Strictly Come Dancing 2013: week five

In which injury porn reaches a whole new level with Patrick’s hand, Artem’s nose, Natalie’s back, Rachel’s head and Craig’s crutches.

What shall we do with them…?

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Samba to ‘Bamboleo’ (Gipsy Kings)

They are dancing to that Spanish song we all love that is the Samba down to a tee. Oh wait. Later on, Darcey moved the genre to the flamenco instead of anybody criticizing a lack of Samba content.

It didn’t hit her high standard for me, but probably because I really don’t like the Samba. Personal taste aside, it was in time and brilliant sequence. She can do anything. It’s not fair.

My score: 8

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 35/40

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – Foxtrot to ‘Dear Darlin’ (Olly Murs)

Abbey’s pretty good in hold so I have high hopes for this to which she doesn’t let me down. Slow, graceful and pleasant to watch – even though I really don’t have any time for the Foxtrot (just as well really, because I can’t do it)

My score: 9

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 35/40

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer – Salsa to ‘Cuban Pete’ (Jim Carrey)

Let’s just get it over this Carmen Miranda with maraca man over with.

And it’s over. Good.

My score: I can’t. Can I give minus?

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

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor – Viennese Waltz to ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ (James Brown)

After the pair of them are finally happy with the furniture (table off the floor), they dawdle some more before coming together for about five seconds in hold. Dancing was good but it wasn’t much. So it’s hard to judge.

My score: 7

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

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis – Salsa to ‘Wings’ (Little Mix)

Patrick has good hip movement and we saw a lot of it during that Salsa. I sense that some lifts were cut because of his injury and I think Anya did a brilliant job doctoring (geddit?) the routine to accommodate injured Patrick with one day to go until the show.

My score: 6

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

Fiona Fullerton and Anton Du Beke – Quickstep to ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’ (Sammy Davis Junior) (There should be a preservation order on this song because this)

The Quickstep is my favourite dance by a long shot and, while I didn’t love this, I enjoyed it! A few mistakes and some timing mishaps but a decent effort from Fiona this week! It was light and fluffy (for the most part) which was nice. And Anton in the ballroom is a joy to watch anyway.

My score: 7

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

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev – Paso Doble to ‘Maneater’ (Nelly Furtado)

Rachel’s acting coach apparently ended up with her banging her head so hopefully that won’t be replicated tonight. She also hurt herself on her cage in rehearsals earlier. I find, when head-butting them, they always tend to win.

To the dance itself which was stiff and laboured – as well as stompy beyond Paso limits – which was a shame. This wasn’t her dance but overall Rachel just isn’t working on this show.

My score: 6

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

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute – Waltz to ‘Apologize’ (OneRepublic )

This was cute but a little awkward in places because of a dodgy top-line and his acting ability seems to make any dance look good anyway. Mark certainly suits Ballroom more so than Iveta-Latin.

My score: 7

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

Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan – Jive to ‘Johnny B Goode’ (Chuck Berry)

A fast, fun and funky jive from Ashley and Ola to liven up a night slowly going downhill routine by routine! One messy swing section but who cares? It was really good! Loose hips, fast feet sharp kicks.

My score: 8

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

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton –  American Smooth to ‘Sunny Side of The Street’ (Tony Bennett)

Another top-notch dance from Susanna and Kevin-from-Grimsby – isn’t she just fantastic? hold she is so graceful and elegant and it was so nice to be able to have some lifts from Susanna as well because they are what we like to see from our strong contenders. Also lovely to see her confident and comfortable with Kevin; female celebrities can sometimes look a bit wobbly.

My score: 9

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

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff – Quickstep to ‘I’ll Be There For You’ (The Rembrandts)

A little too much of the sofa and popcorn but once it got started it was alright for a Quickstep because it was fast and synchronised. Shame Ben doesn’t look extremely comfortable with this one – dare I ask if the nerves crept back? Maybe the props put him off. I know they certainly put me off.

My score: 7

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

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Cha Cha Cha to ‘PYT’ (Michael Jackson)

Brendan’s choreography is second-to-none as he gives Sophie routines each week laden with impressive choreography but it was just a bit…lacking something. It started off really well and feisty but by the end it was a fair bit slower. Not her best, but I like her.

My score: 7

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

 

Bizarre scoring.

It’s a theme week next week.

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