Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week seven

We’ve hit the midway point in the competition (shame Children In Need is next week ’cause Blackpool would have been nice for tonight)

Zoe Ball is filling in for Claudia Winkleman again this weekend and possibly for a few more weeks yet. Sending all my love to Claudia and her family and wishing Matilda all the best in her recovery.

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The BBC Children In Need special was filmed today featuring Natalie Lowe, Anton Du Beke, Tristan McManus and Aliona Vilani but this year the special won’t be a pairing up and dancing competition. Instead, it is a young dance champions vs our pros battle. More eloquently explained here by Natalie herself.

But first – before we get to Friday – let’s deal with today and the run up to Blackpool. Where everybody wants to be, right?

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Quickstep to ‘I Got Rhythm’ by Bobby Darin

Big smiles from Simon this evening as the pair open the show in a fast and furious routine with all the frills. It oozed confidence and really brought him out of the shell he keeps crawling back into. Lovely to see all the steps done well and him looking energetic and happy.

JUDGES: Craig 7, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 8 = 33/40

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Waltz to ‘Three Times a Lady’ by The Commodores

Apart from a tiny stumble at the end, the dance was elegant from Caroline and Pasha and very cutesy. Caroline has fabulous arm extensions. I prefer watching her Latin, though, but I think that’s just my thing.

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

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – Rumba to ‘Strangers in the Night’ by Frank Sinatra

A lovely song but not the most suited dance to Jake who was covered by dry ice for a lot of the time. But remember gang, the Rumba is a hard dance for males…it’s the hardest. It wasn’t the worst – he carried off the character well which helped.

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

Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke – Paso Doble to ‘I Fought the Law’ by The Clash

Yikes. It was just walking about and trying to make Judy fly.  Just….didn’t work. Please…end it….

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

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Foxtrot to ‘All of Me’ by John Legend

Ballroom suits Sunetra down to a tee – beautiful lines and gracious footwork. Her consistency isn’t the greatest and there were moments of disappointment. I hope this isn’t her last.

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

Alison Hammond and Aljaž Skorjanec – Charleston to ‘Friend like Me’ by Robin Williams

Very messy and not as fast as the Charleston should be – for me anyway – but it most certainly was not the worst Charleston we have seen this series. It was nice to watch Alison solo because we are so use to her clinging to Aljaž for dear life. But her personality was just perfect for this dance.

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

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Waltz to ‘Weekend In New England’ by Barry Manilow

A very good Waltz with everything in it that needed to be there. Clean, smooth and devoid of any gimmicks/illegal elements. So it wasn’t technically absolutely perfect but a very good offering.

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

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Samba to ‘La Bamba’ by Connie Francis

Ft Donkey. 

High expectations on Frankie as she come back the week after her second 10/first real 10 of the series and Samba isn’t traditionally the best of dances on this show. However, I really enjoyed Frankie and Kevin’s routine this week and I loved seeing how well she can execute the moves – like those Samba rolls – and she is well on her way to, well, the final.

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

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon – Foxtrot to ‘When I’m Sixty Four’ by The Beatles

This week’s raiding the toy box award goes to…this lot! So we had a faffy start but it came good as they performed a lovely (and theatrical) Foxtrot. Lots of technique in there which played to Pixie’s strengths. I think Pixie is becoming something special.

JUDGES: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 8, Bruno 9 = 36/40

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan – Paso Doble to ‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon

Great Paso shaping from Steve and Ola was most definitely the cape – as apparently women are the cape…weird. Steady footwork from Steve and strong command over the dance.

JUDGES: Craig 6, Darcey 8, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 28/40

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