Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Week 11

Musicals Week!

Anton opens the show with an all-singing, all-dancing number which is somewhere between amazing and horrific. I’m not sure where. I enjoyed it, but others didn’t. It seemed like a big showcase audition for Anton as the next presenter, perhaps, but it was nice to see everyone involved and made a change from the repeat songs we usually get for theme weeks.

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Foxtrot to ‘Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Background dancers have come back into the fold for this week, along with an abundance of props and heavy theming. All meaning I didn’t find it easy to follow the dance, and I sometimes wasn’t sure what it was. Still, such is the beauty of a Foxtrot. It looked a little nervy sometimes, but it was a good watch. Nice hold.

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

Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero – Samba to ‘Oh! What a Night!’ from Jersey Boys

Great to watch. Full of energy, full of random stuff going on but not so good on the technique really. Quite messy but strangely enjoyable. Maybe a Saturday swansong though…

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

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Quickstep to ‘The Deadwood Stage’ from Calamity Jane

Sigh. This overtheming thing appears to be the theme of tonight. The dance was lost in the theme – which dragged its own dancers around the floor as well – and the Quickstep content seemed slow, lethargic and minimal. Which is a shame, because I was really looking forward to this.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Salsa to ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ from the Lion King

Wow! After the faffing about in grass at the start, the dance came straight out and Claudia gave a really good routine. There was a lot of content in the routine (even if it felt like the samba) – which she pulled off fantastically – and still enough of a theme to not make us completely forget what week it is. As if we would. But it showed off her personality, in the oddest complimentary way possible.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Tango to ‘One Night Only’ from Dreamgirls

The song is a showdance song – at best – which minimised the feel of an aggressive Tango. Still, not their fault and they worked with what they had superbly. Turned into Disco Tango, sadly, and it felt a bit stompy and showy in places instead of intense. Hmmm.

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

 

 

 

 

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Posted on December 3, 2016, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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