So which couples are safely through to next week? Ashley and Pasha are through, and she looks inexplicably shocked about this. They are accompanied by Lauren, AJ and AJ’s guinea pig, as well as Graeme and Oti and Danny and Amy.
First couple in tonight’s dance-off: CHARLES AND KAREN. It’s the curse of the forgotten middle – can anyone remember a single thing about this dance last night (other than the naval uniform?)
Last night on Strictly: a cracker of a show.
- Oscar-winning performances of the night: Kate, Stacey, Faye, Ashley, Seann, Danny, Graeme, Joe (but not Joe’s bum).
- Straight to DVD: Vick, Dr. Ranj, Lee, Charles, Katie, Lauren.
- Absolute stinkers: none, really.
Who will be in tonight’s bottom two? Out of that lot my money’s on Lee, plus Vick, Katie or Charles.
Out come the judges! Shirley is the purple toffee Quality Street, Darcey the pink fudge one that nobody likes.
TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess in assymetric navy, Claudia in black sparkles and lovely red shoes. Both fabulous, 9/10.
And we’re off! We open with another Movie Week pro dance, which appears to be a modern take on ‘Singin’ In The Rain’. Singing in the acid rain, maybe. Or ‘thanks to climate change, this is how we live now’.
Mostly this is Giovanni grinding on the Strictly lamppost while the other pro dancers do big hairography to weather-related bangers. Ooh, giant paddling pool! Sopping wet Giovanni absolutely floats my boat.
Why is Doctor Who still on? Where is Strictly? Am I time travelling?
So in case you didn’t notice it’s MOVIE WEEK, and last night was one of the best episodes of Strictly I’ve seen in ages. I just watched all the dances again (with both eyes this time), and here are my observations:
- The Harry Potter opener was confusing. Is it still OK to fancy Aljaz when he’s dressed as a schoolboy wizard? Please send your answers attached to the leg of an owl.
- Stacey and Kevin are shaping up to be hot favourites this year. She’s the best of the non-ringers, and appears to be a good all-rounder. If they can halt the Joe and Dianne runaway voting train, it might be Kevin’s turn to (finally) take home the glitterball.
- Pretty sure Katya could turn anyone into a dancer, she’s an actual magician. Apparently all it takes to deliver one of the most compelling Paso Dobles Strictly has ever seen is a drunken snog in an alleyway. Who knew?
WAIT, Strictly Results are 7.45pm now? Why did I not get this memo? Is it not enough that you’ve deprived me of Countryfile? FFS.
SUNDAY NIGHT RESULTS SHOW UPDATE!
Evening all, and welcome back to this week’s Strictly Results Show! Tonight we have to say goodbye to another Strictly couple – the dance-off is anyone’s game at this stage, so I’m prepared for a surprise. So far today I’ve managed to avoid spoilers (mostly because I did a five mile country walk this morning and spent most of the afternoon in the pub), so am keen to see how this evening’s show pans out. Kick off is at 7.15pm, will see you then!
So that’s IT for Movie Week, bar the Results tomorrow. See you back here at 7.15pm tomorrow – sadly the days of the Countryfile preamble are gone, as the BBC has stuck Doctor Who on before Strictly instead. Not my cup of tea I’m afraid, and I’ll get shot for spoilers if I even mention it. End of a Sunday era, and I’m quite sad about it.
Thanks for joining in as ever – am off to read your comments, so do swing by Twitter @heidistephens if you fancy saying hello. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Hx
Hooray, the dancing has finished! Time for an interminable recap. Faye and Giovanni are at the top of the leaderboard, and Lee and Nadiya are at the bottom. Pretty sure they’ll be in the dance-off, but could be any one of half a dozen down there with him.
If I was voting (which I’m not, because I can’t remember my BBC login right now) – I’d vote for Stacey and Kevin, Seann and Katya and Faye and Giovanni – definitely my favourites this evening, but there are loads I thought were great value.
Scores: 6,7,7,8 – a total of 28 for Danny and Amy.
Bruno thought Danny really sold it, but Craig thought it was a bit stiff and it lacked Spanish line. The timing was out a little bit, and it wasn’t brilliant. Darcey disagrees – it was a full routine and Danny has great flexibility. Shirley wanted it to be smoother but it was a great show – it had great command and sophistication.
Danny has incredible stage presence and musicality – this is a hugely compelling Paso with real power and presence. Danny loses his frame in places and bits don’t look right, but I don’t know enough about the Paso to pinpoint exactly why. But a great way to finish a really good show.
And FINALLY, it’s DANNY AND AMY! Tonight they’re dancing the Paso Doble to ‘The Greatest Show’ from The Greatest Showman. MUSICAL DRINK! NEVER SEEN IT DRINK!
Since Danny is closing the show, I’m going to assume this is going to be great.
Scores: 9,9,9,9 – a total of 36 for Faye and Giovanni. More screaming.
Shirley thought it was electrifying, and one of the best Quicksteps she’s ever seen on Strictly. Bruno comes out from behind the desk to grind up on Faye. Craig thought it was FAB.U.LOUS. Darcey loved the choreography and it was stunning.
YES, I know Faye is a massive ringer but that was great.
Giovanni as Danny though…*mops brow*. Also Faye’s ebay polyester Sandy wig is incredible (DRINK).
This is the quickest of Quicksteps with some incredible footwork from Faye – a bit too much out of hold for me but I guess they had to cram in some movie references. Brilliant, loved that.
Only two left! It’s time for FAYE AND GIOVANNI! Tonight they’re dancing the Quickstep to ‘You’re The One That I Want’ from Grease. Absolutely a musical. DRINK. This song represents the most problematic bit of a really quite problematic film, when Sandy casts off her good-girl image to get her (frankly not very deserving) man.
Very much hoping Faye turns it into a movie for modern times and rocks up in jogging bottoms, before sending Giovanni packing and downloading Tinder.
Scores: 6,6,6,7 – a total of 25 for Charles and Karen.
Darcey thought it had nice control and sweeping lines, and Charles has extraordinary balance. Shirley loves some of the more open parts of the dance, but Charles needs to listen to the music so there is more clarity in the timing. Bruno thought Charles made a convincing leading man, and he played the character with real sensitivity. Craig felt Charles and Karen were fighting each other, and their partnership is not gelling yet, but wonderful to watch.
Charles Venn in that naval uniform though, OMG. Charles’ arm extensions look like he’s sprinkling herbs and it’s all a bit skippy for a Smooth, but there are some lovely lifts and it’s all quite romantic. Nice work.
Karen’s wig! DRINK.
Who’s next? It’s CHARLES AND KAREN! They’re dancing the American Smooth to ‘Up Where We Belong’ from An Officer and a Gentleman. So many culturally relevant movies this week, I’m sure the kids who hung around after Joe and Dianne are full WTF by now.
Charles Venn is talking about Charles Venn in the third person again. I cannot warm to Charles Venn for this very reason.
Scores: 4,5,5,6 – a total of 20 for Lauren and AJ.
Craig thought it was a bit lacklustre and it needed more attack. Darcey loved Lauren’s look but she needs to over-exaggerate and be more flirty with her partner. Shirley agrees – Lauren has the strength but it needs more energy. Bruno wants Lauren to go for it and sell the character – she needs to believe in herself.
Legwarmers! DRINK! Lauren looks amazing in ALL the tinsel. It’s a bit more confident performance from Lauren, which shows off the strength in her core and her incredible legs. It was a little restrained and needed more hip action, but good fun.
If you’ve lost a guinea pig, check AJ’s head.
It’s time for LAUREN AND AJ! Tonight theyr’e dancing the Cha Cha Cha to ‘Fame’ from Fame. Which is very much a musical (DRINK). It was also a musical made about 10 years before these two were even born, which makes me feel about a million years old.
Scores: 7,7,8,8 – a total of 30 for Seann and Katya.
Bruno loved the sci-fi Paso, it was original and incredibly clever and Seann never lost the intensity. Craig thought it was profound, powerful, impassioned, masculine and hot. Darcey loved the power, it was a unique Paso even though Seann was a bit wooden in the legs. Shirley thought it was slick, and was hugely impressed with Seann’s focus – this week he’s nailed it.
Well, that was unexpected.
Flying! DRINK! Wet look pleather! DRINK! It’s not in the bingo, I just need wine. Actually now I look at it, Seann looks oddly sexy in that outfit. Very confusing.
Well I take it all back, this is a commanding Paso and Seann has obviously decided he wants to be a contender. He’s not a natural dancer but Katya’s slo-mo choreography is bringing out the best in Seann and is making this incredibly compelling to watch. Not much actual Paso, but I really enjoyed that.
Next up it’s SEANN AND KATYA. This week they’re dancing the Paso Doble to ‘Matrix Theme’ from The Matrix. Obviously I’ve never seen this film (DRINK), but I’m pretty sure it’s not a musical. I’m also pretty confident that this is going to be a particularly camp and generally terrible sci-fi Paso.
For me Seann is the celeb who is splitting the room this year. Usually I’m a big supporter of the comedy underdog, but I don’t really feel like he’s trying and Katya deserves better. You should of course feel free to disagree, but don’t feel obliged to tell me about it, I’m all good.
Scores: 5,5,6,6 – a total of 22 for Katie an Gorka.
Shirley thought it was a big improvement, and Katie is growing in confidence. Bruno thought it had a dreamy quality – Katie shouldn’t doubt herself and needs to embrace it more. Craig thought it was a tentative start but Katie’s musicality is improving. Darcey agrees – Katie should be proud, she clearly enjoyed it.
Katie’s yellow dress is stunning, she looks incredible. Nice to see the return of the Strictly lamppost too, I’ve missed it. I don’t know if Katie’s shoes are a reference from the film, but they make this feel a bit inelegant. Timing is her main issue, along with generally looking quite uncomfortable with the whole business, but a great effort.
It’s time for KATIE AND GORKA! Tonight they’re dancing the Foxtrot to ‘City of Stars’ from La La Land. This is definitely a musical, so DRINK, and I’ve also never seen it, so DRINK.
I have high hopes of this being rather charming, but Katie has struggled to keep up with Gorka so far, so am a bit worried for her. COME ON KATIE.
Scores: 8,9,9,9 – a total of 35 for Ashley and Pasha. In Week 3.
Darcey thought it was totally fearless and the lift was impressive. Shirley thought they did the dance justice, they didn’t miss a step. Bruno thought it was brilliant, and they made it their own without copying the original*. Craig thought it lacked hip rotation, but all further comment is drowned out by Craig/Bruno LOLS.
*absolutely not true.
I quite fancy Pasha Swayze, not going to lie. Other than that, this all feels rather familiar, but Ashley is doing a very nice job of it other than when she’s in hold, which is clearly not her happy place. And they nailed the lift. Jolly well done.
I have issues with this song. It feels like it’s been milked more than any other in Strictly, most recently by Louis and Flavia back in 2012. The problem is the couples just do the dance from the film and that bloody lift at the end, which we’ve all seen a million times before.
Tonight, Matthew, I’d like to see a much better and more ambitious dance please Ashley and Pasha, in keeping with the two professional dancers you are. THANKS.
Next up it’s ASHLEY AND PASHA! This week they’re dancing the Salsa to ‘(I’ve Had) Time Of My Life’ from Dirty Dancing. Not technically a musical, but the film would be nothing without the music. So DRINK. I’ve probably seen this film more times than any other, but there’s no putting the booze back in the bottle now.
We’re half way through tonight’s dances! If we were in Titanic, we’d have already done some sweaty fumbling in the back of a car and a massive iceberg would be bearing down on us like a giant frozen sex metaphor.
Scores: 7,8,8,8 – a total of 31 for Graeme and Oti.
I love Oti with all my heart, but she’s another screamer. Please, no more.
“Welcome back to the competition”, says Craig. Darcey thought Graeme looked good in an all-in-one, and it was really impressive. Shirley thought Graeme has come back fighting – she loved everything about it. Bruno thought Graeme has gone from zero to superhero.
Flying! DRINK! Some lovely Charleston from Oti, but no sign of Graeme. Oh, there he is. This is actually a really quite good Charleston, which some good swivel from Graeme and some decent lifts. Graeme is another one with natural rhythm and musicality, this year’s Strictly is full of surprises. Still can’t warm to him, mind.
It’s time for GRAEME AND OTI! This week they’re dancing the Charleston to ‘Spider Man Theme’ from Spiderman. Graeme doing a Charleston in Spiderman lycra is already a worry, so much potential for wardrobe malfunctions/ball tampering. I’ve also never seen a Spiderman film, so drink for however many of them there are.
Scores: 6,7,6,7 – a total of 26 for Joe and Dianne.
Bruno thought Joe had a natural instinct for the music, but his bum sticks out. Craig thought Joe’s posture let him down and it needed to be smoother, but he loved watching Joe dance. Darcey thought Joe had all the attributes to be a good ballroom dancer, but his arms need to create better lines. Shirley agrees Joe showed real strength, but he needs to cover the floor better.
So Joe is an absolute contender in this competition – he’s got natural musicality and isn’t afraid to embrace the character. He doesn’t look nearly as comfortable in the American Smooth as he did in the Jive/Charleston and his bum is in a different county, but it still manages to be all quite charming. I really enjoyed that.
In their VT, Joe goes back to his old school in the Wiltshire town of Corsham. I also went to this school way back in the day, and it’s about four miles away from where I am right now.
Sadly I was in London on Wednesday when Joe did his visit, otherwise I’d have popped over and waved at the camera like some weird middle-aged woman hanging around the local school playground.
Next up it’s JOE AND DIANNE! This week they’re dancing the American Smooth to ‘Breaking Free’ from High School Musical. I mean it’s clearly a musical (DRINK), but it’s a BRILLIANT song, and the Joe fandom will love it. Also we get to see Joe do ballroom, which I’m quite looking forward to.
Scores: 8,8,8,8 – a total of 32 for Stacey and Kevin.
Stacey’s a screamer. I can’t vote for her if she’s a screamer.
Shirley thought it was a major breakthrough for Stacey, who didn’t miss a beat. Bruno was delighted – Stacey has taken all their comments on board and was on it. Craig could not agree more, and Darcey loved the high energy, carefree action – she loved it too.
OK this is all kinds of bonkers, but Stacey is a natural gifted dancer and it’s an entirely joyful jive. Her kicks and flicks could do with more welly but I can’t stop smiling, so who cares.
OK this is all kinds of bonkers, but Stacey is a natural gifted dancer and it’s an entirely joyful jive. Her kicks and flicks could do with more welly but I can’t stop smiling, so who cares.
Who’s next? It’s STACEY AND KEVIN! This week they’re dancing the Jive to ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2. Either Stace and Kev are Minions, or they have a serious case of jaundice.
I’ve never actually seen this film (DRINK), or the first one for that matter (SEQUEL DRINK), but as far as I know it’s not a musical. And YES I know I need to watch it, I’ll add it to the list.
So far I have seen all of these films. I am always thinking of your liver.
Scores: 6,7,8,8 – a total of 29 for Kate and Aljaz. Bouncing bunny Aljaz is all kinds of adorable.
Darcey loved it, but Kate needs to glue herself to Aljaz (why would you NOT?). Shirley loved the slow steps and the footwork synchronization was great. Bruno thought Kate has the instinct to be baaaad, and things all get a bit creepy. Craig thought it was sultry, sexy and seductive, and there was a lot to like about that routine.
OMG Kate looks incredible in that dress and wig (DRINK). This is a great slow foxtrot, with lovely timing and some very elegant footwork. A bit gappy in places and she loses her top line and has a stumble, but fabulous, with a bonus cheeky wink at the end. LOVED that.
Next up it’s KATE AND ALJAZ! This week they’re dancing the Foxtrot to ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’ from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This is another cracking ‘80s film, and I’m very much looking forward to Kate going full Jessica Rabbit. She’s definitely embracing her inner Strictly vamp, which I am very much here for.
Scores: 3,5,5,6 – a total of 19 for Lee and Nadiya.
Craig wasn’t keen on the Cha Cha Cha basic, it was full of ‘camp mincing around’. ‘Pot/kettle’ says Tess, tiresomely. Darcey thought Lee had issues with weight transfer, and Shirley agrees. Bruno thought it wasn’t a blockbuster, but it wasn’t a flop either.
Flying DRINK! Wig DRINK! And a cardboard DeLorean. Loving Nadiya’s mad crimping, less keen on Lee’s laboured moonwalking.
We can’t see his feet due to the smoke, which is probably just as well. Nice timing and a vague attempt at Latin hips, but quite difficult to look sexy in a polyester gilet. A bit heavy-footed in places, but still weirdly enjoyed that.
It’s time for LEE AND NADIYA! Tonight they’re dancing the Cha Cha Cha to ‘The Power Of Love’ from Back To The Future, which is a 1985 movie where the future is actually 2015, so technically in the past. In the movie 2015 had proper hoverboards, and I’ve never stopped feeling ripped off about this.
We’ve seen Lee do a Waltz and a Jive, but does he have Latin hips? Part of me really wants to know, and a much bigger part of me really doesn’t.
Scores: 4,5,5,6 – a total of 20 for Dr. Ranj and Janette.
Bruno thought it had a bit of turbulence at times, and he needed to maintain the pace. Craig thought Dr. Ranj’s posture was poor and his kicks needed to be more crisp.
(BRUNO HAS FALLEN OFF THE CHAIR AGAIN PLEASE ADJUST HIS MEDS)
Craig also wanted Ranj to cover the floor. Darcey thought it needed to be light and spirited, and it was missing in places. Shirley loved the bits out of hold, but in hold needs a little more work.
Dr. Ranj is on an elephant, which seems to be wearing a fez. Ranj’s chiffon cape is a bit distracting, but his footwork is really quite decent and he looks like he’s having the time of his life. It all runs out of steam towards the end and he loses his frame in hold, but all good fun.
Next it’s DR RANJ AND JANETTE! Tonight they’re dancing the Quickstep to ‘Prince Ali’ from Aladdin, which is very much a musical (DRINK). These two make an adorable Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, but the sexy Aladdin benchmark (so very wrong) was set by Ashley and Ola in in 2013 when they danced the Rumba to ‘A Whole New World’ (in Musicals Week, I might add).
Just to be clear, I do not ever want sexy from Ranjanette.
This week’s Terms and Conditions are read by actual Martine McCutcheon. Niche.
Scores: 6,7,7,7 – a total of 27 for Vick and Graziano.
Shirley thought it was amazing, and a big improvement. Bruno thought it was a feelgood Salsa that captured the spirit of the film. Craig wanted more energy and more Salsa, but in and out of lifts was spectacular. Darcey (hair helmet, earrings you can see from space) loved the lifts too – great dismounts from Vick.
OK so they’ve gone for a Slapstick Salsa, which I didn’t know was a thing. This is better than Vick’s last attempt at Latin, and Graziano is doing his best to make this about her. But still all all kinds of clunky and not nearly enough Salsa basic. Also, whatever happened to dancing in hold?
First up tonight it’s VICK AND GRAZIANO! This week they’re dancing the Salsa to ‘Take A Chance On Me’ from Mamma Mia, which is obviously one of the biggest musicals of all time (DRINK).
Since Graziano is an Italian Latin dance champion, I’m obviously quite keen to see the quality of his Salsa hips. Just for professional interest, you understand.
TESS SATIRE KLAXON. DRINK DRINK DRINK.
Here come the stars! Stacey and Kevin definitely drew the short straw this year, but I’m very much here for Aljaz as Roger Rabbit.
TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess in a fuchsia ballgown, Claudia in a white napkin. They both look rather fabulous.
Out come the judges! Darcey in Hollywood scarlet and giant boiled sweet earrings, Shirley as Cruella de Vil trapped in a spiders’ web.
Incidentally, I’ve also taken some time to sort this year’s celebs into the correct Hogwarts houses:
- GRYFINDDOR: Stacey, Lauren, Katie, Danny
- HUFFLEPUFF: Seann, Lee, Faye, Joe, Vick
- RAVENCLAW: Dr. Ranj, Kate
- SLYTHERIN: Ashley, Charles, Graeme, Susannah
Pretty sure nobody in Harry Potter wore trousers as tight as Giovanni’s. Although I did once see a fanfiction version where…no, let’s leave it. Oh lord, AJ’s playing Quidditch.
Kevin gets to be Harry Potter, despite being a 35-year-old man. Perhaps he’s fulfilling a lifelong ambition to tell the story of a hormonal teenage wizard through the medium of dance. Whatever polishes your wand, Kevin.
Bonus pro dance! Because it’s a feem week, we get a Harry Potter-tastic dance bonanza. Sadly very few of these pro dancers would actually qualify for Hogwarts because it’s a wizarding school that doesn’t really do foreigners.
This week it’s MOVIE WEEK, because there’s nothing the Strictly audience loves more than watching Week 3 celebs attempting to dance, act and navigate enormous props at the same time.
And we’re off! Previously on Strictly: the usual difficult second week, and a show that dragged on for several years. Uber for Susannah and Anton, please close the door on your way out.
Are we all ready? It’s almost time!
This week’s Strictly Come Bingo – a tipple of your choice drunk through a straw for every occurrence of the following:
- Songs that blatantly belong in Musicals Week and not Movie Week (I will die on this hill)
- Terrible wigs
- Movies I’ve never seen
Evening all, and welcome to this week’s Strictly Come Dancing Liveblog! It’s Movie Week, which means someone has cracked the lock on the giant cupboard at the BBC marked “Unnecessarily Elaborate Props and Ridiculous Costumes.”
As usual I’ll be keeping a beady eye on all the fancy footwork and movie madness up here from 6.30pm, while you are cordially invited to add your delight, outrage and general amusement in the comment box below. In the meantime pop on some old-school Hollywood glamour pyjamas and grab a bucket of popcorn and a massive fizzy beverage – I’ll see you in a bit