Strictly Come Dancing 2015: BLACKPOOL

Did you know the show is from Blackpool this week?

The usual ‘oh my god humans are in Blackpool!’ VT started off the week’s proceedings before launching into a dance with people *everywhere*. It’s Downton Abbey themed but it isn’t half bad.

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Salsa to ‘Cuba’ by The Gibson Brothers

Props: tables, chairs and a bar

Backing dancers: Yes

A furiously fast start to the show although it took me most of the dance to adjust to return of the human props. People everywhere appears to be the theme of tonight. Taking them away, Jay’s performance was strong as he tackled difficult choreography and kept on time professionally.

Judges: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 36/40

Jamelia and Tristan MacManus – Quickstep to ‘I’m A Believer’ by The Monkees

Props: doll cases

Backing dancers: Yes

First of many dances to be helped by the springy floor except in this case it drove Jamelia a bit wild as she ran around after Tristan in places. She has come a far way with her Ballroom and it is good to see somebody improving and taking on board the comments made to her.

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

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Paso Doble to ‘Malaguena’ by Connie Francis

Props: curtains

Backing dancers: Oh of course.

If ever there was a definitive Paso performance, this was it. Anita dominated the floor with Gleb, the backing dancers and even in her solos. However, it may have been a little too staged for my liking and I really missed traditional choreography throughout because Anita is so brilliant. The tiny snippets of Paso were so excellent that a whole routine would have been nice.

Judges: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 37/40

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – American Smooth to Dean Martin’s ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head

Props: screens

Backing dancers: I think they’re here to stay. I may ditch this line.

As much as I’m not into the human props, I reckon this sort of routine wouldn’t be any different without them. Anyway, I’m used to Anton in a stage show so it’s easy just to forget everything else and watch him and his partner. Classy, elegant and sophisticated routine with clean choreography and beautiful lifts. It’s a shame she suffered from some dodgy bits, though.

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

Peter Andre and Janette Manrara – Jive to Tina Turner’s ‘River Deep, Mountain High’

Props: A fake stage set out as a disco floor

Backing dancers: What do you think?

I’m sorry to say this but it wasn’t good. I wanted to like it because I love the Jive but I just couldn’t see any jive. It was like a Saturday morning dance skit you do for charity. The kicks weren’t sharp, the lines were messy and his timing was at his own pace instead of the routine’s one. The performance factor, however, was something else.

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

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – American Smooth to the Whitney Houston power-ballad ‘I Have Nothing’

Props: ……none

It was really elegant and sweet, when I managed to focus on the couple in question.I felt that the backing dancers completely hindered the dance as well as nearly ruining the routine with a terrible lift. Overlooking that, though, since I doubt they had a say about the backing dancers. Georgia is so very graceful and her feet are those of a professional.

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

Helen George and Aljaž Skorjanec – Charleston to ‘Anything Goes’ from Anything Goes

Props: nope

Bit like watching a stage musical but the routine enveloped the spirit of the Charleston right through – which is what we wanted, I guess. Could have benefitted from a few more steps but the ones there were well executed, even if a couple of the lifts were unflattering to say the least.

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

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Quickstep to Dolly Parton’s ‘Nine To Five’

Props: desks and typewriters

Much of this Quickstep was traditional, which I really liked, so I was pleased from the off. Kellie kept up her timing all through the routine and her hold was on point. I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

Judges: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 37/40


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