So, a show that was hyped all day as featuring the BEST SIX DANCES BY THE BEST FINAL SIX EVER turned out a bit flat didn’t it? Caroline’s Argentine Tango had all the ingredients to be a special moment (…if you ignore her VT revolving around Olly Flippin’ Murs) and to be fair, the judges certainly pushed it as such, but Pasha bellowing at her to not worry nobody noticed look you got a STANDING OVATION right down the mic at the end was kind of a giveaway. Of the other golden girls, Pixie’s Love Shack cha cha came out marginally ahead of Frankie’s Flashdancey salsa, although neither really hit the heights. The most exciting moment of either came easily during Pixie’s judges comments, as Trent and Len got into an awkward half-fight over how LEN WAS GOING TO START PENALISING LIFTS STARTING RIGHT….NEXT WEEK MAYBE. Trent then pointed out that he and Pixie are due to do salsa and American Smooth next week so he didn’t give a fudge. (<3)
On the boys side it's all set up nicely for Simon and Mark's nice enough old-school Hollywood ballrooms to be steamrollered over by Jake back in the land of running around gurning and shaking his tush and throwing Janette up to have another look at the ceiling with a Big Top themed Charleston. And…that's exactly that happens, as he gets 38, whilst both Simon and Mark have to futz around on the CRAPPY AWFUL TERRIBLE mark of 35. Mark's foxtrot probably comes out just ahead of Simon's American Smooth for me, given Kristina's last minute failure in getting her leg over in a lift (…) but on the other hand Simon's VT featured BONNIE LANGFORD QUEEN OF (Ealing) BROADWAY and Mark's features him sniffling down the phone to his girlfriend so…if we're giving bonus marks for VTs it's a dead heat.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THAT – WE NOW WE'RE ALL HERE FOR THE RIGATHON…I MEAN WALTZATHON! As a capper to the evening it plants Pixie firmly in the ascendent, as she marches out like she's in Gladiator and following which Trent pilots her RIGHT UP TO, BUT NOT QUITE TOUCHING other people over and over again in a show of ballroom rudeness that others can only dream of. Frankie finishes just behind her, with Simon in third. Caroline slides into fourth place, with Mark and Jake bringing up the rear (deservedly so given that Mark barely moved all dance and Jake's technique was wew ropey). What this means for the leaderboard? Lots of ties mostly.