Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Week 2 #2

ED BALLS.

And a pro dance. And some others.

Our first professional routine appeared at the beginning of the show, starring two very cute children and two very cute old people. Then…BAM! Actual people from the show appeared. The entire cast bar celebrities. I’m surprised the floor crew never appeared. But I wouldn’t say no to seeing Greg in a suit, if I’m honest.

Once we’d cleared the floor of random dancers, singers and the rest of the professionals, Tess made a terrible joke (we’re back) and we got down to business…

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Jive to ‘Jump, Jive and Wail’ by the Brian Setzer Orchestra

Props: flowers, an anchor and a rubber ring

Louise appears to have annoyed the costume department spectacularly early on – first her pink launch get up and now this red sailoress outfit. Anyway, an energetic start and we all already see a lot of potential in her. She controlled her arms and her legs well, and managed to keep up with Kevin.

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

Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Loco In Acapulco’ by the Four Tops

Props: A bamboo shelter, a sign, a sombrero and maracas

Blimey. So that’s what my license fee is paying for. Whatever it’s paying for, it definitely isn’t going towards Melvin’s dance training. It wasn’t very good but, looking at Melvin, there is no reason he should have been that bad other than completely whitewashing one key element of the dance…the hips. So, add them in and try it again.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 22/40

Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec – Waltz to ‘Unforgettable’ by Nat King Cole

Props: a tiny flower

Aljaž chose to start Daisy’s first ever routine on the floor with her in a long dress – this could have gone either way. Thankfully, Daisy rose to her feet like a fairy, straight into hold, once around the studio and had another lay down. But it was very fluffy and beautiful. I’m impressed.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Cake by the Ocean’ by DNCE

Props: A bar, a cocktail glass and a doorway with frilling

I was distracted from the off by how amazing Oti looked in her purple dress. Danny was on fine form for week one – good hip action, lots of energy and arms in check. He’s got this boyish grin going for him…but that appears to be the only facial expression he’s capable of.

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

Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez – Paso Doble to ‘El Gato Montes’ by Ramon Cortez and ‘Y Viva Espana’ by Sylvia

Props: Spanish fan and curtains

A very ambitious dance for week one but that’s neither of their faults. So, working with what we have (which is clearly because Gorka is Spanish), it was full of energy and really entertaining to watch. Tameka looked like she was running about playing catch up most of the time but there were flashes of brilliance. By far my favourite routine of the night so far.

Gorka…..Gorka……Gorkana…..he’s pretty….

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

Anastacia and Brendan Cole – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Lady Marmalade’ by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim and Pink

Props: a table

Lots for Anastacia to get her teeth into and boy did she give it a bash. It didn’t go too well in all parts, maybe it was a bit too fast for her, but for the most part it was a great watch. Anastacia’s character is larger than life. Fearless.

And it was pure filth. Some of those moves….

Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 6 = 28/40

Ed Balls and Katya Jones – Waltz to ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ by Elvis Presley

Props: an umbrella, a bridge, a hat and whatever else the cat dragged in

The routine lacked any sort of character and a lot of technique but it was still oddly compelling to watch. Ed Balls nerves added to the performance with the ‘aww’ factor but took away composure from it. If he can strike the balance, he could be good in ballroom.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Cha Cha Cha to ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ by One Direction

Props: a gym bag, a photograph and a pummel horse

THEY’RE SO YOUNG. I have some stuffed toys older than Claudia. And some older than AJ, come to think of it.

The routine was full of gimmicks and it really is hard to get past that. So, striping out the end backflip, Claudia was great at keeping up with the Cha Cha Cha content given to her by new boy AJ.

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

Will Young and Karen Clifton – Tango to ‘Let’s Dance’ by David Bowie

Props: a table

A wide gap between Will and Karen highlights the main thing he has to work on but, have to say, his short trousers and red socks combo sort of meant I was a little bit transfixed in a really weird place. Anyway, a great passion stalked throughout the dance so points for that. Good way to end the show.

Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 30/40

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