Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Week 1 #1

It’s back. And so am I.

Hello and welcome etc etc. It’s Friday, I know, but this is a special occasion. I’ve never really understood why they go to town on ‘Strictly Saturday’ but launch on the Friday. Anyway.


We get six couples tonight dancing all manner of random genres with literally no coherency to proceedings. They must pick these out of a hat.

It also means 10 minutes apiece.

Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Venus’ by Shocking Blue

Props: A….statue plinth? Sigh. It begins.

Laura’s first out of the block and done up like Cleopatra (back to school gang…) but, overall, it’s a decent first effort. Knees were bent, an illegal lift crept in and, in places, it was a little slow – or, at least, it felt a little slow – but I’ve seen worse Cha Cha Cha’s in the first (and beyond) weeks.

Scores: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 25/40

Naga Munchetty and Pasha Kovalev – Waltz to ‘Run To You’ by Whitney Houston

Props: A rusty garden gate

Naga was pretty and dainty in hold and looked elegant whirling (/waltzing) around the floor, even though her nerves were threatening to wreck everything. I think she had a little footswap issue but I was too distracted by that garden gate. What was that all about?

Scores: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 23/40

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Mercy’ by Duffy

Props: A gavel and a dock/lectern

‘Judge’ Rinder the Barrister got off to a cracking start with a high-energy and full-of-life Cha Cha. He brings a character to the show we’ve never had before, and – since he pretends to be a judge – he’s good at pretending to be something he’s not, i.e. a dancer. Shoutout to Oksana for a heavily loaded routine with traditional content. He just needs work…and a buttoned up shirt.

Scores: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 25/40

Lesley Joseph and Anton Du Beke – Waltz to ‘What’ll I Do’ by Alison Krauss

Props: a chair, a lamp, a photo and a small table. Just missing the kitchen sink.

I already have a soft spot for Lesley Joseph, mainly because she reminds me of my Jewish Grandmother. Her hold was poor but her nerves may have contributed to that, as the tendency to hoist up your shoulders. Such lovely choreography from Anton and it helped Lesley to start with such a traditional dance.

Scores: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 23/40

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Tango to ‘Geronimo’ by Sheppard

Props: A bicycle, heart balloons, a comic and a bench

The costumes (checkered shirt) combined with the music make it hard to want to pay attention to this dance in the first place – but I do appreciate that isn’t their fault. As a consequence, I did check out very early on. It took too long to get started (that bench!) and the BANG was gone. It’s a shame to hide Ore so early on because he looked great for the five seconds he actually danced.

Scores: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 6, Bruno 7 = 27/40

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe – Jive to ‘Get Ready’ by The Temptations

Props: ….none….!!

Greg came flying down onto the floor and whizzed around it with good character and decent legworks. Good kicks, good flicks. Can’t really argue with that attempt. Like, it wasn’t perfect but that would be boring for week one, and a bit defeatist.

Scores: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 27/40

Strictly Come Dancing is on tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at 6.30pm.


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