Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week one…point two

Last night saw the return of the BBC phenomenon Strictly Come Dancing with six couples taking to the floor. Tonight, the other nine. And here is what happened.

Begin with a professional dance, add some glorious costumes and throw in some great music (the original may have been better) and you arrive at the wonderful opener of tonight’s festivities. Oh, and some clever CGI graphics. Or somewhat equally nerdy-named. I still find it weird and sort of sad without Erin Boag dancing with Anton and even seeing Ola without James Jordan seemed odd; but I’m possibly more upset about the latter.

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Cha Cha Cha to ‘I’m Your Man’ by Wham!

I think the song choice was only arrived at for the sheer fact that it says ‘do it [w]right [w]right’. Clever, I see what you did there.

Mark produced a promising start to the Saturday show and started well. Then faded to grey a little bit. But, when he was up, he was great! Moving and shaking like there’s no tomorrow and strutting around that floor. Well, shuffling. Really enjoyed Karen’s choreography, which is an odd moment for myself.

JUDGES: Craig 5, Darcey 7, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 24/40

Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec – Cha Cha to ‘I’m Every Woman’ by Chaka Khan

Ack. This song is such a cliché it hurts. As did the singing in parts, but never mind. Mostly the band are great.

Ah yes, great. Well that wouldn’t be a word I would use to describe the dance but it wasn’t half bad. So her footing was a tiny bit imbalanced and the arms not spot on – but I defy you to find anybody spot on in week one! Her enthusiasm alone could carry her a long way…

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

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan will be Tangoing to ‘Born To Be Wild’ by Steppenwolf

These song clichés just keep on coming. At least we can get them out the way fast. Also never seen anybody tango in a vest but it doesn’t really matter.

Big fan of Ola’s choreography and I think it played to Steve’s strength, aggression and steel which presumably he’s developed from work and the dance suited him. Great start. Would have liked some stronger kicks, though.

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

Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus – Jive to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

I thought this song would be a dead ringer for this year so out first week is impressive. Works well though.

Jennifer, however, needs a lot of work. A lot of it. Very slow and sluggish to the point where Tristan dragged Jennifer from position to position like an owner points a dog around Crufts.

JUDGES: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 18/40

Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute – Waltz to ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Westlife

The resident ringer. Shows how far looks can get you on television support wise, really. And they are determined to play on it…like sexuality is the greatest card we can put forward. Says a lot about both us lot and the production of the show (well, any show really. I nearly did a thesis on this). They’re just so determined to make it work, and detracts from everything else. I could go on.

GAPPING. Really, really big gapping. But it was a nice try. I think Thom may have suffered from being a bit too built up by the media so arguably he wasn’t going to be good in comparison but…really expected more. It was an odd debut. He looked startled and scared – not leading and in dance control.

JUDGES: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 23/40

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Tango to “Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)” by Robert Palmer

Brendan is probably the best teacher on the show and male choreographer of all time. So his fire and spark went into the tango and rubbed off on Sunetra. An elegant yet sassy debut.

JUDGES: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 7 = 24/40

Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani – Cha Cha to ‘Hot N Cold’ by Katy Perry

Truly awful. Few too many in the bar beforehand, me thinks. Slow and saggy. Limp. Maybe he couldn’t see where he was going. Shuffle, shuffle.

JUDGES: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 18/40

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Waltz to ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele

Very cutesy from the couple in green. Nicely poised and well executed. I did get a bit bored and take my eye off of it for a tiny bit, though.

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

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Jive to ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ by Little Richard

I adore Kristina’s choreography so I was looking forward to this, dutifully. Also one of the only song choices not tied to the celebrity themselves. A typical jive song.

Simon was great with Katya on the Christmas special so I knew he had the potential to be a great addition to the full show and he didn’t disappoint. Strong start from the Blue boy. Even a little solo! Plenty of…fun.

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

And so, there we have it. All 15 have danced. And next week….all 15 in one show. Bum cushions at the ready.


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