Strictly 2012

Have we got our dancing shoes on yet?

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Ye Olde Dragon    pirate
02/12/2012 at 20:23

This has probably been the best SCD series imho 

yes, the right decision and the right time, but who on earth can be next?

In the beginning I thought that Dani was a precosious little madam, but she is really stepping up and dances beautifully

I've warmed to Denise and love Lisa. I think Louise could go all the way if he carries on as he is and Nicky is proving better than I thought he would.

02/12/2012 at 21:22

Sadly the right decision as I had really warmed to Michael which I didn't expect to - however still can't warm to Denise..........

Getting fed up now with the "oh it's so difficult, this could be a problem week" stuff which she spouts before coming out and being a pro....even with screw ups she scores highly.....

02/12/2012 at 22:57

It was inevitable but I didn't want it to happen.

Agree with you all, a good series. I would not like to name a winner, some years there have been two stong one's with one maybe a teeny bit better than the other (Kara/Matt or Harry/Chelsee) but this year it can be any of three or four I think. 

Nicky has really improved this last couple of weeks so before I would have said him out next with maybe Lisa following but I have no idea who the public are 'following' and of course it depends on who gets a really bad dance to do next week.

02/12/2012 at 23:03

excuse errant apostrophe 


03/12/2012 at 10:08

It would be interesting to know how many people voted for each contestant, wouldn't it? but I don't suppose the Beeb will ever reveal that.

I was sad to see Michael go, but on the night he was the weakest dancer. Everyone else is very close in ability, so it's difficult to say who will go next. I suppose it's all down to popularity with the public.

I noticed that Anton and Erin were missing from the show this weekend.

03/12/2012 at 11:47

it was published in one of the papers at the weekend. can't remember which. denise had the lowest of the public vote. that's a shame but perhaps not surprising.

03/12/2012 at 15:03

Hey Dude, don;t believe anything you read in the newspapers. It may be right but probably just made up.

Michael was the right one to go. Personalyl still feel Nicky next and then Lisa.

Denise, Dani, Kimberley and Louis are the top four I think.

I am not sure it is the best series ever if only because I don't think the winner this year will be stronger than previous years BUT if the sense that there are four very close thne i guess it is. We have sometimes had three really good ones alrthough it usually comes down to a tight decision between the final two.

Not sure what i make of this fusion business for next week though. Choreography will be important from the professionals. I guess it is a bit more like a show dance but with just two dance styles being allowed. Will be interesting to see if people stick to two or go more showdance style and if they do whether the judges punish them for it or have to admit they like it.

Could throw things up in the air a bit though.


03/12/2012 at 16:26

I'm not convinced either - and why have they dropped the 2-dance weeks (or so it appears) - I'm sure they moved to 2 dances earlier on in previous series.......

04/12/2012 at 09:22

Yes, the dance fusion thing seems a very odd idea. I know I haven't seen it yet, but I prefer the 2 dance stage, and can't understand why it hasn't happened this year. I also think it's a shame that Blackpool was dropped in favour of Wembley. But perhaps I'm just a grumpy old woman..... Bah, Humbug!

04/12/2012 at 09:33

Not grumpy at all. Blackpool is glorious and just right. Drop Wembley I cry (along with a trillion others) Okay Wembley is a 'huge' experience for the contestants... but as a dance space it just doesn't work.

Dance fusion sounds a bit barmy - and will be hard to judge.

04/12/2012 at 09:35

It sounds plain daft.

brooks - that sounds about right.

04/12/2012 at 10:43

As soon as they announced the dance fusion I thought "what, like Louis and Flavia did at Wembley?"  I remember Flavia and Vincent's tango waltz a few years ago, if we could have something like that from one of the couples on Saturday it would be amazing. What do you bet it will an OTT cheese-fest instead?

I would like them to save the dance fusion for the final and get rid of the freestyle which always ending up being totally naff and full of what Darcey would call "tacky tricks".

Has anyone been watching Dancing With The Allstars? A few of the couples have done Bollywood and Bhangra which has been really fun!

Edited: 04/12/2012 at 10:46
04/12/2012 at 11:01

This weekend I thought Louis was fairly marked, but I didn't think he had made a massive leap from previous week's performance when I think he was undermarked in order to create a story arc. I liked his charleston very much though, it was nice to see a charleston that looked clean and competent instead of all gurning faces and slapstick.

The judges seem to be back on track now that they aren't undermining themselves trying to create the drama.

Denise and James took a step back, I thought it looked quite stiff and awkward in places and I wasn't keen on all the gusset-flashing skirt wafting that Denise was doing.

Dani and Vincent were adorable, I really liked it! I think Vincent is being very clever with his choreography for Dani, keeping it quite young and sweet without being saccharine.

Nicky and Karen surprised me, I didn't have high hopes for his AT at all but he did a really good job of it. He was much better than Colin and Michael, actually doing the tricky footwork instead of just flinging his partner around! - have we seen any other male celebs tackle the AT this series? Since other people have mentioned it, Nicky's lack of recognition of the work that poor Karen has done really grates on me. He is coming across as quite arrogant and I'd be happy to see him go next week.

Kimberley and Pasha were good. I wasn't totally convinced that she was in sync  all the way through but Len and Bruno were raving about it so maybe I'm wrong! 

Lisa and Robin were ok - lucky that they had another fast and furious dance though. I think they'll be in the bottom two next week. Lisa is looking fantastic though, a lot of the female celebs have lost weight but I noticed it especially with Lisa on Saturday.

Michael and Natalie were clearly the weakest and it was the right time to go, but how much more confident and comfortable did Michael look with the Latin? Natalie is obviously a wonderful teacher and it was very emotional when they were doing their last dance. Clearly a popular couple with the other contestants too.

I hope we start having two dances from next weekend - not much time left at all! I wonder if the fusion dance routines will be longer than the normal ones? Will it be a double elimination this week?! Get rid of Nicky and Lisa and let the remaining 4 couples show us what they can do!

05/12/2012 at 11:11

Flavia and Louis are doing a rumba / tango fusion ... should be good as includes Flavia's signature dance

05/12/2012 at 11:36
Who chose the dance combinations?
05/12/2012 at 11:53

I don't know, I only picked that up from Louis' Twitter  

I reckon the pros are choosing them with final approval from producers. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the pros don't use it as a way to get rid of/ jazz up the unpopular and less crowd pleasing dances that are still on their to do list (like rumba).

05/12/2012 at 12:16

Like most others I don't like the idea of "fusion" dances and I'd much rather see 2 dances a week at this stage. There are only 3 weeks to go and people are going to have done fewer dances than in previous years.

I suspect most of them are going to be a dog's dinner

At least if the pros can choose we shouldn't have any styles that really don't go together. I was worried that the producers might have everyone doing different ones and that someone would end up having to put 2 dreadful styles to a piece of music that doesn't fit.

It was the right time for Michael to go and he took it with good grace, I'll miss him and Nat. Nice to see Louis at the top even if I did find his Charleston a bit odd. I thought Denise was lucky to get 32 for her dance. It wasn't that well danced even without the bit that went wrong. And such an ugly end pose - ewwww!  It was interesting to see Nicky improve his AT in the dance-off, he'd obviously listened to the comments. There were still a couple of dodgy lifts in it though. Didn't think Lisa's dance was as good as the judges thought as I even I picked up on some obvious mistakes. Kimberley was pretty good but the between the legs stuff just didn't go smoothly enough. Dani and Vincent were charming apart from her skirt showing her knickers every time she span

06/12/2012 at 09:47

I've been watching the SCD Live from the O2 DVD, and seeing contestants from previous years has made me realise that I've been missing the wow factor this year. Cherie Lunghi and Rachel Stevens Rumbas, for instance, send shivers down my spine. I know it's a difficult dance for the majority of celebrities, but those two are a master class on how it should be done.

06/12/2012 at 09:50
Didn't Arlene say that when James danced the rumba with Cheri it was more tender and loving than the rumbas she had seen him dance with Ola. It was a dance you wanted to watch ( and not because you were peeking through your fingers to see how awful it was)
06/12/2012 at 10:32

Oh god, that horrible end pose Nemo - I almost forgot about it *shudder*

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