Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Week 4

Too distracted by Tess’s tinfoil dress to write a witty introduction.

She’s worn some shockers, but this silver monstrosity is particularly bad.

After recapping last week and telling us Will Young has left the building, we’re off.

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe – Salsa to ‘Wrapped Up’ by Olly Murs

Props: a stage, of sorts.

A good Salsa content routine for once – seemingly a rarity this series – but the song choice being diabolical really turned the routine on its head. Greg struggled with the lift at the end because of his injury and I think that earlier in the week could have knocked his confidence.

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

Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice – Quickstep to ‘Ballroom Blitz’ by The Sweet

Props: a dressing table.

A bit messy and a bit busy for a Quickstep. I mean, the routine is fast by name and nature but there needs to be some coherency to the routine and it missed that. Laura’s posture is also sort of weird, but it was in no way the worst we’ve seen as a Quickstep.

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


Anastacia and Brendan Cole – Rumba to ‘The Way We Were’ by Barbra Streisand

Props: none

Brendan has choreographed some fantastic and beautiful routines through the series and this one is not an exception. They both look quite unwell, which isn’t helping matters, and the whole thing felt

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Foxtrot to ‘I Really Like You’ by Carly Rae Jepsen

Props: coloured lockers

Oh I really hate this song, which marred my experience of this dance. I was half away to mute the thing. The height difference makes them an awkward couple in hold and every week I am reminded they are clearly only a couple because of the age or else AJ would be on the bench. Claudia has talent though, she looks great as a dancer, but lacks any finesse.

Scores: Craig 6, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 = 30/40

Ed Balls and Katya Jones will be dancing the Paso Doble to ‘Holding Out For a Hero’ by Bonnie Tyler

Props: a dragon and Katya on a slab at the start

A truly terrible routine that resembled Lord Farquaad on steroids and in mourning. I can only assume Ed forgot the routine or Katya really is just milking this for all it is worth. No matador, awful cape work and no control….but I didn’t hate it…

Scores: Craig 2, Darcey 5, Len 5, Bruno 4 = 16/40

Naga Munchetty and Pasha Kovalev – Charleston to ‘Minnie the Mermaid’ by Firehouse Five Plus Two

Props: a clam shell

I wanted to be a mermaid when I was a little girl and I didn’t imagine looking like this. It was nice to see Naga’s personality break through a little bit but the routine felt awkward and clunky.

Scores: Craig 5, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 6 = 24/40

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Foxtrot to ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ by Amy Winehouse

Props: a sofa

A cheery and light routine to what is quite a heavy song, which was quite a strange mix. it worked, though, and it was packed full of routine and carried off well. Louise has definitely marked her card as one of the strongest dancers.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Quickstep to ‘I Won’t Dance’ by Fred Astaire

Props: a conducting stick….I’m sure it isn’t called that.

A traditional Quickstep routine full of joy. Once Danny put down the conducting stick (sorry) and got into hold, the routine was a joy to watch. Great arms, great legs and fast feet. And wonderful music!

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

Later in the series….40. Sigh.

Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec – Rumba to ‘Careless Whisper’ by George Michael

Props: none

The passion in the routine was electric and that bonded them as a couple to pull off a nice routine. It lacked some of the finesse and grace needed for a rumba, so in places it looked a bit awkward to me.

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

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Viennese Waltz to ‘Boom Bang a Bang’ by Lulu

Props: a fake cow (moo) and milk buckets

Poor Robert and Oksana were too late to get fitted for costumes this week and so they sent them to the fancy dress warehouse the other side of the Elstree Moathouse (that hotel on the roundabout) with £20 and we got this. I’d comment on the dancing but I was too distracted.

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

Lesley Joseph and Anton du Beke – Charleston to ‘Won’t You Charleston With Me’ from The Boy Friend

Props: armchairs and champagne

With as many years acting experience as Lesley has, this is the perfect dance ‘genre’ for her. It was fun, sassy and choreographed to suit her strengths. So much energy oozing out of the routine. And her timing is extraordinarily good.

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

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Jive to ‘Runaway Baby’ by Bruno Mars

Props: (honestly wasn’t watching at the start, sorry!)

A fast and furious jive to end the show this evening. Sharp kicks and flicks and Joanne’s choreography was fantastic once again. Ore is stepping up each week and it is exciting to watch.

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


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