Strictly Come Dancing – Week 3 – Brilliant Broadway Bonanza!

Good evening and welcome to BROADWAY! I hope you all had a pleasant flight here to New York City and thank you very much for choosing my blog as your evening accompanist! I aim to be your trusted theatre guide for this evening – I do love a cracking night at the theatre! Clearly, I am closer to the West End (as are most of us!) but I did enjoy Broadway shows when I visited New York!

I’d like to add a special shoutout for Brendan Cole (who will never see this but hey!) honouring him for his tweet dedicating his dance tonight with Lulu to his beloved father who passed away a year ago on this day and also to Robbie Savage (again, won’t see this!) who is dancing with Ola in dedication to Jack Marshall and Harry Moseley whom were two amazing little boys who passed away this week of the most horrible of cancers.

But enough of the sad stuff, it’s going to be a truly amazing show. Although I fear a lot of props – and we know how I feel about them.

Professional opening

I always get very stuck on what to write in this section. I rarely have any comments about from on the sheer awesomeness of the choreography and the dancing. I love how the celebrities joined in as well – what a brilliant twist! Everyone looks very cheery. I do love those costumes though – where can I get one?! Very good. Nice start.

TESS LEG UPDATE: Failed. Not even out. Not even up. Nice dress though. Did somebody forget to brush her hair?

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev – Tango – Chicago (Cell Block Tango)

Cage time. The prop is relevant to the dance but I still hate it! And Holly’s costume is bordering on pornographic! She looks FANTASTIC! Artem’s choreography excites me – it’s different every week and very unpredictable. I don’t have very much too say to that. There was hardly any Tango – a lot of walking and Tango-esque moves but not much in hold and it didn’t seem very…dancey??

My score: 5

Judges scores = Craig 7, Len 8, Alesha 7, Bruno 8 = 30/40!

Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas – Viennese Waltz – We Will Rock You (Somebody To Love)

PVC waistcoat of the week?! Straight into hold and straight around the floor elegantly. His posture is looking a lot better (given his height) and he isn’t looking down as much as he was in his Waltz. But I knew Kat would sort that – I mean, she taught Gavbot! Storytelling/acting pleased me because it wasn’t too overboard that it distracted from the dancing but it was still there contributing to the theme of the night. Such an improvement though! Show some love though Danny boy!

My score: 7

Judges scores = Craig 5, Len 7, Alesha 6, Bruno 6 = 24/40!

Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor – Jive – Hairspray (You Can’t Stop The Beat)

Look at those costumes! They are on a whole new level! Robin’s wig?!?!?! I love watching Anita, she always looks like she is having a ball! She is, clearly, and sometimes she seems to forget where she is and just…let go. Nothing on Lulu’s scale though! Nice footwork for a Jive – fast and furious but not sharp enough. Brilliant characterisation though. First standing ovation of the night and I have a big smile on my face!

My score: 6

Judges scores = Craig 6, Len 7, Alesha 7, Bruno 7 = 27/40!

Alex Jones and James Jordan – Viennese Waltz – Cats (Meow)…..(Memory)

Credit to the band! Is it Hayley? Sounds like her! Mother reckons James looks like a giant bar of Cadbury’s chocolate! Alex looks like a little dolly – very light on her feet and floaty. Lots of swirling and elegant movement. Not too many tricks and additions to a traditional VW – I liked it! I’m a sucker for tradition! Very simple but very good.

My score: 8

Judges scores = Craig 8, Len 8, Alesha 8, Bruno 8 = 32/40!

Rory Bremner and Erin Boag – Quickstep – Top Hat (White Tie and Tails’)

I love the Quickstep! I love the footwork…which they are demonstrating so well! Yes it isn’t perfect but its very near and wow for this early stage! Loved the kicks section and thought the characterization was perfect. Perfect Broadway – but Erin is probably the best at picking songs and choreographing with it! Rory has something that none of the other celebrities have – and I want to see more of it.

My scores: 7

Judges scores = Craig 7, Len 8, Alesha 8, Bruno 8 = 31/40!

Lulu and Brendan Cole – Rumba – Phantom of the Opera (All I Ask Of You)

Brendan in a cape! 10! But Lulu’s outfit – oh my. I haven’t any words for that. Anyway, I have a tear in my eye! Such a beautiful rumba! Going a bit dizzy watching the spinny section though!Aw, that flowed really well! Very sweet! Romantic as well! I like their partnership! And that lift just completed the routine – so what if it was illegal!

My score: 7

Judges scores = Craig 5, Len 7, Alesha 7, Bruno 7 = 26/40!

Nancy Dell’Olio and Anton Du Beke – Tango – Nine (Be Italian)

I LOVE THIS SONG. PLEASE DON’T RUIN IT FOR ME! Last year Anton and Ann ruined ‘My Heart Will Go On’ for me! Too long trying to get into the dance! In such a small set it takes up so much of it and we don’t even realise it. MOVE. That’s better – or not. Should have stayed on the chair. Thought it was all a bit messy – looked like Nancy was being thrown around the floor. More to the point, it looks like she doesn’t actually want to be there!

My score: 3

Judges scores = Craig 4, Len 5, Alesha 5, Bruno 6 = 20/40!

Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe – Quickstep – Kiss me Kate (Too Darn Hot)

Ooh I like that footwork Audley! I really do! In hold, they actually make a nice couple! Audley is definitely the surprise of the series when it comes to shirking first impressions. I liked the storytelling element as well – thought it went nicely with the dance. Lovely.

My score: 6

Judges scores = Craig 5, Len 6, Alesha 6, Bruno 7 = 24/40!

Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan – Tango – Mamma Mia! (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme)

I’m sick of these chair starts – can we ban chairs? Yay pony tail! Twitter really did make his mind up! He is very sexy like that. Right, erm, dancing! Lots of tango movements – rapid and sharp around the floor. nearly dropped Ola when she lent back but hey. I really liked it though – Robbie is a great dancer!

My score: 8

Judges scores: Craig 7, Len 7, Alesha 8, Bruno 8 = 30/40!

Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace – Foxtrot – Funny Girl (Rain on my Parade)

Another umbrella! Russell is a bundle of fun and a very pleasant surprise. First Ballroom for his this week and our first time of seeing his dancing in hold – which actually isn’t awful! Posture is passable and the moves around the floor aren’t too stompy and laboured. It was actually good!

My score: 6

Judges scores = Craig 6, Len 7, Alesha 7, Bruno 8 = 28/40!

Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff – Tango – Priscilla (I will Survive)

Jason is just fantastic. He really is. Whether he should be in the competition or not is another story. Strong in hold, leading Kristina all the way, a graceful yet aggressive way about him – an all round performer. No messing about with props and faffing about our of hold – a simple and brilliant dance! Best tango of the night!

My score: 9

Judges scores = Craig 9, Len 9, Alesha 9, Bruno 9 = 36/40!

Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev – Cha Cha Cha – Jersey Boys (Beggin’)

Awesome song! Wow, what a costume! She looks a bit tired tonight – her performance is lacking something for me tonight? It was very hit-and-miss and had a touch of the ‘I just want to have a party’ feeling but her enthusiasm returned to her by the end and she pulled off a good Cha Cha!

My score: 6

Judges scores = Craig 6, Len 8, Alesha 8, Bruno 8 = 30/40!

Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – Jive – Grease (Grease Lightening)

Hello chest! I guess the card car explains why they were last?? Harry is such a confident young dancer! Doesn’t look at all like a fish out of water in his solo dancing – almost looks professional! Oozing character, musicality and confidence! But I don’t like that Aliona stuck in some of the actual dance moves – and the jiving was a little scarce but Harry is very very good.

My score: 8

Judges scores = Craig 8, Len 8, Alesha 9, Bruno 8 = 33/40!

AND THAT’S A WRAP! What a show! Who was your favourite? Who didn’t you like? Send me a note! Go on, you get to be a monster!

Until tomorrow, farewell.

Natasha x


Posted on October 15, 2011, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My major problem with this week was the props as i hate them my second issue is the inconsitency around the content i.e. lifts and how much dancing compared to story telling there is. There seem to be no clear guidelines anymore and its really frustrating. i dont want the show to become DWTS

    Another good blog x


  2. I pretty much liked everyone tonight (except Nancy as that’s physically impossible) Broadway was a great idea! Except that some of the dances didn’t have enough of the actual dance in them (Harry’s Jive springs to mind) and too many props!
    I especially loved Alex, Chelsee and Jason tonight 😀
    Nancy and Anton to go again! I wish Anton’s fans would just give it up already!


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