So, after Wembley’s Results show – full of (admittedly fun) bombast and little content, we get the show back in the studio and the content comes spilling out, in the form of a Brendan, Natalie, Team Ka$ha group dance to Adele where they all sleaze over one another in as sexual a manner as possible whilst still remaining on the ballroom side of the great genre divide. Natalie and Pasha’s frotting is particularly…noteworthy. Also out for their annual “ooooh, int’ they CLASSY?” whirligig are Anton & Erin, but they’re dancing to Mr Bojangles, so I have to put in mute. Oh well. It’s no Moon River, but what is? Sadly this upswing in pro-performance quality can’t tempt this week’s guest – Cee-Lo Green, straight from Barry White’s Gym, to allow them to play, as he’s brought his own dancers with him. Boo. They perform a brief tribute to Billy Connolly, as it’s our least week with him.
Len’s Lens? Features Brenda singing, Harry-gush, Chelsee-gush, Alex’s Charleston replayed in agonising slow-motion (although at least it’s one of the better bits), and Ola screaming profanities at Len Goodman. One guess as to which was my favourite bit. It was definitely a worthy replacement for the enforced closing of a close-up of Russell’s jowls wobbling around.
Next week is Movie Week, it is revealed, and so we are treated to another Comedy VT – featuring tributes to Fight Club, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Matrix and The Empire Strikes Back – which actually makes me laugh. Twice. I feel slightly ashamed that this is the level that this show has driven me to. Really the most exciting Movie Week development though, is that Chelsee lets slip that she will be dancing her routine with a Shrek theme. SHREK! I hope it’s a rumba. Can you imagine anything more amazing?
In the end, it’s the obvious Bottom 2, Anita vs Holly, and the obvious boot – Anita. She holds it together remarkably well considering the tears she dissolved in last time she was in the bottom 2, even as Robin has to say goodbye from his sick-bed, over the phone. Personally I think they should have wheeled him out in a black box like Captain Pike in Star Trek, but you can’t have everything can you?