It’s that time of year again and time for us to dust off our Kiss Me Quick hats and chomp on a stick of rock (or 2!) Yes, tonight, Strictly went to Blackpool for what was quite possibly the best Strictly ever! We’re hoping our Kiss me Quick hat was better received than Claudia’s *watches as everyone apart from the cat leaves the room* 😳
The show started with a group dance of epic proportions featuring all the professionals and celebrities on the floor together. It was an upstairs-downstairs theme, and we’d love the Strictly Pros to wait on us when we next go out for a meal, even if it does mean Giovanni ends up with another Custard Pie on his face.
The judges made their entry into the ballroom and one judge made a particularly dramatic entrance to Bohemian Rhapsody. There was one very familiar face in the audience, Jeremy Vine. This was supposed to be the theme of Jeremy & Karen’s routine this week had they not been eliminated last weekend. We have the funniest feeling that Craig didn’t ask Jeremy his permission before making his entrance, as Jeremy scored him a 3 for this efforts.
First up performing tonight were Jay and Aliona with their Salsa. Jay worked on his facial expressions this week. His hard work really showed in his performance. It was a super cool Salsa which took us to Havana and back. We could hardly tell the difference between him and the other backing dancers. We loved it and awarded him a Strictly 10. Our judges gave him 36/40.
It was then time for Jamelia and Tristan to perform their Quickstep. After surviving the dance-off for the 4th time last week, this week these two became dolls. Hands up if you’d like a Tristan doll on your Christmas list!
It was by far their best dance of the series and in our opinion deserved a 9. They looked like little dancing dolls and it was dolly good! Jamelia’s dress was beautiful. Things got a little emotional and Jamelia even cried as the judges awarded them 31/40!
Anita and Gleb then amazed us with a Paso Doble full of drama and flamenco flair. Paso Dobles always thrill and wow us in Blackpool and this was no exception. We loved it and felt like we were transported to Seville (Poor Derek the Donkey! We’ve done a lot of travelling tonight, haven’t we?) We awarded it a Strictly 10. Our judges gave Anita her first 10 and she earnt a wonderful 37/40. Her parents were there to watch her dance, and we think Anita’s Mum is quite possibly the cutest human being ever.
Katie and Anton then took us to Hollywood (just as well we only just renewed our Passport!) for an American Smooth full of glamour, class and elegance. These two do these 3 things perfectly, and this routine was simply beautiful. We loved it and in our opinion they deserved a 9. Our judges awarded them their best score so far 35/40. Anton (and my 5 year old) were both over the moon and we heard Anton sleeps in his Top Hat! Strictly producers, if you’re reading this, we want to see photographic evidence of said Top Hat!
It was then time for Peter and Janette’s Jive. We love Tina Turner and thought this dance was Simply the Best. The music choice was brilliant. It was not technically perfect, but Peter came out and performed this routine brilliantly. It got us dancing and once again, Janette’s choreography was great! In our opinion they deserved a 10. Our judges awarded them a disappointing 29/40.
Georgia and Giovanni were next and gave an impressive performance. Their American Smooth Viennese Waltz was beautiful and Giovanni’s singing has to be the best thing ever. It did make us ever so slightly emotional. These two really are the Prince and Princess of the ballroom. For us they deserved 10. Our judges awarded them 38/40.
We then took a trip to Broadway for Helen and Aljaz’s Charleston. As well as multiple Helens (which confused us) this dance had really tricky choreography which Helen mastered. There was a split between the judges. Darcey and Bruno loved it (as did we!) Craig said it was too controlled and Len felt there was too much side-by-side choreography and not enough dancing! In our opinion they deserved a 9. Our judges awarded them 34/40.
Strictly really do save the best till last. Tonight it was the turn of Kellie and Kevin who took us to the office for a first class Quickstep. It was light, bright and brilliant. We wish every day at the office was like this dance *begs James in accounts to dance on Monday* We loved it and awarded them 10. Our judges gave them 37/40 and Kevin and Kellie’s first 10 of the series.
That ended tonight’s Blackpool show. We can honestly say Strictly gets bigger and better every week and this week was no exception. We loved it and hope nobody goes home tomorrow night. They’re all too good to leave.
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We’re back tomorrow night from 7pm, tweeting along with the Strictly Results show. Hope to see you then.