It’s time for EMMA AND ALJAŽ! This week they’re dancing the Jive to ‘Kids in America’ by Kim Wilde. This dance could be a turning point for Emma (in either direction) – we’ll see if she’s got the stamina for an energetic Jive, and the performance skills to sell it convincingly. Right now I don’t feel like we’ve seen the best of her.
Scores: 9,9,9,9 – a total of 36 for Kelvin and Oti. Bruno, you gave that a 9 and David an 8? Are you on crack?
Craig thought Kelvin was very much in touch with himself – it oozed masculinity and was FILTH. Motsi was ‘hold on Kelvin, that’s my sister, stop it’, and it’s ‘finished Craig off’ (in his dreams, maybe). Shirley doesn’t know which bit to start with – she’s never seen a Rumba like that and her temperature has gone through the roof. Bruno is basking in the afterglow and everyone’s hyperventilating – the quality was excellent and Kelvin’s hips are WEAPONS.
Christ, I need a lie down.
Hello Kelvin in your mesh shirt. This is my kind of Rumba, none of that platonic nonsense – Kelvin’s face is absolute filth and there’s some lovely shaping. I can take or leave the Rumba as a rule, but I’ll take that several times over thanks *hyperventilates*
Next up it’s KELVIN AND OTI! This week they’re dancing the Rumba to ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers. We know Kelvin has Latin hips for days and can deliver a decent ballroom turn, but interesting to see if he can deliver a sensual, perfectly placed Rumba too. Drink the rest of the bottle if anyone mentions how hard this dance is for a man.
Scores: 6,7,7,8 – a total of 28 for David and Nadiya. You’ve GOT to be kidding me.
Bruno thought that was a miraculous recovery – David was properly dancing and he’s never seen a transformation like it. Craig agrees – David has picked himself up and finally arrived. Motsi doesn’t think David deserves to be in the dance-off today, despite having seen less than half the dances. Shirley loves how David keeps coming back, and she’s absolutely gobsmacked.
Did I watch a different dance??
David really does scrub up quite nicely, doesn’t he? Sadly it’s somewhat spoiled by the dancing, which is all over the shop in places. He’s trying his best and having a lovely time, but sadly the timing of this Quickstep needs a lot to be desired. That said, when he’s on time there are some nice steps, and this dance has a lovely energy.
Who’s next? It’s DAVID AND NADIYA! This week they’re dancing the Quickstep to ‘From Now On’ by Hugh Jackman. This is not the quickest of Quickstep songs, which will hopefully help David get his limbs in some semblance of order. He’s made a bit of progress in the last couple of weeks but remains the weakest dancer left in the competition – he’s got a battle on his hands to stay out of the bottom two and I’m not sure even Hugh Jackman levels of emoting can save him.
Cute kids! DRINK!
Scores: 4,6,6,7 – a total of 23 for Alex and Neil. Bit harsh from Craig.
Shirley thought some of it looked a bit stiff, but Alex’s frame is definitely getting better – not a major improvement since last week, but a bit. Bruno thought it was good to see Alex exploring different facets of her personality, but something went wrong. Craig thought the footwork was all over the shop and it looked like Alex was being thrown about a bit, but he loved the staccato and Alex’s acting. Motsi agrees that Alex is improving, but she’s being careful and needs to have more fun.
I LOVE this look for Alex, it’s very Vampy Duchess of Sussex. It’s all a bit Paso at the start, but the Tango sections in hold look not bad at all – some nice heel leads from Alex and plenty of attack. She could definitely have given it more welly, but a really nice effort.
Next up it’s ALEX AND NEIL! This week they’re dancing the Tango to ‘Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac. Hopefully Alex’s feet will go the way they’re supposed to, and she can deliver dancefloor fierce – right now she seems far too ladylike for this Latin business. She and Neil have nice chemistry though, it’s one of my favourite couplings this year.
Shout out for Catherine’s little boy! DRINK
Scores: 6,8,8,8 – a total of 30 for Catherine and Johannes.
Motsi thought Catherine kept it up and she loved the energy. Shirley thought it was a blast, a very good performance from Catherine. Bruno thought it was a pink explosion, and they couldn’t have fitted anything else in. Craig thought the footwork was quite random and messy in places, and the swivel was haphazard. THANK YOU.
So much hot pink, my eyes are hurting. This is a high speed version of Single Ladies, but Catherine is doing her best to keep up. A few timing issues, but nice swivel and good characterisation – sadly she starts to run out of puff towards the end, but a nice effort.