Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Semi-final

Four couples. Two dances.

Each, obviously. Two between the lot would be weird and stupid. 

We didn’t start with Anton singing this week – which was a blessing – but it is ‘messages from the public’ VT week, which is equally as painful. They’re lovely and fluffy cute/sickening messages. But it’s stupid. They would hardly seek out members of the public to tell the couples how rubbish they are and undeserving of being in the semi-final.

Now *that* would be good viewing.

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Tango to ‘Glad All Over’ by the Dave Clark Five

I must admit, I was slightly disappointed Louise and Kevin didn’t have blue and red striped outfits for Crystal Palace. I half expected Alan Pardew to fall off of the conveyer belt tosh they had at the start of the routine.

When they finally got into it, mercifully, it was a good Tango with a lot of good parts. But she did go wrong once and wobble, which seemed to knock her confidence. And the music (not their fault) made it very hard to watch as the passionate and aggressive dance it should have been.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Salsa to the track ‘Vivir Mi’ Vida by Marc Anthony

WOW! This couple are on fire! A perfect song, perfect choreography and perfect execution. The whole routine was fast and furious with more content then we’ve seen from any salsas this series. The lifts just iced the cake, instead of covered up wobbly bits like we’ve seen from other couples.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Rumba to ‘Bleeding Love’ by Leona Lewis

Ugh, well this was awkward. I mean, watching two people who look like toddlers dressed as Barney the dinosaur tributes was going to be horrible enough but it was stiff, laboured and disconnected which made it all the worse.

Ahh, let’s move on.

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

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Quickstep to ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ by Jet

A busy Quickstep with great footwork and a lovely frame. The music actually surprised me by working out which made it more enjoyable to watch than some of the other offerings we have had in this genre. It was (mostly) controlled, calm and cool. Yes, I’m thinking of ‘c’ words.

No, not that one. Naughty.

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


WRITER’S COMMENT: Halfway point in the evening and everything is going a bit Pete Tong tonight. Danny and Oti’s routine wasn’t a 40 outright, but should have been compared to Louise – who was wobbly and went wrong – and got the same score of 37. And then Ore comes on with a couple of slips and gets 38. I’m so lost.

That’s the issue with rampant over-marking of certain contestants. It doesn’t leave you anywhere to go. The only place you can logically go is full whacko, which is what happened in that first half.


Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Samba to ‘Brazil’ by Thiago Thomé

Kevin choreographs such lovely routines and never gives a second of rest to Louise. They always throw so much at it but only so much of it seems to stick. Few wobbles and misfits, again, but overall a decent dance – pinned together by an excellent song choice.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – American Smooth to ‘Misty Blue’ by Dorothy Moore

An incredible routine from start to finish. Elegant, glamorous and beautiful choreography complete with fantastic lifts showcasing such a good dancing relationship between them (and trust with the end leap/fall!). Oti used the power of the AS to become whatever it wants to be to highlight Danny’s ability. Just wonderful. She took a few risks and they more than paid off.

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

Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard – Quickstep to ‘When You’re Smiling’ by Andy Williams

Another good Quickstep that exhausted us all just watching it. There was a slight, tiny bit of gapping in moments but the height difference between them makes that more or less a given. Her footwork was spot on – controlled and elegant yet fast and furious. Exactly what we needed, really.

And she styled out being slung under AJ’s legs at the end immaculately.

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

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Argentine Tango to ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ by Kylie Minogue

A bizarre song choice that not even a rearrangement could make work. Still, Ore and Joanne worked with what they have and the tension between them was palpable. It was good, but not the best we’ve seen this series or throughout Strictly history. Would have liked to see more dancing from Ore, however. It felt like he was standing around a lot and occasionally dipping in whirling Joanne around and making a snarly face.

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

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