Rachel In Bottom 2 In Strictly Week 5 – tonight we have reached Week 5 in our journey to find the Strictly 2013 Champion and as ever it was an evening of mixed fortunes for our celebrity dancers.
The first 2 dancers tonight certainly have nothing to worry about as Natalie started the show off with a great version of the samba, which they danced to the Gypsy Kings song Bomboleo, a good choice of song for this dance.
The judges were impressed with Natalie and Artem as they have been every week since the series started. They scored her an impressive 35 points and were struggling to find much wrong in Natalie’s performance apart from wanting a little more bounce.
Next up was Abbey and her partner Aljaz who danced a Foxtrot to the Olly Murs song Dear Darlin’. Abbey looked lovely in a beautiful gown and they too got a score of 35 points from the judges.
This was where things began to change as the next celebrity out on the dancefloor was Hairy Biker Dave Myers and his dance partner Karen Hauer who were both wearing somewhat strange outfits with Karen’s homage to Carmen Miranda’s headgear probably edging Dave’s maracas in terms of bad taste. After a predictably stompy dance the pair managed just 17 points from the judges.
Deborah Meaden and Patrick Robinson both produced pretty good performances, Patrick’s despite having his hand strapped up which meant a last-minute change of choreography from Anya Garnis.
Fiona Fullerton was up next and after her less than impressive showing last week she needed to pull out a good dance this week. Thankfully for her and Anton this is exactly what she did and her Quickstep to If My Friends Could See Me Now by Sammy Davis Jr scored a personal best of 30 points from the judges. If anything Anton seemed even more thrilled than Fiona as he said it had been a number of years since he had got a score of 8 from any judge for any of his dances.
Next out was Countdown lovely Rachel Riley who had a bad week last week and ended up in the DDO (Dreaded Dance Off). She and partner Pasha were dancing a Paso Doble to Nelly Furtado’s Maneater.
Rachel’s dress tonight looked a little more daring (was that a hint of sideboob?) although sadly this was not enough to distract the judges from her less than stellar performance. Rachel and Pasha could manage only 22 points from the judges with Craig even saying it was something of a dance disaaaahster darling. We feel she may be heading for a 2nd DDO tomorrow night unless her many Countdown fans get voting in large numbers.
Mark Benton pulled out another great dance as he and partner Iveta Lukosuite scored 28 points, their highest score yet, for their Waltz to Apologize by One Republic.
Ashley and partner Ola Jordan danced a very fast and lively Jive to Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode and despite some criticism for Ashley’s footwork they scored 31 points from the judges.
Next up was BBC newsreader and presenter Susanna Reid and after her raunchy showing last week she and dance partner Kevin (from Grimsby) Clifton were dancing the American Smooth to Tony Bennett’s Sunny Side Of The Street. She did very well and as well as scoring 32 points Susanna even got a ‘gorgeous’ from Craig.
Next to last and it was the turn of Ben and his partner Kristina Rihanoff who impressed last week with their high energy dance that was full of plenty of lifts to show off Ben’s strength and his physique. This week they were dancing a Quickstep to the Friends theme tune I’ll Be There For You by the Rembrandts. Although not as good as last week they still managed a ‘should keep them safe’ score of 27 points.
Finally it was the turn of Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her partner Brendan Cole and this week they were dancing a Cha Cha to Michael Jackson’s infectious dance track PYT. Most of the judges really liked their dance although Len Goodman thought that Sophie was a ‘bit brittle’ and she ended up with a total score of 30 points.
So a mixed set of performances and we would guess that the DDO on tomorrow night’s result show is likely to contain Rachel and either Dave or Deborah. We would guess that despite being without doubt the least able dancer that Dave will be kept in for his entertainment value, much like Ann Widdecombe, Russell Grant and John Sergeant have been in the past.