*Hides behind her cushion* Tonight, the remaining 11 couples took to the dancefloor for the spooktacular that is the Halloween Special.
We prepared our cauldrons and sat down dressed as cats, spidercats and pumpkins in preparation for the show and it did not disappoint!
We were filled with fear from the start seeing that Jeremy, Jay and Peter have been scaring the girls casting spells and a hauntingly and frightfully brilliant group dance!
Credit must go to the make-up, hair, costume and props department as well as the hugely talented Strictly band and singers and the creative team, who helped create a spooktacular atmosphere for a show we will never forget.
First up were Katie and Anton with their Paso Doble. This was Phantom of the Opera themed. We must say Anton’s choreography was brilliant and Katie captured the character and vulnerability of Christine perfectly. We really enjoyed the performance and were unsure what the judges were watching. In our opinion they deserved an 8/10. Our judges awarded them a disappointing 21/40.
Next up were Kirsty and Brendan who performed a vampire inspired Charleston. We learnt in their VT that Kirsty has really become a vampire bat, prompting my 5 year old to say, if she’s a bat and can fly this routine will be awesome! They started well, however nerves got her in a flap and the routine didn’t go to plan. In our opinion as well as a hug, they deserved a 7/10. Our judges gave them a disappointing 17/40. *wonders where the judges’ 7, 8, 9 and 10 paddles have gone!*
Jeremy and Karen then thrilled us with their Salsa! We must say Karen’s make-up and whole look was one of our favourites. They were performing a zombie-fied dance. Cue my 5 year old saying “mummy, they don’t really look like bees do they?” They captured the character of the dance perfectly and there were lots of Thriller (Michael Jackson-esque) moves. We gave them a 9/10. Our judges awarded them 22/40 which put Jeremy top of the leaderboard *does a little dance to celebrate.*
Anita and Gleb were next to enchant us with a spell-binding and wanderful Waltz. She was Malificent and flew in. It was a truly dramatic dance full of character and beauty! In fact, it was so beautiful, it moved us to tears. In our opinion, they deserved a 10/10. Our judges gave them 29/40.
We then did the time warp with Jamelia and Tristan who performed a Halloween-inspired Jive. As a tall-ish person (5’6″) the Jive is a tough dance to keep compact and we felt that they did a decent job of this dance. It suited their character and in our opinion they deserved an 8/10. Our judges awarded her 26/40.
It was storytime next for Jay and Aliona who performed a fairytale of an American Smooth with a Red Riding hood theme. The Strictly werewolf making department did a great job turning Jay from man into wolf. It got us thinking:
The dance was beautiful and we felt it deserved a Strictly 10. Our judges gave them 34/40!
The train to Hogwarts then arrived to take us to see Kellie and Kevin’s Paso Doble. It was Harry Potter themed and Kevin made a great Harry in our opinion. Kevin’s choreography is always original and creative and this Paso Doble was no exception. He is king of the Paso! We loved the routine, although as a mum, I am slightly concerned my daughter may attempt their Paso in the school canteen on Monday. (Warning: Don’t try their steps at home! It is dangerous!) In our opinion, they deserved a 9/10. Our judges awarded them 28/40.
Pasha and Carol then made us fall in love with them with their Rumba. It was adorable. OK, the judges were very critical but Rumba is a notoriously hard dance to master. We thought she did a good job, and deserved a 7 in our opinion. Our judges gave them 13/40.
We then learnt who we’d call in an emergency. We’d call Georgia and Giovanni. They were the most adorable ghostbusters, but also performed the fastest Tango we’ve ever seen on Strictly. There was lots of content and they mastered it. We thought they deserved a 10/10. Our judges gave them the highest score of the night, 35/40!
The penultimate couple to dance were Peter and Janette with their ghostly and haunting Foxtrot. We loved it and once again Janette’s choreography was creative and imaginative. Her outfit was beautiful and Peter did a great job. We felt he deserved a 9/10. Our judges gave them 28/40!
We then took a trip to Egypt for Helen and Aljaz’s mummy-inspired Samba. Helen admitted she felt very British dancing Samba however we felt she nailed the character of this dance and looked like a real carnival queen! It had a real party atmosphere. In our opinion they deserved 10/10. Our judges gave them 34/40!
So that ended tonight’s Strictly. It left Georgia and Giovanni at the top of the leaderboard and Carol and Pasha at the bottom. We’d love to hear who were your favourites. Vote in the poll below to let us know:
We’re back tomorrow from 7pm tweeting along with the live results show. Hope to see you then!