Strictly Come Dancing 2013: week six

Apparently it’s a theme week. Halloween week to be precise. They kept it quiet until the night..

This is what happened when we gave the BBC a bigger studio and a bigger budget…

A cast-wide Time Warp opens up proceedings for the evening featuring everybody from the judges to the audience dressed in funny outfits (not the audience though) and over-dancing the annoyingly catchy song. Dave even gets it wrong at one point. It’s not like it says the lyrics or anything. Although it was quite fun to watch. I can be a bit of a hypocrite sometimes.

‘It’s Halloween Bruce!’ NO IT’S NOT.

On with it…

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis – Quickstep to ‘Man With the Hex’ (Atomic Fireballs)

[Trying sincerely hard to go] Forgetting the theme, Patrick opens the show with a fantastic Quickstep (it’s quick you know?’ in which he handles the fast footwork incredibly well! I think it may have been his best dance to date, although his frame needs work. I also liked the storytelling element of the dance, fun to watch and sets it out from a normal Quickstep.

My score: 8

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

Fiona Fullerton and Anton Du Beke – Charleston to ‘Jeepers Creepers’ (Al Donahue)

I like the Charleston but I took to that about as well as I take to theme weeks. Make of that what you will.

Very slow, laboured and Fiona looked as if she struggled to keep up with Anton ‘Deathly’ Du Beke. Please Alan, pack it in.

My score: 5

Actual score: Craig 6 Dave 7 George 8 Fred 7 = 28/40

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff – Paso Doble ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ (Muse)

Bit clunky at the start but one Ben started with his cape work the only way was up! Decent lines and very in control of Kristina and the routine.

My score: 7

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

The band just can’t do Muse, can they? That rendition was about as enjoyable as these silly VT’s.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Jive to ‘Maneater’ (Hall and Oates)

I reckon black spots would have made Sophie into a ladybird!

Such is my evaluation of this. Considering her Charleston was incredibly fast, the jive was slow and stuffy. I’m sort of disappointed but I really like them as a couple. I just hope people don’t assume she will be safe because of previous weeks and don’t vote. Because, Dave.

My score: 6

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

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Viennese Waltz to ‘Devil In Me’ (Natalie Duncan)

Natalie just continues to blow me away with her immaculate dancing. I’m in no way knowledgeable on technique or anything though, so as a spectator I’ll call it my dance of the night so far. They are such a beautiful couple together and Natalie has such poise and elegance about her.

My score: 9

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 38/40

The first 10s of the series are seen. I knew Darcey would be the first. Bruno’s just a bonus. Agree with them?

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute – Paso Doble to ‘I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper’ (Sarah Brightman)

From the sublime to the ridiculous epitomised here. Not entirely sure it was a Paso Doble but the disco fun and story was a joy to behold. Although it’s not what the show is about, I’ve learned to expect the weird hybrids from Iveta.

My score: 6

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

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev – American Waltz to ‘I Put a Spell on You’ (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins)

‘I don’t like the American Smooth so I’ll just made something else up in place’

An improvement on the last couple of weeks and the lifts really showcased how poised Rachel can be. Couldn’t really always see the footwork because of the dry ice but hey, it was good.

My score: 7

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

Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan – Tango to ‘Beautiful Monster’ (Ne-Yo)

Strong tango performance from Ashley and Ola ‘Jabberwocky’ Jordan (wut?) heavy on the technique and drama all executed well. Really nice lines. Best ballroom of his to date and he’s getting better each week (like cheese or wine)

My score: 9

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 33/40

Tess: ‘Has that put the willies up you?’ Nope. No orgies here.

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – Rumba to ‘Stay’ (Shakespeare’s Sister)

I’m not a brilliant one for the rumba but it was lovely to see a great performance from Abbey Clancy where she looked as if she felt every single note of the music and performed ever single step with such a vibrancy and passion.

My score: 8

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

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer – Jive to ‘Monster Mash’ (Bobby Boris Picket)

Yikes. Let’s do the Graveyard Crash.

My score: 4

Actual score: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 4 = 19/40

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Charleston to ‘Bad Moon Rising’ (Creedance Clearwater Revival)

The better Charleston of the evening by a country mile! Wonderful facial expressions from Susanna and good footwork. It oozed confidence and energy which is what this dance is most about.

Not entirely sure how she got off without Halloween costume though…BBC employee perk?

My score: 8

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


And so the Halloween weekend is halfway over for another year. The theme was mental as always – full of stupid VTs and with the addition of terrible names from Dedders before the dances. Although, the standard of dance wasn’t bad for week six.

I’m actually still smiling, which says something.


Posted on November 2, 2013, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Well there we go, another theme week which was too much theme and not enough dancing in many cases. My favourite as usual Susanna and Kevin. The scariest bit of the whole show Bruce’s jokes!


  2. It is time Dave went , not a good dancer , please


  3. Emma Spillane (@SpillaneConsult)

    Agree that Sophie’s jive was over-marked in general – needed to be much lighter and more energetic. Dave HAS to go this week though.


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