Last night, the remaining eleven couples took to the Strictly floor for the Halloween Week Special. There were plenty of Tricks and Treats for all the audience at home. There were also some strange goings on with microphone gremlins plaguing the judges and some bizarre marking. The judges were picky (this is week 6 after all) to begin with, but the mood lightened at the end of the show with 2 fab-u-lous dances! Once again, hair, make-up, costume pulled out all the stops to create some wonderful looks, some of which we’d quite like to wear ourselves *stares at Mollie’s Cha Cha Costume as she’d love to be able to wear that on the school run/to the shops/to work or whilst she’s running!*
Here’s what we thought of all the performances:
Jonnie and Oti Cha Cha Cha – They were first to kick off the evening. We loved the concept of the dance and the character of the dance overall, but some dances just don’t suit everyone and this wasn’t really Jonnie’s dance. He did give his all and we loved his portrayal of a Pirate! In our eyes he deserved a 7. The judges awarded him 20/40. If you were also disappointed by this score, I’ll leave you with a joke from my very funny 7 year old:
Ruth and Anton’s Quickstep – Anton was a bunny, who became a dancer *wonders where he’d hidden his tail all this time.* He does make an adorable bunny on a side note. For us this Bewitched themed dance was very charming and bewitching too. We didn’t spot the mistakes the judges saw but loved the dance (and Anton’s tail deserves 3 points in itself!) We gave them a 7. The judges awarded them 22/40.
Simon and Karen’s American Smooth – This was an American Smooth Viennese Waltzy type thing. Aside from the fact that Simon looked like he’d been to the same hairdresser as Kevin for Halloween Week, and that he’d only had 16 hours to learn the dance, we thought he did brilliantly! The eating of chicken at the end did make us smile at home. Yes, he isn’t the best dancer in the competition, but did he make us smile? Yes, and enjoyment in our eyes is a big thing. In our eyes he deserved a 7 The judges awarded them 16/40.
Gemma and Aljaz/Eyelash’s Jive – Those of you who follow the blog and our twitter feed, will know that my 2 year old has a soft spot for Aljaz. She can’t quite say his n ame properly, so he’s now known as Eyelash in our house. Gemma and Aljaz were dancing to “ever fallen in love” which has never been used for a Jive before… ever! The dance itself was fast and Gemma had good Jive technique as well as performed the routine brilliantly. To quote 7 year old, “She was a sassypants vampire slayer!” We thought she deserved an 8. The judges awarded her 30/40.
Joe and Katya’s Foxtrot – Joe and Katya were spiders in this dance. We loved the concept, the choreography, and the costumes but also loved the performance. It was graceful and elegant but also had a contemporary and original feel. In our eyes he deserved a 9, the judges gave them 32/40.
Mollie and AJ’s Cha Cha Cha – The cheeky devils pulled it out of the bag! Mollie had tons of confidence in this dance and for us it was her strongest performance to date. We loved the outfits overall. In fact, we’re adding Mollie’s outfit to a list of costumes we’d love to wear to the supermarket. In our eyes she deserved an 8, the judges gave her 27/40.
If you’re doing a Zombie Tango this is how you do it! The character was there, the story telling was there, the technique was there and the whole dance was even better than an episode of the Walking Dead! In our eyes she deserved a 10, the judges gave her Alexandra and Gorka’s Tango – 35/40.
Davood and Nadiya’s Rumba – Rumba is a traditionally difficult routine for male celebrities to master. Nadiya choreography protected Davood but also showcased his skills at presenting her and his storytelling ability. The dance was beautiful and we loved the soft feel it had. The judges didn’t seem to agree with us, we think someone had stolen all their trick or treat haul, but we gave them 8. The judges awarded them 25/40.
Susan and Kevin’s Foxtrot – on the basis of theme alone, this dance deserved a 10. In the world of Game of Thrones, Susan was Mother of Dragons and Kevin King of the North (aka Grimsby.) We’ve never watched it before and my husband commented that this was nothing like an episode of Game of Thrones, but he loved it and wished all of the episodes of Game of Thrones were this good. Kevin’s choreography is always brilliant and this was no exception. The judges seemed to think it lacked grace and elegance, but we agree with Kevin – Halloween is not about being subtle at all! In our eyes, they deserved an 8. The judges awarded them 18/40. Watch out judges, Bella’s right:
Debbie and Giovanni Charleston – Giovanni was Frankenstein (or Ed Miliband as someone commented on twitter.) We knew this dance was going to be good, but didn’t realise it would be this brilliant. This year Debbie is our dark horse in the competition and we think it could be Gio’s year! We loved their synchronicity in the side by side bits and the fact that they attempted daring lifts. Yes one of them did look a bit of a disaster but never mind, it was a performance that entertained us and we loved it. We awarded Debbie a 10, the judges gave her 39/40. It may have been a bit too high a score, but it was pretty close to perfection.
Aston and Janette’s Paso Doble – We love Janette’s choreography, and for once, this year she didn’t go to the woods for Halloween in the VT, she took Aston to the Cemetry instead! The song was a rock classic and it worked well with the dance, we loved the contemporary edge and the flamenco bits which Aston nailed! The whole dance was one of those perfectly spooktacular Strictly moments which we have come to love! We gave them a 10, the judges gave them 38/40 (*nudges judges to find out why he wasn’t awarded 4 10s)
So that ended what was a truly brilliant Halloween Special. Who were your favourites? Who do you think will be going home tomorrow. Comment down below to tell us! We look forward to hearing from you.