Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week five

Scott. Judy. Charleston. That is all.

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara  – Quickstep to ‘I’m Still Standing’ by Elton John

It is hard for me to watch anything but a jive to this song because of Jill Halfpenny but I think it works as a Quickstep, too. Sort of.

Lots of power about it with an array of kicks and nice lines. I also like the fact that Jake has mastered the whole ‘no gapping’ thing and is maintaining his standard as a quality dancer. Not sure if I spotted an illegal lift or my ill self is making things up…I remember the days we used to penalise these things…

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

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Viennese Waltz to ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ by Cilla Black

As thrown back in to the charts by, er, Sheridan Smith. Who would have only improved a stellar performance.

Sunetra just looks so elegant in her ballroom – her hold, her posture, her turns…impeccable. All credit to Brendan for beautiful choreography and a really great routine.

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

Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton – Charleston to ‘Flash Bang Wallop’ by Tommy Steele

Genuinely held my breath watching this having seen disastrous training footage. It’s a wonder Joanne survived. Jeez. She was brave with that choreography.

I quite liked it. The choreography was fun but the technique was non-existent. It may be time for him to go…although, for the first time, Scott did display signs of having fun.

JUDGES: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 19/40

Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute – Cha Cha Cha to ‘It’s My Party’ by Jessie J

His personality is finally starting to make an appearance but the genre of the dance did not appear to follow suit. Bit messy – kind of Salsa – but displays of technique smattered about the place, nicely on the solos as well. He’s overthinking things and needs to relax into the dance. I can’t help feeling that the judges are so obsessed with his looks that they are letting things slide that, say, Judy would get crucified for.

Not his best, in my opinion.

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

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Foxtrot to ‘Daydream Believer’ by The Monkees

Apart from the random picnic cloth at the very beginning, it was a clean routine with lovely lines and elegant movement as one around the floor. Very pretty to watch. Not much else to say.

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

Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec – Tango to ‘Addicted to You’ by Avicii

I’m not sure I saw much Tango hold in that and I expected her to seem fiercer and feistier than she did. It didn’t really flow but the energy and performance she gives to every single routine is just second-to-none. I wish she’d stop mentioning her weight, though. It feels like she is dwelling on it and letting knocking her confidence.

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

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Samba to ‘That’s The Way I Like It’ by KC and the Sunshine Band

Mark’s shimmying ability – developed in Sugar Hut – is very strong. Shame it doesn’t carry a dance for me. It adds to it, definitely, and it’s a skill but using too much of it (and the gyrating) is really distracting. Especially because, when we saw the technique of the Samba, Mark was really strong.

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

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff –  Viennese Waltz to ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen

I like that the dance was devoid of gimmick and really sweet. It had that ‘first dance’ air to it and they make a lovely couple to watch. Simon is coming on in leaps and bounds with Kristina’s help.

JUDGES: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 28/40

Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke – Charleston to ‘Varsity Drag’ by Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Yikes. It actually wasn’t as bad and pitiful as I was expecting. It didn’t have any technique but it did have character. Not a good evening for the Charleston.

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

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Paso Doble to ‘Live and Let Die’ by Paul McCartney & Wings

Caroline slipped into the drama of the Paso Doble well giving a fierce performance alongside her matador. Great grasp of technique, wonderful cape work joint with Pasha. A joy to watch.

JUDGES: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 8, Bruno 9 = 34/40

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan – Waltz to ‘I Wonder Why’ by Curtis Stigers

Steve was leading which is what should be happening! Result! Lovely, fluid movements and his frame is great. He’s totally the underdog who I accidentally wrote off first week. Sorry Steve.

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

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon –  Samba to ‘I Yi Yi Yi Yi’ by Edmundo Ros

Possibly the craziest and best costume of the evening goes to Pixie, that’s for sure!

Loving the solos from Pixie and the energy surrounding her dance. Really good to see her throwing herself into the routine and coming out trumps! Nice one Trent, girl did good. My favourite dance of the evening.

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

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