Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week eight

Woop woop.

It’s Blackpool week next week which of course means the show begins with a horrific VT about how nobody wants to leave the competition. Well, duh.

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Quickstep to ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ by The Pretenders

Props: a bridge

I love this song and it also reminds me Harry Judd’s fantastic Quickstep, which was fantastic. So was this, to be fair – except I do wish Gleb would stop putting in weird floor moves into otherwise perfectly choreographed routines. I think she kept up well with the timing but on the moments she was caught concentrating too much, her feet splayed slightly and gapping appeared. Only ever so slightly. I’m being picky because I’m typing so much and I don’t know how to stop.

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

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Foxtrot to ‘Lay Me Down’ by Sam Smith

Props: curtains

Poor old Jay stumbled at the end and undid a beautiful routine, with some elegant lines and wonderful posture. It was traditional, devoid of this happy clappy stuff we’ve seen recently. Even if the first bit was a little……weird.

Judges: Craig 6, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 30/40

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus – Samba to ‘A Little Respect’ by Erasure

Props: a balloon arch and a rose

I genuinely have no idea what Jamelia gave to us this evening but it wasn’t a Samba. I wasn’t sure if that was Tristan’s fault choreography wise or down to the fact that Jamelia really can’t dance. Anyway, it was laden with mistakes and just had weird elements of disco.

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

Helen George and Aljaž Skorjanec – Tango to ‘Hold Back The River’ by James Bay

Props: none

Seriously bad song choice, though. The song made it really hard to relate to and enjoy because it was just so ill-suited to the genre. But Helen is a sharp dancer and there was bags load of technique in there.

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

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – Rumba to ‘Never Never Never’ by Shirley Bassey’

Props: none

The most beautiful Rumba I have seen in a long while. Wow. Just wow. Honestly, I’m blown away. Their routine really told a story – full of emotion – and the choreography was very elegant.

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

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Samba to ‘Boom Shake The Room’ by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

Props: a boom box

Another song choice I cannot get past – wow, how shocking. It didn’t work but let’s look away from that. The content was there but it was so heavily themed I’m not sure what to make of it.

Judges: Craig 9, Darcey 8, Len 7, Bruno 9 = 33/40


Janette Manrara and Peter Andre – Viennese Waltz to ‘You’re My World’ by Cilla Black

Props: none

Light and fluffy. Not really much to it. It was good but he appears to have gone back to delivering us basic Peter. Not sure he connected with the dance too much.

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

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – Charleston to ‘Hot Honey Rag’ from Chicago 

Props: hats

Simply stunning Charleston. Full of choreography – fast, furious and fun. Georgia looked like a professional in character throughout that whole routine.

Judges: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

Jeremy Vine and Karen Hauer – Quickstep to ‘Going Underground’ by The Jam

Props: a mine cart and diamonds

Well it was fast but too fast for Jeremy in any road! Poor guy ran around after Karen the entire routine and completely lost his footwork he’d improved so much on. Shame.

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


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