Strictly came aback from Blackpool to the accustomed Elstree Studios ballroom, area we had leaderboard upsets and paso doble carnage. Here’s all the talking credibility and amusing media acknowledgment from Saturday night’s show…
The Holby City amateur has consistently been in the aerial alcove of the leaderboard all alternation but tonight he snuck to the summit. Cleverly choreographed by accomplice Katya Jones, their awakening construction-themed quickstep was cute, kicky, flicky and as bubbling as a well-whipped cappuccino.
Joe was initially tied at the top of the leaderboard with Debbie McGee – a bifold Mac attack – but he pulled ablaze by advantage of additional abode in the paso doblathon, aback his knee-walks bent the judges’ eyes, just like they did bristles weeks ago when he alveolate his aboriginal absolute 10s. With abandoned two men larboard standing, Joe’s attractive the best achievement for a macho to adeptness the admirable final. Could he alike be a aphotic horse for the glitterball trophy?
Scottish actor Susan Calman has been on this year’s best loveable Strictly journey, acknowledgment to her candied accord with pro accomplice Kevin Clifton and her infectiously blissful routines. Tonight, though, the abysm in adeptness became abundantly apparent.
The couple’s cruise ship-themed American bland had agreeableness but was technically added of an American lumpy, with Susan walking about while Kevin aimlessly covered her inadequacies. The ambrosial brace also came basal in the paso doblathon, abrogation Susan casting afloat at the basal of the leaderboard by a six-point margin.
Her huge acceptance could yet defended abundant eyewitness votes to lift her ablaze of the basal two but the time is absolutely appropriate for Susan to bow out, afore she eliminates addition far above dancer.
It was a amazing abatement from glitterball adroitness for soap added Gemma Atkinson, who went from scoring her aboriginal 10s aftermost week and additional abode on the Blackpool leaderboard to finishing additional from basal here.
The samba is difficult abundant after actuality added hobbled by a bafflingly random sleep theme. Gemma and accomplice Alijaz Skorjanec are one of the best absorbing pairings in the antagonism but could now find themselves in their aboriginal alarming dance-off. Let’s achievement it’s not goodnight, sweetheart.
Toothy popstrel Mollie King has survived two dance-offs already. However, adamantine assignment and huge improvement in the accomplished fortnight has apparent her survive best than abounding expected. Now she could be at accident again. Mollie’s brolly-themed quickstep flagged a tad appear the end but was, for the best part, impressively ablaze and bright.
A carol of “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” up on the Clauditorium was amusingly playground-ish but did it adumbration at a showmance amid abashed Mollie and her pro accomplice AJ Pritchard? Either way, additional from bottom in the paso doblathon saw them abandoned in the basal three overall. If Susan Calman and Gemma get abundant eyewitness votes, Mollie ability acquisition it’s third time unlucky.
The oldest actual adversary suffered her aboriginal setback of the alternation with a shock actualization in aftermost week’s Blackpool dance-off. Together with a abiding aback abrasion and all-round exhaustion, it larboard the adorning 59-year-old at a low ebb this week. However, Debbie McGee gritted her teeth, trained adamantine appear the end of this week and came out fighting.
Dancing abandoned the additional Argentine tango this year, she was abounding of fast footwork, flicky leg extensions, beauteous lifts and adjustable splits. Accumulated with a solid achievement in the paso doblathon, it meant La McGee finished aloof a single point abaft leaderboard-topper Joe McFadden.
Let’s achievement aftermost weekend’s besom with crisis spurs admirers into voting for her again. Debbie deserves a abode in the final, let abandoned the quarters.
Strictly’s aboriginal anytime “paso doblathon” saw all seven couples booty to the attic accompanying for a matador mash-up in colour-coded costumes. With 14 bodies arresting Spanish poses all at once, it was arduous Pamplona pandemonium. It looked fiendishly difficult to film, hence it became a ambagious blend rather than a amazing appropriate event on-screen.
This added claiming ability aloof accept adored Alexandra Burke from the alarming dance-off, though. Afterwards her rumba was best afar by the judges, Alexandra and her pro accomplice Gorka Marquez were larboard absolutely center up the leaderboard – which, acknowledgment to the “curse of the middle”, is generally a alarming abode to be.
First abode in the paso doblathon, however, saw Alexandra cleft seven added credibility and move up a place, absolutely possibly to safety. You can’t exhausted a bit of bull-fighting. Olé!
Given the difficult job of dispatch into Len Goodman’s dancing shoes, arch adjudicator Shirley Ballas has acquitted herself able-bodied all-embracing during her admission series. Actuality she had an off-night, though.
Her critiques of the brand of Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke were far too abundant and technical, advancing above like a choreographic beck of consciousness. Shirley sometimes seems too agog to actualization off her appalling ability and forgets the accidental admirers at home.
Luckily, she after fabricated up for it by accepting endearingly affecting about Debbie McGee’s assertive Argentine tango (“Shirley Balance”, anyone?), afresh actuality close and absolute during the anarchic paso doblathon. The Queen Of Latin just needs to bang a antithesis amid authoritative and accessible. It’s never too aboriginal for advance from Shirley.
Extra amateurishness ensued aback Alexandra seemed to accidentally call her “Arlene” by mistake. Well, we accept La Ballas and above adjudicator Arlene Phillips do buck a assertive bistered resemblance.
Here’s your routine-by-routine recap…
As they epitomize the routines and cycle the credits on-screen, amuse break with us for assay and amusing media reaction.
And Susan Calman is still bottom,
Last abode and one point for Susan Calman. Two credibility for Mollie King, Three credibility for Gemma Atkinson. Four credibility for Davood Ghadami. Bristles credibility for Debbie McGee. Six credibility for Joe McFadden. And Alexandra Burke wins, landing seven points.
Bruno says “it was like the active of the beasts in Pamplona, a little jam actuality and there, but no accidents – able-bodied done”.
Right, let’s do this. It’s choreographic anarchy out there. Susan’s aloof swishing her cape around. Joe’s spending best of the time on his knees, accomplishing those knee-walks. Davood, Gemma and Mollie attractive acceptable but Alexandra steals the show.
Time for the delights of Strictly’s aboriginal anytime “paso doblathon”, as all seven couples booty to the attic simultaneously. With 14 people, out there and a big, alive dance, it could get hectic. Classic Spanish matador music. All the girls are in analogously styled frocks in altered colours, while the boys are in acceptable jackets. No lifts allowed, all travelling anti-clockwise, able address adopted please.
While the couples nip off to get afflicted into their paso doblathon outfits, arch adjudicator Shirley Ballas-athon gives us a briefing of the rules-athon.
Classic Fred ’n’ Ginger accepted with a abyssal theme. It’s set on the accouter of a ship, with Kevin as the captain and Susan as a passenger. Will it be bland sailing? Admirable awakening vibe and some bench-ography to start. Takes too continued to get into authority but afresh some amazing spinning lifts – Susan’s first aback anniversary two’s charleston. Wobbly on her anxiety but active storytelling and a admirable kiss. Too abundant walking around. A nice lift to finish.
Music: Above the Sea by Bobby Darin
Judges’ verdict: Craig says “gapping, anxiety never closed, plonky and absent timing but it was absolutely sweet”. Darcey says “charming, a blink of Hollywood films, bare added across-the-board lines”. Shirley says “cheekiness and brawl agency outstanding but bare abundant added technique”. Bruno concludes ‘`beyond the sea and above belief, abstract advanced but you didn’t go down, adored by the bench, you were like a bouncing brawl (stop talking anon please, Bruno) – admirable to watch but technically not there”. Sixes?
Judges’ scores: 4 (boo!), 6, 5, 6 for a absolute of 21 points. Basal of the leaderboard, unsurprisingly.
Last week’s dance-off survivors accomplish what’s abandoned the additional Argentine tango of the series. Giovanni’s never danced one before, so above Strictly pro and apple best Vincent Simone has helped choreograph this routine. Debbie attractive fab in sparkly black. Acceptable music, affected and animal moves with lots of brand “Flexy McGee” leg flicks and extensions. Sharp kicks and tricks, spins and across-the-board legs. Absent the timing a tad in the average area but got it aback with some amazing spinning lifts and a double drop into the splits. Fireworks to finish. Bravissimo.
Music: Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Peray
Judges’ verdict: Bruno says “the queen of Buenos Aires, bedmate of Argentina, you acclimated the dancefloor like a canvas and your legs were a paintbrush, cartoon admirable pictures”. Craig says “wow wow wow, you absolutely affect me, I ambition I could brawl like you, my angel – but your leg activity is a little too placed”. Darcey says “outstanding legs and balance, but authority anatomy in the lift”. Shirley says “I begin the accomplished affair absolutely emotional, I’ve never apparent antithesis like that – outstanding”. Nines and tens?
Judges’ scores: 9, 9, 10, 10 for a absolute of 38 points – collective top with Joe.
He’s been on a cycle with array of 35 credibility or added for the aftermost three weeks. Can Davood accumulate it up? After aftermost week’s Bond-themed, sheer-topped Blackpool gimmickry, it’s a classic, basic flit to this Seventies Motown duet. And he’s put his man-boobs abroad beneath archetypal atramentous tie and tails. It’s apathetic and exposing, so he needs to break controlled. Romantic mood, adroit spins and all actual classy. He holds positions able-bodied as blaze fly, both accurate and metaphorical. Candied and all-round lovely.
Music: With You I’m Born Afresh by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright
Judges’ verdict: Shirley says “you’ve delivered again, you took me aback in time, a absurd bare aback adaptation of a archetypal waltz”. Bruno says “you attending like cine stars. Stylish, gorgeous, acutely elegant, simple but able and I was absolutely charmed”. Craig says “it abandoned bare added beat and abroad but beautiful”. Darcey concludes “effortless, affliction in hold, control, an air of affair – my affectionate of waltz”. Nines a-coming?
Judges’ scores: 8, 9, 9, 9 for a absolute of 35 points. Same as aftermost anniversary and additional on the scoreboard so far. His advantageous socks accept done their job.
Bookies are admiration that she’ll be in the dance-off with Susan tomorrow night. Can Mollie prove them wrong? A sped-up rockabilly adaptation of Rihanna’s hit song and Mollie’s got a brolly. Lots of messin’ abaht to start, afresh into some cheekily animated charleston steps. Skipping blithely about the attic in a admirable frock. Gapping and synchronisation issues at times but spins, smiles and storytelling accumulate it ablaze and entertaining. A bead to finish. That was fun, if technically flawed.
Music: The Baseballs’ adaptation of Umbrella by Rihanna
Judges’ verdict: Darcey says “very good, assured and assured, circuitous able but you kept it apple-pie and crisp, activity flagged and amateur rose in additional half, yes?”. Shirley says “no flagging, no sagging, you’ve fabricated abounding (always a amusement to apprehend that word) strides with your anatomy but ran out of stamina”. Bruno says “a bright, lively, ablaze quickstep – you’ve bigger so much, accumulate going”. Craig concludes “I’m seeing able accomplishment in your topline, jolty runs and a aberration at the end but you are authoritative so abundant advance which is admirable to see”. Sevens and eights?
Judges’ scores: 7, 7, 8, 9 (her first) for a absolute of 31 points – her accomplished yet.
They abutting the 10s club aftermost anniversary in Blackpool. Now can Gemma advance the aerial standard? The samba is difficult for changeable celebs, as Debbie apparent aftermost week. They alpha the accepted in bed, afresh rip off their pyjamas to acknowledge hot red outfits. Samba rolls and runs, adumbration rolls too. Fast able but abundant animation and hip action? They accomplishment aback in bed. Admirable routine, although it was a way from a Rio carnival.
Music: The River of Dreams by Billy Joel
Judges’ verdict: Craig said “haphazard arms, easily like soup ladles, awkward, lumpy and apparent your weaknesses”. Darcey says “it was too asleep and never absolutely woke up, that chargeless arm wasn’t directed, not your dance”. Shirley says “I absolutely admired the bedchamber scene, nice voltas but it bare added flow”. Bruno says “it was a samba with a hangover, I’ve done that myself absolutely a few times. Clever estimation but it chock-full the connected accent abounding through your body”. Sevens, maybe sixes?
Judges’ scores: 6, 6, 6, 7 for a absolute of 25 points. Everyman so far tonight. Dance-off danger?
They’ve been top of the leaderboard for the aftermost two weeks but now it’s the awfully catchy rumba. Alexandra did a duet with Beyoncé on The X Agency a decade ago. Now she’s dancing to Ms Knowles’ angelic carol – but will it be appropriately heavenly? Romantic and amorous mood. Hesitant able at times and not absolutely abiding she’s got the ashore hip activity and leg-straightening, but abundant spins and drops. Strong accomplishment as armament falls. Not her best.
Music: Halo by Beyoncé
Judges’ verdict: Bruno says “a ball set to music, arresting achievement but extend the curve more”. Craig says “needed straighter legs in rumba walks and lacked affiliation and chemistry”. Darcey says “nice accents but not as musically alive as usual, bare added cuddle and attrition in legs and anxiety – you’re actual acceptable but I apprehend more”. Shirley concludes “nice affect but bare moments of stillness”. Eights en route?
Judges’ scores: 7, 8, 8, 9 for a absolute of 32 points. Her everyman for bristles weeks.
After aftermost week’s babble salsa, it’s aback to amphitheater for the aboriginal time in four weeks. A best architecture artisan affair – array of Bob The Builder meets Village Bodies via 1930s New York. Nice Charleston abandoned sections to alpha and afresh into authority for a light, ablaze skip about the dancefloor. Fitting beat awakening soundtrack, a little flat-footed and aged bottomward beneath but lots of fun up top. Handles the changes of clip able-bodied and stays in sync. Jazzy, jumpy, airy – and blithe good.
Music: Jumpin’ Jack by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Judges’ verdict: Shirley says “You’re on your way to abutting week, that unbelievable. Loads of steps, abundant posture, superb.” Bruno says: “Excellent workmanship, solid technique, admirable detail, spot-on – you can appear and body my addendum anytime.” Craig says: “Holding a little astriction in your topline but aberrant delivery – stupendous, darling”. Darcey concludes: “Gorgeous, quick, spirited, admirable moves.” Nines a-coming?
Judges’ scores: 9, 9, 10, 10 for a absolute of 38 points. His best yet.
First attending at our seven actual couples. A lot beneath fancy-dressed than aftermost week. Chic and restrained, almost, afar from some abyssal and olde worlde construction-themed apparel for Susan Calman and Joe McFadden respectively.
Time for our acceptable allegory of the co-presenters’ gowns. Tess Daly’s in hot blush with aberrant drapey, capey sleeves. Claudia Winkleman’s in feature sparkly black. Claudia wins it.
Roll Blackpool epitomize and tension-building montage!
Last adventitious to look in awe at quiz host Alexander Armstrong’s abounding aerial on BBC One appropriate now. Mere account until we arch glitterballwards…
The angular challenged Scottish actor is bookies’ hot favourite for abolishment this weekend. She and pro accomplice Kevin Clifton are dancing a nautical-themed American Smooth. Can Susan Calman get abundant credibility and eyewitness votes to agitated the allowance and survive one added week? Bristles account until showtime…
We’ve had a jive-athon and a charleston-athon in Strictlys accomplished but tonight we get the show’s first paso doblathon. Afterwards assuming their approved routines, all seven couples will hit the attic at already to bust some Latin bullfighting moves and attempt for extra points. It promises to be choreographic chaos. Ten account to wait…