Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week six

Yep. Because you know how much I love a theme. Especially when it is Halloween…

The day was mentioned a few times.

A video that can only be described as ridiculous leads us into the opening credits which give way to a scarily dressed professional dance. In this dance, Brendan and Natalie marry and the whole of the 2015 cast are invited. Costume (hair, make-up and designer) have done a cracking job here.

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – Paso to ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ by Steve Harley and Sarah Brightman

Props: a gondola and candles on sticks

Not an entirely great start to the show as Katie fails to impress with her Paso technique and looks a bit lost in Anton’s arms. Lacked the fire-in-the-belly we need but I appreciated the attempts to use the skirt, if anything.

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

Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole – Charleston to ‘Bad Romance’ by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Props: none 

Other: flying Brendan

Kirsty showed up looking like she dressed up this weekend as Anita Rani but was cursed from the start with her Charleston with the song choice. I tried to overlook it, but sadly it couldn’t be done. Went wrong a few times and a few missteps is all it takes to throw a routine off kilter. Just not her night.

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

Jeremy Vine and Karen Clifton – Salsa to ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson

Props: none 


Keeping with the bar set by the other two, Jeremy didn’t deliver much as her tarred this year’s outing for Michael Jackson songs. Would have liked to see some more Salsa content personally but I accept that Jeremy can only do what he is given and has little control over what that is. He put effort into everything and focused on his steps but, again, his performance was more comical than we want at this stage.

Judges: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 22/40

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Waltz to ‘Once Upon A Dream’ by Lana Del Rey

Props: none

Other: some flying

Actually not too angry with this song choice – it worked pretty well. A lovely Waltz which Anita delivered very gracefully and I wish I could see it again without the theme and I didn’t really get what was supposed to be being told storywise. The two are them work wonderfully together in hold though and she does get better with every dance, as her confidence grows.

Judges: Craig 6, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 7 = 29/40

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus – Jive to ‘The Time Warp’ from the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Props: a moving picture and a skeleton jumping out the closest

Could have done with being a bit more polished because it felt like it lacked something. Jamelia really loosened up this week and allowed herself to flow with the music but, while she sorted her top, her footwork suffered as it all went a bit flat. Really full of energy and life, ironically, though.

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

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – American Smooth to ‘Lil Red Riding Hood’ by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs

Props: a few tables, a lamp and a chair

Jay looks like a professional dancer sometimes and tonight was one of those times, for me. Wonderful posture, lovely lines and a firm grasp of Aliona while in hold made for an elegant American Smooth with a hint of storytelling. I like that it wasn’t over-themed during the routine – only the beginning was a mash of it all.

Judges: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 8, Bruno 9 = 34/40

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Paso to ‘Schools Out’ by Glee Cast and Hedwig’s Theme by John Williams

Props: a seating bench and wands. Control your filthy mind, reader.

Other: tabletop dancing

Not sure how exactly I feel about dancing on table tops but I don’t personally think I get much say it whether that happens again or not. Strong performance from Kellie although I do think she ran out of steam a bit by the end. Lovely lines and footwork, though somewhat obscured in places by the smoke. Kellie and Kevin also didn’t come together much, so it felt like two solo dancers sometimes meeting in the middle. You know like when you swap partners at a disco or in a club? That.

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

Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev – Rumba to ‘I Think I Love You’ by The Partridge Family

Props: doors and sparkly machinery

Yikes. Well I don’t like the Rumba at the best of times but I can appreciate the fact I’ve seen way better than Carol’s effort. Sadly, it lacked much content and what it did have wasn’t very fluid at all. Laboured transitions and messy timing. Probably her worst dance – and that is saying something.

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

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – Tango to ‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker Junior

Props: ghostbusting guns. Not hitting on anybody here.

The genre of dance got a little lost within the theme (overwhelming amount going on) so I couldn’t always identify what it was supposed to be. Georgia is a powerful little dancer with a lovely, elegant frame and seems to adapt to whatever style they are given. Props to Giovanni – hard choreography.

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

Peter Andre and Janette Manrara – Foxtrot to ‘Ghost’ by Ella Henderson

Props: trees

Peter doesn’t seem to be improving – he’s found his style and he’s bringing it every single week. Time to move on now. His hold posture is great, his head is in the right place and everything but his feet do the same thing all the time. They do it well, granted but it’s a little boring. Shame, because he has well established where he is…but I want to see where he can go.

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

Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec- Samba to ‘Take Your Mama’ by Scissor Sisters

Props: tombs

Really over-themed but it actually worked to breathe life into an otherwise bland style of dance for Strictly performers over the years. Not very bouncy but decent enough and nicely recovered from a little mistake that threatened to blow the whole dance.

Judges: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 8, Bruno 9 = 34/40

And with that, it’s over.


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