Strictly Come Dancing – Week 1 – Day 2 (Saturday evening)
For the start of this series, the celebrities have been split into two, with the first half dancing last night, and the second, tonight. As the UK breaks the record for the hottest October day, will the celebrities cope with the heat of the ballroom ?
So, is Harry Judd, first up with his partner Aliona, born to ballroom ? They Cha Cha Cha confidently, though Harry’s upper body is still quite stiff. He knows the routine though !! Len said it was a good Cha Cha Cha with good mix of steps, though a little bit mechanical. Alesha loved his focus. I think Bruno lost the plot with his comments, but Craig felt he was “depositing the steps rather than dancing them.”
The judges score : 28
Rory Bremner and Erin waltz onto the floor and he’s looking very good. Confident, relaxed, and a beautiful routine. Bruno thought Rory was chanelling Fred Astaire. Craig picked up his lack of spotting and and raised shoulders but thought it was full of elegance and panache. Len said it was a first class impression of a waltz.
The judges score : 27
Alex Jones and James start off well with their Cha Cha, but Alex isn’t a great turner and she’s very stiff. She’s also pulling quite a strange face ! She doesn’t have great extension and quite a lot of the routine has her standing still, arms in the air. Alex says she’s had an out of body experience! Bruno said she was better with James, than apart. Craig said the routine was starchy and lacked any excitement. James tells Craig that some of the celebrities are a little disheartened from last night’s comments and asked Craig to remember that. Bruce agreed. Alesha wants Alex to let go and believe in herself next week.
The judges score : 22
Chelsee Healey and Pasha (Pasha is new to the pro team this year and wants to bring a new energy to the show) begin their waltz dramatically, Healey in a pale pink dress floating around her. Her head isn’t always placed correctly but she’s making an elegant job of it. They both bring drama to the waltz. Craig called her a whirling dervish, but loved her phrasing even though she has some balance issues and needs to learn how to land, and slow down. Craig said she want from Petula Clark to Lady GaGa towards the end, getting a bit too excited. Bruno says that Chelsee has the special ability to extend her lines, musically, without ever stopping, which takes years to master.
The judges score : 27
Edwina Currie and Vincent (the self-styled reason why you buy your tv licence!) start off their Cha Cha comically; with Vincent placing her feet, arms and head just so, and then off they go – Edwina in a rather long Cha Cha dress but with the regulation fringing. The comic touches carry on, with the dancing so-so and a little clumsy especially at the end, with Edwina on the floor with her legs in the air. Len said it was great fun and danced with full on confidence. Bruno found it a bit flat footed but fun.
The judges score : 17 (a 2 from Craig)
Nancy Dell’olio and Anton promise to put passion in their waltz. Nancy is resplendent in mint green, sat on a red chaise longue, fanning herself. Len won’t be happy about the amount of time she takes to start dancing. When she does, it’s very stiff and there is a wardrobe malfunction with an escaping feather boa. Anton seems to be pulling Nancy around, especially in the turns. It’s not pretty. Bruno said that Nancy “looked like a curtain stuck on a steam cycle.” Craig advised her to drop the props altogether. Len says she was too long on the sofa.
The judges score : 12 (a 1 from Craig)
The last couple, Jason Donovan (to huge cheers from the audience) and Kristina love the Cha Cha Cha in training, despite the neck brace. Jason wants to start the routine well, and he is halfway up the stairs. He spends a lot of time on his own, and he’s very confident. Perhaps a little too skippy for a Latin dance, but he’s smiling all the way through and throwing Kristina around. They have a standing ovation. Bruno is excited and says that now Strictly is in business. Craig said “bonza!” Len says it’s the best dance of the night.
The judges score : 32 – the best score of the night
Here you have a mixture of photographs from the dress run and the live show. Enjoy !
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Tonight’s music was :
Harry & Aliona – Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5
Jason & Kristina – Gimme Some Lovin’, The Blues Brothers
Nancy & Anton – In Napoli, Dean Martin
Edwina & Vincent – Build Me Up Buttercup, The Foundations
Chelsee & Pasha – See The Day, Dee C Lee
Alex & James – When Love Takes Over, Kelly Rowland
Rory & Erin – Weekend in New England, Barry Manilow
You can find all of last nights photographs and a full show report in the Strictly section, here on Ballet News