Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Week 7

It’s the halfway point, did you know?

They may have mentioned the milestone of this week just a *few* times this evening. And we haven’t even had the first performance yet…

No professional dance tonight so we’re straight in and on with the show, which is never a bad thing I guess.

Does make the introduction writing a little hard, though.

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – Cha Cha Cha to I Got The Music In Me by Marcia Hines

Wow! What a start to the show this was.

We’ve come to expect good things from the singer and this routine proved no exception as Gorka pulled out all the stops to choreograph an amazing dance. The plentiful Cha Cha Cha technique was spot on Alexandra’s skills and it was actually a high bar in that it was a Cha Cha Cha I wouldn’t forget by the time I’m finished this blog.

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

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard – Foxtrot to Call Me Irresponsible by Connie Francis

Right, I’m really sorry for saying this and I’m not sure what it is but…I find watching these two so boring. I can’t help it, nothing about them holds my attention.

That aside, I can’t fault Mollie’s progress with her elegance and her hold – which is coming along nicely and sweetly. A stumble did, however, knock the singer for the last few moves but, apart from that, it was sweet.

Scores: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Shirley 7, Bruno 7 = 27/40

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – Charleston to Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Ella Fitzgerald

A toy soldier themed Charleston is actually quite a good idea, so I was looking forward to this but found it bland (although apparently nobody else did). It didn’t feel fast enough and it felt disjointed and stuck but the technique Joe has in his feet and in his lower body is not to be sniffed at.

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

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec – Salsa to Sun Comes Up by Rudimental ft. James Arthur

A great song and routine but, somehow, it felt clunky and distracted. The lifts weren’t seamless and that was of detriment to the flow of the dance. Not her best Latin, but certainly not the worse Salsa we’ve seen this series. Missing the ‘wow’, though.

Scores: Craig 5, Darcey 7, Shirley 7, Bruno 7 = 26/40

Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara – Viennese Waltz to Who’s Loving You by The Jackson 5

Probably Aston’s worst dance to date, which is a little worrying for the HALFWAY point. I’m not sure if it was a choreography or execution issue, I wouldn’t like to judge and have no backing, but I do know that I and many others online didn’t enjoy it. It felt laboured and disjointed, overthemed around a barber shop chair getting in the way throughout. Weird.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 7, Shirley 7, Bruno 7 = 25/40

Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke – Paso Doble to The Shady Dame From Seville by Julie Andrews

I am HERE FOR THIS. Not that I even know what ‘this’ is. It was comedy, yeah. But Anton is good at it and we must commend him for that – he plays to his partner’s strength, which isn’t much. It was strangely enjoyable and loveable and narrative. I loved it. But it could be time, I fear.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 6, Shirley 6, Bruno 6 = 22/40

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – Tango to I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

Hands down the WORST song choice this series, if not ever. Jesus, what could have BEEN to a traditional song.

However, that aside, Debbie is absolutely flawless. Honestly, I can’t find a bad word to say – even Craig got out his seat and bowed in front of Debbie. She’s stern, she’s sassy and her footwork is just outstanding. Slay.

Scores: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Shirley 10, Bruno 10 – 40/40

Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse – Salsa to Turn Me On by Kevin Lyttle

Not as horrific but still pretty bad, the rendition of this song. However, Jonnie felt like he was struggling somehow.

It was all sweet and cute, lovely lifts. Jonnie’s a great dancer but…oh hell, let’s be honest, I was too distracted by his beautiful being to care.

Scores: Craig 6, Darcey 7, Shirley 7, Bruno 7  = 27/40

Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton – Jive to The Ole House by Shakin’ Stevens

Like, it was nothing special. But Susan is giving it her all and she was fast, furious and fun – which is what you need for a Jive, really.

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

Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova – American Smooth to This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole

A great end to quite a decent night actually. Davood looked at home in hold and Nadiya choreographed a lovely and cute routine, along with some great lifts.

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


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