So the last few months have been fairly hectic for us, apologies therefore that I’ve not been blogging about the last few weeks.
Jason was top of the leader board last week, and the training midweek suggested he’ll still be there this week, let’s hope he lives up to it.
Not sure on the solo spin and a few picked up feet in his first feather step. Needs to watch his shoulder line and the pivots are a little heavy.
I felt it looked better in training if I’m honest but a very good performance nonetheless. I felt he danced better last week but I’m still giving him a 7 this week.
Craig: 8 “Your head position needs attention, especially in the standing spin…classy, stylish, magnificent routine”
Len: 8 “Head could be a little bit to the left more…full of flair and personality…footwork mostly good”
Alesha: 9 “You are a real showman…in character even before the music started…seductive”
Bruno: 8 “So LA confidential…it’s great to see”
Total Score: 33
I’ve often considered acquiring a neck brace to torture my students with, Jason’s performance tonight may make my mind up for me.
Russell may have performed ‘the campest Cha Cha Strictly’s ever seen’ but Jason wouldn’t be far behind after that start. Some nice hip action though, but he does get out of step on his Natural Top. His backward locks could be a bit softer but there’s a lot of energy there and a very good first dance.
I’m going to give him a 7.
Craig: 8 “Bonsa, beauty” and a few other Aussie phrases that I couldn’t quite understand!
Len: 8 “Best dance of the night”
Alesha: 8 “Fantastic”
Bruno: 8 “Jason Donovan is in Cha Cha Charge…now Strictly’s in business”
Total Score: 32
So top score of the weekend, don’t quite agree with it myself but Jason has definitely come out of the blocks flying.
As I mentioned in the launch show Jason will need to work more on his arm presentation, but he’s concentrating more on getting the feet right first so I suppose I’ll let him off. As with Edwina though he needs to make sure that he doesn’t over do his hips, the hip action should come from the footwork – don’t try and actually move the hips.
Kristina has an interesting way of counting the Cha Cha Cha (1, 2, 3, Cha Cha), I can see the benefit in some ways so maybe we’ll experiment next time we cover it.
There’s still a lot of work to do for Jason but I’ll reserve judgement until more training footage comes through.
Quite an interesting line up, no obvious ducks from the outset (a la Widdy…though Russell and Audley may struggle).
I’m looking forward to seeing what Lulu and Nancy can do, and Harry has prior experience (dancing with Ola) in Children in Need (see below) so should have a head start…will he be paired with Ola again though?
All in all it looks like a strong lineup though and we only have 3 weeks until the launch (Friday 30th September if you’re interested).
Before that though we have the subject of who they’re going to be paired with, on with the launch show!
Ah the obligatory opening, flashing lights, the first pro dance for 2011 and our first look at new boy Pasha Kovalev. Surprisingly they don’t feature Pasha much in the opening, though he already looks a lot more promising than Jared did in his first performance. Also Natalie will have to work on her balance, can’t afford to fall down the stairs and injure yourself in the very first show Natalie!
Looking forward to seeing “Tolly” Parton, is that a tribute act Tess?!
Now we get to see the celebs for the first time in their sequins…let’s see who can clap in time with the music – always an early indicator!
Russell most definitely is the odd one out in this line up, not the best shimmy I’ve ever seen, but everyone else does appear to be able to clap in time, bodes well.
Admittedly the BBC kindly sent me the pairings last night so I already know who’s partnered with who, but that was yesterday and I’ve forgotten it all overnight!
I’ve never watched Daybreak but Dan seems like a laugh, but personally I’m not sure on the hair Robbie.
First pairing then, Robbie Savage & Ola Jordan – so definitely not paired with Harry then. As Emma puts it they have the same dress, tan and hair colour.
Second up is Dan Lobb & Katya Virshilas.
Harry Judd then gets paired with Aliona Vilani…the only ones still holding hands by Tess’ interview.
So it’s time to meet Pasha Kovalev, and a routine with all the girls, he looks a little peaky and almost doesn’t make his leap into the girls arms but definitely bags more charisma than Jared brought to the show last year – could be a good addition to the pro lineup.
Anita Dobson gets Robin Windsor and Emma’s particularly interested in being able to read Brian May’s lips, anyone got any ideas?
Chelsee Healey is “single and ready to mingle”, let’s hope Pasha Kovalev is too if that’s what’s on her mind!
Lulu is carried away with Brendan Cole, literally!
Now it’s time to see all the celebs dancing together for the first time…car crash or car wash?!
Before we do though it’s time for Dolly “Tolly” Parton…I’m afraid it doesn’t beat us being there live for Take That last year, front row and only about 4m away from them, let’s hope we get tickets again this year (hint, hint BBC).
Let’s find out who Jason “arms could be an issue” Donovan manages to catch…Kristina Rihanoff is the answer.
Rory Bremner hopes to make an impression (sorry, like Brucie I couldn’t help myself) with Erin Boag.
I don’t think it’s difficult to work out who’s going to be partnered with who here, unless they’ve decided not to pair them based on height.
Audley Harrison unsurprisingly gets Natalie Lowe, Russell Grant gets left with Flavia Cacace, or is that the other way around?!
Alex Jones, who Matt Baker thought would go well with James Jordan, ends up with James Jordan.