Strictly Come Dancing 2013: week nine

Back home in Elstree on a day when Doctor Who and X Factor share a birthday. I feel sorry for the X Factor being 10 while Doctor Who is the big 5-0! I should imagine it feels like the kid with a Halloween birthday…everybody cares more about something else.

That was completely off the point. Vincent is in the jungle, by the way. Reality link up!

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Hound Dog’ (Smokey Joe’s Café)

(although anything was good following on from Bruce’s on-screen death (not literally)).

Lots of sass and attitude from Susanna as she owned a Cha Cha Cha she previously admitted she really wasn’t comfortable with. Lots of shimmying. Not as much dance content as there normally is but what was there was done with great technique.

My score: 7

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

Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan – Waltz to ‘I Will Always Love You’ (Claudia Streza)

How beautiful was that? Very is the answer that that. Elegant and poised. Very traditional free from any silly spoils (or props).

My score: 9

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

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Tango to ‘Where Have You Been’ (Rihanna)

Not entirely sold and the song choice because it made it hard to see it as a Tango really but, if you look at the content and facial expressions, it was the high standard normally coming from Natalie. Maybe not as well acted as a brilliant actress can handle but still really good. I liked it anyway, Twitter didn’t.

My score: 8

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 37/40

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute – Foxtrot to the ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’ (Michael Buble)

Finally back in the Ballroom for Mark who appears to have played the partner card this week. Frame seems to have broken down a bit (static, for me), as has the timing, but it was pleasant to watch. Bit Father-of-the-Bride, though.

My score: 7

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

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Rumba to ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ (Amy Winehouse)

I always find the Rumba stupidly awkward and that was no exception – that’s just me. But Sophie was good, really good. Really poised and sensual. Really at one with Brendan. Nice choreography as well.

My score: 8

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

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff – Charleston to ‘No Diggity’ (Minimatic)

I thought it was a pretty good Charleston – although Ben did look a little uncomfortable – but it looked fun and told a story. Lots of steps in there and, while they weren’t perfect, they were alright. I liked the lifts as well, because he can do execute them really well.

My score: 8

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

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – Paso Doble to ‘You Got The Love’ (Florence and the Machine)

Not incredibly sure that was a Paso Doble and it missed any sort of identification with the genre. Not sure if that was a choreography problem but hey….not the best. Not bad dancing wise though – like it was in time and everything was good, I’m just not sure what it was.

My score: ???

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

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis – Viennese Waltz to ‘A New Day Has Come’ (Celine Dion)

Elegant and graceful in hold and around the floor. Wonderfully in time as well. Clumsy ending though, too much too soon?

My dance of the evening. Screw the judges.

My score: 9

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


….what a night.


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