It’s not quite Halloween Week, but this week there were some very strange goings on on Planet Strictly. Bruno was noticeably absent from proceedings, however Craig showed that he could do Bruno better than Bruno:
Craig was also in an extremely good mood tonight. My 7 year old seems to think that Bruno annoys him which makes him Grumpy.
Things turned even weirder with 4 couples tied at the bottom with 16/30 points and 4 couples in 3rd place with 24/30 points. It was a fab-u-lous night overall where Joe earned his first ten of the competition, Anton appeared to turn into a flamingo and we learnt that Susan and Craig were once an item (only on Planet Strictly!)
Davood and Nadiya’s Jive – First to step out onto the floor and to kick off Week 5 with a bang. We love Davood’s energy and this dance suited him to a tee. Nadiya gave him some really challenging choreography but he made it seem easy. His dance got the party started, and being set in a coffee shop, we’re going to ask for some of that coffee when we next go into starbucks! The judges awarded him 22/30. We gave him 8/10 which worked out at 30/40 overall.
Mollie and AJ’s Viennese Waltz – We learnt this week Mollie had struggled with dizziness, but loves being in ballroom hold. She looks a lot more confident and AJ’s choreography protected her whilst challenging her and creating a showstopper of a dance. It was truly beautiful with the judges awarding her 24/30. We gave her a 9/10 which gave a total of 33/40.
Simon and Karen’s Charleston – Simon really does try his hardest week after week and this was pure entertainment. Yes, his outfit did look a bit Rupert Bear-esque, but we loved the nods to Singing in the Rain and Karen’s crazy but fun choreography. It didn’t have swivel but it made us smile. The judges gave him 16/30. We gave him 7/10 which gave a total of 23/40.
Debbie and Giovanni’s Rumba – Debbie is this year’s dark horse/unicorn of the competition. Each week she amazes us with a truly stunning performance. This performance was dedicated to Paul Daniels and was truly lovely. In fact, it has earnt the title of our favourite Rumba ever (beating Cherie Lunghi.) Giovanni created a dance which really moved me to tears and had lots of Rumba content which Debbie mastered. The judges gave her 27/30. We gave her 10/10 giving a total of 37/40.
Brian and Amy’s Jive – Brian does try his hardest and really entertains. Yes he looked like a yellow coat from Hi-de-Hi and gave an entertaining performance. It wasn’t the best, but we liked it. The judges gave him 16/30. We gave him 6/10 which gave a total of 22/40.
Susan and Kevin Cha Cha Cha – We love Susan! We love that she always looks like she’s having the best time and this was a true sassypants dance (to quote my 7 year old.) She commits to all the steps 100% and we loved the feel of this dance as well as the storytelling. It was a cheeky cha cha cha which we loved. The judges gave her 16/30, we gave her 8/10 which made a total of 24/40.
Aston and Janette’s Waltz – Janette’s choreography is always great at mixing contemporary with traditional latin and ballroom and this dance did just that. It was a beautiful soft waltz that made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and moved me to tears. The judges awarded Aston 24/30. We gave them 10/10 which worked out at 34/40.
Ruth and Anton’s Samba – Set on an aircraft this dance proved Ruth is the hostess with the mostest. It also showed that Anton will wear absolutely anything, even if it turns him into a flamingo. It was entertaining. We didn’t see much samba but think we were a little distracted by the costumes. The judges gave Ruth 16/30. We awarded them 7/10, working out at 23/40 overall.
Gemma and Aljaz’s Foxtrot – We love the Foxtrot and love Aljaz’s choreography. This dance was truly beautiful and Gemma looked gorgeous, graceful and produced a true Gem of a performance. She is definitely this year’s journey contestant. The judges awarded her 24/30. We gave her 9/10, working out at 33/40 altogether.
Joe and Katya’s Paso Doble – There are moments that give us goosebumps and this was one of them. It had traditional music, traditional choreography, bucketloads of drama and was just pure perfection. It left my 7 year old speechless and saw Joe earn his first 10 of the series, and Katya earn her first 9 and 10 on Strictly ever. The judges gave Joe 26/30. We gave him 10/10 working out at 36/40.
Alexandra and Gorka’s Samba – We all had really high expectations after last week’s Jive and this dance was really good and full of carnival spirit but technically we did agree (watching it back again) with the judges that she was a little pigeon toed. The judges are going to be really picky with Alexandra now as they know she is so good. The judges awarded her 23/40. We gave her 9/10 working out at 32/40.
Jonnie and Oti’s Quickstep – The final dance of the night this was a light, bright and super fast dance. They were dancing in a supermarket and travelled a cross the floor faster than a contestant on Supermarket Sweep. It was a great dance and Jonnie’s best dance so far. The acting coach that Oti got to come to rehearsals worked a treat. . The judges gave him 24/40. We awarded him 9/10 working out at 33/40
We’re back tomorrow with a post to say farewell to the next couple leaving the #Strictly ballroom.
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