A Blackpool results show veritably creaking under the weight of its own filler here, and we don’t even have the joy of a beautiful pro routine, as the celebs are let loose on a floor-roaming mass jive to “The Nicest Kids In Town” from Hairspray. They appear to be…erm…”underrehearsed” as a group. Yes that’s the nice way of putting it. The pros do their best to salvage things by mostly keeping out the way but still, not to be an Internet Strictly cliche, a big mass ballroom number would have been better.
Other than that it’s a proper fillerific Blackpool Results Show, complete with two guest performers (Rick Astley doing something new and Simple Minds wheezing through “Don’t You Forget About Me” like they’re doing it after a full marathon) and a Len’s Glans that’s mostly dedicated to getting us behind our “good dancers” (Danny, Louise and Ore) in the run up to the final. We’re approaching the end game, and if you’d like to start considering jettisoning Rinder and Ed in the name of the PURITY OF DAHNCE that’d be all fine and good with the producers. It’s such a dull show that the forthcoming attraction for next week being revealed is that LOUISE will be doing a WALTZ. Says it all really doesn’t it?
In the Bottom 2, it appears that Blackpool is establishing a theme of the judges completely ignoring what happens in the dance-off, as Greg beats Cloudia hollow with his quickstep over her jive, but still goes home because of potential and not being a girl in a year increasingly thin on them and that. Even if the cut is predictable though, we are left on a shock twist – it turns out that Greg cared far far more than Natalie did this whole time, as he cries everywhere whilst Natalie remains only at about her usual 8/10 levels of scary intensity.
Coming up : another Rigathon. We’re at the beginning of the end people, let’s get ready for the knives to come out.