Strictly Come Dancing Week 10
It’s dance fusion week for the 6 remaining celebrities – a new concept for the UK but already seen on the US version of the show, Dancing with the Stars. It’s basically a mash-up of two dances, to one track. The dance can be half and half, or dip in and out of the two styles.
It was also announced this week that for the first time in Strictly history, there will be four couples in the final. So, who’s going to make it to next weeks semi final ?
Denise and James are the first to go with this dance fusion, with a Jive and Quickstep. Sat on a sofa sipping cocktails, they launch into their fusion with gusto. It’s nearly perfect, but there is a loss of timing in one section. Len loved the mix of dance styles and noticed the slip-up, but Denise got her heel caught in her skirt which is ripped. Bruno loved the fast routine and thought it was superb. Craig thought the jive part was incredible but the quickstep was a little bit too bouncy. Darcey loved the action and attack and Denise’s determination to perfect every move.
They score 35
Lisa and Robin fuse the Cha Cha and the Tango, to Abba. Robin has “had a dose of the Artems” in training this week, according to Lisa. Dressed in midnight blue the begin with a Tango which isn’t really sharp enough, and then Lisa loses her skirt and the fringed sparkles come out for the Cha Cha, which suits her personality much more, though she did go wrong which affected the timing at the end. Bruno loved the exposé “glittering like a glitterball under the spotlight” and agreed that the Cha Cha was better suited to Lisa. Craig said Lisa’s top line is failing her in the ballroom and she’s anticipating the steps too much. Darcey thought the Tango was the strongest dance and had more attack and said the performance was fabulous, as always. Len said Lisa’s enthusiasm is infectious but he thought the fusion was a little bit too predictable.
They score 30
Nicky & Karen fuse the American Smooth (Foxtrot) & the Samba. Reading the paper, Nicky picks up a chair and meets Karen in the middle of the floor. It’s not the smoothest AS, but the Samba elements are slightly better, though use of the chair is a little bit much by the end. Craig wanted more Samba bounce but he loved the AS part of the routine. Craig thinks they will be in the bottom two. Darcey loved the staging and choreography but Nicky is over-extending his arms and his shoulders are an issue. Len thinks this fusion was the greatest challenge of all so far and he enjoyed the lifts. Bruno said “that was really a heroic effort.”
They score 27
Dani and Vincent fuse the Charleston and the Quickstep. Kicking off with the Charleston to Happy Feet, they launch into the Quickstep which segues neatly into the Charleston and back again. Performed with confidence and panache, the audience loved it and gave them a standing ovation. Darcey said “Dani that was extraordinary.” Darcey loved the choreography and the transitions between styles. Len wanted the occasional heel lead but said “yum yum pigs bum I loved it.” Bruno loved the fusion, “it was absolute perfection.” Craig loved the choreography.
They score 38
Louis and Flavia dance the Rhumba and the Tango, fused together to U2. Louis has the most amazing arms which he uses to great effect in the Rhumba sections and his innate strength shines through, so that he looks strong. And then the Tango reveals a new strength and a fiery control. It’s raw and intense. Easily the best Rhumba of the series. Len said these dances were from each end of the dance spectrum and Louis pulled it off. Bruno loved the contrasts of soft and gentle and masterful by the end. Craig said “you danced that with effortless dexterity.” Darcey said “you’ve got it. Those arms are delicious. I loved it.”
They score 37
Kimberley and Pasha fuse the Cha Cha and the Tango. Under the brollies (It’s raining men, after all) they launch their Tango in fiery red and silver. Kimberley’s skirt is cut away at the front to help with the Cha Cha, which is great fun and hits all the accents of the music. Another standing ovation from the audience. Bruno said “you started a nuclear fusion. Surprise at every turn. The dance of the season so far.” Craig said “that is dancing.” Darcey loved it and Len stood up and gave another standing ovation of his own.
They score 40 (out of 40)
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Tonight’s music & dance was …
Denise & James danced a fusion of the Jive & Quickstep to Reet Petite
Lisa & Robin danced a fusion of the Cha Cha Cha & Tango to Voulez Vous
Nicky & Karen danced a fusion of the American Smooth & Samba to Troublemaker
Dani & Vincent danced a fusion of the Charleston & Quickstep to Happy Feet
Louis & Flavia danced a fusion of the Rhumba & Tango to With or Without You
Kimberley & Pasha danced a fusion of the Cha Cha Cha & Tango to It’s Raining Men
Strictly So Far …
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