Strictly Come Dancing 2015: semi-final

Can you believe there are only two weeks left?!

Yes. I can.

The only thing I really dislike about semi-final week is how long it is. I get used to shorter shows and then suddenly we’re back to 10 dances.

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – Charleston to ‘Too Darn Hot’ from Kiss Me Kate

Too darn messy.

Out-of-time, laboured and full of awkward moves and lifts. Not sure the dance really suited either of them – none of that WHAM WOW factor we’ve had from other Charleston’s this series.

Judges: Craig 4, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 25/40

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Viennese Waltz to ‘Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman’ by Bryan Adams

A beautiful and elegant dance with wonderful choreography. Could have done with a bit more in hold and a better song – which would have made it into a VW really, but I doubt they got much choice over that. I thought it was cute, though.

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

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – Cha Cha Cha to ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor

Poor woman has been quite unwell this week so I don’t know how she managed to rehearse anything, so props for that. Not a bad dance really. The Cha Cha Cha is usually a bland one – hence why we used to chuck it out in weeks one and two – but the duo made it their own and gave it what they could.

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

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Foxtrot to ‘New York, New York’ by Frank Sinatra

Dipped into an AS FT (down with the letters, me) in places but Anita is a really graceful Ballroom dancer. Bit too heavy on the faff for my liking…took a while to get going in the first place, due to a piano. It felt a bit disjointed by the end, though…like she was unsure of herself.

Judges: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 9 = 32/40

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Rumba to ‘Songbird’ by Eva Cassidy

Bit boring. I tend to find Rumba’s boring, though, so not the best judge of this genre here. Traditional choreography was welcome, though – no silly gimmicks. Kellie was a bit wobbly in places and I’m not sure I really ‘got’ the dance. But that’s personal taste.

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

Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke – Waltz by ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ by Puccini

A really fluffy and lovely Waltz from a couple I’ve come to love. However, I fear we have seen their last dance as Katie made yet another mistake. When you can see flaws, it becomes difficult to see that person in the final. But we’ll see.

Judges: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 31/40

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani – Charleston to ‘Doctor Jazz’ from Jelly’s Last Jam

A very long time getting into the dance after starting the routine with a Tardis and a modern Charleston followed. A few weird lifts but overall very fast and furious which is what the genre is all about. Dropped Aliona at one point so no bonus points for that. I think. Opta may add some, who knows? Think it could have done with a little bit more character though – little more expression in the face would have been nice. And I don’t like Doctor Who.

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

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice – Viennese Waltz to ‘Runaway’ by The Corrs

A proper VW to a beautiful song. Elegant, bouncy, soft, glittery…a really great routine. Brilliant choreography and devoid of any weird gimmicks. Just brilliant.

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

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko – Salsa to ‘Feel This Moment’ by Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera

Lifts aplenty and a slightly dodgy song choice but an enjoyable dance. Not so much Salsa as ‘do whatever’ but Anita sure does trust Gleb! Faffing about on a fake podium as well. Not my style, really.

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

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – American Smooth to ‘Let’s Face The Music And Dance’ by Irving Berlin

A dramatic AS to finish off the semi-final but nothing too overly showy unlike some of the other dances this evening. A fancy routine really, worked well.

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




Posted on December 12, 2015, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Sorry I haven’t commented much this series but I have still been reading! Always a good resume of the show and helps me to remember what went on.
    Absolutely loved Kellie and Kevin tonight. They have been entertaining us every week and at last she was allowed a proper ballroom dress. Georgia and Giovanni always look lovely but predictable as are Jay and Aliona.


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