Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week two

Well I hope you sat comfortably. For tonight, we had two hours (and five minutes) of Strictly.

15 couples in one go.

Here is what happened…

We don’t even get a professional dance for our sins this evening so we get straight down to it after Alan Dedicote rushes through all 15 couples to make one long pairing. Highlights include using ‘Loose Women’ and ‘star’ in the same sentence.

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Don’t Cha’ by The Pussycat Dolls

Props: Big lights

I am one of the biggest Tristan fans but I struggled to watch without grimacing. Jamelia’s legs were bent most of the way through and her arms were flying out all over the place. It was messy. Just a lot of posing…and I think she twerked. You can’t unsee a giant Quality Street twerking.

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

Daniel O’Donnell and Kristina Rihanoff – Charleston to ‘Let’s Misbehave’ by Cole Porter

Props: a racing bandstand

Not sure about the Charleston in week two overall but it was a pleasant surprise. I thought Kristina may have gone easy on the choreography but wow she did not – a lot of steps and a lot of technique which kept Daniel more than busy. It was full throttle and I he lost it a bit towards the end but it was cleanly executed for a dance I was convinced he had no chance with. A great surprise to see.

Judges: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 23/40

Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole – Salsa to ‘Can’t Touch It’ by Ricki Lee

Props: none but they did have two judges’ desk episodes

I think there were some steps in between all those lifts. Nothing flowed that well and felt a bit wooden – I think Kirsty is still battling nerves. She seemed unsure of herself each step she took which made it wobbly. Brendan made sure Kirsty gave it her all, worked on her technique and that’s all we can ask thus far.

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

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Waltz to ‘See the Day’ by Dee C. Lee

Props: none. Aliona made him cut his hair – I feel this is worthy of a mention.

An elegant Waltz with a lot of content – both in hold and solo – which made for a good performance. It was light and fluffy with good flashes of wonderful dancing from the popstar.

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

Iwan Thomas and Ola Jordan – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Sexy and I Know It’ by LMFAO

Props: none but he did undo his shirt.

Iwan threw the kitchen sink at this – gymnastics, a knee slide…the lot. Everything together didn’t work and made for a complete mess. Iwan’s routine wasn’t polished at all. It fell out of time, fell out of shape and I wonder if he fell out the competition with that.

Judges: Craig 2, Darcey 4, Len 4, Bruno 3 = 13/40

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – Waltz to ‘Georgia On My Mind’ by Ray Charles

Props: a hand fan…thing…I can’t think of the name, a bench and an arch.

Georgia is sweet to watch – her and Giovanni look good in hold and are shaping up to be a strong couple. The dance was emotional but I’m not sure how much it really had in it.

Judges: Craig 6, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 7 = 25/40

Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe – Salsa to ‘Don’t Touch My Tomatoes’ by Josephine Baker

Props: a whole grocery stand and tomatoes featured.

Jeeeeeeeessssuuuuuussss Christ. That was busy! And fast! Despite some technical issues, Ainsley really showed us something that is wonderful for his personality. It wasn’t polished but it’s week two and his first outing in Latin.

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

Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev – Foxtrot to ‘Isn’t This A Lovely Day’ by Irving Berlin

Props: umbrella, a newspaper and a bus stand.

The umbrella really distracted me throughout that but it was quaint, I guess. I think it could have done with some refining but she’s going to be one better in hold than out of it.

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

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ by Kiki Dee and Elton John

Props: none

Well I think I missed the Cha Cha Cha content but it was actually a really tight piece with clean execution. Kellie’s arms went a bit wild sometimes but I think Kevin managed to save her from spinning out of time too much.

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

Anthony Ogogo and Oti Mabuse – Waltz to ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ by Simply Red

Props: a window (?)

A clean Waltz – nothing out of the ordinary in the choreography. Anthony looks good in hold because he can sort out his frame. But when he concentrated on his top, his bottom half faltered.

Judges: Craig 4, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 5 = 19/40

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Charleston to ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’ by Paolo Nutini

Props: a doorway 

Full of life from Anita as she slid and wiggled her way through a furious Charleston with Gleb occasionally chucking her up and over himself. A seriously fast paced routine with great characterisation. Well sold to us – and the Charleston has had some wonderful outings on the show through the years.

Judges: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 27/40

Jeremy Vine and Karen Clifton – American Smooth to ‘Happy Together’ by The Turtles

Props: a bookshelf

Jeremy plastered a cheeky look across his face and fumbled his way through his solo bits of routine. In hold, he was stiff and laboured.

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

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – Tango to ‘Telephone’ by Lady GaGa and Beyonce

Props: a chaise long, a telephone and a small table

A few mistakes but Katie’s leg extensions are really spot on. In hold, the couple looks dramatic and furious. I think when she stumbled she started to lose her confidence but she pulled it back for a fine finish.

Judges: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 28/40

Peter Andre and Janette Manrara – Quickstep to ‘Valerie’ by The Zutons

Props: boxes

Ah I do love the Quickstep – did you know it’s quick? Peter got the trotting/galloping off to a fine art with his knees reaching places I didn’t know was possible for them to go. A nice routine with a showcase of how good Peter can be when he puts his mind to it.

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

Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Uptown Girl’ by Billy Joel

Props: a car

Helen is a strong ending act for a long evening – the girl can really move. Fast and rhythmic. It felt like she over-concentrated if that makes sense, so maybe she could work on that but not much else to say.

Judges: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 8 = 29/40 

We made it, ladies and gentleman. Thanks for reading it back with me.


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