Tonight, our fab-u-lous five couples took to the floor not once, but twice in an effort to win a place in the final. Some of their dances really surprised us and what surprised us even more, was Craig found his 10 paddle (again!) *Does a Victory Dance*
Away from the dancefloor we had Darcey and Bruno competing to replace Len’s “Pickle me Walnuts Catchphrase.” *Finds herself having to explain what Speedos are to her 7 year old* Neither were as catchy, but we’d like you to vote for which won it for you:
We had more competition with Shirley and Tess dressing as human glitterballs. (I’d like to think I set the trend when I visited Planet Strictly last week.)
It was an uh-may-zing night of dancing and whatever happens tomorrow, all five couples can stand proud at what they have achieved.
Here’s what we thought of each of the performances tonight:
Joe and Katya
American Smooth – It’s always hard to be first out onto the floor, but Joe performed this dance brilliantly. It was a performance full of glamour, grace and presence. It reminded us of something out of an old Hollywood movie. Katya’s outfit was truly beautiful and has made its way onto our list of costumes we’d love to wear. Her choreography this series has truly wowed us. It took risks and Joe led and performed the lifts like a pro. We recognised one of the lifts from her American Smooth with Ed Balls (the one where he nearly dropped her on the head) but it was great to see the lift performed as it should be. In fact, Joe was so good, my 7 year old declared he is as good as one of the professionals. We thought they deserved a 10 for this dance (it was on a par with Ore and Joanne’s American Smooth from last year.) The judges gave him 35/40
Argentine Tango – After only performing lifts once during the whole series, Joe has 2 dances with lifts this week. We loved the modern interpretation of an Argentine Tango. When we first heard the song choice, we were a bit doubtful as to how successful it would be, but once again Katya’s choreography made it a performance to remember and a performance worthy of a place in the final. Ok, there was one tiny stumble, but I think this dance for us has become the dance of the series, because of this moment
We thought they deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 35/40.
Mollie and AJ
Samba – Samba is a notoriously difficult dance and Mollie admitted this dance was not like her at all. All things considered, she performed this dance to the best of her ability. The solo bits and shimmies were spectacular, but in hold she seemed to look a little lost. Her dress was stunning and it did look like she was having a brilliant time. We thought she deserved an 8. The judges awarded her 24/40
Waltz – Mollie has always looked more comfortable in the ballroom and this dance was miles better than the Samba. It did make us a little bit emotional and Mollie looked stunning once again in her dress. The choreography was traditional and AJ put a lot of pivots in. If there’s one thing Mollie always looks like a princess in the ballroom dances and this dance was no exception. We thought she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 32/40 (her highest score of the competition.)
Alexandra and Gorka
Viennese Waltz – After some really bad articles in the press, the song choice “Everybody Hurts” seemed really appropriate. The performance was full of emotion and admittedly we did end up blubbing like a baby on our sofa at home. It was a beautiful performance and just perfect in our eyes. We thought she deserved a 10. The judges gave her 39/40.
Salsa – There are moments in Strictly that are deserving of places in the final, and this dance tonight was one of them. It sizzled, was full of spice and we want Alexandra’s dress to wear out in public. There were daring lifts, gorgeous turns and great footwork. It was what my 7 year old would call a “sassypants” dance and deserving of a 10. Luckily, Craig finally found his 10 paddle and awarded them 40/40.
Gemma and Aljaz
Rumba – Last week the judges criticised Gemma’s acting ability. This week she showcased her acting skills in a gorgeous rumba. It had control, beautiful romance and gorgeous choreography. Added to this it was performed by one of our favourite songs. It did make us a little teary and emotional. Gemma has come so far on her journey this series and this dance proved that. It did have a beautiful soft quality whilst having lots of control. In our eyes she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 30/40
Tango – From a soft dance to a dance full of determination. This performance set the ballroom on fire. Once again Aljaz’s choreography complimented Gemma’s skill and she performed this dance with precision and great drama and agression. We loved it and thought she deserved a 10. The judges awarded her 32/40
Debbie and Giovanni
Jive – Debbie has surprised us this year with all her performances. This jive was super fast and Giovanni did not make it easy for her. We thought she coped really well with the choreography. Was it her best dance? Maybe not, but when we grow up, we want to be able to dance like this. We thought she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 34/40
Foxtrot – A truly lovely and wonderful dance. Some judges didn’t like it *nudges Craig* and claimed they broke the 10 second rule *nudges Craig again* but rules are there to be broken. We loved the feel of this dance and it ended the semi-final in style. It was full of elegance, glamour and the sort of dance we’d love to perform if we were ever on Strictly. We thought she deserved a 10. The judges gave her 36/40.
So that concluded a brilliant semi-final. Who were your favourites tonight? Vote in this poll below to let us know:
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