Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week nine

The deadwood celebrities are out. Claudia is back in. Time to get serious.

Thankfully, little Matilda is well on the road to recovery and Claudia Winkleman is back with us co-presenting Strictly Come Dancing. This means so much and I’m so glad this is the case.

Next: get rid of the dancing judge entrance. Please. Thanks.

Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan – Jive to ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’

Once again Steve showcases his fantastic ability to throw Ola in the air and hold her there but not much else. Complete with a random American Football theme, a slow going Jive devoid of much bounce or style. Not his best.

JUDGES: Craig 4, Darcey 7, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 23/40

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – American Smooth to ‘Mack the Knife’

Smooth and sleek with gracious lifts – especially the one at the end, very technical. I think it would have been even better had she not stumbled at the beginning because her stumble nearly landed her flat out which looked like it knocked her confidence a tiny bit. Great choreography though and Caroline is a really strong Ballroom dancer.

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

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon – Charleston to ‘Sparkling Diamonds’

Another mini-theme week here but I would kill for Pixie’s outfit! it was fast, fluid and full of outstanding technique which Pixie is perfect at. Missing something Charleston for me…but not sure what. I think Pixie is sitting pretty at the top for a while.

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


In weird news, next week is going to be another hideous theme. This time is ‘Around The World’ and my hopes are already dashed. I fear it will be full of casual racism and implications that throwaway comments can be made without any regard and stereotypical rhetorics. Please, god of Strictly, prove me wrong.


Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Tango to OneRepublic’s ‘Love Runs Out’

Song choice didn’t really work. It lacked sharpness and so did Mark and Karen’s routine. He did pick up strength as he went on but it didn’t feel that serious. Didn’t have a lot of time to train this week so the technique wasn’t up to scratch and the standard he is capable of, for me.

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

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Viennese Waltz to ‘What’s new Pussycat?’

Poor Frankie seems to have a battle with motion sickness so I’m glad she didn’t keel over during the routine. Or tone down a fabulous routine. It was classic. Her lines are beautiful and they make such an elegant couple (although they could have more chemistry sometimes). I think she is going to win you know…

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

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – Samba to the ‘Macarena’ 

Wowza. Very fast. They let go and threw the kitchen sink at their routine. We know Jake had good hip action and it’s good to see he’s still matching his ability from a few weeks ago.

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

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Waltz to Paolo Nutini’s ‘Last Request’

Some parts felt like Sunetra was struggling to keep up but mostly she glided around with Brendan in a decent Waltz. She is so much more comfortable in Ballroom. An elegant Waltz and no faffy choreography. More natural than most Waltz’s we see lately.

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

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff –  Salsa to ‘Let’s Hear For The Boy’

Never been a massive fan of his Latin but this may have been the dance of the night for me! Great technique, good hip work and a fun, fast and fluid routine. Kristina has well and truly dragged Simon out of his shell and it’s producing some fantastic results.

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


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