Strictly Week 8, Plenty Of 10s And A Wardrobe Malfunction – this week saw the Strictly team hit the famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, described throughout the show as ‘the home of ballroom.’
It is traditionally a big week for Strictly and signals a stage when most of the less impressive dancers have left the competition. Although there are no doubt some fans who would have loved to see Hairy Biker Dave Myers here at the Tower Ballroom it is probably right that last week saw him leave the competition.
Tonight we were treated to a number of really great dance performances with the stand-out moments coming during the last 2 dances of the night.
The show started off with a spectacular group dance number that also featured lots of extra dancers of all ages and apparently had nearly everyone in Kevin Clifton’s family on camera.
After his planned mid-series week off it was Bruce Forsyth who returned to host the show with Tess Daly who was wearing a particularly glam dress tonight that had slits high up both legs as well as a cut-out section to show off her cleavage.
First celebrity on the dancefloor was Sophie Ellis-Bextor who was dancing the Quickstep to the classic Rodgers and Hart track The Lady Is A Tramp. A good performance from Sophie that had more of the personality and acting that the judges have been asking her for over the last few weeks. The judges were pleased with what they saw and Sophie ended up with a total of 34 points, comprising a 7 from Craig and 9s from the others.
Next on was the ever stylish Patrick Robinson who seems to have been making a serious bid for the title in the last couple of weeks. He and partner Anya Garnis were dancing a Samba to Barry Manilow’s Copacabana and unfortunately the routine has a shaky start as Anya has a Strictly wardrobe malfunction early on, getting one of her heels caught up in the feathers of her outfit. They both recover well and apart from a small stumble from Patrick later on in the dance they cope very well with the wardrobe malfunction which could easily have made a less competent dancer than Patrick fall apart.
The judges are mostly impressed by their Samba (apart from Craig) and they emerge with a score of 35 points, maybe a little generous but probably reflecting how well Patrick coped with Anya’s outfit problem.
Ben Cohen up next together with his Russian dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. Ben and Kristina are dancing the American Smooth this week to Alicia Keys’ Fallin’ and the American Smooth gives Kristina a chance to choreograph in plenty of lifts to show of Ben’s strength and power.
Scores of 8s from all 4 judges (Craig finally in agreement with his fellow judges) sees Ben and Kristina achieve a total of 32 points which equals their best score so far in the series and seems to rightly please both of them. Read the rest of this entry »