Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week seven

It’s that time of the week again folks. Here is what the trying ten got up to…

Peter Andre and Janette Manrara – Charleston to ‘Do your Thing’ by Basement Jaxx

Props: dressing table with mirror, a chair and a wall

Peter Andre finally gives us something different in the way of performance and went into over-Charleston mode. By this I mean he lapped up the music, the characterisation and the style to a tee. Whomever choreographed the routine really played to Peter’s strengths and bought out a sparkle in the singer.

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

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus – Viennese Waltz to ‘Trouble’ by Ray LaMontagne

Props: a fountain, a guitar and a guitar case

Other: Tristan played the guitar 

Poor old Jamelia. Saved again last week and dragged through another routine although we have seen worse from her. The gapping problem wasn’t as bad this week and she and Tristan actually blended as they moved around the floor. Posture dropped a little throughout the dance but it was a shame to see her crash into a prop.

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

Carol Kirkwood and Pasha Kovalev- American Smooth to ‘Man! I feel Like a Woman’ by Shania Twain

Props: one of those things you change behind and a rack of clothes…what?

Tried hard but looked incredibly messy. Very sloppy during transitions and indeed in the lifts. Really faffy intro and judge bothering at the start which laboured the routine itself.

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

Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec – Rumba to ‘Hello’ by Adele

Props: none

A good Rumba, as well as an emotional storyline throughout. As Helen’s confidence grows, you can see it shine through her performances. I’m not sure how much content was actually in there but what was was done well which covered up the monotony of it.

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

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Argentine Tango to ‘Diferente’ by The Gotan Project

Props: a street lamp

After the annual ‘this is different to a Tango’ speech, we got the first Argentine (or ‘teen’, for this show) of the series. The intensity was pulsing throughout but it seemed to lack content which would have really made it pop. Because, you know, that would be content. Seems to be a theme appearing tonight but that’s nothing to do with Jay really. He aced what he was given and it was fierce.

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

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – Quickstep to ‘42nd Street’ from the musical 42nd Street

Props: canes and hats

The routine started amazingly but Katie just hit one minor problem which sent it all tumbling down. It didn’t look like Katie could keep up with Anton as he sped around the floor but for the first half it looked so promising. It should have been so much better than it was. But, don’t get me wrong, it was good and I liked it.

Judges: Craig 9, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 6 = 26/40

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Jive to ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ by former Strictly winner Alesha Dixon

Props: mops

Maybe it’s just me, but I will never be impressed by a professional putting in a made-up move (‘flying teabag’) that could have killed Anita with one slight mistake. Moveover, Gleb running at Anita and jumping over her while she bent back just didn’t fit the routine, for me. But the kicks and flicks were sharp and traditional. I liked those. Wasn’t crazy about mop use, though.

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

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Waltz to ‘Love Ain’t Here Anymore’ by Take That

Props: boxes, a lamp and photos

Very dainty and quaint. Just…nothing to say. There is just nothing in their routines that makes me want to watch them.

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

Jeremy Vine and Karen Clifton – Tango to ‘Go West’ by The Village People

Props: a toy horse and a cactus

I’m not sure how much of a dance begun and ended on a toy horse I can comment on because I sort of didn’t notice any content anywhere apart from Jeremy’s facial expressions. The seriousness of the dance gave way to a childish, weird variation of the Tango but, whatever, I give up.

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

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – Samba to ‘Volare’ by The Gipsy Kings

Props: tables and stools

When the duo got dancing, they produced an excellent Samba that get me throughly entertained. Could have had more of it had she not sat down for half an hour before but hey, it’s been that sort of nice. Lots of content all perfectly executed and a very good dance for what is usually a hideous genre for the show.

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


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