So…as harsh as I can be with this show, I think this was a week where mostly everything went well for our remaining 10 celebrities. Also Bruce wasn’t here, which I’m sure sat well with many of you but I kind of…missed the old duffer. What can I say, I’m getting soft in my old age. Claudia was great though, and I remain convinced that a “Bruce in front, Claudia in back” formation is the only way to go for this show’s future. Well…not for too much longer given that Bruce…you know…But still!
Denise & James & Ian : dance an OTT aggressive paso doble to The White Stripes. It’s one of her weaker efforts, technically, but it’s so melodramatic and silly that it kind of works for her? I wouldn’t have put her top of the leaderboard for it, but it feels like a breakthrough, personality-wise.
Richard & Erin : erm…it’s less of an embarrassment of a Charleston for Erin than Peter Shilton was? Hey, I said MOSTLY.
Louis & Flavia : do a very lovely waltz to Moon River, complete with Aliona’s swing. I half expect her to appear on it at the end of the dance, clutching her crutches with zombie eyes, like the surprise twist ending to a horror film. Instead we have to put up with more Louis judge drama as Craig gives it a 6 and everyone else gives it a 9 and we all whinge about about under/overmarking to the end of time.
Fern & Artem : produce by far her best dance yet. She lets go of her skirt, she shakes her boobs, she looks unselfconscious for the first time this series. A delight and a triumph.
Victoria & Brendan : because she’s back in ballroom and Brendan is dressed as an organ-grinder’s monkey and falls on his arse tee-hee.
Dani & Vincent : pound out a strong, sharp tango to Adele, which starts with Vincent in a phone-box. You can tell this is the fantasy world of Strictly, because it’s not full of phone-sex adverts, and you can’t pick up the reek of piss through your tv. Although that may just be because Bruce has the week off. (*meow*)
Nicky & Karen : produce his best dance yet – a foxtrot to “The Best Is Yet To Come”, which as a song choice is on the nose even by this show’s standards.
Kimberley & Pasha : whirl around in an enchanting Twilight themed Viennese Waltz, in between SHAMELESSLY advertising her new solo album in the most tragic manner possible. It sounds like it’s a bunch of covers as well, so it’s not even as though it’s worth it.
Michael & Natalie : grind out yet another Latin trainwreck for the ages, as Michael drifts in and out of the routine as Natalie hurls herself around like a scarecrow in Superstorm Sandy to cover it up. I would have preferred it if it had been themed though…
Lisa & Robin : finally bring the camp to ballroom that they brought to Latin way back in Week 1, all helped out by the presence of Natalie Cole. Then Robin falls over. HOORAY!
Here’s hoping that the celebrities somehow, against all the odds, bring the same standard of entertainment to Wembley next week. It’s a tall order, but maybe they can do it. To be fair, I’d take one of them given last year’s…performance.