So, its Saturday night and finally, Strictly is back. My first thoughts are that Kara Tointon has the most revealing costume that any female celebrity has ever worn at the start of the show. How many more times is Bruce going to tell us that they ‘made him’ tell the jokes ? I’ve got a feeling he does his own thing.
Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace opened the second show, with her newly cut short hair, which is her lucky style. Their Cha Cha Cha opened confidently, very quickly, with Jimi partnering confidently but slightly lacking in hip action; he went wrong in the middle though he made up for it with his arms working double time. Len mentioned a few heel leads, and of course Flavia had already told Jimi about them, but the judges enjoyed his enthusiasm and energy. Except for Craig, who admired his isolation technique but thought he danced like the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.
Peter Shilton, partnered by Erin Boag – the only professional female from series 1 – danced a Waltz, starting shakily with Peter clinging onto Erin’s shoulder. It’s a deceptively hard dance to start the show with, and he tried hard but looked a little uneasy. Still, it’s week 1 ! Erin looked pleased, but not as delighted as the other pro’s have been with their partners. The judges agreed that there is a lot of work to be done, but he has a great teacher in Erin. Ex England goal-keeper Peter said afterwards that “it’s a different ball game.” A Waltz can be a dance where you literally lose yourself in the dance; let’s hope we see some of that as the show progresses. Remember Alesha and Matt’s Waltz with that beautiful pink fluffy dress ?
Michelle Williams, with her partner Brendan Cole, look set to be fire-crackers. But will they light up the dance floor ? She feels the pressure as she’s been told that she’s one to watch. Dancing a Cha Cha Cha in a very short yellow skirt and pink/purple flowery bra-top, she looked a little awkward. I think the speed is a test for her – she’s quite tall and though she can surely shake ber booty, her hip action is on holiday at the moment. She loved it though ! Bruno commented on her “length of bone.” She does have long legs, and controlling them, finding her centre and keeping them straight proved a challenge. Len said her technique was bad, and unsteady. Alesha said that she gave a performance, and should be commended for that.
Gavin Hanson and his partner Katya Virshilas have worked hard on the romance factor of the Waltz in rehearsals. Will he relax into it ? He liked the audience applause ! He’s light on his feet and partners strongly. He’s perhaps a little stiff in his arms and his face probably isn’t the picture that Katya was intending. But she looks happy with him. The audience really did go wild. Why does Bruce spoil the mood and ask “is she good in the sack?” Craig said it was a good and brave attempt. Len said it was better than good, with rise in fall which is rare in week 1, and Alesha thought Gavin was a diamond in the rough. Bruno said that he had expected Gavin to be awful, dancing with himself and looking in the mirror, but even he had to eat his words!
Actress Tina O’Brien has bespectacled – with High School Musical inspired costumes – Jared Murillo as her partner. Tina doesn’t like being the centre of attention, so will her Cha Cha Cha take off ? Jared gives her choreography which has her starting on her own, in a tiny pink dress with metallic silver leotard. Her arms are great, and she looks to be enjoying it, but she could do with picking up speed in the Cha Cha and she went wrong many times. Craig said there was too much pointless strutting around, and Len wanted Jared to produce a stronger routine.
So, it’s time for Widdy’s Waltz. Anne Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke’s long awaited debut is sweet, the music is ‘Sweet Cherie’. The audience are roaring. Anne has a crimzon metallic frock and silver sequinned shrug. The pair of them laughed at the start and the end, and the judges enjoyed the routine. Bruno found her courageous and imposing, rather like the Ark Royal. Anne raises a laugh by calling Craig the ‘submarine.’ Craig retalliates by saying it was “all very Local Authority.” Len says that the “Anne-ticipation” of her dance was unlike any other celebrity on Strictly. He thoroughly enjoyed it and was entertained. Anne turns out to be Brucie’s favourite.
Tess says, “now open the windows, it’s going to get hot in here.” Kara Tointon and her partner Artem Chigvintsev make a great couple and he is a great teacher, but in rehersals Kara does giggle a lot ! Their Cha Cha Cha, with her leopard-print costume matching anything you’ve seen Ola Jordan wear, is good. Perhaps not as fast as it could be, but Kara is sharp and has great feet. She did stumble and made a mistake at the start but her recovery was great – it was a costume drama and we’ve seen plenty of them on Strictly ! Bruno called her “Catwoman.” Alesha called her the best dancer of the night.
Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow dueted at the end of the show, with their new single Shame. I’d like to have seen some of the pro dancers during the song, but the guys were sat on stools, facing each other, at least initially, so perhaps it would have spoilt the mood ?
The leaderboard, at the end of the night, has Matt and Aliona and Pamela and James in joint first place.
No-one is eliminated in this round, so that all couples will dance a ballroom and a latin before facing elimination. The judges scores are carried over to next week when the public voting begins.
What did you make of the show ? Was Kara the best dancer tonight ? Who had the best outfit ? And what about ‘Widdy’s Waltz’ ?