Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Semi-final

Five couples. Two dances. A lot to say.


No, you’re not seeing things. I really have returned to you all, so that’s a nice little early Christmas present for you all, dear readers. Hehe. 😉

Once we finally got rid of Pointless (how on EARTH did that even overrun?!), we get some VT about how it’s the semi and how they do two dances this week (as if we’re going to be shocked by this information) and then we get back to the actual ballroom, with Tess Daly dressed as a Christmas cracker.

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – American Smooth to Have You Met Miss Jones? By Robbie Williams

Alright, cards on the table. I was at work when Joe was announced and I wrote up his announcement for our website, as well as writing his factfile-type piece a few days later. And I was convinced the actor I had never heard of would fall away pretty quickly. 

How wrong I was.

The clumsy lifts and subsequent dismounts were a bit weird and distracting, but nowhere near as distracting as whatever colour Joe is. Honestly, I’m not tanning expert but it’s gone *wrong*.

Ah, the dance. My bad. Yeah, his posture dipped and his free arm was a little weird in places but it was otherwise clean. The chemistry these two have is quite something. As a couple, they look so comfortable dancing together which always adds a touch of class to any dance.

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

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez –Viennese Waltz to Tina Arena’s version of R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts

Standard Alexandra.

Stunning, elegant, classy and smooth. I mean, she just looks like a dancer. She *is* a dancer. Her and Gorka create some beautiful lines and shapes. Traditional choreography is always a winner as well – no need for gimmicks, just plain old VW. Much appreciated.

Also, see what we can get when we have decent music choices?!

Alexandra has been viciously attacked online and in print this week, so this is my plea to fans to be nice. My full rant is here, if interested.

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

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard – Samba to Whenever, Wherever by Shakira

Good golly, Miss Mollie. That was not your best.

I mean, it’s good to see that Mollie just went for it and threw herself and her character into the routine. But, once she was off-time for the first step that was pretty much it. You can’t play catch-up with yourself, especially not in a semi-final routine.

A real shame, because they are a really fun and lively couple. But this was…just a mess.

She did say she wanted to avoid the Samba.

Scores: Craig 4, Darcey 7, Shirley 7, Bruno 6 = 24/40

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec – Rumba to Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé

Not that I’m a good judge of anything, but I’m especially not a good judge of the Rumba because I just can’t stand it. I rarely like any on the show, and this one didn’t really change my mind that much.

Gemma does have a beautiful frame, and it is lovely to see her postulating and that but it felt like her upper body was scared of the dance. She didn’t move much. However, it wasn’t over-sexed up nor did it feel cold. It was a good balance between the two.

Scores: Craig 7, Darcey 8, Shirley 7, Bruno 8 = 30/40

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – Jive to I’m So Excited by the Pointer Sisters

I had such high hopes going into this after hearing the song choice and it was the most entertaining dance of round one, for me.

Not always for the right reasons, mind. Debbie looked tired towards the end but anybody would with choreography and speed like that! Wow, Giovanni is a harsh taskmaster.

Debbie’s kicks are so sharp and her lines are lovely, but she looked awkward and worried for herself. But her agility astounds me – the way she can turn her hand to anything and then some.

Scores: Craig 7, Darcey 9, Shirley 9, Bruno 9 = 34/40

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – Argentine Tango to Human by Rag n’ Bone Man

A little too much yet too little, for my liking. By that I mean that Katya put absolutely everything in the routine but Joe wobbled on the execution of, well, pretty much all it.

He’s a fabulous dancer, don’t get me wrong (good Quickstep from Harry and Aliona) but it was all a bit safe and weird and clumsy. And I’m not sure what that end ‘lay on the floor and I’ll pull you up and then you walk off’ thing was but…yeah.

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

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez are performing a Salsa to Finally by Cece Peniston

WOW! Just wow. Honestly, I couldn’t find a bad word to say about if I wanted to. It was a massive ‘screw you’ to all the people hating on her, all the people trying to bring her down.

The steps, the timing, the ferociousness, the facial expressions…she just had it all. As a couple, they gel and they perform some amazing routines – this one no exception/

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

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard – Waltz to Angel by Sarah McLachlan

Cute. Sweet. Bit bland. I mean, Mollie is 100% better in Ballroom but still lacking that something special the others have. It’s not that the singer does anything *wrong*, per se. It’s just…not grabbing any attention.


Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Shirley 8, Bruno 9 = 32/40

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec – Tango to My Sharona by The Knack (Royal Blood cover)

Gemma had this dance DOWN. Fiery, fierce and full of vengeance. Her kicks were sharp, her posture was…demanding (?) and her facial expressions were scaring me even through a screen.

One request though: can we have some tradition Tango music for it?

Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 8, Shirley 8, Bruno 8 = 32/40

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – Foxtrot to Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

A perfect way to end the show, with a lovely and quaint Foxtrot. Full of class, although maybe a bit too bothery out of hold (Craig took umbrage to this, but it didn’t feel too long..just lost a tiny, tiny bit). But yeah, no criticism here. Debbie really is the most beautiful dancer.

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


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