Strictly Come Dancing – Week 11, The Famous Five: Semi-final Strictly
Nicky stumbled at the dance off against Denise last week which left us with a 5-couple line-up. With two dances for each of the couples this week, who would make that wonderful final, and who would be exiting with dignity this week?
Denise Van Outen & James Jordan (Tango 9, 10, 10, 10, T39, Rumba 9, 9, 10, 10, T38 Gran Total 77)
In the last couple of weeks, Denise, for whatever reason, had not managed to bring out her best performances and if ever there was a time for that to change, it was now. Dancing her Tango, you could clearly see the nerves in the legs as they got into their first dance. As the dance progressed, she seemed to settle more and almost got better as the dance went on. This was much better from Denise; a good clean, solid performance and showing more posture and poise than Kimberley’s perfect 40 Tango fusion of last week. Good score at 39, and just what she needed.
Dancing the Rumba, we couldn’t help but feel that they’d slightly craftily hidden Denise hip- and middloe body-line behind a somewhat floaty dress! The dance was lovely, and captivated everyone in the mood, and showing some good dance skills but it that slightly stiffer middle body moving freely? We didn’t think so. Great score from the judges, well desereved we thought but a slight unanswered question for us here. At the moment it looks set to be a Kimberley-Denise fight to the end!
Lisa Riley & Robin Windsor (Salsa 7, 8, 8, 8, T31, Am Smooth 8, 8, 8, 8, T32 Grand Total 63)
Lisa continues to be great fun to watch but there remains those questions hanging over her of should she go through to the final without some of those better dance techniques the others have developed. Her Samba was again brimming with enthusiasm and she even managed to get away with a floor spin as a spectacular splash. The second dance was slightly more refined but needs technical bits and bobs. As a dancer she’s behind, as an on stage fun entertainer she’s miles ahead.
Dani Harmer & Vincent Simone (Am Smooth 8, 9, 8, 9, T34, Arg Tango 9, 10, 9, 10, T38 Grand Total 72)
With her Argentine Tango, we didn’t expect anything other than a good performance dancing with Vincent. Vincent has a repertoire of more than 30 Argentine Tango showdances and is no stranger to what they need If you want to learn, we have a new course starting in January!!). She pulled this off well with some complex elements too. Still we’d like to see her grow in intensity and pull off an even more mature (danse-wise) perforance. Her Foxtrot was good too, but didn’t fire us up as some of the others had done. Good score, well deserved, but could be vulnerable now.
Louis Smith & Flavia Cacace (Jive 7, 8, 8, 8, T31, Foxtrot 9, 9, 9, 10, T38 Grand Total 69)
Oh Louis! You’ve got to feel with him that his body is so capabale of so many things with dancing, he just hasn’t got it under control enough. He has the opposite problem of some of the others where his range of movements is so well developed, the others by contrast have been trying to increase, improve, stretch and develop. Ironic that this might be his undoing then! He wasn’t bad tonight, and has certainly ‘performed’ better over the last few weeks, but his jive was untidy here and there, lacking some finesse, sharpness and looking a bit loose. He’s looking vulnerable here now.
Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Pasha Kovalev (Am Smooth 9, 10, 9, 10, T38 Charleston 10, 10, 10, 10, Total 40 Grand Total 78)
We felt Kimberley was slightly fortunate to have a big show-closing number last week and be handed a perfect 40. Denise pulled off a better Tango tonight, but Kimberley pulled out her Ace card, her Charleston, which got her yet another perfect score. Crucially for her though, this dance wasn’t one to beat Denise’ Charleston from Wembley week. Perhaps this means technically Denise might still be a nose in front on equal terms but boy-oh-boy this is going to be some final…. bring it on!
We thought last week was good, but this week we had some even better dancing from the remaining celebrities. So far you have got to feel that more or less the final five have been deserved of being in this good semi-final, but who should go out now, and who should progress? Lisa and Louis must be looking over their shoulders now, but maybe Dani is the quiet dancer in the middle?
A few interesting stats for you before we go:
- Highest Average score so far is Denise on 33.6, then Kimberley on 32.9.
- The average score for the Charleston is higher than any other dance.
- Louis, Lisa and Dani are below the average score improvements now.
- Denise holds the highest number of chart-topping scores at 6.
- Over the last 4 weeks, the couple with the lowest judges score has exited.
- Looking at the mean scores, and rates of improvement, Denise should win, Kimberley second, with a tie between Dani & Louis, and Lisa not making the final.
Somehow we don’t even what to look at the public effect; far too complicated!
With one week left to go for that wonderful final, it’s looking like a tough, tough competition, particularly between Kimberley and Denise….. great! We can’t wait.