Strictly 2012

Have we got our dancing shoes on yet?

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20/11/2012 at 17:44

Well, I know you're not 193 Sharkie, but you do have a tiny waist

I found Wembley a lot better than last year but I still think it's a bit too big. Here are my views, all completely biased and subjective

Lisa and Robin: time to up the technique and stop getting by on the performance now. There were clear mistakes in this routine (Robin trod on her foot because she got her steps wrong!) and I think it was overscored. I know she sells the routine really well but she needs to tone it down and concentrate on the steps. Oh and Robin, please NEVER wear those dungarees again!

Nicky and Karen: was a bit disappointed with this as it looked better in rehearsal. His kicks didn't look sharp enough and there was something wrong with his feet. It was a great routine though and he finally seems to have a connection with Karen

Denise and James: really loved this routine, it's the first one of hers that I've enjoyed as not only was it technically good, I actually felt some joy of dancing from her. Maybe this was here before but this is the first time I've got it. Dance of the evening for me but I've always loved the kooky charlestons like the ones that Ali and Kara did.

Louis and Flavia: odd disjointed dance. No idea why it merged into some bizarre breakdance bit at the end, it just didn't work. Hopefully just Flavia having a mad week and they can do a normal dance next time.

Richard and Erin: hah, Erin's Island is real - for those of you that read Monkseal! He didn't dance that v well and the choreography was a bit naff too. Not helped by the singer, really bad. Right time for him to go.

Victoria and Brendan: woeful. Why was the bike there, it added nothing? Dreadful costume (they managed to make her legs look fat!), awful song and the dance just didn't go with it. I would have liked to have seen her dance to a proper paso song with a better costume as I think she could have done OK. Even Brendan seemed to hate it, sure I saw him try to garrote himself with that cape. Can't believe she escaped the dance off.

Dani and Vincent: lovely dance, just maybe a bit hurried to get all the way round such a huge space? I would like to see that one in a smaller studio

Kimberley and Pasha: not a bad dance but it looked a bit similar to their salsa. Thought they were a bit cruel to leave her name until last.

Michael and Natalie: a real triumph, hard to believe this was the same dancer as struggled with the waltz first week. Nat is a miracle worker!

Didn't really notice GA or Kylie as I was too busy cooking dinner

20/11/2012 at 17:57

Brendan has tweeted that they were asked to use that music and the flying bicycle, and that he did his best to choreograph a paso around it but maybe it didn't work. No kidding!

20/11/2012 at 18:02

Great write up Little N - I agree about Victoria and Brendan. She looked terrible in  that outfit/hair style and make up  and I'm sure would have done ok in a more trad Paso. Not great - but ok.

I bet the pro choreographers they draft in to 'help' the dance pros had a hand in the two peculiar routines  - Vicky's and Louis'. The two Olympians. I bet it is as Xine suggested - production insisted on 'Olympics' content.

I also think the order of elimination is deliberately cruel sometimes - for shock  effect and to ramp up the emotion. They did it with Vicky for a couple of weeks too - it was a bit  'let's see if we can make her cry.'


20/11/2012 at 18:04

Ah, crossed posts Xine. You were right and I bet Flavia had the same interference so to speak.

20/11/2012 at 19:50
Oops don't know how that happened
Edited: 20/11/2012 at 21:45
21/11/2012 at 10:01

Apparently James had a lot of help with the charleston routine too ... can't remember if they mentioned/thanked the outside choreographer after getting all that praise and the 10s?

I'm getting quite excited for 3 weeks time, once (hopefully!) Victoria and Nicky have been cut things should get very interesting.

21/11/2012 at 15:33

Way behind on ITT's this week and we are heading off for a few days break as it is Thanksgiving here tomorrow so won't see anything now until Sunday!!  5 ITT and 2 shows - that's about 5 hours solid Strictly - poor Mr TS

Am appalled that Flavia and Brendan had to put that crap choreography in - how stupid are the producers 

How is everybody getting "in training"?


21/11/2012 at 17:41

Actually I agree that some of the music just doesn't go with the dances.

Also agree wbout Robin's Dungarees, looked like a renegade from the Village people!

Something else you said Topsec reminded me of a thought from Saturday as well.

The singers. From the start of strictly they were pretty poor to be honest. Then the last 2 to 3 seasons they actually became quite good. OK you can struggle with the odd song when covering a really well known star but OK. This year they seem to have regressed and for Richard's dance their attempt at Club Tropicana made Wham's version sound like they were as good as the Beatles!

Have they changed the singers again this season? No wonder Dave Arch is always wearing headphones

21/11/2012 at 17:49

Agree, the singers have been really bad this series! There have been a couple of incidents when I think the band have lost time & that's caused the 'timing issues' for the dancers.

22/11/2012 at 08:33

We got to see a bit of training yesterday, TopSec.

Most people were looking OK except for Victoria and Brendan who spent most of it with their arms tangled in the salsa. I think he needs to get her down to a salsa club and get her drunk on tequila!

Dani (Samba?) and Denise (AS) looked pretty good.

I am slightly scared by the idea of a Lisa and Robin rumba

Agree re. the singers, they need to pick stuff they can sing. It must be hard to concentrate on a dance when someone is murdering the vocals!

22/11/2012 at 11:08

Will Lisa be leading Robin in the rumba? Could be terrifying although I'm sure she'll give it her best a do a decent job.

22/11/2012 at 17:22

Actually walk like an Egyptian was rubbish as well on Saturday. made the Bangles sound like the Beatles as well Fortunately Denise wasn;t affected.

Lisa and the Rumba. This is the worst dance for me, even as a viewer i never really get it so this is a killer dance. Possibly could have done with this earlier but still a couple of people much worse than her so better than getting it in 2 or 3 weeks time.

It is sort of interesting now though because we could easily lose somebody good now. Vicky and Nikki are the ones most at risk but both might pull a performance out but Vicky has a latin so probably not.


22/11/2012 at 17:37

Does anyone remember a couple of weeks ago when one of the Celebs (I think it was Nikki) said something about Saturdays being harder because in training they dance to the real song? He then shut up very sharpish as Bruce glanced him a look and moved quickly on. I wondered then if he was unhappy with the music quality. 

22/11/2012 at 18:12

Yeah I do remember that comment  - although I would be surprised if Friday's dress rehearsal wasn't with the live band. Mind you how often does a ballet company rehearse with the full orchestra! The celebs with better musicality (and that's not Mr.Westlife!) will fare better with the live switch as they will actually respond to what they hear and feel rather than hanging on grimly to the steps.

Of course if the band fucks up then it IS difficult.....

As for Walk like an Egyptian  - the version used was the Puccini sisters, so that's what Denise and James will have practiced to. Mind you it's a bit typical of the mish mash quality of the night: ancient Egypt, roaring Twenties, a bit of Raiders of the lost Ark... and the essentially forties style Puccini sisters all shoe horned into one performance.

Which they made a superb job of. Obv.

But I preferred Chris and Ola too.....


23/11/2012 at 03:28
Have to agree, that version of Club Tropicana was dire!

Much as I love Lisa & Robin; Rumba - oh dear
23/11/2012 at 09:36

Robin and Lisa have a good relationship, so they might be able to pull off a good performance, though of course there are physical limitations......

Will it be Nicky or Vicky who goes this week? I do hope it's not one of the others!

23/11/2012 at 11:21

I thought Lisa and Robin's rumba looked ok in practice yesterday - given all the usual factors which make this the dance of death I think they've got a reasonable shot at making it through and they did say that she is actually letting Robin lead!!!

24/11/2012 at 18:37

Plumps up cushions, opens wine and pringles. 

24/11/2012 at 18:43


I have chocolate!

I may need alcohol for Lisa's rumba  

24/11/2012 at 18:50

I'm going to have to start watching on iPlayer to skip all thecrappy videotapes


Do you think it's anything to do with them showing training in ITT?

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