Strictly Come Dancing 2013: week twelve

Welcome to the semi-final!

Did we mention the couples do two dances this evening? Well, they do.

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Salsa to ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’ (Michael Jackson)

Natalie sung and bounced her may through a great salsa which was thankfully devoid of any props and gimmicks and blissfully rooted in the genre meant. Excellent synchronisation, sharp footwork and energetic shimmying. And I finally saw a connection between them! Amazing. Loved it. Music worked so well too.

My score: 10

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

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis – Waltz to ‘Unchained Melody’ (Righteous Brothers)

Traditional, elegant and classy. The way they glide around the floor as a couple is gracious and a joy to watch.

Although, there was this win spinny section and I’m not entirely sure what that was doing there. SOD THE RULES.

My score: 9

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

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Paso Doble to ‘Montagues and Capulets’ (Prokofiev)

A Paso to The Apprentice theme music worked a lot better than I think we all thought it would. It worked because the characterisation was there although it wasn’t technically the greatest Paso we’ve seen. Once again, though, we see an exceedingly brilliant piece of choreography from Brendan.

My score: 9

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

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Foxtrot to ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ (Frankie Valli)

Ah, the bench. Second in annoyance only to the sodding swing which annually makes some form of appearance.

Aside from seated choreography which annoys everyone, the short dress showed off some fine footwork from Susanna who has gone back to her best this week. I can’t really type a string of superlatives, it would be boring to read, but it was amazing. Had its moments of steady-paced hold and its moments of fast whirling around.

My score: 10

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

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – Samba to ‘Faith’ (George Michael)

I wasn’t looking forward to this because I personally hate the samba, denim and George Michael. Not in good steed really.

But I was surprised. I blotted out the awful song and concentrated on the steps which were executed well and there is a strong connection between and vibrancy exuding from the pair of them. But it wasn’t perfect. Near, but not so. According to my twitter feed anyway.

My score: 9

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Argentine Tango to ‘Montserrat’ (Bajofondo) 

Very hot on choreography which was carried off well and the routine held a story throughout the routine. Not sure if was heavy on the Argentine at times though. The passion between them when they danced this was electric and normally their chemistry is sorely lacking.

My score: 9

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

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis – Paso Doble to ‘Because the Night’ (The Patti Smith Group)

I felt the characterisation seeping out of this routine although it wasn’t exactly the matador and the bull. More a man and his child. Strong in hold but fell apart a little on his own. Given the standard of Sophie’s Paso earlier in the evening he had a bar to reach and, sadly, he didn’t.

My score: 8

Actual score: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 33/40

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – American Smooth to ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ (Lisa Stansfield)

Traditional music klaxon! Which immediately creates a sensational dance – for style, if nothing else. Although Sophie is a beauty to watch in hold because she brings such grace. The lifts complimented the dance well. It was sophisticated and neat.

My score: 10

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 36/40

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Salsa to ‘Move Your Feet’ (Junior Senior)

A tad messy in places but full of life, energy and great facial expressions. I really enjoy watching the two of them because they are just having a great time! Nothing was an finely tuned as it should have been but I could feel it and it made me want to dance too – which is why I loved it and I adore her.

My score: 9

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

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec – American Smooth to ‘Sweet Caroline’ (Neil Diamond)

Brilliant ballroom from Abbey and Aljaž devoid of gimmicks (aside from a static balloon arch nicked from a Batmitzvah last week at the Elstree Moat House, I assume) which was a joy to watch. Very fluid, very cute and would have been even more amazing with a suitable song.

My score: 9

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

 

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