Strictly Come Dancing Week 5 – Fright Night for Halloween
Last week it was Rory who made a dignified exit but with Halloween in the air who would give us a fright this week and who would become the latest Pumpkin in the ballroom?
Russell & Flavia (Scored 4, 6, 6, 6, 22) : Suffering with his legs last week how would he battle through this week? Well the little devil treated us to a Samba that wasn’t quite up to par for us with a few errors here and there. He’s likeable and entertaining isn’t he, always willing to put himself out there, but technically this was lacking in several places. He’s still riding the wave of camp performances with his enthusiasm but technically will this allow him through the next few weeks?
Chelsee & Pasha (Scored 7, 8, 9, 8, 32) : Last week’s chart topper was surely under pressure to show a repeat of such a high scoring dance from last week? Despite dancing in a bit of a fog, and a tricky costume issue, she held her own and is improving her performances from those frenzied early weeks. She had some fire in the belly tonight, clearly worked up and wanted to deliver more. If she can keep this going then she’s in it for the longer term we think. Technically still more to do but getting there.
Audley & Natalie (Scored 3, 6, 6, 5, 20) : We feared for his jive, requiring such lightness of feet and it was completely unfounded in the end. It was another spirited (ho ho!) effort from the likeable Audley but he was heavy footed and struggled at times with the body speed. This dance showed his vulnerability and maybe leaves him vulnerable. We had to agree with Craig but Audley certainly threw himself into it and held a smile. Could be vulnerable this week.
Alex & James (Scored 7, 8, 8, 8, 31) : Their Paso did have some passion and drama, especially given the music wasn’t really filled with highlights to bring out their finest choreography. This was an improvement from last week but she certainly didn’t look too self-assured and quite relieved afterwards we felt. A good score and surely safe for another few weeks if she keeps going like this.
Holly & Artem (Scored 8, 9, 9, 9, 35) : It was their turn for the American Smooth this week, to Swan Lake for Halloween – what a recipe! Well, it was a little short in content we felt, but really atmospheric. Some of the lines weren’t 100% finished but she certainly looks a candidate for the later weeks with these strong performances. Very vulnerable in this dance tonight but held her own really well. Keep it going Holly.
Nancy & Anton (Scored 2, 5, 3, 4, 14) : Dancing the Rumba, would she be able to get into character or more importantly get that dancing going a fair bit better? Well, she didn’t show the improvement we all hope for each week, and she was somewhat behind the others already. It just isn’t competing with the others at the moment and the score reflected that fairly we felt. Poor Anton. Surely she can’t survive another week?
Harry & Aliona (Scored 8, 7, 10, 9, 34) : Their Tango had a good story with drama and character but there was so little Tango content here. We were left frustrated by the lack of steps he showed. Those he did, great and it was all looking so good but blink and you missed it. He’s capable but the choreography is more showdance than the dance subject for the week – this is what stopped him holding the highest score this week.
Robbie & Ola (Scored 4, 7, 8, 7, 26) : Paso was the dance that left Jason off the top of the leader board last week, and this is a bit similar for Robbie. Technically it was lacking – it’s a bit more that just walking strongly through the figures. It was full of energy from him again but it wasn’t the best Paso to top the charts this week. Come on Robbie,the others are upping their technique so you have to do the same now too.
Anita & Robin (Scored 7, 8, 8, 8, 31) : It was a good week for Anita last week so we hoped for much the same, in hold once again, for the Tango this week. She clearly got to grips with her Devil Woman character and acting is not a problem here. She showed more dance content than some of the others so didn’t shy away from it. She needs more attack with her feet, strength in the body and a few other improvements to really step up but this was not at all bad. Not the worst this week by any means, but needs more improvement.
Lulu & Brendan (Scored 6, 7, 8, 8, 29) : Lulu underperformed last with her Samba but remains popular with the public. Dancing the Paso, could she perform more strongly? Well, it didn’t seem to have the body strength here and there but she made it through a big performance full of content and flare – a big opening, big finish handling all of the flying so well. Brave stuff. More improvements! Safe for a while yet.
Jason & Kristina (Scored 9, 9, 10, 9, 37) : A tougher week for Jason last week saw him not get on top of the Paso as he had the other dances. With his quickstep, he didn’t to show poise, light and shade and good use of feet and ankles. Not only did he show some good signs of that, but what a clever choreography too. A really enjoyable story told very successfully; not flawless with a few minor bloopers and the odd passage with his bottom stuck out, but great way to end the show. Great score and the highest so far.
It looks like Nancy might be vulnerable this week, with Audley not far off her towards the bottom of the leader board. It all depends on the public vote and in some ways that what is keeping Russell out of trouble for the time being.
Jason, whilst maybe not coming across as the most enigmatic off stage, has certainly pulled out the stops again this week but now has Chelsee and Harry improving and nipping at his heels. It’s getting tougher at the top. Quite right too.
James & Joanna