Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – The road to Wembley, Week 6

Get ready for props. Lots of them.

Given our themeless state once again, I am hoping for a spectacular show with excellent dancing just like last week. I wouldn’t get used to it though because Wembley didn’t go very well last year so next week will probably have a similarly disastrous take on things. 

Brucie is having a long shluf (sleep) tonight so Claudia will be stepping it to take Tess’s job upstairs in the pit whilst Tess does everything else/everything better than Bruce. Also, Artem might wear some clothes and Dani will lock Vincent in a red telephone box at some point throughout the evening – he’s just that annoyingly egoistic (but we love him). I wonder if Dani and Louis sent Darcey those flowers.

James will be dancing with Denise this week despite being injured – I just hope this doesn’t turn out to be his biggest regret.

Claudia and Tess have both apparently fallen out with the wardrobe stylists, Artem has a shirt but no buttons and blue is very in this week (but what is that hat Brendan?!)

Denise Van Outen and James Jordan – Seven Nation Army – Paso

This song will forever mind me on Becky from The Voice swearing live on TV.

Denise hit some pretty lovely lines (just like James was telling her to do in training) but it did seem like she was wobbling with nerves on some steps this week; but yet that could be because she trained with Ian but danced with James? Not sure. Great aggression coming from them both and running throughout the dance though – overall, a decent performance.

My score: 8

Judges scores: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 36/40

Richard Arnold and Erin Boag – Pencil Full Of Lead – Charleston

Ah, Brian Fortuna and Ali Bastian’s Charleston of Series 7 fame. Have we actually ever seen Erin doing the Charleston?

I guess it is kinder to Richard than Ballroom. Still a decent performance by all means, his energy and vibrancy shone through. Richard is a cheeky, comical character and that personality brought something to the dance. Complicated choreography from Erin, really tested him. Not perfect but it will suffice.

My score: 8

Judges scores: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 29/40

Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace – Moon River – Waltz

THE SWING IS BACK. I REPEAT, THAT SWING IS BACK! It sits there in storage and waits to pounce. 3 dances later and it still doesn’t add anything to the dance in which is appears.

Beautiful song for a beautiful Waltz. Very elegantly performed – Louis actually seemed to melt into character for once showing some personality. They are lovely as a couple in hold and Flavia made sure his footwork was nearly, if not, perfect. Loved it.

My score: 9

Judges scores: Craig 6, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 33/40

Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev – You’ll Be Mine (Party Time) – Salsa

What was that start all about? Overcoat makes her look as if she has just come from in-patients somewhere! Mental hospital?

That was very disco and sort of salsa. It was full of energy and bounce from Fern and quite a strong performance from her. Artem challenged her with the footwork, turns and lifts and Fern actually managed to cope well. It wasn’t the train wreck we envisaged. Dang. Always Michael…

My score: 7

Judges scores: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 27/40

Victoria Pendleton and Brendan Cole – Luck Be A Lady – Quickstep

There is a taxi in the studio. That’s slightly worse than the swing.

Victoria certainly seems more comfortable in hold; clinging on to Brendan for dear life. Brendan looked as if he was hauling her around the floor (like luggage, characterisation!) in some places at first but it turned out to be a decent dance. Once she got over the initial start after the faffing about, her footwork was good and she relaxed into the dance a lot more than she has in previous dances.

My score: 7

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

Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone – Rumour Has It – Tango

The props of choice this week really are bizarre. Worse than some of Craig’s scoring thus far. Odd choice of costume for the Tango as well.

…the lips in the background freaked me out too much to comment passably.

Nice to see Dani having a dance that she can act out, really nailed the passion and aggression of a Tango yet it was cute and dainty because it’s Dani. Intricate legwork and leg extensions – Dani has great technique. Dark horse? Perhaps, yes.

My score: 8

Judges scores: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 34/40

Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer – The Best Is Yet To Come – Foxtrot

Song currently being used on the Iceland advert which is about as horrific as most his dances have been so far.

The use of props is starting to annoy me tonight – they even annoyed Nicky, he chucked it away and it came back! I cannot get behind Karen. Her choreography just isn’t showing Nicky off! This was an improvement on his recent form though, he led Karen beautifully around the floor.

My score: 7

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

Random note: Len and Bruno have given the same scores as each other for every dance thus far whilst Craig and Darcey have differed from each other 3 times.

Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev – A Thousand Years – Viennese Waltz

Took, what seemed to be, forever to actually get into hold. And then they parted. And then they came back together and performed a lovely routine.Slow and graceful around the floor with lovely and pretty lines. However, didn’t make me cry like the John Lewis advert.

My score: 8

Judges scores: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 34/40

Len and Bruno still scoring friends.

Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe – I Want You Back – Salsa

Well, it wasn’t as terrible as we thought it would be. It wasn’t brilliant though – Michael was very messy in some places whilst being limp and wooden in others. Not as bad as previous Latin attempts and I think he managed to keep it together a bit better than most (say, Richard) when it started to go wrong. Alas, it didn’t flow but those lifts were actually impressive – saved the dance with his wonderful knack for lifting and catching things that go up.

My score: 5

Judges scores: Craig 5, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 26/40

Craig and Darcey fallout whilst Len and Bruno stay close.

Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor – This Could Be (An Everlasting Love) – Foxtrot

This is one of the most iconic songs…from THE PARENT TRAP!

Lisa and Robin in hold are not half bad you know? Her posture was decent but I think Lisa was shlapping (dragging, language lesson for you guys tonight) Robin about at first until Robin managed to regain control of the dance. She has a real talent for timing, I was totally wrong about Lisa upon first impressions.

My score: 7

Judges scores: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 32/40

That is every single dance Len and Bruno have matched. I’m not sure why I’m typing that but I am.

So, Week 6 is spent. It’s over and the couples have done all they can do. Who isn’t going to Wembley?

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Posted on November 10, 2012, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Regarding props I don’t mind the background ones like the TaxI, phonebox if they don’t interfere with the dance. The only one I had an issue with is without it was Nicky and Karen were using.
    Shame about Craig this series, comment on Louis lack of personality when danceing yes but technically I could not really see much wrong with that waltz.


  2. Claudia was in white! Theory from last time blown. Great read – missed the show last night so great to read your views – thanks!


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