Strictly Come Dancing 2013: week one, show one

I had the most bizarre pre-Strictly dream last night whereby I went to the live show on opening night (so, tonight), had amazing front row seats and permission to tweet through the show for my lovely followers over here. The strangest part came when the professionals did a group dance and Anton Du Beke stepped out dressed as Winnie The Pooh – head and everything.

Anyhow, the real first show of the 11th series of Strictly Come Dancing was this evening (Friday 27 September). Click on to read the action!

The three-week dull period is finally over and the sequins are finally down on the table! Series 11 of the hit BBC show returned with the standard Friday 9pm show marking the beginning of the 2013 competition.

Here’s a run-down of what happened in 60 sparkling minutes

Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan – Cha Cha to ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ (One Direction)

Expectant father Ashley Taylor Dawson goes up first in the entire competition (presumably so that he can then be free to gallivant to a hospital if need be) appearing confident as he steps up to the plate. Ashley had his moments lacking in synchronization and sharpness completed by a moment in the middle when he looked totally lost. You can see his real potential and sense of rhythm – and with Ola Jordan as his teacher, Ashley should go far.

My score: 6

Actual score: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 25/40

Tony Jacklin and Aliona Vilani – Waltz to ‘What’ll I Do’ (Alison Krauss)

Happy boomerang professional Aliona Vilani looks as if she cannot wait to get stuck into this as she takes to the floor with Tony Jacklin for the first time (of probably not many). Terry Wogan’s double isn’t exactly graceful but at the same time it had its moments of elegance. It was cute…in the same way that the father-of-the-bride dance is after a few drinks at dinner.

My score: 4

Actual score: Craig 2, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 4 = 16/40

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute –  Tango to ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’ (Alma Cogan)

First off, what in the name of heavens is Mark Benton being made to wear on his head? That is not a good look. Also irrelevant to his technique (which is what I should be writing about) is a massive well done to Iveta for actually choosing proper Tango music for this one!

On point, Mark’s acting side meant he had half the technique for a good dance already down and the dancing side of things was nowhere near as bad as expected by just about everybody. A routine cluttered with steps didn’t trip Mark up at all earning him high praise indeed. Just look at those lines…already!

My score: 6

Actual score: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 6 = 24/40

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Jive to ‘Shake Your Tailfeather’ (Blues Brothers)

Fast, furious and the first standing ovation of the series! Being given the jive in the first week is a hard task due to the complexity of the dance but it seems the newsreader can more than handle it. Kevin’s choreography was intense but I am sure he’ll learn to calm it down a bit and lose bits – the clumsy sofa ending for a start. Very crispy and very pleasing.

My score: 7

Actual score: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Len 8, Bruno 7 = 28/40

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Waltz to ‘Moon River’ (Audrey Hepburn)

Mmm Galaxy

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan hit some beautiful shapes while in hold for their first dance of the series. Arm placement not always spot on but the whirling and twirling was quite the sight to behold. Rather elegant. No murder to be had (hate myself).

My score: 7

Actual score: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 28/40

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Cha Cha to ‘Rasputin’ (Boney M)

And in the ringer spot…

Poor-man’s Jack Sparrow gave Natalie Gumede an incredibly jam-packed routine for her dance-floor debut with which she did not disappoint. Well, she did a bit because there wasn’t as much dancing in there as I would have hoped for….more flinging about and funny arm movements. Just missed that spark for me.

My score: 7

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 7 = 31/40


And so concludes the first show of the new series with the next instalment tomorrow at 7pm! I’ve been Tasha and you’ve been reading.

Love x


Posted on September 27, 2013, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Glad you have decided to keep this up Tasha I would say that this is an excellent report and I share your opinion on the last dance… emotion, passion… sommat was definately missing. Not a sign of nerves or enjoyment either…. strange.


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