Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week two

Second live week, first eviction. All 15 couples performed tonight in a feature length Borehamwood Blitz.

I feel seriously sorry for the audience. Those chairs are not to on the comfortable side. I mean, being there is a phenomenal experience and I’d give anything to go again but, good god, they hurt after a while (/20 minutes).

To pump us all up for an arse-hurting marathon we….go straight in. Apparently there is no time for a professional dance; presumably because the show is on for long enough already, which makes this section of my blog awkwardly lacking in content. I saw that they could fit a professional dance if they cut the rubbish of talking to some couple for, say, eight minutes in the Claudia area and others for just two. But, nope.

Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute – Salsa to ‘Hot Hot Hot’ by Arrow

With tight white trousers and a mouth only good for catching flies, Thom whirled Iveta around the floor and shimmied his way through a Salsa routine that made me forget about his awful Ballroom debut last week. It was energetic and watchable unlike a drab run-through last week. But he needs to control himself, stay in time and watch those lift finishes.

JUDGES: Craig 5, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 6 = 25/40

Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus – Waltz to ‘Natural Woman’ by Aretha Franklin

The Irish duo looking to prove themselves after a dodgy first week performance – Tristan choreography wise and Jennifer, well, keeping up. First impressions suggest ballroom will suits Jennifer a lot more than Latin (and that atrocious Mrs Browns Boys comedy, I would suggest) as she and Tristan united in a graceful glide around the floor – although her lines need work, she looks a bit stiff in places and the gapping was further apart than Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

JUDGES: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 19/20

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Tango to ‘Sing’ by Ed Sheeran

Wasn’t oversolded on this as a song choice but the arrangement worked perfectly; such innovation. It was intense and featured some great choreography. Simon isn’t an actor so playing fiercely wasn’t going to come easily to a preppy boyband type so he did the best he could; which was totally fine. I wasn’t convinced he really felt it, give it to us Simon!

JUDGES: Craig 5, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 26/40

Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani – Charleston to ‘Hey Good Looking’ by Ray Charles

A themed dance for our [dis]liking – centred around cooking, obviously, despite the fact that Gregg does not cook on Masterchef and just scoffs it down instead. It was slow, boring and tacky. I just don’t think he’s going to go far in this competition somehow…it was just all over the place.

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

Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec – Foxtrot to ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You’ by Etta James

Bit stompy. Bit gimmicky. Bit awkward. Great character, though, and brilliant hip work. The personality she brings to the dance floor is just something else completely (in a good way!)

JUDGES: Craig 5, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 22/40

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – Salsa to ‘Mambo No 5’ by Lou Bega

Jake harped on all week about being petrified of dropping Janette this weekend which, thankfully, he managed to avoid doing. The energy and the rhythm just overtook them and Jake’s hips! Wow! Even Darcey and Bruno got up on their feet after the last lift was nailed. Such technique; and for week two! SHOCKED.

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

Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke – Cha Cha Cha to ‘She’s a Lady’ by Tom Jones

Faffy start with these two mooning about a fake tennis court with a racket, ball and towel. Very slow and lethargic from Judy sadly…she sort of trundled around after Anton looking lost. I do love her enthusiasm for the show as such a superfan but her nerves are just crippling her.

JUDGES: Craig 2, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 17/40

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev –Tango to ‘Blame’ by Calvin Harris and John Newman

This song choice also puzzled me during the week and, unlike Ed Sheeran, didn’t work for me. Very disorientating music with no cohesive beat making it hard to follow a routine. Although that isn’t a Caroline fault so I’m going to focus on the fact that her lines were sharp, her kicks were pointy and her attacking face is scary.

JUDGES: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 8, 29/40

Tim Wonnacott and Natalie Lowe – Waltz to ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’

Tim stumbled around in a cutesy Disney routine that I couldn’t actually hate even though it wasn’t that great. His hold was there, the rise and fall aspect and…it was just sweet. Elegant. Nice.

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

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Cha Cha Cha to “Million Dollar Bill” by Whitney Houston

Classic and clean choreography from Brendan leads to a good Latin debut for Sunetra who clearly isn’t at home on the dance floor. An exhaustive routine with them both beaming throughout. Points to work on, yes, but I think she’ll be great this year.

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

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – American Smooth to ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz

Interesting costume choice for Mark in a grey sweater embossed with sparkles. I don’t like the American Smooth because it always seems to take on a life of its own  since there aren’t any rules that are ever adhered to. So it feels like too much at once and that smooth finish just doesn’t come through. Which is what happened here, for me. What was done was done well but it just didn’t feel…controlled?

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

Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton – Tango to ‘Stop!’ by the Spice Girls

Give me props and the Spice Girls and you get an automatic black mark from me. The music didn’t fit the tempo and the theme of the dance, for me. The Tango should be fast and furious and it was dull and bland. His face wasn’t exactly striking fear into me and it was all a bit too cute. Positively, it was in hold though which is what we want. Eh.

JUDGES: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 20/40

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon – Waltz to ‘Come Away With Me’ by Norah Jones

Fluffy. That would be a great word to sum the performance up with. It was sweet and graceful devoid of some of the gaffing about we have seen tonight. Pixie is a strong contender.

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

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars

Steve is so into Strictly that he’s just all over the place in a sort of endearing way. Tricky footwork courtesy of great choreography from Ola but it just didn’t develop into much. I don’t really know what to say. Not the worst we’ve seen this evening, not by far.

JUDGES: Craig 3, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 21/40

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Charleston to the Happy Days theme

Closing the show, for the second week in a row, is Frankie who has moved into a diner for theme purposes – and more props, just to annoy me.

It was a bit more swing than anything. It was certainly exhausting to watch so god knows how out-of-breath they are now. Full of energy and overly-pronounced moves.

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

15 couples. ALL DONE.

Tomorrow: Results show – 7.20pm.

Next week: Movie week.

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