Tonight, the wonderful people at Strictly took us from Borehamwood to Hollywood, for a fab-u-lous Movie Week special. We can honestly say that the whole production was truly amazing and everyone involved deserves an oscar in some shape or form for their wonderful work. Here is what we thought of every dance:
The show opened with a wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein themed group dance. If you thought last year’s Movie Week group dance couldn’t be topped, well Strictly topped it this year. It was worth an oscar in itself.
First up to perform were Daisy and Aljaz who performed a Mary Poppins’ inspired Quickstep. We learnt that Daisy had been working Mary Poppins magic in the training room with her parrot shaped umbrella, and she also created magic on the dancefloor. They were light, quick and superfast. It was in keeping with the feel of Mary Poppins without letting the theme take over too much. We loved it and in our opinion they deserved a 9. The judges awarded them a respectable 31/40!
Next up onto the dancefloor were Anastacia and Brendan. Can we give Anastacia a glitterball already for her bravery? They were performing a twilight (vampire) inspired Viennese Waltz. It was lovely to see Anastacia perform a calmer ballroom routine and she put her acting skills to good use. She looked like a beautiful princess and we loved the whole feel of the dance. In our opinion she deserved an 8. The judges awarded her 29/40.
Danny and Oti then wowed us with a Perfect Paso Doble. The judges commented on his shaping, which was perfect and they were so-in sync throughout the whole dance. For my daughter, she loved it because Danny looked like a Panda! We awarded them a 10. The judges gave them 36/40.
Lesley and Anton then took to the floor with an Easter Parade inspired Quickstep. Let’s not forget this woman is 70 and has more energy than me (in my early thirties.) The dance was fast, fun and fabulous! It was full of character and Lesley captured the character perfectly. We thought they deserved an 8. The judges awarded them 27/40.
We then went from Borehamwood to Bollywood with Will and Karen and their Slumdog Millionaire inspired Salsa. For many years we’ve wanted to see Bollywood-inspired routines on Strictly and tonight our prayers were answered. Overall, we loved the routine. Len criticised it for its lack of salsa content, but we thought it had just the right amount of Salsa. We loved the costumes and the whole staging of the dance too. It was awesome. We thought they deserved a 9. Our judges awarded them 31/40.
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Next up were Naga and Pasha with a Mission Impossible themed Tango. It was a much improved performance for Naga, despite a slight mission impossible with untieing her harness. It was sultry and Naga looked gorgeous in her outfit. In our opinion she deserved at least an 8. The judges awarded her 25/40.
We then got to see a Flintstones inspired Charleston from Judge Rinder and Oksana. Despite the fact my 6 year old has no idea who the Flintstones are (*feels extremely old*), she and we loved it. Judge Rinder is a brilliant performer and puts his all into every performance. His facial expressions fitted the dance perfectly and it was yabba-dabba-doo-riffic. We gave him a 9. The judges awarded him 27/40.
We went from the Stone age to 1940s glamour with Ore and Joanne. They performed a Singing in the Rain themed American Smooth. For the record, it is not bad luck for you to perform with an umbrella open on Strictly. We love that Ore is such a showman. He commits to every character and performance and this was no exception. Joanne’s choreography was (as always) amazing and the whole dance transported us back to the 1940s and reminded us of everything we love about this dance. We thought they deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 35/40!
It all got a little emotional in the Clauditorium and at home, which led to a massive Group Hug!
Next up were
Ariel Laura and Giovanni. They were performing a Salsa to a song from Moulin Rouge. The dance sizzled. Yes, it wasn’t as precise as their waltz last week, but it was still daring and excited us. We gave them a 9. The judges awarded them 30/40. In my daughter’s opinion Laura looked just like Ariel tonight and she thought she was a salsa princess.
Greg and Natalie then made us blub like a baby with an emotional American Smooth which was Robin Hood themed. The whole dance had a lovely emotional and soft feel to it. It flowed beautifully and left us weeping ever so slightly. In our opinion they deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 32/40.
We were then wowed by Claudia and AJ who performed a spectacular Bugsy Malone themed charleston. We could not have thought of a better theme for these two. The choreography was precise, full of tricks and the feel of the dance was cheeky and adorable. They deserved a 10 in our opinion. The judges gave them 36/40.
Next up were Tameka and Gorka who had a Beverley Hills Cop inspired Tango. We loved this dance for 3 reasons:
1) Gorka was in a police officer’s uniform! 😍
2) Tameka’s Tango face and commitment to the character.
3) The choreography and storytelling.
It was awesome and we loved it. Tameka was strong and powerful and may have even led a couple of times. They deserved a 9 in our opinion. The judges awarded them 28/40.
Our penultimate couple tonight were the most eagerly awaited performance of the night. It was Ed and Katya‘s Samba. We learnt that Ed had no idea what a Samba was. They performed a Mask inspired Samba which was schmoking! It was entertaining and we loved it. Ed sums up what Strictly is all about. He’s entertaining, having fun and trying his hardest. In our opinion he deserved an 8. The judges gave him 24/40.
The final couple to perform tonight were Louise and Kevin. The performed a Flashdance-inspired Cha Cha Cha. Cha Cha Cha is one of the dances that rarely excites me, but I loved this dance. Kevin’s choreography was amazing (as usual) and captured the feel of the dance but also had lots of references to Flashdance. It was truly wonderful and we loved it. In our opinion they deserved a 10. The judges gave them 31/40.
At the end of the night we were left feeling ever so slightly emotional, but felt like we were on Cloud 9 at what was possibly the best Movie Week special ever! Congratulations to all the Strictly team on another wonderful show. Strictly is the one show that gets better week after week and year after year. Tonight’s show was worthy of BAFTAs, Oscars and Golden Globes in our opinion. We give it a 5 * review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Who were your favourites? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you. We’ll be back tomorrow from 7.15pm for the results show.