Illnesses, Injuries and Enormous Pieces of Set
Yes this was the week where we learnt that Brendan had been poorly and was too ill to perform. We also learnt this afternoon that Laura had injured her ankle and was unable to dance this week. To the pair of them we hope you get well soon. Rest lots and we’ll see you on the dancefloor in no time at all! We also had a near injury when Ed Balls nearly dropped Katya in a lift but more on that later in this post.
It was also the week where enormous pieces of set joined our couples on the dancefloor! First we had Louise and Kevin who were joined by the Eiffel Tower in their Magnifique et Romantique Rumba:
Anyway, injuries, illnesses and enormous set pieces aside, here is what we thought of all ten dances tonight!
First up tonight were Judge Rinder and Oksana with their 1940s inspired Jive. Now, when we heard their song choice we were really excited about this performance. It did not disappoint. Their energy, enthusiasm and joy shone through in every step and it was very entertaining. His expressive face fitted this dance perfectly and we loved the costumes and the whole performance. In our opinion they deserved an 8. Our judges awarded them 29/40 (not quite the 40/40 Judge Rinder had joked he hoped to achieve, but a respectable score!)
Next up were Lesley and Anton with their Tango. Lesley played a fortune-teller 🔮 called Lola. Anton peered into the Crystal ball and saw them being scored 40 & Craig smiling *shakes head in disbelief.* We loved Lesley’s dress and thought she looked incredible. The dance was fierce and had good attack for a Tango. There were a few mistakes but still we love that Lesley always commits to a performance and the character of a dance. She is also 71 and doing an incredible job! We thought she deserved a 7. The judges awarded her 24/40.
The third couple to take to the dancefloor were Greg and Natalie. They were performing a Cha Cha Cha. I think Greg officially wins the award for the sparkliest top ever in the history of Strictly has to go to Greg. Natalie also wins the award for best use of fringing ever.
Cha Cha Cha is one of the dances that is hard to amaze the judges and the audience. Overall we thought it was a great dance and Greg presented Natalie brilliantly. We gave him a 7. The judges awarded him 22/40 (including a 4 from Craig.) Here was my 6 year old’ theory on their lower than expected scores:
Next up were Anastacia and
Brendan Gorka with their Quickstep. Dancing with someone new is never easy but these two were a partnership made in heaven and looked so natural together. Their dance was light, bright and super fast. Anastacia once again pulled on her excellent acting skills to give us a performance which excited us and amazed us. We gave her a 9. The judges awarded her her highest score of the competition 30/40.
Louise and Kevin then took us on a romantic “date” with their Rumba to Paris. I have to point out Kevin is one of the few professionals whose rumbas always are appropriate for the younger viewers. Thank you Kevin for choreographing a dance that both my little girls and I could enjoy! The dance itself was beautiful and made us ever so slightly emotional. We awarded them a 9, (even though Craig was a little grumpy – we think he was upset they didn’t take him to Paris with them) the judges gave them 33/40.
From Paris to Amarillo we went with Ed and Katya and quite possibly the most eagerly anticipated American Smooth EVER! We loved Katya’s jumpsuit and are loving Ed’s love of all things dance. He keeps trying and is doing his best. A lift almost turned into a dance disaster:
But that goes to prove that our pros do put a lot of trust in the celebrities. Other than this near drop, Ed overall performed the dance really well. He put a smile on our face and in our opinion he deserved a 7. The judges gave him a disappointing 18/40 (including a 2 from Mr Grumpypants!)
Next up were Jo and Ore with a beautiful waltz which moved us (emotionally not physically – it takes a lot to get us moving when we’re watching Strictly) It had just the right amount of movement, control and emotion. It did make us turn into a blubbering mess on the sofa and Jo’s dress looked beautiful *adds it to her list of Strictly costumes she’d love to own* We thought they deserved a 10. The judges gave them 36/40 (the highest score of the night.)
Daisy and Aljaz then made us very happy with their original and inventive Charleston! It started with them in the dark wearing white gloves and shoes. A brave choice which could have emphasised any mistakes, however they were as close to perfect as you could get. These two are becoming one of our favourite Strictly partnerships ever. This dance highlighted that. It was classy, cheerful and cheeky. Daisy’s joy at dancing is evident and her improvement week after week is very impressive. We thought they deserved a 9. The judges gave them 32/40.
Our penultimate couple to dance were Danny and Oti. They were performing the second Rumba of the night. Overall this dance was beautiful and for us it was one of the best Rumbas ever danced by a male celebrity. We loved Oti’s dress, the music, the choreography and the dancing. It was one of those perfect Strictly moments. In our opinion they should have got a 10. The judges awarded them 35/40.
Our final couple to take to the floor tonight were Claudia and AJ. They were performing a super-fast and sensational Samba. It was so fast that we had to check they weren’t performing it in fast forward. The dance overall did have the wow factor and we love watching these two week after week. We felt Claudia coped with the speed brilliantly but if it was slower she would have done even better! They sparkled and shone and ended the show on a high! In our opinion she deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 32/40.
So that ended a fab-u-lous night of dancing! We’d love to hear your thoughts and hear what was your favourite dance. Just vote in this poll below to tell us:
We’ll be back tomorrow night tweeting along with the live results show as it happens! We hope to see you then.