It’s Remembrance Weekend (you can tell from how there are posts at Digital Spy chiding Claudia for wearing the leaf on her poppy at the wrong angle no I am not making this up) and we all know what that means right? The pros doing a jitterbug in full uniform. The difference this year? Joanne gets to sing along with the band, and also Anton gets shoved into an office at the side to shuffle files and answer the phone. I’ve never really believed in Poor Anton until now but… (We also get the usual “couples go and collect money and gently party with veterans” sequence. It seems like a lower turnout that usual this year, although we do hear Natalie and Joanne talk about their families involvement with the Second World War. Less so Giovanni)
Our special guest singer this week is Seal but it’s not Kiss From A Rose, so I’m not going to dignify this segment by recapping it. Unless you’re really into Giovanni with his top off, let me know in the comments.
Len’s Glans is, sadly, slowly sliding back to old ways as whilst we cover in technical detail Kellie’s double reverse heel turns and Jay’s one solitary gancho, we also have to suffer slow-motion of Darcey jumping up and down yelling “TEN!” and Bruno flailing around at Jeremy’s cowboy tango COZ IT WAS SO FUNNY HA HA I NEARLY DIED etc. We do however get the pleasure of watching Darcey say that Peter and Janette were perfectly in sync over a clip of them…not so much being perfectly in sync.
Our Bottom 2? After Helen suffers one of the most protracted breakdowns ever seen during the wait for the red light. Somehow, despite everything against her, Jamelia manages to haul herself clear of the danger zone meaning we have three bottom virgins facing the drop. Yes, that’s right, the bloom is off Kevin Clifton’s perfect game, as he and Kellie are our mid-series SHOCK BOTTOM TWO’ers. Fortunately for them, they’re up against Carol & Pasha, unsurprisingly, and equally unsurprisingly see them off fairly handily. Happily though, Carol’s routine is one of those slow release ones that don’t make sense in the context of the main show but which do in fact work perfectly as a Goodbye Dance. For Man! Pasha has made Carol feel like a woman. He tells her that she is his favourite Strictly experience amongst them all. Which is such a lie, but whatever, IT’S PASHA.