Strictly Come Dancing: IT’S CHRISTMAS!

Yeah, I’m going full Noddy Holder. And what?

Thought I’d may as well bumble my way through this blog because – for once – Strictly found itself scheduled in a helpful timeslot – between Emmerdale and Coronation Street. I guess this new found fame/rebirth of the show has helped bump it up the rankings, although I really think the special would be well suited to Christmas Eve.

As usual, the opening professional dance begins off-set in some castle introducing all the stars this year – and the theme: movies. As if the theme of, you know, Christmas wasn’t good enough. Mind you, I sat through Panto theme one year (oh no you didn’t etc etc).

Ainsley Harriott and Karen Clifton – Jive to ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’

It’s normally as the first dance starts that I regret my decision to attempt to blog because it wouldn’t be festive to say anything mean about anybody.

Dressed in monochrome, Ainsley and Karen produce a fast jive that actually quite suits both him and the tone of the day. It’s cheery, exciting and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Scores: Craig 7, Darcey 9, Len 10, Bruno 9 = 35/40

Gethin Jones and Chloe Hewitt – Quickstep to something/about from The Polar Express

Chloe, the resident spare female pro from 2016, is finally allowed to teach a partner to dance and she does a lovely job with a routine with already-great Gethin. The Quickstep is light, fluffy and traditional.

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

Pamela Stephenson and Pasha Kovalev – Cha Cha Cha to Jump (Love Actually)

Pamela was every bit as comical as she was when she did the show (which was apparently SIX years ago! Blimey. That’s about when I first starting putting my ramble into a blog) and delivers a content-lacking dance with a massive grin on her face. She’s either smiling or terrified, I can’t tell. But it works.

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

Denise Lewis and Anton du Beke – VW from Meet Me In Saint Louis

Well, it’s Anton and Ballroom so it’s an automatic winner really, isn’t it? It’s charming, elegant and cutesy. Not much more you can ask for really. And Denise is still great after 12 years (!!!!).

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 1o, Bruno 10 = 38/40

Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara – Charleston to something I can’t be bothered to look up from Elf

This was utterly bonkers, to be honest. The theme took over and the technique went out the window but, hey, it’s Christmas. And the Charleston isn’t exactly Strictly royalty anyway.

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

Frankie Bridge and Gorka Marquez – American Smooth to Let It Go (yes, *that* one)

Frozen finishes off the evening with an American Smooth after Frankie and Gorka returned from the Disney Store with their outfits. Frankie maintains she never did the American Smooth – although I’d like to refer her to basically any Ballroom dance she did and her showdance – but this AS in genre does its job. Fun, glamorous and…snowy? Nice to see Gorka looking well, too.

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

WINNERS: Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara!

No, I don’t get it either.


Posted on December 25, 2016, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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