Tonight the couples take to the floor with a variety of dances to wow the judges and you at home.
The show opens with the possibility of fireworks, as Kara & Artem take centre stage.
Kara’s Salsa training has been quite up and down, but on the night she works the stairs, straight into some fireworks ! She’s very musical, with fabulous syncopations, so the fast beat of the music doesn’t trouble her and with Artem she launches into some complex lifts, bringing the audience to their feet. Len records the high-energy, flat out salsa, and Bruno called her a little ‘bombshell,’ imploding – though he noticed her mistake, probably caused becuase of the way that Kara dances right to the edge, all the way through. The judges award them a score of 36 – 4 nines.
Pamela has a gorgeous black dress decorated with sparkling silver, and she too has had a hard week in training, with James really pulling the dance out of her to keep them out of the bottom two this week (hopefully). James is smiling at the end – hopefully he is happier with Pamela this week. Bruno thought her very ‘Hollywood’, with a beautiful dance and Craig noticed the loss of balance and didn’t like the 1950’s ‘cheezy end.’ Len loved it – with a lovely romance about it, an elegance that suits Pamela. James said how nervous Pamela felt tonight – she had much to prove after last week. Her score is 33.
Vincent asks Felicity to be a ‘posh bull’ in the Paso Doble. Will she be incredi-bull ? Felicty begins on the floor and starts on her own in classic Spanish Flamenco steps, with beautiful arms. Her dress is midnight blue lace and sequins. She has a long, thick blonde plait halfway down her back and they finish dramatically with Vincent throwing his jacket over Felicity, who is on the floor. The audience loved it; I’m not sure what the judges will say ! Bruno says that her performance was full of intense drama, and he noticed her Flamenco moves. Craig agreed with Bruno, including the Spanish port de bras at the beginning, though he was less keen on the transitions – which were a little clunky. Len said that Felicity captured the mood of the dance, the expression, and said it was her best dance so far. They score 29.
Jimi and Flavia have a jazzy routine, full of movement and intricate footwork. They seem pleased with it. Craig noticed Jimi’s pigeon-toes through the grapvine section; basically he needs to releve more. Bruno disagrees, vocally of course ! Len thought it was bright and busy, and he would like a cleaner hold and sharper feet, but it’s still his best dance so far ! Their score is 32, with a nine from Bruno.
Matt & Aliona start off under a flowered pagoda, with Aliona in pale blue, showing off her striking red hair and Matt’s grey suit (with pale blue lining on the tails). Aliona ends where she began, on the swing beneath the flowers. Len loved Matt’s flat back and wide shoulders and said the dance was truly fabulous. Bruno said he was graceful with a musical lilt, like a ballet dancer. Craig noticed a few missing heel leads which upsets the balance of rise and fall, and he’s not keen on Matt’s thumbs. Nevertheless, they score 35.
We start Ann and Anton’s dance in sepia – with Anton doing most of the dancing. Ann has a peacock blue flapper dress, sans jacket, but that is as risky as she’s prepared to go. Anton makes much of lifting her, which the audience loves, and there is a cameo from Craig in sepia, glowering at them both. The crowd are on their feet, again. Whatever will the judges say ? Alesha thought it was more of a comedy sketch than a dance, but she loved the acting. Bruno wonders how it is that Anton doesn’t have a slipped disc, swinging Ann around. Craig said the double bounce was missing entirely, with no visible action whatsoever, too much time sitting. Len called them “A & A” – and said that he thought the’d need batteries half way through that routine ! The score comes in as a low 17, despite the applause from the audience.
Michelle waltzes around the floor in a beautiful pink dress with gold embellishments, which moves with her smoothly and shows off her rise and fall. Bruno says that her frame was better this week, and praises Brendan for his training this week. Craig said it wasn’t bad, just in between. Len thought it was good – a full on proper Waltz ! They danced the Waltz to a Foxtrot piece of music, so it was exceptionally hard for Michelle. They are given a score of 30, their highest score to date.
Patsy is great in hold, less confident on her own. She has chosen a very brave costume – gold and short, with fringing – now that she has dropped two dress sizes since starting the show. Craig found it “Cha Cha Chavvy” and wanted more hip action. He said she looked confident and the New Yorkers were clean. Len thought it was fun and cheeky but he’d like to see her calm down and not rush to the end – which is something Robin says to her every week. Patsy and Robin score 29.
The Rumba is a difficult dance for the male celebrities, but Scott seems to have little trouble. He has the fluid arms to portray the romance, and Natalie has a beautiful white dress with silver strands acorss the back. Len points out the difficulty of the Rumba – the musicality needed in the arms, and thought that Scott pulled it off by and large. Bruno agreed and even Craig thought he looked as though he was just out of hospital after a hip operation. Not his dance ! But he scores a 4 from Craig and a 9 from Len – with a total of 28 – their lowest to date. Scott has found the dance very difficult.
Katya has a red and black sparkly rugby style outfit and Gavin has a hoody and a rugby ball, caught by Len. Alesha thinks that Gavin out-danced Scott tonight. Craig found it a little flat-footed but there was some improvement, with a great knee spin with gorgeous routine in the spooning section. Gavin is looking pleased for once ! He gets a score of 29 – his highest score to date. You can catch up with the official Strictly website, here.