Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Week 8 Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2012:

Week 8 Results

Flawless

Strictly opened with the dance crew from Britain’s Got Talent performing with the Show’s professional females in a very good opener and pleasing beginning.

After the recap from hosts Tess and Claudia, the first batch of results were revealed as to who were safe.

The couples through to next week were – Kimberley and Pasha, Louis and Flavia, Nicky and Karen.

The first couple to make the dreaded dance off were – Michael and Natalie.

After gazing down Len’s Lens at some more hilarity angles with Craig getting his groove on, bowler hat gent Len entering with a cheeky bum pat with sheer gumption and comedy clips the results were back to Tess.

Making it through were – Dani and Vincent and Denise and James.

The next couple making up the dance off were – Victoria and Brendan, leaving Lisa and Robin through to next week.

The Script

Hall of Fame

The Script. Or Danny, as he’s known…

Good song, good band, was OK performance. Not really moved, like them, but all for Danny show as re-signed to The Voice UK to be screened, on the BBC, in the spring of 2013 to combat Britain’s Got talent on rival show ITV.

The dance off

Victoria and Brendan

Much better second time round letting go and enjoying it as advised by the judges. Still minor in armogarapy and steps timid though better than original performance, but not enough to classify as a full on great routine. Bless her, but, its time to go.

Michael and Natalie

Michael very stationary but will he add any dark personality? Little more grace and movement with attack than previously. Must remain routine as before, however did show more attack and attempt to improve the dance and its presentation. Decision is easy tonight, but, will the votes go as such?

The Judges Vote

Craig – completely smashed it, thought fantastic. Michael and Natalie saved.

Darcey – Yes I’m gonna save Michael and Natalie.

Bruno – Save the best foremost. Michael and Natalie

Len – Agreed with Michael and Natalie.

Victoria humourously adds she would save them too. “So much fun, loved every second, pushed out of comfort zone.” Costume, hair and make up were graciously thanked by Pendleton. “Fantastic experience.”

Brendan added – Emotional rollercoaster. So excited to work with. Proud of her.

Heart of the nation, but “Queen Vic” now peddles on.

Having a fun dance at end.

A lovely lady but her time to go.

Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Week 8

Strictly Come Dancing 2012:

Week 8

As always, scores are below from judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, along with our professional score. Brucie recounts his tale of going on an 18 – 30 holiday after Dani had one. It was in 1830. Ba Boom! Was a great crowd pleaser and start to smile with.

Dani and Vincent

Samba

Single Ladies (Put a ring on it) – Beyonce

Good sass and sizzle start with Vincey flamboyant chest gyrate with spangle sequins shimmer. Good for her but lacking some spark in energy a little. Good poised strength of character in routine. Hot aeroplane down end lift, but still a lift, technically.

1 yr out Craig? Cheers. Need a cheap call for a fill in? 😀

LG – got party started. Brave start. Lots of basic stuff going on, thought it was fabulous. BT – I would put a ring on it. Babycham aside, hip action, I loved it. CRH – one hot little dancer. Body ripples perfection. Tidy Samba. Beyonce quotations he loved loved. Sir Bruce Forsyth added –  didn’t hear quotations.

You want a quote? 🙂 I can provide…

Darecy ended the critique – Attitude and confidence brilliant. Running promenades be stronger and cleaner. Loved it.

9, 9, 9, 9

8

Kimberley and Pasha

Tango

When Doves Cry – Prince

To celebrate Kimb’s belated birthday, Strippergram Brucie arrives!

Caught up in beads was just fantastic. Brucie is certainly needed for Stritly.

Attitude to begin, but getting into start from that takes bit of time to regain momentum. Sharp turns but in between gaps not enough powerful feel of dance content. Poised, focused and strong but lacking the narrative to the audience. The dance was good points but what was the story? That was missed in the projection of getting all the steps ticked off the box. As for the dance, it was a good feel and tone to it with a great connection, but not both of their dance, needs to be with the audience a home as well.

BT – vixen. Dance brilliant. Staccato just killing it, going for it, getting better and better, did I see slight wobble in middle? Was absolutely great. CRH – yes you did see. Something happened. Loved drama at top, set story brilliant told all way through, hand shaping placed into the crack, of Pasha’s armpit. Little loose. Fabulous.

Crowd hysteria with “crack.”

Storytelling and moody pouting pleased Darcey. Attack, loved it. LG – gotta agree partly, loved the mood. Passionate. Your hold goes in and out little loose. Feet little flat throughout but feel mood and intensity of dance was spot on.

Bruce bids farewell to Pasha Bolognese as Pash throws his tagliatelle hands up.

8, 9, 8, 9

8

Victoria and Brendan

Salsa

Candy – Robbie Williams

Oh my god! at that into hold at start almost knocking one another out. Awkward exchange, despite trying to begin well. Sorry. Falling flat after hand walks looked stranded and awkward on own. lift,

Love her but, atrocious. Sorry, we want to like but it was just awful.  End on shoulders spin around lift.

Bruno lick his lolly. Len nothing. DB – love hearts, CRH – gobstopper.

CRH – prop candy sticks had more fluidity. Len – bit light. Needed more go in it. Lifts good agree with DB, bit more oomph that’s all. BT – very fetching. Gorgeous. When stand still your fabulous. Some much to offer and still don’t deliver. Get into it let yourself go, it doesn’t happen. You look amazing. Use it.

Too shy, doesn’t know how to apply it. Still always Brendan moves.

4, 6, 6, 5

1

One Twitter user, Katie Kileen added – “Brendan dragging round floor is just cringe.”

Louis and Flavia

Paso Doble

Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson

Cape work. Twirls looking at Flav as a mate.

Jump round to floor uninteresting and a lift. Arms not very good. No impact made, fair feet, lethargic move around in hold. Easy. Safe, in hold repetitive circling the floor. Head shake interaction mean nothing just for show, ends VERY unattractively to no interest on a floor spin.

DB – arrogant, forceful attitude not there for me. Missed the story, wanted you to perform. LG – thunder and lightning. Needs attack. Nothing going on! No fire in the blimmin’ thing. BT – totally agree can produce beautiful shapes, should be left breathless. Based on matador and arena. CRH – have to learn to act these dancers. Go no further unless.

6,7,7,7

5

Being a performer as gymnast? Then that means that he hasn’t got ‘it’ as a performer.

Lisa and Robin

Rumba

As if we never said goodbye – Barbra Streisand

Pampering. Gorgeous Riley rose up to stride towards beau Robin centre of floor with a very good spin and close interaction with emotion and tender romance. Mirroring one another with excellent timing and remaining feel with story,  interaction pertaining to the routine, had a strong basis of love and dance. Near perfect.  Almost a nine. Borderline.

LG – like some, but feeling not exciting. BT – nice surprising and understated, expected fire. Careful, nice but not overwhelming. CRH – slightly tempestuous and aggressive lost sensuality. Not a dance that suits, what did do danced well. DB – so try, hard to sustain moves. So brill in Latin, don’t think this is your dance.

7, 6, 7, 7

8

How is a big lady who is not “aesthetically” framed to be viewed as doing a good job. She did.

Michael and Natalie

Argentine Tango

Bust Your Windows – Jazmine Sullivan

Good start, dark, commanding, stationary. Natalie leading, however. Good up forward leg back lift. Careful on steps looking to Nat for guidance. Spin around lift. Drag leg back close connected lift good. Spin around and jump spin.

BT – concentrating in getting through routine lost sexuality and routine.  CRH – lacked resistance and lead. Adornments very stiff. DB – such an attentive partner. Missed domineering man. Hungry and passionate for her. Beautiful lifts. Lovely lines. Concentration. Needs more arrogance. LG – wish I had a stiff adornment. (Craig laugh’s) Part one, learn dance, two – perform it. Full routine. Lifts good. Spin on floor. So much good going on. Overwhelmed by one thing.

Bruno scared motions were hilarious.

Woman reacts to male influence of dance actions.

We’ve all come to love the transitions Michael Vaughan has made on his journey but HE was the one carried in that.

6, 7, 7, 6

6

Nicky and Karen

Charleston

Doop – Doop

Wanna play the game with you…

Theatrics did not save this dance to begin, a funky beat was too overly disjointed and made this a comedy typical stodge premise. Comedy clown of SCD, lacking  real interest. No connection with partner.

CRH – wasn’t a disaster. Suited you down to the ground, your best yet. DB – it was magic. Quirky, fun. LG – like set up. No stress express. Top two this week. BT – character, slapstick, energising. Never lost Charleston. Imaginative, fresh.

9, 9, 9, 9

7

Denise and James

American Smooth

Imagine – John Lennon

Lift up around by hands. Embrace with smooth sultry tender around. Good command from James. Elegant twirl above head lift on shoulders. Wobbly carousel spin. Good arm out rotatory action. Stunning lift at end. Lovely job, with exquisite lifts.

DB – graceful, musical, pleasure to watch. Effortless. Make it seamless. Beautiful lines. Sailed round that floor. LG – like sea wave after wave of effortless motion. Class. BT – smooth… finesse, silk, emotional connection, for me was perfection. CRH – James thumb up on occasion, Denise perfection.

9, 9, 9 10

9

Danger zone –

Victoria, Louis, Michael

If CRH leaves SCD it will be tough. But screw him for trying to pinch my X Factor job, darhling! :p

Results to follow.

Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Week 7 Results, Wembley

Strictly Come Dancing 2012:

Week 7 Results, Wembley

Diner Chic in group collaboration for Wembley’s 2012 class which was a good meld together of all involved at front of house. Even Craig at the lemonade and kisses booth!

James pushing the dodgem with hosts Tess and Claudia was great. Who doesn’t love a sparkling driving wheel?

Claudia Winkleman billed the musical acts highly tonight, as “pop princesses“ Girls Aloud and the “Queen of Pop” Kylie were on tonight. Claude is just doing her job, but, technically let’s re-establish the reality. Kylie is the “princess of pop” which means Girls Aloud are the daughters of pop, perhaps? We shall explain in fuller detail later in the week.

The first round of results were announced as who was saved – Dani and Vincent, Michael and Natalie, Lisa and Robin and Denise and James.

The first couple to face the dance off were – Richard and Erin.

Claudia now explains there was a technical glitch on Saturday’s broadcast where some of Michael’s dance was missed on transmission, however is available in full on the BBC iPlayer catch up service on the BBC website.

Girls Aloud

Something New

After a decade of hits, Girls Aloud performed their catchy comeback single with a risky live performance which was respected as all five females sang to a credible level which made them respected for that. The song, however, was an upbeat, catchy and powerful return for the five strong female group which can really get you enthused and ready to rise up with integrity. We like this one a lot.  Great comeback track.

After some funny clips from Len’s Lens with “six times” the floor expanded from the regular set, and Bruno and Len ploughing into Tess and Claudia in the dodgems humourously, giving some Claudia ‘Whiplash’ Winkleman, the rest of the results were soon revealed.

Joining the safe couples next week are – Victoria and Brendan, Louis and Flavia and “oh is that u?” a voice reminiscent of Flavia rings out. Now its down to boyband versues girlband. On place left going to – Kimberley and Pasha, leaving Nicky and Karen in the bottom two.

Kylie Minogue

Locomotion

Stunning glass frock on Kylie with a great interaction to the floor with dancers around and an all-round star act performing once more in a great production with an all-time classic. Faultless and a go getter theme to encourage party atmosphere. G-lass act!

The Dance off

Richard and Erin

The Man from Del-Monte!

Enthusing the crowd, great cartwheel from Erin with a flutter shuffle of feathers. Lift Erin down looks bit tired but getting more oomph than previously. Banana boys join in sashaying as Richard shoves Erin all at sea. No buoy for her. Will they be voted off the island?

Nicky and Karen

More energy beginning looking better than last night into hold, even though still lacking a little finesse with clarity. More fluid arms and kick with air guitar. Good back drag through legs of Karen with catch lift up, steading themselves. It is a shame that they give better on their dance off. They, like all couples should give it that extra spark of attack to not fall in the bottom two. We did think Nicky would be in the bottom two, but we didn’t wish to influence votes. We give three couples who are facing it, but will probably turn it around.

The Judges Vote

Their fates sealed, the judges now vote.

Craig  – For sheer exuberance and energy I save Nicky and Karen

Darcey – Both performances very well goes down to content and energy. Nicky and Karen saved.

Bruno – highly entertaining but have to go with power and content, delivered by Nicky and Karen.

Len – I did agree, Nicky and Karen.

Richard began his departure speech stating – “I thought I’d always miss the wardrobe most.” Thanking his partner Erin Boag, classing her as “special” as Boag returned with praise and glad she could call him “her friend” out of their partnership.

It will be difficult to see anyone fill the void of Richard and Erin as a great coupling for entertainment, but it was their time to quickstep out of the competition on a high note.

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 Week 7: Wembley

Strictly Come Dancing 2012,

Week 7: Wembley

Parachuted in, Craig and Bruno were followed with a spiffing arrival of Strictly dancers. Len and Darcey ‘these boots were made for walking’ Bussell added to the glam in good spirits together with a little dance in. “Everybody dance now” blares as the contestants get their opening groove on with an added bit of Whit(ney)as the crowd was electric.

“Operation Sequin”

Saving the nation, one flit at a time. 🙂

Sir Bruce and Tess soon came down the stairs to keep us dancing.

This weeks theme, celebrated at Wembley would be dancing through the decades from the twenties (20s) to the naughties (00s).

Everyone soon breaked into a rendition once more of Gangnam Style, ending with a trademark Brucie elbow. Flex those arms, people.

Soon after the fun and frolics, the first evening dance would begin.

Lisa and Robin

Samba

Car Wash – Rose Royce

Glitzy slacked dungaree hillbilly with grease marks Robin and partner Lisa aimed to prove gapping issues with a 70’s Samba.

2 more “hot guys” chaperoned in for Lisa.

Soap up yer glitzy bonnets people…

Exuberant flare and passion beginning strong with a sense of thrill to join in their party. Great work on own and in hold. Very good leg work and turn spins. Positive arm work, satisfying twirls round, ending on a powerful split drop from Riley to a raucous crowd of appreciation. Fantastic moves and grooves in this. Excellent opener, hard to follow that up. Proved to be a contender once again. Could snare that glitterball.

Bruce told us Darce and Craig last week made up over an Indian and Len could murder an Italian. It wasn’t a pizza and delivery boy Vincent that Darcey went for.

Len started with – Headlamps gleaming, would like bit more polish in technique, performance level is great you make ev1 feel fabulous. Work on finesse. BT- funky frisky and /…. Personality. Play for size, public loved and so did I. CRH – Bold and beeuu-tifulll. Hoever, lost bit of timing. Small thing.

DB – Groove to a Samba never seen before. Set that scene, use bend in knees to create bounce.

8, 8, 8, 8

8

Nicky and Karen

Jive

Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley

“Raucous lot – you lot” says Brucie. “Be noisy and be raucous!”

Table start good getting into dance theme. Most demanding dance on SCD. Lost bit pace getting back into hold. Fair kick steps. Fair but flimsy arms extended up where aeroplaning. Lazy hands after on left upping. Slide into Jail. Locked up. Tried and did fair, but again, a demanding dance for anyone the Jive, and for good reason. They tried, but not as great as could have been. Still a little backward in coming forward.

BT – everybody loves a rebel. Pumped to rock n roll. Kicks and flicks need be more accurate. Performance one of your best. CRH – all very flat footed, appeared  stompy, no retraction in any of your flicks. Straighten legs d-h-arling on jumps. Loved energy, character.

DB – Great Jive. Style energy, worked hard, something wrong with those kicks, missing retraction. Stretch hamstrings. Wonderful performance, love it. LG – saw totally diff side, quick slick and kicks and tricks. Flavour wasn’t jive was rock n roll,

But then, that goes against the whole dance, doesn’t it? If we use that basis for critique.

6, 8, 8, 8

6

Denise and James

Charleston

Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles

Cleopatra and explorer themed.  Enter on throne. Good arms and bounce extending. Knees high on travelling round. Over on head lift, with swishy wave rather slowed down, despite the technique very good, second lift up in starfish position. Great character and theme, but lost pace in some areas.

CRH – that is best Charleston ever seen on strictly. DB – such a polished performance. Choreography brilliant. Detail, clean fabulous. LG – Dance of series so far. BT – Queen Nefer-titi… Jewel of crown.

9, 10, 10, 10

9

Sorry, I do like the progress Denise and James have made in hard work, but has everyone lost the plot? I will not be unprofessional with bias. I am credible. It was good but it wasn’t 10 worthy, yet! Though very capable of achieving it. Building someone so high also means a come down hard can ruin their stead.

Louis and Flavia

American Smooth

I Got a Woman – Ray Charles / Goldigger – Kanye West

Ancient relics removal. Bruce carried off.

Lifts are allowed in this one.

Lift early with then slow connection in hold, good travel along with hop kicks, careless jumping dismount pause from Louis before figuring next part of routine. Turned into a bassy disaster, Louis show off with an unnecessary splits breakdance. It had absolutely no place in the routine. So pointless, seriously. There is no care about this couple from Louis.

Tasteless vote recieval

DB – tiny mistake, love tacky tricks. Lifts very well. LG – didn’t get smooth part, quickstep with tips and tricks. BT – tricks always impressive, fantastic to watch. Side to side you didn’t do them, all about Fred and Ginger lines; you can do it so well, a cop out.

CRH – refreshing choreography, Fred and Ginge. Though you did very good job.

Talk as much as you, like he’s still wrong – BT.

7, 8, 8, 7

6

I want to praise but cannot because it wasn’t deserving of. I keep you in the realms of reality, not hypocrisy.

Richard and Erin

Salsa

Club Tropicana – Wham

Oasis filled with banana hammock boys and slow into hold, lift spin around of Erin. Cross over legs very faint in movement. Slow lift spin of Erin. Boys join back in; Erin tossed to sea on mattress plank as Richard lifted by the beauty boys in banana boxers.

‘Ello Boys!

Throw her a rubber hoop! Pina Collada’s at the ready!

LG – it was a party, well done. BT – HAHA! Richard and the banan hammocks, back to speedo world. Lots of fun. Lighting all through. Fun factor compensated for it. CRH – littered with timing issues, very stompy. Mullipuolous. More liquid in nature. (It’s not in the dictionary d-hhh-arrr-ling!) Rather liked the three boys, took focus away from bad routine. Darecy had a brief chat with Rich who stated – “White trousers belong in 1980s.” Pouted his bum to Darcey, “no knickers?” she gasps. “How’s my pantyline?” Richard asks back.

5, 6, 7, 6

5

Victoria and Brendan

Paso Doble

Bicycle Race – Queen

Recounting his generation conveyor belt, in a great reminisce, never forget the Cuddly Toy! He done well!

Cables. Bike on cables. Better off doing ET, luv. Brit flag transported to Brendan. Off her bike instantly, making the start of dance pointless entirely. Modern Paso. All Brendan again, no Vickie. Good approaching as bull to matador, then carried by Brendan again with walk along part and turns everywhere. No dancing involved from Pendle peddler. Lukewarm. Devoid of dance and minimal character. Sorry, it was bad. Bad is the kindest word I’ll give. Be thankful.

BT – Balance, try to do something to get right, too ambitious. CRH – he’s right, shoulders creep up. (Childish crowd boo like panto) I love her too, (but) dance wasn’t good. DB – overwhelmed with pace, you lose focus.  LG – pretty good.

Play to the crowd, eh? “We love Victoria” Cheap use of British flag to gain votes. Tacky. Real Brits don’t like that… Can’t rely on next performance. Only as good as your last performance. That’s Showbiz!

5, 6, 7, 6

2

Len’s score VERY questionable. #Bias

Some fans were upset by Tess Daly’s comments labelling Victoria as “the nation’s sweetheart” due to being an Olympian. Britain respects Olympians, but this is not Strictly Come Olympia. It’s a completely different ball game and shouldn’t gain favour votes based on an entirely different basis as it’s not the show she’s being vote on and just popularity contest, just as Louis is. Sympathy is actually a form of disrespect, when you think about it.

Dani and Vincent

Quickstep

You can’t hurry Love – Diana Ross

Mr. Pink

Spritey pink fluffy candy flossed Dani jubilantly fluttered around the floor instead of limiting to centre platform. Use all space available, goo. Back hind legs look a bit camel esq trot. Losing momentum with tiny kicks of an inch or less. Losing energy. End on romantic dip hold by Vincent gazing into eyes. Was a good dance, but lost a bit of passion and interest.

CRH – Fast, efficient, fearless. DB – petite couple, wow, eat up that dance floor, light clean, exactly what Craig said. LG – about quality and quantity. Loved transitions. Little miss dynamite, fabulous. BT – really my gorgeous little Smurf. Never lost style of classic quickstep. Changes of direction, wonderful job.

9, 9, 9, 9

8

Kimberley and Pasha

Samba

Livin La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Pasha is going topless alert! Steady yourselves. Another bare chest contender emerges in the wake of Artem’s departure.

Long train of golden shaul behind at start was ok. Attempting to come back from last week’s unpopular vote in the bottom two. Tried to be vibrant but is dipping somewhat in over trying, perhaps? Feeling a little flat and deflated despite brave attempts to resurface.

DB – core is only thing that’s weak. Fiery party, thank you. LG – if you’re in dance off I’ll pickle me walnuts. Fabulous. DB – love it when you flash it and flaunt it. Get everybody going. Well done. CRH – Full of challenging rhythm, what’s so difficult. Fantastic steps. Just hope people out there are voting for you.

Forget the carbonara, I’ll have a cannelloni Sir Bruce posthumourously relays to ‘Pasta’ Pasha as he waltzes off with Kimberley.

8, 8, 9, 9

8

Michael and Natalie

American Smooth

New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

Good lines on arms. Good lift up spin round. Shock, Vaughny smashed it again. Catch lift and run back very controlled. Spin round drag floor good. Excellent musicality, lift strong should aeroplane hold. Gentlemanly gold strong.

LG – proper production. BT – incredible value. Really sold it. Couple of moments, your face thought you were gonna drop her. Fitting finale. CRH – what an improvement. From the dance gutters, da-h-rling to THAT! Fantastic. DB – gave me the glamour of Fred (Astaire) and Ginger (Rogers). Perfect. Amazing. Brilliant performance.

Revelation what you’ve done with this man – BF.

Excellent work!

9, 9, 9, 8

9

We understand Bruno. It was a bit off in parts, but overall for us, tipped it, and we went for 9 instead.

Unfortunately tonight’s SCD was a tad ‘off.’ An excellent opener with a great start then had bits in between where all dances were either overhyped, missing a little something or favourably marked considerably higher than they should have received. When the show goes ‘grand’ over at Wembley Stadium, there is no denying it treats it sufficiently and goes all out for that spectacular. It should, but in hindsight, when it does, it shelves performances somehow in the underlying somewhere in the mix of Strictly’s fabric. Hopefully, the couples, crew and public will see a different side next week, with ever more focus on the dancing than the popularity. Do not fall into the category of that other decreasing show. That’s the last thing anyone wants.

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Danger zone –

Richard, Victoria and Dani

Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Week 6

Strictly Come Dancing 2012

Week 6

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman take hold of presenting duties this week.

Robin and Anton help carry the lasses in as Bruce has a night off.

Claude giving a power flex there. Huuuh!

As we are halfway in the competition, all couples are aiming to make the next week to continue on to Wembley arena’s Strictly showcase.

Artem’s shirt, Brendan’s hat and James’ mesh caused a bit of attention initially on the show.

Beginning the show would be…

Denise and James

Paso Doble

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

Fierce

James suffered a foot injury this week seeing Denise train with him and more so with former Strictly dance supremo Ian Waite.

Commendable waft spin. Denise maintain strong presence of fight. Amicable arms. Force of bullish Denise promising. Splendid sit down as devilish Denise taunts red opening wonderfully tantalising commanding matador James. Kick out adding attack. Catch turn slide to end on gratifying ground.

Showed strength of character, saucy dominance whilst meshed together consistently.

LG – Flair, tear, technique. Terrific. BT- Red menace. Vibrant beauty. Got it all together. Spanish lines with hint of flamenco absolutely wonderful. CRH – one balance issue, sadly, side by side. Drama, passion, out of this world. Strong lapels. Working with Ian, consider swapping partners.  Craig adds, in a light touch.

It is always commendable when a true professional attempts to dance through injury and can only be respected. This doesn’t alter the score, however. Though should think whether is best to sit out a week than strain injury further. This case however, did not seem to be apparent.

James has a little look, we’ll I need some lessons, James if Denise and Ian are busy 🙂

DB – guys are right, great Paso Doble, fabulous.

Dapper Doble Doppelgänger Ian wearing a dashing shade of blue suit and tie with Denise and James when chatting to Claude.

9, 9, 9, 9

9

Richard and Erin

Charleston

Pencil Full of Lead – Paolo Nutini

Fun groove. Mimicry of mime with jazz hands into joined steps  bit slow after. Gathering bearings, rather stationary awaiting command. Seemingly anxious. Aeroplane glides were fun. Lift up and leg roll down of Erin fumbly but sweet. End rather cheeky and cheesy. Fun but fumbly. Not enough overall in terms of competition with other calibre stars emerging.  Tentative.

BT – plenty of highlights, bottom slapstick. Must be sore, Erin. Running at end like (comedienne/actress) Miranda Hart for a bus. Bit more swivel, but great fun. CRH – quirky, character driven, which suits. Could have done without spanky bottom. Bit of timing but best dance to date. DB – Fab Charleston, so many moves. Watch flat feet.  LG – teasy weezy. Light, bright, fun, frivolous, did a good job, well done!

May promise a trollie dolly next week. Should he make it the week after, how about a wacky dentist? J

7, 8, 7, 7

7

Louis and Flavia

Waltz

Moon River – Andy Williams

Spins. Alone arms to prove something. In hold, no real connection, body language distant. Fair breeze glides after, with dependent spin. Followed with better spin. Yo yo-ing left and right, before human fountain as centerpiece with Flavia circling around. Was firm but fair, though boring and empty. Sadly, it was empty.

Asked by Tess Daly if  pleased Craig responds  – not entirely. Very pedestrian. Got to be rrrrEALLY good at it, Out of time in middle. Wasn’t clear downbeat. Beautiful rise and fall, pivots good, head needs to go left more, free arm gracefully, Trying to find positive. DB – so controlled. Posture. Won me over, thank you. LG – what a load of Bolognese! In reference to Craig’s valid opinion. Len continues – Handled well, more polish. Great! Well done!! BT – Listen to me. You waltz your way into the heart of the nation. Go through it, don’t show it, glide through it, you don’t emphasise. Like crest of wave, never emphasise it. Craig was right in his response. Many have expressed “how dare he” and he was “out of order” to mark Louis, who showed no good skills overall in this piece and dependant on Flavia as he has done for weeks gaining the favourable “I fancy him” vote as a ‘looker’ down questioning how he could give a 6 mark in comparison to three 9’s. Simply put, your “out of order” response is clearly because you fancy Louis and not based on his dancing, which is the format of the show.

Therefore, your response as audience member is invalid, neglectful and contradictory, and you cannot slate Craig for knowing what he is on about. On these occasions, Bruno and Darcey go with the status quo, as Len looks to add contenders as the series ends, with the audience going crazy and caving in to being “popular.” Well, Strictly has ruffled feathers to create a talking point tonight hasn’t it? Len said Craig only “says it for effect.”

Most people, who say something, have a reason behind it when in critique. It is up to those being critiqued to listen and take action to improve if they chose so.  Those unwilling to listen or understand cannot complain at the highest of volume on levels of mass bias. “Louis is so hot!”  That’s the audience between you and me on this occasion. To understand, you must listen to critique without bias.

6, 9, 9, 9

6

Fern and Artem

Salsa

You’ll be mine (Party Time) – Gloria Estefan

Can see your Poppy this week… and a bit more… #ChickenFillets

Oooh, here we go… Party Time, Gloria Estefan the mood lifter and, well, Artem’s lifted collar. Will Fern give just as hotter than her partner?

Aiming to polish off Bruno, Fern rips off her cleaner gear to join Artem with a sassy shake in hold with turns and exuberance of beauty and thrill. Slowed down with charming smiley sweetie Artem a wee bit, but good connection with partner. Concentrating on step routine more apparent. Nation loves Fern, but needs to really thrust into the dance with charge with Artem. Twiglet or cheese and pineapple? Always aim for a Twiglet! That’s more powerful than a sour taste of cheese and pineapple.

Darcey said something. LG – came out and partied. Best dance so far, fun. BT – interesting turn of events. Saucy scrumpet. Shaking your boobies and having fun. I enjoyed it.

Not going to solemn faced Craig… Wait for the score… Fern had lovely glitter tights.

6, 7, 7, 7

6

Victoria and Brendan

Quickstep

Luck be a Lady – Frank Sinatra

Baggage handler bellboy Brendan started clearing up.

Slide on floor to her. Trot along. Close to judge podium. Fair steps from Vic, though still wayward in part. Looks very tense to watch. Lots of tension in body language, presentation and movement. No real connection with one another apparent. Looked a lady. Gorgeous, but still in second gear.

Brendan gives a gift for Craig. A Cobweb with a 10 paddle score.

Happy to be in hold.

LG – quick and lots of steps. Caught every step correctly. Slick footwork. More tone. BT – strong man holding you all way through. Focuses. Plenty of content. Get lost some times. Deliver again next week, good. CRH – Left shoulder raises sometime, lost frame, footwork transfer to upper body. Though moved with gusto.  DB – He’s right, in shoulders. Light footwork, enjoyed, well done. Brendan accepts comments from Darcey yet not happy when Craig said similar. Lose the precious ego and focus on the job.  Then, you may gain positives in your work. Stop taking all to heart, it ruins your core approach.

7, 7, 8, 8

7

Dani and Vincent

Tango

Rumour Has It – Adele

Ring a ding dong…

Lothario Vincent playing Dani romantically in the narrative was a brave and appealing choice from the pair. A lot of routines with dancers have, but most didn’t fully come across beforehand as much to audience.

Attitude immediately, thrust into dance by Vincent with strong kick and twirls, teasing drop slide intriguing doubting Dani. Sharp turn points then losing little dark movement of Tango. Good swift dip turn back and forth, into head lock turns with focus. Spin end having Harmer indecisive at end, narratively. Great storytelling, good portrayal from both and personality coming through. Isn’t full contender as mentioned last week, though is capable of becoming one by next week if continual.

BT – Finger lickin’ good. Start strop, then a drop, drama in between but so clean.  Bruno then Fell onto Len in exciting demonstration before adding – Really enjoyed watching it.

CRH – lovely technicians. Dance finished earlier than movement. Small thing Craig notes as Bruno gets his legs up, in humorous mockage.

DB – didn’t like beginning. Comes over moody teenager, in hold better and better. Loved it. Choreographically fabulous. LG – fast and clever, other parts slow and almost still. Light and shade. Terrific job, choreography (Vincent) and Dani, well performed.

8, 8, 9, 9

8

Nicky and Karen

Foxtrot

The best is yet to come – Michael Buble

I do like Karen’s free, fun and feisty attitude, so incorporate that into the dance whilst unlocking Nicky’s own persona. See how that goes. Got to be better.

In suit and grand theatrics turned into a Michael Jackson / Usher boyish behaviour, which detracts from the tone of the dance as the two did not work together. Very slow walking back and back. Concentrating heavily on steps. Not fluent. Trying to improve. More concerned with his Rhythm stick mic. Karen danced better with that one. No Rhythm donated from Nicky. See last week’s post on how to excel better. Also see last week’s results for close body connectivity issues to overcome. Will be vital to his success or failings. Your choice alone to decide.

Any improvement? Tess ponders to Craig.

CRH – No. Was a vast improvement.  Promising so much excitement, in hold delivered. More drive around floor. Well done. DB – set mood. Missed drive, bit stilt. Fabulous performance. LG – Move more. Flexed in the knee. Great style. Best yet to come.

You can’t rest on your laurels, love.

BT – really did it perfectly. More drive in hold, side to side wonderful to see, can’t wait to see you again.

7, 7, 8, 8

6

Kimberley and Pasha

Viennese Waltz

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Good into hold. Spins. Eye contact. Since Walsh selected a track she felt comfortable with, this brought out the best in her. Minor trots backward in spin and tilt with careful consideration. Proof when understanding the musicality, the dance and indeed the dancer inside becomes unlocked. Like spinning ballerina in music box. Spectacular.

DB – emotive. Really moved me. Extended long neck. Made shapes, recovered well. LG – Kimberley Waltz. Loved transitions. Fleckle, Gentle, whimsical, enjoyed it. BT – Achingly romantic. Near perfection except for tiny wobble. Didn’t cross feet over turns. CRH – hip return and snout hop three time back turn. Delicious Viennese.

Someone throw ‘er a Viennetta!

8, 8, 9, 9

8

Michael and Natalie

Salsa

I want you back – Jackson 5

Will it be Latin lovely or Latin-lustre?

Fierce start, sash-ay strong. Mood set. Thrill instantly. Good hips. Mechanical arms with Nat like steam train pistons rotating or a mangle operation. Good catch and fling round in lift. Lift! Close body contact good. Second lift with leg wrap around head. (Lift…) Spiral drop down to end good. Shame. Lifts take marks off. Was good, didn’t need the lifts. Could have been more sensuous if lifts were aborted and focus on more content. Lost one mark from me… Tis the rules…

LG – Content and lifts excellent. BT – can bat for Latin team as well. Lubrication in hip. So much better, almost a revelation. CRH – Ramps (previous winner Mark Ramprakash) in audience, (in reference to being a) Sensation.  Unlike yourself, Craig continues. Automated. Mechanics horribly wrong in centre. Nat got you out eventually. Loved energy and lifts, he finishes.

DB – I liked it. Quite cute. Preparations for lift, confident. Use(d) your thighs. Well done.

5, 7, 7, 7

6

Lisa and Robin

Foxtrot

This Could Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

Cabaret, Victorian era theme with Top Cat backalley, jazz club pizazz.

Good in hold, tight feet from both good. Very steady on feet Lisa. Good presentation and smiles. Fun and energetic routine with skill and talent from bubbly Riley and beefy Windsor. Flew round the floor, with careful charisma.

BT – feet on fire. Pizazz. Minnelli number, pure Broadway, he’s supposed to lead. Wonderful, think giraffe. CRH – impeccable timing, ferocious. DB – worked hard on that. Noticed everything. Love your enthusiasm through. Your best ballroom dance. LG – dunno bout X Factor, you got F factor good foxtrot and fun.

Rob almost had a tumble up the steps, but its ok when the music aint on. 🙂 Rob a tad embarrassed. “Awww”…. Full of enthusiasm. Bless. Don’t worry about it, you did fine.  We have all fallen UP the stairs, trust me, a good 80-90 have or will do!

8, 8, 8, 8

8

Danger zone?

Richard, Fern and Michael

 Results due to follow next evening.

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 Week 5

Strictly Come Dancing 2012

Week 5

After Sir Bruce Forsyth attempts to work his new gadget the Smartphone, impressed but unable to turn it on, and Tess Daly’s gleaming stylistic silver lasso belt on stunning red gown, Week five of Strictly Come Dancing began for its Fireworks weekend.

Artem’s chicken fillets were WELL out tonight. Ole!

First up was “Pasta Pavlova” Pasha. Bless. He can take a joke gone wrong that it became right.

Kimberley and Pasha

Salsa

Naughty Girl – Beyonce

Pasta twists took to the floor as Kimberley began elevated above in a hoop seat in the air. She wanted to fly. This was the closest to that this week. If she wants more, then she won’t fly, it will add nothing to her routine than just a gimmick. This hoop lower down entrance added nothing to it. Pointless entry, which could have been hot. Music did not fit dance mood. Lot of fumbling arms over each other. Good judges interaction, liking the arms back and forth, but losing stead. No intensity. Lift over shoulders. Had no impact, attack, flair nor spark. Shame.

LG – Return of nimble Kimble. Sparkler. One incident with arms early going awry. BT – so naughty, saucy, fiercely sexy. Armologies intricate and beautiful. Do it again, brilliant. CRH – Lascivious, Licentious, Lubricious dar(h)ling. DB – natural performance. Seamless. Liked (her) lifts.

I thought Pasha’s braces were spiffingly cool. Kimberley did have a troublesome knee injury restricting training somewhat early in the week, though sought no sympathy which is important not to cave to a farce of votes, thankfully.

8, 8, 8, 9

6

Lisa and Robin

Tango

Let’s stick together – Bryan Ferry

Poised, joined hold. Good Twirls. Mouthing by Rob a focal point, both good and bad perhaps. Good dip move along head turns. Good connection in hold and sharp turns. Good legs around Robin. End was little off and anticlimactic. Ended dominating though, which did show signs of power couple emerging.

BT – ready to give plenty. Can’t fault for delivering. Body contact (was) glued together. Needed to be sharper, lines better. Though perfect and  faultless. Flick could have been sharper. Nobody could ever fault you. CRH – I can darling. Glide across floor. Left hand needs shaping. Too much up and down. It’s nice to see you (to see you nice?) doing something seriously. Routine itself was amazing. DB – did create sharp head. Clean, sharp change of direction. Needed sharper feet. Wonderful performance everytime. LG – you come out and perform. Commended. Sharp and had attack. Needed refinement in hold. Attitude – fabulous.

7, 7, 6, 7

7

Richard and Erin

Foxtrot

Big Spender – Shirley Bassey

More character based to begin. Good spin tilts with leading qualities. Good backward walking. Slowed down, looking lost after. Looked down for guidance in hold. Falling apart. Started well, fell apart. Shame – dancefloor disaster!

CRH – Complete dance dis-ahhhs-ter! (ooh err, similar minds?) All went horribly wrong. DB – Went off balance, bit wooden. Every week you improve. A shame. LG – Tad ploddy. Going to call you the ‘Plodfather’ he adds. All going quite nicely. Most difficult dance for males. Tough dance, did a good job. Bruno Tonioli responds – Too tight for a big spender! Had a face like a frozen haddock. Like the puppet cut the strings. All went terribly wrong.

3, 5, 5, 4

4

Denise and James

Viennese Waltz

At Last – Etta James

Good begin of effulgent elegance. Breezy glide along. Good spins with James at side. Grace personified in hold with partner. Strong partnership. Belle of the ball. Beautiful. Excellent work. Looked effortless.

LG – poise, posture, performance, absolutely spectacular. BT – romantic dream set to music. Fluid, rotations exquisite.

CRH – One word (3 syllables) Ah-may-zing!

9, 8, 9, 9

9

Victoria and Brendan

Samba

It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones

Judge desk footwork was unnecessary to show off to judges that she can dance under Brendan’s direction. Lift into arena. A lift. More Brendan again. Let her dance. Good turns to hip with partner. Arms off. Needed direction from Brendan, should have been given that help instead of covering with Brendan’s self-imposed fun bits.

LG – You come out of your shell. Brave. Unstable in places. BT – Victoria does Vegas. Promising beginning then turned into Las Vegas with a hangover. Shaky, much more rhythmical needed. Rhythm needs to be precise. Work to your strength.

CRH – awkward in places, free arm needs work. Coped quite well with whole routine. DB – started so well, (you) lose focus at end. Don’t tell us you’re coming to the end. Did improve.

Too early for this dance attempt. Victoria has been a natural leader of herself with a desire and passion to win, and that competitive edge was booked for Strictly. What she needs to do is allow herself to take control in the training room as Brendan is not doing so with helpful technique. She needs to stand up and voice how she wants the rough draft to go, then Brendan can figure the routine, instead of creating one that masks her flaws and has Brendan show off to try and cover up for her which exposes her at the highest level. She needs a partnership. Strictly should sack him afterwards. Always has the habit of ruining every partnership. It doesn’t help the star, which the show is about, along with the partnership.

6, 6, 6, 5

5

Brucie took the remaining showgirls by his side in another humourous tickle of the feathers.

Louis and Flavia

Samba

La Bomba – Ricky Martin

Flavia was smoking hot. Louis standing there, carry in as extra. Not very focused. Clunky turn arounds of Flavia. Wafted arms. No direction. Back walking wafting ass for a cheap cheer of adoration. All sex gimmick only. Lame. End with knees spin on floor. Really wasn’t that hot but had energy from Flavia. Louis practically did nothing of value except play up to ‘I’m so hot, vote for me girls.’ It was cheap and tacky and it showed in routine.

BT – king of pelvic hypnotic gyrations. Comments are only about sexual… that’s all it is. Stylistically a salsa. CRH – very masculine. Loose double bounce. Missed parts, but well done. DB – disappointed. Safe. Too calculated. Needed to be freer (free-are). Not one of your best. LG – recognisable samba steps. Messed start-up of running promenades, won’t say that… well done.

6, 7, 8, 8

4

Colin and Kristina

Foxtrot

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the positive – Aretha Franklin

Elegant gentlemanly leadership of Kristina. Sweet. Timing to music. Judges kisses to Len. (He would have eliminated them last week if opportunity arose.) Good high kicks. Dancing to height. Good ballroom, minor point where bit off in moments which could have turned boring when stopping for a sec, but came back from that pitfall. Overall was graciously great.

DB – feet were pointed, well done. LG – not glided enough. Like dancing on a shagpile carpet. Difficult dance changes of rhythm, coped well. Move more. BT – smart elegant with ore of sophistication. More movement but great performance.

6, 7, 7, 7

7

Nicky and Karen

Rumba

I don’t wanna miss a thing – Aerosmith

Pleading for romance. Embrace. Back and forth gliding on own, not with partner. Run to her with more an aerobic than aromatic expressive. Good pull back leg hold with VERY careful spins not to be a lift which was acknowledged and highly respected. Needs concentration and power to do such. Good. Still slightly off with partnership and all a bit showy of Byrne to camera 1… Needs to fully integrate with Karen. Don’t be afraid to stand completely close body to body. Has close connectivity issues. Needs classes to cure. Mustn’t disband from her and lose connection when out of hold breaks are to come in dances. This has been problem from Week 1 and is still halting progress. This is key issue to cure.

DB – seduce Karen. Beautiful poses. Hard to sustain. Amazing turn. Control and more content please next time. BT – plenty of intensity and purpose. Chemistry, he was playing the girl. More propulsion in hip action. Perfect, strong. I’m sorry to disagree, thought performance was very good. CRH – series of presentations. More hip, basic rumba….

BF – improvement all the time

4, 7, 7, 7

4

Fern and Artem

Paso Doble

Espana Cani – Ross Mitchell Orchestra

Wow, that’s a close up ain’t it girls… (and Boys…)

And then there’s that smile. But can Artie back it up with Fern than just hot piece of meat? Impressive physique, I’ll give him that.

Senorita Fern began seducing as she entered arena to wafty cape well. Had all eyes on Fern which was important and careful, pleasing choreography. Excellent musicality. Strong presence to her bulging bull/Matador portrayal. Throughout legs with a swift, good drag around. Steps. Turns. Hunt down caught well. Good floor spin. Strong being involved but tired towards end and lost a little momentum. Needed pace to build up the big points in the dramatic dance. Though it was one you wanted to watch thanks to music an the entire setting of arena with its combatants.

LG – like looking in the mirror. This  fizz but it  never exploded. BT – Fern on fire with him was not difficult, but then off you go you start dusting and polishing the floor again. Requires strength, lines and artistry, get fire and power out. Got to get it out there. CRH – distracted by Artem. Few wobbles. DB – like skirt cape choreography. Assertive. Thought was a fire.

Must be cold in there? Artem covered his “Maracas” (Tess Daly) with his cape.  Tis jumper season, perhaps M and S might get a new advert out of him. I have a jumper if you need one Artem. 🙂

6, 6, 6, 6

6

Michael and Natalie

Foxtrot

(I get the) Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson

 

Liked dragging her at knee level. Good lunge down. Grace. Slow walks. Swift turns. Pause. Good command. Slightly timid. Careful not to have points that seem empty.

BT – still in the zone. Carry momentum in the Latin, I hope. CRH – steps all there. (Add) Style swing and sway, then be perfect. DB – (You) shine in ballroom, so in control of those moves. Neck a little stiff. LG – best foxtrot of the night, well done.

7, 8, 8, 8

7

Dani and Vincent

Jive

Dance with me Tonight – Olly Murs

Rizzo and Wiggo!

Fast start. Good character feeling. Set tone of fun. Turn and a little stumble, only minor. Pausing moments needed more depth. Fast moves in part with added slow down periods. Cool down aside, was tad off. Good characterisation though. Building confidence to dance strong. Jive bunny hoped good though too ‘nicey’ approach isn’t going to go fuller mile if she wants to move further in the competition. Time to find out if she is a contender or not. Only she can decide.

CRH – “keep feet together” he warned as Craig-  “copped a massive eyeful.”  However he “Loved it.” DB – style perfectly. Feet closer together. LG – cleans as a whistle crisp as pringle, absolutely fabulous. BT – cutie pie of a jive. Turns could be cleaner, full of joy.

8, 8, 9, 8

7

Danger zone

Richard, Colin and Nicky

Results to follow.

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 Week 4: Halloween

Strictly Come Dancing 2012

Week 4: Halloween

This week was “Horrorwood” Ooh, scary…

Opening the gates to the nightmare on Borehamwood, the cast launched a groovy Thriller dance to the classic Michael Jackson hit.

Cut to Tom Daley in the audience during Brucie’s recounted tale of terror featuring Anton DuBeke, voted off last week.

A range of styles would be on tonight’s show but one that wasn’t scheduled was Brucie’s impromptu verison of viral superhit Gangnam Style.

Heeeeyyy, Sexy Bru-cie! Whoop!

Below are the scores from judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and the mark we would give professionally.

Dani and Vincent

Cha Cha Cha

Scooby Doo Theme Song – Hoyt Curtin and the Singers

Taking on a Velma and Shaggy inspired Scooby treat, spooky Simone and Dani this was a humourous sight to start the mood of dance. Finding some slight groove, Dani looked decent, but still didn’t amaze with a wow impact just yet. Is capable, but glad to see she is aiming to insert her personality into the routine to become a contending force in the competition, though needs more strength of character. Under the spooky Frankenstein costume was the spooky, returning Anton. Rumbled by “those pesky kids.”

Where put the steak? On face for a manicure.

Tasty sausage sandwich Len compares to. Bruno thought he was watching Denise Welch as Vincent. Spirited fun. Nice footwork. Timing and placement, needs expanded.

Clean, fast footwork, must extend lines. Late with arms initially – CRH.

That fast with that many moves, -DB. Over exaggerate the hips.

6, 6, 8, 7

6

Richard and Erin

Paso Doble

O Fortuna – Carl Orff

The “boag-eyman” Erin and partner Richard, took to the cape floor. Dancing to the theme of rival show, The X Factor, a dark and fiery start with good cape swing action, and strong moving presence, commanding the arena as domineer, slow in parts t concentrate on steps. Good turns, and kicks focused, was very pleasing and tantalising structure though needed a bit more assertiveness than meek in parts, though overall, very commanding.

BT- drama, like Gary Numan with a temper. Posture, lines and timing not there. Execution not as refined. CRH- cape very good and turn out. Needs to be earthed with floor, strong preparation. Nice scissor action, needs more arch to dance. I’m disappointed.

DB – Character was spooky matador. Worked hard but needed more tilt. Flex the glute muscles she advised. LG – Butch bullfighter. Into character. Got to get tight butt. More shaping, but you came out and give it some!”

So macho, called Sinitta.

5, 5, 7, 5,

6

Lisa and Robin

Charleston

Witch Doctor – Don Lang

Taking command of pupil Robin ‘Wicked’ Windsor, Riley got her groove on instantly, with very good work on the floor as character and routine to the dance. Looked comfortable. Tipped Rob upside down again. A Lift? Bit exhausted at this point ending on a barrel roll with wit and grace.

Acted well, danced poorly. No cross and swivel. Step touch, step back. Otherwise not a Charleston. DB – fastest Charelston. Could become messy but wasn’t that messy. Spring and Energy back. LG – plenty of fun, speedy and energy. Parody of a Charleston. Well done. Bruno – a spinning banshee. Facial Aerobics, Bruno then knocked his suit prop on his shoulder off thinking it was real.

Bruce picked it up for Bruno as a hairpiece. Bruno thought he would give Dynasty’s Joan Collins a run for her money.

Giving Joan Collins a run for her money!

Gentleman Robin took some responsibility for role soles placed on Lisa.

6, 6, 7, 7,

6

Sid and Ola

Cha Cha Cha

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr

Bruce gave a beautiful introduction to Iveta Lukosiute. Rolling off the tongue, who helped in training as Ola had to get off to Poland for other reasons.

Equipped with super soaker props, Sid did a lot of basic and unattractive steps here and there. Started with a breakdance from Sid. Once getting into a hip swivel and arm extensions was too slowed down and concentrate on look to audience and concentrating on one move there and then and neglected other parts of routine which couldn’t join to the rest of the routine.

DB- Fabulous to see more dance conflicted. Don’t worry. Can see concentration on your face.  Need attitude. LG – Ola-ween! All too safe. Take risks. Go down fighting. Len said “go for it” as Bruno added break the spell. Lacks detail, power and accuracy. You can do it. CRH duded it a “Halloween nightmare.” Oooh Err. Nothing more to add.

2, 5, 5, 5

3

Nicky and Karen

Tango

Weird Science – Olingo Boingo

Advising Brucie not to use inter-speak Forysthe apologised he was Tote InAppropes #Horror in a lovely 2012 linguistic humour segment.

Karen ‘Howling Hauer was soon brought to life by Byrne to begin, though slow in hold. Steps took a while, fell flat in performance. Boring, lacked enthusiasm and attack as intended. No dance aptitude. Got the GMTV dancer effect. Tiresome and tedious.

LG – stomped footwork, got through it to the beat. BT – found secret formula. Don’t go off the style (of the Tango) CRH – main priority is your posture. Picking feet up too much, liked routine. DB – entertaining. Lift knees looked marching instead. Had narrative.

6, 6, 7, 7

5

Fern and Artem

American Smooth

Killer Queen – Queen

Artem’s chicken fillets made an appearance full on tonight to please the audience. Servant to Queen Fern, soon ushered her from her throne with a graceful lift well leading into a slower than usual floor work. A little backward unfortunately. Lovely lady won’t make her go further and hopefully she’s aiming to improve to have a really great, memorable dance for her time on the show.

BT – too being, too nice. Song defines character and movement. Plain, not impact it should have have.

DB – smooth. Take a few more bad roles. Be brave. Be bad. LG – got howl, not wow. Push her he asks Artem.

4, 5, 6, 6

4

Public announcement with lost watch was pointless but hilarious. Simplist comedy is most effective. Thumbs Up. 😮

Denise and James

Cha Cha Cha

U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer/ Superfreak – Rockwell

James wanted Denise to get her freak on. Time for a lesson, girls?

Released from birdcage, almost tripped in a minor blip, bless. Took seat like a cabaret scene. Then into hold with James getting bit raunchy. Slow movement. Lot of time in twirls. Focused on routine, lost some attack and fluidity. Standard but not interesting.

CRH – partial to whip, but not hip. Energy spins brilliant. LG – never disappoint, needs fabulous leg action. Liked it, needed more crisp. BT – side to side alright, back and forth need lustrous hips working. Simple and basic steps.

7, 7, 7, 7

7

Michael and Natalie

Quickstep

That Old Black Magic – Sammy Davis Jr

Surviving the dance off as victor last week with Natalie ‘Living dead’ Lowe, Vaughy was haunted by Craig’s comments and hilarious woke up in bed with him. Back to the stage, Vaughan magic upped a beauty from a beast with Natalie, into a swift race round the floor in a pleasing effort. Good togetherness with partner. In steps. Back heel kick met with lively audience in house, with followed up hop alongs, looked impressive for previous struggler. Back into his magic clothes changer device, magician Mikey scored a beaut. It was a sustainable effort.

DB – ballroom is your thing, hold and top line beautiful. Light, precise. Cheeky grin. LG – teased a 7 from Len as Michael has hopes for. BT – a miracle, transformation. CRH – gave a few claps to them.

8, 8, 8, 7

8

Victoria and Brendan

Tango

White Wedding – Billy Idol

Cookie Cole Backward strutting and wafting of arm lines in a vanilla gothic themed ghoulite, twirl spins and nothing else seemed to dominate the routine. Di d not feel like the powerful Tango it could have become. All Brendan moves, no connection with partner and Victoria was way off and too lost, sadly. Needs to really let go. Reserved. Felt empty.

LG – need faith, sharp and crisp. BT – haunting beauty with hint of madness. Loved it. CRH – lost posture, hand problem, routine excellent. DB – wonderful to see fight in you.

7, 8, 8, 8

5

Colin and Kristina

Salsa

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

We haven’t seen the prequel to the Resident Evil series yet, starring Craig as Brucie points out. Maybe Colin will haunt him down for acting tips!

Stroking his black cat like Blofeld, Kristina rips cape off velvet wonder Colin into some airy lifted placement to the floor. Fair leg step overs, from sultry Kristina, with good turns though had awkward beginning before hand into them, ended on lift to floor spin. Good connection.

Developing so well – Brucie

Haphazard foot work, nerves into lifts. Got a disco groove, great rhythm Bruce adds.

DB – not dirty but saucy Salsa. LG – lovely rhythmic tick. Very encouraged but major incident. Colin knew and accepted graciously.

Do more Disco!

5, 7, 6, 6

6

Louis and Flavia

Tango

Disturbia – Rihanna

Limp ‘rigormortis’ early on in routine. Too mechanical/robotic. Constructed. Not Free. Backflip again as signature piece wont be any good overall. Rather tedious now. A lift, also technically? All is relayed on to cover up inaccuracy. Only doing it for look based than being professional. Very slow. Disinteresting.

CRH – ineffable, loved it. Thumb up on Flavia back, needs to go down. DB – Spookily good. BT – Tango of the season. (Only been 2 or 3.)

8, 9, 9, 9

7

Kimberley and Pasha

Paso Doble

Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran

With a little red riding hood theme, a back fumble in twirl. Slowed in centre. Pasha flip, a lift? Strawberry Pist-(P)aschio had storytelling narrative however, in a pleasing mix of routine. Fluid in arm flips and transitional holds with Pasha, needs more bite in attack. Too long away from partner, too distanced. Not enough close chasing, should have captured her faster, whilst being kept little at bay and then break free to dominate Wolfy Pasha.

DB – Intensity, kicks, very nice. LG – Competent performance, tad more aggression. Like popping off to Sainsbury’s at start. Postural perfection. BT –Excellent lines, very well danced. Executions in the arm. CRH – Fiery, punchy, fantastic shaping.

8, 8, 7,8

7

With Bruce’s comedy, and presenting quips, the judges accurate, fun and credible critique and the glam of Tess, with high audience engagement, Strictly Come Dancing once again trounces competition and keeps the public enthused, as it should aim. It was another talent packed evening for the series with overall pleasing moments to watch.

Some hot favourites are in trouble tonight though.

Danger zone

Victoria, Colin and Sid.

Results to follow.

Strictly Come Dancing Week 3 – Hollywood

Strictly Come Dancing

Week 3 – Hollywood

Hollywood week opened with the heartless tin man Craig Revel Horwood making a clunky entrance in a humorous beginning to the glammed up evening.

Fern and Artem

Charleston

Supercalifragillisticexpialidocious – Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

Mary Poppins themed. On floor centered  Walking early on. Pause. Then leg work started. Walk round umbrella, minor stumble. Needs much more involvement. Stationary. Momentum increase. Good back heel kick. Spin on floor awkward, yet personality a pleasing sight. Acting but no dancing.

Len commented – Jolly good, made me feel happy.

Prim and proper,  Bruno said. Needed extra oomph! Punch for presentation.

More swivel and feet together. Laboured. Craig added. He enjoyed the the flick kick too.

Missing energy but enjoyed it, Darcey finished, after a technical hitch in microphone.

Artem took some Marshmallows from the sweet stand upon the stairs with Fern.

5, 6, 6, 6

4

Victoria and Brendan

Rumba

Up where we belong – Joe Cocker

Officer and a Pendleton

Taking on the ever overused Officer and a Gentleman. Good arch back. Awkward legs being dragged. Nerves. Carry lift. Another lift. Brendan instructions. Looking tired. Lift at end. Three lifts. Lacking of content, not much story told, just a random dance.

Dave Arch and his excellent orchestra were introduced.

BT – Sizzle, boiled over. Mangled. Concentration lost. CRH – Actress emerging. Chiffon and arms timing issues. Improving.

Beautiful – Darcey claimed. Advising to try using paper in between her ”flayed fingers”, should practice paper aeroplanes, demonstrated by Craig, almost.

Wobbly. Back to peddle. Pumping them tires now. Keep eyes on road – Stumbles. Len surmised.

4, 5, 7, 6

3

Michael and Natalie

Cha Cha

Hot Stuff – Donna Summer

Not full of flavour…

Doing the Full Monty. Sitting down, not good. Trouser rip sashays. Twirls. Trying hips. Legs fair movement. Bit of rhythm but not too much. Nearly fell off the chair upon end in good spirits.

CRH – not your dance. Not better than last week. Timing. Top and lower body connected, give it your all Bussell argued. Len – all celebs lose timing at some stage, BT – bitterly disappointed waiting for full monty to distract me. Listen to music. Full manic. It’s all in the music.

Seems Stripping may have saved him. Perhaps a more body revealing shirt would have helped.

3, 6, 6, 4

4

Jerry and Anton

Quickstep

Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel

The Graduate themed. Revealing screen. Got turn into hold, with connection. Good floor work, good hotfooting. Bounce. Good fun mimicking feet kicks. Behind screen frolics to end.

Bruce felt – best dance to date, not taking the mick. (Hall being Rolling Stone Mick Jagger’s ex wife and good friend still.)

Darcey – suits you. Start well, lost concentration, no bathe. Much better. More Upstairs downstairs – Len mentioned. Neat and tidy down he added.

CRH – better behind screen. Posture! X3. Anton bite back, “darling!” Better than last week, Anton beams.

3, 6, 5, 4

5

Sid and Ola

Tango

Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

Sid Rock

Rock of ages influenced. Bandana. Good start. Air Guitar with real prop. Not in hold. All for show, no performance together. Not taking serious. Back in hold, lost half the dance already. Serious concentration on steps visible. Lacked connection with partner and became just doing the dance to finish. Nothing dance.

Len. – Ages to get started. No aggression, not sharp. BT – Les Dawson or ACDC – once into hold not good. CRH – stompy, slompy, clumpy.

4, 4, 5, 4

3

Kimberley and Pasha

Quickstep

Get Happy – Ella Fitzgerald

Summer stock rendition. Bench. Twirls. Slow start. Good bounce, fast, enjoyance. Slowed down steps, legs jumping, both seemed to be in air. A lift, technically? Running splits good. End on bench.  Tad off in parts, but most together, overall. Improvement but not impressive.

Tempo. – Brucie commented.

Spirit of song – BT. DB- Great attack. Top line core worked on well. Pleasure to watch. LG – Arms straightened.

7, 7, 7, 8

7

Denise and James

Foxtrot

You’ve got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman

Yee haw cowboy!

Jessie and Woody from Toy Story. Come to life. Wooden mockery, funny and clever. Denise leading James good. Very slow, watered down somewhat. Good feet. Seemed slightly pointless, however, despite a good level of steps and posture.

Beautifully danced and acted – CRH. DB- needs an edge in performance. Elegant. LG – Verbal pat on back, excellent. BT- set story so well, smooth gliding, retained character. Combined and smooth.

8, 8, 8, 8

7

Colin and Kristina

Argentine Tango

Goldeneye – Tina Turner

Sharp, lift, in hold good, tone as dark and mysterious added powerful dimensions. Contained leadership of sexy siren Kristina. Spectacular.

DB- more risks needed. LG – shaken than stirred. Did ok, not enough. More dancing, as actor you can sell it. CRH – Authority, dominance, adored lifts, spectacular, not easy, fantastic.

Tess – smoking hot

7, 7, 6, 6

9

Richard and Erin

Quickstep

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

Surviving the dance off last week, returned with cheese fest. Fair steps. Heel kicks good. Kept in hold. No leadership.

LG – bright, lively, mincey, flow your sausage! BT – expecting full out Dolly, listen to boss, improve, footwork improvement. Very good. CRH – didn’t mind it. Well done. DB- Make sure weight doesn’t go back in hold, enjoyed style.

6, 7, 6, 6

6

Dani and Vincent

Foxtrot

Somewhere over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy

Bruce laughing at own joke was great. (The ability to laugh at one’s self is the key to success. Don’t take life too seriously people and life will be much better and less stressful.)

Good heel rotation by partner staying grounded. Good spins. Feet very selective to stick to lift rules, which is pleasing. Dog run in at end. Graceful, hard effort, but boring. People don’t know who she is or what she stands for in dance. Forgettable This is advice to surviving. Show yourself in the dance. Currently an extra. Needs to evolve in Strictly as a character with personality explaining her being..

Romantic and sweet – BT. CRH – loved routine. Clean turns. Needs eyes up. Extensions needed. DB – smooth in hold. Works wonders every week.

7, 6, 8, 8

6

Dog poo thrown was hilarious.

Lisa and Robin

Jive

Hanky Panky – Madonna

Dick Tracy essence. Authority, moves from side synchronised very good hold in turn. Rob stumble, followed with strong ownership on dancefloor as solo and join partnership, with a great leapfrog of Robin to end over Lisa. Riley may be first female big girl to win. Easy to see why money is on her. Light on feet, full of exuberance and super-hot dancer. Contender.

CRH – Brilliant. DB – never fail to entertain, missed spring and bounce. Choreography good. LG – bundle of joy. Captured feeling of Jive. A go-er. BT – Spunky lady. Vibrant, vitality. Bring whole room to its feet.

8, 6, 7, 8

9

Nicky and Karen

Quickstep

Hey Pachuco – Royal Crown Revue

Once the mask is on, a different person merges. Good style. Arms at start. Feet in time. Then bit fumbly. In jump around. Fair rotation. Toward end, still has habit of disbanding from partner. Needs to maintain partnership than dismiss it in dance. First half good, second tiring. Tale of two halves. Good Improvement.

LG – last week no life, this week full of life. Straighten legs. BT – wacky, loony quality of Jim Carey captured,  leading with conviction. Good to see. CRH – starting to win over. Characterisation, movement. Amazing job.

6, 7, 7, 7,

6

Louis and Flavia

Salsa

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Dirty Dancing. Louis should be more but isn’t all that. Still boyish dancing and not man enough. Maybe that can’t be taught. Everything is still boyish with his attitude to the competition. Attempting THAT lift.

Flimsy arms. Lethargic. Stand there and wait for Flavia to move/command. Robotic. Spin lift hold. Flavia doing all work. Louis splits jump. Did THAT lift to end well. Rest of dance preceding it wasn’t there. All Flav and no (Louis) action.

The hypocrisy of the fancy me, he looks hot, and no actual dancing ruins the format of show essence. He didn’t dance well, just standard and is rather lazy yet gets fancy votes to save him, wake up will you. This audience in Britain is pathetic and weak.

LG – lacked attack. Timid. BT – smooth, well placed. Stretch those legs, like concord taking off. CRH – contained, simmering, understated. Hip rotation, fantastic. DB – spark of emotion. Go to a nightclub and free up she adds. Bruno claims he is free instantly. Ugh. Beautifully danced.

Lifts, only hips and Flavia doing it all detracted. All about nostalgia with THAT lift from THAT film and no sizzling Salsa. Dance got lost in the moment, rendering it obsolete.

8, 8, 6, 8

6

Danger zone –

Michael, Dani and Richard.

Results to follow.

Strictly Come Dancing Week 2

Strictly Come Dancing 2012

Week 2

With the revelation hat the “dreaded dance off” will return and co-host Tess Daly exclaiming reminiscence to “Ben Hur in the ballroom” our glitzy gladiators took to the dance arena.

Nicky and Karen

Cha Cha Cha

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

Venezuelan Karen seemed eager to impress as the new dance professional on the show after last weeks criticism.  The pair’s dancing had open alone performance once more. Slow side stepping. Takes time getting used to finding some rhyhtym. Byrne was slow and lacking of energy, too much alone dancing than with partner, which was minimal, with no big ending. Learning ropes to be pro dancer. Lookers won’t wash with me, “darling.”

On that note, Craig noted the dance reminded him of a Zumba exercise class. Hip rotation was pleasing, however. Commitment was there though confidence and attitude were debatable. Darcy shared her isolation’s. Said it was “going in right direction.”

Scores – 4, 5, 4, 5

My Score – (4)

Colin and Kristina

Viennese Waltz

Kiss form a Rose – Seal

Tone. Extension in arms and hands good. Trying with posture positively. Decent spin. Slow in parts. Week 2, of course. Sweet. Embrace. Elegant. Romantic.

Dave arch orch.

Bruno – nice extends. More drive and musicality needed. Not so involved. Detracted. Double hand flick like fly swatting was acknowledged. Dancing to height was understood. Darcy  – elegant frame, stooping. Len said it was “Sophisticated.”

6, 6, 6, 6

(6)

Dani and Vincent

Salsa

Mamma Do the Hump – Rizzle Kicks

The salt n pepper pot Dani came to shake. Should have danced to Harry Belafonte’s Shake Shake (Jump in the line.) The song from Beetlejuice for all thinking of song.

Lift off onto the floor counts as lift. Cardinal Sin. Good drop down. More confidence. Sizzle shakes, doing the maracas. Few twirls. SECOND lift.

Craig claimed it had a “dismount splat” though a brave forward manoeuver. Full on, flat out Len said. Blossomed and great content were added.

7, 6, 7, 7

(6)

Fern and Artem

She’s always a Woman – Billy Joel

Viennesse Waltz

Instant connection in partnership with charismatic tone.

Skirt wafting may be a confidence booster, but eventually you’ll need to have the confidence without it. Do not rely on it every week to mask insecurity. Graceful.

Darce delved in with a “beautiful feeling.” Though Fern needed “belief” as Len mentioned  stronger posture needed. Improvement. Doing the dusting Bruno laughed but was pleased with follow through and fantastic floor.

6, 6, 6, 6

(6)

Richard and Erin

Cha Cha Cha

Love Shack – B52s

Personality needed last week. Had it in abundance this week, and OMG, what a quiff! Working the dancefloor with confidence and joy. Animated cheese. End sways good. Slow and patchy. Flamboyance.

Exuberance. Props not really necessary. Little Mermaid / arm up bubbles ripples were a laugh.

Blissfully barmy. Bruno barked in joy as Darcey, who received a kiss liked the “weird enjoyance.” Relaxed, but, create arm tension, she added. Must lead her. Bouts of energy. OTT but fun.

3, 6, 5, 5

(3)

Victoria and Brendan

Foxtrot

Moondance – Van Morrison

Lively start, feet lift. Concentrating on steps too much was visibly apparent. Awkward turn around Brendan. Awkward spin back into hold. Fair outing.

Clean classy and confident from Len. Vast Improvement. Rigid. Quicker in turns. Craig responded. One point worthy for remembering routine he added. *Wink* Thanks “Darhhling.”

To break away, you must disband but maintain connection in partnership. This will be how they develop if intending to remain in show.

6, 6, 7, 7

(4)

Michael and Natalie

Jive

This Ole House – Shakin’ Stevens

Ot Oh! A Jive! Good luck with that on week 2. Regardless, Vaughny took to a country jive which set a good feeling. Good hip and into it flow. Good turn drop downs with Nat. Fast swifts. Good kicks, rapid pace, Darcey interaction. And wheeling Nat in her cart. Taking the horse to water…

Toughest dance and a very good performance of THAT dance of a male dancer leading, though some comedy moments. Timing bad but made up in content and style.

Oddest jives ever. Bizarre. Hips awkward. The judges noted.

Not often I like comedy routines, but this supported the dance to a good level than the usual bad bounce around the floor. Apparently judges did not agree.

2, 5, 4, 4

(6)

Louis and Flavia

Viennesse Waltz

Puppy Love – Donny Osmond

Flav Ca-catch-ay!

Topiary fluffed daisy Flavia flittered round the floor like a blooming nightingale led by Louis. With dignified elegance. Bussel felt that it however lacked emotion.

7, 7, 8, 8,

(7)

Denise and James

Jive

Tutti Frutti – Little Richard

Sprouting back from injury in the week, Denise dazzled with a jovial Jive. Exhausting demand. James chatting up audience member started Denise off. Excellent symmetry and kicks. Cartwheels. Tooty Fruity arm flings. Swift and powerful in spins. Near perfect transitions. Character. Talent. Slowed towards end, but still kept intensity.

Best jive for a long while, most certainly.

Denise the goer on turbo Bruno expressed. “FAB –U LOUS!!!!” said Craig.

8, 8, 8, 8

(8)

Johnny and Iveta

Foxtrot

Everything – Michael Buble

Telling the Cinderella tale with Iveta gliding around the floor, and an amazing spin from Iveta, this woman proved a hearty professional to the show with commitment to helping Johnny Ball lead. However, slightly off in leading, Ball needed more dominance in himself, as lacking some confidence, possibly due to being the eldest contestant. Just go for it and give it some. Hire Iveta.

Len enjoyed the enthusiasm. Out of hold nice lines, in hold stiff, Bruno felt. Decent effort Craig mentions.

5,5,5,5,

(5)

Sid and Ola

Salsa

Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira ft Wycleff Jean

Sid was following Ola. Needs to lead her. Waiting for her to join him in hold. Few shimmys from Sid in sparkle sequins. Handstand was technically a lift.

Bruno – lack of technique. Haphazard – CRH.

Routine good though missed the point of it with the content and just using the dazzle with leggy Ola.

Handstand constitutes as a lift? No? 1 point deduction.

6, 6, 5, 5,

(3)

Kimberley and Pasha

Foxtrot

Someone like You – Adele

Shaky steps dipping, mostly together. Lovely twirls. Stumble among them. Turned into unstable nearing a car wreck. Take more care. Needs further focus, though had a fair concentration. Pat Evans (Butcher) earrings.

Darcey focused on gapping. Good lines. Len  – limp, no conviction. Dazzle, not decline. Len is right, got to do better than just coast through. Bruno added it was “pretty.” Commendable effort.

Wayward in places, but fair, overall.

7, 6, 6, 7,

(5)

Jerry and Anton

Foxtrot

Pennies from Heaven – Frank Sinatra

Slow process. Spark competitive edge to ‘light firecracker up her.’

Good twirl into hold, eye contact and smile, feel of romance. Tense step after. Style and a touch of class. Light as her feathered dress, though will take longer to raise this swan. Needs passion to s-ignite the competition. Longer you wait, longer you risk elimination, and the moment you’re ready to ‘start’ may be moment it ends.

Len – content, heel turn, mix of steps, probably too vertical as the problem. Stretch and move to be developed by Anton, who didn’t want to reveal everything in first few weeks. Yes, but waiting will cost.

Only as good as your last performance. Can’t expect to be carried.

Craig caught a one liner. “Preying mantis posture” in his garden, he felt.

3, 5, 5, 5,

(4)

Lisa and Robin

Viennese Waltz

Never Tear Us Apart – Paloma Faith

Robin’s protruding nipples! Yes, the big girls can dance. Partnership. Bit more connection though needed. Storytelling included. Meant to have been Cinderella themed.

Needs to be refined Bruno spoke. Craig was impressed with her dexterity.

Allow leadership of her.

7, 6, 6, 6

(6)

Results to follow.

Strictly Come Dancing Week 1

Strictly Come Dancing:

Week 1

On Friday 5th  and Saturday 6th October 2012 Strictly Come Dancing glitzed back onto our screens over a two night weekend. Who was about to sparkle, dazzle and delight on the night(s)?

Followed through over two nights on Saturday also, no couples would face elimination in the first week as a try-out session to accustom themselves to the format of the show. This is a valid decision.

Here we’ll give review, advice and agreement or disagreement on all things Strictly, along with Judges scores from Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, respectively.

Bruce and Tess are back and glammed for 2012

Part 1 – Friday 5th October

Fern and Artem

Cha Cha Cha

Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Artem’s ‘chicken fillets’

From the get go Artem Chigvintsev joined telly lovely Fern Britton, with his very focal ‘chicken fillets’ to jaw drop at. Setting the premise of the show as first out is always the most difficult challenge, though Fern made sure to be confident, essential for the start but Craig was impressed with her hands, despite footwork and all else needing work. Has the personality, now needs to add the steps fully to begin ‘building a dancer’ piece by piece.

Score – 4, 5, 5, 5

Nicky and Karen

Waltz

I Wonder Why – Curtis Stigers

Hunk Nicky Byrne from pop group Westlife partnered the new pro dancer on the show, Karen Hauer. It was a little too ‘lone star’ with Byrne on his own for quite some time. Byrne, separated from his partner, had his hands in his pockets and looked slightly sloppy as a result. Though he might be a ‘looker’ that gets a few votes to carry him through, he’ll need more skill to survive the series.

Bruno noted they needed more intimacy and connectivity. Craig was miffed that new pro Karen incorporated a lift into the first show, as lifts are technically banned early on in the competition, until a free style final performance or American Smooth dance.

We agree. Lifts, or the ‘Brendan Cole effect’ as its known, is not acceptable in the early stages. Breaking rules is paramount to penalty. Craig was miffed and explained he would lower the marks for this also, which any pro should expect.

Scores – 2, 5, 5, 5

Michael and Natalie

Waltz

If You Don’t Know Me by Now – Simply Red

Cricketer Michael Vaughan partnered Natalie Lowe to a boring and lacklustre entry. Devoid of personality and posture problems galore, shared from the judges saw his “bum hang out like a hanging basket.”

Scores – 5, 5, 6, 4

Victoria and Brendan

Cha Cha Cha

Spinning Around – Kylie Minogue

Olympian cycler Victoria Pendleton danced to Kylie’s Spinning Around. Stereotype aside, it was a slow start on the steps before flash show off Brendan Cole typically puts himself over instead of his partner. It was flat as a result without any charisma involved. Pendleton shed a few tears realising the result would not be favourable. Technically, I would have given her a 1 as that’s what it was worth, despite my respect for her as an Olympian, she should not gain favouritism as a result on the show, and she respects that notion also.

Scores – 3, 4, 5, 4

Colin and Kristina

Cha Cha Cha

I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown

Colin Salmon, movie star in the James Bond films since joining Pierce Brosnan’s era, had the feisty female Kristina Rhiannov.

The pairing is suited, with high potential to have more style as the show progresses. For the first show, some would naturally be off in minor parts, though Colin proved a possible contender if he works at it fully with improvement. Though a tad slow integration to the dance, there were good steps, smiles and personality. We can’t wait for a bond villain esq Tango.

After the dance they were served a martini, while host Sir Bruce Forsyth enjoyed a cup of cocoa.

Scores – 4, 7, 6, 6

Denise and James

Waltz

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

Essex babe Denise Van Outen had lippy James Jordan. Despite the character off set, both had a strong partnership with one another, added with pleasing spins and effulgent glow and fluid transitions.  Style, elegance and extended legs proved profitable. It was the best of the first part of the night dancers.

Bruce even sounded like the uncle of Terry Tibbs stating “Beautiful.” Len noted Denise needed to sort out her foot work.

p.s Please do not brand Denise as an “Essex Girl” from awful ‘reality’ docu ‘soap’ The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) which is NOT a representation of Essex and most living in Essex do not say “shut -up” and all that tomfoolery. She’s a real Essex girl who is a lively source with no hoopla and lets it ‘all hang out’ ‘cards on the table.’ Glad we got that sorted.

Scores – 6, 6, 6, 7

Part Two – Saturday 6th October

Kimberley and Pasha

Cha Cha Cha

Domino – Jessie J

Girls Aloud pop star Kimberley Walsh joined to the hips of Pascha Kovalev. There was an awkward pout out at the beginning which lacked charisma and looked more of a merry go round. It lacked the little piece of pizazz. Len said they needed to “make an impression” especially on week 1.

Scores – 7, 7, 7, 7

Sid and Ola

Waltz

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Soap Actor Sid Owen bagged Ola Jordan, a previous champ, she noted, in what became a very good rendition of story telling with strong narrative added to presentation and integrity. A shock to all watching, Owen looked strong on week 1.

Scores – 6, 6, 7, 7

Johnny and Aliona/Iveta

Cha Cha Cha

Drive My Car – The Beatles

Mishap sees Vilani out for two weeks, allegedly.

Johnny and “Replacement” come on BBC you could have introduced her better than that.

With Aliona Vilani suffering an injury benching her for the first week initially  now for another following, the eldest contestant Johnny Ball had a stand in partner for the starting week. Vilani will return in two weeks. The pro looked a lot better than Aliona usually dances. Consider hiring her and boot Ariola out. The stand in was called Iveta, by the way.

Lively Ball had a competent outing to begin with, despite the first week and accustoming himself to the show.

Score – 3, 5, 5, 4

Dani and Vincent

Waltz

Open Arms – Mariah Carey

Teen actor for the CBBC channel, 23 year old Dani Harmer had lothario Vincent Simone to guide her. Seeing this young lady who still looks a teen in those revealing outfits highly unsettles me and some others and questions her placement on the show. Technically she is an adult. Though we mark and critique based on performance alone. Her outing was basic to begin with and needs more of a shock impression to stamp her place on the competition.

Scores – 5, 5, 6, 5

Lisa and Robin

Cha Cha Cha

Think – Aretha Franklin

Doubts over skilled beefcake Robin Windsor gaining plump princess of comedy clips Lisa Riley were cast initially, though not one to judge before shows, Riley silenced her critics with a shockingly fabulous sparkle of intent. A minor lift at the end doesn’t force a double standard with us, we agree it shouldn’t be accepted, however  the first week is a safety net as no eliminations, though it did show Riley’s capabilities more than others who lifted, when they should have remained grounded for the real competition next week.

Scores – 8, 8, 7, 7

Riley’s royal seal of approval

Richard and Erin

Waltz

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – Klaus Hallen Orchestra

Showbiz entertainment reporter Richard Arnold took to the floor with Strictly honourable Erin Boag, original on the show since its birth ten years ago.

Boag always makes the best of every partner given and Arnold was no exception.

Scores – 5, 5, 7, 5

Jerry and Anton

Cha Cha Cha

Everybody Loves to Cha Cha – Sam Cooke

Get You! Check out the felt trousers!

Sultry minx and supermodel Jerry Hall held hands with Anton DuBeke. As the other half of the original couple, Anton has struggled to find a good partner, though glamour puss Hall may be a slow starter but can go far in the competition should they maintain a higher profile with the required steps and some diva style on the dancefloor. Currently the action was minimal.

Scores – 3, 5, 5, 5

Louis and Flavia

Cha Cha Cha

Forget You – Cee Lo Green

Male Olympian gymnast Louis Smith scored Flavia Cacace. As a dynamic duo and the expertise of Flavia, Louis could learn to be less “loose”, as Len mentioned. Craig felt it was “awkward.” Smith, hasn’t put in much effort as others and seems slightly lethargic and is another ‘looker’ which gets carried but female fancy votes than the talent on offer. Those are his challenges.

Scores – 6, 8, 6, 7

Knows what she’s talking about. Yeah? Yeah!

So what of the first weekend offering? The dress of Tess (Daly), half the celebs divided and Darcey Bussell’s quips of “Yeah” constantly irking viewers with a strong line-up of pairings that mostly matched wasn’t enough to trounce competition overall on rival channels, namely, the X Factor, with which it has an unknown rivalry with, though stood steady and made a massive impact, displayed a show that was relevant to audience need, capable to deliver the necessary fulfillment of onlookers and captured a snapshot of people being able to learn their hidden depths to a slight or overall talent. Viewers are indeed hooked for the next week with a positive attitude going into it.