Strictly Come Dancing 2013: week three


Featuring: 14 couples, a theme and a wedding.

Click on to find out what happened when the BBC dancing show fell under a romantic spell!

I do not LOVE a theme.  Strictly fans are holding onto a shred on relevancy for tonight’s theme in that it is Ola and James Jordan’s 10th wedding anniversary today and so -to allow them to recreate the first dance at their wedding- Love Week was born. We opened the show with Ola and James being married by vicar Craig Revel Horwood and a cutesy professional dance based on the Jordan opener from all those year’s ago. I already feel a little queasy.

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – Jive to ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ (The Beatles)

After they finally got off the wall of Penny Lane, Abbey Clancy stomped about a bit and slowly made her way through her jive with Aljaz. Lack of timing and cohesion throughout which was a shame because her face told us how hard she is trying.

Abbey is ballroom girl?

My score: 6

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


Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis – Foxtrot to ‘Let There Be Love’ (Nat King Cole)

Careful and precise for the most part from Patrick Robinson but maybe it could have been a little more…tricky (and he possibly could have been a little closer to her). A safe Foxtrot is the way to go though if you’re not too confident at this stage, so well done Patrick and lovely choreography from Anya!

My score: 7

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

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer – Paso Doble to ‘I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ (Meat Loaf)

I don’t think I know what to say. I don’t think Dave moved at all apart from one stride down the middle of the floor. Presumably towards the exit, one hopes.

My score: 3

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

Fiona Fullerton and Anton Du Beke – Waltz to ‘True Love’ (Pat Boone)

A beautiful dance from Fiona Fullerton and Ballroom King Anton Du Beke. Mercifully, his crotch area was covered so I could fully concentrate on a really pretty dance. The only thing spoiling a perfect vision was Fiona looking down a fair bit, but we can work on that.

My score: 7

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

Euphemism count: Two. Bruce referred to a ‘little hiccup’ and Len to ‘going down on a snake’. Ahem, matron.

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev – Cha Cha Cha to ‘When Love Takes Over’ (David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland)

Pretty slow for a Cha Cha Cha, almost like Rachel was scared to do something wrong so she just didn’t bring it all. What was there was decent hip action, an improvement on last week.

My score: 6

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

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute – American Smooth to ‘It Must Be Love’ (Madness)

Mark is the ultimate storyteller and Iveta really capitalises on that talent. It was very careful for an American Smooth lacking fancy footwork and lifts but it was neat.

My score: 6

Actual score: Craig 6, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 26/40

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff – Rumba to ‘Make You Feel My Love’ (Adele)

After a mediocre couple of weeks I expected Ben’s Rumba to be awful and awkward but I really did like that. Kristina’s choreography is always good but something about this Rumba was special and brought something out in Ben. Fluid, sexy and suave.

My score: 8

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

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Samba to ‘All Night Long’ (Lionel Richie)

The pressure of expectation of Sophie’s shoulders is astronomically high after last week’s Charleston but she kept her cool and danced a good routine with a partner famous for being embarrassed by his partner’s in the Samba. Full of technique but some of it was a little sloppy. Nobody likes the Samba.

My score: 7

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

Julien Macdonald and Janette Manrara – Jive to ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ (Blues Brothers)

It was actually more controlled than the last couple of dances from Julien but at the same time messier than a jive should be. Janette really comes down hard with the choreography and he wasn’t too terrible (started off better than he ended, though). I think he’s found the right direction, but he needs to work on his timing.

My score: 5

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

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Viennese Waltz to ‘Annie’s Song’ (John Denver)

The greatest dance of the night so far comes from Susanna Reid (hi, if you’re reading!) and Kevin-from-Grimsby. Beautiful arm extensions, lovely hold position and elegant whirling around the floor. I’m telling you, here is a contender.

My score: 9

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

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan – Tango to ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’ (ABBA)

I can’t focus on the Tango until I work out what is living on Vanessa Feltz’s head.

When I did focus on the Tango it was unclean and unfocussed. Not her best but not the worst (Julien’s Tango) – just work on those feet. And then the arms. And then the timing.

My score: 5

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

Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan – Samba to ‘Love Is In The Air’ (John Paul Young)

To me this all felt a little disjointed and bizarre but technique wise it was all there – even if not all brilliant – but all there somewhere. The Samba is a difficult dance and a horrible one generally so Ashley handled it well. Went a bit wrong in places but not bad. Could have been better on mute though, because the band need a nap.

My score: 7

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

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Rumba to ‘Love The Way You Lie’ (Rihanna)

Classy and sophisticated yet sexy and sensual from Natalie Gumede (who looks amazing, too). She could be a professional. Such high caliber of dancing. Handled the choreography beautifully. I wonder if Artem is after the double crown…

My score: 9

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

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor – Quickstep to ‘Higher and Higher’ (Jackie Wilson)

To bring puke love week to an end, we have Deborah and Robin with a disco Quickstep full of steps that the poor dragon has a tough time keeping up with it towards the end. She looked exhausted (aren’t we all?) but the QS is a fast and furious dance so I guess it’s allowed! Her best to date!

My score: 7

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

Tomorrow night one couple will leave the competition. Find out who exits tomorrow night on BBC1 at 7.20pm


Posted on October 12, 2013, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Why do they have to do themes? its painful. Aside from that I love Susanna & Kevin because A. he is a proper dancer and B the hair dept appear to be styling Susanna as the Karen and that’s no bad thing in my opinion. Also Susanna can dance and didn’t as far as I know go to Conti or any other stage school. Thus Susanna and Kevin from Grimsby to win. They must be good as I actually voted for the first time since they dispatched the Hardy x


  2. I love the fact that the hulking rugby player is a better dancer than the “flamboyant” fashion designer :-). That’s great for the image of dancing among the non-dancing male population – if any of them are watching Strictly that is…

    BTW, Natasha, I’m delighted that you’re still doing this blog. Honestly, Strictly just wouldn’t be the same without it!


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