Strictly Come Dancing 2014: week eight

Semi-final week.

Five couples. Two dances. We’ve gone from manageable length shows to ten performance epics once again. But it’s the last full weekend this time. No excitement for the next eight or so weeks…just one to go.

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Boogie Shoes’

This was marred by a lift for me. Nothing said, of course. Following a week that saw Trent hammered on live television for illegal lifts. Never mind. Very stompy from Jake as he walked through a routine with little coherency. Oops. And the smoke covered his feet, which was annoying.

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

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Rumba to ‘Somewhere Only We Know’

It was really pretty and really cutesy but it didn’t feel like much Rumba was going on there. Different choreography from Kevin which helped to tell a different story, for once. Just…average. Maybe it needed more spice…and I’m never normally saying that on this show.

JUDGES: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 34/40

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Viennese Waltz to ‘I Got You Babe’

The swing makes its annual appearance as a time waster. Aliona must be getting good rent.

Sickly sweet but oddly entertaining. Elegant. Nice technique and the routine flowed from spin to twirl. Mark is possibly one of the only celebrities this year you can notice how much they work on footwork.

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

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Samba to ‘I Like To Move It’

Started well. Heavy on the technique but that apparently was to be his downfall as he lost control and just let go. Still fun watching – made me smile. Nice to see clean choreography as well. The Samba never works, always forget it.

JUDGES: Craig 6, Darcey 9, Len 8, Bruno 7 = 30/40

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Foxtrot to ‘Diamonds’

The last of the first dances and another lost genre – Foxtrot goes Rumba. However, her technique is getting stronger and her performance brings something to this competition. And I want to see more of it.

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

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara – Viennese Waltz to ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’

There is no doubting that Jake is more comfortable in Ballroom holds although he claims to be a Latin boy. His frame isn’t the best and his footwork can be a little sketchy but he and Janette make a wonderful couple as they glide around the floor.

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

Combined: 61/80

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Argentine Tango to ‘The 5th’ 

Well this upped the night a little for me! Not the best music but a stern routine. Fierce. Sharp legwork and some good lines (some slightly lacking but…). Stronger than her other performance this evening. More in genre and with the correct ingredients.

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

Combined: 72/80

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Rumba to ‘Fields of Gold’

Having used their weekly allowance on renting the swing from Aliona, Mark and Karen roll around on the floor and dance barefoot through a mediocre Rumba. Great effort but sadly lacking in many departments including the actual choreography. Mark loves his hips so I was surprised at his static stance.

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

Combined: 66/80

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Foxtrot to ‘My Guy’

Simon back where he is comfortable – in hold! The transformation from Latin Simon to Ballroom Simon is just stunning. A lovely top line. Clean choreography all the way through. Smooth and pretty.

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

Combined: 68/80

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Salsa to ‘Maria’

Save the best until last for sure! Lots of energy. Lots of technique. Caroline really pulled it out the bag and handled a packed Pasha routine to boot.

JUDGES: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Darcey 10 = 40/40

Combined: 75/80

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