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Strictly – Week Five

Please note there is spoliers in this blog – so if you don’t wat to know who left the show, click away now!

Saturday’s Show

This week we had a replacement judge in the form of Alfonso Ribeiro, to cover Bruno’s absence, who won Series 19 of Dancing with the Stars in America.

It is another tradition while watching Strictly, yes I know we have a few, as the titles are rolling and showing the celebrities with their partners, that we shout out, “Out,” and “Still in,” at the TV, does anyone else do that?

So our dirty dozen put on a great show this week, so let’s get on with summing up the dances in one word:-

  • Kelvin and Oti: Cha Cha Cha – Exciting – 33 points (3 point decrease)
  • David and Nadiya: Jive – Mistakes – 16 points (12 point decrease)
  • Catherine and Johannes: Tango – Sloppy – 28 points (2 point decrease)
  • Karim and Amy: Salsa – Acrobatic – 36 points (2 point decrease)
  • Michelle and Giovanni: Rumba – Elegant – 29 points (2 point decrease)
  • Emma and Anton: Paso Doble – Lacking – 26 points (9 point decrease)
  • Alex and Neil: Charleston – Brilliant – 33 points (10 point increase)
  • Emma and Aljaz: Viennese Waltz – Beautiful – 36 points (8 point increase)
  • Mike and Katja: Samba – Crowd-pleaser – 21 points (11 point decrease)
  • Will and Janette: Couple’s Choice – Inspiring – 32 points (8 point increase)
  • Chris and Karen: Quickstep – Improved – 25 points (1 point decrease)
  • Saffron and AJ: Foxtrot – Impressive – 38 points (5 point increase)

Highlights this week were Will and Janette’s Couple Choice dance of Contemporary. I have to say with the VT of Will’s backstory and the emotion of this dance, for the first time EVER  I cried into my glass of red wine and I know that I was not the only one…




And also that moment when Alfonso joined Mike and did the Carlton dance!  Oh joy!


And my third highlight, seeing James Ancaster reading out the terms and conditions, even though he did have a fall going up those stairs…. love the sparkly jacket!

So the score boards looked like this:



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Sunday’s Show

david-nadiyaAfter a stunning professioal dance, the results were in and the dance off was between David and Mike. The Judges voted unamiously to save Mike and so David and Nadiya (my husband’s favourite pro dancer) had to leave Strictly.  Even though they were at the bottom of the score board for most of their stay on Strictly, their Quickstep propelled them up the leader board last week, but I’m afraid that the celebrities have to remember that they’re only as good as their last dance….

Next week is Halloween Week, my personal favourite but I’m gonna have to watch it later on as I’m going to a Halloween Party, that’s a spooky coincidence!





Strictly – Week One

Please note that there may be spoilers contained within this blog!

Last year my hubby and I decided to start learning ballroom dancing and we went to the local church hall eager to become the next Anton and Erin.

trut-meWe were introduced to the Social Foxtrot and were taught approximately 16 steps, I say approximately because the number varied each time we did it. Everything went well until we had to partner each other and go around the dance floor. After a few stops and starts he came to the conclusion that he couldn’t ballroom dance if a) he had to do it to music, b) if there were other people on the dance floor and c) if he had to dance with me!

After trying to master these 16 steps I do have a new found admiration for those celebrities who perform a whole dance routine after practising for just a week.

Last night was the first week, so filled with anticipation I sat down to watch the opening programme and boy, I was not disappointed. With 15 celebrities it was gonna be a long show and I am not going to go through each act one by one (“Phew, that’s a relief,” I hear you say), but I just wanted to pick out those that stood out to me for varying reasons.

But first I want to start with the new judge, Motsi Mabuse: I thought she did a pretty good job, lots of helpful tips and a positive attitude. I will miss Darcey, but I think Motsi will do a fabulous job.

Otsi Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher

Obviously the first pair that I need to mention are these two – their samba, which is a notoriously difficult dance for the celebrities was amazing. As soon as I saw the first hip gyration I looked at my husband and said, “Whoa, this is gonna be good,” and good it was. I look forward to their dance next week, especially if it’s ballroom to see if he has the same ability in that style as well. jamieOne of my favourite moments was when the camera settled on Jamie’s face after they had performed, he did look a bit miffed, perhaps he was thinking to himself….

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My second pair is who I had tipped to win, admittedly before Jamie left and Kelvin stepped in, but I am sticking to my guns and it is Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden with their Cha Cha Cha. I thought it was a great dance with some tricks in it, an excellent start to their journey.

Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice were a surprise hit with me.  I have never seen Ru Paul’s Drag Race and so I had no idea who she was, but she came and wowed with her Cha Cha Cha and as I am a woman who is also in her 50s, she did it for us!

Honourable mentions go to Alex Scott (though why David James got to celebrate all that is football and she didn’t reamins a mystery), Catherine Tyldesley, Dev Griffin and also Mike Bushell, who just seems like he has an endless bound of energy.

Did anyone think that Johannes looks like an older version of Stephen Carmichael from Bad Education:

At least nobody went home and we have next week to sit back and take another look at all of the celebrities, though some will need to spend next week doing a bit more work than others…

The leader board looked like this:

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It was a high scoring start and I, for one, am looking forward to this season – I think it will be hard fought with different people at the top of the leader board.  Don’t forget we have It Takes Two starting on Monday with Zoe Ball and Rylan Clark-Neal, 5.15pm on BBC1 which I think is just for the first two weeks, then it goes back to BBC2 at 6.00pm.

I’ll leave you with this, a whiteboard at the London Underground station, maybe you could show your support by using the hashtags and tags…


The Launch Show

Warning: There may be spoilers on this blog, especially if my preditions are right…

Well I can’t believe that it’s that time of year again…. after the launch show and the partnering up (or is that Love Island?) we have a two week wait for the show to begin proper, when the nights will be drawing in and thoughts turn to the C word….

stricty-lineupThe contestants have been announced over the past few weeks, but as you can see there is already a black cross over the face of Jamie Laing, as he sustained an injury whilst filming the launch show! Let’s hope they get a replacement for him.

There has also been a new judge appointed to replace Darcey, she is Motsi Mabuse, yes the name is familiar as she is Oti big sister, it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

The purpose of the launch show is to pair off the celebrities with their professional dance partners, we already have an inkling as to who is AJ’s partner, as he may or may not have let it slip during an interview on The One Show, so that will be my starter for ten…


  • Saffron Barker and AJ
  • David James and Nadiya
  • Michelle Visage and Anton
  • Mike Bushell and Katya
  • James Cracknell and Oti
  • Anneka Rice and Kevin
  • Emma Barton and Giovanni
  • Dev Griffin and Dianne
  • Chris Ramsey and Karen
  • Will Bayley and Janette
  • Emma Weymouth and Neil
  • Karim Zeroual and Amy
  • Alex Scott and Johannes
  • Catherine Tyldesley and Alijaz

There are some obvious partnerships here, for example, because of David James’ height, I don’t think he could be with anyone other than the lovely Nadiya. I’m going out on a bit of a limb with Anneka Rice, a part of me is screaming Anton, but I don’t think they will partner him up with an obvious choice this year. I’ve teamed Anneka up with Kevin as he does sometimes get the non-favourites and they probably wouldn’t want any scandal with Kevin now that he’s in a relationship with his last partner, Stacey Dooley.  I’ve put James Cracknell with Oti, as I think he will be a bit of a handful and I think Oti would stand no nonsense from him.

I’ve also given Neil a partner, I have heard on the grapevine that he is to have a celectrity partner this year as Gorka has been sidelined, (sob, sob),  so I’ve teamed him up with Emma Weymouth.

Before you go any further – just take a minute to enjoy Ann Widdecombe and Anton in 2010 (yes, i know!) doing their American Smooth at Blackpool!

So there you have it, my predictions for this year.  What do you think? Am I way off the mark? Which ones would you agree with or disagree with? Let me know in the comments.

Looking at the celebrities taking part, I have a funny feeling this is gonna be a Gorka the Corker of a year!!

See you on the other side….