Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Strictly Come Dancing Wembley

Strictly Come Dancing – Wembley Extravaganza or Nice to see you to see you nice, <<nice nice nice nice>>

The Opening Number
Wow, Craig as Brian May, acrobats, cheerleaders, Harry and Brendan wearing matching outfits like some sort of personal early Christmas present. This is how you start a show. Fab- u-lous!  Though as soon as the show resumes normal format the terrible echo becomes apparent and will stay for the whole show, a tiny bit off putting in the speaky bits.


Robbie and Ola - Salsa
Robbie’s intro bit had me laughing so much; he is properly lovely and funny. Sadly though this dance was far from his best, such a shame! I am not enjoying Ola’s choreography at all, and the poor bugger got another busted nose! I have to say though, he gives it welly and his facial expressions are brilliant! Don’t want him to go anywhere but think he may actually be in danger after this!
Me- 6    Judges-5, 7, 7, 7

Alex and James – Tango
Urgh, Bruce dancing. Double urgh someone in the audience shouting “c’mon Brucie” Bruce just got a yellow card from me.  It would have been a red but he didn’t do a joke – hurrah!
 James is seemingly fond of making Alex dance alone at the beginning, we’ve seen this a few times now so it’s a bit repetitive, aside from that, bloody great. Quite a difficult song to Tango to but they totally nailed it. Loved it, I also really loved her dress, completely lovely.
Me – 9 Judges -8, 9, 9, 9
Holly and Artem – Quickstep
Ok, this is not their best dance at all. Holly is back to looking uncomfortable and slightly ill at ease. Artem is great as he always is. But, they are one of the few couples making best use of the increased space.  But I can’t be the only one wondering how different this dance might have been if she’d danced it with Brendan?
Me – 7   Judges – 7,8,8,8


Anita and Robin – Samba
Ahhh Anita, your smile could light that whole bloody ballroom, but your dance was a bit poo this week. Such a shame, what happened? Not a great dance, though I am sure at one point Robin kisses her nose, which made me melt a little this wasn’t a favourite of mine.  Never mind, I’m sure Len loved it!
Me -6   Judges   6,7,7,7

Harry and Aliona – Salsa
I totally loved their Harry met Sally intro, it was very funny! Once again for me the highlight of the show, though Harry’s hips could’ve had slightly more wiggle, it was all in his face and in Aliona’s mesmerizing legs and that flip into splits? My goodness that was brilliant. I love these two, I could watch em all day long!
Me- 9   Judges – 8,8,9,9     * I’m done complaining about Len, he wasn’t too bad this week though so I’ll be the bigger person! :-D  *

Russell and Flavia – Jive
Well that was a jive apparently! Bless. I have to say; as much as I have loved The Grant I think his time is up. The canon stunt at the beginning didn’t do it for me I’m afraid and the dancing was a bit shoddy. I will miss Strictly Come Panto very much but it’s getting near the final and it’s only fair the best dancers stay in!
Me – 5   Judges 5,6,6,7

Chelsee and Pasha – Samba
The opening to this dance with Chelsee behind a screen and dancing in silhouette is outstanding. She looks like a pro, they go on to have a few wobbles but it doesn’t matter at all. Full of energy, beautiful shapes and Chelsee singing away! I loved it. Harry and Chelsee remain my top two this week. Love it
Me – 9    Judges 8,9,9,9,



Jason and Kristina – Jive 
Awwww, such a shame about that little bit of forgetting the steps! I could have hugged the poor bugger. And naughty, naughty Kristina sticking lifts in! Ooooh the judges do not like that! It was clever 80’s inspired choreography and I really liked the routine – aww well. I’m sure he’ll be fine!
Me – 8     Judges 8,8,9,9


Results show
Opening number is absolutely flipping fantastic, from the boys being the Beatles to Holly in *that* outfit looking jaw dropping to the highlight for me: Craig – I heart you – Revel Horwood giving it full beans on the dance floor (as Alex would say!) this is what’s been missing from the results shows lately. And The Winkleman, I love Winkleman Sundays!
A great show (except that Jesse James J Morrison rubbish – DULL) and a slightly predictable result...awwwwwwww!  Buh bye Mr Grant, we loved you, we salute you. You are a mirror ball star!







New Bloggage

My review of this weekends Thoughtbubble comic convention is up on the SFX Magazine website

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2011/11/22/blog-thoughtbubble-a-comic-convention-for-all-the-family/

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Strictly Report Week 7


Strictly Come Dancing- Week 7
What do you mean I missed a week? All I will say about last week is that poor Jason was utterly robbed and though I was sad to see Brendan Lulu go I thought it was fair enough really. Oh one more thing how flipping ROCK is Artem to dance with a fractured spine! He is simply amazing and it was by far Holly’s best dance.
OK, this week we see that because of said injury Brendan sexy bum is dancing with Holly but Artem is still choreographing the dance and off we go!
Alex and James – Jive
I thought this was alright, not outstanding (for outstanding jive action I direct you to watch this clip from Dancing with the Stars; JJ Martinez, American actor and war hero KICKS BOTTOM dancing a Jive to which they’d just been give the music they were dancing to 20 minutes earlier! )


 I hated the little rag doll malarkey and I really disliked the song choice but I think she did a pretty good job.
Me – 7, Judges – 7,8,8,8
Robbie and Ola – American Smooth
Arggh I found this a bit dull, I still love Robbie though and am rooting very hard for him to make it to Wembley.  I think Ola’s choreography is a bit lacking this week.  I feel guilty so moving on!
Me – 7, Judges – 7,8,8,8


Audley and Nat – Char Char Char darlink
I’m going to sound mean, he’s so sweet and a bit barking but it is so, so time for Audley to go, he barely danced, it seemed like Natalie was just dancing around him. I didn’t like it at all. Oh what a big grump I am this week!
Me – 5, Judges – 3,6,6,5

Harry and Aliona – Argentine Tango
All grumpiness vanishes in a cloud of passion as Harry and Aliona live and breathe an exquisite Argentine Tango. They look amazing, their dancing is so beautiful and sharp and dangerous. I LOVED THIS!
Me – 10, Judges 9, 8, 10,10 - *insert usual Len hates Aliona whinge only with added vigour and disbelief and maybe a ball of yarn thrown at his big stupid telly face*


Jason and Kristina – Vienese Waltz
Beautiful and romantic, this is never one of my favourite dances but I really enjoyed this very much, very elegant and soft.  Very nice indeed Mr D, hope your marks reflect your actual dancing and not any other stupid thing!
Me – 9 Judges- 8,9,9,9,

Chelsee and Pasha – Foxtrot
WOW! I didn’t even recognise Chelsee sitting on that piano! Her posture was amazing, her head held at such an elegant angle. And although I did spot that little hop near the end I was amazed at the quality and elegance of this dance. Beautiful!
Me – 9 Judges- 9,8,10,9 *saying nothing about bloody Len here nothing at all!*


Anita and Robin – Argentine Tango
Couldn’t help but compare to Harry and Aliona and it didn’t live up for me. I loved the choreography but I don’t think Anita quite pulled it off. Her legs are far more elegant than her arms, which look a bit stiff and distract from the movements. I say as if I know what the heck I’m talking about.  I’ve watched all 9 series I’m an expert doncha know!
Me- 7, Judges – 7,9,8,9, - *who is Len kidding? Seriously though! Bloody ridiculous, I feel quite furious*
Holly and Artem Brendan – Rumba
Really difficult situation for Holly which I think she is handling really well, and she seems to really get a kick out of having both boys around – and who can blame her? She manages to have some flirty eyes going on with Brendan, which is never there when dancing with Artem and I wonder if Holly is actually struggling with the press surrounding the Strictly dancers and rumours of problems with Artem and Kara Tointon. If that’s the case it’s a real shame.
Me – 8, Judges, 8,8,9,9

Russell and Flavia – American Smooth
Nothing like any other American Smooth I’ve seen and you either I bet! Aw Russ, fabulous entertainment and his dancing is actually pretty good this week, he really is showing improvement – not that it matters a jot. This is fabulous darhhhling and so is he!
Me – 6 Judges -5,7,7,7



Results show
Not very impressed at all with the pro dance again, the boys section much better than the girls but still! Robin and Kristina’s contemporary dance however... oh my goodness, I had a little tear. Robin has never looked so utterly masculine and in control and every one of those tricks looked natural and beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous, this is the pro’s chance to show off and these two really went for it, the music was beautiful too.



Erin and Anton also prodded serious buttock in their dance. It’s lovely to see the pro’s look like they’re really letting go and showing off!  Good stuff. Also the Winkleman – have I mentioned my deep love? I heart that there Winkleperson!
I think Audley leaving is fair dos, whoever goes next week will however be a wrench; I love this cast now and can’t wait for Wembley week. Bring it on!

I leave you with an idea - let's start a petition to steal Dancing With The Stars fabuous Derek Hough who would rival even Brendan in the bottom department. Hubba!



Monday, 14 November 2011

Into the Woods

The very fabulous and wonderful and chronically talented Sara Dunkerton has posted a couple of panels from her and  Rich McAuliffe's fab take on Red Riding Hood from Into the Woods, on her here blog - what are you waiting for? Have a look see

Couple of SFX bloggy bits

I have written a bit about Star Trek The Next Gen episode Yesterdays Enterprise here like and have a bit in the latest Blogbusters about superpowers over here oooh exciting, well for me possibly not you :-D

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Strictly Come Halloween!

Strictly Come DancingHalloween Special

Opening Dance
Jason’s enthusiastic scenery chewing is the highlight of this slightly disappointing opening number. Its choreography is lack lustre, though the costumes and make up are outstanding.  Craig’s arrival on broomstick – fab-u-lous dahlink!

First Of All
This distracted me all the way through the entire show, what the bloody hell has Alesha got stapled to the front of her dress? Is it some kind of comforter/duvet? Did she just have a load of material left over when the dress was made and didn’t want to waste it? Was some Halloween ghoul attacking her? It wobbled about when she got excited and made her look like a right twonk. I couldn’t take anything she said seriously. She did a little harsh judging this episode – I think it was totally to distract from the duvet attacking her – it didn’t work Alesha, it didn’t work!
Another thing – what is going on with the rehearsal segments, there’s no rehearsal just bonker, madness. I can’t decide if I like it or not.

Flavia and Russell – Samba
Flavia looks amazing, but I don’t think Russ and Flav delivered either enough dance to make this passable or enough comedy. A bit disappointing and middling but I still love them and don’t think they’ll be in any danger whatsoever!
Me – 5, Judges – 4,6,6,6,

Chelsea and Pasha – Tango
As they appeared on screen – I said to my A Man, blummin hell, look at her chubobblies they’re a bit in your face. And so if you have barely contained breasts and lots of movement inevitably this will lead to disaster darling. Poor little thing though, she’s so young and it must have been horrid for her. This dance did not live up to last week’s promise, it seemed a little wobbly (no pun intended) and not as sharp as it could’ve been. I find Pasha wonderful to watch though, he’s great!
Me- 7, Judges – 7,8,9,8   (Alesha’s is a pity score I think, which is patronising!)
Audley and Natalie – Jive
Man, I didn’t like this at all. I also thought that Natalie didn’t dance anywhere near her usual standard and wondered if she was actually dumbing down her performance so as not to show Audley up. Costumes and music were great though and my daughter Tala (aged 4) asked me if the girl was a “baddie” because she looks like Poison Ivy offa Batman, I said yes. Mwahahahahhah. The Audly monologue with on the balcony was a bit weird but very funny!
Me – 4   Judges – 3,6,6,5

Alex and James – Paso Doble
This is one of my favourite songs and it was performed beautifully. Alex looked amazing and confident and this dance was full of drama and great storytelling which really suited the music. I really liked this and it was defo Alex’s best dance so far. Real improvement for her this week, lush.
Me – 8  Judges – 7,8,8,8
Holly and Artem – American Smooth
Another massive round of applause for the makeup peeps here – they both look so beautiful. I thought the theme of the dance (or “concept” as Alesha the duvet monster kept calling it, probably to sound like she knows what she’s talking about!) was beautiful it was by far the most unusual American Smooth and in fact Halloween dance I’ve seen and I really loved it. It suited Holly very much and as Len said, “What a number!” Which I think sums it up nicely.
Me – 9   Judges – 8,9,9,9,
Nancy and Anton – Rumba
Aw Nancy rumba walk makes her look quite mannish which I think entirely defeats the purpose. Anton looks a bit hawt in his spangled pants and silver fox hair- who knew?  The dance is just awful though. Badly arranged and badly performed, Anton looks like he has just given up –I think that’s a big shame actually. His stand up routine following the dance was brilliant though!  Lens comment “It had moments of Mills and Boon and moments of Meals on Wheels” made me snigger but I felt bad about the snigger, just so you know!  I think this is probably it for her now.
Me – 2   Judges – 2,5,3,4
Harry and Aliona – Tango
Wow, fabulous music, dancing, characters, storytelling, filled with romance, seduction and drama. Everything and the kitchen sink in this sexy, classy and gorgeous dance. That final neck twisting fall to the fall Aliona does is just flawlessly beautiful and breathtaking. My favourite dance of the night by quite far, I LOVED IT! I also still have Psycho Killer playing in my head.
Me – 10   Judges – 8,7,10,9 – gah Len you divvy – last season’s low marking for Aliona’s dances is back with vengeance  I think – not that I’m still bitter or anything!

Robbie and Ola – Paso Doble
Ok look, I’ll be straight with you, I laughed at Bruce’s intro joke. Just a little guffaw, I still feel dirty actually, I think perhaps I’ll never be clean again. This means however me and A are over our break and off to Central Perk for a giant latte!

Robbie – dawwwww you’re so adorable this dance was utterly looks and comedy over dance content, but it was just worth it for the look on Craig’s face at the end. Comedy Genius – FACT! A little disappointing from Robbie but I still love him, and don’t think he’ll be in any danger!
Me – 6  Judges – 4,7,8,7

Anita and Robin – Tango
Didn’t like this very much to be honest, it was a bit wobbly and a bit dull and I’m sure the judges watched a different dance to the one I saw. I still find Anita adorable and lovely but I think she can do way better than this.
Me – 6   Judges – 7,8,8,8,  (Len shurrup bout Harry’s dance it was so, so much better than this!)
Sexy, sexy, lovely Brendan and Whatshername – Paso Doble
Great opening! I actually like Lulu, she’s a bit of her sweetheart but she does look really ragdoll like and wobbly throughout this dance but she really is improving every week and she deserves a big credit for that.  Entertaining dance if not technically great – you go Lulu girl, keep the sexy butted boy in!
Me – 7   Judges – 6,7,8,8

Jason and Kristina – Quickstep
Loved this, the Midwife is back and giving diamorpine and gas and air willy nilly! This dance was charming and there was something sort of beautifully old fashioned about it that I just loved and it really suited their music. Jason I think may be proper bonkers and I love him. Great choreography from Kristina again, she and Aliona are really knocking it out of the park this series making some of the other pros look wanting as far as I’m concerned.
Me- 9   Judges – LEN SHUT UP! 9,9,10,9

Overall
A real mixed bag for me tonight, some really disappointing numbers and a couple of outstanding ones, I think Audly and Nancy will be in trouble and rightly so.
Results Show
Compared to last week’s outstanding results show I found this one a bit disappointing. I like that Tess had gotten dressed up as Kelly from the Misfits!



The pro’s dances I found disappointing again (though Pasha stood out in that first dance – very good) which I think they have no excuse for. But The Winkleman makes up for most things. I HEART The Winkleman – have I mentioned it?
All sense of tension in the show was wiped out for me by my beloved boyfriend TELLING ME who went out before I had a chance to see it! Git. You’re no better Wilson – I’m watching you! So Nancy left us and really I think that’s fair enough and so will The A Man when he stops crying!