We start off with a Mad Hatters Tea Party themed pro-dance. I celebrate watching my 100th reality tv “Mad Hatters Tea Party” performance with a hefty dose of laudanum. Ola is Alice, James is The Mad Hatter (except not the proper Mad Hatter, the bs Claire’s Accessories Johnny Depp Mad Hatter), everyone else is a playing card, the choreography is awful, and all-in-all Natalie Lowe picked a really good week to call in sick. (Erin whined on twitter about being stuck with her hair-do. It was very sweet).
For once, Claudia is dressed worse than Tess. I feel this needs noting. Especially as at this point the “backstage report” has devolved to the stage where it’s just shots of the female pros getting their make-up done, the male pros getting molested by random members of the public, and the celebs all pulling random “ME SO SCARED!” faces. Oh, and Karen Hauer crying, which seems to be a regular occurance these days.
Len’s Glans continues the general trend of the week, by focusing on the amazing fusion Kimberley created in her dance, how long and elegant and expressive Louis’ arms are, how fast and precise Denise’s jive kicks were, how joyful and energetic Lisa’s dance was, and just all-purpose gushing about Dani’s dance as a whole. Nicky? Who? Haven’t we already eliminated him? Yeah, I think he got cut on Wednesday. A pity nobody told him, but communication on this show has always been haphazard. I remember when Hayley Holt! got fired by carrier pigeon.
Our musical guest? Michael Buble, accompanied by Anton & Erin doing their annual Tasteful Dance Of Tastefulness. Maybe one day I’ll forgive him for cheating on Emily Blunt. It will be a while yet though.
And so it is to our Bottom Two, and FINALLY this is the week that the hammer comes down on James & Denise. It’s really a kindness, because they’ve clearly been expecting it every week for at least a month, and if it had never happened then James would never have got to speechify, and we all know how he loves to do that. He tells us all off for calling Denise a professional dancer, brings up the fact that she’s got a kid and therefore it’s HARD FOR HER, and also she works harder than anybody else in the competition and that is a FACT. Denise, despite being a reality tv veteran and judge, does not at any point tell him to stop it. Luckily for her she’s up against Nicky in the dance-off and therefore safe as houses. He’s very gracious upon leaving and ACTUALLY LOOKS AT KAREN.
It’s truly the capper to his Strictly Journey.