Strictly Come Dancing 2015
Week 2: Beginning
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
Let’s Misbehave – Cole Porter
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pencil Full of Lead – Paolo Nutini
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
Happy Together – The Turtles
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
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
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.
(in no particular order)
Carol, Iwan and Jeremy
Results to follow.
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.