Wednesday, 26 October 2011

More (sorry!) Strictly Stuff

Strictly Come Dancing Week 4

I was dead keen to introduce the presenters in the style of a bingo caller (novelty prophylactic dress – Tess and someone stick his head in a noose – Bruce) The A Man however feels this may be going too far. I take his sage advice.

1) Jason and Kristina – Paso Doble
So the midwife hits the floor and is slightly less confident this week, however Kristina once again delivers brilliant and engaging choreography so maybe she should have that nickname! Once again massively entertaining and a great start to the show!
My Score – 8 Judges Score – (harsh in my opinion and Alex thinks it's a fix) 6,7,7,7

Sad news, the A Man has already laughed at one of Bruce's jokes and we are now “on a break” oh dear!

2) Alex and James – Rhumba
My utter contempt and hatred for Bruce grows steadily with every single introduction and I know by the end of the show I will be filled with a passionate fury, why just why can't we have The Winkleman eh? Anyhoo, Alex in her lacy leggings and push up bra looks beautiful but this dance is deadly dull, nowhere near the heights James reached with Artem last year I think Alex is popular enough not to have to worry too much but this could and should have been by this point, much, much better!
My Score – 6 Judges Score- 4,7,7,7

3)Rory and Erin – Cha Cha Cha dahhhhhhhling
Aww Rory you are so lovely, and your chest is sooo nice and you're a little bit geeky and I currently have a space in my life for a sexy, slightly self conscious, geeky boy with a nice chest. Siiiiiiiiighhhhhh. If only he let himself go and didn't worry he could be brilliant. I'm a bit in love I am. But what in heavens name have they dressed Erin in? Urgh, it's making me feel all Gok Wan and outraged.
My Score – 7 Judges Score – 4,7,6,7

4) Audly and Natalie - Foxtrot
I'm trying hard not to complain about Bruce's intro everytime but I swear he's making it difficult. So Audly and Ballroom Barbie take the floor for another slice of dull dancing, Audly is a bit adorable but jeez this was dull, and stiff and just not my cup of tea. Possibility of bottom two for this one
My Score – 6 Judges Score 6,7,6,6
(Bruno said Audly looked almost fairylike – this amused me ridiculous amounts, possibly cos of the dullness of the dance, needed a laugh!)

5) Nancy and Anton – Pasa Doble
“oooh” drools Monsieur Le A Man, “she looks like a sexy pirate lady”
Ah bless her, she's not got a lot of grace has she? Still some great tricks, which I watched from behind my fingers as it wasn't very comfortable viewing somehow. She is proper bonkers, I hope she stays around a bit longer as I find the bonkers a bit endearing.
My Score – 6 Judge Score- 3,5,5,5

6)Lulu and Brendan – Samba
Brendan in full on Patrick Swayze mode is just gorgeous to watch, too lovely in fact as I completely failed to look at Lulu beyond registering that her hair was freaking enormous. Enormous!
My Score – 9 but right I was just watching a pro so a bit bias! Judges Score – 5,6,7,7

7)Holly and Artem – Waltz
Was that an actual flash of life in Ms Valance's eyes? I think it was, a bit mistakey a little bit jumpy but definitely my favourite performance of hers so far. Less Rachel Stevens and much more warm blooded performance – I approve!
My Score – 7 Judges Score – 7,7,8,8

8)Chelsea and Pasha – Quickstep
I loved this. Energetic, elegant, graceful and really fun, I have no negatives and no pithy comments, it was perfect – I loved it – the end!
My Score – 9 Judges Score – 9,9,9,9

9) Harry and Aliona - Waltz
Aww Harry, you've got it now, perfectly in character, a gorgeously romantic, utterly lovely performance, so, so beautiful, I loved this too!
My Score – 9 (aww poor Aliona, Len you're divvy – fact!) Judges – 8,8,10,9 (wooo first 10 of the series – but its from Alesha so we all know it means less!)

10) Anita and Robin – American Smooth
Finally a nice outfit for Anita, and her ear to ear grin makes it hard to find her anything but adorable. It was a perfectly nice dance, a few little mistakes but overall elegant and fitting. Nice. I am now utterly sure Len has the big fat hots for the lady!
My Score – 7 Judges Score – 8,8,8,8

11) Robbie and Ola – Jive
Aside from total lack of hip movement and who gives a rats arse about that anyway, this was pure entertainment, Robbie was on fire! Loved the hair tossing, the kicks, the gurning at the camera, the utter joy that was written all over him. Not the best dance but my utter favourite so far of the night. Robbie kicks bottom – fact!
My Score – 8 Judges Score – 5 (aw Craig you git!) 8,7,7

12) Russell and Flavia - Tango

He who can no longer be named because of his Bruce love, points out that the gurning at the beginning is very like Zoolander, ha he is dead on the money, Russell has both Blue Steel and Magnum down pat! Camp, nutty, slightly odd but fun. Great closer for the show, utter madness. But so funny, camp and brilliant – how can you not love it?
My Score – dancing 5, entertainment 8, Judges Score – 5,6,6,7

My guess for bottom is Lulu, Nancy or possibly Audly!

Results Show
Ah Winkleman, why can't it always be you? This is how good it should be on Saturday's! This results show was 100 per cent better than last week. The opening number was great and really fun. Pasha and Katya's jive/lindyhop was brilliant fun and Flavia and Vincent... I barely have words for how utterly fantastic their Argentine Tango was. So, good and a nice reminder of what the Pro's are capable of. Brilliant show, loved it right up until, oh know, oh Rory, oh baby, our love was so brief and it really didn't last long enough. For years I've found your comedy slightly beyond me or slightly irritating, I didn't know you were a gorgeous, geeky boy under it all with a chest like that! Oh Rory, I might have had a tiny little tear escape. Call me mmmmokay!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Strictly Stuff

So my lovely friend at work who knows I'm a big Strictly O' Holic asked if I fancied writing a bit of a report type thing each week after the show. I enjoyed writing it so much I decided to stick it on my blog - knowing probably only Lovely Lee, Delicious Iz and Beautiful Bevis are likely to read it but hey, it's my blog innit! So here we go:

Strictly Come Dancing – BROADWAY BABY

Opening Number: - Eh? Is this it? But...But its Broadway, they could do anything! Who’s the choreographer, let’s find out so I can punch them!
Intro: - Once again I fail to listen to what the old bugger and the plastic lady are saying as I stare and stare at Barbie Tess’ face, there’s definitely been work done.  Oooh and now the parade of outfits at the beginning, I like this part! The A Man thinks Nancy looks HAWT, he drools a bit. I think Brendan looks HAWT, I am too classy to drool!  I think the SCD bods have seriously missed a trick on the red button commentary malarkey; they could have had The Winkleman and The Winkler! Man I would’ve paid money (not really) for that!

1) Holly and Artem - Tango                                                                                                
     Much better in the cage than out, I am distracted by the funny big knickers things they have her wearing. Poor girl, very unflattering.  Artem is rocking this tango far more than Holly who has the cold, dead eyes of Rachel Stevens.                                                                                                                                             My score=6. Judges score= 7,8,7,8
2) Dan and Katya - Vienese Waltz
      Dan is so charming and funny in the rehearsal segments it really makes me wish he was a better dancer. This is his best dance so far but it’s just dull. There is absolutely no hint of Broadway in this number and I think it will put Dan in danger.                                                      
     My score= 6 Judges score=5,7,6,6   
3)      Anita and Robin – Jive
      Jesus! What do these two have on their heads! Why do they keep dressing Anita in such odd outfits? I love Anita, she’s adorable and though I think this is a bit of a crap jive I don’t want her to go anywhere, don’t think she’ll be in danger, she seems to be a bit of a fav with the judges, maybe Len has a bit of a crush going on?                                  
      My score=6, Judges score= 6,7,7,7,

4) Alex and James - Vienese Waltz
      Alex has found some grace; she looks absolutely stunning and so graceful, if a bit stiff in theface. Very simple but lovely routine.  
       My score= 7, Judges score= 8,8,8,8   

5)      Rory and Erin – Quickstep  
      Who knew Lionel Blair was still ganning like? Well ya bugger! Really nice Hollywoody feel to this dance, I think Rory is doing well, and by the way was totally robbed last week – he should’ve got an 8 just for his shimmy. That was the best male celeb shimmy since Mark whatsisface the cricketer dude – fact! 

       My score= 7 Judges score= 7,8,8,8 
6)      Lulu and Brendan – Rumba     
       Bah stupid cape covering Brendan’s lovely posterior, I disapprove, erm, yes, anyway, very nice and floaty, Lulu looks amazing, enjoyed this. I heart Brendan though think he shouldn’t be allowed to talk as it spoils him. My mother thinks exactly this about David Beckham, I think maybe we are bad people!      

      My score= 7 Judges score= 5,7,7,7  
7)      Nancy and Anton – Tango   
      The A Man becaume suddenly very interested in the dancing, put’s the laptop down and everything. I would complain but well, see 6).  I have to say, Anton is rocking that hat, I really liked this, I find these two a hilarious double act, and her actual dancing is better this week. Am I the only one who thinks she looks like the cougar type lady from Dirty Dancing?     

      My score = 7 (entertainment factor has to be a consideration!) Judges score= 4,5,5,6    

8)      Audley and Natalie – Quickstep
      Natalie always does interesting choreography and you can see she’s tried to play to his strengths. I liked this, bit of comedy, bit o fancy footwork.  Not outstanding but perfectly nice. I approve.  
      My score = 7 Judges Score= 5,6,6,7     

9)      Robbie and Ola- Tango                                                                                                                  ROBBIE FOR THE WIN, yes, yes, ok, I have Robbie in my works Sweepstake – shuddup!  What was up with the camera work in this dance, missed most of it in the stupid swooping and close-ups! I hate that! Really liked Robbies grrrrr man face think he had the Tango character really well. Not quite as good as last week but still pretty fab actually. 
      My score= 7 Judges score= 7,7,8,8,   
10)   Russell and Flavia- Foxtrot   
       Russell has brought out the best in Flavia, making her likeable for the first time for me. He’s so sweet and funny and adorable and loving the dancing so much that you can’t really do anything but appreciate the comedy, camp genius. The dancing is a bit, well, crap but it really doesn’t matter at all.    
      My score = 6 Judges score = 6,7,7,8  
11)   Jason and Kristina- Tango 
      (brief note before dancing commences, A Man has now laughed at two of Bruce’s “jokes” he has been warned there is a three strike and you’re out policy now implemented as well as my scorn and general disappointment in him. You let me down honey!)     Ok, this dance, highlight of the whole series so far!  I loved every bloody second of this, the campest, bestest Tango ever. Jason singing parts of it and his grrrrrrr tango face can just not be beaten.  Kudos to Kristina for very clever and hilarious choreography and for keeping a straight face herself throughout. MARVELLOUS!  
      My score= 9 Judges score= 9,9,9,9   
12)   Chelsea and Pasha – Cha Cha Cha    
      Firstly Bruce’s “wicked” jokes made me want to head butt the old git, I feel he presents a justifiable case for enforced retirement and for bringing in The Winkleman. I love The Winkleman probably a bit too much! Ok, dance, it was really good, tons of actual content and complicated and interesting choreography. I love Pasha and really think they are both doing well and not really getting good feedback, making Chelsea and Pasha the new Matt and Aliona (whose scoring last year INFURIATED me!)        
      My score= 8 Judges Score= 6,8,8,8,

13)   Harry and Aliona – Jive 
      Harry WAS Danny Zuko, first time we have seen him properly in character – his absolutely best dance by far, he is also getting that lovely dancers bum, which I think might be due to getting the posture right. I absolutely loved this – Aliona being one of only two pro’s who I think understood the “Broadway” concept. Brilliant way to end the show!    Oooh and Bruno now at his mental best!   
      My Score= 9 Judges= 8,8,9,8

Overall – The pro dances (including the one on the results show) were the worst performances of the show(s)! Really disappointing.  Holly and Anita were my least favourites.  Jason and Harry my absolute favs, and Robbie and Chelsea I really enjoyed too. I think Dan might be in danger – neither nowt nor summat that dance.

LOSER OF THE WEEK – Bruce! Sorry, no. Dan, awww Dan, I think your pro let you down! Bless ya cotton socks.

Notes – I scored before the judge so wasn’t influenced by them.  Crikey that’s a lot of writing, sorry! J

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Into The Woods

Is finally starting to come together. I have three of the stories almost completed and they are so good I could cry.

We have a new bod joining the ITW team and that is lovely chap Filip Roncone - fellow 2000AD geek! He is going to be doing the lettering for Amber And The Egg, by Nic Papaconstantinou and art by Bevis Musson. The art for this story is finished and sublime. Bevis' linework is so perfect it's ridiculous.

Also joining the team is fabulous artist Andy Bloor, he has produced a really gorgeous back cover for the anthology, which I can't wait for you guys to see. Andy is also going to be designing the book and helping me stick it all together.

We shall  be launching at Cardiff International Comic Expo in February, I have a table booked (and also will be co hosting the Dredd at 35 panel with the beautiful Iz McAuliffe - come and see us!) and am hoping that we sell well. It is both a terrifying and terrifically exciting thing.