Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Week 2
The second week of the Strictly sequin battle is on. Tomorrow will see the very first dancing enthusiast leave the series after last week’s carried over judges votes added to the viewers votes tonight. The results will air on Sunday evening. The judges Craig, Darcey, Len and Bruno are back to score as well as ours in brackets also.
Thom & Iveta
Hot Hot Hot – Arrow
Lifeguard Thom jumps down to instantly groove feet well, good shimmy rhythm. Keen but tidy keeping dance together. Nifty arm flow through spins. Hips swaying with personality. Risky one arm lift of Iveta well done. Loose moments in spins afterward. Very good spin ending strong with passion and sway.
Len – You were hopping like buttons on a tight shirt. Danced right on the edge, no playing safe. Odd little mishap. That’s the way to go.
Bruno – There is no denying your easy on the eye. Nearly blew the thermostat. All about momentum. You went for it wasn’t quite as clean and disciplined as should be.
Craig – Should be fluid. Didn’t happen. stopping and starting through. Got to keep salsa going. Lift little bit ill prepared. Very ambitious. Good to attempt. Loving the hips, darling.
Darcey – Wishing you were directing those shimmy’s to me. Like that you took risks. Fast, exciting. For tall man to be that subtle. Brilliant.
5, 7, 7, 6 (7)
Jennifer & Tristan
Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
Smooth and gentle begin into hold. Tint of charisma shining through. Good spin around feet in hold. Good arm backward sway to sky. Slow but careful steps well moved through. Graceful dance for beginning series. High improvement.
Bruno – Not quite home run yet. Started to engage emotionally. Loved relationship there (with Tritian. Technique let you down. Stepping in the right way.
Craig – Posture at beginning showing some sign of promise. All went to pot. Lot of gaping. Arms need sorting out if your going to way them above. Not look at the floor.
Darcey – Some much more improvement. Cleaner. Still nerves there. You are getting there.
Len – Nerves got to you. Messed up, come out well. Just enjoy it.
4, 5, 5, 5 (5)
Simon & Kristina
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Arms at start bit cheap and simple. Slow get into hold. Decent turn throughs with eye contact. Awkward step away move alongs after. Trying to tick boxes causing dance to suffer better breakthrough. Good sways and sashays for first week that counts. Modern Tango with bad musicality despite popular song.
Craig – Didn’t set the world on fire. Sharp staccato moves. Out of time at beginning.
Darcey – So much dace content. Odd moment, did lose confidence. Keep the character within the dance.
Len – On pivots right leg goes straight. Peculiar moment. Overall, well done.
Bruno – Efficient, cool, clinical approach. Wanna see that animal magnetism coming out. Got do these steps right, Not just sequence of steps.
5, 7, 7, 7 (5)
Gregg & Aliona
Hey Good Lookin’ – Ray Charles
Aliona whips the cream on cake suggestively, before Gregg grabs in hold. Trot on the spot moments. Big Aliona kick only. Gregg alone on spot again with no movement. Very watered down rhythm wise. Aliona chases cake holder Gregg, who places on judges desk and dips face into.
Darcey – Lovely to see you got rid of nerves. Watch your direction.. Choose direction your kicking. Did actually see some dancing.
Len – You dance like I cook. Chuck it all in and hope for the best. Enjoy yourself.
Bruno – Lovely fluffy eclair.
Craig – No swivel whatsoever on supporting leg. Some sort of out of body experience. Possess double hop.
3, 5, 5, 5 (1)
Alison & Aljaz
I Just Wanna Make Love to You – Etta James
Executive business woman (in character) Alison shows good swivel with frame. Jazz hands thrown in. Minimal travel along with Aljaz but still carefully held together. Push back of Aljaz technically a jump off ground to a lift. Slow tilt backs. Alsion catches overworked Aljaz in hold cuddle back. Great potential.
Len – Your trump card is latin American. Once into hold, not as refined as should be. Great entertainment.
Bruno – Foxtrot requires very smooth flow. Got to work on that in Ballroom. Got the personality.
Craig – Thought attitude very good. Hips swings created a solid boom.
Darcey – Could have traveled a lot more. Never going to get bored of you.
5, 5, 6, 6 (5)
Tess had a quick introduction sat next to Ian Beale off Eastenders and rival show X Factor’s gormless puppet Olly Murs. There was no need to show them, no chat with them and don’t tout them for the next series. Makes BBC so pathetic.
Jake & Janette
Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
Great start into swivel hips and groove passion. Quick, smooth and strong partnership in arm move throughs. Controlled lift back cartwheel over body of Janette. Good dip down single hand hold. Amazing limbo dancing power-play by both. Huge buzz, fantastic drive. What oomph.
Bruno – Undiluted, full on fun time!
Craig – Darling that hip action could crack coconuts.
Darcey – One of best Salsa performances I’ve seen for a long time.
Len – Spank me gently with a wet shammy. Your timing… Fantastic.
8, 9, 9, 9 (9)
Now Strictly have decided to Open the Strictly public judges. You have to nominate someone. clearly a stolen tactic from us, but I guess thats’s the perverted BBC for you. Never changes when it has a real chance since the Paedophilic sex scandal involving child abuse with Sir Jimmy Savile among other scandals. Juvenile.
Judy & Anton
She’s a Lady – Tom Jones
Judy starts by hitting a tennis ball then looking around lost. Critical time lost to dance. Anton flies around the floor instead. Judy starts to move side to side in hold, then moves to a towel with Anton. Standing on spot again doing nothing and pushing Anton back along. Walks around to pick up racket again to hit another ball. Dreadful and wasteful.
Craig – Fighting the floor a little bit. Body as tight as newly strung racket. Very stiff and tense.
Darcey – Shame you went out of sync.
Len – Few foot faults here. Just like Gregg, enjoy yourself.
Bruno – More court 18 than centre court. Practise. Blank all the time.
2, 5, 5, 5 (1)
Caroline & Pasha
Blame – Calvin Harris feat. John Newman
Seated Tango to a contemporary feel. Good flip rounds in hold. Almost fall on sharp back down tilt. Too bassy for middle music moment. Good turns with staccato’s. Flat in middle of song. /Not very Tango’ey now. Pasha picks up suitcase to leave. Good start, flat middle, pointless end. Stilettos and staccato, but not much else.
Darcey – Fierce. Take effort in shoulders.
Len – Full on routine. No easy bit where relax a little. Get a bit tight hera and there.
Bruno – Full of gutsy physicality. Put your full being into it. Amazing legs, luv.
Craig – Well done.
7, 7, 7, 8 (7)
Tim & Natalie
When You Wish Upon a Star
Smooth interaction into hold. Graceful and careful footing done well. Good movement around holds gliding long. Very good movement diagonally to full floor elegance. Huge improvement. Sweet and stylish.
Len – It was charming.
Bruno – Went for a different angle this week. Very endearing. Couple of mistakes. As dance progresses you deflate. Beginning very very good. Maintain that.
Craig – Started beautifully. Did use floor beautifully.
Darcey – Created right mood, right quality. Travel and glided all the way through.
5, 6, 6, 6 (6)
Sunetra & Brendan
Million Dollar Bill – Whitney Houston
Sunetra emerges from a globe chair to get to the floor. Good solo shimmy’s and work of the floor. Good back and forth leg working. Too flashy from Brendan leaving Sunetra isolated to fail at certain points. Good overall feel.
Bruno – Sultry Sunetra. Really enjoyed the moment. Push through your legs. Great performance.
Craig – Natural all round feel for thi dance. Good hip rotation. Problem, straightening of the legs.
(Brendan moans, again)
Darcey – One glamorous lady on that floor.
Len – What they saying Brendan is quite true. Just be better than you were the week before.
6, 6, 7, 7 (6)
Mark & Karen
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Cheesy start from Mark in a jumper and jeans. First easy lift to get from corner to floor. Feet quite clumsy and gallopy. Very careless and cheap focus on character portrayal of cheese than dance. Laboured and empty. No drive, passion, style, charisma or oomph. Flat and watered down lily in garden of misfortune.
Bruno – Pleasantly surprised. Went wrong couple of times. I really enjoyed it, my darling.
Craig – Arm not connected.
(Bruno disagrees with interruption.)
Craig (continues) – You have to work on that because it looks terrible.
Darcey – Smooth in hold.
Len – Onward and upward.
6, 7, 7, 7 (3)
Scott & Joanne
Stop – The Spice Girls
How can you ever think this will be great? A Spice Girls Tango to Stop? Still in the Brother/Sister friend zone with extra cheese. Surprise. BBC get the typical lazy ‘get Nick Grimshaw on’ moment from in-house DJ’s of BBC. Systemic much?
The pair get ready in their bedroom before meeting each other. Stand on spot with no movement before stick bum out badly. More solo work from Joanne with Scott failing to do much. Walk back on feet terrible. Walk backs very empty again. One thing dance moment all way through making retitive and boredom filled. Out of depth.
Darcey – Jo has been working you hard. Keeping in character would really help. Keep eye focus going.
Len – Light and gentle. better than last week.
Bruno – Was it a dream Was it a nightmare? I don’t know. Felt a little bit weird and laboured.
Craig – Right hand way too high. Right foot pigeon toed. Probably why you tripped over. Lacked any style.
4, 5, 6, 5 (2)
Pixie & Trent
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Good tender start but too long to get in hold. Strong posture up-kept. Strong sense of direction. Good presentation and smooth swirls. Partnership seemingly perfect. Romantic end. Beautiful dance.
Len – No messing, no stressing. Lovely routine. Gorgeous.
Bruno – Princess Pixie. Strictly devine.
Craig – Does make a fantastic partnership. Beautiful dance.
Darcey – One beautiful performance.
8, 9, 9, 9 (8)
Steve & Ola
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Slow waiting for Ola at treasure chest. Loose hands. Awkward dad danceing moments with side to side elbowing. Dip down of Ola decent. Very slow walk around of Ola before penis bumping her to the floor in another over-sexualised moment by BBC by the BBC children’s presenter. Weak ending. Not fun, more goofy.
Bruno – Footwork was bit muddy.
Craig – Like being in some terrible disco in Soho, darling. Jumped Ola and threw her. Hips made of MDF.
Darcey – Working very hard at extending those arms.
Len – Wrapped up in the moment.
3, 6, 6, 6 (3)
Frankie & Kevin
Happy Days – Norman Gimble and Charles Fox
Strong start and happy arms. Good partnership and strong synchronicity. Good central kick out spins. Cheeky aeroplaning fun moments. Bubbly fun and good grooving.
Craig – Jive and Charleston fusion bit out. Worked brilliantly. Dont have any swivel whatsoever. Little bit more goofy and quirky. Good job.
Darcey – Terrific. Weird mix, I like that. High energy.
Len – Awkward because had Rock ‘n; Rolly feel. Bit funny in lift. Next week is movie night. Frankie Goes to Hollywood,
Bruno – Took a great twist. You early dropped her, not your fault. I really enjoyed it.
7, 7, 8, 8 (7)
Best dance of the week?
Jake and Janette
Who is the most likely after tonight’s performances to be booted out from the public? We’ll give three (in no order) who could be in trouble of the danger zone.
Judy, Gregg and Scott