Strictly Come Dancing week 5
Have Bruce & Tess been on the sauce this afternoon ? Both seem overly sparky on this fiery Bonfire Night, as the 11 celebrities battle for one of the 10 places remaining. There is no theme this week; it should be an evening of pure dancing.
Kimberley and Pasha dance the Salsa to Beyoncé. Kimberley descends on a spangled silver hoop but despite this flamboyant entrance and a quick mistake they whip into the dance. Plenty of hairography from Kimberley and a spot in front of the judges is always guaranteed a favourable comment. Transitions were a little clunky but they really went for it. Len liked it and saw the return of Nimble Kimble. Bruno found it fiercely sexy. Craig said “lascivious, licentious and lubricious”. Darcey loved every lift and thought it was fabulous.
They score 33
Lisa and Robin dance the Tango, and Lisa begins on her own, dressed in regal purple and accompanied by a chair. Robin dashes in, clothed in purple tails, and the pair snap across the floor. I would have liked to have seen Lisa’s shoes coloured to match her dress but she has worked on her footwork and although there is acting to start and finish, the middle is pure dance. Bruno loved the intent from Lisa and the body contact, as well as the performance. Craig wasn’t so happy. He wanted more glide and more work on Lisa’s left hand and a stronger preparatory head. He did think the routine itself was amazing. Darcey wanted cleaner and sharper feet but said that Lisa gave a wonderful performance. Len agreed but wanted a little refinement.
They score 27
Richard, sharp in pinstripes, and Erin dance Shirley Bassey’s Hey Big Spender with a Foxtrot. A little clumsy to begin with and Richard shows in his face when he goes wrong, which is a great shame. He’s forgotten the routine. Craig said “a complete dance disaster. It all went horribly wrong.” Darcey gave Richard advice about his loss of balance and said that Richard just lost his focus. Len thought it was a “tad ploddy.” The Tango is the most difficult ballroom dance and Len thought Richard did a good job under the circumstances. Bruno said Richard had “a face like a frozen haddock” and that he was “a bit too tight for a big spender” but Bruce made them his favourite. They are likely to need it!
They score 17
Denise and James dance the Viennese Waltz, with Denise in glittering gold and mint. A small stumble to start, but Denise has lovely lines and she can turn easily on her own. It’s elegant and graceful, full of romance and almost wistful. Len said “poise, posture and performance. More turns than a Catherine Wheel. Spectacular.” Bruno said “a romantic dream set to music. That was so pretty.” Craig only had one word, “amazing.”
They score 35
Victoria and Brendan dance the Samba, a really hard Latin dance. Hard to teach; hard to learn. They’ve had a stormy training week as a result, but two showgirls flank Victoria at the start, where she’s dancing on the judges desk. Unfortunately it shows in her face when she goes wrong, and she looks very uncertain. Shaky Showgirl ? The camera angles are helping the samba roll look better than it really is. Victoria is really skipping across the floor rather than using it to get the samba bounce. Len gave Victoria credit for coming out of her shell but said it was a little unstable in places. Bruno thought it was promising at the beginning but it didn’t last. Victoria was shaky. Craig thought it was awkward in places but found Victoria coped quite well. Darcey liked the start but Victoria lost focus at the end.
They score 23
Louis and Flavia continue the party with the Samba. The’ve been training in grass skirts. Will it be hot ? The sunglasses are on. Yes, it’s a scorcher. Slight loss of timing, briefly, but Louis works those hips and his attitude and dances a very good routine. Bruno thought Louis was the king of hypnotic pelvic rotations. Craig loved the masculinity of the dance but missed the double bounce action. Darcey was a bit disappointed. “You were safe. It was too calculated. I wanted it to be freer. We’ve seen so many brilliant performances and this wasn’t your best.” The audience boos. Len loved how many recognisable Samba steps were in the routine.
They score 29
Colin and Kristina dance a Foxtrot to Accentuate the Positive. Kristina is working the peach frothy skirts but she looks like a doll next to Colin’s tall, sombre suited persona and that is accentuated in the kicks, where his are higher than hers – something that shouldn’t happen in dance. Darcey liked the routine but thought the kicks competed with John Cleese. Len thought there wasn’t enough rise, but he liked it. Bruno thought it was smart and elegant and the acting was great, but the dance needs more movement.
They score 27
Nicky and Karen take on the Rhumba this week. Nicky begins on his own, trying to suppress a smile, and with much improved posture. Great acting throughout. Darcey saw the hard work but she wants more dance content next time. Bruno liked the intent and purpose, and the chemistry, but he would have liked more propulsion in the hip action from Nicky. Craig thought it was a series of presentations and there wasn’t enough dance in there.
They score 25
Fern and Artem dance the Paso Doble. Fern works the fan. Bare-chested Artem works the cape. Losing balance briefly, Fern then loses focus slightly but Artem works the floor to dramatic effect. Len wanted a banger, but the dance fizzed and never exploded. Bruno agreed; he doesn’t want floor polishing, he wants power and strength. Craig picked up on Fern’s wobbles and Darcey liked the assertive choreography.
They score 24
Michael and Natalie dance the Foxtrot. Natalie is dazzling in primrose with a dash of mint over the shoulders and her candy floss skirts almost swallow up Michael’s footwork completely. It’s a very sweet routine which Bruno enjoyed. Craig wants style, swing and sway for it to be perfect. Darcey loved Michael in ballroom but there’s a little stiffness in his neck sometimes. Len thought it was the best Foxtrot of the night.
They score 31
Dani, in leopard, and Vincent in (I hope that’s not pleather) jacket and quiff, dance a 50’s Jive. It’s fast, fun and there’s lots of flicking footwork and they are totally on the beat. Craig loved it. Darcey loved the style but the chaine turns would have been better with Dani’s feet together. Len thought it was absolutely fabulous. Bruno thought it was a cutiepie of a Jive.
They score 33
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