Hallelujah! It’s Movie Week here again to kick-start the race to the final. Last year it washed away our memory of Robin power-bombing Patsy through a chair, Kara’s lacklustre jive, Scott Maslen forgetting an entire routine (and still getting 9s) and…well…HOOOOOOO! NEW YORRRRRRRRRRRRRK! This year it’s washing out…well quite a bit, but still, IT DOES IT!
OK, first, the bad stuff, at least for me. Which was Jason, gurning and stumbling his way through a tribute to Singing In The Rain which never really catches light, apart from in the bits where he’s fox-trotting, and even then only fitfully. Fortunately everyone else seems to have loved it, so…a perfect evening really isn’t it? Robbie doesn’t dance his Reservoir Dogs-inspired quickstep terribly well, but it’s kind of endearingly blokey in a way I’ve not found him all series. It ends with a recreation of the iconic Reservoir Dogs walk, right down to the slow-motion part.
Other than that? Perfection all round. Alex’s American Smooth is a loving tribute to Pretty Woman, complete with James trying to buy her with a necklace at the end. It works, because Alex loves sparkly things. Truly a fitting tribute to the greatest feminist movie of all time. She gets tangled in her dress, a bit, in parts, but it’s fun and upbeat and, given how the rest of the leaderboard falls…a nice exit for her from the show. I’m guessing. I don’t think it’s going to pay off being in a Hunk Sandwich at this stage of events.
Harry, Holly and Chelsee? All bring it. Harry with one of the better male rumbas the show’s seen, even dressed as the very junior boyfriend of a gross old theatre impressario and dancing to the worst song of the 90s (narrowly beating out Whitney Houston’s desecration of “I Will Always Love You”) “Everything I Do (I Do It For You) (But I Won’t Do That)”. Chelsee also actually validates the Shrek theme, somehow, by kicking her jive up to near-Halfpenny levels with Pasha dressed as Shrek, and a giant fibreglass donkey and castle set.
Most triumphant of all though is Holly, who beats the hell out of her paso, complete with fierce faces, cape-swishing, flamenco hands and SUDDEN DEATH drops. It is a TRIUMPH, her best dance so far, and her only really good dance that wasn’t so just because of Artem masking it with nuclear strength choreography or Brenda. She’s still gone next week, I still wouldn’t bet against her being bottom 2 (and finding it HILARIOUS), and she’s still not a dancer, but for one night only? Holly wins.
Oh also, there’s a pro dance with Vincent licking Bruno’s face, but it’s not very good, so, erm, retrospectively put this in brackets or something.