I don’t know if it’s appropriate or not that the Year Of The Man finally, indisputably comes to a screeching halt in Musicals Week, but the women are both called safe first tonight, leaving our three men spinning for most of the show. Ore being called bottom 2 first even raises the brief possibility that Danny has in fact been incredibly unpopular the whole time without anybody noticing but in the end, the inevitable comes to pass, and Judge Rinder hits the bottom 2 and leaves, with Oksana in proper gasping incoherent tears at the end, their relationship being slightly off-kilter to the very last. So despite all those many many weeks no men so much as sniffed the bottom 2, the momentum is now firmly back in the corner of a majority female final. I guess we’ll find out where the judges stand on that next week.
Elsewhere in this reassertion of female superiority, both ages of onstage womanhood are celebrated, as the young fresh female pros divide themselves into Team Roxie (behind Natalie) and Team Velma (behind Katya) and vamp it up on chairs in flesh-revealing body-stockings to All That Jazz whilst the guys look on silently and stoically. Then at the other end of things, Elaine Paige swans back in to play the grande dame, speak-singing her way through Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and some truly spectacularly assaulted notes whilst Aljaz and Natalie twirl about the place. Definitely a girls night.