) – 30

Cha Cha, Aint No Other Man – Christina Aguilera

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Strictly Come Dancing Results: Week 5

SCD Results: Week 5

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Tonight’s results are revealed from Tess and Claude. Tess tells us the first couple going through to next week in no particular order is – Fiona and Anton. Following them through to week six are – Susanna and Kevin, Natalie and Artem, Mark and Iveta, Rachel and Pasha.

The first couple to grace the bottom two for the dance off is – Deborah and Robin.

Earth, Wind and Fire

Medley

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Get ya groove on tonight! Disco, Motown and R’n’B Legends Earth wind and Fire were literally on it. Professional, groovy, fun and talented, this is how music was, is and remains at its strongest. It was yet another excellent performance from the funksters with a Boogie Wonderland follow through on a jam packed Medley.Pitch and picture perfect. Sheer legendary talent, not even rusty.

Len’s Lens

It’s time once more to peer down the all-seeing lens of Len, capturing all the unseen, juicy extras. Craig was unable to scale the stairs and was live via downstairs video screen. Up for discussion this week in fuller detail was Anton being patted down with flannel from Fiona in routine. Ashley’s leapfrog flip with styled bouffant working of Bert was gazed upon. Artem nailed by fictional man beater Natalie was shown were Art was smashed in the nose which injured him. Patrick and Dave were also peered into further. Aljaz serves Craig a cocktail at the judges desk. Was it a Peña colada? Len fishing out a booger failed to be shown.

The results return to reveal the next couple through which is – Sophie and Brendan. Also joining is Ashley and Ola, Abbey and Aljaz, Dave and Karen.

The couple comprising the other half of the dance off is Patrick and Anya. Ben and Kristina sail through to the next week.

The dance off

 

Deborah and Robin

Viennese Waltz

It’s a Man’s World – James Brown

The table just took too much time away from any impact the dance could have. It was a pointless addition. Minimal steps from Deb, though competent. Contemporary Viennese Waltz in a Tango setting wasn’t beneficial. Let that be a lesson to all prop users.

Patrick and Anya

Salsa

Wings – Little Mix

Strong sense of character and style despite lacking areas with hand injury. Showing good interest in partner more. Very good synchronicity.

The Judges Vote

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Craig – I would like to save couple i thought did best dancing in dance off tonight. Patrick and Anya.

Darcey – Wish both couples weren’t even here. I would like to save Patrick and Anya.

Bruno – Both did a great job. One of you had edge for me. Patrick and Anya.

Len – I would have agreed. Deborah you did much better in that dance off.

Deborah – Strictly gave me a gift but biggest gift is this guy. (To Robin) He’s the best.

Teary Robin struggles with the words and hugs Deb instead.

Deborah said she enjoyed the Quickstep most and was happy with the Strictly experience given to her.

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Strictly Come Dancing: Week 5

Strictly Come Dancing, Week 5

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Week five of the Strictly dance fest continues on with the glammed up judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, along with our professional score in brackets below with the performances. Also joining are the sophisticated hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, with the exceptional live orchestra, headed by maestro Dave Arch.

Judge Craig has recently had his prolonged hip operation and was sat in a glitzed up orthopedic chair many felt resembled Darth Vader’s deathstar takeover and the Mastermind seat.

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Beginning the fifth week are…

Natalie and Artem

Samba

Bamboleo – Gypsy Kings

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Technical steps and routine looking effortless. Looks like female professional. Good but tone slightly simmered down. Needed a bit of pizazz for leading to the big finish. Very good entry for Week 5, but tad flat.

Len – Palpitating, perspiration  and fluctuating. Loved that choreography. Could have had tad more bounce overall. That was great.

Bruno – Hypnotic, exotic with a touch of the erotic. You extend your lines right to the limit, without missing a bit. I love seeing these things.

Craig – Hide your double bounce action. Elbows little bit too close to your body. Hips were fantastic. Timing brilliant. Nothing you can’t do darling.

Darcey – What a lovely opening performance. On kick, don’t let sporting leg bend.

8,9,9,9 (8)

Abbey and Aljaz

Foxtrot

Dear Darlin’ – Olly Murs

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Aljaz whisks Abbey into hold tenderly. Good begin from Abbey being commanded with smooth grace. Good twirl round. Compact arms with Aljaz extensions while joined in hold. Good spin and stop suddenly in tune with music and routine. Kept theme of dance perfectly.

Bruno – What a beauty. Really has feel of love letter to set to music. Chemistry between you two is literally tangible. You even attempted three underarm spins. You did it my darling, almost picture perfect.

Craig – Absolutely loved the story, continued through the dance. You need to extend your top line some more.

Darcey – You bring a wonderful understanding to the role. Get more stretch on your back leg. Then it would be all perfectly matched.

Len –You are consistent. This was no exception. Like a sea, an ocean, wave after wave of effortless movement around  the floor.

8,9,9,9 (8)

Dave and Karen

Salsa

Cuban Pete – Jim Carrey (OST to The Mask)

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In this one, Dave’s woman Karen was sporting a fruit salad on her head. It wasn’t Paloma Faith returning, yet. Shades of “WTF has she got on ‘er ‘ed?’ rang with viewers. Dave undertook some sloth yoga therapy to find his character in the dance.

A strong shake of Dave’s maracas gave good party feeling and a cool side to side sway motion on the floor. Next was a dreadful potter around with comedic apathy following into the routine onward. Minimal hand cross arounds. Fumbly and limp after from Funky Monkey Dave. Fun thrill presence there but needed something strong. Just like last week was a week 1 performance as Dave ‘begins’ to dance, this was a week 2 act. Dave needs to catch up and the comedy routine has shown its effect. Move it or lose it. Karen then chose to eat a banana as the judges gave comments. When are you going to dance?

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Fruit of the loom

Craig – Perhaps you should have considered remaining on the fruit trolley. When Conga music came in, I started to get excited then it sort of all curdled.

Darcey – The beginning, balancing on trolley, worried about falling on it. Out of sync all the way through. It lucky never a boring performance.

Len – Unique ability of never letting your left leg know what your right leg’s gonna do. The bottom line, it’s not top quality dancing. Its top quality fun and entertainment.

Bruno – Well I tell you what it is. Strictly Come Dancing presents, Crackers with Maracas 2. A falling off the trolley. I think you’re going for a record. I don’t think anyone has managed to be off time all the way through.

3,5,5,4 (4)

Deborah and Robin

Viennese Waltz

It’s A Man’s World – James Brown

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Does every routine have to involve office stationary ‘cos Deb’s is from Dragon’s Den? Sort it out BBC. The pair began pushing a table around. That doesn’t constitute dancing because they weren’t in hold. Loss of points is and should have been with judges, drastic here. Sorry, but this was just plain stupidity. Lot of time lost. Good when in hold with Robin. Holding firm in lone appeal. Good back dip down. Tight finish, out of nowhere.

Darcey – It was an interesting twist. Keep hold of top line. It’s only thing lets you down. Confidence is all back.

Len – Viennese Waltz is a romantic sort of a dance. In hold a touch of Mills and Boon. Beginning was more like meals on wheels. Improvement on last week.

Bruno – Romance went out of the window. It was a bitter divorce. Give me the table! Work on your posture Much more fluid.

Craig – Agree, topline absolute disaster tonight. But, really like you did Spanish paso centerpiece to that.

6,7,7,7 (5)

Patrick and Anya

Salsa

Wings – Little Mix

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Strong personification. Needs to come across as strong in a unique way to capture audience fuller in respect and launch as a competitor to other dance pairs. Burlesque start from Anya grabs choir boy Patrick into dance. Strong on spot rhythm. Good stand alone movement. Leading Anya well in synchronised motions. Decent twirls of Anya and maintain character in dance. Could have a tad more but still very good overall and battled through injury successfully.

Len – You should feel right at home, your wrist and Craig’s hip, it’s like Casualty. Wonderful job changing around giving Patrick a routine with one hand. Brilliant. Did a really good job under terrible circumstances.

Bruno – Bit like a switch going on and off tonight. Bit stiff. Felt slightly unfinished. Understand circumstances not in your favour. Slightly loose and unfinished, for me.

Craig – Have to agree. Should be a flow to it, you still could have got that with one arm, actually. You do naturally have fantastically good hips. Great rhythm.

Darcey – For me you directed Anya. Very impressive from all the chances gone through.

6,8,7,7 (7)

Fiona and Anton

Quickstep

If My Friends Could See Me Now – Shirley MacLaine (OST to Sweet Charity)

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After a welcome from her James Bond, and ours (Give it three months and we’ll tell you why) Sir Roge wished his Bond girl well in the competition.

A treat to tea and champers from Anton. No. Good in hold with Anton around. Good leg work with one in air. Begins hops. Bit too hoppy. At times Anton hopping her along. Kept competence. Very strong hop and connection together at end.

Bruno – Fiona finally putting on the glitz. Such flair, moved better, couple mistakes in the footwork. You covered it well. We didn’t notice covered it well

Craig – Well I certainly noticed in upstaged section in Charleston. Completely  awry. Flew round the room. Defiantly back in the room.

Darcey – Light on your feet. Keep that focus.

Len – More confidence, plus more focus plus content equals more points.

7,7,8,8 (7)

Rachel and Pasha

Paso Doble

Maneater – Nelly Furtado

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Sexy and sultry leg awkward. Shouldn’t have been give alone segment like that. Still needs protection. Too awkward tilts back. Limp tame of Pasha. Hair and make up really adds to dance and looks ghastly. Is it Halloween yet? Pasha turns Rachel around floor before end falling flat. Unnatural instinct to dancing. Simply has “not got it.” Terrible by some standards. Falling all over the place, unstable and trying way too hard spoiled the routine somewhat, despite effort.

Brucie cracks a joke. “Why didn’t you get him a ladder and a little bell?” to which Pasha was perplexed.

Craig – So much tension in that felt it was like a whole heap of trees being felled, really. Too stiff. Drama you set up the top, I didn’t find compelling. Because you don’t dance it well enough alone. Would have been better in hold. Balance issues. Littered with a little bit of dis-a’h’s-ter darling.

Darcey – I can see you’ve worked hard. It’s hard for a girl as a matador to have that convictions. Needed to be crisper and sharper. If you focus with your eyes it can all come together.

Len – I feel bad. I know that you’ve really worked hard. Unfortunately this wasn’t a dance that suits your personality. Just didn’t quite work.

Bruno – It’s hard being a maneater! I can do it. You had all the content there but it was the vegetarian version. Come here and FIGHT! Fight for your place on Strictly.

Pasha defianlty thinks it was good. This is a problem coming through. Pasha, it wasn’t great. You have

to understand that and this will help you both avoid the dance off. There seems to be too high an expectancy assuming partner can handle alone motions. Not yet so don’t give it to her freely and integrate with hold and release moments.

4,6,6,6 (4)

Mark and Iveta

Waltz

Apologize – One Republic

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After gaining some tips form Esther Ranthzen’s sister, presumably Mark found his inner grace. Square steps back, side, up and side were okay but confined to spot. Little too fast on turn nearly losing footing. Made moment very awkward with rest of routine. Decent recovery. Good overall.

Darcey -Your tenderness, your care – I liked it

Len – Easy on the eye. Lifted your shoulder. Lost posture a bit. Lovely naturalness.

Bruno – Always so effective because so deeply felt. Like a top politician, you put your spin and we believe it. Great performance.

Craig – So much better than that ghastly dance last week. Danced simply, effectively and with emotion.

7,7,7,7 (7)

Ashley and Ola

Jive

Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry

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Ashley is up next, sporting the Billy Joel come Punk Rocker of bubblegum pop hairdo. He begins playing a guitar prop. Tentative steps and arms on floor with Ola. Leggy Ola flung over Ashley and nearly losing balance. Didn’t have such desired effect of more it aimed to achieve. Very slowed down. Followed by good leg around spin.  No air guitar? Boo! You tricked us for the Bingo daub. 😮

Len –Speed, energy plenty of guercha! (?)

Bruno – Was it Elvis or Shakin’ Stevens. You had foot on accelerator but kicks and flicks must be much sharper and cleaner.

Craig – Saw your recovering from your knee slide, that was a bit undainey wasn’t it? They’ve probably got that on camera somewhere for It Takes Two.

(Len seen fishing out a crusty one. Wonder if Len’s Lens will pick this up?)

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Len goes for a cheeky crusty one. (Sorry!)

Got to be aware you do have feet. They need pointing and working on.

Darcey – That wasn’t safe, wasn’t placed. It was brilliant. Loved energy. All way through you kept it up. Feet needed to point.

Tess – The weave. Lovin’ the weave.

Ashley – It’s Burt.

Looks like he needs an Ernie. 🙂

7,8,8,8 (7)

Susanna and Kevin

American Smooth

On The Sunny Side of the Street – Dorothy Fields

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The purple and yellow clothing on Kevin was very Fred Astaire. Susanna gave a very good start with strong charisma from the pair. Arms seemingly flighty, in a positive sense. Half-hearted ankle kicks. Effortless lift by Kevin. Strong power swirl around with beaming end.

Bruno – You really exude happiness. Uplifting. Fantastic to watch. Good lifts, great performance.

Craig – One word. Gor-ghus!

Darcey – Focus you give to dance is bang on. Have confidence in your man. Lovely.

Len – Smooth, suave and sophisticated.

 8,8,8,8 (8)

Ben and Kristina

Quickstep

The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There for You

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Brucie gave Ben a funny “Woo!” after explaining the crowd’s tacky responses to female (and male) delights of fancying Ben. It is his own trait on votes, though, isn’t it? We then saw a full on crotch shot of Ben. There are no words. *rolls eyes*

What is this?! Ben and Kristina sat around on a sofa watching TV and throwing popcorn in the air with no chemistry upon glancing each other in amazement to launch into a pillow fight. This is so worthy of a ten in the future. After their god-awful time waste the pair, goofed teeth, trotted back and forth awfully. Once in hold, jittery feet around the floor from Cohen. Awkward spins and facing forward. No connection with partner. One move only, side to side fast walking up to sofa again. Smiling block of boredom beefy “Big Ben” strikes again. Ding dong it wasn’t. Does this constitute as a Quickstep? Or shall we vote because we fancy a model in the shop window. How much? Woof woof.

Craig – I thought you were a little bit out of your comfort zone. Loved your face.

Darcey – I disagree. Wasn’t expecting you be so light on your feet. I need you to up the difficulty.

Len – I agree. Throughout the evening there’s been a lot of couples messing about.I do understand, you’ve gotta fill up the time, as a professional, how better than setting on a settee throwing popcorn at each over or wheeling a table about. I wanna see fuller routines from everyone.

Bruno – Carried on any longer I may have joined in and brought a pizza. We want the full monty darling. We want the full whack!

6,7,7,7 (4)

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Rihanoff’s reaction to “Full Monty.”

Sophie and Brendan

Cha Cha

PYT (Pretty Young Thing) – Michael Jackson

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After a long time wafting around the curtains, Sophie greeted the dancefloor. It was incredibly bland. Walk and smile only, spin around from Brendan and moving of legs side to side. Mannequin Sophie Ellis Waxtor losing footing slightly. Followed up by choosing to walk around the floor again, as previous. Lots of flash dance from Brendan. No steps, interested or thrill for sympathy vote Sophe. The BBC are ‘high’ on Sophie and will no doubt once again talk up the bias now.

Darcey – Knees little soft. So beautifully musical.

Len – Well for me it was competent. I don’t think you got into that dance at all. Staged. Little bit brittle. Didn’t feel it had that sort of tick, wasn’t raunchy. Didn’t have any interplay.

Brendan butts in – Oh, I had some interplay, don’t you worry about that…

LG – You may have done when you were rehearsing, I didn’t see it out here.

Bruno – I thought it was a bit of a saucy vixen sashay with style. Different approach. Stylish feel. I thought it was very nice.

Brendan – Shall we skip Craig?

Craig – Make sure you keep dancing when you’re walking. Spot when you’re turning, because you almost fell over. Thought it was rather good.

Tip for Brendan. Can you, for once, just shut it? It doesn’t make TV to be constantly and bitterly asinine, darling. Whining constantly won’t help you succeed.

7,8,7,8 (3)

After all have performed as Tess discusses the scores and who may grace the “danger zone.” A line from us. Thanks love. 🙂

So then, who is comprising the danger zone (from us) ?

Danger Zone

Deborah, Rachel and Patrick

Results to follow…

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Strictly Come Dancing Results: Week 4

Strictly Results,  Week 4

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This week’s results are in as hostess Tess reveals which couples will dance again next week in no particular order. Safe for now is Mark and Iveta, Natalie and Artem, Deborah and Robin, Abbey and Aljaz, Ashley and Ola.
The first couple facing the dance duel is Rachel and Pasha. Shock? Maybe but it was only a matter of time. Must drive harder in transparency and deliverance instead of over concentrating on the night which can suffer awkwardness with routine.

Andrea Begley

Dancing in the Dark

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Winner of The Voice UK series 2 takes to her debut performance with her first single. Partially sighted Andrea gave a smooth, evangelic start to the song with a mellow tone throughout.

 

Len’s lens

Once again we peer through the lens of Len to discover all the extra missed bits from Saturdays glitzed up show. On offer this from the judges and host Claudia Winkleman were Mark and Iveta replay f slowed down voice from Mark for Len’s pleasure. Bruno added “Looked like a huge golden carp gasping for air.” Len critiques Patrick’s Cha Cha with good rhythm. Darcey discusses Ben’s lift of Kristina tossing her round like a rag doll. Craig was asked about Natalie’s cane catching capabilities. Claude moves on to Ashley’s arms. Craig and Bruno debated the stiffness. Swan Lake demo from Bruno also. Bruno and judges laughed hysterically over a gaff on Rachel’s comments as Tonioli laughed his backside off his chair.

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Off his rockin’ chair

 

Next batch safe is – Ben and Kristina, Sophie and Brendan, Patrick and Anya, Dave and Karen and Susanna and Kevin.

The couple facing the dance off is Julien and Janette while Fiona and Anton are safe to next week.

 

Keane

Everybody’s Changing

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Belting out one of their greatest hits was “BRIT Award winners” Keane, Tess mentioned at the beginning of the programme. A good composition for the show’s surrounding and sang well once again. Oh, hang on, this is the new guy who is in one of the four seats for The Voice UK series 3. (Under filming) Did you just tweak that?

 

The dance off

Rachel and Pasha

Quickstep

Johnny Got a Boom Boom – Imelda May

 

Too much time focusing on the safe instead of getting into dance does impact dance. Riley had a few similar kicks and seemed to be enjoying it a little more than first time. More comfortable on the floor but should have that first time round to avoid. Her clothes didn’t help either with viewers. Not one part of them matches. Eying the glitterball may be a huge ay off if she continues this rate of play.

 

Julien and Janette

Salsa

Spice Up Your Life – The Spice Girls

 

Guilty pleasure Julien works his partner well and keeps strength in his own independence on the floor. Good arms wrap around again. Working enthusiasm on the floor. Despite dance lack in parts, has one of the best partnerships in the contest which has been key to survival too.

 

The Judges Vote

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Craig – Dance the best on the night, Rachel and Pasha.

Darcey – Both hundred times better from last night. For me, goes down to difficulty of the dance. Rachel and Pasha.

Bruno – I have to go for content, skill and storytelling. My favourite dance was from Rachel and Pasha.

Len – I would have voted exactly the same. Rachel and Pasha.

Julien thanked for his experience “Like to thank all the people who voted at home and the audience. The judges, even Craig. Had an amazing time, best experience of my life. I hope I’ve spiced up “everybody’s life up.

Janette said of her partner MacDonald “I don’t know someone who has put in most hours to make it work. As my first partner on Strictly, I’m so happy.”

Strictly’s guilty pleasure is now gone and there is no room for error from the rest of the dancing pack.

 

Strictly Bingo

A couple more dabs have come off! Come on Strictly, go the whole hog over the series.

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Strictly Come Dancing, Week 4

Strictly opens for week number four of the glitzy dance contest. We can instantly see Kevin’s geeky yet chic-cy braces. Back are the judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, alongside our professional opinion in brackets.

Also back fit and well is Sir Bruce Forsyth and glamour girl Tess Daly.

Sophie and Brendan

Foxtrot

 Cheek to Cheek – Dick Haynmes

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Cop out dance again in Ballroom.

Decent into hold around but very slow and seemingly stiff facially. Very slow and easy to musicality. Good turn around. Really boring and minor footsteps. Reliant on turns only. Uber safe and rubbish. No real partnership shown.

Craig will be having hip operation soon. Wished well by colleagues.

Len – No messing about, straight into routine. Loved the routine. Loved the dancing

BT- Really look like a Hollywood star. Sustain (inaudible).

CRH – Elegant, graceful. Fabulous pivots darling.

DB – Really gave Sophie a hard foxtrot. Let shoulders rise. Style and grace all way through. Beautiful.

8, 9, 9, 9 (4)

Bulls**t factor continues. It was nowhere near an 8 or 9, but hey, BBC wants to keep her in.

Fiona and Anton

Rumba

World of Our Own – Westlife

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Spin around. Looks lost. Slow stopping in middle before next move. Glide along release throw uneventful. Spinning on spot good for Fiona. Mild, boring and drab despite effort.

BT – Packing enticing at beginning. Few issues. With Fluidity. You know. Can’t just stop and start. I still think you have it but concentrate sustaining your performance. We all make mistakes.

CRH – Hip action very, very stiff and plonky. Exit from floor spin a bizarre jump lacked bit of rhythm. Balance went.

DB – You do lose focus. Please don’t show it. So much in you, you’ve got to survive. Bring out the fighter.

LG – Rumba is such a slow, precise dance. Liked attitude.

Fiona- I thought there was only one issue, at the end?

LG – I enjoyed watching you as I always do.

4, 6, 6, 6 (3)

Mark and Iveta

Cha Cha

U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

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Urban rap and hip hop. Rock fingers. Bless you Brucie but that’s the rock fingers pose. Ghetto Blaster. Bit half hearted, hand and finger moves only. Stand on the spot dancing. Slapstick moves.

CRH – have to say cant believe the audience. Very flat footed and stompy. Danced, I’m afraid, very badly.

DB – Great action. It was great. Worked hard on the details. Loved it.

LG – You’re full of talent, I won’t tell you what Craig’s full off. Do it again.

BT – MC Mark! Plenty of bling I tell you. Was unique and memorable and very funny.

3, 8, 8, 7 (1)

Ashley and Ola

Viennese Waltz

Angel – Sarah McLachlan

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Slow walk up and back into arm hold. Caress the air. Bit blasély flim flam arms on Dawson. Very slow turn around on spot partnership. Ends center boring. Good start very boring. Anticlimactic.

DB – A little too safe. Elegance in your top line. Push yourself a little bit hard.

LG – Had romance, elegance. Little bit wafty on occasions. Needed, for me, bit more gusto.

BT – Didn’t mind wafting at all. Tender, romantic, give it more woof. Riot!

CRH – Only thing that bothered me were arms out of hold. Seemed unnatural. Quite bizarrely stiff.

7, 8, 8, 8 (5)

Julien and Janette

Salsa

Spice Up Your Life – The Spice Girls

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Hip gyration. Getting into dance. Glitzy Spin round. Strong split drop through. Decent arm work. Good half squat shimmy. Party spirit infectious.

LG – Liked your attitude. Needed bit more control. Dynamic, terrific.

BT – Definitely high on spice. I have to tell the truth, you threw yourself into it. You have to go with it. Worst thing is your timing. You’re trying so hard.

BF – He was on the beat more times.

CRH – No rotation whatsoever in hip. Lacked musicality, that is your problem I think.

DB – Fun and dynamic there. It is just your middle, but I think that was your best dance.

4, 6, 7, 6 (4)

Rachel and Pasha

Quickstep

Johnny Got a Boom Boom – Imelda May

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Cracking safe. Pointless before getting into dance. Fair start around with Riley. Keeping up with time. Ticking the feet placement box. Decent. Trying but stuck in strictly limbo. Tick off the glitterball on your bingo cards! Safe again. Attire?

BT – Just about got away with it. What you need is control.

CRH – Thing really let that down was your top line. Looked like you flung about. Tighten your bum cheeks darling, then you will glide beautifully.

DB – Very challenging. Watch you don’t grip on his shoulder. Grip and core.

LG – Quantity of steps. As it went on you lost your posture a little. Lovely footwork. Focus.

5, 7, 7, 7 (5)

Ben and Kristina

Salsa

Hard to Handle – The Black Crowes

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Life size car situated in the centre as prop. Limp arms and walk. Points to pecs as defining feature. Walks around Kristina. Pulls shirt off to reveal vest to predictable girls screams. Catches Kristina and hurls her around and down. Steps over her and picks her up. Dips her down a bit. Rihanoff sits atop crotch and sways hair around. Also gives ‘gays’ the wrong and perverted connotation of disgust many in the community dislike. Lift? Allowed, but hardly any good with just Kristinea raised onto his crotch.

This week Ben made sure he did all the PR photoshoots for the ‘gays’ in only his pants and ironing in them. Pathetic attempt for votes that ruins the show, his ‘foundation’ and fragmented audiences he claims to continue to promote for them. As long as it supports his own, charity, with a lovely PR tweet, that’s all good, right?

CRH – Ticks every box.

DB – Certainly handle Kristina with ease. You’re having fun I love it .

Ben kisses Darcey.

LG – That was terrific.

BT – Surprisingly smooth. I want to see more of you.

8, 8, 8, 7 (3)

Are the judges on rohiponol? Biased bull and lame show tonight. Costing you whatever ‘credibility’ you supposedly have.

Deborah and Robin

Jive

Making your mind up – Bucks Fizz

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Atop judges table, Bucks Fizzing. Robin pulls trousers off to glitz up. Glitter tights don’t count. Deb then removes to show a glitzy skirt, not tights. Big pull off only moment and lost lot of time as Deb was carried around by Robin. To improve need to step up the dance involvement than rely on Robin alone.

DB – Little soft. Missed confident self. This wasn’t your dance.

LG – Plenty of Fizz, gotta buck your feet up. Went wrong couple of times. Work on technique a bit.

BT – Light hearted fun. Technique wasn’t strong enough.

CRH – No real spring in your steps. Kicks very, very lame. Not your dance.

5, 6, 6, 6 (3)

Natalie and Artem

Quickstep

Yeah – Usher

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Over sexualisation from BBC Strictly. When are we going to bury Jimmy Savile for good. BBC still allow such perversion to continue. It is coming from within.

Nat worried about early week rupturing her back. How will she fare?

Great jump up crossover steps from Gumede. Working baton very well. Into good spins around floor. Hopping along near perfection. Systematic, precise, in time feet. Keeping up with Artem. Good support drop down hold. Funky footwork from Artem. Great Jazz with Sass feel.

LG – Bit long getting started. Part in hold liked very much. Stopped in hold at short. Bit in hold I thought was great.

BT – Can’t believe level of dance in this short time. Like being there with you. You capture the spirit of the dance. Absolutely wonderful.

CRH – I agree. Loved the fusion of Quickstep and Jazz, There is not stopping you darling.

DB – Style just perfect. So much content.

9, 9, 8, 9 (8)

Patrick and Anya

Cha Cha

Mercy – Duffy

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Strong but no defining features. Can’t put a finger on why you would keep him around. What makes him a selling point? Great guy, good dancer but average with hazy memorability.

BT – Very sensual. Best dance yet.

CRH – Absolutely brilliant.

DB – So confident out of hold. You have an inner groove, I’m loving it.

LG – Its happy hour. Best dance ever.

8, 8, 9, 8 (5)

SCD starting to lose its selling point over X Factor by borrowing and playing to its crowd whilst over-sexualising everything on sustained levels of perversion.

Abbey and Aljaz

Tango

Say my name – Florence and the Machine

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Long getting in hold. Smooth join up. Sharp turns and focal points. Good head spin. Strong partnership connection. Feet moving well. Bit walk along after. Wrap around leg on Aljaz ankle.

CRH – Used accents in music to brilliant effect. Attack, purpose. A-may-zing.

DB – Played very sexy, cool Tango. Great strength throughout.

LG – In ballroom you are a formidable couple. Punchy, dynamic. Terrific Tango.

BT – Power, drama, passion, beauty. You had it all.

9, 8 9, 9, (8)

Dave and Karen

Waltz

Take It To The Limit – The Eagles

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Kicks open red carpet. Awkward steps back and forth like “a peacock with constipation.” Trying to dance but took too long on week 4 after fun moments. Now enters a week 1 performance. Slow, mundane and disjointed. Jumps in glee of completion at end. Lift.

DB – Soften hose knees and travel.

LG – You’ve truly titivated yourself up. You try your hardest everytime.

BT – Still very, very nimble. Stuck on a point but is better.

CRH – Feel the music a lot more. Gaping going on. Nice to see serious Dave.

5, 6, 6, 6 (2)

Susanna and Kevin

Samba

Whenever, Wherever – Shakira

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Jungle theme. Gets onto floor. Strong presence. Good body shakes. Seeing a lot of Kevin’s work but not much of Susanna on floor. Does strong sexy poses but not much movement with feet in hold.

LG – You gave it plenty of att- bit messy here and there. It was good

BT – If you got it flaunt it. So much energy into that dance, time you finished little messy.

CRH – Thought was a bit muddy. At times fighting, going against one another. Lost impact. Think you can go further. It’s just okay.

DB – Like the wild Samba Queen. Couple muddy bits. Straighten back leg.

6, 7, 8, 8 (5)

 

Well, we certainly ticked off a few more Bingo daubs. We’ll wait till results to upload the weekly card.

 

Danger zone?

Julien, Patrick and Fiona

Results to follow…

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 3

Strictly Come Dancing Week 3

This week on Strictly is love week. Get the tissues at the ready. Beginning was a group marriage along with vicar Craig. He didn’t dance this week, but there is still time for that one. James and Ola ended the group dance by planting a cream pie into Craig’s face on either side. Poor guy. Make up will run.

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Last week he was unwell but tonight Sir Brucie is back with Tess. Also joining are the judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Also judging are us in brackets.

Abbey and Aljaz

Jive

Can’t buy me love – The Beatles

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Abbey sits on the stage of Penny Lane for quite a while. Began slow. Once back into throes of routine lacked oomph in rhythm despite a good pace. Very careful. Not an easy dance coping well to hold it together but again rather bland. Lots of individuality. Less romantic with not much partnership bond in loving togetherness.

LG – Energy, enthusiasm great. Bit more swivel.  Overall good job.

BT – You can work that look baby. Leg, kicks and flicks have to be sharper. You can work that darling.

CRH – Sat for an awfully long time on Penny Lane. Timing was out at beginning. Slightly laboured. Lack a little bit of attack. (Pantomime crowd begins boo’ing) It’s only my opinion.

Bruno quickly adds – The girl worked so hard…

Working hard is one thing, but being on Strictly has its requirements. Isn’t a work hard come dancing and not anything else, is it?

DB – Energy and story was lovely.

6, 7, 8, 7 (6)

Patrick and Anya

Quickstep

Let there be Love – Nat King Cole

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Good in hold, slow working. Lots of emphasis from Anya. No strong character of Patrick coming through. Ticked few boxes but not enough to secure votes. Pleasant but empty. Why would someone vote for him over the others?

BT – A distinguished kind of love, except when you got your feet in a twist. Moments little bit restrained. Keep the flow.

CRH – Would have liked to see little bit more movement. Gaping issues. You are style.

DB – Brought panache. Neat and tidy. Take risks. Very nice. Eye contact, I liked a lot.

LG – Very difficult dance. Style with a smile. Lovely.

6, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Dave and Karen

Paso Doble

I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) –  Meat Loaf

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Dave claimed this maybe his signature dance. Not very loving but regardless, is the dance he’s doing. Looked more like a Mad Scientist in a cloak than the cape he swayed. Did well but most focus was swinging a cape. A way to hide his lack of dance skill can actually highlight it further. Karen strolls in. Lost tie lost. Out of time. Karen high kick. Dave commands. Not doing much. He won’t do that. On one knee. Does that add to lift rules? Swing around of Karen was a laugh.

Dave weighs up Craig’s puzzling face. Like a bulldog eating pickles, Dave says.

Bruce – Could you put your look into words?

CRH – One word. Dreadful

DB – Didn’t follow through with the shaping.

LG – You’re the people’s champion.

BT – Beyond description.

2, 5, 5, 4 (4)

Fiona and Anton

Waltz

True Love – Bing Crosby

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Anton’s wearing white trousers this week. Might help if any mishaps occur. Walk around spin decent. Seemed more sombre than loving though. Graceful but lost in gaining bearings. Slightly forgettable despite  good effort and graceful end.

DB – Weren’t so many nerves there. Create more ability to use your neck. Very Beautiful.

LG – You playing Snakes and Ladders. Last week down now back up the ladder.

BT – Balance is better. Losing focus, don’t do that. You can do it.

CRH – Over balanced at one stage but managed to catch up. Timing slightly out. Thought wholething extremely elegant.

Happy birthday yesterday for Fiona Bruce informs us. Forsyth then stirs crowd to sing jolly “Happy Birthday” to Fullerton in a good touch.

7, 7, 7, 7 (6)

Rachel and Pasha

Cha Cha

When Love Takes Over – David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland

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One extend move of elbow, hair straitening. Tender feet forward and back crossover. Lacking any sass on spin shimmy. Good memory of feet kicks. Over impactful on Pasha and not Rachel. Must dance not …

Sorry Rach, but its still a 6. Decent but not thrilling.

LG – occasionally u lose little bit off control.

BT – Starting to feel the tingle. Starting to use your assets to your advantage. Don’t doubt yourself.

CRH – Look of concentration was startling. Plonking your body down on all the finishes. Free arm placement much, much better.

DB – Cleaner, precise. Overall confidence, fabulous to watch.

6, 7, 7, 7 (6)

Mark and Iveta

American Smooth

It Must Be Love –  Madness

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Iveta wants to dance instead of Autograph. Graceful. Turn around of Iveta awkward by Benton. Aeroplane arms bit timid. Good extensions though. Slow and uneventful. Needs more fluidity with content implementation. Disappointing without any lifts.

BT – You can tell a story. Couple of rough passages. Watch your turns. Storytelling – perfect.

CRH – Fantastic storyteller. Really got to work on your hands. Ruining your line. The finish will give you much better points from the judges.

DB – did miss glamorous flare. Use your height, extend, travel.

LG – You capture essence of every dance. What I love, watching you, you get it.

6, 6, 7, 7 (5)

Ben and Kristina

Rumba

Make you feel my love – Adele

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Decent leg backs even though awkward. Good hips. Nice leg down arm out. Eye contact there but no real connection of partnership and just two people doing a dance to tick boxes.

Ben Cohen might be dreamy to many, but at some point the dream must end. Wont be long if no impact continues. Decent but limp 6.

CRH – I want to love you too my darling. Want you to dance well and you did. (Kisses Craig)

DB – I wanted to see connection and you gave it to me. Created true intensity.

BT – Nice to see a big butch bloke being gentle. Needed a bit more hips going on on occasion. Thought you showed your feminine side. (Alan Carr shown in audience, as BBC have aimed to groom him numerous times for the show as well as stereotype with ‘the gays.’)

BT – Like watching a series of erotic freezes. Whichever way you going, keep going you going well.

7, 7, 7, 7 (6)

Sophie and Brendan

Samba

All night long – Lionel Ritchie

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Flimsy arms. No real oomph in movement. Basic dance on own at a nightclub for Soph. Boring.

DB – dance content fabulous. Cool party vibe. More of a carnival vibe (like to see) Brilliant isolation. Such natural timing.

LG – Lacked a bit of tone. Full of all my greatest hits. Well done.

BT – Sophisticated Samba. Did it all without breaking a sweat.

CRH – Really loved it. Cleaner finish would have been great.

Need to justify last week’s nines.

7, 8, 8, 8 (3)

Julien and Janette

Jive

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – The Blues Brothers

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Oh dear, he’s  doing the Jive. Suits personality, but good luck.

Strong start. Lost bit of arm movement, minor. Good work with partner. Keeping up well. For jive requirements.

LG –Really enjoyed it. Best dance to date.

BT – Played role right tonight. Full of wacky attitude. You went for it. If you stay in competition must focus on time. Energy was great.

CRH – Energy was great, little like three year old after a dance recital. Lots of energy which I loved.

DB – Certainly brought energy and love into your Jive. Crisper kick and flick. Only thing would polish your performance.

4, 5, 7, 6 (6)

Susanna and Kevin

Viennese Waltz

Annie’s Song – John Denver

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Good. Little lost in thought 1 minute through. Good spin around. Good technical tick of boxes but not memorable.

BT – Natural. So good to see.

CRH – Chin up, left shoulder down, darling. (Panto crowd Boo) I’m only trying to make it better for you darling.

DB – Some lovely extensions. Use your shoulders and upper body. Only in your top line. That’s it.

LG – This is love week and I’m in love with that Viennese Waltz. Lovely fluidity. Best I’ve seen tonight.

8, 9, 9, 8 (7)

Vanessa and James

Tango

Lay all your love on me – ABBA

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Velvet braces on James.

Vanessa charges over and scares off the girls chatting with her man James. Pushing back strong. Into hold. Not bad. Struggling to make sharp attacks. Good through leg lift up. Throws James down. Good effort. Missing technique.

CRH – lacked little bit of attack???? Lacked a little bit of focus for me, and sharpness.

Vanessa instantly argues. “Your full of apasoo as ever.

Little tip for Vanessa. Being gobby to hide understand will not help you overall. You silence critics with talent, not senselessly arguing for no reason to gain some votes of sympathy alone. Acts like that usually leave the competition very quickly. Enormous progress to keep up with this dude. Honestly!

DB – Its not about liking the smell of your man. Keep your head away.

LG – Lot of content into that routine. Like a decaff coffee it looks okay but it lacked a bit of bite and a bit of snap.

BT – Good attitude. Messed up your footwork. You just stop driving the dance. Started well, keep going.

3, 5, 6, 6 (5)

Ashley and Ola

Samba

Love Is In The Air –  John Paul Young

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Hip thrust of abs as Ola descends. Good wrap around. Bit too trotty. Gallopy and then thrust shaking astride. Bit slow and weak on turn around walk back. Spin around floor of Ola full body. Ends on embrace.

DB – Very nice maybe do up shirt wont be distracted.

LG – You coped well with a very difficult dance.

BT – Dreamboat from Brazil. You got your bit wrong at the corner. (Points to Ola)

CRH – Those hip  rolls were absolute filth and I loved it.

8, 8, 7, 8 (6)

James and Ola have a surprise celebration of their 10th wedding anniversary. Cake brought on by pal Brendan. Craig didn’t repay the favour and stick the cake in their face.

Artem and Natalie

Rumba

Love the way you lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna

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Good romance on start into a swivel swing around of Gumede. Good mirroring. Leg through smooth but lift both feet to go through. Good ballet carousel let spin.

Smooth romance, without words needed.

LG – That. Was. Fab-u-lous. (Another one for the bingo card!)

BT – Beauty in perpetual motion.

CRH – Love. Love. Love.

DB – You speak with the whole of your body. Brilliant.

9, 9, 9, 9, (8)

Hilarious laugh after Artem mentions something. Did someone guff it?

Deborah and Robin

Quickstep

Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

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Good keeping in hold. Kept pace around circling. Enjoying whilst concentrating. Good hop along and turns. Decent level of bounce.  Gentlemanly end from dapper Robin.

BT – Dragon is turning into a butterfly. Light-footed than ever. So much better.

CRH – You put a smile on my face I really enjoyed that.

DB – It was fast and furious. Fix that frame. Fabulous.

LG – Your best to date, my lovely.

7, 7, 7, 7 (7)

Strictly Bingo!

Here’s ours so far. You can still play along with the original card if you wish – check last weeks post at this link – https://falsefabs.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/strictly-come-dancing-week-2-2/ . However, do not copy the concept. Play along and share with us here, contact by email above on the page tabs or tweet us @FalseFabs. 🙂

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Who did well and who did not?

Natalie, Susanna, Fiona, Abbey and Patrick made impressive performances. Vanessa, Sophie, Mark and Rachel were not so good with structure all over the place conflicting the dance. The rest held stability and no stand out features.

Danger zone

Julien, Vanessa and Patrick.

Results to follow…

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