Strictly Come Dancing 2013: week two

With Bruce Forsyth off with the flu, woman-in-black (with a bit of green) Claudia Winkleman took the show reigns alongside Tess Daly for the first of two monster-length Strictly Come Dancing shows.

As all 15 couples took the floor (not in one go, mind) here’s what happened on the night.

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Tango to ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ (Bruno Mars)

Yikes! Susanna looks like Karen Hardy with that get-up! Good luck to channel, though.

Sharp and snappy start to the marathon show from Breakfast Queen and Grimsby King Kevin as they bounded around the floor with a strong Tango performance. Lots of technique squashed into that routine with – given that it is only the second week as well – was handled by Susanna in an impressive manner!

(But it’s Susanna, not Suzanne everybody!)

My score: 8

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

Tony Jacklin and Aliona Vilani – Charleston to ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If Ain’t Got That Swing)’ (Chantz)

BBC cuts have this year impacted on the lighting department. Since being in darkness is the only reason I can give for picking out (/making) that outfit.

He tried. That’s all.

My score: 3

Actual score: Craig 2, Darcey 4, Len 4, Bruno 3 = 13/40

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Waltz to ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ (Alicia Keys)

Natalie Gumede’s acting side came through with her pouting-come-sensitive expression throughout a good and fluid waltz with partner Artem (who hasn’t come as a pirate this week. Mark has instead raided the dressing-up box). Higher standard than we expect from week two and a pleasure to watch. I hope the rest of show follows this standard…

Ding ding ding…we have a ringaaaaah.

My score: 8

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 8. Bruno 9 = 34/40

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer – American Smooth to ‘How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning?’ (Dean Martin and Helen O’Connell)

I spent the entire time searching for this advert as well.

Dave Myers is painful to watch but I can’t turn myself away from the screen. There just isn’t rhythm there and the lifts were just strange. However, Dave is likeable unlike other male competitors so will probably stay for a while longer (I hope).

My score: 4

Actual score: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 4 = 17/40

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis – Tango to the ‘Beat It’ (Michael Jackson)

Their hold frame wasn’t as strong as we want to see in the Tango – he didn’t look as if he was leading Anya around the floor at some points. Potential though; lots of it. Even if the judge comments were a lot different from what I thought of it.

My score: 6

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

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Respect’ (Aretha Franklin)

The same fate as last week meet dragon-lady as she started strong, lost it very much in the middle and finished with a pose bearing no relevance to anything except maybe the Statue of Liberty.

Having said that, we did see moments of strength from Deborah as she sashayed around Elstree and held on to Robin’s hands for dear life.

My score: 5

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

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev – Salsa to ‘Get Lucky’ (Daft Punk)

Song of the summer mark one (the less misogynist and offensive one) makes its inevitable appearance on Strictly Come Dancing a couple weeks earlier than we bet as Rachel and Pasha dance a canary inspired Salsa.

Middle of the road as far as technique and stamina goes but overall I enjoyed it. It wasn’t that clean from Rachel but it was easier to watch than her boring and careful debut last week. With a bit of work, she’ll pull it together and be sitting high soon.

My score: 6

Actual score: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 20/40

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan – Waltz to ‘Run To You’ (Whitney Houston)

The Feltz/Jordan waltz wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I expected it would be! The mother and I are pleasantly surprised. A bit stompy toward the end of the dance but it was elegant and pretty. Ballroom girl, we can conclude.

My score: 7

Actual score: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 23/40

Julien Macdonald and Janette Manrara – Tango to ‘Applause’ (Lady Gaga)

Very stiff from Julien and he appears to not have human function tonight and only robotic moves and he shoves Janette about the place. Brilliant drama at the beginning though.

My score: 4

Actual score: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 18/40

Fiona Fullerton and Anton Du Beke – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Beggin’ (Madcon)

I would go as far as to say Fiona may have danced more than Anton during that Latin attempt! It all went a bit wrong after she kicked Anton and lost the plot. Before that, though, it wasn’t that bad.

My score: 5

Actual score: Craig 6, Darcey 6, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 22/40

Also, trousers. Are those just tight or are you…no wait, never mind.

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute – Salsa to ‘Bom Bom’ (Sam and the Womp)

I laughed the entire way through that routine – what a brilliantly terrible piece of dance! Absolutely no element of technique in there but just what we needed to wake us all up an hour and a bit into the show! All over the place and Iveta was having a brilliant time raving it up there.

My score: 6

Actual score: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 5 = 22/40

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Charleston to ‘Rock It To Me’ (Caravan Palace)

Brendan Cole gets his chance to perform a Charleston for the first time in his Strictly career and partner Sophie gets into it just as much as him. Energetic and full of life from the pair of them with some impressive footwork from the singer there! Difficult and dangerous lifts thrown in as well but perfectly executed. Dance of the evening.

My score: 9

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 36/40

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff – Waltz to ‘What The World Needs Now’ (Dionne Warwick)

I so desperately want Ben Cohen to be this amazing prince of the dance-floor but he isn’t there yet. A bit stiff in places (ooh matron) but I’ll gladly loosen him up it’ll sort itself out. Elegant moments in hold though and 100 times better than Latin last week.

My score: 7

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

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Let’s Get Loud’ (Jennifer Lopez)

Tonight on BBC1: material cuts.

Sexy, fun and feisty from last week’s star Abbey Clancy and partner Aljaž as she strutted herself around the floor showing off her figure and plenty of style.

My score: 7

Actual score: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 30/40

Ashley Taylor-Dawson and Ola Jordan – American Smooth to ‘Beyond the Sea’ (Robbie Williams)

Graceful and poised from Ashley this week as he appeared to control his nerves more than last week so as not to ruin his dance for him. Good rise and fall, neat footwork and a great American Smooth (not that it was hard to beat the other Smooth of the evening).

My score: 9

Actual score: Craig 7, Darcey 9, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 32/40


And so the marathon is over and all 15 couples have danced for us! I wonder who will be first to go! Who do you think? Tell me below!

Tomorrow: Results show at 7.20pm on BBC1!

Next Saturday: Love week! More about that here. Best of British week, come back. All is forgiven.


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