Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week 10

It’s going to go one way of the other. Never middle ground with theme weeks.

Well I think we have all gathered that I’ve never looked forward to a week least in a long while. I even anticipated Halloween slightly more than this.

206 sovereign states and they choose to go to America twice. Meanwhile, they put an Argentine Tango in Greece and a Rumba in Brazil.

I’d love to sit in on a production meeting.

‘You pick your genre from this hat, your music from this one and your country from here!’

We begin with a Bollywood routine which, of course, features Jai Ho and our professional dancers with backing dancers. Nice to see a new genre of dance from our professionals but I don’t think I want to see them do more. Just an attempt of cultural appropriation. But you know what? Arguments of authenticity are for another day/time/place/year/blog. Tweet me!

UPDATE: Possibly the worst show we have ever had. In all series. Full of stereotypes and creating a culture we neither need nor want.

Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon – Viennese Waltz to ‘Tulips From Amsterdam’- Netherlands

Not much was in hold but it was elegant and sweet when it was. The theatre of the dance was Trent stalking Pixie the flower girl. Just embarrassing. And we know Pixie can do so much with such beautiful poise so it’s a shame to see her faff about.

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


It will be a long night.


Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Salsa to ‘Viva Las Vegas’ – USA

At least he isn’t in an Elvis suit.

Really out of time from Mark as he seems to loose his head for another week coming. He looked awkward in his lifts and only seemed happy when he was thrusting and gyrating.

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

Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole – Rumba to ‘Girl From Ipanema’ – Brazil

Ah, some classy choreography once again from Brendan as the theme takes a backseat (as much as it can tonight). I thought it was quite sweet and Sunetra handled it well. Would have liked to have seen her with Brendan for the whole thing though. Pretty worried about Sunetra this week: I think her talent just isn’t as prominent now – seems unsure of herself.

JUDGES: Craig 5, Darcey 7, Len 8, Bruno 7 = 27/40

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Charleston to ‘Istanbul’ – Turkey

Overthemed and actually racist in stereotypes but probably the best of the night so far. Very fast, fluid and brave lifts. Great choreography. Caroline has great skill and it’s shining bright now.

JUDGES: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Waltz to ‘Edelweiss’ – Austria

Very happy to see the backing dancers relegated to the staircase/stage and behind a fence. Nice touch. Can they stay there?

Classic routine from Kristina – such a great choreographer. Simon is unrecognisable from the man in the first couple of weeks and it is genuinely wonderful to see. I’m not normally a sucker for a journey story but this one is a testament to Kristina’s teaching. Lovely in hold and graceful around the floor.

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

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Jive to ‘Surfin’ – USA

GAHHHHHH. At least the backing dancers have taken the hint.

Frankie is also dressed as Karen. Which is odd.

I don’t how anything to write. It was really good. Strong. I think she’s won to be honest.

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

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – Argentine Tango to ‘Zorba The Greek’ – Greece

Absolutely awful. Perhaps the worst tonight. Embarrassing to have this on Saturday night television.

Music didn’t work. The moves were hardly there – Jake basically held Janette as she bent herself in different directions to the beat.


JUDGES: Craig 5, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 29/40


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