Strictly Come Dancing 2016: BLACKPOOL

Week 8 is here. And it’s in *that* Tower Ballroom.

A full-cast dance kicks off proceedings, as it does every year at Blackpool. Not-so Judge Rinder is lowered in on a star, Ed is seated (though shame it isn’t in the audience) and there are feathers everywhere by the end.

It’s a fantastic opener and sets a really high bar for the evening. And a lot more toned down than previous years…

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Jive to ‘Hey Mickey’ by Toni Basil

Comedy VTs: [section redacted]

Props: am I going to do this section either this week? Am I ‘eck!

In true Blackpool theme, dancers who aren’t ours or even our spares have appeared and proceed to infiltrate the dance where they really shouldn’t. Every year I say the same sort of thing that the extra dancers confused me and distract me.

This was no exception.

There is no denying the energy in Claudia’s routine but it wasn’t that sharp and it wasn’t that…enjoyable…

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

What do I know??????

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Viennese Waltz to ‘That’s Life’ by Frank Sinatra

This routine was cute and quaint but felt a bit too…boring and spinny. Aren’t I just down with all the lingo? It was traditional to the point where it seemed basic and repetitive. Requires a rewatch…

Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 38/40

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Paso Doble to ‘Explosive’ by Bond

Traditional music for a great Paso, once it got going. After Louise descended the stairs from a throne and finished her stand-off with the spare dancers,  she was strong and commanding. There were some great lines, some great posture and downright scary dancing. I saw a flare in Louise’s eyes I’ve never seen before. Suited her and great of Kevin bringing out her best.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Charleston to ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ by Gregory Porter

As expected, Danny’s routine was full of fun and excitement. Oti choreographed the Charleston to within an inch of its life and it worked perfectly with a classic and timeless piece of music. Danny can turn his hand to everything and Oti just pushes him to his best every single week.

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

Ed Balls and Katya Jones – Jive to ‘Great Balls of Fire’ by Jerry Lee Lewis

I….don’t even know. It was entertaining and he is trying really hard but…maybe it’s time to go. The technique just wasn’t sharp enough and good enough for this stage in the competition (and looked a bit like riverdance) . Although, towards the end, things picked up and his energy helped him over the finish line. For a fleeting second, he did actually do the jive.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Len 7, Bruno 6 = 23/40

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe – Quickstep to ‘Hand Jive’ by Sha Na Na

Fast and furious. Lots of content and lots of ways to show Greg off. His pace and timing were bang on, his frame was great and him and Natalie produced probably his best dance.

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

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Salsa to ‘Spice Up Your Life’ by Spice Girls


This brightly coloured routine had everything – botched lifts/tricks, dodgy footwork and wild facial expressions. Rinder wasn’t any better or any worse than he has been in previous Latin routines and it was a fitting way to end a whacko night.

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


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