As it’s Memorial Weekend, we’re treated to the usual Strictly hallmarks – a 40s themed military jitterbug, a VT of all the celebrities meeting with war veterans and flirting outrageously with them, Katherine Jenkins singing indeterminate syllables for the war-dead like she’s got a fly stuck up her schnozz… Sometimes this show’s greatest virtue is its status as a big warm bath of predictability. Speaking of which, this week’s “THAT’S CLAUDIA! (feat. Zoe Ball)” features as its special star guest Caroline’s mum. Guess who’s shockingly in the dance-off later on! NO, GO ON, GUESS! Luckily for her she’s there with the not terribly shocking by comparison Alison, who seems kind of destroyed by the news to the extent that she’s kind of casually rude to Tess in a way that you can kind of tell everyone secretly wishes they could be. She ultimately goes home of course, and mirrors last year’s boot of a similar kind when Rachel Riley blurted passionately that SHE LOVED ABBEY AND HOPED THAT SHE WON by similarly blurting out that she LOVES CAROLINE AND HOPES THAT SHE makes it to the final.
In other news Len’s Glans is completely out of juice and should be cancelled, and Mark’s attempts to return the favour of Kevin’s impersonation of him of yesterweek are…misguided. To say the least.