Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Week 5

One new pairing. One pairing with a bye. This series is far from dull off-stage.

But here is what happened on stage…

Brendan has been suffering from a nasty lung infection the past week – the same one that saw him looking ghostly last weekend – and was advised to sit out training all week and then to bin off this show this weekend. He’s gutted, but health first. More about that here.

Laura injured her ankle in the rehearsals and the ever-busy Strictly doctor has ruled her out of the show this evening. She and Giovanni receive a bye and will rejoin us next week. More about this one here.

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Jive to ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ by The Andrews Sisters

Props: tyres, a climbing frame and a whistle

The theme this week? Gurning through army training while only half perfecting his steps creating a bumpy routine which he stomped through like there’s no tomorrow (which, given the injury record right now, it does look precarious).

Scores: Craig 6, Darcey 8, Len 8, Bruno 7 = 29/40

Lesley Jones and Anton du Beke -Tango to the Gotan Project version of ‘Whatever Lola Wants’

Props: table and chairs with a crystal ball

Silly fancy dress aside, Lesley managed to look incredibly stern and sultry throughout the routine. However, she clung to Anton so much that her hold suffered and so did the steps. Not her best.

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

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe – Cha Cha Cha to ‘We Found Love’ by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

Props: nothing

Greg looked unhappy and awkward to me, if I’m honest. He seemed unsure of his steps and a bit clumsy moving around the floor with and without Natalie. The Cha Cha Cha never really suits anybody, let’s be honest. But especially not him.

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

Anastacia and Gorka Marquez – Quickstep to ‘My Kind of Town’ by Frank Sinatra

Props: a bench, a gold tree and….some leash looking thing…dog leash?

Anastacia is one classy performer, elegant in hold and able to hold her own in her minimal solo parts. The hold was great, the steps were there (Brendan’s wonderful choreography) and, thankfully, the chemistry was there despite the week’s upheaval.

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

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Rumba to the Michael Buble version of ‘Always on My Mind’

Props: a giant Eiffel Tower

Louise got a lovely dress this week and her routine was lovely as well. Not too raunchy and yet not too safe. Bit bland, though. Maybe needed a bit more life toward the end.

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

Ed Balls and Katya Jones – American Smooth to ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ by Tony Christie

Props: cardboard saying ‘Amarillo’. I digress.

Ed nearly became the first contestant to kill their partner by nearly dropping her from height during an overambitious lift. He didn’t drop her but then tried again at the end after they finished as if to try prove a point. Anyway, dressed like Peter Kay, Ed bumbled around the floor failing to get anywhere (much like his last election campaign) and it was slow, lethargic and messy. Sorry.

Judges: Craig 2, Darcey 6, Len 6, Bruno 4 = 18/40

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Waltz to the Claudia Streza version of ‘I Will Always Love You’

Props: none

Ore was classy and graceful as per and him and Joanne make a fantastic couple. He copes really well with Joanne’s choreography and turns his hand (/feet) to anything thrown at him. The floor spin was a beautiful addition.

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

Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec – Charleston to ‘Happy Feet’ by Manhattan Rhythm Kings

Props: none but they started in the dark

A lively Charleston full of content and enjoyable to watch. Daisy and Aljaž work really well together as a couple which helps make them likeable. And personality enhances a dance, for me.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Rumba to ‘How Will I Know’ by Sam Smith

Props: nada

A strong Rumba with a lot of content in and a great performance. Danny and Oti are consistently marking themselves out as one of the strongest couples in the competition and they’re exciting to watch. Went a bit interpretive dance in the middle though, maybe tone that down.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Samba to ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ by Candi Staton

Props: stairs (because she started on the desk) and a giant glitterball.

An incredibly busy routine to end the show and I’m out of breath watching it.Claudia had no problems keeping up with AJ but it was hard to appreciate all the steps and technique because there was just so much in there. Would have liked it to slow down a tiny, tiny bit and stay with the music to perfect the routine.

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




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