Strictly Come Dancing 2013: week one, show two

The second show on kick-off weekend saw the remaining nine couples take to the shimmering stage for their debut.

Click more to catch up with the goings on!

We start with a professional dance of many quarters, a stolen tablecloth and a sleeping Darcey. I’m underwhelmed, which is a feeling I’m not used to from our professionals! Maybe I need to watch it again! *scoots off*

On with the show!

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff – Cha Cha to ‘Love Me Again’ (John Newman)

I was really excited to see this year’s sexy couple Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff take to the floor and I’m trying hard not to be disappointed in the poor showing Ben gave. The rugby legend looked too nervous to function and his stiff hips really let him down. The footwork wasn’t outstanding but it wasn’t terrible. Ben has one of the greatest dance teacher’s possible in Kristina so I expect he’ll go far.

My score: 6

Actual score: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 19/40

Fiona Fullerton and Anton Du Beke – Tango to ‘View to a Kill’ (Duran Duran)

Ex-Bond girl Fiona Fullerton looks startling in a red number but performs a lackluster tango with resident comic Anton Du Beke. It started well, with great hold and posture, but lost sharpness as it went on. But Fiona can act – of course – and brought her fiery persona to the proceedings (although that meant Anton wasn’t always leading)

My score: 5

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

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer – Cha Cha to ‘Moves Like Jagger’ (Maroon 5)

I’m not sure whether the band or Dave was the biggest problem with this dance.

No it was Dave. Sorry man. Out of time, out of sync, out of words to talk about this. Karen’s choreography was a shocking mess (should have been clever but…) with jumping and gyrating moves which present themselves after many drinks at a party.

Just. Next week eh?

My score: 2

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

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev – Waltz to ‘When I Need You’ (Luther Vandross)

A certain air of elegance surrounds Rachel Riley as she waltzes around the floor with Pasha Kovalev and flails about in his arms. It was beautiful. Better than any seen yesterday. Her arm extensions may need some work, though. Early days.

My score: 7

Actual score: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 27/40

Julien Macdonald and Janette Manrara – Cha Cha to ‘Vogue’ (Madonna)

Dave…we have competition at the bottom. I feel sorry for Janette, I really wanted to see a lot of her this series but I’m not sure I will if Julien keeps that standard (or lack of, thereof) up. It was out of time with a lack of technical moves, which was a shame. I reckon he could be a great mover if he stopped trying to be the joker. Nobody likes a clown.

My score: 3

Actual score: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 20/40

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor – Tango to ‘Money Money Money’ (ABBA)

Faffy start for Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor but soon straight into hold and around the floor cleanly – as good as it got. It wasn’t a terrible start by any means but Deborah looked a little lost toward the end of the routine as Robin hauled her about.

My score: 6

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

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis – Jive to ‘Runaway Baby’ (Bruno Mars)

Much harder than the Cha Cha is the second Jive of the weekend and contains the first choreography we see from new girl Anya Garnis. Patrick’s kicks and flicks are decent for week one – given that most of the other males can’t even seem to move their legs – and the footwork was rather fancy. Not at Susanna Reid standard from last night, though.

My score: 7

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

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan – Cha Cha to ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ (Shania Twain)

James Jordan deployed a distraction technique very early on in his run with Vanessa Feltz by ripping his shirt off within 20 seconds. Although, it wasn’t as bad as nearly everybody expected by oy vey Vanessa looks knackered. Sadly not that technical but she wasn’t too disappointing with the few steps she did manage.

My score: 5

Actual score: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 19/40

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – Waltz to ‘Kissing You’ (Des’ree)

It seems that the best really was saved until last as WAG Abbey Clancy delivered a beautiful waltz with new boy Aljaz. Graceful turns, elegant movements and lots of chemistry. Very promising start from Abbey and the best dance of the first week by a country mile.

My score: 8

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 32/40


First week…done! Next week: all 15 in one go. Cushions at the ready.

It Takes Two returns on Monday evening with Zoe Ball on BBC2, 6.30pm!

Love x


Posted on September 28, 2013, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great blog – so fast! I liked Dave Myers – he woke everyone up a bit. I wanted to see more from Vanessa I thought the dance was limited for her. I thought Abbey Clancy (why not Crouch) was not worthy of an 8! Keep this blog up please.


  2. Go go go Patrick.. he woke us up in a GOOD way. I agree with the previous comment about Mrs Crouch. Sophie and Brendan get the waltz award from me AND you could see her feet!

    Interesting bunch this year, no obvious finalists but next week should do some sorting.

    Nice work Tasha!


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