Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Strictly Semi Final

This is going to be quicker than usual - this time of year gets busy doesn't it I'm finding it hard to keep up with my Strictly obsession. I have 2 weeks worth of It Takes Two backed up and doubt I'll get to them. Still, here are my quick views on Saturday's Semi's

1) Dani and Vincent - American Smooth/Argentine Tango - Overall Judges Score - 78

The AS was sweet, elegant, pretty and bordering, though never tipping over into sickly. They followed this up with a sexy, sultry and exciting Argentine Tango.  This was very clever, showing two sides of the same coin, sweetness without sickliness and sultry but not sleazy. Well done Vincent, seriously fantastic choreography.The opening was incredible - just starting while the applause was going and before the music, this really set the sexy tone, it was a fantastic decision. I have always adored Vincent for you know Vincent but this year he has outdone himself in his routines and I have loved watching him. He's rocketed up my Pro leaderboard, great stuff.

2) Louis and Flavia - Jive/American Smooth - Overall Judges Score - 69

I did not like this jive. I thought it a bit ...dull. However, I think Louis has totally upped his gameface and his performance was great, I think his pro let him down in this dance, it was not up to scratch and I was somewhat glad that Len (sort of) pulled Flavia up on it. I don't think this is her favourite dance and it showed - and it really shouldn't have. Luckily their American Smooth was incredibly interesting, a great routine with a really quirky choice of music which worked really well, I liked the ending very much - and though Louis had a hint of his 'ballroom face' of earlier in the series his performance was still all there - finally, finally making him a contender.

3) Denise and James - Tango/Rumba - Overall Judges Score - 77

Their Tango was outstanding, full of attack and the gorgeous staccato that is the Tango. I loved it, I loved the music choice again and the passion in the dance was so good. Their Rumba though, oh it was heartbreaking, her acting in that dance and her storytelling was gobsmacking. It may not have been technically perfect, the dress may have covered a multitude of sins but I was with Bruno here, it moved my cold northern heart, it was spellbinding and beautiful.

4) Kimberly and Pasha - American Smooth/Charleston - Overall Judges Score - 78

The first dance was beautiful, Kimberley's musicality is such an asset to her, she didn't miss a beat and in this dance that was vital. It was a teasing, sultry gorgeous - almost showdance. I really enjoyed the smoking sexiness and like Vincent I like how Pasha chose a lovely opposite for the second dance. The cheeky, quirky charleston was fantastic, I loved it (I really loved Pasha's outfit too, big socks yo! All about the big socks) I think it's no secret that Pasha is a big favourite of mine (probably because I watched him throughout his time on So You Think You Can Dance US) but his choreography is always interesting and fun - he makes sure his partner is the star (he did the same thing for Chelsea last year) and he's gorgeous to watch. I also think he's responsible somewhat for the choreography of the other male dancers improving, he's raised the bar. And Kimberley is so reaking adorable it's ridiculous, she's so likeable and sweet I really think the very final should come down to Kimberley vs Denise and I've got my fingers crossed for that.

5) Lisa and Robin - Salsa/American Smooth - 63

This is the first week where Lisa has looked out of place in this competition. She was shown up entirely by the quality of the other dances, I found all the OTT praises of her 'performance' excessive and somewhat annoying - her performance seems to be having her gob open! I wondered if I was missing something. This is nothing to do with her weight and all to do with mistakes, timing issues and level of complexity. Speaking as a chubby chubster cake bandit myself I have been very proud of her but lets not have positive discrimination, she's been wonderful but it's time for her to leave now.

Results Show

Opening Dance - Hmmmmm was alreet like. I think for the semi final a bit more spectacle could occur - especially as so many of the pros have been knocked out - surely something, I don't know...more? It was ok though but some of the Pro dances this series have been amazing but this was ok.

Winkleman Love - her mad trotting on to stage like a crazy women, she's not sane that women I freaking love her - fact.

Catherine Jenkins - Santa Baby, mmmm yeah alreet nothing special.

Lens Lens - Watching this round up of Lens Lens for the series made me realise that I have actually fallen for Darcey. I was very unsure week one yar, but she's done it, she's adorable, she has a great sense of humour but takes the marking seriously. The judges seem really happy with each other this year, they're lovely with each other, I hope all four are back next time.

Results - a quick aside to say that Vincent's reaction to getting through to the final made me well up a little bit but reet if you say owt aboot that like I'll knack you up like.

Dance Off - Lisa &Robin and Denise & James. I feel so sorry for Denise, second dance off and soo not fair it must be a little soul destroying. You kick arse girl!

Sooo it's time to say goodbye to Lisa, I will say that I think this was utterly the correct decision but we will miss Lisa and Robin. Lisa has rocked on behalf of all of us chubbers and we salute you with pint and pie held aloft. You did good girl, we are proud. Rock on!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Strictly - Finally!

A "Friends" style opening, I have to be honest I didn't think it was that great but Alice (nearly 12) thought it was hilarious and chortled so I have to approve.

1) Dani and Vincent - Samba
I really loved the routine with the hints of Beyonce in there. Her musicality is really good and I thought this a gorgeous sexy samba to start off proceedings. Dani also looked fabulous, I loved the frock.
Me - 9
Judges - 9,9,9,9,
Alice - 8

2) Kimberly and Pasha - Tango
LOVED it, insert Stacey's normal ravings about Pasha's brilliance at choreography and letting his partner shine. I loved the story, the routine, the music, the mood - everything. I thought it was shit hot!
Me  - 9
Judges - 8,9,8,9
Alice Revel Horwood - 8

*oh another racist remark by Bruce towards Pasha, I'm really finding that annoying - does anyone actually find the moron funny? Shuddap Lee.

3) Victoria and Brendan - Salsa
I think that the lifts were really, really good, but her hip action was woeful, she looks so stiff and awkward that it's almost uncomfortable to watch her. I think this may be the end of the race for our Vicky. Bless.
Me - 6
Judges - 4,6,6,5
Alice - 6

4) Louis and Flavia - Paso
The routine was beautiful and Louis is very elegant so this routine should have been on fire. It was a bit of a damp squib really though. They have absolutely no chemistry, no fire and no passion. Just a sort of robot blankness. It's so sad because they really should be jaw dropping!
Me - 7
Judges - 6,7,7,7
Alice - 7

5) Lisa and Robin - Rumba
Huuummmmm, ok I suppose. A very quiet dance but the Rumba is supposed to be quite sexy and romantic and though they tried with the romantic the sexy was totally missing. Not her dance at all, not awful but just ok.
Me - 7
Judges - 7,6,7,7
Alice - 7
*I loved the Bruno/Len giggle meltdown here with them actually hanging on to each other laughing, it was so cute

6) Michael and Natalie - Argentine Tango
Natalie appeared to be wearing Fern's Killer Queen outfit that had been through the shredder! I think Michael handled the lifts brilliantly, but the routine lacked the fire needed. I think both Louis and Michael need to go and watch Vincent shaking his tango butt and see how it's done!
Me - 7
Judges - 6,7,7,6
Alice - 8

7) Nicky and Karen - Charleston
Well, I thought his frame was quite wobbly and his shoulders were up once again masking his neck BUT it was really, really good. He kept lapsing into sort of boyband hiphop posture but for this dance it really worked. His performance was incredible as was his characterisation and the whole routine was gorgeously funny and cheeky and the lifts were fantastic. Really, really good job!
Me- 9
Judges - 9,9,9,9
Alice  - 9

8) Denise and James - American Smooth
My favourite dance of the evening, I actually welled up a little bit (shut yer face's or I'll knack yers up!) so elegant, smooth and romantic. I thought it exquisite. I have no bad things to say about any tiny wobble - sod that malarkey it was beautiful
me - 10
Judges - 9,9,9,10
Alice - 9


Opening Dance - I freaking loved it, those boys were amazing - there was no real need to bring in the female pros to be honest, they were great on their own. Really fantastic

Result 1 - Michael and Natalie (awwww)

Lens Lens - highlights for me were Bruno doing Beyonce and one again Len and Bruno's fit of giggling

Result 2 - Victoria and Brendan (expected but still awwww)

The Script - meh, but Pasha and Karen rocked the big one with bells on and no mistake. I loved them.

Dance Off - Michael severely upped his game here, he was great, he should win it. V&B let go of it, lots of mistakes.

Result - Victoria and Brendan are going, totally fair result, she did so, so well getting this far and she seems so sweet. Buh Bye Vicky we'll miss you.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Strictly Wembley

Wembley Week, wooohooo but booo are we here already? It's going too, too fast! So, I loved the judges intro and the pro's opening dance through the ages. The celebs in 80's stylee could've done a much better dance at this point surely? But the feeling of a "show" and spectacle were there and I totally enjoyed it.

But then sorrow of sorrows - Bruce is back with (oh for fucks sake!) more Gangnam Style? Really? Probably went down better with the live audience then it did with MY FACE!

1) Lisa and Robin - Samba
((perv alert))Well, I personally think Robin should wear this outfit all the time, and be all smeared in oil, it is a look which works very well for him! Also BLOODY HELL with the splits! I thought it could have been much sharper and was a little sloppy in places but the entertainment value was high. The camerawork was annoying again and remained so throughtout the entire show - grrrr
Me - 8
Judges - 8,8,8,8 (Tess did a funny joke, I forget what it was, but I'm sure she used the word "blimey" to great effect - Tess after how many years? has finally won me over, just a little bit - she's not Winkleman though but she's kind of alreet like)

2) Nicky and Karen - Jive
In parts he looked so comfortable that this dance looked almost naturalistic or ad libbed, then at other times his neck once again disappeared and he was stiff and awkward. There didn't seem much jiving to me but he really gave a good performance and I thought it was quite good.
Me - 7
Judges - 6,8,8,8

3) Denise and James - Charleston
Absolutely bloody wonderful! I loved this so much, it was joyous, fast, funny and perfectly syncronised. I loved the pared down version of the song, they were perfectly in time and it was just freaking marvellous! ((perv alert)) I also found James somewhat appealing in his BIG socks!
Me - 10
Judges - 9,10,10,10

4) Louis and Flavia  - American Smooth (mebbe)
I had to rewind this twice to make sure I had the right dance written down. I really think that dance looked like a quickstep. It was really fun and I enjoyed it very much the tricks and lifts. And I think Flavia choreographed that for maximum audience enjoyment rather than aiming it toward the judges. It was a dance that broke the rules really but it made for a good dance.
Me - 8
Judges - 7,8,8,7

 For an even better example of this I present you with this recent work of wonder. Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough from Dancing With The Stars dealing with the challenge of having an extra dancer. I put it here as Shawn is also an Olympic champion and our Louis could stand watching her kicking bottom. This is a "samba" which Len marked as a 7 for breaking the rules!

5) Richard and Erin - Salsa
The lighting effects were amazing during this routine, and somewhat of a blessed distraction. I don't want to use the word awful, but it was awful! And quite frankly the less said the better. I think it's time for Richard to go, as much as I love him, this just wasn't good enough
Me - 5
Judges - 5,6,7,6
6) Victoria and Brendan - Paso Double
Fooking loved Victoria's Freddie inspired outfit, she looked amazing! The dancing was ok, not geet totally awful but not great. A bit nowt or summat to be honest with you. Not even ((perv alert)) .Brendans bum could really save it. Poor Brendan, fell over last week and took a cape to the face this week. Surely next week has to go right for both of them? Fingers crossed
Me - 6
Judges - 5,6,7,6
7) Dani and Vincent - Quickstep
Dani did such a good job of keeping her top line (ooooh get me!) nice and quiet and letting her feet do all the work. This was elegant and poised and not even a hint of butch. Beautiful, light and fast I really loved this. I do think the wardobe ladies must hate Vincent though, that pink suit - urgh!
Me - 9
Judges - 9,9,9,9
8) Kimberly and((ooer really big perv alert)) Pasha - (I was furious about the Bruce's really rather racist comments but will give him not a jot more of my attention here) Samba
Best samba of the series so far bar none. The worst bit of this dance was realising it happened five days ago therefore I coouldn't vote for her. The minx! FAB-U-LOUS!
Me - 9
Judges - 8,8,9,9
9) Michael and Natalie - American Smooth
A more traditional American Smooth here, a real sense of glamour and finale. I liked the chorus girls which helped with that too. I really didn't agree with Bruno, I thought those lifts looked beautiful and effortless and I really love watching Michael do ballroom. Fantastic
Me - 9
Judges - 9,9,9,8

The Results

Opening dance was brilliant - I loved it. Also I loved Tess' dress, it was more relaxed and Winklemanny. I approve.
Result 1 - Richard and Erin - Unsurprising really, their dance was a bit poo.
Girls Aloud - well I really rather enjoyed that, usually I am far more rock chick than pop princess usually but I did enjoy watching the girls back together again.
Lens Lens - Bruno's bumper car face was comedy genius as indeed was Louis doing the robot - I loved that! Bruno and Craig in their harness' made me snort my wine in a manner unbecoming an Strictly blogger. Such fun
Result 2 - Nicky and Karen - I think this is a very fair bottom two to be honest with you.
Winklemanisms  - "Awww I really want to see you cry" to Louis
Kylie - really dull, moving on
Leaving us now is - Richard and Erin. Sad and I love him but I think it was time. Buhbye Richard we have loved you.
( in my notebook I seem to have written in my unintelligible scrawl "Big fish - that was awesome" and can any of you deny that eh? Eh?) See you back here in a matter of HOURS.
 Again sorry for extreme lateness due to THOUGHTBUBBLE awesomeness. You can hear what I got up to here - no here
and read about the British Comic Awards (I was honoured to be a judge for this inaugral year) over on my blog for SFX Magazine here


Monday, 19 November 2012


I'm afraid this weeks Strictly blog will be very late. With Thought Bubble and fantastic company all weekend I have not had an opportunity to even watch Strictly yet (I'm so terrified of spoilers I can't even tell you).

We had an amazing weekend and I do have several deadlines before I can even get to watching the thing so it will be done and it will be here but probably not before Thursday. Sorry to all that love the Strictly commentating.

To go in some way to make it up to you all here's some Dick Van Dkye for ya!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Strictly. The Bruce Free One!

Not only Bruce free by Winkleman heavy - this might well be the best episode EVER! Though they have to make the opening all about the stuttering auld duffer I still LOVED it. The girls work very well together, Tess is much more confident, funny and likable. It should always be like this. ALWAYS I say!

1) Denise and James - Paso
Well, I found James incredibly sexy during this Paso, but thought Denise was a little wobbly and it was not as sharp as it could've been. I thought it was good and I enjoyed it but I thought it lacked fireworks somewhat. Just missing something. Might be just me considering the judges response though which is fair enough
Me - 8
Judges - 9,9,9,9

2) Richard and Erin - Charleston
Pretty good actually, really fun to watch, his gurning is quite spectacular (faceography Craig, eh? eh? ) It was the first proper Charleston we've seen this series and I appreciated that too. Good job Erin!
Me - 7
Judges 7,8,7,7

3) Louis and Flavia - Waltz
Technically probably very good. It was a nice, if slightly saccharine routine. But two things spoiled it for me, one Louis's daft ballroom face - why isn't this mentioned? And two; they seem to have very little chemistry going, you compare this to James and Denise last week and you see exactly what I mean. Slightly disappointing - he has sooo much potential.
Me - 8
Judges - 6,9,9,9

4) Fern and Artem - Salsa
This is definitely Fern's dance, and the wardrobe guys and gals should have whipped her clothes off before now for the effect it had! The most confident we've seen Fern and she rocked it. I think it's a good sign that for the first time I was watching her rather than watching Artem!
Me - 7
Judges - 6,7,7,7

5) Victoria and Brendan - Quickstep
Wowser! So, so much better than last week. Really quite beautiful, I loved the routine (if not Brendan's daft hat), and she looked elegant and beautiful - even when Brendan did a fall down :-) Lovely.
Me - 8
Judges - 7,7,8,8

Winklemanism - " I am genuinely just reading out loud"

6) Dani and Vincent - Tango
Loved it! Fantastic storytelling, beautiful lines and a real sense of atmosphere. The routine was fantastic and it was sharp and clean. She occasionally looks a little...butch - like when she walked away from Vincent right at the end but mostly just gorgeous. I love this couple.
Me - 9
Judges - 8,8,9,9

7) Nicky and Karen - Foxtrot
His posture came and went BUT I thought that was really rather good. I liked the Astaire like opening, he handled his prop very well (great catch!) I thought this was surprisingly good, it's great to see such an improvement. Colour me impressed!
me - 8
Judges - 7,7,8,8

8) Kimberly and Pasha - Viennese Waltz
Absolutely beautiful. Romantic, elegant and they created a gorgeous atmosphere, beautifully melancholy. I love watching these two and Pasha I find to be some sort of choreography genius, his routines are exquisite and this managed to be romantic without being sickly sweet. I loved every second.
Me - 9
Judges - 8,8,9,9

9) Michael and Natalie - Salsa
Such a shame about the little mistakes as this was by far his best Latin dance.  I am very taken with Michael's bottom, it's very nearly as nice as Brendan's which though clearly inferior to The A Man's posterior is still rather fetching indeed! Still, the lifts were great and his enthusiasm is just a little heartwarming. The man is growing on me and no mistake.
Me - 7
Judges - 5,7,7,7

10) Lisa and Robin - Foxtrot
Aww that really was sweet and quite lovely. I'm very glad to see that wardrobe have realised she doesn't need to be wearing a tent, and I thought she looked great in her revealing dress. I thought the routine was great and Robin was the second Pro of the evening to trip! What have they been doing backstage eh? Whoopsadaisy indeed Mr Windsor!
Me - 8
Judges - 8,8,8,8

Winklemanism - "Denise and James at the top, Michael and Natalie are at the bottom and all the other people are in the middle"  <3 Winkleman.

Overall for this show the standard has shot up! That little push for Wembley often makes this week unmissable watching and this year is no exception (well except I missed it as it was Tala's birthday but yer nahh what I mean!). Kimberly and Pasha and Dani and Vincent top my favs this week and I really was impressed by the Wardrobe dept, both Fern and Lisa looked amazing with their curves out. Fern especially looked ravishing. Great show and oh the relief of not having Bruce and teh joy of The Winkleman. I may love her a little too much.


The opening dance showcasing Flavia and Vincent was absolutely wonderful. Fabulous in fact. They are  mesmerising together, I adored it. The last 3 results show dances have been utterly gorgeous, loving the pro's!

Results 1) Ooooh naughty Tess and the poor remaining 5 couples having to wait. That was cruel that was!

Lens Lens - Highlights were Darcy and Len dancing and Brendan's slow mo fall - brilliant! And Vincent in the phone box. I love all the backstage things we get to see in the Results show. The boys in their shirts which have lycra pants attached. The mechanics of Strictly behind the scenes - I love it.

Result 1)  Fern and Artem, somewhat expected even though it was her best dance so far. Everyone has leveled up and yeah, sad but probably correct choice
Result 2) Kimberly and Pasha?! Kimberly and Pasha? What the very Fook is this Shite?! I had a mini but not at all minor meltdown at this result! BAH!

The Violin dude was next, I can't bear his face and find his music pedestrian. Bah to that too although Brendan and Natalie saved it with their sauciness  That was gorgeous and very sexy. Did I mention Brendan's bum? Yes.. hardly surprising now is it!

Final Result - As much as I adore Foxy Fern this was the correct decision. We will miss you Fern you sexy bitch. I love your face. I am very sad at the leavings now. I am going to have to have something on hand at the end of every results show now to cheer me up. Like a replaying of last week's boy dance or a gin and tonic or something!

"Clink, sigh!"  See youse next week xxx

Monday, 5 November 2012

Strictly Week 5: The Gimmick Free One

By the time the endless flipping Smartphone joke finished I was starting to get really, really excited for next week's Brucefree installment. It's ALL Winkleman, ALL weekend and I cannot bloody wait!

1) Kimberly and Pasha - Salsa
I really, really enjoyed this, a fantastic opening to the show. Another wonderful routine, I think Pasha is flipping fantastic, I really do and Kimberley if fast becoming one of my real favourites. She had fantastic hip action, the lifts were spectacular - and I loved the backwards fall she did from the judges table - that must've been very scary! Also her dress was absolutely gorgeous. An amazing start (also I love Pasha and his little bum chin - love him!)
Me - 8
Them - 8,8,8,9

2) Lisa and Robin - Tango
Well, I think it quite obvious that this style of dance does not suit Lisa at all, and honestly I don't think she has performed better than her week one Cha Cha. I was disappointed with this. BUT, I loved the beginning and the fact that us bigger girls can be sexy too so I really approved of that and I really liked the comedic ending and her mahhooooosive grin at the end was adorable but I think she is really going to have to pull something out of the bag for next week. C'mon Lisa my love, we're rooting for you!
Me  - 6
Them - 7,7,6,7

3) Richard and Erin - Foxtrot
Awwwwwwwwwww! I think the opening of this dance was actually really good, he had a really good presence on the stairs with the whole hat thing and then disahhhhhster dahlink. I think Erin seemed to dance it half heartedly too, that funny head shake thing she did was very odd and distracting. I hope they haven't just given up! I do want to say I think that he handled the judges and aftermath with great humour and aplomb, I was proud of him for that. He is somewhat of a male version of me, huggy, kissy, quippy boy. He's way thinner and more feminine then I can manage though! :-)
Me - 5
Them - 3,5,5,4

4) Denise and James - Viennese Waltz
Oh my! That was utterly beautiful, elegant, flowing, smooth and romantic. I absolutely loved everything about it, the music was gorgeous. I didn't well up nor nowt like. I'm geet hard I am! Sniff.
Me - 9
Them - 9,8,9,9

5) Victoria and Brendan - Samba
I am trying not to say, that was poopoo. I'm resisting it very hard. She looked so, so stiff and awkward and uncomfortable that it was really hard to watch her - except for through the fingers! I do however heart his bottom so it's not all bad.
Me - 6
Them - 6,6,6,5

6) Louis and Flavia - Samba
Well, I was with Darcey on this. I thought he was really restrained and just needed to let go and go for it. He reminded of aww whatchmacallher who struggled with the same thing, then won. Artem's girl - she had the same problem. Technically fantastic but just missing "it". It is so good to see Flavia cutting loose though she is joyful to watch.
Me - 7
Them - 6,7,8,8

7) Colin and Kristina - Foxtrot
It did have a nice Old Hollywood feel to the dance but their height difference seemed somewhat comedic this time, I don't really know why. I thought it ok but I was expecting something more spectacular from this couple after being in the Dance Off last week, so somewhat disappointing.
Me - 7
Them - 6,7,7,7

8) Nicky and Karen - Rumba
This dance is so hard for the celebs, and I think he actually got the feel of it, he had the intensity in his face quite well and he seemed comfortable. There wasn't enough content but what there was of it made it my favourite dance of his so far. He presented and performed it well and had actually a hint of really!
Me - 7
Them - 4, 7,7,7

9) Fern and Artem - Paso Doble
Who cares - did you see Artem? Did you? Phwoooooooooooooooarrrrrrrr.
Me - 6
Them - 6,6,6,6

10) Michael and Natalie - Foxtrot
Nice, he's defo a Ballroom Boy. Elegant and very controlled, he looked very comfortable and confident out there and was a joy to watch. Fingers crossed for his Latin next week!
Me - 8
Them - 7,8,8,8

11) Dani and Vincent - Jive
Outstanding. She got the style, the energy and all the moves. Loved the story and Vincent looked amazing too. They're a great pair. Fabulous. I even liked the young persons music - horrifying!
Me - 8
Them - 8,8,9,8 (We'll say nowt about Craig's eyefull, nowt at all!)

Excellent show. I like the gimmick free show, nothing to hide behind and it really showed the wheat from the chaff. I think Fern and Colin may be in trouble and also poor auld Richard. Let's see!


Opening dance, I think before I give a review or reasoned opinion I need to watch this again, mebbe four or seven or ten times more, y'know just to be reallllllly sure! :-D

RESULT 1 - Colin and Kristina, not entirely unexpected. I'm also wondering if he is struggling with a voting fanbase!

The Wanted - by whom, that's what I want to know. There are few things I detest more in music than boys singing falsetto. Urk awful.

Lens Lens - I particularly loved the clip of Darcey fixing Craig's hair. It was really cute, there seems to be a real camaraderie between the judges this year and the banter is great. I was very unsure of Darcey at first but I was big, fat wrong and I love her yar.

RESULT 2 - Richard and Erin. hummmhumm again, pretty much as expected. Hopefully he'll get the routine right this time, which would give him a fair chance. Fingers crossed Richard.

Andrea Bocelli, Pasha and Karen - all three exquisite, will be watching this again too. Gorgeousness.

Result - I would have also given it to Richard and Erin (even with the weird head shake making it into the routine a second time round!) too but I am very sad to see Colin go but worse my beautiful Kristina whom I adore. Boooo! I hate people leaving now, I am pathetic! :-)

I'm sticking in a little treat for youse here, I've been watching Dancing with the Stars ( I love you Iz and Rich)  -I'm an addict, addict I tell ya- on the side (don't tell Strictly!) and this is a clip of one of the most energetic quickstep's I have ever seen. Fab stuff!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Strictly Late part 2 The Results

The opening dance this week was utterly, utterly fantastic. I loved every second of it and have watched it again a couple of times. The routine the execution, the costumes and the music gelled together into something really wonderful. I find it really annoying to not be able to find out who choreographed this piece of wonderful. I think it looks like something Lacey Schwimmer would put together and I did read she was going to be part of the show this year, but no where in the credits or on the website could I find any information - and I think that's really bad. In Dances with the Stars - the USA version of Strictly they ALWAYS credit the choreographer and I think this should be standard procedure in this country too. Now off me high horse and lets laugh at Tess's dress eh!


Now, my friend Clare's mam reckons them there are pan lids shoved down her front but I reckon the spooky hubcaps have an hypnotising efffect. DO NOT STARE AT THE CHUBOBBLIES, You are NOT feeling sleepy!

So the first tension from hell segment reveals Sid and Ola are in the Dance Off, which is pretty much as I expected but I'm still a bit gutted but here to take our minds from impending horror is Paloma Faith channeling  both Shirley Bassey and bizarrely Carmen Miranda and somehow pulling it off! I thought she was wonderful - however her skellington dancers were shite.

Lens Lens, I love a bit of Goodman singing I do and the close up they did of Darcey in this segment has finally and completely won me over yar. I think I love her. I also loved Bruno's disbelief at Michaels quickstep fantastic. One of my favourite segments of the whole of Strictly. Which is a bit of light relief before we find out Colin and Kristina are in the Dance Off which was somewhat of a surprise.

And it's bye bye Sid. aw Sid, I love your face. Especially in the big geek glasses you wear when you're on It Takes Two. Sniff.

Strictly Late!

Wotcha Strictly fans, I'm sorry I'm late with this entry - it's half term and my two terrors are keeping me on my toes - so if my spelling and grammar are a bit dodgy it's because there is no time for editing. Take your eyes off the little dears for more than a minute or two and the next thing you're steeping a five year old for an hour following a freak face paint incident - that's all I'm saying!

Strictly Week 4 - Halloween Special!

Opening Dance - to Thriller - mebbes a bit predictable but very well done and it's nice to see the celebs included in the group dance and Bruno was fantastically OTT. Then we move into Bruce's seemingly endless and joyless anecdote follwed by him dancing Gangam Style - which made my insides curl up and wither with embarrassment - thank goodness Tess joined in to ease my discomfort - slightly!

1) Dani and Vincent - Cha Cha Cha
Ok. let's get wiggate out of the way, Freddie is blond and Shaggy is a redhead, and being fond of red headed boys who favour brown trews, I have to say they made the wrong, wrong WRONG decision on the wig. Also the song was very slow and an odd choice for Cha Cha Cha-ing, in my opinion. But she has fast feet and they work really beautifully together and I really do think she is improving so much every week that she derserves naught but praise.
My Score - 7
Judges - 6,6,8,7

2) Richard and Erin - Paso Doble
One of my most favourite pieces of music, gorgeous, passionate and dramatic and bless him he did his best, and did quite well I thought. His facial expressions were pretty good, he looked quite a bit blokey like, which yah ner, is good! His posture and arms were lacking but the routine and Erin were beautiful. He really went for it and this lifted him up in my opinion - nowt worse than a lacklustre Paso is there?
My Score - 6
Judges - 5,5,7,5

3) Lisa and Robin - Charleston
Awwwwwwwww, I always want to love her and I do love her but all the movement this week was from the waist up and I also found it very repetitious. I really feel let down this week. I really hope they come back with a bang next week. Not literally, we don't need another canon (and defintiely not a Ball)
My Score - 5
Judges - 6,6,7,7

4) Sid and Ola and Iveta - Cha Cha Bleugh
Oh dear - firstly, the only fail in teh wardrobe department here, a skin tight flesh coloured suit  YACK -not even beautiful Ola was pulling that look off I'm afraid. And the odd highness of the belt - what have they done to slightly sexy Sid eh? Boooo! Secondly, SSS looked like he was bricking it, the nerves were palpatable (possibly due to the different partner situation) and thirdly where the hell were the hips? No attack, no hips, this looked like a week one dance. So disappointing as I love Sid and I truly believe he can do much better than this -though the breakdancing was pretty fab!
My Score - 4
Judges - 2,5,5,5

5)No Neck Nicky and Karen - Tango
I didn't like it. It was tango via boy band. His posture and frame are all too loose, none of the staccato and sexiness that I love about the tango. Boy band tango with manic fixed grin - just not my cup of tea. I would really like to see a proper tango this series!
Me - 6
Them - 6,6,7,7

6) Fern and Artem - American Smooth
Fern looked like a sex goddess vixen lady and danced like a virgin princess. BORING and disappointing. Bring out the filth Fern!
Me - 4
Them - 4,5,6,6

7) Denise and James - Cha Cha Cha
Denise did a little trip on the way out of the cage and I think it activated nerve central. She made a few mistakes and she was lacking some hip action but her facial expressions are fantastic and I still think she did really well, but after 2 outstanding weeks from Denise, "pretty good" seems like a let down. Which is unfair really, but if you're very good you are judged more harshly when you have an off week,.
Me - 7
Judges - 7,7,7,7

8) Michael and Natalie - Quickstep
BLOODY HELL! Where did that come from! That was outstanding and bordering on wonderous. Is this even the same guy as last week? Fast, accurate, light and brilliant - I'm still gobsmacked about this 3 days later!
Me - 8
Judges - 8,8,8,7 (well bugger me backwards has Bruno ever been the lowest scoring judge before!)

9) Victoria and Brendan - Tango
FINALLY! Finally a) she made it through a dance and b) a tango a real proper tango. I loved everything about this from the costumes to the music to the routine, great character, good spins and a little bit sexy. I thought it was gorgeous
Me - 8
Them - 7,8,8,8

10) Colin and Kristina - Salsa
A bit messy but the man can move, good hip action and good lifts. I do think Colin needs to raise his game a little, he doesn't seem to be improving week by week like all of the other contestants so yes, not purrrrrfect but entertaining.
Me - 6
Them - 5,7,6,6

11) Louis and Flavia - Tango
Good, another proper tango. Footwork, gymnastics, turns and acting all good. Flavia's amazing dancing hair - fabulous. Louis slightly gormless ballroom face was back but obscured by the make up which was good. That finally jump up into zombieville was great but once again the cameraman got completely overexcited when the flaviorites (hahah) hit the stage. I find this really annoying. Also whilst I very much enjoyed this routine I thought Brendan and Victoria's was better. I bet I'm the only one though.
Me - 8
Them - 8,9,9,9 -  (three nines, and nine is made of 3 three's and three as we know is a magic number -oh my gawd!)

12) Kimberly and Pasha - Paso Doble
Fanflippingtastic, great movement around the floor, fantastic shaping, great facial expressions. She really attacked that. Her timing is immaculate and Pasha as always blows it out of the water with his choreography. This might have been my dance of the night.
Me - 8
Them - 8,8,7,8

Overall - I loved this episode. I loved all the silly "spooky" intros, the costumes, the sets everything. I think Sid and Fern will hit the dance off, which makes me sad!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Welcome To Hollywood Baby, Strictly Stylee!

Hollywood week kicks off with an outrageously Kristina heavy performance which I absolutely loved. Loved the fan dancing (oooer!), the old world glamour of the camera above/leg dancing shenanigans  I love Kristina - she is my favourite of the female Pros and this was just fantastic. Yes I'll definitely "Have a little bit of this" (That was my version of a Bruce joke - did you groan, didya?)

And then Craig arrives dressed as the Tin Man, that did in fact make me giggle, I love Craig an almost embarrassing amount! On with the show!

1) Fern and Artem - Charleston - Mary Poppins
I think that has to be the slowest Charleston I have ever seen, I was waiting for it to rev up and get going - and the comedy funny faces and the daft Charleston moves and they just didn't happen. It was elegant and I think Fern looked amazing but I really felt disappointed by this; although her backwards splits between Artem's legs was very impressive it wasn't enough to save this dance for me.
My Score - 5
Judges Score - 5,6,6,6

*Ha - did you think I would let this opportunity for a gratuitous Dick Van Dyke photo pass me by? HECK no. I freaking love DVD with a passion that has been undiminished for 30 years, like I would waste an opportunity as golden as this one!  

2) Victoria and Brendan - Rumba - An Officer And A Gentleman
Aw pet, multiple wardrobe malfunctions left this dance a mess. It's such a shame as it started really quite well  and looked like it could have been ok - most celebs struggle with this dance (it's a bit sexy like innit) so I always give them a bit of a pass for this dance but by the end of this one I just wanted to give poor Vic a hug. I hope next week (should they survive this) goes well for her.
My Score - 5
Judges - 4,5,7,6

3) Michael and Natalie - Cha Cha Cha - The Full Monty
Very nearly an nasty accident at the end of this dance, he just about saved himself didn't he? In more ways than one. I think Michael looked really quite awkward throughout the dance and he definitely has timing issues but he's trying so hard and he really does have quite a spectacular bottom and his hip action is pretty good. So yer nah, not all bad, not really very good either though
My Score - 4
Judges - 3,6,6,4

4) Jerry and Anton - Quickstep - The Graduate
Her best performance so far I think. She is still suffering from 'spaghetti arms' but her footwork was pretty nice. She is never, ever going to top the leaderboard but I think this was a massive improvement and the ending of the dance made me snigger - Anton is definitely playing to her strengths - the biggest being her fantastic sense of humour!
My score - 5
Judges Score - 3,6,5,4

5) Sid and Ola - Tango? - Rock of Ages
This did not feel like a tango on any level. I hated the choreography it was nowt or summat, it was all over the place and as Sid is one of my very favs I found this incredibly disappointing and would not be at all surprised if he went out on the basis of this dance. Poor Sid *sniff*
My Score - 4
Judges - 4,4,5,4  Awwwwwwwww Sid!

6) Kimberly and Pasha - Quickstep - Summer Stock
Glorious choreography, an absolutely beautiful performance. I loved the opening section, the outfits, the routine, Kimberly's fantastic ear to ear smile. Just wonderful. I think Pasha is amazing at creating a sense of atmosphere and he hit the nail on the head again this week. I adore him.
My Score - 7
Judes - 7,7,7,8

*yes, yes another complete gratuitous photo of men I love. This time one of the most attractive men who ever lived Gene Kelly...Swoooon.

7) Denise and James - Foxtrot - Toy Story 
I was really worried about this dance and the outfits and the song etc (Why couldn't they dress her as Buzz eh - that would be FANTASTIC!) but I thought this was beautiful storytelling, the opening section was quick but fun and the actual dance was elegant and simple and rather exquisite. I loved it
My Score - 8
Judges 8,8,8,8

8) Colin and Kristina - Argentine Tango - Goldeneye
I love this song, I am not ashamed to admit it. It's kind of sexy and sultry and makes me think of Pierce Brosnan...mmmm Pierce - you know that bit in Mamma Mia when Meryl Streep rips his shirt off? That's the best bit of the film...sorry distracted. Yes, dancing. I have no idea how Colin did at all as my eyes were firmly locked on the freaking gorgeousness of Kristina - everything about that dance was designed for that very purpose. The dress, the amazing lifts, the whole routine. And it was clever, Colin has been away filming all week and they had 10 hours of rehearsal! You'd never know it looking at that. Clever and brave choreography I applaud my leading lady once again.
My score - 7 (but a 10 for Kristina)
Juges - 77,6,6

9) Richard and Erin - Quickstep - 9 to 5
Well to be honest my expectations, after last week's faux Russell extravaganza, were very low, very low indeed but I kind of liked that. I loved the story and that Erin was the boss (and Erin's outfit was fabulous!), I love the sort of 30's vibe they had going on and I think he danced that really quite well. Really, Craig RH and I are very wise and urge this Richard and not Camp Richard to keeeeeep dancing!
My Score - 6
Judges - 6,7,6,6,

10) Dani and Vincent - Foxtrot - The Wizard of Oz
Wow! Dani has really found her confidence. That was so beautifully danced. Vincent created a lovely romantic mood and it was so light and surprising elegant and flowing. A really lovely surprise. Both Foxtrots have been highlights this week -has that ever happened before in SCD?
My Score - 8
Judges - 7,6,8,8

11) Lisa and Robin - Jive - Dick Tracey
Hummmmm, I didn't love this as much as the judges did. I did think it was the first time Lisa looked heavy on her feet and a little laboured half way through. But I still really enjoyed it and thought it was really fun and she is a sassy so and so and I love that they put her in a normal dress with her legs out rather than the tents she's been in the last couple of weeks, that cheered me up and she has proper decent pins as well. Go Lisa!
Me - 6
Judges 8,6,7,8

12) Nicky and Karen - Quickstep - The Mask
The opening was excellent, he really caught the character but once the dancing got going his posture is terrible and his neck disappeared again. Still his best effort thus far and his first dance I haven't all out hated so that's got to be good eh?
My score - 6
Judges - 6,7,7,7

13) Louis and Flavia - Salsa - Dirty Dancing
a) his head looks so much better and less stooopad with stubble on it
b) shoddy, shoddy, shody and shonky camera work
c) he didn't get the character brilliantly but
d) I FOOKING loved it
e) he is no Swayze though
f)is this the second time they've ended the show? Is that fair?
g) I'm finished now
h) honest

Me - 8
Judges - 8,8,6,8

*I make no apologies for this one! 

Overall a mighty entertaining show with more hits than misses I think, or the good definitely outweighed the bad and even the bad has it's own entertainment value. Tess was really less annoying than ususal and more confident and comfortable. Less said about Bruce the better. Craig was abnormally nice this evening - very strange I liked it though, Another wonderful show. Roll on the Results show!