Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week four

No theme for the week but some of the costumes suggested otherwise.

This week we are themeless and down to four judges again (BYE BYE DONNY) so immediately everyone feels more excited for the show. Including me.

Here’s what happened.

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen

Fair play to Frankie, she must be feeling pressured because she got a 10 last week. Mind, it was from Donny so I think even she probably knows it doesn’t really count…even Claudia pointed this out (as a joke!).

The Latin dances seem to suit Frankie because she has that sort of sassy movement about her which enhances her performances. Good hip action, great grasp of rhythm and she’s starting to look like she is really in this competition to win it.

JUDGES: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 32/40

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Quickstep to ‘Tiger Feet’ by Mud

Nice kick section to start off – solo of course, which was nice to see in week four. Lots of technique, very fast and furious and actually a really nice Quickstep. He kept time and pace with great technique and didn’t actually appear to get lost.

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

Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke – Tango to ‘Jealousy’ by Billy Fury

Not entirely sure how to ‘judge’ this one because I liked it for all the wrong reasons. Judy looked out of place and lost …and was literally slid across the floor by Anton in the beginning. Her posture was good, however. All the aggression of a fruit fly, though.

JUDGES: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 22/40

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Charleston to ‘My Old Man (Said Follow The Van)’

I think this may be the first dance in which I’ve seen Simon smiling which automatically improves any routine for me. If the dancer seems to be genuinely having fun then that’s a quarter of the battle. Funny lifts and tricks to liven up the routine and, all in all, a lively Charleston.

JUDGES: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Len 8, Darcey 8 = 31/40

Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec –  Samba to ‘Bootylicious’ by Destiny’s Child

Her energy is brilliant but I think she looked to it to carry her through this routine. Footwork was flat and sadly not her greatest. She really got into the swing of moving that upper body though and that normally takes more time to teach than anything.

There is just something about her which just makes me want to see more (but not that routine again so please put her through!)

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

Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton – American Smooth to ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler

The lifts were very off-kilter and I’m surprised Joanne is still in one piece (/alive). I’m starting to think his confidence is really shot; which is a shame. It lacked personality and style…or any sort of decent technique. And lacked flow. Not helped by some truly atrocious singing. ARGHH. I feel sorry for him…he looks genuinely miserable.

JUDGES: Craig 2, Darcey 5, Len 4, Darcey 4 = 15/40

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan – Salsa to ‘Jump in the Line’ by Harry Belafonte

Steve is fast becoming the underdog of 2014 for me. Man has moves and rhythm, perfect timing and the strength to carry off great lifts (like holding Ola above his head like a weight). I really enjoyed it. Lots of shimmying makes me smile…

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

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon – Rumba to ‘Stay With Me’ by Sam Smith

An emotional Rumba with some beautiful leg extensions. Much like Caroline and Pasha last week, I could believe these two as a couple expressing their love for each other through dance. It was light and fluffy.

JUDGES: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 32/40

Tim Wonnacott and Natalie Lowe – Paso Doble to ‘The Best’ by Tina Turner

Christ. Well. Tim arrived dress as a bottle dancer which sort of set the tone for the entire dance. Very lame. He just stood around while Natalie moved around him and for a bit he twirled her around. And did some cape wafting. Just…odd.

Aggression down to a tee, though.

JUDGES: Craig 3, Darcey 6, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 19/40

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Salsa to ‘Turn the Beat Around’ by Vicki Sue Robinson

Sunetra is really embracing Strictly as a whole which makes everything she does a joy to watch and Brendan loved it so much that he split his trousers. Love the technique from Sunetra and the willingness to give 110% each week – with lifts this week. Fast routine, too, so at some points she looked like she was losing it a bit but she always recovers well.

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

Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute – Foxtrot to ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ by The Foundations

A cutesy routine from the two of them showing vast improvement between his Ballroom a couple weeks ago and his dancing now. It was clean and charming. In time as well, mostly, and it’s nice to see the male celebrities learning to lead.

JUDGES: Craig 6, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 30/40

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – Jive to ‘All Shook Up’ by Elvis Presley

Back to Latin for Jake must be a pressure after an outstanding Salsa but he seemed to take it in his stride by starting the routine solo waggling his hips and sticking his bottom in every which direction. A very technically heavy routine from Janette but Jake kept up well and is starting to have a real presence in this competition.

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

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Quickstep to ‘We Go Together’ from the musical Grease

An odd movie week reject of an offering involving a massive teddy bear actually incorporated into the routine. Gimmicks aside, it was fast and exhausting to follow. She’s great. A real contender. Whatever you throw at her, she does and does it well.

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

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