Quarter finals week on Strictly Come Dancing saw our stars tackle the silver screen icons as themed dances. Last night I selected dress run photographs to accompany my report on the show. The live show images were fascinating, as ever – it’s always great to see close up what you might have missed on the night.
The Strictly Show Dancers started the ball rolling with an Abba medley, choreographed by Ian Waite.
Saturday night at the movies had plenty to watch, and tonight Tess’s (slightly dangerously) eye-popping spiky one shouldered dress caught my attention. I got the feeling that if she slipped over she’d have herself in the eye, no trouble.
Claudia Winkleman introduces what’s to come on tonight’s show (surely, she should do more than this ?) and then the judges talk through the performances while we get a quick reminder. Matt reveals that his dance didn’t go as well as it should have done, and he feels despondent for Aliona. The judges felt that Pamela was the dancer of the night but although she was given four 10’s, Kara is the one to beat. Kara’s Oscar winning Tango had all the right ingredients. Len said that he liked Gavin’s performance and had some advice applicable to him : “the more you sweat, the better you get.”
Is this shaping up to be the best Strictly final, ever ? First we have to see who has been voted out in the results.
The first couple through to the semi final is Gavin & Katya (Gavin looks thrilled), followed by Kara & Artem (who says thank you). Tess announces that Scott & Natalie are the first couple to be in danger of leaving the show, and in the bottom two.
Natalie looks shocked. Bruno is asked by Tess what he makes of this – is he shocked ? He says it’s ridiculous and unfair because Scott is a potential winner and shouldn’t be in this position.
Claudia talks to Gavin & Kara; both are thrilled and relieved to be safe, but both are also emotional – which goes for Katya too – she is almost crying.
Strictly’s answer to Fred and Ginger take to the floor in a waltz to Moon River – Anton & Erin. It’s an inky, smooth, laid back affair; cool and precise.
Tess calls the next couple through, who are : Pamela & James, leaving Ann & Anton in the bottom two with Scott & Natalie. Matt & Aliona are safe and through to the semi finals.
Craig comments that the public have finally come to their senses and says that he always has faith that in the end, they will always choose the best dancer.
Next week there will be a Swingathon – which is an element closely associated with proper ballroom dancing, where all the couples dance on the floor at the same time and are eliminated one by one.
There will also be a double elimination in the results show on Sunday.
Ann is resigned to leaving – she says that being in the bottom two had to happen at some point. Scott says that he is not so surprised, because he’s had a rough time since Blackpool with his workload and tiredness. If he gets through to the semis, he will have three dances – two of which are the Argentine Tango and the Charleston.
The Manic Street Preechers sing (without any dancers) and then it’s the moment of truth.
And so it’s farewell to Ann, who gets a standing ovation and says that she will miss Monday’s and the training.
Next week, Strictly Come Dancing begins on Friday @ 9pm.
Here are Ann’s highlights :