Strictly Come Dancing week 11
This is the week where 5 become 4, but only after each couple take to the floor to dance twice.
Dani and Vincent open the semi final with their American Smooth, which has a Foxtrot base. Vincent tips a wish into the fountain and Dani approaches in a gorgeous rose confection of sequins and lace which is my dress of the series. It’s pink tipped with lemon and suits her perfectly. There’s a slight stumble but the rest of the dance tells a beautiful story. Len loved the dance and the heel turns, the lifts and the fluidity of movement. Bruno agreed and loved the touches of Ginger Rogers. Craig liked the dance but wants better hand position above the head. Darcey loved the quality and elegance of the dance by she’s missing a little bit of sparkle and found it a bit safe.
They score 34
Louis and Flavia take on the Jive as their first dance. Louis has the style but he’s not quite light enough and seems strangely flat-footed and sickled. Bruno liked the cheerleader in the locker room routine but the kicks and flicks weren’t as sharp as they should have been and there were timing issues. But Louis is selling it better than ever. Craig wants a snapped snap and Louis was too soft, plus Craig picked up on Louis’s sickled feet. Darcey thinks Louis is too supple to achieve the sharpness, but although she loved the routine, she was expecting more. Len said “this didn’t cut it for me. The quality of dancing wasn’t that good.”
They score 31
Denise and James dance the Tango, Denise dressed in black feathers and dramatic pout. It’s very sharp to the point of being dangerous, and intense to the point of meltdown. Craig loved the floor spin and everything else. Darcey loved the extraordinary attack all the way through but there was the odd bent leg in the kicks. Len said “that was a proper tango.” Bruno said it was spectacular.
They score 39
Kimberley and Pasha dance the American Smooth in flaming, feverish red. Sultry, sexy and seductive. Shivers down the spine, it’s that sort of dance. Darcey loved the dance and said “you’re like a true film star. You shine. Every time you leave your head behind, it’s really special.” Len wanted a little more of the dance to be in ballroom hold but he thought the rest of it was fantastic. Bruno wants to be in quarantine after that fever, and loved the interpretation that runs though Kimberley’s body. Craig said “I would put that routine straight on stage in one of my shows. Just great.”
They score 38 which seems grossly undermarked.
Lisa and Robin dance the Salsa, popping up behind the judges desk. There’s not enough bounce from Lisa and she’s not matching Robin’s energy. Something went wrong with the floor spin and Lisa wasn’t a good enough actress to cover it, so despite the tricks it just didn’t work in the semi final. Len said “there was a lot going on” but the technique was a little bit laboured. Bruno said Lisa had fun with it but it wasn’t quite a salsa. Craig couldn’t stop laughing and Darcey said that the routine was fast and fabulous.
They score 31
Halfway, Denise and James lead the pack, with Louis and Lisa jointly on 31 points.
Dani and Vincent return with an Argentine Tango. In red lace with a flash of lemon underneath, dancing with the AT master, they pull off a masterclass in focus and determination. Len loved the start with no music, and loved the routine and “stole my heart.” Bruno said “oh, you’ve become the lady of the night. It was like two bodies morphing into one.” Craig thought it was incredible and spectacular. Darcey enjoyed the intensity and control, starting in silence which isn’t easy. She wanted a straighter, crisper leg, but otherwise she loved it.
They score 38
Louis and Flavia dance a strong Foxtrot, precise and pink and black. Craig picked up on Louis’s thumb again, which was sticking up, but he loved the routine and the brilliant ending. Darcey said “Louis, thank goodness, you’ve got it. You make it look too easy actually.” Len said “you are the true sportsman, You get knocked down in one dance and you come back stronger, and that’s what you did there.” Bruno said “the smooth operator with a twinkle in the eye. Back on top where you belong.”
They score 38
Denise and James return with the Rhumba. Emotion from the start, continuing through the splits, and right through to the end. Darcey said “you have the most stunning arms. You have the feeling right to the end of your fingertips and that’s very unusual.” She thought some of the movements weren’t liked as well as they could have been. Len didn’t think the final would be the proper final without Denise. Bruno said “I was deeply moved by this Rhumba and it’s never happened before. There wasn’t a moment you weren’t on it 100%. Two lovers totally in tune with each other.” Craig said “absolutely fantastic story telling. Gorgeous.”
They score 38
Kimberley and Pasha return with a wacky Charleston with a flying machine reference to the music. Chocs away! Full of character and fun with perfect timing it’s both ditzy and daring. Len said “happy go lucky. Great lift. You weren’t flying economy, you were flying first class.” Bruno said “oh yes, flying high. A feast for the eye.” Craig said, “it’s the f-word darling, fab-u-lous.” Darcey said “quirky, naughty flapper.”
They score 40
Lisa and Robin have to follow that with their American Smooth with a Foxtrot base. In big red letters spelling out Lisa, they start off tentatively to the very famous All that Jazz from Chicago. There’s nothing new here and Lisa does struggle with the ballroom frame so the dance only comes alive when she’s high kicking her way towards the camera. Bruno loved the entertainment but picked up on the odd stumble here and there. Craig loved the routine but picked up on some timing issues and gapping in frame. Darcey said “you are the next musical theatre star.” Len said that Lisa isn’t always the judge’s champion but she is the people’s champion.
They score 32
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Tonight’s music was …
Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev danced the American Smooth to Fever by Peggy Lee and the Charleston to Prologue Main Title by Ron Goodwin
Denise Van Outen and James Jordan danced the Tango to Roxanne by The Police and the Rhumba to The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Leona Lewis
Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace danced the Foxtrot to Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye and the Jive to Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers
Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor danced the American Smooth to All That Jazz from Chicago and the Salsa to Best Years of Our Lives by Modern Romance
Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone danced the American Smooth to I Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble and the Argentine Tango to Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Strictly So Far …
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