Last year, my girlfriend strong-armed me into watching the entire series of Strictly Come Dancing. Aaaaand, I got a little bit hooked.
So this is me live-blogging Strictly Come Dancing, Series 9, from Saturday 15th October. I haven’t live-blogged before, so here goes!
I love the Muppets joke there with Len and Craig being Statler and Waldorf!
Shiny gold hat brims in the chorus number, love it. Not sure what they were trying to do with the mirrors there… Wildly out-of-time with the hats! And then Audley dropped his hat and continued to do the moves without it, heh.
Out come the couples… Brendan Cole looks like he’s a kid dressed up as Dracula for Halloween. With the exception of Grease, Hairspray and Chicago, I can’t tell from the outfits what any of the musicals are going to be.
“Man-eating Italian” – Bruno mimes biting Alesha!
Who knew the Fonz was a Strictly fan?
It is a contractual obligation for Artem to be shirtless or practically shirtless while dancing.
“You promised you’d laugh at that!” Brucie’s jokes are terrible as always… 🙂
Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev do the tango to ‘Cell Block Tango’, from Chicago.
The prison cage prop is literally a bit wobbly. LOVING the female singer they’ve got in with the band tonight. Good smooth removal of dress from shoe, echoing Artem and Kara last year!
According to Bruce, Bruno is Footloose, Alesha is a Dream Girl, Len eats Spamalot, and Craig is Les Miserables.
Len should be banned from saying phrases like “I saw the blood swelling in your bosom.” I was eating.
Alesha liked it, bar the loss of feistiness after wardrobe mishap.
Bruno: “Holly Smoke!” “I want to be a criminal!” “God you’ve got promises.” Haha!
Craig is critical but vaguely positive as usual.
Craig 7, Len 8, Alesha 7, Bruno 8. Len and Bruno are doing the fan thing! I loved that last year 🙂
Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas do the Viennese Waltz to Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’.
Aww, they were cute at the end. Dan, of Craig making up words: “Punctilious, supercilious cogitator!”
Alesha thinks they were a bit stoppy-starty.
Bruno thinks it lacks passion. Alesha did not look happy when Bruno grabbed her to demonstrate.
Craig says whenever they are out of hold, Dan stops dancing, and he is quite tense.
Len praises his try, Bruno tried to argue 🙂
Craig 5, Len 7, Alesha 6, Bruno 6.
Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor, doing the Jive to ‘Can’t Stop the Beat’ from Hairspray.
Last week, they were likened to “Bonnie Langford being chased by a Dalmatian”. There’s a giant lipstick prop that strikes me as rather awkward. They’re out of time a lot. Looks like a granny dancing with her grandson to try and be cool, but she is smiling like her face is going to burst, so she’s definitely enjoying it, and she’s fun to watch.
Bruno says that their characterisation was great, but their timing was not. He’s surprised that Anita wasn’t distracted by Robin’s quiff, as it must be like dancing with a cockatoo!
Craig thinks they were loose and technically messy, but loved the characterisation.
Len: Fun, energetic, entertaining.
Alesha says who cares about pointing toes? “You lit up the room.”
Craig 6, Len 7, Alesha 7, Bruno 7.
Alex Jones and James Jordan do the Viennese Waltz to ‘Memories’, from Cats.
Wow, she really is nervous if her partner squeezing her shoulder unexpectedly makes her scream like that! Love that dress, so delicate and flowy. I’m glad they don’t have any cat-like props. Gorgeous moonlight backdrop and decorations. Lovely smooth dancing. Wow.
Hey, an Anne Widdicombe joke!
Craig: simple and uncomplicated, be more daring in choreography – still loved it.
Len says it was simply beautiful (I agree). “You’re the winners.”
Alesha: beautiful, elegant and dreamy.
Bruno waxes lyrical about birds and simple beauty, while waving his arms like wings.
Craig 8, Len 8, Alesha 8, Bruno 8. Audience impressed!
Ha, Bruce dictating when his applause should’ve started and finished!
Rory Bremner and Erin Boag do a quickstep to a song from Top Hat, which I’ve sadly never heard of.
“Calmer chameleon”, ha. Watching Rory abuse the gym equipment is amusing. Wow, big fluffy white dress, the top half looks like it should be see-through.Erin’s earrings are gorgeous. Lionel Blair looks so pleased with him. Very light steps.Charlestonbit, yay! Rory makes this ‘ooh’ face when he’s quickstepping, like there’s something hot in his mouth.
Len – “your best dance”.
Alesha – character, timing, frame, all brilliant. “Quickstep is your dance!”
Bruno: razzle-dazzle glamour. “Careful with the trout pout!”
Craig: some technical corrections, but style, panache, confidence – brilliant.
Craig 7, Len 8, Alesha 8, Bruno 8. (I predicted those scores perfectly!)
Poor Brucie, made to do jokes that make fun of him!
Lulu and Brendan Cole do the Rumba to Phantom of the Opera.
Lulu’s confidence is really low, despite the praise from last week. I love that Brendan wears a Phantom mask, but Lulu wears an Andrew Lloyd Webber mask! 🙂 Oh, that explains the Dracula cape. Lulu’s black and white dress is really cool. Wow, the cape-swirling really throws up the dry ice fog. Brendan’s singing along as they dance 😀 “Yeah, you did it, baby!” Such lovely dancing.
Alesha: played it with sensitivity, elegant.
Bruno: good at playing the ingénue, he was expecting a rock chick. Choreography was difficult, but she did it.
Craig criticises illegal lifts. Brendan: “At that point in the music, would you have done anything else?” Lulu says her granddaughter went ‘yay’ when they did the lift, so they had to keep it in.
Len: “You have to break eggs to make an omelette, and sometimes you have to break rules to make a routine complete.”
Craig 5, Len 7, Alesha 7, Bruno 7.
Nancy Dell’Olio and Anton du Beke do a tango to ‘Be Italian’, from Nine.
There’s something off about the dark colours of her eyes, stockings and the dress trim against the bright pink of the dress; I think it looks tacky. Not seeing much passion in this tango, until that bit right at the end.
I think Nancy is trying to carry on Bruce’s joke from before the dance, either that or she doesn’t get it at all.
Bruno throwing his legs in the air! “Tempestuous temptress”, the bit at the end showed she could dance. Plus the quick Italian conversation.
Craig disagrees – she looked like a plodding mule. Bruno encourages him to recognise that there is an improvement.
Len – anything is an improvement on last week. “All the tension of a cold sponge. Lots of style but no substance.”
Alesha: intro, drama, character and storytelling were great. Need to strengthen body, but definitely an improvement.
Aww, she’s Brucie’s favourite! I hadn’t heard him say that yet this week.
Haha, Anton stealing a kiss, telling her off for kissing back, and her hitting him! Quite a volatile pair. Bet he’s appreciating being paired with someone kissable this year! 🙂
Craig 4, Len 5, Alesha 5, Bruno 6.
Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe do a quickstep to ‘Too Darn Hot’, from Kiss Me Kate.
Heh, he’s doing yoga. A hot yoga studio and they’re dancing?! Fits the song at least. A fun quickstep this time, loved it.
Craig: timing and energy need improvement, but much lighter than he anticipated, loved the acting.
Len thinks their slide was dangerous, says from the waist up he’s joyful and full of verve, but from the waist down he needs improvement, especially footwork. “Very good job.”
Alesha: good content, attitude, need to work on feet.
Bruno: “feet the size of surfboards” to navigate one of the most difficult dances in ballroom canon! Fantastic job.
Craig 5, Len 6, Alesha 6, Bruno 7.
Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan do the Tango to ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’, from Mamma Mia.
Robbie’s kids are adorable! I think they’re twins, same long hair, little striped suits! Awww. Uh-oh, apparently he gets motion sickness from spinning, not good for ballroom. Wow, her outfit. ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ is a good song for passionate dancing, lots of beats and strong chords. Oh, he almost lost his footing while holding her in that dip. Other than that, solid tango I thought.
Len: attack and aggression, that’s what the tango is. Great effort.
Alesha: attitude and passion, intent and determination, fast becoming one of the strongest contenders.
Bruno sings Mamma Mia to Robbie!
Craig agrees with Len! Is it a blue moon?
Craig 7, Len 7, Alesha 8, Bruno 8.
Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace do a foxtrot to ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’, from Funny Girl.
I love that he’s a theatre guy, he’s so adorable being in the west end. Spinny umbrella! I love that they have each other’s props. He looks a bit restricted by his suit, but otherwise it’s a lovely dance.
Alesha: “What can’t Russell do?” Positive attitude, refreshing.
Bruno says that Russell has the “uplifting quality of blazing sunshine”, very enjoyable.
Craig advises a more masculine approach. Audience boos, Alesha laughs, Bruno looks scandalised, Brucie says “Hark at the kettle!”
Len: “You were like a little white cloud drifting across the floor and your little yellow dickie was the sun.”
Craig 6, Len 7, Alesha 7, Bruno 8.
Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff do the tango to ‘I Will Survive, from Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.
Pink feathers everywhere! Love that they added some dance steps from I Will Survive. Smooth purposeful dancing.
Bruno, doing the dance! Likes the strong aggressive then quick change to “camp as Christmas”.
Craig: Three syllables, darling: “Stu-pen-dous!”
Len: “I’m going to call you the midwife because you keep delivering.”
Alesha: Tango with a twist, clever, blew her away.
Craig 9, Len 9, Alesha 9, Bruno 9. Wow!
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev do the Cha-Cha-Cha to ‘Beggin’’, from Jersey Boys.
Where do I know Chelsee from? She seems really familiar. Aww, her gran came in to dance with them, sweet 🙂 Oh I know, she plays Janeece in Waterloo Road! I like her dress, it’s like shimmery sherbet.
Craig, timing energy and spirit are fantastic, however haphazard, hit and miss, too disco.
Len: “You come out and go for it.” Strong footwork, but inconsistent.
Alesha: so close, they need to tighten up, but they are “a joy to watch”.
Bruno: all the best qualities of the Cha-Cha-Cha.
Craig 6, Len 8, Alesha 8, Bruno 8.
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani do the Jive to ‘Greased Lightning’, from Grease.
Oh my god, those sideburns are tragic! Again, I like that they’re working in the original dance moves. Yay, hand jive! Quite a complex routine, I think.
Len: lovely sharp kicks, musicality, would like less messing about, but very impressed.
Alesha liked the messing about. Right on the money, nothing bad to say.
Bruno is purring! “All grrrreased up, leather-clad rrrrippling muscles, action packed expressions – I almost hate you!” Definite flirting there!
Craig: “Be careful of Bruno in the bar, darling.” Craig thinks Harry has “finally arrived”. High praise.
Craig 8, Len 8, Alesha 9, Bruno 8.
A possible Grease cover from McFly on the way 🙂
So, Jason and Kristina at the top now, and Nancy and Anton are at the bottom.
I can’t decide who my favourites are. I loved that Viennese Waltz to Memories by Alex and James, Rory Bremner was fun to watch, Lulu and Brendan were kinda awesome, and Russell Grant was flamboyantly fabulous. I really want all them to continue – and from what I’ve been told about the results show (which I rarely watch), they do! Hurrah 🙂