So the competition is hotting up and the pressure of two dances in one week is thrown into the pot too! How would they cope this week? Who would rise to the top and who would be left floundering on the floor this week?
Anita & Brendan (Scored 7, 8, 7, 8, 30) : The Knight in shining armour was back to save the day once again with Robin out of action this week. How would she cope with picking up with a new partner? Very funny intro by the way, Brendan clearly more at home in lycra than armour! Nice little Cha Cha routine, really featuring the celebrity for a change, but obviously lacking some of that solid technique.
Holly & Artem (Scored 8, 8, 9, 9, 34) : After a surprise visit to the bottom two last week, how would she bounce back this week for two dances? First up, their foxtrot, with a tricky slow piece of music, held their own rather well. It lacked some silky smooth, traditionality of slow foxtrot but oozed a style and character that had perhaps been lacking from Holly of late. This was a step in the right direction in terms of showing character and a stronger look but needs more of the dance to come through now.
Alex & James (Scored 6, 7, 8, 8, 29) : Having raised her game in the last few weeks, could she continue to show that improvement needed to challenge for the top spots? Dancing the Charleston should have given her a great opportunity for fun and wonderful characterisation all at the same time. It wasn’t quite to be though. Somehow, maybe as was suggested from the rehearsal footage, this wasn’t to be. Alex looked a bit out of her comfort zone and unable to perform this routine at a higher level. Details were lacking, finishes looked more ordinary and maybe this had held James back from giving her a more ambitious dance.
Robbie & Ola (Scored 5, 7, 7, 6, 25) : Dancing the Samba, Craig took words out of our mouths as his bounce was over-exaggerated and should have a had a more subtle look. He threw himself into it and there was a good string of famous Samba steps (running promenades, stationary walks – hope our classes were watching!) but it went off track a bit far from good dancing in the end as his trousers were thrown asunder! Looks like his briefs put the judges off too!
Chelsee & Pasha (Scored 8, 9, 9, 9, 35) : Dancing the Argentine Tango, this was a good routine, danced well with the odd minor unfinished foot, but it lacked some oomf, passion and vibrance that we’d hoped to have seen. Strong dance but she was so careful with herself – amazing for an actor isn’t it?
Jason & Kristina (Scored 9, 9, 9, 9, 36) : After a high profile mistake at Wembley could Jason forgive himself, and turn it around this week? Another couple dancing the Charleston hadn’t ended showing their forte tonight. Jason definitely showed a better look for the Charleston but it wasn’t error free once again so he’ll have to keep focus. Really good dance though, acted strongly too. Great score but there was even more potential here. He’s still in it to win it.
Harry & Aliona (Scored 9, 10, 10, 10, 39) : Could Harry continue to raise his game and knock Jason back to second in the first dances? Well, he coped with a huge flurry of very tricky variations in his Quickstep so well. He has developed his hold, footwork, movement, poise – all still getting better and better. His look was sometimes down so that should be corrected for the final weeks but he’s just so capable and has to be favourite to win it at the moment. And then the scores rolled in and made it all official. Keep up the hard work Harry and surely no-one will catch you.
Swing-a-thon : The group Jive – Swing – Lindy dance gives the first chance to see them all on the floor at once, requires energy, togetherness and maintaining it right to the end. Robbie and Ola off first, 1 point, dancing off-time, Anita and Brendan next 2 pts, struggling to keep up with them, Holly and Artem next 3 pts, tired looking piggy-back, all losing some energy now, Jason and Krsitina next 4pts, disappointing for them, Alex & James next 5pts, two couples left, Chelsee and Pasha 6pts, leaves Harry and Aliona with 7pts, still with energy for kicks and flicks and a big big psychological win. At the moment there is no-one to touch him is there?
Overall, that left Harry, then Chelsee and Jason at the top, Holly in the middle, then Alex, Anita and Robbie bringing up the bottom (that’s the second time he’s highlighted the bottom tonight!). For the first time since week one, it looks like we have a favourite for the win with Harry but this could still change. What would it take? Well, Chelsee would have to use more of her acting skills, Jason needs to free himself up and on top of that perhaps Harry has to plateau, all seemingly unlikely at the moment. Could it be Robbie’s last week? Perhaps the nation was just not ready for his bottom or maybe it will be his save tomorrow. Not long until we find out.
James & Joanna