Strictly Come Dancing 2016: week 8

Take your mind off of the crap that has happened this week, because Ed is here to save us.

Step inside…

It’s not that I think Ed was meaning to suggest that he alone possesses the key to happiness in this Brexit-voting, Trump-electing world but it certainly came across that way. So, I’ve removed all traces of fear, doubt and anxiety from my brain and settled down in front of the television to watch the next dose of comedy.

Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec – Salsa to ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ by Deee-Lite

Props: A campervan

Chucked on first and a terrible costume, so it is fair to say that the show feel Daisy may be on borrowed time. However, Daisy didn’t let this bother her – if indeed she was even aware of it. She came out full of energy and style. Little bit of stumbling over her own feet in places but well recovered. I feel like Daisy really resents her lifts, though, and that makes her transitions…clumsy.

To which Daisy immediately told Claudia she loves the lifts. So it shows what I know really. Maybe I need a new line of work.

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

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe – Paso Doble to ‘Tamacun’ by Rodrigo y Gabriela

Props: a speaker, and Greg starts the routine on it.

An exhausting Paso to semi-traditional music, and featuring some interesting facial expressions and poses from Greg. But it was good. It was fierce, passionate and there was a heck of a lot going on. Sometimes he lost his way slightly and he seemed unsure of himself, but him and Natalie go great together.

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

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Foxtrot to ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ by Harry Connick Jr

Props: a tree

A very fluffy and elegant routine. Oksana’s choreography was clean and traditional. Nothing too complex and nothing that tripped Robert up on his way around the floor. One of his nicest dances, I say.

Scores: Craig 7, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 8 = 33/40

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Rumba to ‘Ordinary People’ by John Legend

Props: none

It’s true when they say the Rumba is hard for a male celebrity and, even with how fabulous Ore is, he does nothing to become to exception to the rule. He seemed awkward and twisted. Even closed up and closed off. Nothing in the hips but then I like that it wasn’t overly sexual and uncomfortable to watch. Not his best dance but the elements of a good dancer – posture and timing etc – all still very much on show.

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

Ed Balls and Katya Jones – Salsa to ‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy

Props: none

Just so bad it wasn’t awful. Oh I don’t know. It was awful but wow. What have I just watched?

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 7, Len 8, Bruno 6 = 25/40

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Viennese Waltz to ‘Breakaway’ by Kelly Clarkson

Props: *the* swing

A really lovely dance. Elegant and graceful, with lifts that made it just wonderful. Her best dance! Just a shame about the height difference but nothing we can do about that.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Argentine Tango to ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye

Props: a payphone and a briefcase

This song choice may be one of the worst yet this series – even with the rearrangement. It turned it stompy and aggressive. But that is exactly what made it pop. Danny’s frame is amazing and his kicks were sharp and precise. Just….give it a song you can work with…and it will be even better…

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 38/40

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – American Smooth to ‘Big Spender’ by Shirley Bassey

Props: feathers, chair, curtains

An American Smooth meets Foxtrot, by their own admission. And it was fancy. Would have been good to see a bit more in hold but that isn’t Louise’s lookout. Louise is growing into a more confident dancer with every passing week, which is helping her to stop overthinking her steps and let it flow.

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 37/40








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