This is the week when they take advantage of Kristina’s Old Hollywood vibe by sticking her front and centre for a routine inspired by The Great Gatsby but performed to great big HONKING modern music, kind of wrecking the whole vibe. Still, she gets to slosh around in a giant fake martini glass like she’s Dita Von Teese, which for her is basically Christmas, so I can’t hold the whole thing against her.
In backstage news : the hot ginger stage manager is no longer there. Shrug.
Len’s Glans investigates Mark’s slow-mo (in which Iveta’s face does not move, not one solitary inch), making Patrick look useless just as he seems like he might be having a breakthrough, Darcey gawping at Ben’s thighs, Ashley’s armography, everyone waffling on about props and how they’re the hardest thing ever and Bruno once almost lost an eye to a cane in a Thompson Twins video in 1983, and, of course, Bruno falling off his chair. Anybody who went to the Strictly Live Tour will know how it works. And I mean ANY DATE on ANY ITERATION of the tour, because it happened spontaneously every time without fail.
Two performances from guest stars this evening – firstly the second compelling winner of The Voice UK, Andrea Begley, performing a John Lewis version of Dancing In The Dark. It is mostly saved for me by the BLAZING passion of Pasha and Anya, who I will always love together. The second performance is by the currently disintegrating Keane, backed up by Artem and Janette. I’m not the world’s hugest Keane fan, but the improvement in audience reaction to an act doing a song they recognise, in its original version, in tune, compared to the rest of the musical mess we’ve had to put up with this series.
Dance-off? After Robin & Deborah gurn through a safety sex face that is BEYOND the limits of self-parody, we wind up with a bottom 2 of Julien and an utterly distraught Rachel. I’ve not seen someone taking hitting the bottom 2 quite so hard in a long time. Still she’s safe because…it’s Julien. On his third go. He goes home unanimously.
MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL THOUGH, NATALIE LOWE IS BACK! It’s doing the show’s 93rd “WHO STOLE DA GLITTERBALL?!” skit but it’s something, right?