It Takes Two – Friday 19th October

Strictly Come Dance - It Takes TwoFriday’s show featured Kimberley & Pasha and Lisa & Robin, the Friday panel consisting of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Dell’Olio and Rufus Hound along with a sneak peek at Colin & Kristina’s Argentine Tango. Continue reading

Strictly Come Dancing week 5 – Halloween Special

Apologies for not blogging on last week’s action, but unfortunately we just couldn’t get the time.

Tonight is the Strictly Halloween Special, and I can already predict that the scariest thing is going to be Nancy!

First up is Russell Grant & Flavia Cacace with their Samba Continue reading

Strictly Come Dancing Week 3

Ok due to our Bournemouth Dance Weekend this weekend I’ve had to save the blogging until today.  Rather than inundating everyone with posts I’m just going to do it in one long one instead.

This week is Broadway week, why? I don’t know but I suppose they feel the need to have some form of gimmick to keep the public interested.

We missed the live show as we were having a masquerade ball, but the wonders of modern technology allowed us to hook my laptop up to the hotel’s TV, fire up iplayer using the hotel’s free wifi, and have all our students sit down with us to watch the show.

In between each dance we had a quick run round for scores, really wish we’d written them down as it would’ve been great to compare.

It did mean we were all up until gone 1am but it was fun to watch with them. Continue reading

Week 2 Leaderboard

So added together with last week the scores are as follows:

(Last week’s score, This week’s score) [My total score]

1. 65 points (32, 33) – Jason & Kristina [14]
2. 58 points (28, 30) – Holly & Artem [13]
3. 56 points (27, 29) – Chelsee & Pasha [15]
3. 56 points (28, 28) – Anita & Robin [13]
5. 55 points (28, 27) – Harry & Aliona [14]
6. 51 points (22, 29) – Alex & James [13]
7. 49 points (27, 22) – Rory & Erin [12]
8. 48 points (19, 29) – Robbie & Ola [12]
9. 46 points (21, 25) – Russell & Flavia [11.5]
10. 45 points (24, 21) – Dan & Katya [11]
11. 43 points (20, 23) – Audley & Natalie [12]
12. 42 points (17, 25) – Lulu & Brendan [10]
13. 36 points (17, 19) – Edwina & Vincent [10]
14. 26 points (12, 14) – Nancy & Anton [5]

Again the table is fairly in line with expectations and Edwina & Nancy are down the bottom as predicted, Anton’s fans are going to have to really spend some on the phone calls to save them as I’m not sure how many fans Nancy is going to have.

I think giving everyone Salsa and Foxtrot in week 2 is very harsh though as these are both quite difficult dances.

I’m predicting Nancy will be going home though.

Nancy Dell’Olio & Anton Du Beke – Salsa

An uncomfortable start and her timing and footwork is all over the place.  Anton’s doing his best to keep her under control, I must admit it’s not as bad as I’d originally expected but the technique is pretty awful.

She needs to stand up straighter and let Anton lead…I’m going to give her a 5 as I’m feeling generous.

Craig: 3 “Frenetic, frantic, frenzied”
Len: 5 “Most exciting part was when I took a crafty glance up your dress…ploughed on and kept going”
Alesha: 2 “I can’t work out if you were trying to be funny, or if it just was funny…I’m confused”
Bruno: 4 “You look like you’ve had two gallons [of champagne]…looked like you had no idea where you were”

Total Score: 14

Nancy Dell’Olio & Anton Du Beke – Waltz

Two big egos, one dance, plenty of humour, though I don’t think the feather boa was part of the routine and unfortunately it’s pretty much ruined the whole performance.

A complete mess I don’t feel it’s fair to even give it a score, I think Craig especially will be harsh.

Craig: 1 “A word of advice darling, forget props all together”
Len: 4 “Too long messing about on the settee…the actual bit of dancing is good…do a straight dance with her”
Alesha: 3 “You are the glamour puss on Strictly this year…we’ve all been there, you go wrong, you carry on”
Bruno: 4 “I was looking forward to the story telling…turned into a disaster”

Total Score: 12

Strictly Training Video – Nancy Dell’Olio & Anton Du Beke

Second up tonight is Nancy Dell’Olio and Anton Du Beke also with the Waltz.

For the majority of the training Nancy is looking quite rigid and heavy footed, but I’m really liking the sequence around about 58/9 seconds in.

If she can continue to be lighter on her feet she’ll be in good hands with Anton for the Waltz.

Strictly Come Dancing 2011 Launch Show

So it’s been a while (9 months surprisingly!) but we’re back with a new series of Strictly, and thus I start blogging again – there go my Saturday nights!
The celebrity lineup this year is as follows:
Alex Jones
Anita Dobson
Audley Harrison
Chelsee Healey
Dan Lobb
Edwina Currie
Harry Judd
Holly Valence
Jason Donovan
Lulu
Nancy Dell’Olio
Robbie Savage
Rory Bremner
Russell Grant

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.

Edwina rushes the gun, thinking she’s got Artem Chigvintsev, instead he’s paired with Holly Valence and Brucie quips “If you feel two holes burning in the back of your head, it’s Kara Tointon’s eyes.  So be careful! Be very, very careful.”  Holly replies: “we’re professionals!” Close to the knuckle there Bruce.

Again based on height it’s unsurprising that Nancy Dell’Olio is with Anton Du Beke, whilst Edwina Currie is with Vincent Simone.

Asked who their outside tips are

Bruno says:

“Ah, it’s got to be Russell Grant! I’m telling you, he’s got the potential of taking off like the spinning tardis and taking us all into a new dimension of dance, or dementia, it’s up to you.  But it’s going to be entertaining regardless.”

Craig [on his hit list] says:

“Russell and Flavia, and actually, Lulu and Brendan – I don’t know, probably not on the dance floor, but I think backstage we might see some tiaras and tantrums.”
The group dance is up now, who stands out and who should sit down?
Chelsee looking sassy, Audley looking clumsy, Lulu has attitude but Russell doesn’t actually look too bad.
Robbie and Anita a bit disappointing also Nancy and Edwina already looked puffed out.
Not sure what happens between Nancy and Jason, but that was a bit aggressive Jason.
Dan looks uncomfortable but Holly should do well but I don’t really see much from Rory or Alex (though Rory does have quite a nice wiggle it seems).
All in all there’s a few weak ones (as is always the case) but my tips for those to do well are:
Harry & Aliona (though how much help his previous training will be is debatable)
Chelsee & Pasha (I predict they’ll do really well)
Lulu & Brendan (both feisty)
Rory & Erin (though not all the way I fear)
Holly & Artem (could definitely give Kara food for thought)

The rest could include some dark horses such as Alex Jones or Robbie Savage but we’ll just have to wait the three weeks and see.

As usual I’m looking forward to the show starting (not least of all for the increased interest in dancing in general) but do you agree with my tips or is there someone you think I’ve neglected?
Harry Judd dancing on Children in Need