Strictly Come Dancing, 2013, Week 9 Results

Strictly Come Dancing, Week 9 Results

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Strictly opens with Bruno and Craig “baking a cake” as the professional dancers enter a sweet, fluffy candy blast, complete with Artem, Aljaz and Kevin baking in oven mitts. James and Anton wheel on the cake as out pops Tory baker Mary Berry. (She wouldn’t let a black female win the baking contest in BBC’s Great British Bake Off.) There were also no tips from Chancellor George Osborne on how to bake a cake.

Tess and Claude pop on with a muffin and full bake get up on Claudia. After pretending to eat the cupcake with no bite made and a recap of the backstage goss (which hasn’t been shown this properly for nine weeks!) the results are revealed.

The first couple saved into next week, in no particular order is Natalie and Artem. Also going through is Ashley and Ola and Susanna and Kevin. The first couple facing the dance off is Mark and Iveta.

Il Divo

*Unspecified song by BBC and Media*

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Opening with a string Orchestra the suited quartet of dapper chaps belted a powerful emphasis of classical sound upon Strictly. It was a first class performance as is often the case of Il Divo and their outstanding falsettos.

Len’s Lens

Down the lens we go. Mark was under scrutiny as Len give a masterclass of standing sway for extra tips.  Darcey commented on Ben and Kristina. We saw Ben in slow motion flexing his muscles once again. That’s his only selling point, like, ever. “Like someone having a draw string in his back” Craig said of Ashley dancing. Darcey spoke again as Bruno pulled faces. Bruno’s 10 mark handed to Natalie was discussed.” We want the dancing to be spectacular and I will NOT give a ten until absolutely perfect.” Craig responds as Len nods in agreement as the contest gets serious.

The votes are back in as we discover who else is joining week 10. Going through is Patrick and Anya and Abbey and Aljaz. The second couple dancing again is Ben and Kristina, leaving Sophie and Brendan to sail through to the next week.

“I think I’ve been on borrowed time” Ben adds after receiving some tips from Bruno for the danceoff.

The dance off

Mark and Iveta

Foxtrot

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Still a little slow but now making full use of the floor in a good use of steps and sway.

Ben and Kristina

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Ben’s muscles and weight flexing become the selling point again. Smiley Ben’s steps are rather kak-handed despite effort, has no rhythm.

The Judges Vote

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It’s a tense vote of equal tension.

Craig begins – Both made mistakes but I’d like to save Ben and Kristina.

Darcey – Couple I would like to save based on tonight’s performance is Mark and Iveta.

Bruno – Both endearing. Mistakes very obvious so I have to save Mark and Iveta.

Len – Did both go wrong, one small mistake, other two blatant. On this performance I have to save Mark and Iveta.

Been a great experience. Don’t get to dress like this everyday. Kristina’s been great.

Make me so proud. Had most rewarding time as Rihanoff wells up.

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Pants. Ben poses in white briefs for fans.

We’ve got nothing against Big Ben, but the media hypocrisy from the BBC with the levels of over-sexualisation branding people, especially the gay community, something he says he works in, as dirty and objectified as leering predators as his only selling point is not supportive to his cause. It leaves many to be ‘left out’ or misrepresented and the only gay community work Ben has done is posed for a calendar and be ‘gay friendly’ supporting equal rights. This is fine, but do not pledge you do so much when you do minimal and only strip off then say a couple of words. This is the unheard voices of the gay community to which we have strong links, as with many other community sources. His skills at dancing were often over-hyped and caused daft comments. If Ben ever wants a chat, our door is open. Of course, mainstream media will pounce in the only way they know how which adds nothing to your causes. Ben wants to participate in next year’s gay games. No doubt there will be a 2014 calendar, too. For now, that is all.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Week 8 Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Week 8 Results: Blackpool

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Tonight’s glitzy results come live from the Blackpool Tower. The first couple making it through is – Susanna and Kevin. Also joining the show next week is – Abbey and Aljaz, Ashley and Ola. The first to grace the danceoff is – Mark and Iveta.

Andre Rieu

Music of the night

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Added with a tender routine with Anton and Iveta, Andreu Rieu gave yet another stunning performance without one note improper with his own orchestra. Flawless once again.

Len’s Lens

More round up came from the protruding lens. Nothing of interest was seen.

 

The rest of the results are revealed now by Tess. Making it through in the second batch of results is – Patrick and Anya, Sophie and Brendan and Natalie and Artem. The couple joining the bottom two for the danceoff is Fiona and Anton leaving Ben and Kristina homefree to next week.

 

JLS

Billion Lights

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The fourpiece boyband gave an extremely shouty and awkward song added with Marvin’s awful miming on offer. It was off key, had weird staging and was trying so desperately to have an electric sound which should not have been attempted. The R’n’B pop band should not do something they can’t handle. They are then overexposed as now. It didn’t work. Oh. And that Marvin is presenting Series three of The Voice UK soon. Now it become all so clear why they were there.

The dance off

Mark and Iveta dance off against Fiona and Anton. Both performances were once again the same as their performance earlier, however both looked more at ease this time round.

The vote has put both couples on equal par. It’s a tough call as to who should go. Fun with Mark or give Fiona another chance.  All in all, we would choose Fiona, ultimately to stay but its tight. To improve she needs to really go for it without too much seriousness in step approval.

The Judges Vote

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The judges now vote. In the event of a tie head judge Len, as always, will have the casting vote.

Craig – Couple I would like to save, Fiona and Anton.

Darcey – Like to save is Mark and Iveta.

Bruno – Couple like to save is Mark and Iveta.

Len – (Now has the deciding vote) – Very close thing. Gave them both 8’s. Danceoff you up your game or nerves. For that reason I’m going to save Mark and Iveta.

Bond Girl and Author Fiona Fullerton flutters away from the show. Fiona said of her parting ways the show was “like being a guest at the best party in the world.” She tanked Anton for being “unbeleivably patient.”

Anton gave praise to his golden-eye. “This show is made fun by the people we get to dance with. Lovely.”

Fullerton left with a grateful and cheerful end to the Strictly experience.

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Strictly Come Dancing, Week 8: Blackpool

Strictly Come Dancing, Week 8, Blackpool

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This week is the extravaganza build up that is Blackpool. Last year was Wembley, this year it’s back ‘upt north.’

Opening the floor with a loud pink and blue sass fest were the professionals and some young ballroom dancers to lift the mood of Strictly fun fest for its eighth week. With so much on the line who will raise their game and be booted off the tower? Get ready to catch the donkey ride home.

The BBC decided to spend much more of the taxpayers money on the celebrities being wheeled in on a platform and Sophie Ellis Bextor (among the other females) in a putrid green peacock costume. Was it really worth that much?

Out stroll our glam hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly to get the ball(room) rolling.

First up this week is…

Sophie and Brendan

Quickstep

The Lady Is A Tramp – Shirley Bassey

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The first thing we see is Sophie’s mum (again) wheeled out by the BBC for some tips on how to dance. Thanks for that unimportant tidbit.

Sophe begins stepping down the table to join Brendan in hold. Good start on the floor, carried by Brendan somewhat still. Little off time in middle of song. Stops slow for a moment in routine costing time. Runs around out of hold from Brendan only into arms of three human male props. Having multiple dancers to hide flaws is no level of success.

The judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussel, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli give their comments and scores, along with our professional mark in brackets.

Len – Full of intent. Hair wafting out. absolutely spot on.

Bruno – This lady definitely is not a tramp. You’re a tease. Full of character. Really, really nice. Check the top line.

Craig – I really loved the story. However, your top line thought you lost. Bit loose, jaggered. Storytelling absolutely phenomenal.

Darcey – You came alive. It was so beautiful.

7, 9, 9, 9 (6)

Brucie explains about the Shakespearian tragedy MacBeth. Funny, we send a Macbethian tweet of dialogue out two weeks ago. BBC are so clever aren’t they? As well as contradictory with their systematic levels of abuse. Anything spring to mind now then, now then?

Patrick and Anya

Samba

Copa Cabana – Barry Manilow

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Helped by two feather babes. Joins Anya quickly into strong hold. Shame of awkward malfunction slightly in hold from Garnis clothing with Patrick. Recovers quickly from Patrick. Leading well with Anya into spin around arm groove. Good rhythm. Strong presence on own as well as with Anya. Great show but a tad awks.

Dave Arch and his fabulous Orchestra were introduced for providing the excellent evening’s live sound.

Bruno – A blistering hot Samba. Captured the flavour so well. Variety of steps. Rhythm. Close to perfection except mess up and tiny incident. Stop me to give it the perfect score. One of the best male Samba dancers we ever had.

Craig – Think you are one of the best, just unfortunate it went horribly wrong. That could have been dazz-a-ling, darling.

Darcey – Extraordinary difficult dance. No gimmicks. Tiny, tiny fault. It was superb, well done.

Len – That’s not a Samba, it’s a Wamba! You just messed up one step. It was fantastic. You are a terrific dancer. Believe me.

8, 9, 9, 9 (8)

Tess – Go Coconuts!

It’s Big Ben time, Brucie informs. Smiley Ben is shown. Should he dance with his shirt off? Any ladies here? Bruce continues to pander the audience who predicatble reply with a slut fest with tongues hanging out letching. How sad of a common denominator are you?

Ben and Kristina

American Smooth

Fallin’ – Alicia Keys

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Ben’s preparation involved a game of Buckeroo and Twister. Saddle up, then.

Kristina was thrown forward by three males as Ben dances on spot to side movement only. One move Ben catches Kristina after the three other dancers lift her onto him. Ben carried by Kristina into arm flip around. Rihanoff runs into lift as Ben only stands and hoists up. Weak, lackluster and empty. As well as cheating with dancers there was no skill on offer here though Ben did however tick a couple of feet boxes in right place.

Craig – Big Ben is back. Very quick Viennese. Would’ve licked bit more out of hold. Vast improvement.

Darcey- Air and flow. What a tentative partner you are. Think about what your gonna do. Brilliant.

Len – Honestly, last week, I thought your Jive was fabulous.  When you’re out of hold gets bit too wimpy.

Bruno – Aw, Ben. Had such warmth. Most difficult part was a Viennese Waltz, which you did very well. Well done.

Of course, this week was the sympathy vote in the national press after Ben did the rounds stating he would dedicate this week to his late father and to ‘get the gays’ talking about wearing only his pants. Again. We don’t do any bull here. We are not here to tell biased accounts on sympathy. Everyone has a hard life. Cut the crap. Be a professional. If you impress on skill and merit, you will get the credit. But most media apart from us is too scared to be honest and professional, isn’t it?

8, 8,8, 8 (3)

Ashley and Ola

Paso Doble

You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi

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Slow in hold standing there only behind Ola. Focus on Ola skirt wafting only. No prominence. Slow legs crossover looking empty. Stamp of feet up on floor a lift. Naughty naughty. Another foot lift afterwards. Empty and nothing eventful whatsoever. Cowboy with open shirt will secure votes. Contemporary calamity with Paso Bore-ble.

Darcey – Had strong lines. Just would have loved a little bit more drama.

Len – I thought you got stronger and stronger. Speed and the stillness. Whip it and wait.

Bruno – Lone ranger is back with a vengeance. Plenty of thrust. Never lost the focus. I disagree with them. Thought you were on it. Could not take my eyes off you.

Craig – Cowboy defending himself with a cape doesn’t really do it for me. Idea bit bizarre, am into bizarre and extraordinary, and that was extraordinary.

8, 9, 9, 9, (4)

Looks like Len has forgotten the cheeky lifts observation from two weeks ago. Say something nice on Blackpool week, aye?

Fiona and Anton

American Smooth

Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

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After charismatic Anton stops shmoozing other female dancers, lifts Fiona into soft glide lift decently. Arms bit wayward. Kicks good. Clean lift flying skirt around by steps. Good partner work. Held own in end lift too, despite minor awkwardness. Fair, hard effort and elegant.

Len – Lifts, little bit economy. Had an air of style and class about it.

Bruno – VIP lounge! Elegant, very proper, dainty. When you change direction, you go ‘Ooh where’s my handbag?’ Anton is there. I thought you looked really good.

Craig – Liked to have seen bit smoother throughout. Last pivots, getting into last lift utter disaster as we all managed to witness. First class element – the soft shoe in the middle. Gorgeous.

Darcey – Lovely little details. Create nice lines. Only a couple of those things. Looks a little bit unfinished.

6, 7, 8, 8 (6)

Abbey and Aljaz

Quickstep

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

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In hold feet sweet. Good turns and in hold head pivots with arms. Kept up with run along trot strongly. Good hops on spot let down a tad with leg extension bit low. Recovered with strong symmetry legs bicycle kicking with Aljaz. Ends well on deck chairs.

Bruno – Champagne for Abbey! Unbelievable

Craig – Lot of gaping throughout. Frame loose throughout. Let it go completely. In Charleston sections dancing with both arms. These are minor details, I absolutely loved it.

Darcey – It was beautiful. You travelled with control.

Len – If you were a stick of Blackpool rock, you’d have talent in the middle. Speed, clarity of movement. That was good.

7, 10, 10, 10 (8)

This, of course is the week, in which Strictly votes its performers up to keep them in the contest for its preferred final from executives behind the scenes. Which, also costs them public votes in response. People are not that thick. It will also hurt Abbey as a dancer when further along.

Mark and Iveta

Jive

You Can’t Stop the Beat  – Hairspray

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Fast bouncy number gets mood going. Mark in hold with Iveta well for start. Hands and character keeping stead well. Fun shimmy’s along with style. Bit stalling though. Gets crowd clapping along well. Good walk around with Iveta. Spins of Iveta toward Mark good but not fully done by Benton.

Craig – little bit flat footed and stompy. Looked like you had flippers on end of your legs. Really looking for bit more technique. Loved Hairspray sector. Brilliant.

Darcey – Show stopping performance. Tried really hard. So much content.

Len – It was fun. Joy in performance. Big. Brash. Noisy and fabulous to watch.

Bruno – What you gave us is a fantastic ride. Feel good factor through the roof. Kicks and flicks could’ve been sharper.

5, 8, 8, 8 (7)

Susanna and Kevin

Paso Doble

Los Toreadors – From musical Carmen

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Foot stomping of matador Kevin slowly guides bullish Susanna to the floor into hold as the action begins. Strong start with spins and character. Bit timid in middle side to side with Kevin. Wafts skirt bit too much. Ends strong on arm swift interlocks before covered by huge red cape. Very strong skill but lacking a tough fire to get top marks.

Darcey – I loved it. You ate up the dance floor. The drama, the dynamics.

Len – Full of tasty morsels all the way through.

Bruno – Isssss Car-men! It was just… FAN-TAS-TIC!

Craig – Absolutely Fab-u-lous!

9, 10, 10, 10 (8)

BBC anchor Susanna said “I’m not a ten person.” You are in Blackpool, dear.

Natalie and Artem

Charleston

Bang Bang – will.i.am

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Natalie’s blackouts were explained after last week’s dramatic turn of events saw Natalie gain a bye for the week.

Gaining secret access, Artem struts up to podium sweetie Natalie. Working the funky footwork on the floor together with strong kick around head legs of Artem from Nat. Into hold well, but little stalling. Clearly week has affected confidence a little. Roll through from over shoulder of Artem very clean and tidy with consistent end.

Len – Spectacular.

Bruno – Your party could go on forever.

Craig – Loved modern twist. sen-sa-tion-al.

Darcey – Always beautiful details. Added something new, character and personality. Joy to watch.

9, 10, 10, 10

Ever predictable considering the over-marking but if this is the theme for a Blackpool/Wembley arena show, then what is the point? Keep it simple or just don’t bother as it dips into how your seen by others as a good show or not.

 

Danger zone

Who could face the bottom of the pack this week?

Fiona, Mark and Patrick

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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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Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Results, Week 6

SCD Week 6 Results

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The ever glam Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the results to reveal which dance couples will leave the show this week.

Revealed in “no particular order” the first couple safe is Patrick and Anya. Joining them to next week is Sophie and Brendan, Fiona and Anton, Ben and Kristina.

The first couple to fall into the dreaded dance off is Abbey and Aljaz.

Madness

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The dark and stylish Camden crew were called upon to give a spooky indie themed performance. As usual, it was a classic show from Suggs and the band to add to the professional dancers’ wacky Beetlejuice monochrome dwindling tunnel.

Len’s Lens

It’s time once more to peer down the all-seeing lens of Len, capturing all the unseen, juicy extras. Craig made it up the stairs this week with a sparkly crutch. Instantly shown was Ben Cohen’s naked chest body with the crowd screaming like a slut fest orgy.

Len commented on the lift abuses in Sophie and Brendan’s routine. Womaniser Brendan was shown trying to pounce on Darcey with his claw as she recoiled in horror telling him he had no chance.  Darcey and Bruno were shown with their congratulations of awarding the first ten to Natalie and Artem. (As did False Fabs.) Craig added she “wobbled” a bit which knocked her getting a ten. We agree with Craig, certain critique must be adhered to, but in this case her effortless rendition was deserving compared to the rest of the failing pack. Rachel was under the microscope with Craig who felt she earned her seven.

The results are back now as we find out who else has made it through to next week. Going through is Susanna and Kevin, Mark and Iveta, Natalie and Artem and Ashley and Ola.

The final couple facing the dance off is Rachel and Pasha leaving Dave and Karen to stride through to the lucky week number seven.

The dance off

Abbey and Aljaz

Rumba

Stay – Shakespeare’s Sister

It was clearly another near fautless performance from Abbey. The majority of the steps were touched and in a structured level as the previous evening.

Rachel and Pasha

American Smooth

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ – Jay Hawkins

Rachel gave a similar and good performance, with improvement from the evening, but cannot rely on this to carry her through on the final crucial vote off.

Judges Vote

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Craig – I would like to save Abbey and Aljaz.

Darcey – Both couples performed even better tonight. Couple I have to save is Abbey and Aljaz.

Bruno – Very difficult. I would like for Abbey and Aljaz to stay.

Len – Agreed. I would have saved Abbey and Aljaz.

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Times Up!

Talking of her time Rachel said “I haven’t cried until now. Really enjoyed tonight. Abbey’s just gorgeous. No shame in going out to her.” She also thanks Strictly for her experience. Pasha said “it was amazing to work with you. It’s been an absolute pleasure Riley responded to dance pro Pasha. Riley clocks off from the competition with praise from her fellow Strictly ‘family’ friends.

Reflection

On reflection we gave Abbey a 7 and Rachel a 6 which means that the pair of them were fairly equal performances on the night. But none of them were overly fascination or capturing audience imagination which has cost them votes in light of elderly grannies voting for Fiona, Gays and Women shameless voting for Ben, the comedy act Dave garnering fun votes ‘for a laugh’ and Sophie gaining the housewives sympathy votes of their ‘fantasy daughter.’ These are the problems that cost Strictly its reputation in terms of audience because it paves the way for such stupidity, most recent with Dave and Cohen. It’s time for the audience to start voting carefully on the dances and the competition instead of an ‘XFactor’ favouritism that Strictly is meant to avoid for fans.

Strictly Bingo!

Into Week 6 and our Bingo card is shaping up nicely. Come on Strictly, we need them all! Get a move on. Ben will be gone soon, so give us the shirt.

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Strictly Come Dancing, Week 6

SCD 2013, Week 6, Halloween

Strictly Come Dancing

Week six of the Strictly sequined extravaganza begins. This week we descend into the deadly ‘Horrorwood’ where the ghoulish and the gor-g-hous find their rhythm. This is week six and the stakes are higher than ever. No time for complacency, the contest is starting to seriously begin.

The glitzy hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, are joined by the spooky judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, along with our professionally realistic and somewhat shocking score in brackets below with the performances. Also joining is the exceptional live orchestra, headed by maestro Dave Arch.

The ever annoying sh*t stain that is Louis Smith was booked in the audience by the pathetic BBC after failing to listen to public opinion. Will the ghost of Jimmy Savile appear tonight?

Patrick and Anya

Quickstep

Man With the Hex – Atomic Fireballs

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Comedy face. Into hold non eventful. Nothing movement to influence others watching. Good kicks. Capable around floor. Feels empty. Anya zombiefied and limp in story, saved by Patrick. Finally giving some funky footwork with strong oomph. Lacking star punch.

Len – Lack of body contact. Liked the speed.

Bruno – The magic spell you concocted had all the right ingredients. More content in that then you’ve ever had. Frame bit loose. Maintain the frame.

Craig – I can only but agree. Energy was phenomenal. Loved theatricality. Full of character. Timing, as always, exceptional.

Darcey – Anya, you’ve worked with Patrick’s strengths. That was fast. Well done.

8,9,9,8 (6)

Fiona and Anton

Charleston

Jeepers Creepers – Al Donahue

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Enacting a rigormortis scarecrow into hold Fiona found the floor with a good but timid pace. Somewhat distilled in pace but decent with leg flying lifts spinning around. Anton steps over Fiona through legs followed with a run around a leapfrog atop back. Was fun but very limp overall. Not strong enough in character and belief to just go for it.

BT– Like Halloween at Doris Day’s house. Lacked kind of fire Charleston had. Be aware of timing. When you go out of sync with Anton it really shows.

CRH – Too light and well behaved. Timing, as Bruno said was out. But, on the good side you do have a fantastic amount of swivel.

Bruce asks comments from Dave next.

DB – Darcey.

BF – It says Dave!

Bruno quips in – She looks particular butch today.

Seemingly knocked, Darcey solemnly responds – For me what you do brilliantly is you tell a story. Nice and cheeky but you are out of time. Still on your way up.

Just a minute, George.

LG – I don’t agree with these people. I thought it was a proper Charleston. I think I’m right. Well done.

6, 7, 8, 7 (6)

Get ready ladies its Big Ben time.

Ben smiles and waves.

Ben and Kristina

Paso Doble

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

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Timid steps from full bodily exposed Ben. Wafts cap around to hide inaccuracy. Kristina pulls Ben across floor in laughable exchange. Kristina twirls around Ben on the spot. Ben moves around with Kristina on the floor. Very slow. On the spot dancing with no impact or skill. Boring and only body show off to win votes. Lame.

CRH – Got to admit I was slightly distracted. Little bit blocky and without shape.

DB – The attack, dance content much more. If you’re gonna show it off, use it. Gave me great lasting image, thank you very much.

LG – Looking at you we’ve got so much in common. Was looking for fireworks, there was none. It was an Explosion! Could have more finesse.

BT – Now were starting to guess it. With all that muscle you can outdo the Minotaur.

Ben asks to be shown and jumps up to stand behind Bruno in the man behind ass in anal position to please gay fans as well as women for votes based on lacklustre dancing. BBC continues to be full of smut. Many ‘real’ gay people in the community are upset with such tacky representation as a dirty perv lusting over any body.

7,8,9,8 (3)

Sophie and Brendan

Jive

Maneater – Hall and Oates

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Marauding down the stairs come both into a spin of no real impact. On floor Bextor footing and momentum lost. Minimal action and leggy walking again while titled over Brendan’s head with a cartwheel once more which is a LIFT. Brendan loves to always break the rules. It can’t compensate for a terrible dance with no skill.

DB – Jive is high, fast energy with sharp kicks. Knees all way through are bent. Didn’t get into any sharp kicks. Let me down.

Len – Come out with more confidence and impact. So much more that could come out. Get out and attack it.

BT – Bit heavy and leggy. Wonderful sense of style. Require much more precision. Timing wasn’t always as good as usually is.

Brendan answers back once again.

6, 7, 8, 7 (2)

Natalie and Artem

Viennese Waltz

Devil in Me – Natalie Duncan

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Rising from the center among the mist, graceful undead Natalie glides perfectly with Vamp Artem. Excellent arm extensions. Great in hold tender and smooth effervescence. Composed, effortless, excellent footwork and armographies.

LG – Let me say that was lovely. Challenge of Viennese Waltz is to stay in hold. Feeling of an American Smooth. It was lovely.

BT – “This was magic!”

CRH – You make me sick, darling. Fab-u-lous!

DB – Expect so much from you. You never disappoint. A dream.

9, 10, 9, 10 (10)

Mark and Iveta

Paso Doble

I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper – Sarah Brightman

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Spaceman Mark descends from space to emerge from his capsule to seduce alien Iveta. In hold strong frontal focus. Working Iveta well in hold. Somewhat resigned however with Iveta circling around him. Very wait for Iveta to come to me and not in a leadership way. Great performance with strong beam up to Babylon 5.

BT – Its Astro Dave! Fun but not quite right content. I loved it but not really a Paso.

CRH -Little bit heavy, stompy. Isolation good. Rhythm fantastic.

DB – Entertainment, conviction, attack all there. Curve elbows.

LG – Houston we got a problem. Long on performance, short on technique.

BF – Is that it?

LG – Been told to be quick.

6, 6, 7, 6 (4)

Rachel and Pasha

American Smooth

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ – Jay Hawkins

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As a portrait coming to life through the Strictly cobwebs Pasha guides his partner out. She could have done it herself. In hold spin around by Pasha just happy to be there. Too meek and left and right with arms and movement. Fair lifts add to feeling of dance. Trying hard but still not pushing that hidden thing inside enough to really dazzle. Too timid. Find the killer instinct.

CRH – Welcome back darling in the competition.

DB – Difference from last week. Loved it. Transformation in your top line. Point feet in lifts.

LG – You’re best dance tonight.

BT – Zombie bride has found her mojo.

7, 7, 8, 8 (6)

Ashley and Ola

Tango

Beautiful Monster – Neyo

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Creepy Ola catches up with prowling Ashley mirroring sharp arm movements. Into hold very slow move around looking lost for a second. Recovers with spin around but checking place to travel to next. Trying hard sharp flicks too awkwardly. Very rushed and tentative. Good spin glide around of Ola held by Taylor hands. Decent effort, but missing some key elements.

DB –I’m really attracted to the evil Ashley. Staccato. Very nice all way through.

LG – Detail is missing. Just the small things. Get top better. Polish it up.

BT – Nightstalker takes his prey. Had menacing power to it. Now, you have to go to next stage. Polish technique.

CRH – Aggressive, dark, mysterious I really loved it, Sort, your, head out!

8, 9, 8, 8 (8)

Abbey and Aljaz

Rumba

Stay – Shakespeare’s Sister

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Curtain drape train broken from Abbey into Aljaz’s arms slow and tender adding to strength of dance. Little too slow to next part of routine, however. Good feet pointed down to floor on Aljaz drag. Lifted legs too high pertaining a lift. Bit too dependent on Aljaz.

For only seven weeks training you are amazing

BT – Abbey, you’re here to stay.

CRH – One word, Im-pressive.

DB – Just watch smooth transitions between each move. Chemistry, brilliant.

8, 8, 9, 9 (7)

Dave and Karen

Jive

Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Picket

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Karen in the Batmobile starts being chased by Dave behind her just walking and then standing behind her. Dave sways around following Karen around the room. In hold dances on spot with nothing of interest. Extends limp arm on occasion. Fun filled joker may soon be flying off. Terrible tragedy.

BT – Listen, it was a soft show shuffle of mashed potatoes. Jive was non-existent. I have to be truthful.

CRH – Little bit like the weather. Cloudy, grey and dismal,

DB – I know you tried really hard. Get on balls of feet.

LG – Like a Cumberland sausage chasing the mustard.

4, 5, 6, 4 (1)

Susanna and Kevin

Charleston

Bad Moon Rising by Creedance Clearwater Revival

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After waking from the movies, making it to the floor footwork and lindy hops kept well to tone of dance. Good lift by Kevin. Strange lift of Susanna’s full frontal lady area on spin around kicks very perverse for the BBC. Average work following on floor. Nothing great, nothing bad. Ends on lift.

CRH – What I love about you is you take full advantage of freedom of expression. Really, really enjoyed it.

DB – Sweet, fun cheeky. Like a little bit more crispness in the moves.

LG – Good technique. Plenty of treats.

BT – Have you got him house trained? Totally charmed. You give so much joy to everything you do. Sidekicks absolutely wonderful.

8, 8, 9, 9 (8)

Danger zone

Rachel, Dave and Fiona

Results to follow…

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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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