Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week five

Normal service resumes. For me, anyway.

15 celebrities and week five you’d think ‘hey 10 left!’ but nope. Here is what the 12 couples got up to on the floor…

Before I go on, can somebody please comment/tweet and explain to me what the sausage ‘do the Strictly’ is? What is ‘the Strictly?’ Point out that the quickstep is quick and then talk about your kids? Or turning up to work and sitting not doing anything remotely connected to work for the purpose of a filmed segment?

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – Salsa to ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ by Sylvester

Props: none

What it lacked in props, it annoyed me in choreography as the cute little duo presented a disco type thing last seen by former winner Abbey Clancy. While Georgia can nail a dance on the floor, when she’s about to go into a lift or something ornate she seems unsure of herself and we get a halt in proceedings. The soap star definitely knows how to work her legs and her hips, and will carry on dazzling the judges.

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

Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev – Viennese Waltz to ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ by Seal

Props: none

Carol looked wildly out of control as she spun around the floor with arms flying out everywhere (okay well a person can only have two arms, I get that) but her hold posture and her feet are looking much better.

(Special mention to the fact that I’m sure she had to give up the best part of a day training to go to sodding Legoland)

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

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Tango to ‘Sweet Disposition’ by Temper Trap

Props: a circular stage

A very sharp Tango but a bit of a faffy start which put me off the ultimate enjoyment. Her character, her anger and her control throughout the dance was something the behold. Traditional choreography with no hidden tricks or ‘specials’. Clean. Spooky. A week too early?

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

Peter Andre and Janette Manrara – Rumba to ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran

Props: a dark room (/strip)

I’m not sure what I watched but I know it was different from a good half of Twitter and the judges. There was little flow and niceness about it – Peter just walked about and bent back a little. Janette felt like his prop and I would have liked to see him, well, dance.

I get that the Rumba is difficult for the male celebrities but I at least like to see them try.

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

Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole – Viennese Waltz to ‘This Year’s Love’ by David Gray

Props: none

A smooth, elegant and classy routine with traditional choreography playing to Kirsty’s good points. Very much improved from Kirsty and for the first time ever, I feel like she felt the dance.

Judges: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 8, Bruno 7 = 29/30

Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe – Jive to ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ by Bill Haley and the Comets

Props: cafe stalls 

Got to give Ainsley this – he really does jump head first into these dances, as shown by his bizarre and wildly disturbing facial expressions. Alas, no matter how speedy and feisty the Jive was, he needs to get on time and dance straight.

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

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus – Foxtrot to ‘Because You Loved Me’ by Celine Dion

Props: a table, chairs and a carriage

It’s a real shame Jamelia crumbles when she’s away from Tristan because it takes away some of the confidence she desperately needs to exude. Once she’s unsure of herself, the seams start to unravel as seen by the fact the first half was a lot better than the latter when she lost her footing.

Judges: Craig 5, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 26/40

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – Salsa to ‘It Had Better Be Tonight’ by Michael Buble

Props: a table, chairs, a hatstand, a bench, palm trees and the kitchen sink.

Not incredibly sure what happened here because I think Anton as difficult as Katie, who suffered. It was messy, unsynchronised and laboured. The lift at the end had me on edge – I thought I saw her get caught and almost fall on her head.

However, it wasn’t disco so FULL POINTS for staying in the genre.

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

Jeremy Vine and Karen Clifton – Waltz to ‘She’ by Elvis Costello

Props: a spiral staircase. *That* one, yes.

Jeremy looked like he was in pain as he grimaced his way through his routine. Would have liked to see them move in hold more, as opposed to Jeremy standing still and twirling Karen. Content felt non-existent and it was a little boring to watch.

Judges: Craig 3, Darcey 5, Len 6, Bruno 4 = 18/40

Helen George and Aljaž Skorjanec – Quickstep to ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ by Diana Ross and the Supremes

Props: a billboard and bench

Fast, furious and fantastic. Honestly, I love the Quickstep and this did not disappoint. Full of choreography and Helen kept on top of her steps, her hold posture and the music.

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

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Paso Doble to ‘It’s My Life’ by Bon Jovi

Props: none

Lovely Paso lines from Jay actually – I am surprised. He mastered the character of the Paso but I missed the capework which nobody seems to be attempting this year. Strong performance.

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

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Jive to ‘One Way or Another’ by One Direction

Props: a briefcase

I think it was going well at first and then, just like One Direction, it lost a crucial detail. In this case, it wasn’t a member of the party but all hope of footwork. I was quite confused watching it – it didn’t feel like a Jive and felt messy.

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


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