There were a number of much improved performances from the celebrities this week with great improvements from Ben Cohen and Rachel Riley. Also getting increased scored from the judges this week were Dragon lady Deborah Meaden and former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton.
Ben seemed a far more relaxed competitor this week and it clearly showed in a very improved dance performance from him. We would guess that many of the men watching tonight were maybe unaware that there was someone out there dancing with Kristina Rihanoff, whose very sexy, revealing outfit showed off her fantastic body.
So delighted was Ben with the judge’s scores and their complimentary remarks that he even went up to the judge’s desk and gave the normally prickly Craig Revel Horwood an impromptu hug.
It was another good week for BBC newsreader Susanna Reid who looked fantastic in a yellow gown as she and dance partner Kevin Clifton performed a very impressive Viennese Waltz. Head Judge Len Goodman even described it as the ‘best performance of the evening’ as the pair received the evening’s 2nd highest total of 34 points.
It was however Natalie Gumede and partner Artem Chigvintsev’s Rumba that took the night’s top spot. The dance is normally one of the more difficult ones for the celebrities to master but Natalie made it look simple. In fact her performance to Rihanna’s Love The Way You Lie has caused some people on Twitter to wonder if she is doing a little too well at this early stage of the competition. Strictly has almost always seen the public favour those celebrities who have gone “on a journey” to improve their performances over the course of the series.
Anyone who remembers how good Denise Van Outen and Austin Healey seemed in the early weeks of the competition and how they lost public support quite early on may well be tempted to look somewhere other than Natalie for this series’ winner despite the fact that she got a full set of 9’s from the judges tonight.
Before signing off we should also make mention of Hairy Biker Dave Myers rendition of the Paso Doble tonight. Dave is already seen as one of the most entertaining, if not technically correct, dancers. His performance of the Paso was as over the top as we might have expected having seen his first 2 attempts on the dancefloor. It seems that he is popular with the public despite, or perhaps because of, a lack of dance talent, and he is clearly having a great time. Although Len described Dave as the ‘people’s champion’ he only managed a total of 16 points from the judges leaving him firmly at the bottom of the leaderboard.
As always you can check out which 2 celebrities will be facing the dreaded ‘dance-off’ tomorrow night and which pair will be having their final dance together on BBC1 at 7.20 pm.
By the way we should also say that it was good to see a return to fashion form for Strictly host Tess Daly who looked great tonight in a tight-fitting gown with a very interesting nude section that showed off her impressive cleavage. Certainly got a good score from this judge!