Strictly Come Dancing 12 – Week 1 Performance (2) Summary

Where last night split neatly into two halves of the loved and the not-loved by the judges, in the second half of the show there’s a lot more Shades Of Grey. Not the ones there will be when Iveta gets Thom to Movie Week and lets loose, but shades of grey all the same. Riding the middle of the Strictly wave are Sunetra (loose frame, lack of drama, overbearing medical theming, dancing to a Robert Palmer song that isn’t Addicted To Love WHY WOULD YOU?), Mark (better than you’d think, still kind of tacky and seaside stick of rock campy), and Thom (alright tender Week 1 Waltzes by Big Burly Rugby Blokes not really cutting it any more apparently). Still, Thom can soothe himself with the fact that he is BLOWING UP SOCIAL MEDIA LIKE WOW. According to Iveta. I think someone just got her first retweet. Almost rising out of the middle-mire are Steve and Allison who both struggle with their bulk, although for entirely different reasons. Allison gives it full on Lisa Riley camp to “I’m Every Woman” but can’t quite finish the routine off, getting out of puff two thirds of the way round. It’s Steve’s muscles on the other hand that are holding him back, as he’s too bulky to be properly ballroom. Still, to “Born To Be Wild”, it’s the best Ola Jordan Rock Tango…ever? So he’s got that in his favour.

This isn’t to say that there aren’t highs and lows, because there are. Particularly lows. Particularly Gregg Wallace. It’s like watching a man drowning via dad dancing, as he stumbles around his cha cha doing wedding moves to no particular end. Of course what makes it amazing is Aliona swanning around in a fancy hat with loads of shopping bags watching him slowly fall to bits. Watching her wiggle around smiling and waving at him from a distance as he goes under is truly my highlight of the week. Jennifer also isn’t very good, but she sucks entirely in the way you’d expect a woman of her age and storky build to suck at a Week 1 jive so it’s not particularly notable. Right at the other end, the pop stars own the night, Frankie with a very sweet waltz with prop umbrella to a version of “Someone Like You” that’s been crowbarred into waltz-time so ham-fistedly it just makes the singer sound drunk, and Simon with a casual-as-you-like jive that Kristina apparently let him choreograph some of himself. I bet it was just, like, the bit where he pretended to play the piano, but still, it shows faith.

Most exciting of all though is a pro dance with some AMBITION. Maybe a little too much ambition, but after last year’s “oh everyone’s a cake for some reason” vintage, I’ll take it.


17 thoughts on “Strictly Come Dancing 12 – Week 1 Performance (2) Summary

  1. Ferny

    Unfortunately, Gregg danced exactly how I thought he would dance. I was cringing so bad, bless him. I wonder if Aliona did that on purpose….
    I can imagine her now “yes, that OTT campy walk thing you’re doing looks GREAT” Go sink yourself

    Tristan is gorgeous – way better than Thom 🙂

    Simon was very good, I like that casual kind of style – a bit like Sophie last year, but more ‘cool’

    The props/theming this year has got out of control, I hope it was only for the first week for memor purposes.

    P.S. Are Iveta and Thom a thing, because it certainly looked like they are already?

    1. monkseal Post author

      The Iveta/Thom thing is so weird. I know he’s only there because he’s a porn star, but even porn stars have feelings and they should probably lay off the “YOU’RE GOING TO SHAG HER” thing a bit. I don’t think she’s really his type…

  2. Left Feet

    Good show unlike Friday
    Thought Frankie deserved to be top, but have concerns about the Latin. Can she let herself go, her and KFG seem more connected then Pixie and Trent. Simon was good but very confident nearly cocky. I expect two of them three to be in the final.
    I liked Alison and I am glad that the judges did not go too overboard over her she performed well in a dance that suited her.
    Gregg for me was the worst and should have been bottom, so felt a bit for Scott even though he was not much better, his disadvantage was dancing on Friday.

    1. gillipot

      I think the whole lot was recorded at once then chopped up for the Friday and Saturday shows… Didn’t look live. Very odd that Gregg scored more than Scott, though! He was terrible.

    2. monkseal Post author

      I’m hearing Gregg somehow has salsa next (they probably want to get maximum food pun mileage in whilst they still can) so I doubt Scott will stay bottom for long.

  3. missfrankiecat

    I know I’m supposed to hate Simon W due to his ringahness, Blueness and supposed smugness but that jive was a corker. Fab choreography from Kristina and he delivered with real aplomb. How he wasn’t top of the leaderboard beggars belief. My love for KFG burns as bright as ever so I should be pleased he has his ringah, but that waltz had too many echoes of last years choreo with none of the demented drive of his previous partner to give it chutzpah instead of saccharine.

    1. monkseal Post author

      I think Darcey would have had him top, had she had her druthers. Although given Darcey’s…variable scoring, I’m not sure that’s a compliment. (I kind of peaked at Aliona so will pay closer attention on rewatch)

  4. Poppy

    Frankie and KFG’s Waltz was my highlight, but the second highlight was Darcey combusting in a brain fart because she knew how appalling Gregg’s dance was but had actually quite liked it somehow. The consequential short circuit melted her head and she ended up, head-on-desk, giggling and incoherent. Gregg broke Darcey. Fact.

  5. Minxy

    I really liked the pro dance. Even Anton kept up/didn’t stick out like a sore thumb. I never usually see them so thanks for the heads up. I hope the keep it up

    Loved Ali2. I think Alijaz is enjoying it too!
    Is it just me or was Christina a bit too wild and enthusiastic in that jive?
    I just couldn’t get into it properly and it was her that was distracting me

    KFG and Frankie’s waltz was deservedly top but no resting on their laurels with such great competition.

    Looks like they got the mix right this year. Surprisingly I am even liking Wrighty.

    A very promising start

  6. Creepy

    I had just finished saying to Mr Creepy, “Wouldn’t it be nice if they could have a larger person on the show one year without them having to be ‘jolly’, always laughing and smiling and ‘full of personality'” when what should Len remark on but how “big, bold and bouncy” Allison is.

    I know it’s a dance show, and dance is physical, but really, the fat comments are outrageous sometimes! Not exactly encouraging for people who take up dancing to help them lose weight – there are quite a few larger ladies in the dance classes I attend and if the teacher ever commented on their ‘larger than life personalities’ or ‘natural bounce’ I doubt they’d ever return.

    The usual grumbles aside, I think it could shape up for an interesting competition this year. Jake and Steve were far better than I expected, Pixie and Frankie and Simon and Caroline (naturally) look set to wrestle over the top of the leaderboard, and Thom, Mark and Allison also look likely to put in a good show…

    Thanks for the recaps, Monkseal. We sit there giggling about what you’re going to make of Aliona’s facial expressions… x

    1. monkseal Post author

      I think the dancing at the end could be interesting – the personalities…maybe less so. Hopefully we don’t end up with a Series 10 situation where three of the people in the final aren’t particularly sparky and the other one ends pup being a massive locus of controversy by default.


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