Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Week 7

Great show. Here is what happened…

I wasn’t paying too much attention when we started off but I could have sworn I saw some leaves falling from the ceiling. I am sure this wasn’t the case.

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Jive to ‘Long Tall Sally’ by Little Richard

Training VT: a game of pool

Apart from the buggering out starting and finishing with/on the pool table, Danny’s jive routine was very strong. Sharp action, great choreography and him and Oti have this amazing timing. Wow. What a start.

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 9, Darcey 10 = 38

Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec –  Viennese Waltz to ‘Daisy Bell’ by Harry Dacre

Training VT: a trip to a market

Aljaž put so many changes in that I found myself quite dizzy watching it. That said, Daisy coped remarkably well and managed a sweet, elegant and quirky dance.

Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 34/40

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton –  Salsa to ‘Turn The Beat Around’ by Vicki Sue Robinson


This was a little like a showdance but – still – Ore performed really well. The choreography isn’t anything to do with him and, looking at what he did, it was fully of energy, full of lifts and full of passion. Enjoyable.

Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 34/40

Ed Balls and Katya Jones – Quickstep to ‘Help!’ by The Beatles

Training VT: Ed acting as if he were in a silent movie. Christ.

This was an interesting Quickstep because it had a story to it instead of just galloping around the floor with as many steps as possible. In hold, Ed was great and had a good line. A little bouncy but nothing too bad. But there was too much out of hold and faffing about.

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

Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice – Samba to ‘Bamboleo’ by Gipsy Kings

Training VT: Pride of Britain Awards

Laura can’t seem to get on with the Latin and she seemed to fall behind to the music a fair bit but she gave it her all and coped with a very jam-packed routine from Giovanni. It had everything. Just needed a bit more…tying together?

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

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Quickstep to ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’ by Chantz Powell

Training VT: training?

A momentous dance and point in the series. Personally for Robert, probably his best dance. Incredibly fast, exhausting and yet elegant and graceful. A really traditional routine. For the show in general? They trained in the training VT and the song choice was cracking.

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

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Argentine Tango to ‘Tanguera’ by Sexteto Mayor

Training VT: training again. Two in a row.

The dubious honour of the first AT of the series and I’d go as far as to say it was Louise at her best. Passionate, sexy and full of classic AT moves. Gorgeous.

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

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe – Viennese Waltz to ‘You Don’t Own Me’ by Grace

Training VT: Greg’s baby boy comes to visit

Poor Greg looked so incredibly dizzy by the end of the routine – lucky it ended sitting on a sofa really. It took a while to get into the routine and the swing of things but it was quite a nice and fluffy dance. Greg’s shown improvement whereas the last couple week he was on the slide. So, that’s good.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Paso Doble to ‘Shut Up And Dance’ by Walk The Moon

Training VT: basketball

I think the song choice overpowered everything in the dance, which made it sort of hard to watch and enjoy. The Paso is stern and tough but the song screamed ‘club night!’ so it was hard to marry the two together. Put it on mute, then, and her lines were great and so were her feet so good guns.

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




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