Strictly Come Dancing 9 – Week 8 Performance Summary

OK, so, on the plus side, it raised money for Children In Need, which is always a good thing, and a re-establishing of a link that the show had sadly lost amidst all those phone scandals where people acted like they TRULY TRULY CARED about how Blue Peter chose the name of its pets.

OK, that’s it, apart from that, WORRALOADOFOLDSHIT.

This week, Strictly goes to Wembley, and promptly gets swallowed up by its great cavernous echoing walls and absolutely nothing of merit pokes through the murk. Dances bobble around aimlessly with no real space to define them, so they mostly devolve either into people running around aimlessly clapping at the crowd, or just standing still and looking tiny and insignificant. There’s an elevated stage-set in the middle of the floor that sucks people in like a grat big quicksand black-hole, for them to stand on and fart around and do nothing on. The Tesspit is back and every pro who’s ever been on the show is crammed into there as the show really COMMITTS to being size over style over substance. I think I can even see Hayley Holt ferreting around somewhere behind Erin. This commitment incidentally is best exemplified by the opening routine, to a Queen medley complete with Cirque du Soleil rejects and cheerleaders and someone in a Billy Connolly fright-wig and, of course, lets of clapping at the crowd. It’s sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The dances? Alex probably makes the best of it, mostly because James has made good use of the space, but partly because her nerves don’t seem to be affecting her any more, which I guess is a journey of sorts. Chelsee also stands out, if only for not standing out, because she’s on Chelsee Latin autopilot. Pasha has lots of balloons, for no reason whatsoever. This week? That’s enough.

For the rest of the top end, they’re all haunted by the ghosts of Strictly past. Holly does a quickstep to Alesha’s quickstep music, by which I mean she runs around the floor like a rapidly deflating balloon, with little rhyme or reason beyond faffing. At least Artem’s back anyway. Harry does a salsa (or, if you’re Len, a samba) to Jill Halfpenny’s jive music, and is woefully outmatched by the occasion. Whoever’s doing his chest-waxing is still making a right old hash of it as well. Oh and speaking of St Jill’s jive after being bigged up all week and promoted as the best jive since its sacred manifestation, Jason’s turns out to be…fine, in a sub-Scott, sub-Austin sort of way, until it crashes into a wall and dies.

And yet somehow the bottom is worse. Robbie does choo-choo arms whilst Ola repeatedly throws her vagina at his face, Anita tries to murder the idea of a “Bottom 2 Bounce” out of existence with a display of fumes, desperation and worst of all “Come On Eileen”. The nadir though is Russell being “fired out of a cannon” then doing a couple of star jumps and weeble-wobbling and calling it a jive. Hopefully, this is the end. As it is, Holly seems somehow a more likely prospect.

NEVER AGAIN Strictly. NEVER AGAIN.

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95 thoughts on “Strictly Come Dancing 9 – Week 8 Performance Summary

  1. Left Feet

    Disagree strongly this time really enjoyed it and it is nice to bring the show a wider audidence.
    Agree that some of the dances might have suffered, but I’m glad the Beeb are trying new things for the show. Sorry you could not see it.

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      1. Left Feet

        Well he is not always right you know I love his blog but I think he’s wrong this time and i truly think the celebs and pros enjoyed it which the most important thing

    1. monkseal Post author

      I’m not generally against the show trying new things – last series was my favourite, I like the idea of theme weeks, some dances (Kara’s tango, Scott’s jive, Patsy’s jive aka her only good dance) were improved by being allowed to use props, I like them using Blackpool again, the semi-final double elimination is a great idea, I think some of the newer pros (Natalie, Katya, Pasha, Artem) have shook up what was getting to be a stagnant line-up, and so on. I just think that size of space was unsuitable for a performance from two people only. I guess arena shows aren’t really my thing in general.

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      1. min

        I would imagine it was something that was fabuoulous if you were there (though not at the back of the stalls without binoculars possibly) but as a tele event it just fell extremely flat.
        The acoustics were off, the camera work couldn’t cope and the space was just too big.

      2. Victoria

        “I truly think the celebs and pros enjoyed it which is the most important thing”.

        O rly? I always thought the idea of TV was to make programmes with the audience in mind.

    2. Muggsy

      Slebs and pros enjoying themselves is the most important thing? Wouldn’t it have been much less trouble, and certainly less expensive, to have a whip round and send them down the pub?

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      1. Left Feet

        O’rly what kind of word is that?
        And yes if the celebs and pros enjoyed it that is more important then the home audience in this case particular moany SCD fans!

  2. Poppy

    Where to start? First off, I’ve been quite mean about Anita’s costumes in the past, but I thought she looked terrific tonight. Secondly, there wasn’t much sal, samb or cha in Robbie’s routine tonight, but I quite liked the energy. I think I was on a noise high after having my earholes blown out by the sheer volume of audience screaming over the theme tune. I totally blanked Alex’s tango as my mind was in free fall at the idea of it being done to Relax, which, last I heard of it in the 6th Form common room in the early 80s, had been banned from the BBC for being simply far too rude for polite and tender ears, and now a tango at teatime on BBC1? Where’s Mike Read when you need him? (Not totally sure anyone would ever actually *need* Mike Read, but still…), It was vastly overmarked, I felt. Holly didn’t seem to connect with Arty at all, and they just seemed to meander here, there and up the stairs. Maybe she was so used to being thrown around by Brendan that Artem’s light touch confused her. Scott’s jive was rather a disappointment. Even he seemed a little bored by it. Finally, I’ve been a real champion of Russell; his joy has given me joy. But tonight, he didn’t seem to bother with dancing, but relied instead on skippy faffing, which didn’t do the trick for me. God knows what Len’s Glans is going to be doing tomorrow night.

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    1. Poppy

      Phew, nobody’s noticed that I said Scott’s jive, rather than Jason’s. Think I got away with it. Not that I was watching Neighbours in the 1980s while I was being resentful of the BBC for banning Relax. No, not at all.

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  3. kate

    It was rubbish, wasn’t it?
    The sheer farce of it all was encapsulated in Len’s ridiculous volte face in deciding that this week lifts are against the rules. That’s the same rules that were made to be broken when Brenda swung Bloody LuLu round for 8 bars of their rumba, is it?

    Oh, and did he really tell Aliona there was something ‘nasty’ about her?! Or do I need my ears syringing?

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    1. Verns

      I have a horrible feeling that he made that remark about a ‘nasty streak’ to Harry. *shakes head in confusion* Maybe he was just commenting on the imperfect chest waxing.

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    2. monkseal Post author

      He did the same thing at more or less the same time last year didn’t he? I’ve suddenly noticed a lot of lifts and I’ve decided I am going to penalise them starting…next week. At which point it’ll all be forgotten again.

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  4. jivingmissdaisy

    Summed up my thoughts exactly. Some truly bizarre music choices helped to sabotage some of the routines…ideally I’d like ‘Come On Eileen’ banned from dancefloors full stop…but for a Samba, what on earth were they thinking??!

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    1. monkseal Post author

      It is because Dexy’s Midnight Runners are one of the 8 bands who are “Best Of British”, alongside S Club 7 and The Zutons.

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  5. Ferny

    “Jason does choo-choo arms whilst Ola repeatedly throws her vagina at his face”
    I hope that’s a spelling error and not something that happened backstage 😉

    Thought it was pretty awful, there’s no way 2 people can fill a space like that. Holly is in trouble but I really hope Anita or Russell are out *fingers crossed*

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  6. Scott

    So are all lifts against the rules, some lifts, some lifts in some dances, or just whenever Len decides he’s had enough MUCKING ABAHT? I’d like to see a copy of these rules somewhere. Perhaps the Strictly website could feature them instead of pictures of however they’re strapping Chelsee into her frock this week.

    The good thing about watching it in HD is seeing that Harry’s chest hair is growing back. HARRY’S CHEST FUR FOR THE WIN!

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    1. monkseal Post author

      As far as I can tell, lifts are allowed in the salsa, American Smooth, Charleston, Argentine Tango and Showdance. Not in any other dance. Craig will mark down for lifts or unintentional lifts, Len will mark down for lifts from about halfway through the series, if he can be arsed. Alesha and Bruno can’t be arsed, in fact I think Bruno adds marks on for lifts. (As would I sometimes. LIFTS ARE FUN!)

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  7. themumster

    Anita was frenetic as usual, Holly ran, Jason cocked up, Harry got his chest out (again), Russell flew and then did the kind of jive kick old ladies do at aerobics, Ola got out her don’t look at him catsuit (strangely reminiscent of a skinned rabbit dipped in glitter), Chelsee’s boobs were safely kept in check and Alex, well Liberace could have floated past in a long line bra for all I noticed so intently was I listening to the lyrics to see if they’d been modified. All in all, I just didn’t think it worked for tv, too loud, no atmosphere and just too big.

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  8. Jen

    Worst Strictly EVAH.
    Sound appalling. Camera-work execrable. Performances poor.
    I’d sooner watch out-takes from Chris Parker, Julian Clary and that Quentin-fella. Oh, and Gary Rhodes. It was THAT bad.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      I am going to pout for a week that the GENIUS of Julian Clary is being put into the same category as Gary effing Rhodes.

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  9. Verns

    Thanks for the speedy recap, Monkseal. Wem-ber-ley was utter crap, wasn’t it? Mind you, the crowd seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves, so maybe the warm-up man is really, really good. It says something about the sheer ghastliness of it all that the high spot of the show was Tess clamping her hand over Russell’s gob to shut him up. Best thing she’s done all series.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      I’m sure it was more fun in the room, especially if you were down near the front. (I’ve experienced the Strictly Warm-Up Man. It was NOTHING to do with him).

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  10. Monaogg

    Looks like one of those things where “you had to be there”. For the rest of us poor mortals we are stuck at home saving our knees viewing the small screen, being disappointed by the whole thing. 😦

    As for the contestants, is every week going to be two steps forward & three back?

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  11. Soph

    I thought it was dreadful, solely because of the camerawork and staging. It was like watching a flea circus. A pity, coz I think most of the dances would have been fairly epic on a small scale.
    Except for Russell. There was nothing to redeem that pile of toss.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      Alex’s GIANT TORMENTED ARM-HANKIES came across as pretty epic, as did the mass of balloons and…I guess Russell’s cannon (F’NAR F’NAR).

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  12. Left Feet

    Looks like I’m the only one who enjoyed it, for the fans its great for 6000 watching rather then 700 at TV centre. I thought the engery level was amazing even from TV. Typical Strictly fans, what will you moan about when the show finishes?

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    1. monkseal Post author

      From what I’ve seen it’s about 20-80 against, so it at least got a better reception than the comedy VTs have got.

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      1. Left Feet

        Well that is something I do agree with you on, just show the training. Chelsee for example I know found the Samba hard, pity we did not see any of it. But the Jason Donovan ones are just awful every week I almost feel sorry for him!

  13. Dancing Cake

    See, I absolutely love Come on Eileen (probably too many drunken memories attached to it) and I thought Anita looked fab, but having said that – her dancing was fairly (mm, how to say it nicely – mediocre?)

    Tess shoving her hand over Russell’s gob – she deserves her pay cheque for that alone.

    Can’t wait for Monkseal’s full length recap with pics. and please, please show us a still of the audience reaction after Jason danced. The feet and hands were saying “standing ovation, loud applause”, the faces were saying ….. !!! Go on, Monkie, tell us what the faces were saying. Best laugh I’ve had at Jason all series.

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      1. Poppy

        I have a theory, based purely on what Wardrobe inflicted on poor defenceless Holly, that with Artem’s injury, they thought it would be safer to get her booted this week.

        Plus, what Artem was wearing seemed to have no link with her costume whatsoever, except his shirt was vaguely the same colour as her petticoat.

      2. monkseal Post author

        Given that she was supposed to be Winehouse they should have dosed him on his meds again, stuck a shit hat on him and called him Blake.

  14. isolde

    I was really creeped out by seeing Russell staring into Flavia’s open legs. It was just…wrong. Hopefully that’s an end to his Strictly “journey”.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      But Snowdance will live forever. As much as Len might have protested too much about the AMAZINGNESS of Russell on the cannon, nothing tonight really had that immortal feel.

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      1. Stormy

        Hm, okay yes, you have a point there. If an episode of Strictly is going to be bad, it should at least be an epic trainwreck so we can get some entertainment value out of it.

  15. jspanero

    I thought everyone (maybe with the exception of Alex) danced worse than last week – even Chelsee who’s my only hope of someone doing something remotely exciting this year did a very standard number.

    I love how Kristina didn’t even BOTHER covering up the fact that she is going to MURDER Jason after his cock-up tonight.

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    1. min

      If Kristina was honest with herself she would admit that that even before the standing still moments, Jason was a bit on the meh side and was jiving like someone with a couple of arthritic hips paddling in a sea of glue.

      Somehere, Jill, Austen and Lousia were having a bit of a chortle.

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      1. monkseal Post author

        And Jade when she proved that TALL PEOPLE COULD JIVE (/everyone pretended she did, because they liked her)

  16. Serenity Now!

    Awful show IMO, not even enjoyable in a so bad it’s good kind of way.

    I thought Jason’s jive looked pretty laboured, if technically good, even before he decided to stop and watch for a bit.

    It seems Anita has now fully entered the ‘too needy and vulnerable to critique properly’ zone with the judges (apart from Craig to be fair)- I thought her dance was a mess. Still, it was nice to hear ‘And She Was’ by Talking Heads during her return to Albert Square- the VT music choosing person (this may or may not be their official title) is one of the stars of the show this year.

    I kind of thought it was Craig with the Brian May wig at the start? I feel like he just walks around with a harness attached to the back of his belt at this point.

    If anyone other than Robbie, Russell (does spending half your allotted time swinging around in near earth orbit count as a lift? Maybe Len could clarify) or Anita goes, it’s a real shame I think.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      I’m quite happy to add Alex as an honourary tag-a-long to the Obvious Top Four, so long as she goes in the semis and I don’t have to see her showdance.

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      1. Serenity Now!

        Agreed, although I still can’t work out if her ‘I’m really gawky and awkward and shy’ thing is real or just the default setting of a pretty girl who wants to be liked by the viewers. I’m tending to think it’s real, if certainly hammed up a bit and I guess anybody putting up with James Jordan’s ‘personality’ all these weeks deserves the benefit of the doubt.

  17. ooh

    Watching Harry do Latin just made me realise that Matt Baker is underrated. Most of the performances seemed to involve skipping frantically around THE ARENA OF THE GODZ and trying to catch up with each other. Also Jason hasn’t fixed his gurning yet.

    I miss BLACKPOOL and their classy sprung flooring.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      I feel I am expecting backslips from every samba now, probably unfairly. (Having said that I preferred Harry’s salsa to Matt’s. I only for the lack of…that bit)

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  18. Elsa from Twop

    I haven’t seen the show but reading your recap was an absolute delight!! (as always.) I almost can’t wait to see the train-wreck aspects. I somehow fell in love with Holly+Brendan last week (Brolly? Henda? We Americans love to make up showmance labels at any remote opportunity. Our network even started making up their own but they haven’t worked out – we silly girly fans demand that right for ourselves! but Jesus, I think the network has managed to look sillier than we do, but what else is new?)

    Anyway, and I do say this as an Artem fan, more or less, but Holly’s too friggin’ tall for him (not sure if I can use the real F word here) and I suspect he’s worried about whatsername (last year’s winner) thinking he’s being too sexy with another woman so he’s distancing himself (WAY too much.) But no matter, my real Strictly crush this season is either Pasha or Chelsee – I haven’t worked it out. Hell, I can have two (well, three, because our Tristan is worth looking up on youtubes, I PROMISE you!) And Maks has made the biggest ass of himself lately that anyone on any Strictly/Dancing-with-Stars shows has ever done or will ever do (James is a timid pussycat besides our resident Narcissist cum sex-on-stick Maksim) – he may even have been fired already. Another youtube investment worth your while (train wreck wise.)

    But thanks so much for the fabulous & fun read – and I can’t wait to see who gets the boot after this apparent mess. And off topic and btw, I was cyberbullied on Twop and disabled my messaging – sheesh, Maks fangirls suck more than he does. Anyhow my email’s below if you ever wanna the skinny on our hottest pros in the universe or whatever. Glass houses and all – I have no room to be laughing at “yall” considering our sloppy crap season — if JR doesn’t win,the only one with any remote dancing talent, then I’m gonna cry me a river, with or without Justin Timberlake (uh, yeah I know, without. Who’s his latest beard or has he given that up? And who cares anyway…) It’ll be Karina’s 1st mirrorball and with Maks declaring he hasn’t spoken to her in years and NEVER EVER will because she’s evil incarnate for breaking up with him – well, you can imagine us anti-Maksists’ glee if that should come to pass!

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    1. monkseal Post author

      The team naming is out of control over here as well. I tend to stick to the ones that at least form a word in their own right, although even I succumbed to calling Nancy & Anton “Nanton” once, given that they defied every other law of logic I adhere to.

      Hasn’t JR injured himself horribly? My grasp on what’s going on on DWTS has slipped. I know that a Kardashian is in the final, which is frankly all I need to know!

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      1. Elsa from Twop

        From my understanding – and they may not release the “real truth” – JR only twisted his ankle and they can usually cope with that with shots of cortisone and pain meds and tight bindings, etc. Karina says she’s not holding back on the freestyle/showdance – and designing a Latin-themed one with tricky lifts (JR’s mother’s from Puerto Rico or Mexico – oh now I can’t remember – but somewhere in Latin America.) She raised JR by herself and is making her first appearance on the show for the final next week. Good Lord, ABC has no choice but to give him the win. He was on the cover of a major magazine over here “People” as man of the year or something – has been named Grand Marshall of the Rose Bowl Parade (a bigger deal to us than it sounds like – or should be, lol) – he had 30 surgeries repairing the damage from running over a landmine in Afghanistan and 40% of his body was badly burned – etc etc. I mean, I think he could win this in a wheelchair. Hell, I’d vote for him if he was in a hospital bed. He’d probably dance better in that bed than our other two anyway, though our resident dance magician
        Derek has many convinced that Ricki Lake can dance (but I’m not fooled!)

      2. Stormy

        Oh, I dunno, I wouldn’t judge Rob by his whorish sisters. So far in the competition, he seems to be one of the very few out of the whole lineup that actually *improved*, rather than shuffling around and whining about how mean the judges were. (Yeah, guess who, and any guess other than “goddamned Maks and his partner du jour” doesn’t count.)

        I actually like Rob Kardashian. He doesn’t seem nearly as stuck up his own ass as his sisters are. Hell, he was the least arrogant and irritating contestant in the semi-final, barring JR. And he tries. AND he succeeds in doing better every week. Every other finalist seemed to start out pretty decent (in Ricki’s case) or damned good (in JR’s case) and didn’t have very far to go. Rob’s one of those “this is what the show’s all about” kind of celebrities. Started off crap, ended up pretty damn decent.

  19. Carl

    I read the bad reviews first so my expectations were low.

    I didn’t think the dancing was any worse than normal, I just didn’t like the staging. The camera people are incapable of making the most of the new setting so what you got was random person doing a backflip random person on ropes Erin in closeup looking incredibly degraded Aliona being thrown around by men like we’re near Strictly’s cautionary tale of binge drinking

    Anyone else think the comedy VTs were improved this week? Some were better than others, some were too long, but most of them were not excruciating. The exception was Jason, which just convinces me more than ever that someone in production hates him.

    Alesha looked very different with the new hair.

    I didn’t quite understand about how the show was patronizing Chelsee until I heard the way Tess spoke to her tonight.

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    1. Pops

      I think Chelsee has even overtaken Louisa Lytton as the most patronised Strictly contestant ever. What I find most irksome about it is that there are still people leaving snotty comments on the Daily Mail’s Strictly updates about Tess’s ‘dreadful’ accent, so you’d think she’d be less likely to buy into the whole ‘She’s northern and buxom, so must therefore struggle with being ladlylike’ crap.
      Agree with everything that’s been said about the song choices, particularly Come On Eileen. Surely even Kara Tointon would have looked like a pissed-up auntie at a wedding reception if she’d tried to samba to that, so poor Anita was never going to stand a chance.

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    2. monkseal Post author

      I just thought it was a laugh that Len whined that people were underestimating how hard these people were training when they never show it, and they don’t even spell out training hours on It Takes Two like they used to.

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  20. meloz

    With what I have to do to access the show in Australia, I’m not at all sure that it was worth it this week! Well, until the Jason mistake, which I so thoroughly enjoyed I rewound to watch it again (again and again). Probably much as he will, in order to pontificate at whole new levels of tedium every chance he gets this week. The judging remains a complete mystery to me, but at least this week I assume the judges were unable to see the dancers on that weirdly-lit, overly-large floor and just scored them based on whether they like them or not.

    Looking forward to your full recap, which (even more than most weeks) will definitely be more entertaining than the actual show! Although seeing some people discovering there was *shock horror!* a spoiler thread on DS and having their brains fall out all over their keyboards was also kind of fun.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      Jason’s comments were the most obvious case of rehearsal comments being improv’ed on top of at the last minute that I have EVER SEEN.

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  21. AWench

    The space was so large that the sound from the band arrived at the recording equipment a few seconds later than it reached the dancers and spectators. This accounts for how the audience seemed to be enyoying themselves while I thought it was a hot mess.

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    1. Misscarlet

      That makes a lot of sense. I wondered if there were sound problems there as well, as the dancers seemed to have a lot of timing issues.

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  22. Embee

    So many comments so soon after your summary – is this a record? Or a reflection of how bad the show was and how accurate your summary is, as most seem to be in agreement with you.

    “It’s sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – exactly what popped into my mind watching that opening number and nothing about it made me want to keep watching. I record the show so I can make full use of FF and mute, but after 3 attempts I’m still no further than than the end of Robbie’s number and a bit of hopping forward to see Holly and Artem (short skirt = visible poor footwork). The whole thing seemed too big, too random (cheerleaders!!!) and I’m sick of comments about how much the audience loved it, not much comfort to those of us at home who just paid for it (someone, somewhere must have started a forum thread on this being a waste of licence fee money).

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    1. Carl

      There must be a forum thread somewhere. I was too dispirited by the HOW DARE YOU SPOIL IN A SPOILER THREAD, YOU’RE SPOILING AT THE WRONG TIME!!! to notice.

      I do hope anyone who goes on about the sanctity of Jill’s jive music is directed to these links.

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    2. AWench

      Hi Embee, I’d like to think that like me, after lurking for many years and enjoying the mighty lad in secret, we’re emerging from the woodwork to enhance his statistics. So far as I can tell, no-one as yet has offered him a publishing deal, and that’s even more criminal than this last scd episode.

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    3. monkseal Post author

      I enjoyed going to Alton Towers when I was 16 I wouldn’t make the nation sit and watch it for 80 minutes of a Saturday Night.

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  23. cleo

    I thought Wembley was a terrible venue for Strictly. Far too big, leaving the couples with a massive void to fill, and the acoustics were dreadful, the judges sounded like they were shouting their comments from a mausoleum. I really hope they don’t do Wembley again. It might have been great if you were in the audience (although I dunno, you’d need binoculars) but watching it on tv was painful.

    Robbie was very poor, so flatfooted, hard to tell what he was doing so not surprised Len got it wrong. So flatfooted. Are lifts allowed in the salsa? I didn’t think they were. Not that it makes any differences in this series.

    And the music and costuming was mostly awful. Boo.

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  24. Neio

    It was good that they raised some cash for Children in Need and all that, but that was one of the worst eps of Strictly ever for me. Wembley was such a bad choice of venue, everyone was lost in it. If they wanted to do it in a bigger venue they could at least have done it with somewhere with decent acoustics and a less cavernous space, like the Albert Hall.

    I thought Alex was way overmarked, as was Jason, considering what a big mistake he made.

    James and Brendan ripping Harry’s shirt off in the Tesspit was interesting. Is there such a thing as Strictly slash fiction? Actually, don’t answer that, I don’t think want to imagine of some of the pairings that might come up.

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  25. Misscarlet

    So will the BBC acknowledge the overwhelming negative response to the show, or will we just hear about how fantastic Wembley was, how much money it raised and what a “buzz” it was for the performers? I wonder…

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    1. Left Feet

      Wheres the stats for this or have you just gone to a few forums and made them up no don’t answer I know it already
      You do know that this episode beat X Factor this week, there you go a real stat for you. If the BBC are smart (which they are) they will ignore any hardcore fan moans and do an arena show next year with the knowledge of where to make improvements for next year.

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      1. Carl

        What I wonder about is where they are compared to last year. I thought both X Factor and Strictly were down from last year.

      2. Misscarlet

        How very rude. As I do not have the ability to canvass everyone who watched the show I have based my statement on the reactions of all the people who watched the show: some of whom love the props etc. As for the viewing figures: everyone who watched the show did not necessarily enjoy it.
        I appreciate that you may have liked the show, but my frustration is that the BBC seem likely to ignore any negative feedback (which judging from your comments on forums, was sizeable) and act as if it was resoundingly popular with everyone. And why would anyone smart ignore the hardcore fans who are, by definition, the most loyal and steadfast viewers?

    2. Dancing cake

      So if the BBC does learn from this year, next year the “Wembley week” will be presented live from the losers’ caff from The Apprentice? That would be sort of justice.

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  26. mazylou

    A friend of mine was there, and said it was pretty much terrific if you were there, and rated Tess VERY highly.

    What on earth did Holly say to wardrobe to make them hate her so much?

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  27. mimms

    I really hope that Monkseal includes a screencap of Robbie’s face when swinging Ola round his shoulders.
    I paused the show during his dance when the phone went, and by chance ended up with an image Robbie’s strained face peering 6 inches above Mrs Jordan’s fanny!

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  28. Jean Gifford (@ShanghaiBelle)

    Oh Monkseal, I would have gladly watched your trip to Alton Towers instead of Saturday’s mishmash! Still, I’m wondering why I didn’t turn it off….always the hope of a truly major cock-up, I suppose…thanks Jason!
    My very very favourite sight was Arty’s face during Len’s critique of the dance. It was half a heartbeat away from being feral! Glorious!

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  29. Str

    Loving your work Monkseal. You are really making series of Strictly. Did anyone notice how happy and animated Jason looked at Wembley for a change? It took him back to his eighties hey day. It reminded me of that series where they put Lionel Blair back in a seventies house and it totally invigorated him.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      Well to be fair, he did think he was about to do the GREATEST JIVE IN THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMME for most of it. Lord knows how animated he would have been if he’d made that mess at the beginning.

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