Strictly Come Dancing: Week 3

The first theme week of the series transported us to the movies for 125 minutes.

A Rodgers and Hammerstein dance medley opened the show. That’s all the words I’m going to dedicate to it, so make of that what you will.

Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec – Quickstep to ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ from Mary Poppins

Props: Mary Poppins bag – lamp, cake, plant…etc.

I love the Quickstep and so I’m always excited to see the couples tackle the dance. This one felt a little messy sometimes but overall was jam-packed with choreography (unusual for theme weeks) and performed well.

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

Anastacia and Brendan Cole – Viennese Waltz to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri from Twilight

Yup. Twilight.

Props: arch

Anastacia looked as if she may have been about to cry throughout the entire routine but it’s really good to see that she could continue with the competition. The VW felt sweet and fluffy. Simple but traditional. Sometimes her balance wobbled a little but it was her first time in ballroom.

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

Coincidentally, 1000 years is how much I would have aged by by the end of this show. I hate themes. We know this.

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Paso Doble to ‘The Train’ by James Horner / ‘El Sombero Blanco’ from The Mask of Zorro


Props: a curtain

Danny came down from the ceiling on what looked like a rusty chandelier in a sure-fire way to waste time and, eventually, gets into hold with Oti and hits some magnificent lines. Kept good time with Oti, looked like a fiery couple and extremely high standard for week three.

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

Lesley Joseph and Anton du Beke – Quickstep to ‘A Couple of Swells’ by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire from Easter Parade

Props: went to get cough mixture – didn’t see!

The whole routine felt a little fast for Lesley and her timing and pace suffered marginally. But an Anton routine is a fabulous routine and Lesley threw everything at it. Comic partnership, they really work.

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

Will Young and Karen Clifton – Salsa to ‘Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)’ by A.R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls from Slumdog Millionaire

Props: a signpost

If you were in any doubt on the song choice, the guy bellowing ‘Jai Ho’ in the background like he’s being repeatedly hit with a stick confirms to the average viewer that this is not Salsa music. Hard to follow the beat and hard to see Will’s lower body in his costume. I like Salsa and I like Bollywood but the two went together worse than Disco Salsa a la Abbey.

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

Naga Munchetty and Pasha Kovalev – Tango to ‘Theme from Mission Impossible’ by Lalo Schifrin (from Mission Impossible)

Props: a diamond

The duo descended from above to give the ceiling yet more air time during this marathon show, which is a part of the studio I’ve never been that interested in seeing really. Anyway, in hold the couple were fine but Naga seems to struggle with looking comfortable in a dance and so I find watching her pretty awkward. Almost like she’s overthinking things and seems surprised when she occasionally nails it.

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

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero  -Charleston to ‘Meet The Flintstones’ from The Flintstones

Props: Flintstones cart, I’m sure it had a name.

Well, Rinder’s facial expressions finally came into their own I guess. His personality really helped him pull off a technically lax Charleston. He forgot some steps and others seemed flat. Shame.

Scores: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Len 6, Bruno 6 = 27/40

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – American Smooth to ‘Singin’ In the Rain’ by Gene Kelly from Singin’ In The Rain

Props: umbrellas

After faffing about dancing with an open umbrella, the couple finally formed something resembling hold and got off to a start. The American Smooth can legitimately have lifts and these complimented the dance. Would have liked to seen the umbrella parked at the start, though, and maybe a solo skit or more steps rather than more umbrella dancing toward the end.

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

Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice – Salsa to ‘Rhythm of the Night’ by Valeria from Moulin Rouge

Props: a swing, descending from high above

Oddly for Salsa routines of late, this one felt a bit over-packed with choreography. So much so that it felt a little disjointed and messy. Otherwise, Laura was sassy and smashed it. Just inconsistently.

Scores: Craig 7, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 9 = 30/40

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe – American Smooth to ‘Everything I Do (I Do It For You)’ by Bryan Adams from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Props: Olympic flame?

Greg’s really standing out so far this series as a wonderful dancer and their routine was beautiful to watch. I was only mildly put off by how uncomfortable Greg looked dressed up like a kid who forgot his PE kit and had to raid the lost property.The lifts were classy and elegant and finished off a good routine.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pitchard – Charleston to ‘You Give a Little Love’ by Paul Williams from Bugsy Malone

Props: table and chairs

Technically, this Charleston was fabulous. Very entertaining, very fast and Claudia’s footwork was incredibly sharp. However, it may have suffered from the theme and the ending with the pie was a bit weird. Splattered the judges’ desk. Awkward.

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

Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez – Tango to ‘The Heat Is On’ by Glen Frey from Beverly Hills Cop

Props: newspaper and cop car cutout

Incredibly stompy routine but Tameka’s passion and prowess carried her through the routine, as did Gorka in uniform. Which is who everyone was watching. Come on now. I wasn’t. Don’t like all black for a dance.

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

Ed Balls and Katya Jones – Samba to ‘Cuban Pete’ from The Mask

Props: table, chairs and a lamp

I really want to grab a drink with Ed Balls. What a character.

No Samba technique, but who cares? It was wonderful. Somehow.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 24/40

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Cha Cha to ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’ by Irene Cara from Flashdance

Props :a chair

The last dance of the evening and a pretty decent one. Bit slow on the hip action sometimes but a great routine full of energy and vibrancy. Just wish Louise would keep her head up high.

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

And so we have made it through Movie Week and the second 125 show of the series.

That’s all, folks.


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