Bruno commented on Natalie & Artem’s Salsa “you put just the right amount of fluidity and all the ingredients for a fantastic salsa.” Craig said “I couldn’t find much wrong with it. Just wonderful to watch. Brilliant.” They scored a perfect 40.
Patrick & Anya’s Waltz pleased Bruno, who said “the sense of distinction you bring onto the stage. A couple of issues on footwork but overall, very very good. But don’t tense up.” Craig said “I thought it was absolutely gorgeous and Darcey said “a charming Waltz. A true Prince Charming.” They scored 36
Sophie & Brendan’s Paso Doble to Prokofiev’s Dance of the Knights is familiar to all ballet-goers. Darcey, as a former Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, commented “that music is so close to my heart. I loved that choreography” and they scored 35.
Suzanna & Kevin’s Foxtrot pleased Darcey, who said “you were smooth across the dance floor. You are shining again.” Len said, “a lark in the park.” They scored 38.
Len commented on Abbey & Aljaz’s samba, “to combine technique and performance is hard to achieve but you did it.” Craig found their dance “really, truly amazing.” They scored 39
At the half-way point, with each couple having performed their first dance, Natalie & Artem headed the leaderboard with a perfect 40 and Sophie & Brendan found themselves at the bottom, five points below.
Natalie & Artem’s second dance was the Argentine Tango, and Bruno said “it was incredible. The precision. The placement. The line. mesmerizing.” Craig said “what a dance” and Darcey said “I’d like a little bit more attitude in your character.” They scored 38.
Patrick & Anya tackled the Paso Doble, which Craig said “had command, but it didn’t have a Spanish feel at all and I think the dance exposed your weaknesses.” They scored 33.
Sophie & Brendan’s American Smooth wowed Darcey who said “this was your dance” and they scored 36.
Suzanna & Kevin’s salsa was “full of energy. On accession it got a tad messy” according to Len and Craig said “vivacious, darling. Vivacious.” They scored 32.
Abbey & Aljaz’s American Smooth was “totally captivating” according to Bruno and “full of charisma. You’re so watchable” from Craig. Darcey said, “you came out and sold it to me.” Len rounded up the evening by saying, “I’ll see you next week in the final.” They scored 39.
The Strictly Details :
Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis
Paso Doble to Because the Night by the Patti Smith Group
Waltz to Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec
American Smooth to Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Samba to Faith by George Michael
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole
Paso Doble to Montagues and Capulets by Prokofiev
American Smooth to They Can’t Take That Away from Me by Lisa Stansfield
Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton
Foxtrot to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli
Salsa to Move Your Feet by Junior Senior
Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev
Argentine Tango to Montserrat by Bajofondo
Salsa to Wanna Be Startin Something by Michael Jackson
Ashley Taylor Dawson becomes the tenth celebrity to leave the Strictly dance floor
With only two weeks until the grand final and the Strictly trophy in sight, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman welcomed the remaining six couples onto the Strictly dance floor for another chance to impress judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell,Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood,and the viewers at home.
Between them, the couples danced a Salsa, Rumba, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango and Paso Doble. Saturday night also saw the return of the Swing-a-thon, where the couples simultaneously took to the dance floor to showcase their best swing moves in a bid to gain extra points from the judges. Each couple was voted off one by one until the winning couple remained, gaining an extra six points which were then added to their previous score of the night.
Susanna and Kevin were voted off first receiving one point; Ashley and Ola were next receiving two points; followed by Abbey and Aljaz who received three points; Sophie and Brendan then received four points and Patrick and Anya received five points. Natalie and Artem won the Swing-a-thon receiving six points.
The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes and the Swing-a-thon points, to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.
This week Ashley Taylor Dawson and his partner Ola Jordan faced Sunday night’s dance off for the second week in a row alongside Patrick Robinson and his partner Anya Garnis who also faced the dance off for the second time.
Both couples performed their routines again; Ashley and Ola did their Salsa to Gloria Estefan’s‘Conga’, and Patrick and Anya performed their Rumba to ‘When I Was Your Man’ by Bruno Mars.
After both couples had danced a second time, the judges delivered their verdicts with Craig, Darcey and Bruno all choosing to save Patrick and Anya. Head judge Len said that he disagreed with his fellow judges and that we would have saved Ashley and Ola.
Len said: “I totally disagreed with this verdict. For me Ashley and Ola should have been through. I know he (Ashley) missed that last lift, however I’m only judging this one routine. If I hadn’t had seen it before I wouldn’t have known there was going to be a lift there. Plus, the cardinal sin in Rumba is stepping forward on the heel. There is never a heel lead. Unfortunately on that last routine that we saw, Patrick did many and on that basis I would have 100% gone for you (Ashley).”
Looking back at his time on the show, Ashley said: “It’s just been absolutely amazing, from meeting the crews to make-up and costumes, to judges to all the contestants. I’ve had a fantastic time and of course this lovely lady standing here, it’s been an absolute delight. And my amazing fiancé for doing such an incredible job while I’ve not been there. I’m coming home!”
Asked by Tess what his highlight was Ashley continued: “I think this, the Salsa. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt like we threw everything including the kitchen sink into it, so I’m glad we went out on a high.”
Ola added: “I’ve enjoyed it so much dancing with you Ashley, you’re a lovely, lovely guy so good luck with everything you do.”
On Sunday’s results show, hit girl band The Saturday’s performed their popular single ‘What About Us’.
The competition heats up in next week’s semi-final, as the five remaining celebrities and their professional dance partners have to perform two dance routines.