Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week six

Halloween week.

For me, this week could end up my lowest rating week of the series. But for me, it’s personal. I really dislike Halloween and I really dislike themed weeks.

There are also rumours of dalmatians cameoing and a flying car.

I mean.

Come on.

The lovely Zoe Ball is taking over Claudia Winkleman’s job tonight as Claudia’s child is unwell. I really hope it’s nothing bad – of course being ill is always horrible but I hope it’s something quick and easily over.

(I adore Zoe but I also adore Claudia so it’s an odd swap for my feelings. I wouldn’t wish ill on my worst enemy but I sort of would like to see a Zoe/Claudia collaboration sometime. And Zoe is great in the after-performance interview segments because she has been in their position before. SHE WAS ROBBED, by the way…

I’m play an odd game tonight. I don’t drink so I’m replacing a shot with Maltesers and eating one every single time the word ‘Halloween’ is said. I may be out by dance three.


‘Bat Out Of Hell’ provides the backing for the opening professional dance while the celebrities stand at the back looking lost before they somehow end up standing in the middle of the floor. Anton was the bat; the first of the evening’s flying festivities.


Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Jive to ‘Tainted Love’ by Gloria Jones

An energetic start to what looks like (VTs) could well be a long night to a great song with strong choreography. It was fast and fluid with good footwork but went a bit controlled toward the end and undid itself. Sunetra looked unsure of herself.

Also, the use of a bed as a prop wasn’t really needed because it failed to add anything to the dance. *sigh*

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

Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec – American Smooth to ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush

The second of the higher being happens as Alison enters on a swing. Not so much flying as…being lowered.

I think Alison is on a downward decent by this point in the competition. She started off really strong in this series with great passion and technique and now the latter is dwindling while she looks to the former to carry her. Enthusiasm is great but Alison needs to regain her great hold.

Although, it’s nice to see Alison enjoying her routine and Aljaž seems to be having a wonderful time teaching her.

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

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Paso Doble to ‘Poison’ by Alice Cooper

Strong lines from Simon in his Paso and a shame we didn’t get to see any cape work because I think he would have been good at it. The characterisation was great from Simon this week as he really got in to the sternness of the Paso.

Almost in a different league from the last couple of weeks.

JUDGES: Craig 6, Darcey 8, Len 7, Bruno 8 = 29/40

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan – Charleston to ‘Dem Bones Dem Bones’ by Kay Starr

Shoutout to hair for making Ola’s do into a bone! Amazing!

Very impressive lifts but everything else was a little drab. Felt a bit slow to me. Not his best, but not everyone can suit everything in this competition. Curse of overthinking for me…and once you go off once it is very easy to go off again.

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

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon – Tango to ‘Danger! High Voltage’ by Electric Six

Pixie has such great style about her and she is really growing on me each week. I like that Pixie takes on judges comments week-to-week and Trent works with her to improve on what she has to all the while giving her challenging choreography. It felt a bit over-themed – as it normally does this week – but if you stripped it back you’d find an decent Tango.

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

Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke – American Smooth to ‘Cruella De Vil’ from the movie 101 Dalmatians

Judy completes a flying entrance hat-trick as she comes down to the floor in a car while Anton harasses actually dalmatians at the side of floor.

They danced. Some of the time. Judy was in the air a lot and the end lift looked like Anton had an ironing board in his arms. Judy was stiff and it felt like she could have done it better. Too much performance staging and not a lot much else going on. She seems happier, though.

JUDGES: Craig 3, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 20/40

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – Paso Doble to ‘Black Betty’ by Ram Jam

Unfortunately, this song choice really ruined the flow of a Paso. The character was there in Jake but the music didn’t allow it, if that makes sense? I really do know what I mean though. It just…didn’t work? All the parts were there – the fierceness, the lines, the footwork – but as a routine it didn’t connect.

JUDGES: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 29/40

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Samba to ‘Le Freak’ by Chic

I was far too distracted by the costumes – BLINKING HECK.

The whole thing was really disco-orientated which made it a bit weird to judge (‘judge’!) in a Samba context. It was fun and showcased her growing talent. Just not her greatest.

JUDGES: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 9 = 32/40

Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton – Foxtrot to The Addams Family

I don’t know what that was. Scott slapped Joanne around for a bit and then gave up and Joanne led. Hindered by a costume that made him look hunched, so his posture was the worst it has ever been. He just can’t pick this up….time to go?

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

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer  Jive to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Mark isn’t very likeable which is bad because his dancing is good.Karen is giving Mark really heavy choreography to bring out the best in him and this week was a real treat. Great footwork, nice extensions and good overall delivery.

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

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton  Tango to ‘Defying Gravity’ from the musical Wicked

I cannot even begin with this song choice. I mean….WHAT? It isn’t a Tango….it doesn’t have that beat to it. By any stretch of the imagination.

Which made it hard to watch and think about.

But she is spectacular and Kevin is pushing Frankie to the limit every week and she is breaking through barriers each week. Her lines are beautiful. She seems to master everything.

JUDGES: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 37/40


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