Who Is Looking Good So Far On Strictly? – as we come to the end of Week 2 on Strictly who is sitting at the top of the class of 2014 and who is getting sent home with a “must do better”?
After last week there were a few surprises for both the audience and the judges with “big and bouncy” Alison Hammond from Good Morning and Eastenders “bad boy” Jake Wood both having a great first dance on live television. Not doing so well were Judy Murray who looked more than a little wooden, antiques expert Tim Wonnacott who got a less than savoury comment from Craig and Masterchef’s Greg Wallace who look a little overawed buy both the dance and his glamorous professional partner.
With last week not having the pressure of any celebrity being sent home all of the celebrities had to up their game for this week’s live dance.Well as ever some did better having got the first week’s nerves out of the way and others showed that their first performance was more a measure of their dance ability rather than a problem with onscreen nerves.
Proving that his first week dance was no fluke Jake Wood did even better tonight with his salsa which brought a total score of 35 points from the judges and plenty of praise for the actor’s great hip action. The score is one of the highest achieved by a celebrity for a week 2 dance and as judges often undermark early on in the series it shows great promise for the latter stages of the competition.The score of 35 points combines with last week’s total of 28 points for Jake’s tango gave him and pro partner Janette Manrara top place in the Strictly table.
Coming just 1 point behind Jake was pop princess Pixie Lott, the show’s pre-start favourite, who scored 35 points for her waltz danced to Nora Jones’ “Come Away With Me”. This, combined with last week’s score of 27 points for their jive, gave Pixie and partner Trent Whiddon an overall total of 62 points.
There seem to be a few celebrities looking like they might not last too much longer with Scott Mills and Judy Murray probably at the top of this particular list. Scott seems to be still very stilted in his moves and his score of 20 points for tonight’s unconvincing tango is unlikely to help him stay much longer in the competition.
His best chance of lasting another week comes in the form of Judy Murray, mother of tennis star Andy. She looked awkward last week in her tartan outfit and this week her cha-cha-cha to the Tom Jones song “She’s A Lady” didn’t seem to settle her nerves much as she moved tentatively round the dance floor wearing a tennis themed outfit. It looks like Anton du Beke is destined to never have that glitter ball trophy resting on his mantlepiece at home. Judy’s cha-cha-cha earned her just 17 points with Craig giving the dance just a distinctly mean 2 points.
Both Tim Wonnacott and Gregg Wallace seemed to improve from their first performances and should last a few weeks more but are probably destined to go after Scott and Judy and we certainly wouldn’t recommend betting much on either of them getting to the final stages. Mrs Brown’s Boy’s actress Jennifer Gibney is looking like another early casualty with her waltz to the Aretha Franklin classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” getting a score of just 19 points from the judges.
We will be able to find out which 2 celebrities are facing each other in the dreaded dance-off, and who is the first to leave the show, in tomorrow’s Strictly which starts on BBC1 at 7.20 pm.