Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Week 6

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate Halloween?

The all-cast opener is to ‘You Spin Me Round’ by Dead or Alive (featuring the late great Pete Burns) is the song we’re treated to at the beginning of the show. This routine was planned before the events of the last week.

In the first five minutes, there are infinite Halloween puns so I don’t have high hopes for my sanity by the end…

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Charleston to ‘Crazy In Love’ by Emile Sande

Props: I’m not even bothering with this tonight….

A slow Charleston lost in a theme kicked off the evening. The timing was great but the kicks and the moves seemed laboured. Still, that was the dance I watched. The judging panel watched something different and fantastic so what do I know?

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

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Paso Doble to ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga

Had to wind this one back on iPlayer because I was too busy talking about football on my other account. My bad.

Anyway, for once Rinder’s facial expressions added to a dance and covered up where his technique faltered. A strong and commanding performance that didn’t take itself too seriously. In fact, it didn’t take itself seriously at all. Nice lines. Not so nice with the cape.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – American Smooth to ‘Black Magic’ by Little Mix

The choreography for this American Smooth was actually one of the best I’ve seen on the show in a long time. Claudia handled the steps, lines and the lifts well. It is a shame her and AJ have such a height difference, which will always curtail some of the elegance but, since that can’t be helped, it would be disingenuous to deny this was her best dance.

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

Anastacia and Brendan Cole – Jive to ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ by Meat Loaf

Clunky. Disjointed. Weird. Loose kicks and not so much of the flicks but Anastacia and Brendan’s crazy partnership somehow carried it through. Will be seeing it again, though.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 25/40

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Foxtrot to ‘Take Me To Church’ by Hozier

The inevitable ‘terrible dance for the ringer’ hit this week and Danny crumbled during his Foxtrot. Laden with mistakes, Danny seemed shaken by the end of it. They also took a gamble with dancing with a red rope thing and tying themselves together but it just didn’t go all that well. I didn’t quite get the concept that Craig and Bruno loved.

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

Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice – Tango to ‘Paint It Black’ by The Rolling Stones

Finally, a decent song choice for a Tango. I really enjoyed this performance and Laura threw her all into it. Giovanni didn’t stray into gimmick territory with any weird choreography and the whole thing was lovely and traditional. Very fierce. Her best dance.

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

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Charleston to ‘I Want Candy’ by Bow Wow Wow

The lack of swivel turned it into a jive but the choreography that he did manage to pull off was really great. Just a shame he couldn’t string the routine together and correct himself after a failed lift knocked his confidence. The song didn’t help – a poor choice even by Strictly standards.

Scores: Craig 6, Darcey 8, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 32/40

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe – Rumba to ‘Bring Me To Life’ by Evanescence

Actually, this wasn’t as bad as we all expected it to be and Greg managed not to look too awkward throughout his routine. The grimacing, on my part, came from hearing a particularly screechy version of one of my all time favourite songs. The passion and chemistry added to a sensual dance with lots of technique. Really enjoyed the traditional Rumba feel to the dance, even with all the theming.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 8 = 26/40

Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec – Paso Doble to ‘Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ by Santa Esmeralda

A cracking song for a great Paso. Daisy got into character brilliantly and was led by Aljaz in a flawless routine. Great lines. One of my favourite dances of hers. Daisy still had the elegance needed to save the dance from being stompy and static.

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

Ed Balls and Katya Jones – Cha Cha Cha to the Hansel Martinez version of ‘Love Potion No. 9’

I expected this to be a disaster but it strangely wasn’t. Katya dished out the choreography as if Ed was the best dancer in the world and he actually managed to cope with it this week. There weren’t any instances that nearly killed Katya either, so that’s a bonus! The Cha Cha Cha is quite a dull dance when it comes to Strictly but this one was far from it. Full of character and a nice way to end a less-than-great evening.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 7, Len 7, Bruno 8 = 26/40



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