Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week eight

BLACKPOOL!

In case you have somehow missed it, Strictly is coming from the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom this weekend as a special treat. And because Children In Need took over Elstree last night for an amazing night of fundraising.

I was playing a version of a drinking game when Blackpool was mentioned – but using popcorn not shots because I have a blog to write – but I gave up after the first five minutes and two bags gone.

To begin, mini actors pretend to be child versions of Anton, Iveta, Brendan, Natalie, Joanne and Kevin 0 with Brendan in Australia talking to Natalie which was weird. Then, we went straight in to Iveta standing on a twirling staircase, a warbling child (who I think was supposedly Iveta from the VT) singing ‘I Have A Dream’, the professionals gliding around the massive floor and then the entire cast appeared. It ended with Iveta pumped up to the sky on a crane with the little girl – Sadie – next to her on the staircase.

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Quickstep to ‘A Town Called Malice’

Goes without saying that Blackpool always steps up the Ballroom dances because of just how massive the floor. Frankie and Kevin managed to cover it well with a great furore and speed. Very energetic start to the week. Would have liked to not have seen the extra dancers in the background though – partly because they didn’t stay there – since they are a massive distraction.

JUDGES: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 37/40

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – American Smooth to ‘Feeling Good’

An American Smooth Foxtrot by their own admission but it felt very Tango to me because of how fiercely Jake controlled Janette in the lifts (/catching her). Not too much by the way of hold but a very good solo stint from jake with the backing boys.

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

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Samba to ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin”

The traditional horror Strictly Latin. Not half bad from Sunetra at all as she grabbed the spirit of the Samba with all force and let go. Sadly, let it go did she. Very sloppy in places but I can’t help by love her enthusiasm and Brendan’s clean and simple choreography.

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

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Argentine Tango to ‘El Tango De Roxanne’ 

The first AT of the series and it delivered! Sensual – full of passion and power – and had some great lifts involved in it. Also possibly one of the best endings to a routine I have ever seen with Kristina hanging upside down off Simon’s arm (it was more elegant than that). Just bloody amazing.

JUDGES: Craig 8, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 38/40

Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke – Viennese Waltz to ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ 

Hey, she danced which probably makes it her best dance to date. Can’t find much more to say rather than that. Anton used lifts and kites to minimise the damage. Yeah, not a great hold position but she’s working hard. I think tonight/tomorrow may be her time, though.

JUDGES: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 24/40

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Charleston to ‘We No Speak Americano’

When I first heard the song, I was worried. What I saw didn’t worry me in the slightest. Fast, fun and full of content (although not the sharpest it could have been) in a routine that saw them come to life as a partnership. I’m surprised myself for enjoying it so much even if it wasn’t anywhere near the best Charleston’s we’ve seen on the show.

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

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon – Paso Doble to ‘The Eve of War’ 

Gamechanger. TOTAL GAMECHANGER.

A truly epic performance from Pixie and Trent this evening with their black leather clad Paso Doble. A real masterpiece of choreography from Trent. Just perfect to watch. This couple have such a command of the floor.

JUDGES: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 38/40

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan – American Smooth to ‘Rolling in the Deep’

A classy and elegant American Smooth from our penultimate couple of the evening. The floor couple have been used more instead of covered with smoke, though. If you have the big floor to work with, you may as well. Focusing on what was there, he had great hold posture and showed his strength in the lifts.

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

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Jive to ‘Crocodile Rock’

Elton John and Jive on Strictly automatically conjures up Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett’s wonderful routine from Series 2.

This wasn’t quite up there but it was a very good routine from Caroline and Pasha full of heavy choreography and all well executed. The bounce in Caroline’s kicks and flicks are just exemplar and it was a fabulous way to end a great evening.

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

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