Strictly Come Dancing 2015: opening weekend #2

Last night, six couples took to the floor with their debut dances. Tonight, it is the turn of the remaining nine to show us just what they have to give.

Click more to recap the second live show of the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The first professional dance of the series provided a spectacular opening to the first Saturday night Strictly. Everyone featured somewhere or other in a superb monochrome number. Highlights? Brendan’s golf trousers that Ian Poulter will demand his number for and Giovanni looking like a redundant convict pirate.

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ by Human Nature

Props: a microphone and a mini stage

Jay may be the most nervous contestant I can think of right now. Nerves showed in everything he did – steps (these were mostly there, though) and facial expressions alike – and he apologised to Aliona as soon as the music was out (although not sure why). It wasn’t actually that bad. It wasn’t great. But it wasn’t that bad. I’d like to see him smile and not look like he’s being held at knife point; this may allow me to feel more in tune with his routine.

The judges, of course, totally disagreed with me so if you’re looking for scholarly dance insight…I think you may be in the wrong place.

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

Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole – Waltz to ‘Vincent’ by Don McLean

Lightness on her feet and a willingness to be led made for a cute and fluffy waltz at a glance. Looking at her feet, things got a bit messier. Transitions need to be worked on but, hey, that’s why it’s only week one. It’ll all come together in a few weeks. I hope.

Judges: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 20/40

Jeremy Vine and Karen Clifton – Cha Cha Cha to ‘September’ by Earth, Wind and Fire

Props: a polling booth

I feel Jeremy may be in the dubious club of ‘pre-chosen comedy acts’ after watching his jiggle his way around the floor with no regard for any sort of technique or his partner Karen. Jeremy looked so thoroughly entertained though and I like that.

Judges: Craig 2, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 19/40

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – Jive to ‘Dear Future Husband’ by Meghan Trainor

Props: a sign, a salon chair, a lamp and a dressing table

The definition of a cute dance. Fast, furious but fluffy – and I’m not sure how that works. It was sickly sweet but Georgia’s footwork was nailed on for week one and I think Giovanni has the makings of a good Strictly professional.

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

Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe – Tango to ‘Voulez Vous’ by Abba

Props: a table, a lamp and a chair

Pouting the whole way through, Ainsley served up a mediocre Tango with some of the steps being hit and some of it turning into bobbing about the floor aimlessly. His character saved it, I think.

Judges: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 20/40

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – Jive to ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ by Chuck Berry

Props: a music stand, a harp and a raincoat

Katie was a lot better than I expected. Very fast, very mesmerising and kept pace with Anton the whole way through. Can’t really find anything to say. It was elegant for a Jive which is an usual achievement.

Judges: Craig 6, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 26/40

Iwan Thomas and Ola Jordan – Tango to ‘Keep on Running’ by Spencer Davis Group

Props: a top three podium. Also, he did do a lap of the floor before doing anything

The height difference hampered this but that is in no way either Ola nor Iwan’s fault. This resulted in a weird posture and little togetherness. The steps were there but not quite polished off and neither looked happy when they came up against the judging panel. He didn’t have much time to train though and it is only week one, so don’t write him off just yet – Iwan is clearly determined.

Judges: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 4 = 17/40

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus – Waltz to ‘Do Right Woman, Do Right Man’ by Aretha Franklin

Props: none (!!!!)

A clean Waltz with little to say about it. A little bland but it was classy and I can’t argue with that. Jamelia started a lot stronger than she was in the end, though – her hold dropped a little.

Judges: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 5 = 21/40

Peter Andre and Janette Manrara – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Ain’t No Other Man’ by Christina Aguilera

Props: chairs, tables and a suit jacket to lasso

A lot of posturing and posing from this year’s apparently-dead cert winner and not a lot of dancing for me. What was there, was strong but it all needed refining. Maybe some more movement, as well, and not just posing. Not sure it even felt like a Cha Cha Cha..

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


Ladies and gentleman. We have batshit crazy scores, props and gushing judges. Strictly is back.

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