Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Week 10

That *thing* is back again…

*Not Ed.

The six-couple dance thing, that adds literally nothing to anything. This year it is the Cha-Cha Cha Challenge and it was mentioned every five seconds to stop you forgetting. And of course this means the whole show up to that point felt very rushed, as if they were unsure they could meet their own timings.

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Samba to ‘Magalenha’ by Sergio Mendes

A Samba with a theme that worked, for once. The music, the costumes and the feel of the dance was just brilliantly atmospheric. The traditional Samba moves started us off and then BAM it exploded into next level content.

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

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Paso Doble to ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Lorde

Ore and Jo well and truly got shafted by the music choices meets prop cupboard this week has they bumble through a horrific cover of an excellent song and dance on a table tennis top. None of that, of course, is their fault and Ore danced well. His steps were great. It just…didn’t fit and was too far removed from a Paso for it to feel as good as it technically was.

Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 36/40

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Waltz to ‘At This Moment’ by Michael Buble

Pretty, elegant and made me feel even dizzier than I currently do anyway. It was beautiful and a lovely song choice made it even better. Shame about the star themed costumes? What is that about?

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

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Rumba to ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers

The theming and storytelling was confusing and bizarre and it didn’t seem like Robert was exactly comfortable. But I’ve seen worse, and I think he showed off his hips and arms well.

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

Ed Balls and Katya Jones -Tango to ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ by The Rolling Stones

Just not entertaining. Everything is starting to get lost on me but hey, I’m just a long-suffering fan at this point. There was plenty of Tango content only because law of averages suggested he had to get *something* right. One section maybe. The rest was laboured, stompy and messy.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Argentine Tango to ‘Cry Me A River’ by Justin Timberlake

The song was another one for the bin pile but wow did Claudia bring it! The passion, the theme, the strength…all nailed. Such precise movements and a good flow to the routine.

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

Cha Cha Challenge

The camerawork made it hard to follow everyone on the floor but it looked like Ed and Rinder struggled a lot. Claudia was amazing. The rest were fine. I think.


6th – Ed and Katya (+1)

5th – Robert and Oksana (+2)

4th – Claudia and AJ (+3)

3rd – Ore and Joanne (+4)

2nd – Danny and Oti (+5)

1st – Louise and Kevin (+6)



Posted on November 26, 2016, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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